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008 AUSSIE EVENTING GETTING SERIOUS

By the time this column goes to print, the results from a number of key competitions will clearly have cast the dye on the form of the early Australian runners for the Eventing team heading towards the Tokyo Olympics. Don't miss the latest installment of Ryan's Rave by Heath Ryan.

 

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012 DAN & ELIZABETH JAMES

Dan James, the USA-based side of Double Dan Horsemanship, and his wife Elizabeth met when she was an equine professor at the University of Kentucky and he was taking on her interns.
 


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016 AMANDA NAILS THE CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2019 Australian Eventing Championships were immensely successful with some of the country’s top riders in action among 750 combinations competing in classes ranging from EvA56 to four-star at Wandin Park. We catch up with our 2019 National Champion, Amanda Ross!


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018 EDWINA CLOSES IN ON TOKYO 2020?

We caught up with Australia’s most celebrated showjumper, Edwina Tops-Alexander, at CHI Al Shaqab in Doha to talk about the Olympics, her new horse, and why female athletes need better maternity rules.

 

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022 ON THE EDGE OF A TEA CUP

German-based dual Canadian Olympian Leonie Bramall really knows how to get her message into your head at her clinics – she speaks to you directly through wireless headsets! Michael Baker shares his lessons from her latest clinic Down Under.


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026 FINDING THAT INNER RHYTHM

Horses have an uncanny ability to act as a mirror to our inner selves, and their therapeutic value is well recognised. Equine Assisted Coaching lifts the veil on how the rest of the world experiences you — and how you experience the rest of the world.


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032 80 YEARS OF PONY CLUB

Pony Club is a familiar starting point for many riders in Australia and across the world. It is a place to cultivate a young rider’s interest and skills, and a springboard to greater achievements. This year, Pony Club Australia celebrates its 80th anniversary.


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036 LISA & JESSICA MARTIN

A mainstay of the Australian dressage scene, Lisa Martin has competed a number of successful Grand Prix horses, and recently represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Paralympics with her mare First Famous. Daughter Jessica is now making her mark in campdrafting.


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042 HONG KONG HIDEAWAY

Hong Kong and horses are not words you would usually associate together, but this vibrant, bustling city is full of surprises and the Beas River Equestrian Centre is one of its hidden gems.


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052 ONE LIFE TO LOVE

It has been said that “what we endure makes us what we are. How we endure defines who we are.” Just ask South Australian eventer Melissa Maingard.


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056 HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONS

The heavy lifters and gentle giants of the horse world converged on the NSW Southern Highlands this year for the most successful celebration of all breeds of draught horses ever assembled in Moss Vale.


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060 LESSONS FROM A TIME CAPSULE

Australian dressage has come a long way in 40 years, so much so that Tony Uytendaal now believes the time is right to have another look at the historic standards of a legendary commander of the Royal Hungarian Spanish Riding School.


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066 CAUGHT UP IN THE DRAFT

Campdrafting’s growing popularity comes as no surprise. It’s an adrenaline-packed, fast-paced test of skill and agility, and a whole lot of fun. We speak to two keen participants, Rob Leach and Alex Pope, to find out more.


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070 STARGAZING WITH ROGER

It is always interesting looking through the results of competitions around Australia each weekend to try and identify the future dressage stars. Here are seven Roger Fitzhardinge has his eye on.  


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074 ROHAN LUXMOORE & BELLS N WHISTLES

If you have been to any of the bigger horse trials events around Victoria over the last decade, you’ve no doubt seen Gisborne veterinarian Rohan Luxmoore in action with his imposing brown gelding, Bells N Whistles.


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076 FIVE MINUTES WITH THERESE NILSHAGEN

A formidable partnership in the dressage world, Therese Nilshagen and stallion Dante Weltino have already proven they can match it with the best. What’s next for this exciting duo?


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078 WATCH YOUR TEMPER

Annoyance, frustration, grumpiness, aggravation, exasperation, fury, rage... who hasn’t had these feelings when training with your horse? Don’t get angry, take a few deep breaths and take responsibility for your feelings.


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082 A DIFFERENT KIND OF HORSEPOWER

The Royal Flying Doctor Service provides a 24-hour emergency service across a daunting 7.69 million square kilometres of remote Australia. To provide this crucial service, it is in constant need of funds — that’s where horsepower of a different kind delivers a jump-start.


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084 FEEDING THE OLDER HORSE OVER WINTER

As we move into colder weather, we need to prepare our older horses to maintain their health and condition through winter to come into spring in a healthy way. This preparation needs to combine both nutrition and management, especially if we have a fussy eater.


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086 THE PERFECT CENTRELINE

Many marks can be gained by working on the more mundane elements of the tests, and in particular, the centrelines are an often forgotten but very important part of the test.



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088 EQUINE SARCOIDS

Sarcoids are relatively common skin tumours seen in horse and other equid populations all over the world. These tumours can be found anywhere on the body but are more common on the horse’s head, particularly around the eyes and muzzle, and on the legs.



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092 GOOD STRESS vs BAD STRESS

The word stress has many meanings, depending on the field it is used in. When it comes to biological or psychological stress, it is generally a dirty word, a bad thing.



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096 MY FAVOURITE DISH WITH AMANDA ROSS

??“I’m mad for a poke bowl!” explains Olympian and current Australian eventing champion, Amanda Ross.


 

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