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Grace Kay looks for inspiration in Europe

April 28th, 2016 at 10:27 am Young Australian dressage rider, Grace Kay put her Marcus Oldham Scholarship to good use, not only enjoying the greatest show on earth - Aachen - but also visiting two of Europe’s great trainers. The first was the German master trainer (and breeder) Wolfram Wittig... Continue reading Read Article

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Sydney Royal with Vicki Roycroft

at 10:25 am Vicki Roycroft reports from the action at the Sydney Royal Easter Show... Continue reading Read Article

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Camden Equestriad – the riders’ event

at 7:53 am “Shane is one of the few people in the world that can make me look lazy. I sit back and watch him and just shake my head,” laughs Sonja Johnson as I talk to her at this year’s enormous Equestriad Event at Camden Bicentennial Park, run by Shane and Nikki Rose and their wonderful committee... Continue reading Read Article

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IAHP May Rider of the Month

April 27th, 2016 at 6:14 pm This month's IAHP Rider of the Month is Chris Chugg who had a sensational ride at the World Cup Final in Gothenburg... Continue reading Read Article

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Meet Maree’s new star – working with Princess Nathalie

April 26th, 2016 at 5:06 pm It’s nice to see that at least one of Australia’s elite dressage riders, Maree Tomkinson, has found time to train with one of the world’s most talented instructors, Princess Nathalie zu Sayn Wittgenstein. Continue reading Read Article

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Basics for Eventers – Straightness over the fence

April 21st, 2016 at 3:10 pm Ingrid Klimke is one of those rarest of creatures – the complete horsewoman. She was part of the German Gold Medal Eventing Team at Beijing. At the 2009 German Young Horse Championships she qualified horses in three disciplines, placing in dressage and eventing and winning the Young Riding Horse class for three year olds. She has also won Grand Prix dressage classes, and World Cup dressage qualifiers. Continue reading Read Article

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The Misunderstood Half Halt: The Alphabet of Riding

at 2:17 pm Perhaps there is no single term in riding so used, so abused, and so confused as the expression: Half Halt! We asked German trained, New Zealand based, dressage expert CHRISTIAN THIESS to shed some light on this most important, and most puzzling, of the equestrian skills… Continue reading Read Article

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Breeding Values – are they valuable?

April 20th, 2016 at 2:59 pm It’s time for my annual rant about breeding values… are they worth the paper they are written on? Continue reading Read Article

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Jumping with the Stars

at 12:00 pm I missed day one when it was searing hot, and ‘enjoyed’ the rain and icy blasts of day two, and finally on the third day, the weather was OK. I’m a little puzzled to find the action back on the cramped and somewhat spooky space that is Bruno’s Lawn, when last year it was so nice on the Oz Championships arena. It’s also a bit of a puzzle as to why Henk Nijhof Jr, from one of the world’s great studs in Holland, was first invited to judge, and then replaced by Canadian, Jody Sloper, who is best known as a coach educator. It’s not puzzling, just downright rude that no one bothered to inform the Nijhofs. I guess it’s the last time I help anyone find a European judge… Continue reading Read Article

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Dressage with the Stars

at 12:00 pm Watching the best rider and the best trainer in the world, working with their team, every day for ten days for three or so hours, is inspiring. Carl Hester’s views on self-carriage and how important it is to develop, and Carl and Charlotte demonstrating all the qualities of the dressage scale, are a joy to listen to and watch. When I stepped into the indoor at Werribee, I thought, I must use this privilege I have had. Continue reading Read Article

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Redefining ‘abuse’ as Equestrian sport evolves

at 11:59 am By Jean Llewellyn Over the decades since an equestrian discipline first became an Olympic Sport, in Paris 1900, showjumping, dressage and eventing have become high-profile commodities, attracting huge audiences and mega prize. Recently, Spruce Meadows announced an increase for the … Continue reading Read Article

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Who is Sheila Wilcox?

at 11:59 am Over the past couple of months I have interviewed two British Olympians who won medals in London, and both of them, Carl Hester and Mary King, paid tribute to a remarkable pioneer in equestrian sport, Sheila Willcox. Continue reading Read Article

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