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Rod and Jess Brown – Forward to the future

November 21st, 2014 at 11:41 am

Rod and Jess Brown – forward to the future   Rod Brown has long been an influential player on the Australian showjumping scene. As a rider, he captained the Australian Showjumping Team to New Zealand in 1988 and he rode Slinky at the Seoul Olympics in 1998. Rod was a member of Australian Team won…[More]

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David Cameron – 2014 Senior Showjumping Champion

November 10th, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Unlike his Tory namesake David Cameron did not go to Eton, is not married to a baronet’s daughter nor did he study Philosophy at Oxford. He was born in Forbes, went to Charles Sturt University, taught PDHPE at Parkes High School and shares his life with eventer Tallara Barwick from Willow Tree. And at 31…[More]

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The World of Showjumping at the World’s…

October 27th, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Day One – Trying not to kill them   When I interviewed him at the Australian Showjumping Champs last year, WEG course designer Frédéric Cottier suggested that this would be the last time he would take the course designer’s job, after the WEG anything would be a let down and anyway he wanted to spend…[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…[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 – Part One

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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Vicki Roycoft Takes A Lesson…

September 11th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

  Like our dressage riders, showjumping riders have to find the balance, a horse that is light, but not too light, a horse that is on the aids and that will try to find the contact. For jumpers this is doubly essential because it lets them shorten and lengthen the stride and find that elusive…[More]

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Hayley Coman – Making the jump from Oz to Europe

August 28th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

  Story: Chris Hector Our digitally switched on readers have doubtless been enjoying Hayley Coman’s refreshingly frank blog – posted from her new ‘home’, the training stables of Henk Nooren in Belgium. We caught up with the young Australian showjumping rider on a recent visit to Europe, and she tried to explain just what it…[More]

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