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Hayley Coman talks to Nicole Bruggemann

September 10th, 2014 at 9:58 am

Recently, I was lucky enough to interview the gorgeous, and incredibly talented up-and-coming showjumping rider Nicole Bruggemann.  Nicole is the daughter of two very successful parents. Her mum,  Leanne, as a well performed World Cup rider, and her father, Richard is well known as one of the toughest course designers in Australia. They are a…[More]

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Kevin Staut – A showjumper who cares…

August 7th, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Just getting to meet up with Kevin Staut was exciting enough. For some reason our normally trusty GPS refused to admit that the road where the training centre is based actually existed. Our phone rang, it was Kevin on the line. “Weren’t we supposed to meet half an hour ago…” “We certainly were but our…[More]

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Michel Robert: The Secrets and Method of a Great Champion

October 31st, 2013 at 4:00 pm

A very moving moment that is not to be missed: The goodbyes to showjumping legend Michel Robert on Sunday, 3 November at Equita`Lyon, just before the Longines Grand Prix. At the age of 65, the most frequent French medalist shows an exceptional longevity in show jumping. In 2008, he won the final of the Top…[More]

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Choose a Horse

October 3rd, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Matt Williams is one of the most successful Australian jumping riders of modern times, and has been selected for the Beijing Games, the WEG in Lexington and the London Games. Now living in the United States, Matt is in keen demand as a coach, and as a rider, and is working to produce the right…[More]

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The McDermott Saga: Part One

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Story by Chris Hector & Photos by Roz Neave If you were writing the script for an exciting, feel-good showjumping film, I guess it might go something like this… Laconic Aussie shearer swaps his blades for a horse truck and takes off on the Australian showjumping circuit; it is a trip that will take him…[More]

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George Morris – Everything that is old is new again

July 26th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Chris Hector reports Roz Neave took the photos   Every time Vicki Roycroft announces the dates for the next series of George Morris Clinics, I have this little panic attack. I’ve been writing about George’s clinics for over 20 years now – is there anything left to write about? Guess what? It takes about ten…[More]

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Michelle Strapp – Educating Young Riders Part 2

February 20th, 2013 at 10:48 am

When you see good teaching, really good instruction, you realise that it is both very simple and very subtle. Michelle Strapp is an exceptional trainer, with a string of successful students to prove it. In part two of our series with Michelle we join her training Jacob Wells…

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Educating young jumping riders with Michelle Strapp

January 24th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Michelle Strapp is a gifted trainer and with her talented squad of young riders is facing the challenge of producing the next generation of jumping stars…

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Getting It Right with Jamie Coman – Part 2

October 11th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

From The Horse Magazine Archives… We are back at Coolart Farm on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, where Jamie Coman and his wife, Sue and daughter, Hayley have set up their showjumping centre. Jamie is in a familiar role, standing in the middle of the arena coaching: this time it is Sue riding Laura Santry and her…[More]

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Getting It Right with Jamie Coman – Part 1

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From The Horse Magazine Archives… You can tell in those crucial first couple of steps when horses – particularly young horses – have been ridden correctly… they go easily and without fuss into a nice frame. I guess, given Jamie Coman’s reputation for demanding first class work on the flat, it should come as no…[More]

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George Sanna: Riding a course, The Oxer

September 28th, 2012 at 1:21 pm

We continue our jump-by-jump examination of what it takes to get around a showjumping course with master coach, George Sanna. Last month we looked at verticals – this month – oxers. “When we were discussing verticals I mentioned that in many ways the oxer is an easier jump – the horse balances itself and maybe…[More]

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Jump by Jump with George Sanna – Part 2

September 21st, 2012 at 3:32 pm

This month we continue our jump-by-jump series and look at the ‘simplest’ of the showjumping obstacles, the vertical.

According to George: “I think the first thing to understand about jumping any jump is that the jump is by and large an extension of the canter. If the canter is flat and long, then most likely, the jump will be flat and long. If the canter is short and bouncy, then he’s going to jump up in the air with not a lot of scope…”

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