Behind The Floats Issue 2

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BEHIND THE FLOATS The Adelaide Hills Equestrian centre monthly. ISSUE 2

February 2013

Shane Pike throwing a goal in the A Grade at Naracoorte 19.1.13


FROM THE EDITOR Hello to all of our readers this is the second issue of our magazine, I hope you all enjoyed the first issue. I had great time writing and creating the magazine, it was a lot of work but my hope is that it will pay off by people reading and enjoying it. I have had a lot of fed back to the first issue which is fantastic and I will endeavour to answer any letters or questions people might had regarding the magazine, I intend to have a page where people can send in letters or questions to the editor. As before, we've featured articles submitted by other sporting groups and professionals that we believe provide educational and informative information for you. Also contained are some great stories, dates of upcoming events and pictures. It is my vision to see this magazine become very popular through the Adelaide Hills, Horse and sporting community, I will do every thing I can to get this magazine in to the hands of readers so please help me with this huge task and tell people about the magazine, give them a copy, if you would like another copy or wish it to be sent to someone just send me your email address at Thankyou Hayley Prior




February 9th & 10th

Adelaide Polocrosse Tournament

March 9th & 10th

Adelaide Polocrosse Tournament

INSIDE THIS ISSUE What’s on 2013 pg 2 The Adelaide polocrosse club page pg 3 Social pages pg 4-5 th On The weekend 12th-13 Jan pg 6-7 Latest News pg 10 Kids Corner pg 11 This months health spot - Teeth pg 12-13 Polocrosse dates for 2013 pg 15 Sponsorship pg 16-19 Sponsors page pg 19 th On The weekend 19th-20 Jan pg 20-21 Tour down Under pg 22 Looking back older pictures. pg 23 Code of practice welfare of horses pg 25 Feeding a polocrosse horse by John Konke pg 26-27 On The weekend 26th-27th Jan pg 28-29

Editor Hayley Prior




If you have an event and wish to hire the grounds, or you would like to know more information about costing, camping, use of club rooms, canteen, PA system please contact Craig Tremellen he will be able to help you with any enquires. The ground are not just for horse events we do hire to other clubs or groups for more information.

Welcome everyone to our grounds and hope people get to know we are here and come and enjoy the grounds.

Booking Officer Craig Tremellen Ph.: 0408226162 Email: Postal: P.O. box 91 Woodside 5244 SA

Adelaide Hills Equestrian Centre


Richard Illes



Vice President: Matt Prior




Jo-Anne Tremellen




Craig Tremellen





Sponsorship Co-ordinator: Shane Pike -


Booking Officer: Craig Tremellen


Head Coach: Tony Astbury

ALL CORRESPONDENCE: P.O. box 91 Woodside 5244 SA


We only ask if you are attending a polocrosse event that the following directives are adhered to: 1. NO DOGS be present at any time. 2. No Stallions be present. 3. Any persons on horse back at any time wear Australian approved helmet. 4. All gates are closed at ALL times. 5. No yards be made up, horses only to be in permanent yards. 6. Make sure you are aware of children and prams near horses and fields.

Behind The Floats Advertising Behind the floats will be published every month with the aim to keep people informed of what's going on at the grounds. We have advertising available to all readers at a small cost. • $5.00 for anything under 1/4 pg. (text only) • $8.00 for ¼ pg. (photo optional) • $10 for 1/2 pg. (photo optional) • $20 for a full pg. (photo optional) • If you would like to advertise every month we have a special offer of $200. If you have a business or a sale item you would like to place in the Magazine please don't hesitate to contact Hayley Prior. Anyone who would like to write an article for your sport or have any funny tales, photos, Births, deaths, Marriages, or achievements. We are after new and interesting pieces, so please forward them to the editor no later than 10th of each month. You can forward the information to Hayley Prior email: If you would like a copy of the magazine I can email to you every month just send your email address, or look out for copies in all good stores.



Friday night @ Naracoorte

Deanna enjoying Friday night.

After a hard days play enjoying nibbles and a chat

Grandpa and Granddaughter sharing a moment while goal umpiring.

The Human Pyramid

The girls at N & D enjoying Tony’s spill

Walk of happiness after a hard fought game

Harrison, Fletcher, and Jackson Stevens


Velia, Narelle and Wayne the paparazzi

After a hard days play enjoying nibbles and a chat

Mark having a good read of the magazine.

Enjoying nibble and dribbles.

A bit early for the time keeper 7am @ Casterton.

Adelaide Polocrosse Club groupies line the field.

The girls hanging out together even away from Polocrosse.

Time has flown 2010 how little they were..




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HEALTH SPOT The Importance of Maintaining the Health of Your Horse's Mouth

teeth.  Hooks forming on the upper and lower cheek teeth.  Long and/or sharp canine (bridle) teeth interfering with the insertion or removal of a bit. Routine dental care is essential to your horse's  Lost and/or broken teeth. health.  Abnormal or uneven bite planes. Periodical examinations and regular maintenance,  Excessively worn teeth. such as floating, are especially necessary today for  Abnormally long teeth. a number of reasons.  Infected teeth and/or gums.  We have modified horse's diet and eating  Misalignment/poor apposition (can be due to patterns through domestication and confinement. congenital defects or injury).  We demand more from our performance horses,  Periodontal (gum) disease. beginning at a younger age, than ever before.  We often select breeding animals without regard Recognising Dental Problems to dental considerations. Horses with dental problems may show obvious Proper dental care has its rewards. Your horses will signs, such as pain or irritation, or they may show be more comfortable, will utilize feed more no noticeable signs at all. That is due to the fact efficiently, may perform better, and may even live that some horses simply adapt to their discomfort. longer. For this reason, periodic dental examinations are essential. Indicators of dental problems include: The Horse's Mouth  Loss of feed from mouth while eating, difficulty Horses evolved grazing animals, and their teeth are with chewing, or excessive salivation. perfectly adapted for that purpose. The forward  Loss of body condition. teeth, known as incisors, function to sheer off  Large undigested feed particles (long stems or forage, the cheek teeth, including the molars and whole grain) in manure. premolars with their wide, flat, gravelled surface,  Head tilting or tossing bit chewing, tongue lolling, easily grind the feed to a mash before it is fighting the bit, or resisting bridle. swallowed.  Poor performance, such as lugging on the bridle, Like humans, horses get two sets of teeth in their failing to turn or stop, even bucking. life time. The baby teeth, also called deciduous  Foul odour from mouth or nostrils, or traces of teeth, are temporary. The first deciduous incisors blood from the mouth. may erupt before the foal is born. The last baby  Nasal discharge or swelling of the face, jaw, or teeth come in when the horse is about 8 months of mouth tissue. age. Oral exams should be an essential part of an These teeth begin to be replaced by adult teeth annual physical examination by a veterinarian. around age 2 ½. By age 5, most horses have their Every dental exam provides the opportunity to full complement of permanent teeth. An adult male perform routine preventative dental maintenance. Horse has 40 permanent teeth. A mare may have The end result is a healthier, more comfortable between 36-40, because mares are less likely to horse. have canine (bridle) teeth.

Common Dental Problems Horses may suffer from many dental problems. The most common include:  Sharp enamel points forming on cheek teeth, causing lacerations of cheeks and tongue.  Retained caps (deciduous teeth that are not shed)  Discomfort caused by bit contact with the wolf


Floating & Preventative Maintenance The process of rasping or filing a horse's teeth is known as floating. This is the most common dental procedure veterinarians perform on horses. Floating removes sharp enamel points and can create a more even bite plane. It also helps keep incisors and cheek teeth at a desirable length. When turned out on pasture, horses browse almost continuously, picking up dirt and grit in the process. This, plus the silicate in grass, wears down the teeth. Stabled horses, however, may not give their teeth the same workout. Feedings are more apt to be scheduled, not continuous, and to include processed grains and hays. Softer feeds require less chewing. This may allow the horses teeth to become excessively long or to wear unevenly. Adult horse's teeth erupt throughout their lives and are worn off by chewing. Unfortunately, cheek teeth tend to develop sharp enamel points even under normal grazing conditions. These points should be rasped to prevent them from cutting the cheeks and tongue. The Age Factor The age of a horse affects the degree of attention and frequency of dental care required. Consider these points:  Horses going into training for the first time, especially 2 - 3 year olds need a comprehensive dental check-up. Teeth should be floated to remove any sharp points and checked for retained caps. Caps should be removed if they have not been shed. This should be done before training begins to prevent training problems related to sharp teeth.  Even yearlings have been found to have enamel points sharp enough to damage check and tongue tissue. Floating may improve feed efficiency and make them more comfortable.  Horses aged between 2-5 may require more frequent dental exams than older horses. Deciduous teeth tend to be softer than permanent teeth and may develop sharp enamel points more quickly also, there is an extraordinary amount of dental maturation during this period. Twenty-four teeth will be shed and replaced during this time, with the potential for 12 to 16 teeth to be erupting Simultaneously. Horses in this age group should be examined twice yearly, and any necessary procedures

should be performed.  Even the best dental program may not be able to solve or alleviate all of a young horse's discomfort.  Mature horses should get a thorough dental examination at least once a year, whether or not there are signs of tooth problems.  It is important to maintain an even bite plane during a horses middle teens in order to ensure a level grinding surface into its 20s. If you wait until the horse is in its 20s, the surfaces may be worn excessively and/or unevenly, and since the teeth are no longer erupting at this age, alignment may be impossible. It is important to catch dental problems early. Waiting too long may increase the difficulty of remedying certain conditions or may even make the remedy impossible. Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this article have been presented as a guideline based on veterinarian information given to the editor. Whilst all care and diligence is taken in producing this information, the editor accepts no responsibility or liability for unforseen consequences resulting from the advise given in this article. All information in this article is thanks to : David Ramey, DVM




2013 ADELAIDE POLOCROSSE CLUB Sponsorship Opportunities The Adelaide Polocrosse Club The APC was established in 1989. Today we have around 30 members, including playing, social and life members. Our home base is the Adelaide Equestrian Centre at the Lobethal Sport & Recreation Grounds in the Adelaide Hills. We take pride in our three well-maintained fields, many yards, large camping areas and other facilities. Members Polocrosse is a sport that attracts a wide range of people. The Adelaide Polocrosse Club welcomes new members from all walks of life and with different skill levels. APC members have a strong commitment to the club and diverse social networks. Our members come from far and wide, even from interstate, to be a part of the great club atmosphere. We work together to provide coaching and development opportunities for all members, from juniors and beginners to seasoned players. Richard Iles - APC President

Level 1: $200 o D or C grade winners/runners-up trophies o Company promotion and recognition over PA over the weekend and on tournament program Level 2: $300 o B or A grade winners/runners-up trophies o Company promotion and recognition over PA over the weekend and on tournament program o Company name and logo on sponsors board in clubroom o **Sponsor to supply electronic (.psd file) or hard copy of company logo for A4-sized poster, to be laminated** In-kind sponsorship o Donation of 6 or 12 items for prizes (practical horse- or polocrosse-related prizes, such as feed, headstalls, lead ropes, bell boots, polocrosse balls, feed/water buckets, grooming gear, saddlecloths etc.) o Company name and logo on sponsors board in clubroom o **Sponsor to supply electronic (.psd file) or hard copy of company logo for A4-sized poster, to be laminated** General Sponsorship

Club Sponsorships Our club sponsors are highly valued and supported throughout the playing season and the rest of the year. The APC understands that sponsorship is about reciprocal value. There are several sponsorship packages available to suit different needs and budgets. If an existing package does not suit your needs, we can tailor something for you. Tournament Sponsorship Tournament sponsorship is a very visible and affordable form of support. Businesses or individuals can sponsor with cash or in kind, on a tournament-by- tournament basis.

General sponsorship opportunities include supplying equipment or other services to the club for its year round operation. Donation of items can be negotiated to suit the club's needs.


Sign Sponsorship The rare opportunity exists to purchase a display sign (A2 paper size, approx 60cm x 42cm) for an annual fee of $200. It will be situated in a prominent location on the APC clubrooms. If you choose not to renew, the sign will be stored and can be reinstated for an annual fee of $200. **Sponsor to supply A4-sized electronic copy (.psd file) of company logo for enlargement to A2 paper size (approx 60cm x 42cm), to be printed onto metal sign** Major Sponsorship A major sponsorship opportunity is advertising on the club uniform, the chance to have your business' logo on the APC shirts. Each sleeve is available for logo placement, at $1,000 per sleeve per year. Exclusive of this cost, sew-on logo patches will need to be provided by the sponsor for each club member. This is encouraged to be an ongoing sponsorship opportunity, and form a mutually beneficial relationship with APC. For further promotion, the sponsor's name and logo will also appear in the tournament program, on a poster in the clubrooms, and on a sign in a prominent location on the clubrooms. **Sponsor to supply electronic (.psd file) or hard copy of company logo for A4- sized poster, to be laminated** **Sponsor to supply A4-sized electronic copy (.psd file) of company logo for enlargement to A2 paper size (approx 60cm x 42cm), to be printed onto metal sign** Club Contacts President - Richard Iles o Phone: 0885366019 o Mobile: 0432538814 o Email: Secretary - Jo Tremellen o Phone: 0883897660 o Mobile: 0414862240 o Email: Grounds hire - Craig Tremellen o Phone: 0883897660 o Mobile: 0408226162 o Email:

Adelaide Polocrosse Club o Email: o Website: o Post: PO Box 91, Woodside, SA 5244 OR! /groups/26389698204/

Sponsors Application Form Sponsor Details Organisation: ____________________________________________________ Street Address: ___________________________________________________ Suburb/Town: ____________________________________________________ Post Code: __________________________ State: _______________________ Contact Name: ___________________________________________________ Contact Phone Number: ____________________________________________ Contact Email: ____________________________________________________ Type of Sponsorship Tournament








Sponsorship Amount $__________________ Other Information ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________









McLaren HarvestingPty Ltd Broughton Family

Cavendish Shearing Tony Astbury & Velia Hartley

Crystal Vanstone Ian Iles

DJ & PJ Prior Builders

Decadence beach house Kate O'Connell


LOBETHAL COMES ALIVE WITH THE SANTOS TOUR DOWN UNDER Cyclists had started the race in Prospect. The first test for the peloton was not a sprint, it was a climb up Checker Hill Road, a short climb of approximately four kilometres at a 5% average gradient, but a 600 metre section is regarded as the toughest climb in Adelaide, with a 14.2% average gradient. What a beautiful day in Lobethal, where we seen the riders go past three times. German Andre Greipel took out the 135-kilometre first stage ahead of Frenchman Arnaud Demare. Greipel tore ahead of the pack with the big crowd cheering the riders home in the dying stages of the race which finished in Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills shortly before 3pm.

Drink taken so hard it almost took guy off his feet..

Germany's Andre Greipel after winning Stage 1 of the Santos Tour Down Under.

Even caught channel 9 recording for the news.

Stuart O’Grady stopped to say hello and give his mum a kiss.


Craig Tremellen


Shane pike, Trish Barlow, Syd Hazel, Rob Sherriff (2’s Peter Dunston and Butch Kearns)

Rob Sherriff playing at Carrieton Chris Tilbrook playing Zone Champs.

Don pike on Pedro Australian Zone champs 1988

Forbes Nationals see who you can pick out!

Adelaide playing at our Mt Crawford grounds

Don Pike, Dave Cromellin, Bob Frances,



paddock require only half the amount of grain level to maintain good condition for performance. This is The popularity of competitive Polocrosse has resulted in traditional paddock training and feeding because the 'fret' factor in horses confined to the stable generally increases the energy being replaced by stabling and hard feed diets requirements, and they need more energy in their during the polocrosse season. An adequate and ration to maintain themselves. balanced diet is essential to sustain exercise Horses that graze tend to be quieter, often more capacity for training and regular weekend carnival contented and relaxed, and some of their daily competition. requirement is provided by grazing itself. In all The diet must keep a horse in optimum condition types of hard working horses, extra energy is and fitness for up to 8 months of training and onrequired to maintain strength and continual repair going competition. The stress of regular of bone, ligament and tendons during extended competition and travelling over distances to training and competitive periods. compete must be taken into account when For horses in daily training and regular weekend formulating the diet. carnival competition, grains such as oats, rolled A well formulated home mixed ration provides the barley, lupins, sunflower seeds are suitable sources flexibility to meet each individual horse’s likes, of energy, with small amounts of cracked corn or dislikes and changing needs relative to training. vegetable oil (canola, blended cooking oil) as an Nutritional requirements energy boost for weekend competition. Energy Although oats are well accepted by most horses, in Protein most cases where more than 2½-3kg of oats Fat (about 5-6 litres in volume) needs to be fed each Fibre day to supply energy for exercise, it is best to add Minerals & vitamins rolled barley (1kg or 1½ litres) or alternatively Calcium (crushed lupins (800g or l litre) as well as 3-4 cups Electrolytes of sunflower seed. These provide 'cool', low 'fizz' Nervy horses energy sources. In horses that are small framed, or Poor eaters have a 'nervy' temperament, then all the oats can Nutritional requirements In training, most horses are worked for up to 30-50 be replaced by rolled barley at the rate of 1.5 litres rolled barley for each 2 litres of oats in the ration. minutes of medium to high intensity exercise on a There is also a large variety of commercially daily basis. During a weekend carnival, a prepared 'cool' feeds, such as Coprice pellets, polocrosse horse requires about the same energy which are useful in horses that 'heat-up' on grain or intake as a racehorse, even although most are have a tendency to 'tie-up' on oat based feeds. smaller in size and not galloping at a high average Increasing the amount of cooking oil in the ration speed. Once a horse is confined to a stable, with access to also provides cool energy (see ration chart on page 4), reducing bulk for small framed, picky eaters, as a small yard or grazed out day paddock, then the well as eliminating dust in a dry, Lucerne chaff hard feed and hay has to meet the total nutritional needs for training and competition. A stabled horse based feed. Protein will normally require two feeds daily, with pasture In most cases a ration made-up of 2-3 kg of grain grazing during the day, and hay overnight. and more than 3kg of Lucerne chaff and hay, will The 'hard' feed intake is dependent on the horse’s provide sufficient protein for training exercise. If a bodyweight, contribution from grazing, the horse’s horse is worked hard or competed regularly on appetite, temperament and the duration and weekends, then an additional source of protein, intensity of the work effort. such as 2 cups of soyabean meal or alternatively 3 Energy The relative energy demand changes in proportion cups of canola meal, or 4 cups of crushed lupins or copra meal, or 6 cups of sunflower seeds, will to the speed and duration of exercise. Energy provide extra to meet the daily protein needs of levels must be increased for weekend carnivals to hard or intensive exercise. ensure performance without a horse being playful, Hint: A daily supplement of Feramo-H with Chromium provides 5mg over energetic or likely to suffer tying-up. chromium, a trace mineral that aids the utilisation of protein and Polocrosse horses that are trained out of the helps increase muscle size and strength during early training.

Feeding Polocrosse Horses


Fat Vegetable oils, such as canola or blended cooking oils, provide a 'low fizz' energy boost to hard working horses, and substituting some of the grain with oil is particularly useful to reduce the bulk of grain in small framed horses or 'picky eaters'. When substituting grain with oil, ensure a step-wise replacement over 10-14 days to allow acceptance and efficient utilisation of the increased fat in the ration. Fibre Although pasture will provide fibre, horses that are stabled and fed hard feed with grain, must receive adequate chaff in a 50:50 chaff-hay volume mix, and have access to long stem hay, such as Lucerne, meadow or clover hay. Horses trained from the paddock often maintain a 'hay belly' if grazing is not limited by confining them to a yard or stable and providing an evening and morning meal of hard feed and hay. Minerals & vitamins An adequate intake of essential minerals and vitamins must be provided to correct low or inadequate levels in the feed to meet the increased needs of hard, regular exercise, travelling and competition. A well balanced, quality vitamin/mineral supplement such as a daily dose of Feramo-H, will provide the 'foundation' source of essential nutrients for exercise, as well as supplement iron, copper and vitamins for the blood, Vitamin A to help maintain tendon strength, combined with copper, zinc and iron for coat condition as well as B complex for appetite and energy use. A daily supplement of Feramo-H is recommended even when complete feeds, sweet feeds or pelleted rations are being fed. Vitamin E, as in White-E, should be added as a separate supplement to ensure best benefit For horses in early training, or where the rump and major limb muscles could be more developed, a daily supplement of Feramo-H with Chromium, which provides 5mg chromium daily, an essential trace-mineral that helps energy and protein use, is recommended. Calcium Where horses are worked hard and sweat heavily during warmer weather, calcium should also be added to the ration, particularly where cereal chaff with minimal Lucerne is provided as roughage. In most cases, 2 scoops (or 60g) of Calplus will provide calcium to meet losses and maintain bone strength in working horses.

Calplus with Biotin (60g daily to provide 15mg of Biotin) is recommended for horses with shelly, easily broken away hooves to harden and strengthen the hoof walls. Electrolytes Horses in heavy work, or those travelled and regularly competed, benefit from electrolytes added to their feeds to maintain water intake, replace salts lost in sweat, and prevent dried out coat and 'tucking up' caused by dehydration. Although 1-2 tablespoons of salt will help improve the palatability of the ration, it is not a complete electrolyte replacer. An additional scoop of Humidimix each morning and evening in the feed will provide a range of essential salts, including potassium, to replace sweat loss and combat dehydration. Where horses are travelled over long distances, or would benefit from a top-up of salts and fluids between games to replace sweat loss, a drink of Recharge in water, (or alternatively 60-80mL of Recharge squirted over the tongue after hard training exercise or competition, or prior to travelling, or every 2-3 hours during long trips to weekend carnivals) and cool water provided to drink, will rapidly replace electrolytes and fluids and help restore vitality and hasten recovery. Nervy horses Occasionally horses develop nervy behaviour, or 'tie-up' on hard feeds, or 'compete before their time'. A daily supplement of Karma with high Vitamin B1 and magnesium, often combined with Recharge over the tongue in heavy sweaters, will help settle the temperament and calm 'wasteful' nervy behaviour to keep the horse’s mind on the chukka and overall game. Poor eaters Where a horse on a high grain diet in hard work loses its appetite and develops a picky, slow eating pattern, and in bad cases, loses weight and vitality, a course of a product, such as Clean-Up, containing plant extracts and coated B complex vitamins, will help to get the horse back on its feed and regain body condition over a 14-21 day period. -------------------------------------------------------------------Article courtesy of Dr John Kohnke from ‘Feeding and Nutrition of Horses’ published by Virbac-Vetsearch. Dr John Kohnke has over 20 years of experience in the health care and management of horses. He is well known for his ability to give sound, practical and up-to-date advice, which is sought by trainers and horse owners worldwide. As Technical Director of Vetsearch for 20 years, John had an opportunity to pursue research in equine nutrition, parasite control, lameness and respiratory problems.