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Dressage with the Stars

April 20th, 2016 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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George Morris gives another dressage lesson to Ilse Schwarz – this time to a horse that is chronically late behind…

at 11:59 am Over the past few months, we have presented a couple of fascinating articles by US based, Aussie dressage rider, Ilse Schwarz about her lessons with great jumping coach George Morris... 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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The Diagnosis of Back Pain

at 11:59 am Sore backs are a very common and often overlooked problem in the performance horse. The soreness may be caused by a primary back problem or it may secondary to an underlying lameness issue, faulty or ill-fitting tack or even inadequate schooling... Continue reading Read Article

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Andrew McLean on Punishment

at 11:59 am One of the most important concepts Andrew McLean has introduced to the world of the horse is that horses are not ‘naughty’, they are just being given the wrong signals and message... Continue reading Read Article

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Treatment of Back Problems

at 11:59 am Which treatments really work – Professor Leo Jeffcott and Dr Robin Bell look at the range of treatments for the horse’s back, and finds that some work – but some don’t work at all… and lots have never been properly assessed. Continue reading Read Article

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Headlong on the road to destruction…

April 15th, 2016 at 4:01 pm It seems to me that right now the FEI is following a policy that will lead to the destruction of equestrian sport. Previously the argument for keeping equestrian in the Olympic movement was that equestrian attracted the most royals of … Continue reading Read Article

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Jonny Hilberath – The Trainer’s Trainer

April 13th, 2016 at 5:21 pm There are some very flamboyant dressage trainers in this world who delight the multitude with their special tricks and unusual training routines, but thankfully there are many more like Jonny Hilberath, who just quietly get the job done… Continue reading Read Article

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Jeremy Steinberg – Putting it into practice

April 11th, 2016 at 4:46 pm Story and photos by Rebecca Ashton Okay you loved Jeremy’s explosive interview last month (you were not alone, the web story went ballistic internationally, and filled dressage forums the world over) – this month sit in and watch the man … Continue reading Read Article

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IAHP – April Rider of the Month – Kristy Oatley

at 12:33 pm Kristy confirmed that she is well and truly in the running for a place in the Australian dressage team to go to Rio, with a 75% in the freestyle at one of Holland’s prestige World Cups – s’Hertogenbosch. This time … Continue reading Read Article

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Doc Matthews – A man ahead of his time…

April 10th, 2016 at 3:52 pm Mary Hanna writes about the moment when her life was turned around… Every now and then we meet someone, or see something, that is truly inspirational. I would like to tell you about such a person, and an event that … Continue reading Read Article

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