Short in the Neck – Should we get used to the look?

December 4th, 2016 at 9:17 am It seems that everything that is old is new again. Back in January 2002, this paper by Albert Stecken was circulated throughout the dressage world, fourteen years later his words are still as relevant today as they were then… The … Continue reading Read Article

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Life after the Dream Team – Carl Hester

December 3rd, 2016 at 3:00 pm It was never difficult for Carl Hester to get talked about. Firstly it was the boy from Sark who learned to ride bareback on the horses used to drive tourists round the tiny car-free Channel Island. Then there was the success on a series of horses at Young Rider level... Continue reading Read Article

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The Kür – was it a good idea?

December 2nd, 2016 at 1:55 pm 20 years on Christopher Hector assesses the effect of Freestyle to Music... Continue reading Read Article

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The Masters at Work – Vince Corvi and Terry Cowan

December 1st, 2016 at 3:04 pm Two of the great names of Australian showing, Vince Corvi and Terry Cowan, combine for a clinic session that is really Championship quality… Words and pix – Roz Neave Group lessons are not something we see often in Australia. Once … Continue reading Read Article

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Warm Up with Malcolm Barns

November 22nd, 2016 at 4:28 pm Principles of the Warm up “That the horse should be ‘on the bit’ in all his work should need no detailed elaboration. All sorts of excuses are offered to explain a failure to comply with the requirements. The horse is … Continue reading Read Article

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Amazing Brilliant Wonderful Kyra

at 12:23 pm Chris Hector sits in on a Demonstration Day with one of the world’s great riders… It was a gathering of the clan the like of which we have never seen before; the organisers stopped selling tickets – at fifty bucks … Continue reading Read Article

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From the Archives: Sally Swift and the Alternative!

November 18th, 2016 at 12:33 pm Sally Swift arrived in the 80’s as the first Guru of Alternative Riding. Gone the rigid discipline of the Cavalry School, and in its place the touchy feely world of Centred Riding. “The ultimate goal of Centered Riding is not … Continue reading Read Article

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The Purpose and the Importance of the Circle

at 11:12 am The reason why the circle is one of the first schooling movements is that it initiates the horse to lateral flexions. Therefore it is very important that the rider really tries to bend the horse around the inside leg. The horse cannot follow the track of the circle if he is not bent... Continue reading Read Article

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A lunge lesson with Malcolm Barns

November 17th, 2016 at 9:51 am Malcolm Barns was one Australian rider who realized that travel to Europe was absolutely essential if his understanding of the Equestrian Art was to progress. Malcolm studied in England and in Germany - and took the (at that stage) unthinkable gamble of shipping his Thoroughbred stallion, Hawa Mahal over with him. ‘Aubery’ performed with distinction in Europe, and returned to Australia where he sired many very good dressage horses, and died only recently. Continue reading Read Article

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Saddleworld November Rising Star: Annie Simmons

November 16th, 2016 at 2:01 pm Eighteen year old Annie Simmons won the FEI Young Rider CDI-Y Individual test at the Australian National Championships on her mare Florett while also coming second in both the CDI-Y Teams test and Freestyle. Originally from the Northern Territory, Annie grew … Continue reading Read Article

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Australian Dressage Championships

November 11th, 2016 at 11:54 am It was a story of ‘The Next Generation’ at the Nationals this year. From 18 year old Mary Warren beating the “older riders” in the Grand Prix Freestyle with her 24 year old coach Elliot Patterson, to 27 year old Alexis Hellyer winning the Inter A and B classes. The top three of the Inter 1 freestyle were all under 33... Continue reading Read Article

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Making it on your own! Rebecca Ashton profiles Allison Brock…

November 10th, 2016 at 4:48 pm Rebecca Ashton profiles the newest star on the American dressage team – Allison Brock! Rebecca also took the photos… Allison Brock was a member of the bronze medal wining US Olympic dressage team at Rio. The 36-year-old upped and left home … Continue reading Read Article

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