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To Rug or Not to Rug, That is the Question…

Penny Newbold sheds some light on the various theories behind the great rugging debate. The when, what, how and why of rugging is possibly some of the most heatedly (and yes that pun was well and truly intended) debated topic of equine care today. There are some ‘rugging theories’ that have been around for a[…]

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Kenya on Horseback

I lean into my horse’s neck as her gallop quickens. The herd swerves to the left as my mare expertly follows, gaining ground on a couple of tail-end zebras. My hands tighten on the reins as I encourage her deep into the stampeding herd of zebra, stripes of black and white move in a cryptic[…]

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Shane Rose – Hub Hero

Shane Rose on heart and heat and rising to the top Dual Olympic medallist, and current Australian eventing champion Shane Rose, is our Hub Hero this month. Direct from his win at last weekend’s Sydney CNC 3* on Virgil, Candida Baker interviews a rider who is as fearless is he is talented. “What a lot[…]

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Home is where the Horse is

When journalist and writer Jane Camens returned to live in Australia after many years overseas and horseless, she found that horses were a way back to her soul. We welcome Jane, who will be writing feature stories for HubVibes, to our ‘stable’. My mother said I became horse addicted when I was ill as a[…]

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Your Club in Profile – Summerland Dressage Club

Summerland Dressage Club (SDC) is a not-for-profit organisation which promotes dressage in the scenic town of Bangalow in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales. SDC regularly runs training days, official and unofficial dressage competitions at the Bangalow Showgrounds and caters for riders and horses from Preparatory to Grand Prix level. Our members range[…]

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Horse Archery

Bull’s Eye! Horse Archery Horse archery, also known as mounted archery, is fast becoming a popular sport in Australia. The sport of mounted archery comes, as many horse sports do, from hunting and war, where a hunter or soldier armed with a bow and arrow shot at an animal or enemy while riding a horse.[…]

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Page of Pix – Dressage and Jumping with the Stars

Photo Credit to Michelle Tierlato Airlie Robinson on Finch Farm Tarantino 5yo class, Alexis Hellyer on Bluefields Floreno, Amanda Ross on Koko Popping Candy Caroline Price on Holsteiner Stallion Calavino, Joel Pearce on Deserts Sands Vavoom, Brook Campbell on Tulara WAT Connika Alexis Hellyer on Bluefields Floreno, Melinda Hart and Richmond H (also our cover pic), Rozzie[…]

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Penny’s Survival of the Fittest

  The wet weather the Northern Rivers has been experiencing lately, is just a little too close for comfort for Penny Newbold. Almost exactly one year ago, our little farm was inundated in the very widespread Aussie east coast 2017 flooding event. Like really inundated. Like well over my head (I’m 170cm) inundated. It’s amazing[…]

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BREED SPOTLIGHT – THE ANDALUSION

The Athletic Andalusian The Andalusian, also known as the Pure Spanish Horse or Pura Raza Española (PRE), is a horse breed from the Iberian Peninsula, where its ancestors have lived for thousands of years. Andalusians were originally bred in Andalusia, Spain, and the breed made up the majority of the Iberian and Carthaginian horse troops[…]

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Candidly Speaking – Of girths and gall

When I was a teenager I had a naughty Arab/Fell Pony cross, who delighted in several Machiavellian endeavours, one of which was casually lifting a hoof and placing it on my foot, and then leaning on me, with the most wicked expression on her face, while I shouted and pushed and swore. When she thought[…]