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Introducing the Equestrian Qld Hall of Fame Equestrian Queensland is very fortunate the organisation has so many people willing and eager to dedicate their life to the sport. Each year EQ recognises those who have made significant contributions throughout the season at the annual awards night As the premier event on the Equestrian Queensland calendar, the annual awards night brings the equestrian community together to celebrate the major achievements of sports stars and luminaries. Packaged within an evening of great occasion, this is the night of nights to celebrate with friends, family and acquaintances as we showcase the riders, clubs, volunteers, administrators, officials and events from with all eight sports under the Equestrian Queensland banner Dressage, Eventing, Jumping, Show Horse, Driving, Vaulting, Show Horse, Interschool and Para Equestrian. In order to recognise those who have contributed over a lifetime, Equestrian Queensland is introducing a Hall of Fame. The first inductees into the Hall

of Fame will be announced at the 2017 annual awards dinner and presentation will be held on Saturday, 3 February 2018 at Rydges Southbank. Equestrian Queensland is inviting all members past and present to nominate those who they feel worthy of this accolade. Nominees for the Athlete must be superior achievers at the highest level of competition and have made an outstanding contribution to the sport in Queensland. The primary requirement for

selection as a General Member is high level achievement from personal effort or initiative, in a field of endeavour that contributes to the performances of athletes or to the development and status of sport in Queensland. Nominations are being accepted from now until COB 8 January, 2018. Please forward nominations to Any enquires can be made to Samantha Duffy, EQ Operations Manager, 07 3891 6611.

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NBC to televise FEI World Equestrian Games The NBC Sports Group has reached an agreement for exclusive multiplatform United States media rights to the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 on September 11 - 23. The agreement includes an unprecedented amount of national equestrian sport coverage. The FEI World Equestrian Games™ return to the United States for the second time in eight years and will be held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina. The FEI World Equestrian Games™, one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar, is held every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle, combining eight World Championships at one event. The eight equestrian disciplines - Jumping, Dressage, Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining will all be contested. An anticipated 1,000 athletes, 1,500 horses, and 500,000 spectators from more than 70 countries are expected to attend. Tickets to the event have already been sold to people from all 50 U.S. states and 31 countries. The games are projected to be the highestattended sporting event in the United States in 2018. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will present more than 50 hours of coverage, while NBC and NBCSN will combine for nearly 15 hours of live coverage from Tryon International Equestrian Center. All coverage will be streamed live on and the NBC Sports app - NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs. Coverage on Olympic Channel: Home of Team

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The World Equestrian Games venue for 2018 will be Tryon in North Carolina. UPDATE FOR AUSTRALIA: The Olympic Channel should be available to stream from around the world. Now that NBC is confirmed, they will also distribute the rights to local channels globally, so while this is not yet finalised, local coverage should also be available in each region. USA will also be streamed on and the Olympic Channel app. "We're excited to expand our coverage, and will now present more of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ to the U.S. audience than ever before," said Jon Miller, President of Programming for NBC Sports Group. "Our vision is to broaden the reach of equestrian sport to an audience of horse enthusiasts around the country, and we appreciate NBC Sports Group's partnership as we deliver the most televised equestrian sports coverage in history," said Mark Bellissimo, Founder and

CEO of Tryon International Equestrian Center. "The 2014 Games in France attracted a cumulative global broadcast audience of 350 million, so this partnership with NBC will be an important factor in boosting numbers for Tryon 2018." The inaugural FEI World Equestrian Games™ were hosted in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1990, and were most recently held in Normandy, France in 2014. The 2014 Games in Normandy attracted more than 500,000 on-site spectators. In addition to its state-of-the-art competition facilities, the 1,600-acre Tryon International Equestrian Center is an equestrian lifestyle destination complete with lodging, shops, restaurants, and amenities. Over the last two years NBC Sports Group has presented numerous equestrian events, including the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final 2017 in Omaha and the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League, events in New York and Kentucky, and the equestrian competitions at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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Visit the Lipizzaners on unique tour If you love horses and love travel, then Austria Travel Direct may have just what you’re looking for. One of their very popular tours is the Trail of the Lipizzaners being conducted in August/September. Join them on this unique tour where you will take in the beauty of former eastern European countries, the Adriatic coastline and classical Vienna, see the world renowned Lipizzaners, the spectacular scenery from the Danube to the Adriatic Coast, the mountain pastures in Piber and enjoy front row seats in the VIP Box or Royal Box of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna for a gala performance. If you love horses and have always wanted to see some of the beauty of Europe, this tour is for you. It highlights one of the world’s most famous horse breeds. Whilst the focus is on the beautiful Lipizzaner stallions, tour participants will get to enjoy beautiful scenery in the Alps, traditional European cuisine and head off the `beaten tourist track’ to see some of the back-roads of Austria and Slovenia. Visits will be made to the stud in Lipica - from where the horses get their name, as well as the current Austrian Federal Stud in Piber. Also visit the young stallions high up in their mountain pastures before their colourful parade down the mountain to the church at Maria Lankowitz where they will be blessed by the local priest. Then it's another two kms to the centre of the village of Koeflach where all the stallions are presented before being taken to their winter stables. The absolute highlight of the tour is the gala performance at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna the oldest classical dressage riding school in the world.

Levarde (airs above the ground) performed by this Spanish riding school

The Spanish Riding School, is not only the oldest riding academy in the world, it is also the only one where the High School of Classical Horsemanship has been cherished for more than 430 years. Austria Travel Direct specialises in group and individual travel to Austria and have been dealing in that country for 30 years. Their experience and knowledge is passed on in their tour program.

Whether you want to travel as part of a group, or as an individual, they can help plan your holiday to beautiful Austria. For further details on this amazing tour call 1800 830 820

LIPIZZANER HORSES TOUR 28 Aug - 11 Sept 2018 Looking towards the royal box Tour members have front-row VIP Box and Royal Box seats, to witness the spectacular perfection of the ‘High School of Classical Horsemanship’ with the Pas de Deux, Work in Hand and on the Long Rein and the School Quadrille which is shown with eight stallions. The Levade, Courbette and Capriole are the highlights of the Schools performance. As an added bonus, there is a private tour of the stables after the performance. And there may be an opportunity to watch the work out session of the riding school before leaving Vienna. The tour is limited to 16 persons, so book your place for this great tour through Slovenia and Austria from August 28 to September 11. Even if you have no equine interests, this trip will appeal to those wanting to experience something unique and a little different from Europe.

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Things to consider when buying a horse By DAVID LOVELL BSVS Here are some basic rules to follow when it comes to buying a horse.

There are basic signs to look for when buying a horse which will `pay off’ for you in the long run.

sion, of a lame horse. If the horse is lame, and you still insist on pursuing acquisition, you must obtain a precise diagnosis and have it fully evaluated, and then, do not acquire the horse until the problem has been fully solved and the horse is not lame. Correction of the problem is the vendor’s responsibility. Do not buy a horse that has itch An `itchy’ horse is a problem horse and why would you buy a problem?


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Never buy a horse that is lame The `golden’ rule, never, never, buy a horse that is lame. By lame, I mean clinically lame where it is obvious to anyone that the horse has a lameness problem. There is a difference - many horses have some problems but are not clinically lame, and in many situations, can be managed. You need expert advice as to whether these problems are acceptable and manageable and there are uses and places for most horses. Each different condition is situational and you need advice for these sorts of problems. There are only three future possibilities for a lame horse - it will stay the same, get better, or become worse. No one can know for sure. A horse that is obviously lame is useless. Where ever you are, you will be barred from using the horse. Do not pay for, or take posses-

Never buy a horse that has bad feet Everyone has heard the adage, `No foot, no horse’. This formula has become a truism for very good reason. Paying strict attention to the size, shape, and quality of a horse’s feet is one of the `big three’ important aspects for potential new horse owners to consider. Yes, nearly every foot problem can be managed, but why buy a problem? How do you tell if the horse has bad feet? There is never an answer, and as always, professional and expert advice is essential. Sufficient to say that if you have any questions or doubts about the quality and condition of the horse’s feet, be very wary of pursuing the horse. Make sure the horse and rider `match’ By far, the most common mistake people make is to mismatch the horse and rider.

It happens all the time and invariably ends in disaster. The most common scenario is to pair an inexperienced rider, (usually a younger child), with an inexperienced or untrained horse. There is no hope for success. Horses love to be ridden and trained. They are, however, herd animals and must respond to a leader. In nature, it is the leader of the mob, in ridden situations, it is the rider. If the rider is confident and competent, and knows exactly what is required, then the horse responds magnificently and harmony prevails. However, if the rider is inexperienced, lacks confidence, and in particular, the ability to mentally dominate the horse, chaos is inevitable. A true `schoolmaster’ is one of the most valuable horses around and well worth a premium. Discussion of matching the horse and rider can go on forever and it is impossible to cover every possibility, suffice to say that it is by far the most important element in selection of a horse to purchase, and, as always, expert advice must be sought. Don’t buy a horse when you can’t afford it How much a horse is worth, is the subject of another section however, one thing is for certain sure, the `cheapest’ thing about any horse is what you pay for it. Horses are extremely expensive to keep and maintain and many people do not realise what the on costs of owning a horse are. Do not buy a horse and think it is an investment. The reality is, that you should only pay as much for a horse as you can realistically afford to lose. If your situation is such that you have a very strict budget before acquiring a horse, then you probably should not pursue the dream. This maybe a little harsh, but if you cannot afford to pay for expert advice at the time you are looking to buy, then in most probability, you won’t be able to properly care for the horse once you own it and any value that was in the horse when you bought it, will quickly be lost. Again, many situations are manageable but be sure you talk to an experienced advisor before buying the horse.  Continued page 13

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Working to a check list avoids disappointment  from page 12 Always verify the horse’s performance record This is easily one of the simplest and most objective checks or pre purchase assessments that can be made, but so often people take on trust what they are told. It was once said to me, “Don’t believe anything you hear, and only half of what you see”and this is very good advice. Take the opportunity to confirm and verify the horse’s performance record. Do not take it as given what you may be told. How many times do I hear the statement, “The horse is training at medium level, but actually still competes at novice”. This is delusional and certainly does not add any value to the horse. Of even more critical importance, is to verify what the horse has actually been doing in the three to six months prior to being offered for sale. The best endorsement or warranty that is available for a potential purchaser is to be able to confirm that the horse has actually been in full training and competition in the period immediately prior to purchase. Be particularly wary of the horse that has been spelling, or even worse, turned out in a paddock for an extended period. Almost always this is indicative of some problem, very often tractability or lameness. Be very cautious. Never buy an overpriced horse What is a horse worth? The reality is that any particular horse is only worth what someone is prepared to pay. Unfortunately, the only objective valuation is what the animal is worth at the meatworks. Different people perceive value in many ways, but the cold hard facts are that there are only three, often very subjective, components to a horse’s value: `Soundness’, `Suitability’, and `Training’. Many horses are valued according to their performance record, and or, potential. Obviously the performance record is objective, certainly can be verified and clearly demonstrates that the horse has been

Matching a horse to the rider and having realistic expectations of what you hope to achieve with the horse will go a long way to avoiding disappointment with your purchase.

capable of achieving certain results, thereby adding some value, but nothing is ever that simple. (See section on Buying a Champion). Potential is valueless and do not be fooled into thinking anything else. What is potential and who decides what it is worth? By far the majority of horses are sold on the basis of potential and they are grossly overpriced. Be particularly wary of horses from professional trainers or dealers. This is not meant to be disparaging to such people, many of them have been, and still are, long time personal friends of mine. Buyers must be very aware that often this is one of their main forms of income. Many of these people acquire horses from various sources, give them some basic training, education, and preparation, and offer them for sale. These horses are being sold on `potential’. Therefore, this immediately becomes an oxymoron. Buyers should be very aware that professional trainers only achieve success by competing with superior horses. Rest assured that if the trainer really thought the horse had real potential, then the horse would not be offered for sale. Placing a `real’ value on soundness, suitability, and training is each a full subject on its own and full of an infinite number of variables.

Do not try to buy a `champion’ I have been very lucky and extremely fortunate to have spent a lifetime working with horses, and, during that time, have been blessed with having been able to have worked with some of the most successful trainers, riders, and horses in the industry, across most of the disciplines, including the racing and performance horse sectors. One cannot help but question, what it is that makes one particular individual more successful than another? I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that at least 70 – 80% of the success of a particular horse/trainer combination comes from the superior horsemanship skills, competitive ability, and intuitive instincts of the trainer or rider. Yes, there are superior horses and champions, but a lot of ordinary and lesser horses can be made to look very good, and compete very successfully, by a professional horseman. Without a shadow of a doubt, the one skill that separates the better trainers from the next, is the ability to turn horses over. Arrival at the elite level in any discipline as a horse/rider combination, almost always comes from having been able to constantly try out large numbers of individuals. This means that they must be able to move horses on. One of the special requirements to be able to turn horses over, is the ability to be able to sell horses that, in the opinion of the train-

er, have reached their potential. . This horse, that is competing successfully, will obviously be expected to achieve a premium price. Aspiring purchasers of horses, should well realise that they could well be lucky to even replicate a portion of the performance ability that the professional trainer has been able to coax from the horse. It is a rare situation that the new owner can reach the same level of performance, and even more unlikely that they will improve the horse. That is not to say that individuals should not carry on and purchase a horse if all their analysis and assessments indicate that the particular horse exactly suits their requirements. I am simply saying that a large number of the so called `lemons’ that people buy are horses in this category. The mere fact that a particular horse has won a ribbon or event under one management system, does in any way guarantee that that particular outcome will easily be replicated. Do not buy a skinny or poorly presented horse Purchase of a horse is a major responsibility and an enormous ongoing expense. Always ensure that the horse you are buying has some value. If the vendor does not think enough of the horse to have it presented in prime condition, what are you really buying? They will always give you a variety of reasons as to why the horse is like it is. Do not take the chance. Once you take possession of the horse, you are stuck with it. Poorly presented horses nearly always mean that the horse has some problem. This may be medical, or temperament, or managerial, or performance ability. Leave it and find another. Check all the basics Always thoroughly review the basics. Be certain the horse is the correct height if you are going to show in measured classes. Check to see that the horse will load easily and travel comfortably and avoid `scramblers’. - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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Solutions to the horse feed dilemma By ANTOINETTE FOSTER Equine Nutritional Therapist and Medical Herbalist Dip. Nut. © 2017

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Roughage is essentially the most important part of your horse’s diet.

with, when a pellet is produced it is powdered before it is manufactured. Does this encourage normal chewing of the horse? The answer is no - we need to ensure that our horses are encouraged to chew and grind the feed efficiently. If we do not than the horse’s digestive process will be interfered with and this may lead to digestive upsets such as colic or diarrhoea. Minor complications may be loss of appetite but one major concern is an increase in the diagnosis of ulcers in horses. Soaking hay in water is quite common these days, supposedly to reduce dust and to reduce nonstructural carbohydrates NSC. This is also used for horses that suffer from respiratory or metabolic conditions. However, soaking of hay can actually reduce essential nutrients such as phosphorus and magnesium. There have been good studies performed to look at the difference between steaming hay and soaking. When hays are being harvested in poor drying conditions and

adverse weather, it could mean that the hay may be baled before it has sufficient moisture to ensure longevity. Mould is possibly one of the most irritable aspects of hay and is very commonly found. It is important to reduce the mould and dust particles which will always appear when a horse is being fed hay or chaffs. Stabled horses will suffer more than horses out on pasture. There are two problems - the dust and mould in the hay and chaffs and the dust and mould contained in horse bedding. Horses that do have a history of respiratory disease certainly need special care. Clearly it is time-consuming to soak hay. There is no doubt that hay forms a very important part of your horse’s diet, roughage being essentially the most important part of the diet. A reasonably new process of steaming hays with added minerals, herbs, vitamins and some grains and oil to form a high roughage pellet has now reached the market. There have certainly been hay

What happens when you walk into your local feed store and you see an array of different types of horse feed? This can be quite daunting so I'm going to provide you with an easy solution to feeding your horse, one that will provide the horse with the correct nutrient intake on a daily basis. We live in a world now where time is very precious, we don't wish to waste time unnecessarily we need to ensure that our time is well managed as are our horses. It is not difficult to feed a horse, their needs are quite simple, their management quite simple, they have evolved to graze almost consistently throughout the day. We are very blessed to be in a country where our horses are able to be outdoors most of the time. Those of you who stable your horses, it becomes more important for you to ensure that your horse is being provided enough roughage every day. What you feed your horse, will depend on the workload and many other aspects such as the breed of the horse and its age. Feeding will also involve other forms of management such as maintaining the health of the horse's teeth, a good worming program and body management. Stress can be a huge factor in your horse's overall health and well-being. Because our lives are so full in today's world it is important to ensure that our time spent with the horse is mentally healthy and relaxing for him or her and for you. There are many ways to approach feeding your horse, you can go to all the trouble of buying all the different types of feed such as oaten chaff, lucerne chaff, oats or barley and different types of hay plus a good daily supplement. Then there are the different types and brands of feed, but come in various forms sweet feeds, pellets and all types of processed feeds. Let's look at the pellets to begin

cubes produced before but nothing like this process. To my knowledge, there is only one company producing this type of product in the world market. These pellets are not powdered before being manufactured they are simply cut and then steamed they do not reach temperatures above 70°C which simply means that the molecular structure is not affected, in fact the nutritional value is actually increased. Independent studies have shown that horses actually slow down their chewing process whilst being fed this type of feed. This has several advantages one being the horse will not develop bad habits whereby he rushes his food and two, if the horse chews and grinds his food slowly and is not rushed then he will benefit greatly. It also means that there will be a reduction in digestive upsets. The other benefit of this type of feeding is at the nutritional value is literally guaranteed, there is no waste, they are very convenient to use and can be transported anywhere. There is no doubt that the feed industry uses many different types of by products in pelleting and premix production. I recommend this type of feed to almost all horse owners and riders as I have great confidence in this type of product. In my opinion the most important part of the horse’s diet will always be roughage feeding a pellet such as the above plus hay and grazing should provide most horses with an adequate daily nutritional intake. For further information please feel free to email me or contact me by telephone on (03) 9775 6422. - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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Dental checks for horses of all ages By SAMANTHA GUNTER, AEDP The common advice given to most horse owners is that horses should see the dentist every 12 months. A qualified dentist, however, will alter this time frame to suit your particular horse’s needs. Often a horse will require more regular treatment, however, it is also possible that a horse may need to be seen less regularly, especially older horses that have had regular treatment throughout their life. Nonetheless, regardless of age, it needs to be a qualified dentist who recommends a timeframe, otherwise you could be either putting your horse’s health in jeopardy by allowing problems to emerge that otherwise wouldn’t, or you could be paying for useless dental visits! So, what determines how often your dentist will want to see your horse at each age bracket? Youngn’s – let’s say two to six years – will almost always need more regular dentistry. Six months is the go-to timeframe recommended and this is because of the many changes that occur during this period. Deciduous teeth are shed, permanent teeth erupt, and usually horses are mouthed and brokenin at this time. The teeth also erupt more quickly during these early years so they become very sharp, very quickly. A lot of things can go wrong at this time and they go wrong in the mouth of an inexperienced, immature horse. If you’d like more details on your young horse, please refer to my article ‘Dentistry for the Young Horse’. Very rarely will a qualified dentist recommend a young horse be seen less regularly than six months because of the aforementioned reasons. Middle Age – roughly seven years to about 18 years - is a timeframe that things settle and eruption slows down, so if a qualified dentist has properly seen your horse during his/her younger years, then this is the time your dentist can recommend to reduce the regularity of the dental visits. However, this general rule will not apply if you horse hasn’t had competent dental treatment during the younger years. This is because of the many problems that form due to

neglect: deciduous teeth can get stuck causing permanent teeth to erupt incorrectly and feed to pack and fester and genetics and lifestyle cause malocclusions to form and become destructive. For more in depth information on the possible malocclusions in horse’s mouth, please refer to my article ‘Major Malocclusions’. So, depending on the diagnosis of your horse’s mouth, your dentist may recommend they revisit your horse more regularly to address these problems. However, after a few visits to reverse any problems, this age group can usually revert back to annual dental visits as the eruption of teeth, and therefore the formation of sharp points, has slowed. Retirees - obviously not all horses 18 years and over are retired, but this term will be used to encompass all of our lovely golden oldies! The older a horse is, the slower their teeth erupt. A 20-year-old horse, who has been lucky enough to see a qualified dentist when due for its entire life, may only need a touch up every year or 18 months. This is in stark contrast to a horse that has not received such careful and particular dental care. With age, comes a myriad of other problems that if the horse hasn’t seen a qualified dentist and hasn’t had any malocclusions addressed and reversed earlier in life, can be detrimental to an older horse’s health and quality of life. All malocclusions’ eventual outcome is tooth loss caused by periodontal disease and subsequent decay and pain. A horse only has a certain amount of tooth that can erupt throughout their lifespan - once that tooth has erupted fully, it will eventually wear down to nothing or be put under so much pressure by the surrounding oral structures that it will fall out. It does not just magically fall out however, and the years leading up to this scenario are painful and often dangerous for the horse as they are no longer able to chew properly, thus risking colic and choke. Excessive weight loss is an almost certain symptom of a dental problem, and as most of you know, it is very hard to get condition back on an older horse who loses weight. For more information on how to help your old horse deal with old age and to maintain their condition, please refer to my article

‘Dentistry for the Old Horse’. If you have an old horse who, for one reason or another, hasn’t been able to keep up-to-date with the dentist, your dentist may not actually be able to do much for them except recommend a new diet. Once they’ve reached this age, a horse doesn’t have enough tooth left to erupt to enable a dentist to do any major corrections. If a dentist were to drastically reduce a wavemouth for example (refer to my malocclusions article for more detail), the horse would be left unable to chew since their teeth would no grind together and they would not have enough tooth left to erupt to fix this situation. Basically this horse, having reached such a bad stage of a malocclusion, will need to be on a special diet for the remainder

of their life to ensure they do not colic or choke. This is not a good situation and can often cost the owner a lot of money having to provide this food, and feed many times a day to keep their horse healthy. The dentist will recommend they visit the horse every year if only to help postpone any loss of tooth and any further periodontal deterioration. The dental health of each age group can be maintained very economically as long as the owner takes the time to firstly make sure their dentist is properly qualified, listens to their dentist, and ensures their horse is never too overdue for a dental visit. The earlier a horse can get into a good dental routine the healthier your horse will be for their entire life!

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Why we should look after our horse’s liver By ANGELA DAVISON - The Horse Herbalist The liver dominates the abdominal cavity but is it life giving and essential? With over 500 functions already identified the answer is a resounding yes. It's the body's chemical factory. It deals with functions concerned with the processes of digestion, sugar metabolism - therefore a factor in insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. We're talking bloodstream purification, the biotransformation of many nasties, it neutralises poisons, it's the chief supplier and balancer of glucose - the basic fuel of the body. Whilst the liver is an amazing regenerative organ which works tirelessly, modern living practices affect us all, including our horses and can take its toll. Liver insufficiency frequently underpins signs or symptoms of disease or discomfort therefore it's important to help the liver to function at its best. To do this it is suggested that a herbal liver tonic is used to tone before detoxing as detoxing can be an uncomfortable process. In most cases, once the liver is toned it's own innate detoxification function does the rest. A toned liver, if it needs more help in the detoxification process will cope much better and the individual can remain in work without feeling ill or uncomfortable. So what sorts of things may impact the liver? Things such as stress, environmental pollution, bacteria and virus, unclean water, drugs, insecticides - including border or quarantine sprays, polluted grasses, some weeds, some herbs, any trauma, lack of exercise or over-exertion, any illness, accident or injury, inappropriate feed, allergies/sensitivities and poison. Even though the horse may not appear to show any problems directly after any of the above indicators, there's every probability that it will exhibit any of the symptoms below in the following months. Symptoms include dull in the coat, temperament changes, lack-lustre performance, depressed, itchy, below par or not quite him/herself. Clearly these symptoms can indicate all manner of disease and if the horse is sick then seek the services of a horse veterinarian and a qualified horse herbalist. However, giving a three week course of liver-toning herbs will never hurt and could be considered as good preventative medicine. Generally it's good practice to give the horse a liver tonic at the turn of the seasons or a three week course before coming back into work. St.Mary's Thistle (Milk Thistle) - Silybum marianum - is one of my most frequently used herbal extracts in 30 years of practice. This herbs usage as a medicine was written about over 2400 years ago, and science today continues to prove silybum marianum's ability to protect and tone many organs, primarily the liver. The dried herb can be purchased from a health food store or a reputable horse herb supplier. Make the dry herb into a tea. This allows all the water-soluble constituents in the herb to be dissolved into the tea, therefore your horse's body can utilize it immediately, rather than having to go through the gut for absorption. Please do not purchase any human detoxifying products to give to your horse! NB: The above information is not to take the place of veterinarian's or qualified Horse Herbalist's advice. About the Author: Angela Davison - The Horse Herbalist Angela was one of Australia's first female jockeys before retraining as a Classical Medical Herbalist, Cranio-Sacral and Equine Bowen Therapist. As well as creating a proprietary range of Herbs for Horses Angela pioneered a unique hair assessment system for horses in the 1990's and has formulated thousands of individual hand blended herb and flower remedy formulas to address the core of most human and horse complaints. Angela is also the author of 'Flower Remedies for Horses, Pets and People'. Find out more at Page 16 - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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PCANSW Announces 2018 State Camp Teams Pony Club NSW recently selected 75 riders to attend the prestigious Pony Club NSW State Camp at Sydney International Equestrian Centre from the 7th-12th January 2018. Riders were selected in the disciplines of Dressage, Showjumping, Eventing, Advanced Horsemanship and Mounted Games for the 25th Annual Pony Club NSW State Camp. Congratulations to all who applied for the State Camp, the selection process is always difficult with a very high standard of riders applying. Camp starts on Sunday where all riders meet and settle in. Instruction takes place from Monday to Thursday. Evenings include lectures from wellknown personalities in the horse world, veterinary surgeons and other fun activities. State Camp is not only about receiving the best instruction for you and your horse it is also about making great friendships which can last a lifetime. The Camp is open to members of Pony Club aged 15 to 24 that have passed their "C" certificate and are of State Championship standard in their chosen discipline, who regularly attend their Club rallies, have performances at State

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Its all in the transitions! By TANJA KRAUS Every time we are riding our horses, we are going to ask them to perform a countless number of transitions. From the basic transitions that we recognise, and prepare him for - walk to trot, trot to canter, canter to trot, trot to walk, walk to halt, and any combination of those, to the more advanced, transitioning to lateral movements, and then the ones we may forget about, walking off after we mount, or asking for a hindquarter disengagement or sideways to line up next to a mounting block or gate. Basically, everything we do with our horses has some kind of 'transition' that the horse more than likely has to be prepared for (or execute unbalanced). How many times have you lined the horse up with the mounting block or gate and he has moved? And how many times have you blamed him moving on his 'bad attitude'? What if he had to move because he was out of balance? In order for us to help the horse execute quality transitions, we must train ourselves to prepare him for them in a way that benefits the horse and allows him to perform the maneuver more easily. This is both in a physical way (his balance and self-carriage before, during and after the maneuver), and in a mental way (his under-

standing of your cues - both your preparatory cues and your cues that ask him to perform the maneuver). Once we begin looking at the horse, and what he needs before, during and after a transition, some of us may start to think we aren't supporting him as much as we could! Balance is a huge component of executing a quality transition. So before we are asking for our horse to make a transition, we should be checking to see if he is in balance. Once we check if he is in balance, we can either give him a cue to balance himself, or if he is in balance, prepare him for the transition, and then ask for the transition, reward the transition, and soften to allow the movement to continue. The “Riding a transition” conversation looks something like this; “Are you in balance? “Let me help you get in balance. “I'm letting you know we are about to do something “This is what I want you to do “Good horse that is what I wanted “Let's continue.” As our horse makes progress in his skill and his education, the length of time between each of these becomes shorter, and as a team, we become more proficient in having this conversation and understanding each other. Once our partnership is at an advancing

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level, these six steps at times must be executed in the space of a couple of metres! As we educate ourselves, and our horses across all aspects of our riding, it is important to 'break down' elements and explore each part. If we can break things down into small pieces, it is easier for us to teach, and for our horse to understand, each element that goes into a movement. Then we can begin to put the pieces of the puzzle back together.

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A Legacy of Legends in Tamworth in 2018 Ray Hunt and Tom Durrance are widely considered the greatest and most influential horsemen of all time. They approached the horse as an equal and forever changed the horse world. But with the loss of Tom in 2003 and Ray in 2009, many worried their legacy of compassionate horsemanship and the exchange of knowledge they encouraged might be lost. A Legacy of Legends was born out of that concern. Formed by Buck Brannaman and Carolyn Hunt, it holds an annual gathering to honour the teachings of Ray and Tom. This gathering in turn helps support A Legacy of Legends Scholarship Program, which pairs students with horsemen who actually studied with the two legends. Successful applicants are provided learning opportunities with horsemen who emulate the philosophy of Tom Durrance and Ray Hunt. The goal is to preserve and protect the legacy of these two great horsemen and assure future generations can continue to learn from them.

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Providing a safe start to learn about horses The Bonogin Valley Horse Retreat is located at Bonogin in the beautiful scenic Gold Coast Hinterland and only 30 minutes from the heart of the Gold Coast. Offering a unique "horse experience", the retreat is ideal for individuals, groups or families wanting an introduction to horses or those wanting to develop their confidence in a safe controlled environment. It's even a great for a half or full day out with lunch included. Don't be bored sitting on a horse on a trail ride, playing follow the leader, come and have an interactive horse experience in a personalised way with professional staff and at great value. Debbie Burgermeister, inspired by her parents and a wonderful life of growing up with horses on a farm, established the retreat more than 10 years ago. She wanted a venue that offered the balance between country and city living which provided a safe environment for people to learn about horses. Debbie is a horse riding coach with a difference. She has the ability to achieve development through strong attention to body technique drawing from both Western and English riding. Starting with pony club levels and moving into the showring and disciplines such as dressage, jumping, camp-drafting, barrel racing and polocrosse, Debbie can help achieve goals through focused and attentive coaching. Credited with an established riding school for more than 10 years, she has many coaching qualifications including Equestrian Australia coach; Cert III Sports Coaching Equestrian;/ NCAS Level 2 Coach with Australian Institute of Sport; Cert IV Trainer & Assessor; First Aid; Mental Health First Aid & Blue Card; Cert IV in

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Wet weather problems for horses By DAVID LOVELL BVSc Redlands Veterinary Clinic With the beginning of the new year we usually see a lot of rain whch means wet muddy horses and the many problems for the health of the horse associated with the wet. In particular, we see an increase in the incidences of laminitis, colic, and skin disease. Skin diseases are very common and a large number of horses are affected. The big three problems, Rain Scald, Greasy Heel, and Mud Fever, are in fact, different presentations of the same disease. All are directly related to persistent wet conditions and can be difficult to prevent. As always, an understanding of how they occur is fundamental in being able to introduce management practices to protect your horse. Obviously the simplest practice is to keep your horse dry. There is nothing wrong with washing your horse, as long as he is able to dry off quickly and the skin returns to normal. The problems occur when the skin remains wet for prolonged periods. The organism that causes the above three conditions is known as Dermatophilus. This is a type of bacteria that requires a particular environment to grow and survive. Primarily the requirement is protection from the oxygen and light in the environment. The bug needs to be able to hide somewhere

Wet weather can bring all sorts of problems for those horses having to endure the elements and if the conditions are right, the germ establishes itself, forms colonies, and invades local tissues, in this case, the skin and causes disease. Rain Scald typically occurs along the back and top-line. Greasy Heel affects the lower limbs, most commonly the back of the pastern, and Mud Fever the front of the cannon bones. The different areas have some slightly different characteristics that predispose them to infections. The top-line usually is not a problem in wellconditioned healthy horses. These have nice oily skin and a very rounded elastic skin contour that water easily runs off. Horses that are debilitated have drier skin and little pockets that can hold moisture and not dry out so quickly. Their hair coat also tends to be a little longer.

The pasterns, in particular the heels, often have longer hair and a number of grooves and contours that hold water. The front of the cannons obviously shed water easily but the skin is relatively thin and taut in this area. The major culprit that then contributes to development of disease is mud. Obviously the heels are usually covered, and often submerged, in mud. The cannon almost always have mud spattered all over them and the top-line can have mud under different conditions. The mud stuck to the wet skin provides a five star environment for the Dermatophilus organism to invade. The organism is ubiquitous, that means it is a normal environmental organism that lives everywhere. It is not contagious as such, it simply is everywhere and is on the lookout for somewhere to colonise. The bacteria invade the moist irritated skin and provoke an even greater inflammatory reaction this causes serum to exude and enables the formation of a scab which now replaces the mud as a cover for the organism. The skin infection can spread very quickly and the typical presentations occur. Theoretically, treatment is simple. Expose the organism to virtually any antibiotic or antiseptic agent and it is quickly killed. It is not resistant to drugs. Â  Continued page 31

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Understanding wet weather ailments can aid in treatment  From page 30

The difficulty is getting the drugs to contact the organism. If the bug is hiding under the cove of mud or scab, and the drugs are applied to the surface, they do not come in contact. Similarly drugs that are carried in the blood are also limited because there is no blood supply to the nooks and crannies where the germ is hiding. The key to treatment is to get rid of the cover. All mud should be washed off the horse’s legs and body at least twice daily and most importantly, the skin dried with a towel. Any longer hair should be clipped or removed. S Scabs are a lot more difficult. They often are quite painful, and there obviously already is infection present, and so the horse resents attempts to remove the scab. This may require sedation. Bandaging the area with a surgical soap or oil, or lanolin based ointment to soften the scab to aid removal can be very helpful. Once the scab is removed, the organism can be easily killed. Sometimes there is acute inflammation and irritation to the skin and a topical corticosteroid oint-

Rain scald can occur to horses with rugs on in paddocks, especially in hot, humid conditions

ment can help. A particular problem for rain scald can be horses with rugs that are out in the paddock where the rug gets wet, the weather is hot and humid, soaks the skin, causes irritation and the germ prevails. Greasy Heel often poses a particular extra problem which can make it one of the most difficult diseases of all to treat. The Dermatophilus organism can cause an allergic type reaction in some horses. The correct term is an immune mediated disease. In this situation the body mounts an antibody reaction to the presence of the germ which causes a vasculitis. This means inflammation of the capillaries and blood vessels.

The vessels break down and serum leaks into the tissues and the lower legs swell. The condition is far more common in chestnut and light coloured horses and breeds that have a finer or more sensitive skin. Once the reaction has been set up, it will persist even after the organism has long been killed because of the continual reaction to light. These horses often require a course of systemic cortisone to control the intense inflammatory reaction occurring in the tissues. Prevention is obviously the best way to control rain related diseases and hopefully an understanding of the reasons and factors that allow the disease to occur can play a major part.

Once the problem is established, our approach at Redlands is to control the inflammation, remove hair, scab, and mud and apply medications. We also see a marked increase in laminitis and hoof infections during wet weather. The laminitis can certainly be due to the green grass and increased load of available sugar, but often is just an environmentally induced inflammation of the laminae caused by continual exposure to wet conditions. This is not usually as potentially devastating as the true toxin induced founders however the mechanical manifestations can be the same and treatment is urgent and essential. Hoof infections occur most commonly in unshod horses and any area of overgrowth, cracks, or chipping allow moisture and mud to infiltrate and set up inflammation and lameness. Colic occurs commonly with any change in the weather. In periods of continual rain, all animals tend to be miserable and as a result, they do not graze and eat as regularly and it is the disruption to the normal routine which creates gut disturbances and can lead to colic.

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Performances on Road to MM Raceday Fittingly Magic Millions graduates provided the biggest highlights at the Road to Magic Millions raceday at Doomben last month. Among the day's stars was Pierata who confirmed his status as the horse to beat in the $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas with a spectacular win in the Group Three Vo Rogue Plate (1350m). A colt by former champion Magic Millions graduate Pierro, Pierata sat midfield for much of the race before coming with a paralysing turn of foot much to the delight of his jubilant connections. Should Pierata deliver as favourite in the Magic Millions Guineas in a fortnight he will scoop $1.7 million in what would be the biggest single pay day in Queensland racing history. First prizemoney for the Guineas is $1.2 million while Pierata would sweep a $500,000 Summer Crown bonus if successful on the Coast. Trainer Greg Hickman purchased Pierata for $160,000 at last year's Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the Kitchwin Hills draft. Earlier in the afternoon the all female ownership of Meryl celebrated her breakthrough group victory in the BJ McLachlan Stakes. A member of the Lee Curtis stable, Meryl came between runners in the straight to win impressively under Christian Reith. A $150,000 Gold Coast Yearling Sale buy for Randwick Bloodstock and Mystery Downs from Riversdale, Meryl made history by becoming the first stakes winner for her sire, Epaulette - who a week earlier was represented by his first winner Katy's Daughter. Being entirely raced by ladies, Meryl is running for a share of the $500,000 Magic Millions Racing Women bonus - a world first initiative run in conjunction with the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m). Riversdale will offer the Exceed and Excel half brother to Meryl at the upcoming 2018 Gold Coast Yearling Sale. Care to Think booked his place in the field for the $1 million Woodford Reserve Magic Millions Cup (1400m) with an extraordinary success in the Magic Millions The Buffering (1350m). A son of multiple Cox Plate hero So You Think, Care to Think overcame traffic and interference to score a performance that led to rival champion trainer Chris Waller to declare Care to Think "a Group One horse." An astute $16,000 National Yearling Sale buy for leading Queensland bloodstock agent Neil Jenkinson from Ambergate Farm, Care to Think is now the winner of five of his 10 starts and looks one of the country's most progressive gallopers.

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The scene is set for Queensland's Magic Millions Raceday om January 13 following a string of outstanding performances at the Road to Magic Millions Raceday at Doomben last month. Care to Think is trained at Murwillumbah by Matthew Dunn and the stable celebrated a double when Reset's daughter Don'tbabylon won the listed Nudgee Stakes and clinched a wildcard berth into the $1 million It's Live! In QLD Magic Millions Fillies & Mares (1300m). Co-trainers Kelso Wood and Patricia Gesler were both lost for words when their exciting sprinter Snitzkraft scored a dashing win in the listed Magic Millions Falvelon Quality (1050m). An Arrowfield Stud graduate from the Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Snitzkraft as his name suggests is a son of Snitzel and his part owners include AFL legend Leigh Matthews. In winning the Falvelon, Snitzkraft earned a wildcard berth into the $1 million Harrolds Magic Millions Snippets (1200m). Winning jockey Larry Cassidy wished the Gold Coast feature was over a shorter distance, but said his mount did settle once he found the front in the Falvelon and was confident of him being on his game in a fortnight's time. Veteran local galloper Someday scored the biggest win of his career when he rattled home to win the $300,000 listed Magic Millions Bernborough Handicap (1600m). A National Weanling Sale graduate from Raheen Stud, Someday was welcomed back to the winner's stall by trainer Desleigh Forster

who said her charge had been the victim of some ordinary rides of recent times. Forster even revealed some of the owners had recommended retiring the son of Falvelon after his previous start, but thankfully she was able to talk them around. Earlier on the Doomben card Just Orm and Stonecast were both victorious - both sold through the famous Gold Coast sale ring of Magic Millions. Meanwhile, the winning run of Gold Coast sold two-year-olds extended interstate with both the Melbourne and Sydney juvenile races won by Magic Millions graduates. Graceful Storm (Hinchinbrook) went two for two when successful for John and Patrick Moloney. John purchased Graceful Storm from Woodside Park Stud for $110,000. In Sydney, Quackerjack (Not a Single Doubt) booked its place in the field for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic when a strong finishing winner at Randwick. Bred and sold by Rosari Farm for $240,000, Quackerjack is trained by Mark Newnham. Rosari will present an I Am Invincible half sister at the 2018 Gold Coast Yearling Sale. The 2018 Magic Millions Raceday is home to the world renowned $10 million Raceday and will be held on Saturday, January 13. - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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RPSBS QLD CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS The RPSBS Qld 2017 Champion of Champions Final will be held in conjunction with Toowoomba Royal on Tuesday 10th April. This event is like the Grand National State final for Registered Riding Ponies offering rugs Garlands and Prize money in each division for Show and Show Hunter Leading Rein, First Ridden, Open 12.2, 13.2, 14.2, and Overheights plus Final of the 2017 Young Judges Competition The qualifying performance required for entry to the Champion of Champions events and the Young Judges' Final is a 1st or 2nd in any open or RPSBS ridden class at any of the following 2017 shows: Toowoomba Royal, Lismore Hack Championships, Mackay SHC Championships, RPSBS State 2016 Winner Miss Universe ridden by Stud Show, SHCQ Qld Country Mikayla Van Kampen owned by Janice Hack Championships, Brisbane Elliot with judge Dean Matthews Royal, EQ HOTY, Beaudesert Show, SHCQ HOTY and the 2016 SHCQ HOTY Show. Entries will be with your Toowoomaba royal entries and close date of entries as per 2018 RASQ Horse Schedule. Full details of the performances required is on the Qld Riding Pony web site

TWEED VALLEY EQUESTRIAN GROUP The Tweed Valley Equestrian Group was founded in 1972 by a group of horse enthusiasts. We are a volunteer community group affiliated with Equestrian Australia (EA) QLD branch, riding at the picturesque Murwillumbah Showgrounds. TVEG is proud to be the home of the famous Power Of Pink Dressage & Showjumping Competition. This is held each October raising funds and awareness for Breast Cancer Research. There is a place for you at TVEG. We welcome our members of all ages and stages of riding. We offer a safe environment for children, young horses, juniors, competitive riders and professionals. So whether you wish to just get started, hone your skills or become more competitive to improve those dressage scores; TVEG has a place for you. There is plenty of choice with our friendly and relaxed training days, our participant & official competitions or professional coaching clinics. Membership is $50 single adult or $50 family with non-riding adults or $70 family with riders both over and under 18years. This joins you with our TVEG riding community plus reduced entry on all events and priority placing for clinics. In 2018 Junior Pony Club Members will receive the discounted entry fee of $10 for all TVEG events; giving the opportunity for all juniors to improve their dressage skills. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get started with these dates to pop in the new diary for 2018! FEBRUARY 18th Sign On Beach Ride From Cabarita PC Grounds MARCH 11th Our First Training Day MARCH 25th TShirt Dressage Competition

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Want to join a pony club? Pony Club NSW is a not-for-profit organization invested into the development of horse riding in NSW through targeting grassroots, and elite development programs, competitions and education programs. It exists to encourage horsemanship amongst its members, to provide appropriate coaching and competition, and to raise awareness of sportsmanship and citizenship of its members. The main objectives are: * encourage young people to ride and learn to enjoy all kinds of sport connected with horses and riding * provide instruction on riding and horsemanship and to instill in members proper animal care * promote the highest ideals of sportsmanship, citizenship and loyalty, thereby cultivating strength of character and self discipline So if you are looking at joining pony club in 2018 there are many pony clubs throughout NSW (and around the country) where you can find out more.

One is the Murwillumbah Pony Club based at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds. It has great facilities, stables, camping, canteen, dressage arenas, jumping and sporting equipment, qualified instructors, and friendly helpful members. Rally days, clinics or gymkhanas are held most Sundays along with social functions, fundraising events and an end of year trophy presentation. The Murwillumbah Pony Club holds an annual three day camp in January. The kids get to meet new friends from throughout the Northern Rivers, learn valuable skills in all disciplines from instructors, play games not only on horseback but also on foot with their new friends. All meals are catered for and there are stables to keep your horse safe. Bookings and payments are required prior to the event. For further information contact President Glenda Bowkett 0412 491 839 or senior instructor Paula Anthony 0413 733 294

CABARITA BULL & BRONC SPECTACULAR Don't miss the action at the next Cabarita Pony Club Bull & Bronc Spectacular! Thrills and spills, Bucking Bulls & Broncs, Poddy Calf Rides and Barrel Racing will be on the action packed program in the centre arena on Friday 5th January. Plenty of seating will be available around the arena or take a blanket and be even closer to view the three hour program. Gates open at the Cabarita Beach Pony Club Grounds at 5:30 NSW time for a 6:30 start. Plenty of Cowboys will be showing off their riding skills on the Bulls and Broncs, trying to make the eight seconds time, just to get a score. Some of the best bucking stock will be there on the night challenging each rider with twists and turns to unceremoniously dump them in the dirt. Even the young Cowboys will have their moment in the spotlight trying to stay on board the Poddy Calves. Yep they all have to start somewhere. Not forgetting the Cowboys protectors, the brave Bullfighting Clowns, using their speed and precision distracting the bull. They certainly earn their keep. The Cowgirls and their barrel racing horses will be showing off their racing skills, aiming for the fastest times negotiating the three barrel course. Come and cheer them on, the louder the cheers the faster they go. Ian Bostock, the comedy clown, well what can we say about him ..... fun and laughter ..... he is sure to have you laughing at all his corny jokes and antics with his ever faithful sidekicks. His good old mate "Harry" has survived a round or two up against some of the meanest bulls, but he never complains. Live band performing on stage will entertain with great music to finish the night. Food and Booth facilities are available throughout the night. (No alcohol to be conveyed onto the grounds) Police and security will be in attendance. Adults $20, Children & Aged pensioners $10 (under 15yrs), Family $50 (2 Adults & 2 Children under 15yrs) All enquiries Chubby Everingham 0408 113 174

Murwillumbah Pony Club Looking at Joining Pony Club in 2018 Murwillumbah Pony Club has a lot to offer great facilities, stables, camping, canteen facilities, new dressage arenas, jumping and sporting equipment, qualified instructors, friendly helpful member. Rally days, clinics or gymkhanas most sundays throughout the year. Social functions, fundraising events end of year presentation and Pointscore trophies.

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Samphire Park Razzamatazz Samphire Park Razzamatazz Price: $ 10,000. 13.1 hh Reg: RP, EA, Partbred Arabian and SHC Grey Gelding 11 yrs Squirty excels in many disciplines. He has been ridden at Pony Club, out on trail rides, competed in Pony Dressage, interschool’s (sporting and dressage) and has been extensively shown for outstanding achievements. His strong discipline is his dressage which has been his main focus for the last 3 years. Sadly due to his owner outgrowing him, this fantastic little pony is looking to find his next partner. Great to handle etc. Hendra Vaccinated & Microchipped. Genuine enquiries only Contact: Jess Stones Ph: 0421 483 920 Email:

Kingsley Hidden Treasure Price: $ 8,000. priced for a quick sale Height: 12.1 hh Reg: Arabian Pony, Part Welsh, NBS Section B Cremello Mare YOB: 2013 Sire: Ablue Moon Rising Dam: Kylandee Symphony Kingsley Hidden Treasure (Ivy) is a sweet little mare. She was shown in hand extensively as a yearling and 2yo. Some of her accomplishments include: - Australian National Top 10 - Extravaganza champion - Multi Champion both PW, AP and NBS SECTION B - PW Foal futurity filly winner - Royal Melbourne Summer show winner - VAW Res Champ - NBS State Titles Res Champ Ivy would make an exceptional show pony once broken in and under saddle or a great broodmare to add guaranteed colour. Contact: Tegan Mob: 0409 733 635 Email:

Bamborough Renegade Price: $ POA 13.0 hh Reg: SHC, APSB, ASP eligible RP Grey Gelding Sire: Rathowen Paragon Dam: Bamborough Amber Rose A soft, uphill, quality pony with eye catching presence that demands attention in the ring. Naturally balanced, comfortable & a non-complicated ride, with ongoing education he will make a top child's mount. Rebel was purchased as a 2yo, since then he has been broken in and shown successfully in his first season by myself and a 13yo girl. Rebel has a happy big personality with a willingness to always please under saddle. A pleasure to campaign, travel and stable. Qualified all royals and entered Canberra & Sydney Royal - 2017 NPOTY Champion Newcomer Show Hunter pony - 2017 ASP Country Championships Supreme Child's ASP - AHHA State Show Supreme Newcomer & Runner Up Large SH Pony - 2017 NSW Country Hack Championships 2nd Newcomer SH Pony

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Llanfairbryn Swansea Price: $ 6,000. 11.1 hh Reg: Dual registered Welsh & Welsh cob Palomino Gelding Sire: Cardross Llewellyn Dam: Llanfairbryn Ffansi Pants If you’re looking for a fantastic been there done that lead rein pony to join your family or a second / third pony for your child then this beautiful boy is for you. Swansea has done it all, carrying his little rider to many champion and supreme champion wins for lead rein at barastoc horse of the year, champion at Melbourne and Geelong royals. He has competed in many inter school dressage and show jumping with previous owners. Very bold cross county jumper just point and shoot. I brought Swansea for my timid 7 year old daughter, he is too much for her under saddle. She can handle him on the ground perfect, put his rugs on, catch him, put him on the float. Since he’s been with us he has been to pony club, a couple of little local shows and lots of bush riding. Please call or text for more information if you think he might be what you’re looking for. Contact: Stacey Mob: 0439 749 101 - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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Contact: Suzie Bloxsidge-Kennedy Email - Ph: 0400 558 218 Royale County Price: $ 17,000. 16.0 hh Reg: TB. SHC, EA Chestnut Gelding YOB: 2007 Sire: Rakti (GB) Dam: County Royale Are you looking for a fuss free easy going hack that doesn't require hours of work down to get in the ring? Hedley is the perfect blend of temperament and quality. He is the "get on and go" type, with his great work ethic and very trainable it makes him the perfect teenagers/ ladies hack. Hedley turns heads wherever he goes and continually performs correct and flowing workouts which make showing him easy and enjoyable! 16hands EA, RAS and SHC measurements Will be sold with Mal Byrne made to measure bridle and DQ work bridle (both with his bits). Regretful sale, genuine enquiries only. Contact: Kristen Ph: 0419 896 650

Bolagamy Wishful Thinking Price: $ POA Height: 14.2 hh Registered/Breeds: SHC, EA, ANSA, PART WELSH, RIDING PONY Brown Mare Sire: Bolagamy Royal Orb Dam: Imposing Wish (T/B) Big moving mare that requires a confident capable rider. Ideally a small adult or teenager. Louise gives a beautiful smooth ride. She qualified my 10 year old daughter at the time for Grand Nationals 6 times in the one year. They were Runner Up Junior Rider under 12 at last year’s Grand Nationals. This year she qualified her for Nationals at Werribee and just recently they were awarded Champion Primary Show Horse Rider at the Australian Interschool’s Championships in Toowoomba. Easily herself qualifies for Royals. Usually placing in most of her classes at them. Easy to prepare, good doer, loves jumping, easily managing 65 cm. Competed in the Combined Training at the Australian Interschool’s Championships as well with a 4th placing. She has been to Pony Club and on camps, but is not the bravest by herself trailing at home. Would excel in Pony Dressage/Eventing with her movement and jumping boldness. Loads of photos. Contact me or scroll through our Bolagamy Stud Partnership page on Facebook and she features quite often. Video footage is available. Not suitable for beginners. Contact: Jen Rutledge Ph: 02 6972 6263 | Mob: 0427 726 263

Puccini 5yr old Thoroughbred Gelding Price: $ 15,000. 15.3 hh Reg: Thoroughbred, EA, SHC Brown Gelding YOB: 2012 Sire: Hard Spun Dam: Metung Belle Harvey commenced his show career in January 2017 & has been a delight from his very first outing. He is a quality young horse who has easily qualified for all Royals, the 2018 RVL OTT Championship to be held at VASA & the 2018 SHC Grand Nationals held at SIEC. Harvey has a lovely temperament & is easy to handle in every way. He is extremely sensible & comfortable to ride and he even jumps well! Harvey has been ridden by a lady rider this season at several Agricultural shows & would also be suitable for a teenager. Major performances to date:Adelaide Royal - 2nd Novice Hack 15-15.2hhs Adelaide Royal - 5th Open Hack 15-15.2hhs SHCV Southern Stars - Small Hack Champion This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase a young horse who has had a great start to his education, who is versatile, safe & sound & will give you many years of pleasure. Contact: Greg Mickan Mob: +0427 563 117


DP Vienna Royal Quality Small Hack Price: $ POA 15.3 hh Reg: Thoroughbred, SHC, ANSA Black Gelding YOB: 2007 Sire: Lonhro Dam: Flame of Atlanta Ricky has just completed his first show season with great success, a true genuine royal quality hack prospect with flowing straight movement and a very comfortable uncomplicated ride. Ricky is a delight to show, with his beautiful Lonhro temperament making prep and travel a breeze. Professionally started, ready for that special home that will take him to the highest level of showing. Vet check welcome. Hormone and drug free, viewing is encouraged located 45 minutes from Gold Coast airport. Contact: Matt Mob: 0474 961 927 Page 42 - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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Naringa Royal Icon Price: $ 8,500. 13.1 ½ hh Reg: EA, Riding Pony Bay Gelding Sire: Rathowen Song and Dance Dam: Naringa Touch of Supreme GRAND NATIONALS QUALIFIED 2018 Benny is a blue blood riding pony with Courtland Boy-Blue, Radway Royal Sonnet and Ninfield Minks Supreme featuring in his family tree. He is qualified to compete in the 2018 Grand Nationals in the Open Childs Pony 12.2 “14hh. With limited opportunity, due to my daughters changing interests, he is gathering wins to qualify towards the 2018 Royals. In his time with us we have also competed Benny in interschool dressage (Novice level) with championship wins. Benny is a low maintenance pony, great skin, easy keeper and a good eater, he has excellent feet and legs. Pretty much completely handled by my 11yo daughter and exclusively ridden by her. He has natural carriage and very comfortable, expressive paces. We rarely lunge him, just on occasion for exercise purposes. He also enjoys jumping. Realistically priced as this is a genuine sale as my daughter wishes to focus on her new dressage mount and further reduce her involvement in showing. Contact: Sandra Rowley Mob: 0428 719 172

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Kolbeach Aristocrat Price: $ 19,500. neg Height: 14.1 hh Registered: Riding Pony, SHC, EA Chestnut Gelding Age: 8 yrs Sire: Fernleigh Fine Print Dam: Halden Park Calendar Girl One of Australia's top show horses, that needs little introduction. With a show ring presence that is second to none. Archie has competed at interstate Royals and HOTY's with huge success, but has had limited outings in 2017 due to owners work injury. He would easily step back into the ring and continue on his winning ways. Archie has a beautiful nature, great work ethic and is eager to please. He would suit a competent child wanting that next step-up from a pony, or rider class mount. Or small adult looking at getting back into show ring at the top. Genuine sale, as owner's work injury has forced this very hard decision. Contact: Shari Baldwin Mob: 0409 340 177 Email:

Corumbene Imagine

Price: $ 8,000. 13.3 hh Reg: RPSBS, EA, SHC, ASPA Chestnut Mare YOB: 2010 Sire: Rathowen True Blue Dam: Newington Exhibition

Corumbene Imagine Price: $ 15,000. 13.2 hh Reg: Riding Pony, Part Welsh Liver Chestnut Mare 8 yrs

Maggie is an excellent all round forward moving pony with a super soft mouth and stops on a dime. She has competed at royals, HOTYs and dressage days. Ridden by children as young as 8.

Consistent winner at Agricultural shows and is very easy to qualify. Places at Royals, was awarded Reserve Champion Child’s Pony at 2017 Adelaide Royal. Competed at the EA Show horse Nationals in 2016 and 2017. Always shown by a child! Genuine enquiries only.

She is excellent on trail rides, around dogs, tractors, farm equipment and has a huge willingness to jump. She is easy to catch, float, clip and for the farrier / vet. Maggie is suitable as a second pony.

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Author: Catherine Bird

Summer time in Australia brings increases in temperature that add stresses from the environment for our horses. We can build up each horse’s defence mechanisms from within using herbs that help most horses cope with the Summer heat. Photosensitisation and sunburn, insect bites, itch, cracked hooves are just some of the issues your horse may be affected by as a result of too much sun and heat.

Dandelion Leaf $21 per kg

Rosehip Granules 1kg $19. 5kg [$18 per kg] $90.

When the ‘heat within’ is not balanced your horses will seek out cool areas and may be thirsty, aggressive, restless and intolerant to work. Introducing cooling herbs and considering the energetic aspect of these herbs will help bring coolness to the body, and in doing so, assist each horse in being more comfortable throughout the hotter months. Blending herbs for Summer which contains the cooling herbs: Calendula, Clivers, Rosehips, Marshmallow root, and Dandelion leaf can be a way to cover off on most Summer discomforts. These herbs come together nutritionally to support the whole body and this will reflect in the body with a shinier coat, healthier skin and stronger hooves. Adding a scoop of these blended herbs for the hot months will assist most horses in coping through Summer, strengthening each horse from within, by cleaning the skin so that it can ‘breathe’ and making the immune system stronger. A herbal approach will help to buffer your horse from the onslaught of the coming hot weather. Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is for educational purpose only and is not meant to replace veterinary advice or treatment. Copyright: Catherine Bird, who is also the author of a Healthy Horse the Natural Way, has been an equine natural therapist for 27years working closely with Country Park Animal Herbs for over 13 years offering advice to their clients.

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