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008 RYAN’S RAVE

The year just passed has been a big one in the Australian equestrian world from go to woah! For event rider Hazel Shannon, 2018 will probably be remembered as a pivotal year, with great prospects in 2019 heading towards Tokyo 2020.

 

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012 EVENTING, FROM WEG TO TOKYO...

At the time of writing, it is 84 days since the World Equestrian Games and 593 days until Tokyo. Plenty of eventing fans have offered their reflections on the performances of our Eventing team at Tryon; in the latest issue, Chair of the Eventing Selection Panel, Georgia Widdup, provides her take it on it all.


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014 BRIDGET MURPHY’S DIARY

In a short space of time, Bridget Murphy and Koora-lyn Sunrise have made their mark in para dressage at Boneo Park and Equitana. Now the pair have their sights on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.


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018 CUTTING IT WITH THE BEST

If you think you can cut it with the best, then there’s a little piece of Texas that has taken hold in Australia, where riders take part in the annual Yulgilbar Ranch Cutting competition in real working conditions.


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022 DREAMS DO HAPPEN

Dreams really do happen and none so more than for Robert McKay, chairman of Equestrian Life in riding his first Prix St Georges test at the mature age of 75!


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026 HOME OF THE RYANS

When you consider the enormity and variety of equestrian pursuits that Heath and Rozzie Ryan follow on a day-to-day basis, finding a property and home that allows them to all come to fruition wasn’t going to be easy.


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032 STACY WESTFALL, PROBLEM SOLVER

A reining legend, horsemanship exponent extraordinaire and YouTube sensation, Stacy Westfall had plenty to offer those lucky enough to see her masterclass at Equitana — particularly in terms of helping those training puzzle pieces fall into place.


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036 TRICKS OF THE TRADE

There are many ways you can gain marks in a dressage test without really having to get your horse to go better. Here are Roger Fitzhardinge's tips on how to gain marks without even trying!


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042 NEVER SAY NEVER WITH ANDREW HOY

Eventing legend Andrew Hoy is the record holder for representing Australia at seven Olympic Games, and now with new mount Vassily de Lassos he is eyeing off a bid for his eighth Olympic campaign.


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044 PONY CLUB SPRINGBOARD

Statistics show the majority of our Olympic riders form the basis of their talent during their teenage years. As national patron of Pony Club Australia, Heath Ryan believes Pony Clubs are an important resource for young riders with big aspirations.


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048 RACE THE WILD COAST

The aptly-named Wild Coast of South Africa is a region of untamed wilderness where the crashing surf of the Indian Ocean meets the rugged cliffs of the Eastern Cape. Discover this stunning part of the world in this edition of EQ Journeys!


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054 PRAISE OF THE THOROUGHBRED

From remote parts of Australia to Calgary and Kentucky, Skye Liikanen has found that horses are always part of the journey. One breed in particular has captured her imagination: the noble thoroughbred.


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058 EMMA & KEVIN McNAB

Emma and Kevin McNab are the Australian power couple behind McNab Eventing in the UK, where they are building up a team of exciting horses with sites firmly set on Tokyo 2020.


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062 WILLINGA PARK’S DRESSAGE BY THE SEA

Holiday destination or international dressage event? Willinga Park promises to break the mould with Dressage by the Sea 2019.


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064 JUMP TO THE TOP

Ben Maher almost gave the game away in his 20s after a prodigious early career. Since then, he’s been part of Great Britain’s gold medal-winning team at London, and was recently crowned the Longines Global Champions Tour Champion of Champions!


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068 A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GROOM

For many, the idea of being a groom sounds like the dream job! Working alongside some of the world’s best horse and rider combinations in fantastic stables — I mean, what’s not to like!


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070 MASTER THE SITTING TROT

Mastering the sitting trot can be one of the biggest challenges of progressing our riding. Many of us dread those movements in the dressage tests that specify sitting trot. In the latest issue, Kerry Mack exlains why we should bother, and how we can improve...


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074 HOW TO BUILD YOUR PERFECT ARENA

Blinding dust during the summer months, a playground for ducks in winter, and inconsistent surface depths in between — these are just some of the arena problems Aussie horse riders face on a regular basis. However, it doesn’t have to be this way…


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078 THE STEFAN WOLFF TOUCH

It can be very difficult having a lesson with someone you have never met before, who has never seen you ride or watched your horse — but that’s not an issue for the ultimate professional Stefan Wolff.


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080 AN AMERICAN DREAM

Australians are trading bratwurst for burgers as they opt to pursue their dressage dreams not in Europe, but in the USA. In the first of this two-part series, we catch up with dressage rider Emma Weinert!



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084 YOUNG JUDGE DANA KRAUSE

 Dana Krause pencilled her first dressage test at the age of 10, and has been hooked ever since. Now old enough to judge EA tests, she’s gained her accreditation and has already judged at her first official event.



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086 TURN MANURE INTO GOLD

The biggest and most consistent problem with owning horses is what to do with the manure. What if I told you that you are sitting on a natural gold mine? With the right manure spreader, you can turn that odorous pile into natural nourishment for your pasture.



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088 TULARA LEADS THE WAY

Australian show jumping is going ahead in leaps and bounds. One boutique Victorian stud has made it their mission to produce world-class jumpers here on home soil, and that goal is quickly becoming a reality.



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090 EYES WIDE OPEN

Sight is very important to the horse, therefore the eyes, and more importantly, eyesight should be preserved at all costs. Find out more about equine eye care in the latest issue thanks to veterinarian Dr Maxine Brain.



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094 FEEDING HORSES IN HOT WEATHER

Handling and storing horse feed during the hot and muggy summer months can be a challenge. The equine nutritionists at Barastoc and Kentucky Equine Research offer the following tips.



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096 MY FAVOURITE DISH

Bridget Murphy has been riding her entire life, but has only recently made the switch to Para Dressage competitions. Here, she shares with us her favourite dish - Moroccan Chicken Salad!






 

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