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Toowoomba hosts Pony Club Nationals The Pony Club National Championships are held every two years and this year Pony Club Queensland will be hosting the National Championships at the Toowoomba Showgrounds in September. Pony Club Australia introduced the concept of a national championship after Sydney was granted the hosting rights of the 2000 Olympic Games to assist and encourage all pony clubbers to strive for their Olympic dreams. Riders will come from all states to compete in dressage, showjumping, eventing, formal gymkhana, mounted games, tetrathlon, formal gymkhana and a quiz competition from September 18-22. In addition, there will be two international teams from France and China also competing adding to the sense of occasion. Each state may nominate six riders per age group and discipline which include: Dressage Juniors Novice Level Associates Elementary level Eventing Juniors Pre-Novice Level Associates Novice Level Showjumping Juniors Maximum start height 1.10m Associates Maximum start height 1.15m Tetrathalon Juniors 12 and under 17 years Associates 17 years & under 25 years

Pony clubbers from around Australia and from overseas will converge on Toowoomba in September for the Pony Club National Championships.

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The warning signs and stages of foaling The Gestation Period for Mares is approximately 320-370 days from the first time being bred. To generalize the estimation of the due date use a 340 day gestation period. The First signs One of the first signs foaling date is approaching is the distended udder. During the last month, the udder usually enlarges as it fills with milk, it may fill up at night while she is resting and shrink during the day while she exercises. When the udder remains full through out the day, foaling is probably near. Relaxation of the muscles of the pelvic area usually occurs about three weeks prior to foaling. This process is gradual and may not be seen on all mares but in most, a distinctive change in the appearance can be seen. A hollow develops on either side of the root of the tail as muscles of the hip and buttock area start to relax. Waxing of the teats - wax-like beads appear at the end of each teat ( they are droplets of colostrum). They can appear anywhere between 12-36 hours prior to foaling or a week or two before foaling, and sometimes fails to occur at all in some mares. Relaxation of the vulva occurs in the 24-48 hours before foaling, the vulva can be observed to swell and relax in preparation to stretching several times it's normal size to allow passage of the foal. The appearance of wax on the end of the teats, droplets of milk, dripping or streaming milk can sometimes occur for several days prior to foaling. Unfortunately, mares that stream milk prior to foaling lose large amounts of colostrum, the vital first milk that contains antibodies and a laxative for the newborn foal. Mares showing spontaneous milk flow should be closely watched , not only for the onset of foaling but also to determine how

During the last month of pregnancy, the udder usually enlarges and wax forms on the teats. much colostrum is lost during this period. If the mare is losing a significant quantity it should be collected and frozen. Colostrum can be thawed and fed to the new born foal at birth. Many mares exhibit behaviour changesduring the last few weeks of gestation a mare can become cranky, restless and as she enters the first stage of labour she may want to be left alone. She may walk continually in pasture or stall, switch her tail, look at her sides o rkick at her abdomen. These signs are also indicative of colic, but if the mare eats, drinks , defecates, urinates frequently then the first stage of labour is probably in progress. As labour approaches the mare often breaks into a sweat. The mare's neck, flanks may feel warm and damp or a general sweat over all the body may occur.

The next step is being able to recognise the various stages of birth: Stage one - positioning of the foal Stage two - delivery of the foal Stage three - expulsion of the placenta The ability to recognise each stage and to follow the normal chain of events that occur during each phase allows the attendant of the mare to be able to assess whether that mare needs assistance. Fortunately ~ 90% of mares foal normally. Stage one This is when the foetus gradually shifts from a position on its back, rotating until its head and forelimbs are extended in the birth canal. continued page 10

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Understanding the foaling warning signs  from page 9 The outward signs are, restlessness, sweating of the flanks, as the uterine contractions become more severe, the mare may become very nervous, pacing, walking fence lines, looking at her flanks, kicking at her abdomen, she may paw the ground, may even get up and down several times to help position the foal. Once these signs are recognised the attendant should check the mare then observe from a discreet distance. The end of the first stage is marked by rupture of the allantoic membrane and a sudden release of allantoic fluid, a process that helps lubricate the birth canal. This usually occurs one to four hours after the onset of the first stage. Stage two The delivery of the foal is characterised by very strong contractions of the abdominal and uterine muscles. During this period the mare usually positions herself on her side with her legs fully extended to facilitate voluntary straining that aids her expulsion efforts. She may get up and down several times to help position the foal or may even move around with the foals head and legs protruding. If labour continues while the mare is standing someone should catch the foal and lower it to the ground gently to help it avoiding injury. If the mare should lie down next to a wall or a fence the attendant should make sure there is plenty of room for the foals delivery. If the mare is too close to an obstacle the mare should be made to get up and allow her to find a new position, where the perineal region is free. A strong, healthy foal is the goal of all breeders. The foal is normally presented in an upright position, with its head tucked between extended forelegs. As the head and neck appear, enclosed in the bluish-white amnion, the foal's shoulders pass through the pelvic opening. One foot is usually positioned slightly in front of the other to help reduce the circumference of the foal's shoulder and there-by ease its passage through the birth canal. After this critical period the mare usually

The mare may rest in the final stage with the foals legs still inside her. rests for a short time then delivers the rest of the foal with relative ease. The amnionic foetal membranes are usually broken as the foal emerges or as it first attempts to lift its head. If the membrane is not broken immediately after the foal's delivery the attendant should tear the membrane to clear the nasal passages so the foal can breathe and so as to prevent suffocation. After the foal's hips have passed through the mare's pelvis the mare usually rests once more. The foal's hindlegs may remain in the mare's vagina for several minutes, in this time it allows the foal to receive essential blood from the placenta via the umbilical cord and should not be interrupted. In most cases, the time from rupture of the allantochorion to the post delivery rest period is completed in minutes, but a range of 10 to 60 minutes is considered normal. As the mare rises or as the foal struggles to stand the umbilical cord usually breaks. Because the foal receives a significant amount of blood from the placenta via the umbilical cord, the cord should not be prematurely ruptured. Stage three Expulsion of the placenta is the last stage of labour. This usually occurs within three hours. However the normal range is 10 minutes to eight hours. During this period the

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uterine contractions continue to proceed in an effort to expel the placenta. The mare will exhibit signs of discomfort. The placenta is expelled inside out because the contractions cause inversion of the placenta as it comes away from the lining of the uterus. The purpose of these contractions is also to cleanse the uterus of fluid, debris and return the expanded uterus to its normal size. As this stage may last several hours it may be helpful for the attendant to tie the afterbirth in a knot that hangs above the mareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hocks. This will help prevent the mare from stepping on the membranes and tearing them out prematurely but also adds gentle pressure using gravity to aid in expelling the placenta. The attendant should not attempt to pull the placenta from the mare's reproductive tract as this could cause tears and leave remnants of placenta that could cause future uterine infections. Retention of even small pieces of placenta is a potentially very serious condition. Once the placenta is passed it is a good policy to lay it flat on the ground and check it is all in tact. There is new evidence that suggests that the weight of the placenta correlates to the condition of the mares reproductive tract and also correlates to the health of the foal. The normal placental weight in light horses is 10 to 13 pounds. The texture of the membrane is important. If the membrane is thick and tough or if it shows haemorrhagic spots, then placental infection might be suspected. When the placenta has been infected the foal will often show some abnormality at birth. Close examination of the placenta is important, if you have any doubts keep the placenta in a plastic lined and covered bucket with a small amount of water to keep moist till your veterinarian can examine it. Post foaling the mare should be watched carefully for 4 to 5 days after foaling. It is normal for the mare to have a dark red discharge for 6 to 7 days, but if a yellow discharge is seen this indicates infection. This requires veterinary attention. - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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Dealing with mastitis and other mammary problems By Dr CHRISTINE MYERS, BVSc, DACVIM WestVETS Animal Hospital Mammary gland problems in the mares are thankfully not common, however occasionally some issues can arise including; mastitis, abnormal milk production, discharge, swellings, lumps and ulceration. The horse has two mammary glands and two teats, which are quite small, unlike the cow (which has four large teats). The technique for milking a horse is also quite different to a cow and there are two holes in the tip of each teat that don't always point in the same direction. Collecting milk into a jug to feed a foal can be a challenge and a bit messy! Mastitis Mares rarely suffer from mastitis but it can occur in maiden mares, barren mares, mares feeding a foal, after the loss of a foal or after weaning. The signs for mastitis include large, swollen mammary glands, often hot and painful to touch and sometimes with chunky or bloodtinged discharge coming from the opening of the teats. The mare can develop a fever and feel unwell. Treatment includes antibiotics (it may be helpful for the vet to get a sample of milk to culture the bacteria that is causing a problem so that antibiotic selection is appropriate); antiinflammatory pain relief and milking out the infected discharge/milk from the gland - this last step isn't always easy and unless you use

Mastitis in mares results in large swollen udders which are often hot and painful to touch. Abnormal Milk Production the appropriate technique may be counterpro'Bagging up' is a term used to describe mares ductive. whose udders are becoming enlarged due to Hot packs and cabbage leaves may help with increased glandular development and milk swelling but are awkward and time consumproduction. ing to apply (cabbage leaves act like a poultice This is a normal process in a mare that is and draw fluid from the swollen tissue, much preparing to have a foal, usually in the two easier to apply if your patient is wearing a weeks prior to giving birth (can start one brassiere). month prior to birth), but sometimes not until Most mares will recover with appropriate the foal is born (or days afterward!). treatment and it is uncommon for it to recur Dripping or running milk prior to the foal (but possible). being born is never a normal process and Rarely, an abscess can develop in the mammaoften means that the small supply of ry gland. colostrum ('first milk' that contains protective Abscesses are usually painful and either need antibodies and other ingredients for the foal) to be lanced or require long-term antibiotics. is being lost on the ground and the foal, once This is rarely a problem in Australia but can born, becomes high risk for developing infecbe seen more commonly overseas secondary tions (joint ill, umbilical abscess, pneumonia, to 'Pigeon Fever' (Corynebacteria pseudotusepticaemia). You should always consult your berculosis) or Tuberculosis (Mycobacteria vet if your mare runs milk before foal is born. spp).

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The heartbreak of premeature foaling By DAVID LOVELL BVSc Redlands Veterinary Clinic

Mares can be difficult to get in foal but the majority of owners wake up to a healthy mare and foal

The first concept to understand is that the gestation period of a mare can be quite variable. The normal range is 320 – 360 days and so sometimes a foal can be born up to three weeks earlier than the generally accepted average period of 340 days


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and still be perfectly normal. It is in this last six to eight weeks of pregnancy that premature foals are a possibility and often these foals are alive but premature and it is often possible to save many of these. Treatment and management of these early foals needs to be very intensive and aggressive and of necessity, can become extremely expensive. The foal is susceptible to many complications and owners intending to attempt to salvage one of these foals need to have a long and frank discussion with their veterinarian before commencing. Nonetheless, it can be very rewarding to be involved in the treatment. At this stage, I wanted to discuss more the situation of what an owner should consider if their mare begins to develop signs that may signal the possibility of an early foaling. Most commonly, this includes the relatively early development of a large udder and possibly the presence of a vaginal discharge or streaming of milk from the udder. The owner should immediately seek veterinary advice. The first, and in times gone by, most common cause was the presence of twins. With modern scanning and pregnancy testing methods, this is a lot less common but is still the first thing that should be considered. The next most common cause is placental insufficiency.

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Mares are starting to foal and fortunately the majority of owners wake up one morning and are presented with a normal healthy foal. The creator missed out a little when the horse was made and their reproductive system was left a little less than perfect. The mare can be difficult to get in foal in the first place but unfortunately, she is also quite prone to miscarriage and premature foals. By this time of the year there has already been a wave of actual abortions which is a common occurrence at about the seven month stage of pregnancy associated with an internal change in the hormonal control of pregnancy and at this stage, there is no hope of survival of the foetus. As the pregnancy progresses and the mare approaches term, another critical period in the gestation develops as the foal’s needs becomes much more demanding and not infrequently the mare is unable to sustain a normal healthy foetus and premature foaling can become a problem.

This simply means that the mares/foal support system via the uterus and placenta is just not functional enough to sustain the extreme demands of the rapidly developing foal in the last three months of pregnancy. This is much more common in horses that are older or have had several previous foals, but it may occur as a result of some problem with any previous pregnancy such as retained placenta or post foaling infections. The uterus develops some fibrosis and scarring and so is not efficient enough to support a subsequent pregnancy to term The third common cause is some form of actual infection in the uterus. This can, in some cases, have been present the whole pregnancy from mating, but more frequently it is a result of vaginal contamination resulting from poor conformation and faecal soiling as the weight of the pregnant uterus slowly pulls the anus further forward and increases the angle or slope of the vagina. Pre-emptive treatment in mares whose perineal conformation may suggest a predisposition to this would be to perform a relatively simple, but highly effective operation known as the “Caslick’s Procedure”. In this, the lips of the vulva are sutured closed to prevent vaginal contamination. Obviously this surgery needs to be reversed prior to foaling, but it can save many pregnancies.  continued page 13

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Dealing with foaling is no simple matter  from page 12 If symptoms of a possible premature birth develop, the mare needs to be examined and assessed and an attempt made to reach some form of diagnosis as to what the problem is and determine an idea of prognosis. Obviously the first consideration is to determine the anticipated foaling date and just how early the foal is. The examination will also obviously include a normal clinical assessment of the mare and her temperature, pulse and respiratory rate. A rectal examination will be performed to confirm she is still actually pregnant, assess the dilation of the cervix, and determine the foetal position and viability. Ideally an ultrasound examination may also be performed to assess the placenta and uterine fluids. If the rectal cannot detect movement of the foal, the vet may scan the mare’s abdomen to look for a foetal heart beat. Blood tests may be done to look for signs of inflammation and infection and hormone assays can be very useful to establish the viability of the pregnancy and give some idea of prognosis for survival of the foal. If there is vaginal discharge, this may be cultured to attempt to determine the bacteria causing infection.

Mares can be difficult to get in foal are are quite prone to stillbirths or weak or premature foals Treatment strategies can include the administration of antibiotics if infection is considered a possibility. It is a not uncommon practice in some mares considered to have a predisposition to infection, to administer antibiotics for days each month throughout the pregnancy. The previously mentioned Caslick’s operation makes more sense in an attempt to prevent vaginitis in the first place. Usually altronogest, a synthetic progesterone hormone marketed as “Regumate”, or

“Readyserve”, will be administered, often at quite high dose rates, and occasionally clenbuterol, a smooth muscle relaxant to obviate uterine contractions may be used. These drugs can be quite effective, but once again, all this treatment can be very expensive and so it is important to develop some diagnosis and prognosis to evolve an appropriate treatment and management plan. Remember, there is probably something not normal with the foal in the first place and so the drugs may only be prolonging

the inevitable. There are no “blanket answers” and it is essential that each case is properly evaluated. Obviously if the foal is born prematurely, immediate and urgent intensive care is required, and this is another story. A little later in the year, the opposite problem is commonly encountered where the mare is considered to be going well over term. In these cases, I advise the owner that as long as the mare is within three weeks of the expected date that they should not worry too much as this can be normal. The most important determination in these cases is that the mare is actually pregnant and so an examination is usually necessary. Each year we see a number of mares with an enormous “grass belly” that actually are not pregnant and the frustrated owners are waiting in vain. A lot of owners put pressure on the vet to induce the mare to foal when they are overdue. I usually counsel them to wait and not interfere as unfortunately artificially inducing the mare to foal can lead to many complications and so I prefer to allow nature to take it’s course. If the mare actually goes over 365 days, it is very likely that the service dates are incorrect and careful scrutiny of the records should be made.

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Diarrhoea problems in the adult horse By DAVID LOVELL BVSc Redlands Veterinary Clinic

The healthy horse passes 6 - 10 piles of well formed faecal manure balls every day.

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increase in speed of transit, and fortunately, most of these are reversible if the cause is eliminated. Degenerative failure of cells is in the main, irreversible and there is little hope of cure. Most owners, when their horse’s stool becomes loose, immediately demand antibiotics to "control' the infection. The reality is that bacterial causes of diarrhoea, particularly in adults, are extremely rare. By far the most common infection causing diarrhoea is worms. Large burdens of parasites in the gut, or encysted larvae in the wall of the bowel, cause irritation, inflammation, and increased speed of transit and worms should always be the first possibility considered. Most modern wormers are extremely efficient and a rapid cure can be expected, although resistance is now becoming more common. Most cases of sudden onset acute diarrhoea are the result of some form of "digestive disturbance" whereby the horse ingests or is suddenly exposed to some new or different feed. Obviously sudden changes in pasture would be very common, access to feed sheds or suddenly being given something like bread or carrots can all result in loose manure. The horse's digestive system is actually made up of very large numbers of micro-organisms that are trained to process,

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Happy "poos" mean happy horses and also importantly, happy owners. Fortunately most horses pass 6 10 piles of well formed faecal manure balls every day. The horse's digestive system is remarkable in the fact that horses are "hind gut digesters" in that most of the food material is processed in the large colon. The large colon and caecum are easily the largest primary organ in the horse and amazingly contain a very large volume of "watery material", amounting to up to 120 litres. Amazingly, the small colon, which is only three metres long, has to absorb all the water out of the colonic fluid that progresses towards the rectum and eventual expulsion as formed faecal balls. The normal small colon is unbelievably efficient at absorbing water and fortunately in most horses, little goes wrong. Two disease processes commonly occur. Increased speed of passage of abdominal fluid through the small colon exceed-

break down and digest food and transform it into essential nutrients that are absorbed and nourish the body. These populations of bacteria and protozoa are very labile and any sudden change in the character of the food can cause chaos within the populations, lead to change, and diarrhoea can result. (Note there are also many extremely serious disease conditions that can result as well). Fortunately most of these disturbances are transient and as soon as "normality" is re-established, normal manure production resumes. That being said, probably the most common cause of inflammatory diarrhoea results from the ingestion and accumulation of sand. This is so common, and yet many people refuse to acknowledge or suspect it. Horses are habitual grazers and they naturally spend most of their "free" time nibbling and nuzzling around with their head to the ground. The lips are constantly nibbling and exploring the ground and in particular, if grass and food material are in short supply, the lips ingest dirt and sand like a vacuum cleaner into the horse's mouth which is then swallowed and start to build up in the gut. It is amazing how much sand material can accumulate in the colon in particular.

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Dealing with different causes of diarrhoea  from page 20 This sand is extremely irritating and the irritation results in increased speed of transit and loose faecal material. Very often, the stool is more so called 'cow pat' rather than watery diarrhoea but all forms can occur and the loose manure is often intermittent, seemingly firming up and then relapsing. Sand "colic" is not that difficult to diagnose and can often be recognised by a typical "washing machine" intestinal sound heard near the sternum with a stethoscope. A definitive diagnosis can be made by placing manure in a bucket, flooding with water, mixing, and allowing the sand to sediment out to the bottom. Sand accumulation is difficult to treat. The single biggest issue in treatment is preventing any further access to sand. This is often not easy as I said before, the horse is a constant

Surgery can reveal large quantities of sand in the system

As horses are forage animals and as grass becomes scarce or they pick up dropped feed they will ingest sand. grazer and will always be nuzzling around on the ground. Each situation is different and management needs to assess the circumstances and make whatever changes are appropriate. People rely on addition of psyllium to the feed but this only has limited effect, particularly if in the face of continual and constant ingestion of sand. Most cases are curable, as long as further intake is ceased. Over time, the sand already present is slowly passed on and eventually the gut returns to normal. We have performed quite a few surgeries on horses where findings have been the presence of sand and it is simply incredible how many "buckets" of sand can be removed. The most serious causes of diarrhoea or soft stools in the horse are the various inflammatory or degenerative bowel diseases that occur.

These are most common in older horses and they usually have a slow insidious onset but the condition is progressive and often results in serious consequences for the horse. Over the years there have been a plethora of different names for the problems, but these days most are lumped into the syndrome "Inflammatory Bowel Disease". Diagnosis is usually not that difficult as history, clinical presentation and the age of the horse are strongly suggestive. Blood tests are informative as such horses usually have a low blood albumin and some sort of inflammatory profile. Ultrasonography can detect thickening of the intestinal wall and rectal biopsy can give very useful clues. Interestingly a lot of these biopsies reveal a high number of eosinophils, (a white blood cell associated with allergy) in the

sample. This suggests that the horse has possibility developed a sensitivity to some chemical or feed material in the gut and has developed an immune reaction over time. Once again, each case is different and must be analysed. Certainly it is very important to â&#x20AC;&#x153;chop and changeâ&#x20AC;? the feed around and in some cases, stability can be achieved with certain feeds. The only real therapy is long term treatment with cortisone as this reduces the inflammation and so allows better fluid absorption. Rarely does this result in a cure, simply management. In horses with very low albumin, we often try a plasma transfusion which, combined with feed changes and cortisone, can allow a degree of healing and slow the process.

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Preparation the key to Balanced Transitions By TANJA KRAUS

On completing our 2 day Balance and Transitions course at Dust A Lone Ranch New Zealand. We saw some great changes in the horses as they began to find their balance in unity with the rider. It got me to thinking about a couple of things. Firstly, how we can often assume that the horse has balance. "He can balance in the paddock" we say. Yes. This is true (though I have seen my fair share of horses fall over in the paddock due to a lack of balance), but we sometimes forget that we are asking him to balance with other influences; A saddle (not only extra weight, but a girth squeezing) A rider - Extra weight A rider - asking for accuracy in travel (in the paddock they can run where they like) A rider - giving cues that they are supposed to interpret A rider - asking for bend, collection etc. And this is just the start. We can also confuse the horses with our timing of asking for

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Lucy Sydney from Alstonville Pony Club happy with a win in the handler class

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Emma Shoobridge from Murwillumbah Pony Club

Ella Robinson from Woodburn all smiles after a win in her handler class

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Senior Point score winners. Isabelle Ellis from Grafton Champion and Tegan Maluta from Alstonville runner up

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Coffs Coast club gets the jump on competition The Coffs Coast Jump Club, based at Coffs Harbour Showgrounds, was formed just under 12 months ago when several local riders got together after realising there was a demand for a showjumping specific club on the mid-north coast. Local riders previously had to travel long distances to compete and train. The closest showjumping clubs were located at Wingham in the south, the Tweed in the north and Armidale to the west. The Coffs club runs rally days every four to six weeks at the Coffs Harbour Showgrounds, and has had great feedback from members and visitors commenting on professional and friendly events the club has held are. The club caters for riders and horses of all abilities, from poles on the ground, up to 1.25m+ or even as high as riders can competently achieve. They are affiliated with Equestrian Australia and Jumping NSW and have been attracting riders from all up and down the NSW coast. They are able to offer riders and horses EA grading points at its competitions which is a bonus

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lar with competitors looking to improve. The club is very fortunate to have two local course builders , Athol Clarke and Geoff Goldrick, who have been building challenging courses aimed at keeping riders sharp as well as helping in their performance regardless of ability. The course have also help lift the level of competitiveness among members and visitors. The Coffs Coast Jump Club also have some wonderful sponsors on board who have helped the club right from the start such as Coffs Harbour Produce, Horseland Coffs Harbour, Mitavite and Busway-Kempsey. A number of local businesses have also come on board to help sponsor and support showjumping festivals which has enabled the club to offer great prize money which in turn has attracted competitors from further afield. The next club day is on

September 17 and the club is now accepting entries online at select equestrian, chose showjumping and look for Coffs Coast Show Jumping Club. Competitors can also enter on the day. Club memberships are also on the website under 'clubs'. The two day Spring Festival of Showjumping will be help over the weekend of October 21st and 22nd October. There will be great prize money on offer and heights will range from 60cm to 1.25m. There will be trade stands, food stalls and there will also be a six bar competition. Entries for the Spring festival open soon on (No entries are taken on the day.) To keep up to date on whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening in the club follow the clubs facebook page Coffs Coast Jump Club Inc (@coffscoastshowjumping) and event dates or available on All enquires can be emailed to

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What’s happening FRASER COAST ALLBREEDS SHOW The Maryborough Active Riders Club will be host to the 2017 Fraser Coast Allbreeds show on October 7 and 8 at the Maryborough Equestrian Centre. There will be more than 200 halter and saddle classes, ASH and allbreeds challenges, youngstock class, full show horse and show hunter program plus an Australian Stock Horse Feature show. There will be trophy rugs, beautiful garlands awarded to Supremes, ribbons to sixth and loads of prize money and prizes up for grabs for competitors. For further information contact Cate Puschmann on 04315 444 09 Entry to the show is via and entries close October 4.

NOOSA COUNTRY SHOW The annual Noosa Show will be held at Pomona Showgrounds on September 15 and 16. Ring events will include a separate Hunter ring with Lightweight, Heavyweight and Working Hunter classes, Harness, Breeds, Western, District and Open Hacks, Pony Club Hacks, Novelties, Show Jumping, Light Horses and a New miniature program. Once again there will be the popular Show Riding Mount ring on Friday 15 for all breeds of horses that aren't of Hack type - they may be of any breed. Ponies Galloways and Hacks will be judged on performance and rideability. If you show dogs, there is a great program for them on Friday. This year they offer a special competitor rate two day gate pass. Entertainment will include Rooftop Express show over both days, live music by top local bands, fireworks and a laser light show. For further information contact the office on 07 5485 2331 or horse steward Christine on 0437 637 233.

Pomona Showgrounds 15th & 16th Sept 2017

** Show Riding Mount Classes on Friday ** Friday 15th: Harness, Breeds, District Hacking, Rider Classes, Show Riding Mount, Novelties, Pony Club Classes & Show Jumping

* Lovable Mutts Dog Show on Friday ** Saturday 16th: Hunter Ring- including Light and Heavyweight and Working Hunter, Hacking, Rider Classes, Show Jumping New Miniature program & Light Horses.

Increased prizemoney for Supremes and Showjumping Rooftop Express show over both days, Live music by top local bands. Fireworks & laser light show Two days of competition great music and entertainment Beef and Dairy cattle- Dog show on Friday. Special ‘Competitor rate’ two day gate pass

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Riding Pony Champion of Champions Show The Queensland Riding Pony Committee will be holding their Champion of Champions show on Saturday, September 16 on the Dressage Warm-Up Arena, Queensland State Equestrian Centre at Caboolture. This show offers two events in one. In the morning, there will be a full senior show pony program for Led and ridden Show Pony, Show Hunter pony, Overheights, Leading Rein and First Ridden as well as home produced and newcommer classes Then in the afternoon, the committee will wind up the year with our Champion of Champion Ridden feature event. Ten events each offering over $100 sweepstakes, rugs, garlands and prizes to include: Champion Leading Rein Show/Show Hunter n.e. 12hh Champion Ridden Show Pony 13.2hh and n.e. 14.2hh Champion Ridden Show Pony r 12.2hh and n.e. 13.2hh Champion Ridden Show Pony , n.e. 12.2hh Champion Ridden RPSBS Show over 14.2hh Champion First Ridden Show/Show Hunter n.e. 12hh Champion Ridden Show Hunter n.e. 12.2hh Champion Ridden Show Hunter Pony over 12.2hh n.e. 13.2hh

The Riding Pony Champion of Champions Show has a lot to offer competitors Champion Ridden Show Hunter Pony over 13.2hh n.e. 14.2hh Champion Ridden RPSBS Show Hunter Hack over 14.2hh These will be judged in a similar manner to a HOTY class. The workout will be the RPSBS Show/Show Hunter Ridden Workouts and are only open to those that qualified by placing first or second at selected shows that include the 2016 SHCQ HOTY, 2017 Toowoomba Royal, Northern NSW Hack Championships, EQ HOTY, North Queensland Hack Championships, Queensland Country Hack Championships, Brisbane Royal, RPSBS State Stud Show and Beaudesert Show.

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Another feature of this event will be the Young Judges Final which required qualifying for by placing first or second at one of the qualifying events. The RPSBS QLD introduced their Young Judges Scheme this year running events at Toowoomba Royal Brisbane Royal the State stud show and the Northern NSW Hack Championships. The Young Judges scheme aims to increase young members' sportsmanship, knowledge of the Riding Pony breed and their involvement in the RPSBS Society. For details contact Kym Johnson on 0417 647 747 or Mike Smith on 0413 152 968 or visit



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MORNING PROGRAM Full senior show pony program for Led and ridden Show Pony, Show Hunter pony, Overheights Leading Rein & First Ridden AFTERNOON PROGRAM CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS RIDDEN SHOW HUNTER PONY/HACK CLASSES CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS RIDDEN SHOW PONY/HACK CLASSES Qualification for Champion of Champions First or Second placing at the 2016 SHCQ HOTY, 2017 Toowoomba Royal, Northern New South Wales Hack Championships, EQ HOTY, North Queensland Hack Championships, Queensland Country Hack Championships, Brisbane Royal, RPSBS State Stud Show and Beaudesert Show

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What’s happening NIMBIN SHOW The Nimbin Country Show had its beginnings in 1919 and is the first show in the North Coast show circuit. The 2017 show will be held on September 23 - 24 and is a traditional style agricultural show with horses, cattle, poultry, dog trials, arts, crafts, fruits, vegetables, and horticulture. Saturday ring events will feature Led and ridden breed classes , Novice and open Hacks and Hunters and Rider classes a Supreme Led and Supreme Hack and Sunday will have classes for Shetlands, Miniatures, Heavy Horses, Showjumping, Junior Senior and Assoc hack and rider classes novelty and sporting events For more information: Email: or phone (02) 6689 1583 or 0427 045 978

TLEC HACK SPORTING DRESSAGE DAY The Terranora Lakes Equestrian Club will hold an Open T-Shirt hack show & gymkhana on Sunday 3 September 2017 at the club grounds Bilambil Rd Bilambil. Events will include Novice and Open show hack and Show hunter classes, and a beginner ring and then on completion of the Hack events the Dressage will begin along with fun events for all ages including bends, barrels keyhole, 3 mug race and more Cost for the day will be $25 which includes all classes and 1 dressage test.. additional dressage test will be $5. We will be using recycled ribbons that have been donated back to the club so we can raise much need funds to go towards all the great improvements we have planned for the grounds like top dressing the show arena, the new sand arena and new jumping course. For further information contact Paula 0413 733 294.

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Contact: Suzie Bloxsidge-Kennedy Email - Ph: 0400 558 218 Willowcroft Regal Rose Price: $ 15,000. 14.2 ¾ hh Reg: EA, SHC, Riding Pony Brown Mare YOB: 2003 Sire: Willowcroft Regal Emblem Dam: Willowcroft Tranquility This horse has been the most special horse I have owned. She has taught me so much and gives so much to me. The only reason this beautiful girl is for sale is because I want to give someone the experience this horse has given me, too many to list. She has taken me to Grand Nationals, Adelaide royal, wins at state title shows and success at local shows. Coco is perfect for a confident child moving onto Galloway but also very well suited to teenagers and small adults. Coco is easy to float, body clip, ride and day to day handling. Contact: Mandy Harrison Mob: 0412 444 350

Elmdale Park Presidential Price: $ 25,000. 16.3 ½ hh Thoroughbred Chestnut Gelding Sire: Bianconi Dam: Ora Smytzer Bobby needs no introduction, as his results since he commenced his showing career have made him one of the country’s most consistent and easily recognisable Show Hunter Hacks. As a true Thoroughbred Show Hunter, bold, powerful and confident. Bobby is now ready for his next rider to continue his success and at only 8 years of age he is only just coming into his own. He is fully qualified and entered for Adelaide Royal 2017. Bobby has been professionally educated and is easy to handle, travel and prepare, he has a great personality, however he does require an experienced rider. Any vet check welcome. Video footage available. Some of Bobby’s Show Ring Highlights; 2017 Sydney Royal – Open Hunter 16.2hh & over winner 2017 Canberra Royal – Reserve Champion Show Hunter 2017 EV State Titles – Runner Up Large Show Hunter 2017 SHCV Masters – Large Hunter of the Year 2016 EA Nationals – Runner Up Large Show Hunter 2016 EV State Titles – Large Show Hunter of the Year 2016 SHCV Masters – Large Show Hunter of the Year Contact: Terry Van Heythuysen Ph: 0400 106 068

Alkyra Acrobat Price: $ POA 16.0 hh Bay/Brown Gelding Reg: SHC. EA . ANSA . AWHA Sire: Contenda Dam: Alkyra Scarlet Lady Rare opportunity to purchase a young, top quality show or performance horse at the very start of what will be an amazing career. Lukey has been beautifully and classically educated, he is a pleasure to ride, with big, soft, ground covering paces. Only lightly shown he has more than proved himself at the highest level but has plenty of untapped potential. Will make an ambitious rider an incredible show hunter, rider class or dressage mount, Lukey also shows a real love to jump. Has been ridden by children with great success. Easy horse to own in every way. Major wins include- RU Small Hunter Hack SHC HOTY 2016 - Champion Prelim Hunter SHC HOTY 2016 - 1st Novice Hunter 15-16hh Canberra Royal 2017 - Runner Up (3rd) Grand National 2017 Good home essential and can be considered in pricing. Contact: Belinda Scanlon Ph: 0412 537 107 Email:



Price: $ 18,000. neg 15.3 ¾ hh Reg: SHCV, EA Bay Gelding Hugh is a quality individual with correct conformation and jaw dropping movement that draws admiration wherever he goes. In his Newcomer season Hugh has had much success including: - Top 10 SHC Debutante Hack - Winner RVL Fashions off the Track class - 3rd SHC Southern Stars Open Small Hack - Runner Up Barastoc Newcomer HOTY (equal winner on points) - Winner Barastoc Open OTT ridden - Runner Up Barastoc Led OTT - Runner Up VAS ltd Led Hack - Runner Up VAS ltd First Season Hack - Top 5 VAS ltd Open Hack - Qualified Royals Unfortunately a recent career change doesn't allow time for two hacks so he must go to an experienced home that will see him reach his full potential, horses like this don't come along every day Contact: Kathleen Ph: 0408 445 660 Page 38 - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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Contact: Suzie Bloxsidge-Kennedy Email - Ph: 0400 558 218 Yartarla Park Show Scene Price: $ 15,000 14.0 hh Reg: EWA ,SHC ,RPSB, WCPS Liver Chestnut Gelding Sire: Yartarla Park Chipmonk Dam: Rockview Jacinta GN QUALIFIED 2018 - CJ is the super pony. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think this day would come for him to be on the market. Suitable for the less experienced riders and advanced teens or even grandma. He has been with us for a bit over 2 yrs and his rider no longer wishes to ride. CJ loves to jump and riding out. He requires very little working down if any. His movement is just superb and would also excel in dressage. He is Mr Personality plus. Loves smooching and attention. He has a good sound education including flying changes. I have never questioned my daughter safety on him and he has looked after her well. CJ is only just coming into his prime and has so much more to give. He will win in any state and is a definite GN contender. He is a true hunter pony and exceptional quality. This is an extremely hard sale and extremely heart breaking. We have way too many and only one riding. Comes with all his rugs. MG bridle and false tail Contact: Nicola Forsberg Mob: 0498 476 393

Mahogany Park Rhianna Price: $ 4,000. 12.2 ½ hh Reg. APSB Riding Pony, Part Welsh & Riding Pony Bay Mare YOB: 2012 Sire: Fairlight Acres Kassa Dam: Fairlight Acres Rochelle

Hillgrove Spring Melody Price: $ 7,800. 13.1 7/8 hh Reg: APSB, SHC, EA, RPSBS, Arabian Society Liver Chestnut Mare Sire: Rothwell Toy Town Dam: Kooralyn Dominique Mel is a royal quality pony and has attended Sydney, Canberra, Bathurst and Melbourne Royals as well as various interschool competitions and pony club in recent years. She is easy to catch, float and clip and is excellent for the farrier and vet. She is suitable as a second pony for a younger rider looking to gain experience in the show ring. She requires no working down even at major events and rarely comes home without a ribbon. - Runner up Large Show Hunter pony at Macquarie Bank s 2013 - Champion Ridden RPSBS Hunter pony at Canberra Royal 2014 - Reserve Champion APAB Partbred at Sydney Royal 2014 Contact: Jack Makay Mob: 0413 422 106

50 Shades of Black Price: $ 9,000. neg to the right home 16.1 hh Reg: WB x TB Black/Brown Mare Age: 7yrs

Rhi is a green broken pony, she has jumped, attended Pony Club, has been shown in hand with success, she is a forward moving pony, has correct conformation, very pretty with beautiful big eyes.

Hope is a talented & versatile mate with huge potential. Confidentially jumps around 1m tracks with ease with plenty of scope to go higher. Recently competed at state show jumping and equitation championships with top 6 overall.

She is being wasted here needs a family to future her saddle career, or as a lovely brood mare she is good to catch, float, trim, drench and to have feet done.

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Horse report september 2017  

40 pages of informative and interesting articles, news stories, advertising, photos and information on what’s new and, what’s happening out...

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40 pages of informative and interesting articles, news stories, advertising, photos and information on what’s new and, what’s happening out...