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Taskforce looks to develop dressage A six member taskforce has been assembled to define and research the areas identified as being crucial for development of dressage sport in Australia. The taskforce was formed on the back of ta strategic planning workshop for dressage,held in September. Chair of the Australian Dressage Committee (ADC) Mary Seefried, will head-up the expert panel which also consists of Elaine Greene (WA), Liz Owens (Qld), Denise Rogan (NSW), Michael Bragge (Vic) and Brett Parbery (NSW). A joint initiative of the EA National Board and ADC, the workshop was the first step in the journey towards developing an action plan for Australian dressage for 2013-2016 and beyond, with the aim of establishing a framework to allow all areas of the sport to flourish, from the grassroots through to the elite. EA Chairman Dr Warwick Vale said it was important that all areas of the sport were represented on the taskforce. “I believe the taskforce which has been assembled has the right combination of skills and experience to work through the identified areas,” he said. “It’s important that different views are taken into consideration and I am confident that the individuals who have been selected to sit on the taskforce will be able to represent the

opinions of the wider dressage community. “We have an excellent opportunity to build a strategic plan for dressage for now and the future and the members of the taskforce will play a critical role in shaping the sport’s future.” The taskforce will research the current landscape of three key areas identified at September’s strategic planning session as being central to the growth and development of the sport moving forward. These are: 1.Events – looking at strategies that will increase spectator numbers and ensure the calendar of events meets the needs of all the levels of the sport in Australia to assist with continued growth 2.Business – how can the sport become more self-sufficient and less reliant on government funding 3.Participation – tactics that will help to raise the participation level In relation to high performance, the ADC will continue to work with the High Performance staff in place at Equestrian Australia to implement the current the strategic plan already in place as part of EA’s Winning Edge strategy. In addition, the National Board and ADC will look to immediately initiate a series of fundraising strategies that will aim to assist those riders campaigning for WEG 2014.

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Enjoy Christmas Aussie style The Christmas spirit is spreading and for those looking for something a little different, the Australian Outback Spectacular on the Gold Coast is really embracing that `spirit’. In true Aussie style, at the Outback Spectacular’s current show, Spirit of the Horse, will be offering a special Bush Christmas show in December. For a limited time only, the Australian Outback Spectacular will transform for the festive season to include traditional Christmas cheer with the special show featuring seasonal celebrations including Christmas carols around the campfire and a delicious plum pudding for dessert as part of Bluey’s three course Christmas BBQ. The highlight of the show will be the spectacular Christmas finale featuring wagons covered in Christmas lights with the big man himself, Santa, making a special appearance in a Cobb & Co Coach overflowing with presents. The festive theme will be carried throughout the venue with a huge ‘Australiana’ Christmas tree to complete the unique Australian bush Christmas scene. The Spirit of the

Horse show features the Legend of Phar Lap – one of Australia’s best loved horses – his courageous spirit and celebrates what he brought to the Australian public and his relationship with those who cared for him. Village Roadshow Theme Parks Chairman John Menzies said the brought to life not only the iconic story of Phar Lap but also aspects of outback life, uniquely Australian, in a specially designed world class arena, featuring an amazing cast of larger than life characters, stunning special effects, thrilling

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The importance of feeding protein By ANTOINETTE FOSTER Equine Nutritional Therapist and Medical Herbalist Protein in the horse's diet differs in their amino acid make up, this simply means that the description will be based on the amino acid content. It is also referred to as the quality of protein. We are going to examine the amounts of protein required in a horse's diet and the different sources available. Proteins are made up of amino acids; protein is required to receive the correct amount of amino acids in the horse's diet. These amino acids are distributed amongst the cells to be reassembled back into protein. There are many functions that protein serves in the equine body, some are required as structural members, some are enzymes and others are hormones. They are used as a transport vehicle for other molecules and are extremely important for the immune system; they can also be catabolised to produce energy. Amino acids are the building blocks of life and are critical for the horse's survival. Protein becomes extremely important as a nutritional source on a daily basis. Proteins are made up of 20 amino acids; these amino acids have an amazing number of different proteins that can be constructed. There are as many as 400 different types of dipeptides and 8000 different types of tripeptides. The molecules of amino acids are quite small and they are characterised by the amino acid group which is part of their structure. They do also contain a carboxyl group. The most significant part of metabolism is the nitrogen part of the amino acid molecule. This part of the molecule is the one that gives amino acids their name. If there is a shortage of protein in the diet there will therefore be a shortage of nitrogen, this could be catastrophic for the horse. Nitrogen is not the only part of the amino acid needed in the metabolic process; there are many more roles that these molecules play. The amino acids include glycine, alanine,

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enzymes from the pancreas and the intestinal cells. It is also thought that some proteins may be absorbed intact across the intestinal wall. During the absorption process there are some amino acids that are absorbed more easily than others. Amino acids such as methionine, valine, leucine and isoleucine are absorbed at the fastest rate from the intestines. The second fastest absorption is lysine, histidine, phenylalanine, tryptophan, and threonine. The rest of the amino acids are absorbed at a slower rate. The requirements of protein will certainly depend on the workload of the horse, the physiological state, age, body condition, and weight and maturity height for young growing horses. Protein feeds are naturally low in fibre and they can be an added source of energy but should never be relied on as being the main source. Soy-based products such as EquiSoy are a good source of protein and contain an excellent balance of amino acids. Products such as EquiSoy are safe to feed and are around 40% protein. Some types of hay and pasture contain higher levels of protein than others; this will depend on where the hays are produced and the species of hay. Lucerne hay for example, can have protein as high as 23%. Grains naturally vary with their level of protein, barley being one of the highest available and oats being one of the lowest. Studies suggest that a working horse does not require high levels of protein as opposed to a horse that is in light work. Work certainly does increase the need for protein as it is used as part of the energy requirement. Overfeeding protein is undesirable as it puts pressure on the removal of nitrogen from the horse's body and the increase in blood urea may be detrimental to the horse. Â continued page 7 - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

The Horse Report Comprehensive toolkit will help horse event organisers Horse event organisers have a new toolkit to help them ensure the welfare of horses at community events. The Australian Horse Welfare & Well-being Toolkit has been launched by the Australian Horse Industry Council (AHIC) in Melbourne to assist the work of horse welfare officers. Featuring volunteer job overviews, tips for preparing incident management plans, media management and mentoring club members, this guide will help community volunteers plan and manage public events involving horses. “Our horses mean a lot to us and we want the best for them,” AHIC Board Member and Project Manager, Grant Baldock, said. “Through promoting the role of the horse welfare officer at events, this is another way to develop skills and knowledge within the valuable volunteer base that run the thousands of community events each year around Australia involving horses.” The resource has been developed with the support of the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy. The comprehensive 40 page full colour document is available for free download from the website at Limited hard copies are available and can be ordered for the cost of postage.

5330 km journey by Horse-some Foursome National Stroke Foundation supporter Belinda Ritchie and her beloved horses Clincher, Trump and Rube have finished their year long, 5330 km trail journey raising funds and awareness to stop stroke completingthe trip in Cooktown, Queensland. Late last year Belinda decided to take a break from her busy life as a city-based lawyer. She swapped her briefcase for a swag and became a true blue drover in the name of stroke awareness. Belinda and her devoted horses have spent the last 12 months trekking the historic Bicentennial National Trail as part of the National Stroke Foundation’s community fundraising program Do it 4 Stroke. “I set out on the Trail in pursuit of adventure. I also wanted to take the opportunity to raise awareness for a cause that has touched my life,” said Belinda. Belinda has experienced firsthand the impact that stroke has on real lives as her Father suffered a stroke in 2012. “It has been a fantastic year and I have met so many kind people along the way which has really rekindled my faith in humanity. “Along the way I have spoken to a lot of people about stroke and the National Stroke

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Foundation. Stroke wasn’t necessarily on people’s radar, so I feel like I have helped spread an important message”. Clincher, Trump and Rube Inspired by R.M Williams, Belinda, Clincher, Trump and Rube set off from Healesville, Victoria in November 2012 and arrived in Cooktown in far north Queensland on Sunday 10th November. So far Belinda has raised over $5,000 for the National Stroke Foundation. She has also been awarded the Nancy Bird Walton sponsorship by the Australian geographic Society for Female Adventurer of the Year. If you would still like to donate money to Belinda’s initiative visit: or call the National Stroke Foundation fundraising team on 1300 194 196. You can learn of Belinda’s journey on her Facebook page:

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Fund formed in jockey’s honour Racing Queensland (RQ) in conjunction with the National Jockeys Trust has established a fund in honour of jockey Desiree Gill, Racing Minister Steve Dickson said today. Desiree tragically passed away on Sunday, November 10, from injuries sustained in a

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What is ‘slow feeding’ your horse? By NIKKI TUCKER All Bare with Natural Hoof Care

The concept of slow feeding is relatively new and there are now many versions on the market. There are many advantages to using a slow feeding system for managing your horse. Horses in their natural state evolved to constantly forage and graze throughout the day and night. In fact they should be eating for 18-20 hours a day. However in a domesticated environment, horses are usually fed once to twice a day. This has many negative consequences for the horse. How often do you throw your horses a biscuit of hay and it has been vacuumed up entirely within half an hour, so what does your horse do for the next 11 ½ hours until his next feed? Slow feeders slow down the rate of consumption and therefore closer replicate natural grazing. Physical and Mental Health Horses need to eat frequently for

A horse eating from a slow feeder is often happier and healthier.

Stress, choke and boredom, all of these factors are better managed and the likelihood reduced by incorporating the use of slow feeders into your horse’s management. By having something to eat all the time, the horse will be less stressed and less likely to choke as the rate of consumption is reduced due to only a few strands of hay being available at a time. Vices such as wood chewing etc are also aided if the horse always has something to nibble on. both their physical and mental health. As the horse’s stomach is small, and empties within an hour, they need to constantly be forag-


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ing. Constant chewing causes sodium bicarbonate to be naturally released in the horse’s saliva, therefore reducing the risk of stomach ulcers by counteracting the HCL in the horse’s stomach. Using a slow feeder system for your horse allows them to always have something available to chew on. This constant foraging reduces stress, allows the intestinal bacteria to remain balanced therefore reducing the incidence of colic or loose stools. More than three to four hours without anything in the stomach will drastically increase the incidence of stomach ulcers. Add that on top of the fact that competition horses and especially endurance horses go though long periods of riding with very limited feed and often long periods of floating to get to the ride venue and you have horses at very high risk of ulcers. In an article by Dr Kerry Ridgeway DVM, Equine Ulcers – Are We Seeing Just the Tip of the Iceberg, he states that he considers equine ulcers to be almost a 100% man made problem. Factors contributing to this due to the way we handle domesticated horses versus how nature intended include environment, nutrition, feeding, housing, isolation, training, trailering, competition and medication. We have taken an animal that is

designed to eat lower quality forage, hay and native pastures and quite literally fed them like a cow. As a feeding guide, a horse should receive approximately 1.5 – 2.5% of its bodyweight in forage. Therefore on average, a 500kg horse in maintenance up to moderate work should be getting 10-12.5kg or forage (hay/grass from grazing) per day. Again this is where a slow feeder comes in handy as it can be loaded up with hay and the horse is able to get the amount of forage it requires. Easy Keepers Slow Feeders allow easy keepers /overweight/laminitic/metabolic syndrome or Insulin Resistant (IR) horses to have their hay or forage available at all times, but limit the rate at which the horses can consume the forage. Providing low sugar, good quality hay to these horses is critical in their management. Starving any horses leads to stomach ulcers, possibly Hyperlipidemia (fatty Liver), and likely behavioural problems/vices to name just a few issues. By having a constant supply of low sugar (non structural carbohydrate – NSCs) hay available free choice there is also no insulin spike which is very important in managing obese/IR horses. Feeding off the Ground By using slow feeder nets, the horse has a continual supply of feed, but if the horse is being fed in wet, muddy, or sandy conditions then the feed is also kept off the ground. By feeding off the ground the risk of ingesting sand and therefore developing sand colic is also reduced. It is important if you are using the net type of slow feeder that you do not tie your net too low if your horse is shod or trimmed infrequently. Ways around this could be attaching your net inside a feeder box where the horse cannot stick its feet, or tying the net a little higher, or use a hay ring with round bales.  Continued page 13 - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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Manage risk and minimise waste  From page 12 Managing ‘at risk’ times During different times of the year such as spring and autumn there are periods of time where horses are more at risk of developing laminitis or gaining way too much weight. This is not ideal for performance horses, or in fact any horse or pony. Any factor that stresses a plant will raise the sugar levels of that plant. Therefore drought, temperature changes such as frost (less than 5 degrees Celsius), unbalanced soils, afternoon grazing in sunny conditions, will all contribute to the pasture being too high in sugar (non structural carbohydrates – NSC’s) and starch. During these ‘high risk’ periods, some owners have little choice but to lock up their horse or pony onto a dry lot/dirt yard or area of limited grazing. During these times, it becomes important to your horse’s welfare that some sort of slow feeder system is implemented for

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wastage rate, however when a slow feeder net was put over the round bale, this rate was drastically reduced to 6%.

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Other benefits Many owners also report that their horses are much happier and healthier when managed this way and that they are also far less aggressive to their paddock mates due to always having something to eat, particularly if they are on a dirt lot, paddock paradise track, stabled or yarded.

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Looking back on EQUITANA 2013 As the curtain came down on EQUITANA Sydney, organisers were able to take a break and look back at four days of great memories. The EQUITANA education program outdid itself in diversity and new information and exhibitors were left with very few wares to pack up by Sunday afternoon! The international presenters gave their all, loved Australia and can’t wait to come back. UK Dressage Olympic Gold medalist, Carl Hester, told organisers that he “loved the Australian crowds, as they were very appreciative of his clinic and demonstrations and they let him know it – and were forgiving of his mistakes”! Nicky Barratt from the UK, whose initial plans were to come out with Carl for a holiday, ended up giving dressage presentations as well, said she felt the same about the Australian audiences and had a ball at the event. It was decided that US master horseman, Al Dunning was a fantastic presenter and one of the most charming people the team had worked with - and by the look of the kneedeep crowds at his booth every day, audiences agreed. Long time EQUITANA Australia `mates’, Pat and Linda Parelli were their usual fantastic selves, delivering the message of creating better partnerships with your horse in the unique Parelli style. It was great to see the training innovations they had initiated since their last visit. The competition program was phenomenal with the change to indoor events. Exhibition Eventing was even more exciting and the “city meets country” experience of the Man from Snowy River Legend’s Challenge took on a whole new flavour. Another new event was the Western Breeds Halter Showcase. The Man from Snowy River Challenge was taken out by David and John Mitchell on a score of 933 points, with Ben Campbell and Robert Brady coming in second with 899 points and Dan Lindley and Brett Laney in third place on 886 points. Director of EQUITANA Australia, Rod Lockwood, said “EQUITANA Sydney has proven to be a runaway success. Happy crowds have enjoyed the fantastic competition and education program and our wonderful International presenters have entertained and enthralled our audiences. Exhibitors have enjoyed success and our educators have been able to present their knowledge and expertise to rapt audiences.” The Equitana team would like to thank everyone who has attended EQUITANA Sydney. EQUITANA 2014 will be held from November 20 – 23 at the Melbourne Showgrounds. Photos: Allira Fontana & Paula Anthony - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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To `barefoot’ or not to `barefoot’ By DAVID LOVELL BVSc Redlands Veterinary Clinic Of course, being able to maintain your horse without shoes is the ideal, and in a perfect world, that would be the way to go. No animal, humans included, is born with shoes and non-domesticated, feral and nomadic creatures seem to survive perfectly well in the natural state. Humans and horses seem to be the main species where shoes have become a convention, and in most cases, a necessity. It is always interesting to watch the debate between the often passionate and messiah like barefoot lobby and the conventional horseshoe people. Both groups are potentially correct but I rarely see any objective comments that support either point of view. The answers are very simple and can be derived from common sense and a logical analysis of each situation. Horses are all left barefoot as foals, weanlings, yearlings and often adults if they are left out in the paddock. It is only when they are broken in or come under the realm of providing service to humans that we see the need to put shoes on their feet. Once the horse starts domestic service, the whole game changes. The single biggest reason that we need to shoe horses is convenience for the human. This seems in itself to be a contradiction.

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Having to place shoes on horse’s feet is a major inconvenience. It is time consuming, hard physical work, requires a high technical skill level, and is a very considerable expense. These are all very significant reasons that most owners usually go through the barefoot phase and certainly cost is a major driver. Make no mistake, poor quality, or improper shoeing practices create major problems for the horse, and the barefoot boys and girls have no trouble providing evidence that support their views that horses should not be shod. It is extremely rare that the horse shoer is the person responsible for any problems or damage to the horse’s feet. Often the owners of such animals take great joy out of denigrating the farrier and bemoaning the fact that “If only I could find a decent farrier”. This is usually a major injustice as almost always the fault lies with the owner and the

single biggest issue is cost. Many owners select their farrier purely on what they charge and this drives a cost cutting, short cut taking approach in the lower cost brigade. The second cost factor is frequency of shoeing. Very few horses can go longer than four or five weeks between shoeing but again, cost, tempts owners to stretch re-shoeing out to six, eight, or even longer intervals. Of course problems are going to develop but where is this the farrier’s fault? I stated earlier that the reason we have to shoe is “convenience” to humans! This is because once we place the horse into service, we want to be able to access the animal quickly and easily. This means that we lock the horse up and confine him to a small area so that when we want to use him, we don’t have to spend hours chasing around a large paddock to find the horse.  continued page 19 - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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Shoes or no shoes ?  From page 18 Compounding the problem is the fact that most humans tend to live in the more fertile, higher rainfall areas and the ground surface therefore becomes much softer with better grass cover. This is why we have to shoe, the horse has been forced to adapt to conditions that are extremely un-natural and only imposed to suit the needs of the horse owner. This is where most of the bare foot experiments go wrong. The hoof wall is a living structure and is constantly growing. If the horse is allowed to revert to his natural nomadic state, then there is no need for shoes. Exercise is the key. If the horse is allowed to roam free in the natural state, the hooves are constantly worn to shape. The less the horse moves, the less wear on the foot, and obviously the need to trim develops. Similarly, placing shoes on the feet prevents any wear occurring and hence the need for shorter intervals between shoeing. A more important element is the sole. Strong, thick, healthy soles are the key to successful barefooting horses. The hoof wall and sole are produced by horn producing cells in the corium. The hoof wall originates from the coronet and grows down from the top. The solar corium is the sensitive inner layer of the bottom of the foot and this is responsible for producing healthy sole. This is critical for success. A strong healthy blood supply to the solar corium is the make or break of barefoot trimming. Plenty of blood brings the oxygen and nutrients essential for growing sole. Horses with thin soles are always going to be sensitive and sore. Wild horses and healthy barefoot animals have a very thick depth of sole, ideally 20mm or more, but certainly a minimum of 15mm. The two factors critical for blood supply are firstly exercise, and secondly the bio-mechanical design of the ground surface of the foot. Exercise immediately increases heart rate and consequently the circulation of blood through the foot. A major factor in horses with dry brittle walls is being sedentary or locked up for long periods of time. Of much more importance however, is the mechanical design of the horse’s ground surface.

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Many years ago, an American, Gene Ovnicek made the observations on the natural shape of wild mustangs that has led to the “Four Point Trim” method of natural balance shoeing. He noted firstly the very thick soles of wild horses, and that the hoof in its natural state had four key pressure points for weight bearing. Two at the heels and two forward pillars just in front of the widest point of the hoof. This corresponds very closely with the position of the pedal bone within the hoof capsule. As the horse moves and the hoof contacts the ground in stance, the weight of the horse transmitting down the limb interacts with the ground and compresses the sole in between. This obviously cuts off the flow of blood. Simplistically, the longer the hoof remains on the ground, the more time the tissues are deprived of blood. The natural four pillars are the design nature has dictated that best suits optimum health and blood flow to the sole. If the foot grows without regular wear or trimming, particularly if a shoe is on the foot, the only possible way the hoof can grow is to become longer and longer in the toe and lower in the heels. This then delays break-over, increases the ground contact time, reduces the blood flow, and results in thinner and more sensitive soles. Nothing is ever as simple as that but understanding these basic concepts is essential in any hoof care, corrective shoeing program, but is critical if we are contemplating going barefoot. So, in reality, the argument between barefoot of shoes is really irrelevant. Any horse can go barefoot. The limitation is almost always the owner and the lengths they are prepared to go to facilitate success. Proper mechanical trimming is essential, but then creating the conditions to ensure that horse is constantly getting sufficient exercise to stimulate healthy, viable new hoof and sole growth is essential.



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Important milestone in protecting Australia from lethal Hendra virus As the one year anniversary of the development of the Hendra virus horse vaccine is marked, this lifesaving prevention has reached another important milestone, with more than 150,000 doses of Equivac HeV now administered to horses nationwide. Launched on November 1, 2012, Equivac HeV is the most effective tool in Australia’s arsenal against this deadly disease, providing at least six months of protection that prevents horses from contracting the virus and passing it on to other horses and humans. Developers of the vaccine, CSIRO and Zoetis, understand that this landmark could not have been reached without the support of veterinarians and the equine community. “The veterinary and equine industries have been critical to this encouraging spike in vaccination numbers,” Dr Stephanie Armstrong from Zoetis said. “Veterinarians and leaders in the equine community have gone to great lengths to ensure that the public understand the role of the vaccine and the devastating impacts of a Hendra infection. “These individuals and groups have rallied public support through evening education sessions, vaccination events, local marketing campaigns and one-on-one consultations; efforts that have contributed to the safety of their colleagues and community.” CSIRO’s lead researcher in the development and testing of Equivac HeV, Dr Deborah Middleton, veterinary pathologist, is pleased to see that the uptake of the vaccine has increased in the last five months. “As a veterinarian, it is great to see how supportive the industry has been of Equivac HeV,” Dr Middleton said. “I have seen first-hand how Hendra has created difficult working conditions for my colleagues and greater uptake of this vaccine will not only make their working lives easier, but it will also help protect them and their staff from a potentially fatal Hendra infection.” Queensland Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, John McVeigh, con-

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gratulated Zoetis on their dedication to rolling out the Hendra virus vaccine for horses. “Zoetis have been very proactive in providing education and awareness about the vaccine and I commend the veterinary community and Queensland horse owners who have made the decision to have their horses vaccinated,” Mr McVeigh said. “However horse owners shouldn’t become complacent, even after vaccination. “The Queensland Government still recommends the use of good personal hygiene and biosecurity measures when working with horses, regardless of their vaccination status. "Horse owners should discuss vaccination with their veterinarian, and familiarise themselves with other measures to reduce the risk of Hendra virus infection.”

Premier Campbell Newman said vaccination was the primary weapon in the fight against the spread of the Hendra virus. “Vaccination is the single most effective way to reduce the risk of Hendra virus infection in horses and in turn can help to protect owners and others who may be in close contact with these animals,” Mr Newman said. “I encourage horse owners to download an information pack from the Biosecurity Queensland website at” Zoetis is asking veterinarians for continued vigilance to ensure that Australians and their horses are protected against this potentially lethal zoonotic disease, which can be transmitted to humans. “While we have reached this important milestone, it is important that we continue to protect our horses against the virus,” Dr Armstrong said. “This disease doesn’t give any second chances, so it’s critical to take a preventative approach to protect veterinarians, their clients and the wider community in Australia.” Horse owners that have not yet chosen to vaccinate to protect their horses and staff are urged to do so. Among the doses administered, only 0.22 per cent of cases have reported minor adverse events, placing Equivac HeV in line with other vaccines on the market. For more information on the Hendra virus and Equivac HeV, horse owners should visit

Minimising risk take steps to protect yourself “Even though the majority of cases tend to occur in the cooler months between July and September...Hendra virus infection can occur throughout the year. It is therefore important for horse owners to take steps to protect themselves and their animals year round.”  Ensure all horses are fully vaccinated against the Hendra virus and follow recommended Hendra vaccination protocols.  Protect the horses’ feed and water from contamination by flying foxes, such as placing them under a shelter and/or away from trees.  Remove horses from paddocks where flowering or fruiting trees are attracting flying foxes. Only return horses to these paddocks once the trees have stopped flowering/fruiting and the flying foxes have gone. Make sure to clean up any remaining fruit lying on the ground before returning the horses.  If removing horses from the paddock is not an option, consider fencing off the area where the trees are present. Alternatively, consider temporarily

removing the horses from their paddocks at dusk and during the night, when flying fox activity is at its peak.  Isolate sick horses from other horses, animals and people.  Ensure strict hygiene and cleaning practices are used on your property when handling horses. That includes making sure gear exposed to body fluids from a horse is cleaned and disinfected before it is used on another horse. (e.g. halters, lead ropes). Ask your veterinarian about the types of disinfectants you can use.  Wear gloves when you are cleaning equipment that has been used on a sick horse and wash your hands afterwards.  Wear approved protective equipment if Hendra virus is a potential diagnosis for any sick horses on your property. - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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Pony Club NSW introduces Hendra policy for State events The Pony Club Association of NSW (PCANSW) has announced a mandated Hendra Virus Vaccination Policy. The policy will apply to all horses attending future PCANSW official events, including State Championships and State Camp. It will take effect from January 1 next year. The motion, "All horses attending State Championships and State run events (i.e. State Camp) must be fully vaccinated against Hendra virus and applications must include a copy of their current vaccination certificate from the 1st of January 2014," was passed at the Pony Club Association NSW State Council meetings in November. PCANSW holds a camp each year for 70 riders in the equestrian disciplines of Showjumping, Dressage, Advanced Horsemanship, Eventing and Mounted Games. These riders come together for the week long camp and are instructed by top Australian coaches. PCANSW holds nine State Championships a year in the disciplines of Sporting and Campdrafting, One Day Event, Dressage, Showjumping, Jumping Equitation, Mounted Games, Polocrosse and Showriding. The vaccine is recommended for use in horses and is effective against the deadly Hendra Virus (HeV). The vaccine was launched at the beginning of November 2012 and it is now available nationwide through accredited veterinarians. Horses will initially be vaccinated with two

doses, a minimum of 21 days apart, with the onset of immunity occurring twenty one days after the second dose. Pony Club Association NSW is currently in talks with Zoetis, the producer of the Hendra vaccine, to discuss the possibility of arrangements to help offset the costs of vaccination and will keep our members advised on the status of this. This is a risk management and member welfare issue and the association has a duty of care for the health and safety of members, spectators, event organisers and the wider community. For more information regarding the Hendra vaccination in NSW, visit the NSW Department of Primary Industry website at or the Australian Veterinary Associations website at The Pony Club Association of NSW is supported by Sport and Recreation a division of Communities NSW, Mitavite official feed partner and Global Entries Online. Pony Club NSW has over 270 clubs with over 15, 500 members. These pony clubs operate from Tweed Heads in the north to Eden in the south. Such institutions represent the absolute grassroots level of horse riding in NSW. Visit the website to find a club near you at For more information, contact The Pony Club Association of NSW Executive Officer: Kerren Britton Phone: 02 4229 8977, Email: Website:

Reciprocal coaching qualifications now available to EA and PCA coaches Equestrian Australia (EA) and Pony Club Australia (PCA) coaches are set to benefit from a new initiative which makes it easier for coaches of each organisation to gain recognition from the other. Following an extensive review of each organisation’s educational certificates and qualifications, EA and PCA are pleased to provide all of their accredited coaches with an opportunity to use the skills which they have developed as part of the accreditation they currently possess, towards an accreditation from the other organisation. The mapping project revealed there was considerable similarity between the courses offered by both organisations. For example, by completing an EA level one riding certificate, individuals also satisfy 100 per cent of the course requirements to attain a PCA A/H certificate. Similarly those who possess a PCA A/H certificate are automatically eligible for an EA level one riding certificate. The ultimate goal of this project is to provide a standardised, transparent and valid method of recognising the skills and accreditations in horse riding, horse management and coaching across Equestrian Australian and Pony Club Australia. The project helps members of both organisations receive the recognition for the time and resources which they have spent training and achieving their respective accreditations. Where training and competency at performing equestrian riding, horse management and coaching tasks is equivalent, all members now have the opportunity to have these skills recognised without having to be re-trained or reassessed. A series of tables highlighting skills that coaches can count towards a course offered by the reciprocal organisation is available at www.equestrian. The EA PCA reciprocal accreditation initiative is one of several ventures that the two organisations have collaborated on in recent years that provide increased opportunities and benefits for members of both organisations. It is also a key feature of EA’s recently released skills recognition policy which offers greater flexibility to individuals wishing to gain or advance their EA NCAS accreditation. Under the new system an individual may count relevant formal training, work & life experience or competition results towards attaining or upgrading their coaching qualifications. For further information visit or - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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Bungendore ready for NSW Pony Club championships Bungendore is ready to host the last Pony Club NSW State Championship for the year. The 2013 Bungendore Community Bank State Showriding Championship will be held over the weekend of December 7-8 at Bungendore Showgrounds, Bungendore. The Pony Club NSW State Showriding Championship is an annual event hosted by a different pony club zone each year. According to Zone 16 president, Melissa Benyon, Zone 16 was very happy to be hosting the State Show-Riding Championships this year. “We hope everyone will have a great time and that riders will be encouraged to return to Zone 16 for future State and Zone events, whether these are held at Bungendore or other great local venues," she said. This year's event hosted by Zone 16 has attracted 245 riders. Competitors and their families will be travelling from all over NSW to camp at the Bungendore Showgrounds for the weekend of the championship. "Our riders have been practising and preparing, especially at our recent Zone event, held in November,” she said. “With 31 riders from our zone hailing from seven different clubs across six age divisions, we are confident of our members making worthy opponents for visiting riders from all across the state."

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Zone 16 Secretary Jo Cullen said there were 245 riders entered in the event and the zone was pleased to be able to offer them, their families and supporters the very pleasant and extensive facilities at Bungendore Showground to enjoy. “As well as the highly competitive event classes themselves, riders and spectators can expect a friendly atmosphere, welcoming volunteers, an active canteen, a delicious Saturday night roast, and a giveaway of books and goodies from our zone president, who just happens to be a successful author, under another name, when she's not working on pony club matters," she said. Spectators are most welcome to come and observe the championship with free admission on both days. A canteen will be in operation for the duration of the event along with some exciting equine trade stands. The Pony Club NSW State Showriding Championships are supported by naming rights sponsors Bungendore Community Bank, State Championship rug sponsors Flametree Inc, major sponsors Ranvet and Global Entries Online, Sport and Recreation a division of Communities NSW, and Mitavite official feed partner. To find a pony club near you visit the NSW website on

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Excell maintains lead in World Cup despite student claiming the round Australian Boyd Excell remains on top of the leaderboard in the 2013/14 FEI World Cup Driving championship despite a third pacing in round three held in Stuttgart last month. German newcomer Daniel Schneiders thrilled an enthusiastic local crowd with a win, ahead of fellow German Georg von Stein and competition favourite Exell. It was Schneiders’ first proper FEI World Cup™ start and he made the most of it by collecting maximum points. After he switched from driving ponies to horses two years ago, his goal was to compete in the FEI World Cup™. He received a wild card in Hannover in 2012 and 2013 and qualified for the FEI World Cup™ Driving season 2013/2014 after his compatriot Christoph Sandmann and American Chester Weber pulled out. The third round was thrilling to the end with Schneiders, a farrier by profession, having one knockdown in the first round but maintaining good speed, driving the same team of horses with which he was less successful in Hannover several weeks ago,. He put put down a very fast time again in the winning round, which took place over a shortened course. The difference between

Australian Boyd Excell in action in Germany during the World Cup driving champions.

Schneiders and Von Stein was only a little over one second and when Von Stein knocked a ball and was one second slower, Schneiders moved up to second place. Excell, the last man in, started at full speed, using his new leader horse Knight Templar. In the first marathon obstacle, Knight became too strong, which cost a knockdown and precious seconds. An element also fell, blocking the way to the finish, which caused another ball to fall, much

to the excitement of the spectators in Stuttgart, who then knew their home driver Schneiders would be declared the winner. With 10 points for victory, Schneiders has moved straight into equal third in the series standings. The third place still give Excell and handy lead in the competition with 22 points after three rounds, 10 clear of second placed von Stein. In an ironic twist, Schneiders is trained by Exell, during both the indoor and outdoor seasons.

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“That stops now,” laughed Exell at the post-competition press conference. Exell had helped Schneiders put together this special indoor team and also advises Schneiders during the course walks. Schneiders is also trained by double World Champion and multiple FEI World Cup™ champion Michael Freund (GER) and the German national trainer Karl-Heinz Geiger. The next round is this month in Hungary.

Horse owners need to plan ahead for fire season to avoid tragedy With the bush fire season across Australia, horse owners need to develop a bushfire survival plan that includes what to do with your horse. Planing is vital and factors to consider include: Finding a safe area on your property for the horse to shelter or you may decide to relocate your horse. The area should: - be as large as possible. This may be created by opening gates to several paddocks. - be closely grazed or a large well fenced sand area that does not have any trees or buildings nearby that will burn easily. - have a dam with easy access. Identify several routes to get the

horse to its safe place from your property, as it will depend where the fire is on the day. If your plan is to relocate your horse, you need to make arrangements ahead of time. Options may include showgrounds, sale yards, racetracks or pony club grounds. If you cannot take your horse to family or friends, contact your local ranger when writing your survival plan to get advice on where there may be emergency paddocks or stables in your area. These safe places cannot be guaranteed, as conditions could change on the day, so make sure you also have a back-up plan. Decide which horses you will move. Ensure your horse float is

roadworthy. Make sure your horses are float trained and if the fire is at night you need to be confident that you will be able to move the horses in the dark. What to take: The horse handler should wear clothing made of natural fibres (boots, jeans, long sleeved shirt) and gloves to avoid rope burn. You should prepare an emergency kit ahead of time. It should include: - wire cutters and a sharp knife. - fire-resistant container to be used for water. - extra lead rope and halter. - woollen blanket and towels. - horse first aid kit. - emergency supply of food. For the safety and wellbeing of

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ustralian jockey, Adrian Morgante ĂŶĚ ŶŽǁ Ă ŵƵůƟ ĂǁĂƌĚ ǁŝŶŶŝŶŐ ŝŶǀĞŶƚŽƌ ;ǁŝŶŶŝŶŐ ϭϬ ƉƌĞƐƟŐŝŽƵƐ ŝŶƚĞƌŶĂƟŽŶĂů ĂǁĂƌĚƐ ĂŶĚ ƚŚĞ ďĞƐƚ ŝŶǀĞŶƟŽŶ ĮǀĞ LJĞĂƌƐ ƌƵŶŶŝŶŐͿ ŚĂƐ ĚĞǀĞůŽƉĞĚĂŶŽƚŚĞƌǁŝŶŶĞƌ͘ Champion and Olympic riders, trainers and ĐŽĂĐŚĞƐ ĂƌĞ ƌĂǀŝŶŐ ĂďŽƵƚ ŚŝƐ ůĂƚĞƐƚ ŝŶǀĞŶƟŽŶ the WTP (Winning Tongue Plate) bit the only ďŝƚŝŶƚŚĞǁŽƌůĚƚŽǁŝŶĂƉƌĞƐƟŐŝŽƵƐƵƐƚƌĂůŝĂŶ ĂŶĚŝŶƚĞƌŶĂƟŽŶĂůĚĞƐŝŐŶĂǁĂƌĚ͘ There are twŽƵŶŝƋƵĞƉĂƚĞŶƚĞĚƌĞǀŽůƵƟŽŶĂƌLJ designs the normal plate and extended plate both reducing bit pressure by about 85% with no pinching, and the Extended Plate is the only bit in the world proven to stop displacement ŽĨƚŚĞƐŽŌƉĂůĂƚĞĂŶĚŽƚŚĞƌďƌĞĂƚŚŝŶŐŝƐƐƵĞƐ͕ Ăůů ŵĂŬŝŶŐ ƚŚĞ ĚŝīĞƌĞŶĐĞ ďĞƚǁĞĞŶ ǁŝŶŶŝŶŐ ĂŶĚ ůŽƐŝŶŐ ĂŶ ĞǀĞŶƚ͘ ƵĞ ƚŽ ƌĞƐĞĂƌĐŚ ĂŶĚ development, the new and improved 2013 designs has produced outstanding results in the equestrian and racing industry and ŚĂƐ ƚŚĞ ŝŶĚƵƐƚƌŝĞƐ ƚĂůŬŝŶŐ͘ ,Ăůů ŽĨ &ĂŵĞ Jockey Mike Smith, says it’s “The Bit of the &ƵƚƵƌĞ͘͟ KůLJŵƉŝĐ ƌŝĚĞƌ DĞŐĂŶ :ŽŶĞƐ ͞ ŝƚ ŝƐ ĂŵĂnjŝŶŐ͘͟ hƐĞĚ ďLJ ĐŚĂŵƉŝŽŶ ĂŶĚ KůLJŵƉŝĐ ƌŝĚĞƌƐ͕ ŵĂŶĚĂ ZŽƐƐ͕ EĂƚĂůŝĞ ůƵŶĚĞůů͕ ůĂŝƌ ZŝĐŚĂƌĚƐŽŶ͕WĞƚĞƌDĐDĂŚŽŶ͕<ĂƚũĂtĞŝŵĂŶŶ͕ WĂƵůĂ,ĂŵŽŽĚ͕ŝĂŶŶĞ:ĞŶŬLJŶƌĞƐƐĂŐĞ͘dŚĞ WTP bits transform horses that have poor bit


ǁŝƚŚƚŚĞďŝƚ͕ƌĞƐƵůƟŶŐŝŶŚĞĂĚƐŚĂŬŝŶŐ͕ƉƵůůŝŶŐ͕ rearing, bucking, mouth opening and poor ƉĞƌĨŽƌŵĂŶĐĞ͘ džƉŽƐĞĚ ũŽŝŶƚĞĚ ƐŶĂŋ Ğ ďŝƚƐ create up to 300kg of pressure, pinching the ƚŽŶŐƵĞ ĚŽǁŶ ƚŽ ĐĞŶƟŵĞƚĞƌƐ͕ ĐĂƵƐŝŶŐ ŚŽƌƐĞƐ to evade the pain by withdrawing the tongue ŽƌƉůĂĐŝŶŐŝƚŽǀĞƌƚŚĞďŝƚ͘dŽŶŐƵĞƟĞƐĐĂŶĂůƐŽ ĐĂƵƐĞ ŚŽƌƐĞƐ ƚŽ ĮŐŚƚ ƚŚĞŵ ĂŶĚ ďƵůŐĞ ƚŚĞŝƌ ƚŽŶŐƵĞ ďĂĐŬ ƚŽ ĞƐĐĂƉĞ ƚŚĞ ƉĂŝŶ͕ ƌĞƐƵůƟŶŐ ŝŶ ĚŝƐƉůĂĐĞŵĞŶƚŽĨƚŚĞƐŽŌƉĂůĂƚĞ͘ Whereas the patĞŶƚĞĚ tdW ĞŶĐĂƐĞĚ ũŽŝŶƚ design prevents the arms folding down, ƉƌĞǀĞŶƟŶŐƉĂŝŶƚŽƚŚĞƌŽŽĨ͕ƚŽŶŐƵĞĂŶĚďĂƌƐ͘ dŚĞ ϲ͘ϱ ƐƋƵĂƌĞ Đŵ ůŽǁ ƉƌŽĮůĞ ĐĞŶƚĞƌ ƉůĂƚĞ ĐƌĞĂƚĞƐĂƐŽŌĞƌƐƵƌĨĂĐĞĂƌĞĂƌĞĚƵĐŝŶŐƚŚĞďŝƚ ƉƌĞƐƐƵƌĞ ďLJ ĂďŽƵƚ ϴϱй͘ dŚĞ tdW ĐĞŶƚĞƌ ŇĂƚ ƉůĂƚĞŝƐƵƉƚŽϭϰŵŵůŽǁĞƌƚŚĂŶŽƚŚĞƌďŝƚũŽŝŶƚƐ͕ allowing more room between the tongue and ƚŚĞƌŽŽĨŽĨƚŚĞŵŽƵƚŚ͕ƉƌĞǀĞŶƟŶŐƌŽŽĨƌƵďďŝŶŐ ĂŶĚ ŵŽƵƚŚŝŶŐ ŝƐƐƵĞƐ͘ &ƵƌƚŚĞƌ͕ ƚŚĞ tdW ďŝƚ arms have limited travel to reduce outer ring pressure to the cheeks and lips when working ĂŚŽƌƐĞŝŶĂƐƚƌĂŝŐŚƚůŝŶĞ͘dŚĞŽŶůLJƟŵĞĐŚĞĞŬ pressure is required is when turning your ŚŽƌƐĞ͘  dŚĞ ďĞƐƚ ƚĞƐƚ ƚŽ ĚĞŵŽŶƐƚƌĂƚĞ ŚŽǁ ŝƚ ƐƚŽƉƐĚŝƐƉůĂĐĞŵĞŶƚŝƐďLJůĂLJŝŶŐƚǁŽĮŶŐĞƌƐŇĂƚ ŽŶ LJŽƵƌ ƚŽŶŐƵĞ͘ dŚĞ ƌĞƐƵůƚ͕ LJŽƵ ĐĂŶ͛ƚ ďƵůŐĞ LJŽƵƌ ƚŽŶŐƵĞ ďĂĐŬ͘ EĞŝƚŚĞƌ ĐĂŶ ƚŚĞ ŚŽƌƐĞ͕ therefore, keeping the tongue in the correct ĨŽƌǁĂƌĚ ƉŽƐŝƟŽŶ ĂŶĚ ƐƚŽƉƉŝŶŐ ĚŝƐƉůĂĐĞŵĞŶƚ͘ dŚĞ ƌĞǀŽůƵƟŽŶĂƌLJ ƉůĂƚĞ ĚĞƐŝŐŶ ƉƌĞǀĞŶƚƐ ƚŚĞ


PICTURES 1 & 2 SHOW A SNAFFLE BIT ROOF RUBBING AND BIT PINCHING. contact and were leaning on the rein, pulling the reins through your hands, not using their ƐŚŽƵůĚĞƌƐ Žƌ ŚŝŶĚƋƵĂƌƚĞƌƐ͕ ĮŐŚƟŶŐ ƚŚĞ ďŝƚ͕ ŚĞĂĚĐŚƵĐŬŝŶŐ͕ƌĞĂƌŝŶŐ͕ďƵĐŬŝŶŐ͕ƉƵůůŝŶŐ͘ůůŽĨ ƚŚĞtdWďĞŶĞĮƚƐĂƌĞƐƵƉƉŽƌƚĞĚďLJŚƵŶĚƌĞĚƐ ŽĨĂŵĂnjŝŶŐƚĞƐƟŵŽŶŝĂůƐǁŚŝĐŚĐĂŶďĞƐƵƉƉůŝĞĚ ŽŶƌĞƋƵĞƐƚ͘ It is wĞůů ĚŽĐƵŵĞŶƚĞĚ ũŽŝŶƚĞĚ ƐŶĂŋ Ğ ďŝƚƐ cause roof rubbing and bit pinching, causing pain signals to spread to any other branch ŽĨ ƚŚĞ ƐĂŵĞ ĨĂĐŝĂů ŶĞƌǀĞ͕ ƌĞƐƵůƟŶŐ ŝŶ ƉĂŝŶ ŝŶ areas of the face that have no direct contact


ŽŶĂŚŽƌƐĞ͘͟>ĞĂĚŝŶŐĐŽůƚďƌĞĂŬĞƌ:ƵůŝĞŶtĞůƐŚ͕ ǁŚŽďƌĞĂŬƐŝŶϱϬϬŚŽƌƐĞƐĂLJĞĂƌĨŽƌĂƌůĞLJĂŶĚ other leading trainers purchased 25 WTP bits ƌĂƟŶŐƚŚĞŶŽƌŵĂůƉůĂƚĞĚĞƐŝŐŶĂƐƚŚĞďĞƐƚďŝƚ on the market and like having power steering, ŬŝŶĚ ĂŶĚ ƐŽŌ ŽŶ ŚŽƌƐĞƐ ĂŶĚ ƚƌĂŶƐĨŽƌŵŝŶŐ Ěŝĸ ĐƵůƚŚŽƌƐĞƐ͘ĂǀĞDĐǀŽLJĐŽůƚďƌĞĂŬĞƌĂŶĚ ĐĂŵƉĚƌĂŌĞƌ͕͞ƚŽƚĂůůLJĂŵĂnjŝŶŐƌĞƐƵůƚƐ͊͟



ŚŽƌƐĞƉƵƐŚŝŶŐƚŚĞƉůĂƚĞƵƉǁĂƌĚƐŽƌƐŝĚĞǁĂLJƐ͘ ,ere’s what is being said by other leading ŝŶĚƵƐƚƌLJĞdžƉĞƌƚƐ͘^ŚŽǁũƵŵƉŝŶŐƌŝĚĞƌƐ:ĂŶĞůůĞ tĂƚĞƌƐ͕ďƐŽůƵƚĞůLJĂŵĂnjŝŶŐ/ŚĂǀĞƌĞƉůĂĐĞĚĂůů ŵLJďŝƚƐ͟<ĞůŝZŽǁĞ͞zŽƵƌďŝƚŚĂƐƐƚŽƉƉĞĚŚĞƌ ďƵĐŬŝŶŐ ĂŶĚ ƌĞĂƌŝŶŐ͟ ZĂĐŚĞů :ŽŶĞƐ ͞,Ğ ǁĞŶƚ from rearing and out of control to an angel ǁŝŶŶŝŶŐϱƌŝďďŽŶƐŽŶƚŚĞĚĂLJ͟dĂƌĂƌŽƵŐŚ͞,Ğ ƐƚŽƉƉĞĚ ĮŐŚƟŶŐ ƚŚĞ ďŝƚ ĂŶĚ ŝƐ ŶŽǁ ƐŽŌ ĂŶĚ ƌŽƵŶĚ ƚŽƚĂůůLJ ĂŵĂnjŝŶŐ͟ /ĐŽŶŝĐ ƚƌĂŝŶĞƌ ,ĞŶƌLJ DŽƌĞŶŽ͕ ͞ŌĞƌ ϲϯ LJĞĂƌƐ͕ / ŚĂǀĞ ĐŚĂŶŐĞĚ ƚŽ these bits; they are the best bits I’ve ever put

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World class talent on show at QSEC Globally recognised horseman, Ken Faulkner has been confirmed for the Sunshine State’s inaugural QSEC’s Horse Home Show at the Queensland State Equestrian Centre. The multi-discipline event, held on February 8, will kick start the 2014 equestrian season with training tips, new products and great advice from the country’s leading educators, veterinarians and trainers. Ken Faulkner joins a team of experienced equine professionals to demonstrate horse training, performance, rider safety and confidence. He has done demonstrations for the French, Brazilian and Argentinian Olympic eventing teams and now owns and operates Australian Natural Horsemanship with training schools around the world. From beginners to experienced riders, the QSEC’s Horse Home Show provides first hand advice, tips and new products across a range of equine disciplines with more 80 exhibitors. Entries are now open for equestrian professionals, retailers, breeds societies, studs and groups to exhibit and demonstrate their products and skills at Queensland’s inaugural Horse Home Show.

Ken Faulkner - appearing at the QSEC Horse Home Show in February.

There three different sites available: - Exhibition Sites The standard exhibition sites start at 3m x 3m and include Velcro compatible walls, lighting, signage and power. - Outdoor Space Only If you have a float, trailer, farm equipment or gooseneck to display, an outdoor site in one of the high traffic areas (either adjacent to the busy Food Court or Equestrian Group Village) would be the perfect location for you. There is not a standard size for outdoor sites - simply let organisers know the size you require and they will negotiate a loca-

tion to suit. - Equestrian Groups and Clubs If your equestrian group or club is based in the Moreton Bay region and is a registered not-for-profit you may be eligible for a site within the 'Equestrian Group Village' at no charge! Make sure your club or group is represented at QSEC's Horse Home Show. This is a great opportunity to encourage new membership - why not make it your official 'Sign On' day? For further information including details relating to site bookings and sponsorship opportunities, visit or call QSEC on 07 5433 3222. General admission tickets for the Horse Home Show are now on sale. Stay up to date with QSEC’s Horse Home Show announcements and year round QSEC events by liking QSEC on Facebook trianCentre

Tremayne Royal Blue 6yo Chestnut gelding flaxen mane and tail 13.3 5/8 hh Registered Riding Pony, Saddle Pony, Arabian Riding Pony, SHC, EA Barny is an excellent allround Pony club horse that's jumps, sports, competes Novice dressage. Laterals well-established and is also competitive at royal and Horse of the year level. He has the best nature and is the most loveable horse you could ever find. Performance Highlights Reserve champ childs Pony -Toowoomba Royal 2012 hi point youth, hi point youth dressage horse- Qld Arabian Champs 2012 Champion Owner Rider -EA Show Horse 2012 Champion Newcommer -SHC 2012 Zone 15 Pony Club flat riding champs Supreme Hack , Rider and Pointscore 2012 & 2013 Champion childs pony and Champion Open Pony - North Coast National 2012 Champion Led and ridden Arabian Riding Pony - Norther Rivers Premier Arabian Show 2013 Video and Full list of performances available on request $12,000 Ph 0413 733 294 email

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What’s Happening CUDGEN BULL & BRONC SPECTACULAR The Cudgen Leagues Bull and Bronc Spectacular will held at Cudgen Leagues Club at Kingscliff on Saturday, January 4. The Bull and Bronc Spectacular is three hours of non-stop entertainment from 7pm (NSW). Thrills and spills with Kerry Hall's famous bucking bulls, Ian Bostock, the comedy clown and his collection of performing animals give the young and young at heart a good laugh with his crazy antics. The feature events of the rodeo will be the Open Bull Ride, the Novice Bull Ride, the Junior Bull Ride, Saddle Bronc and Bareback Live band, Innocent Bystanders, will be the nightly entertainment, licensed bar, food stalls and in corporate tables will be available in the club house where you can sit in comfort enjoy an a la carte dinner and watch the rodeo from your dinner table. A new addition to the event this year will be amusement rides and side show alley. For more information contact 02 6674 1816 or visit

RIDE WITH THE BEST AT BONEO PARK Boneo Park on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is set to open its doors to a much larger group of riders when in 2014, Horse Riding Club of Victoria and Pony Club Association of Victoria riders will have the opportunity to compete alongside elite Equestrian Australia dressage riders. In this new initiative, Boneo Park is looking to give more riders the opportuJeremy Janjic with Freisan stallion Django Of nity to compete Cacheral and a couple of Boneo Park helpers. in a large-scale who will each host their respecevent and to mix riders of differtive organisation’s classes. ent ages and levels to help Everyone who loves dressage, develop the sport. will love this weekend. Taking place over the Australia With an additional two competiDay long weekend, January 24tion arenas being constructed at 26, Managing Director of Boneo Boneo Park, it can facilitate a Park, Fiona McNaught is excited bigger and better competition at the opportunity of bringing for all dressage riders to enjoy. these riders together. With a jam-packed program of ‘This is something that I have competition over three days, wanted to do for a long time, to dressage supporters will revel in have pony club kids competing what will be, another fantastic at the same competition as our weekend on the Morning ton Olympic level riders will just be Peninsula. incredible,” she said. Tickets will be available soon “If we want to inspire our younger riders to aim for the top and can be purchased from the Boneo Park website then this is the best possible way!’ For ticket and general enquiries Boneo Park will be working please contact Boneo Park on 03 alongside local clubs, the Boneo 5986 3006 or email Adult Riding Club and the Southern Peninsula Pony Club Page 30

Cudgen Leagues Club Bull & Bronc Spectacular Saturday 4th January 2014 Wommin Bay Road. Kingscliff NSW 2487 Phone 02 6674 1816

Gates open 5.30pm NSW time - Rodeo 7.00pm NSW time Open Bull Ride - Novice Bull Ride Junior Bull Ride - Saddle Bronc Ride Bare Back Bronc Ride Live Music "Innocent Bystanders" Open Bar Bistro Food Stalls Amusement Rides Public Admission Prices Adult - $20 High School Children $15 (13 - 18YRS) Children (Under 12) $10 Concession $10 (Aged Pensioners Only) Family $50 Corporate Tables Available Ph 02 66741816 Book on line and avoid the queues@

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The 2013 Alstonville Show

Champion Galloway Langtree Dignify exhibited by Mel Waller

Champion Show Hunter Galloway Cheraton Chandon exhibited by Amie Lee Holburne Quirk

Champion Lead ASH Gelding Macreau Roulette exhibited by Leanda Scott for Cherie Jennings

Photos by Paula Anthony

Reserve Champion Galloway ring 2 Champion Large Pony And Supreme Reserve Champion Large Pony Tremayne English Serenade exhibitHack of the show Headley Park Mondiso Park Jackpot exhibited ed by Billie Johnson by Summer Chaseling

Champion Led Pony exhibited by The Maroney Family

Supreme Led Exhibit was awarded to Granchester Allouetta exhibited by McMahon and Bullpit

Murwillumbah Show

Marshanti Debutante -Winner of the Allbreeds Yearling Futurity

Champion Hack Smithfields Poet ridden by Courtney Rabjones for Mike and Greg Smith

Reserve Champion Galloway Wesswood Lets Twist exhibited by Nina George

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Emma Shoobridge and Rascal of Ravenswood working out to place in the 10-12 yr rider

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NSW SHC Country Hack Champs @ Tamworth

Hillgrove Spring Melody - owned by Lizzy, Diana and Jenny Lambert and ridden by Lara Pengilly. * Winner of the child's show hunter pony 12.2-14hh

Reserve Champion Newcomer Hack Evoque exhibited by Paul Austin & Emily Wonka

Alexandra Jones riding Corvan Park Latte

Gracie Goodyer and Ashton Park Royal Vision

Champion Child Show Hunter Hack - Elise Fordhams Grand Acclaim ridden by Charlee Anthony . Kingswood Rover owned by Madison Downie

Runner up small hunter pony

Winner and runner up of the Baringa Pony Stud Small Galloway Hack Over 14hh to 14.2hh - Border Show Centre Fold and Swanreach Rare Edition

Aiyana Levin riding Axon Magic

Kirsty Glover and Carlingford Park Maiden Voyage

Runner up Large Hack DP Polo exhibited by Jordin Skyring

The Hall Family's Kolbeach Cheerful

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Trainers feature

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Be aware of conditions to avoid horse heat stress With summer now here, Equestrian Australia is reminding horse event organisers to be aware of conditions to prevent animals being affected by by heat stress. The primary responsibility for the welfare of horses competing and exercising during hot weather lies with the rider of the horse. Riders must always take action to prevent, manage and treat heat stress in their horses. Event organisers are responsible for providing adequate facilities and information that riders need to safeguard the welfare of horses. Access to ice and cooling water during competition is a compulsory requirement that arises under certain environmental conditions. To assess the risk of heat stress in horses, the world body, the FEI, uses the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) Index which provides a guide to temperatures and relative humidities. WGBT information is published on the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) website under their Thermal Comfort Observations webpages and can be found at

WBGT information is published on the BOM website for each Australian State and Territory with regional indices. Any organiser of an event to be held in hot weather must understand the following principles: 1. Humidity and heat: - a dangerous mix causing heat overload Combinations of high heat and humidity impact severely on a horse’s main cooling mechanism - sweating and evaporation. A heat stressed horse can have multiple organ failure. Unless cooling facilities to equivalent to FEI standard are in place at an event, the FEI strongly recommends that riding activities be suspended when the WBGT Index reaches or exceeds 32-33 o. 2. The 6 Minute Threshold: heat overload for horses working in the heat. Where the WBGT Index is high, horses which have just performed are at risk of suffering a dangerous temperature hike. When the WBGT Index is high, 6.0 - 6.5 minutes of continuous hard work is pivotal in causing heat stress. Dressage horses do work extremely hard in both

the warm up and in their tests. For showjumpers the effort is generally under six minutes, however for Dressage and Cross Country, horses are at risk in heat, because the effort will exceed the 6 Minute Threshold. Aggressive cooling should be used after a performance for a horse when the WBGT is high. 3. Wind flow: - breeze dramatically reduces heat overload. The primary cooling mechanism for both horses and humans is evaporation of sweat. On hot days, events should be scheduled early or late, when better wind flow is likely and outside of peak temperature periods. Horses standing in the sun without shade or wind flow in temperatures above 33 C, start to accumulate heat. Horses working in the sun without wind flow at or above 33 C are at risk. 4. Arena and Surfaces: - Shaded and grassy surfaces do not attract and retain as much heat as other surfaces that are soil based or exposed to full sunlight. Horses restrained next to vehicles/floats/trucks parked on black asphalt, road base, sand are more susceptible to heat stress on hot days. 5. Event Planning: - Event organisers must conduct a risk management assessment if competitions/training days are to be held during hot conditions. Decisions may include:  Alteration of time of day or time of year at which an event is run  Reduction in overall effort (shorter distance, less jumping efforts, etc)  Education of riders, grooms and officials  Provision of shade  Provision of adequate means of cooling horses, including ice, fans, hoses, water baths etc  Provision of veterinary services for heat stressed horses. Some people think when a horse’s coat is dry or has only patchy sweat when worked on a hot day, that this indicates that the horse is handling the heat. In fact a dry coat is a cause for great concern – the horse could be losing the ability to sweat (anhydrosis). For details of the EA’s hot weather policy, visit the website at

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••Price: $ 14,850. •11.2 hh •Reg. Welsh A | SHC | APSB | APHA •Palomino •Gelding •24/10/2007 •Sire: Glynyarra Park Cadence •Dam: Trentlyn Honey Pot

•Price: $ 10,500. •13.2 hh •Reg. Riding Pony | Welsh SHC | Saddle Pony •Bay •Gelding •29/11/2003 •Sire: Kira Special Affair •Dam: More Magic of Windermere

Charmosa Splash of Honey Child's dream pony, 11.2hh palomino gelding 6yo Registered, Welsh A, SHC, APSB & palomino. This super cute super quiet pony is offered for sale. There isn’t a better best friend that you could give to your child. He is very versatile winning in the show ring to gymkhanas, teaching many kids to ride. Not only a 1st pony also suited as a 2nd and 3rd pony adapts to each child. Great to clip, trim, float, catch, wash etc. Always placing very high in the show ring, to many to mention, always ridden by children. He is a been there done that pony. Only will be sold to the very best of homes. •Contact: Holly •Ph: 0410 320 205 •Email: •Location: Sunshine Coast, QLD


With great sadness we have Marcus up for sale, this special pony introduced our daughter to the show world. Marcus is well rounded pony with no vices, from Ag and royal shows to pony club, clinics, camps, interschool, trail rides and loves the beach. He has a cute loving nature with show appeal. Marcus has stunning paces and a rocking horse canter. For more info photos and video please contact me on the below details. •Contact: Nicole Ward •Ph: 0424 279 280 •Email: •Location: Tweed Heads, NSW


•Price: $ POA •16.3 hh •Reg. French Arabian Warmblood •Grey Gelding •Oct 2001 •Sire: Victoreaux (Imp France) •Dam: KS Bijoux

•Price: $ 18,000. •14.3 7/8 hh •Reg. SHC | EFA | ANSA | Arabian Riding Pony | Appendix Reg Riding Pony. •Bay Mare •2001 •Sire: Rathowen Parody •Dam: Kyra's Girl

Snuff is the ideal gentleman! He has had an outstanding show career since he began in 2008, achieving championships at every outing, and high placings at Royal and National level. Snuff has successfully competed at several dressage competitions and State Pony club championships.

Offered for sale is one of Queensland’s Champion Large Show Hunter Galloways, qualified Grand National 2014, Very rarely does such a delightful, foot perfect mare become available for sale. Lilly is always ridden by a child. She is easy to prepare, clip, shoe and float. One of Queensland’s best performed show hunter Galloways.

He is currently competing EFA Novice/Elementary and training medium with established shoulder in, travers and trot and canter half pass. He has had 6 months show jumping training with a professional trainer and successfully competed in Working Hunter classes. Snuff has bold, cadenced, correct and expressive movement through all paces and an exceptional canter stride.

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He is an outstanding highly sought after riding class mount and is suitable for any classic discipline. He has been an absolute pleasure to train, campaign and handle. With his eye-catching presence is a standout in any ring. •Contact: Kristy Hill •Ph: 02 6684 7495 •Mob: 0423 877 917 •Email: Page 36 - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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Calcium Complex for maximum bioavailablility

Targeting healthy bone development and remodelling for horses grazing high oxalate pastures. Oxalates are found naturally in some tropical grasses and phytates are found in some grains. The oxalates and phytates bind to the calcium, making it unavailable to the horse, dramatically decreasing the calcium available. If deficiencies continue the horse will take the calcium from its bone for heart and muscle function, leading to bone demineralisation. This can cause swelling of the facial bones, lameness, weight loss and dental problems. When grazing tropical grasses such as kikuyu, buffel, pangola, setaria, stargrass and panics it is recommended that horses receive daily calcium supplementation. Vitamite Bone Power™ is a palatable, high-dose Calcium Supplement, prepared using advanced complexing technology to optimize calcium bioavailability. This protects the calcium during the digestion process and enhances its absorption across the intestinal wall, improving its bioavailability.

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The horse report december 2013  
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