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Mind your melon

  Melon protectors – what’s the difference? We all know that helmets keep our heads safe and there are plenty on the market, but which offers the best protection? We take a look at what the current regulations are and what’s on the market. Is a helmet a helmet? Any old helmet should be able to protect your[…]Read More

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Training for Endurance

Dannii Cunnane collects some tips from The Australian Endurance Riders Association to help prepare a rider and an inexperienced horse for its first training ride. As an introduction to Endurance, the purpose of the Intermediate ride is to introduce newcomers to the sport of endurance without the pressure of a competitive event.  The Intermediate ride is[…]Read More

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Young Rider – Lindsey Ware

When Lindsey Ware bought the well-known dressage star Aristede, little did she know how quickly the pair of them would bond, writes Dannii Cunnane. This month, we catch up with Lindsey Ware, a Young Rider from Victoria. Lindsey is 16, she’s been riding for 13 years and competes in dressage. Despite it being early days, we[…]Read More

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Mother’s Day, Every Day

Shona Martyn is a publisher and editor, and not a horse person, her daughter Evangeline is a musician, and a horse person.  When Evangeline showed a passion for horses, Shona swapped her heels for gumboots, and embraced a whole new lifestyle.  Evangeline Read tells their story. One of my earliest memories is standing in front of my[…]Read More

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Our Hero – Mary Hanna

The indefatigable Australian dressage legend has already competed at five Olympic Games.  With a move to new stables, a new trainer and new horses, she has Tokyo in her sights, writes Ute Raabe. Mary Hanna has just finished schooling her three horses for the day. It’s lunchtime in Germany, and a good time to chat at[…]Read More

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MUM! We have to leave. NOW!

The weekend of the Bunyip bushfire in Victoria  was one of the longest weekends of horse photographer and breeder Nicole Emanuel’s life. We were waiting anxiously, fully aware that we were going to have to evacuate.  Two nights before D Day, I was up until 2.00am packing negatives, slides, artworks, family treasures, hard drives and camera gear.  I[…]Read More

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Hell is the Sound of a Hackamore Breaking

Queensland eventer Mattea Davidson talks to Ute Raabe and reflects on the day her bridle broke on a cross country course, her recovery and her comeback. Picture this, it’s a beautiful day out at Albury Wodonga Horse Trials and you’re competing in the CIC 3 Star event for a final qualifier. You’ve walked the cross[…]Read More

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Our Hero Chris Chugg

Showjumper Chris Chugg talks to Candida Baker about the serious side of building a horse business. If I’ve heard one constant refrain over the years from my vet and my chiropractor it’s been about the dangers of over-lunging, and yet for many trainers and riders it’s still normally a go-to method of training. Not Chris[…]Read More

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Our Hero Vicki Wilson

The Wilson sisters are famous around the world for their equestrian achievements.  Candida Baker spoke to Vicki Wilson just as she was about to leave the North Island for the U.S to defend her Road to the Horse Colt Starting Championship title – for the third year in a row. Riding on the sheep’s back.  It’s an[…]Read More

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Mackenzie Boundy

Mackenzie Boundy has been riding since she was seven, trying everything from pony club to eventing to showing until she found her true passion – dressage.  “I love dressage and I solely compete in that discipline,” explains the 20-year-old Queensland rider.  “I was lucky to have a couple of wins at some major events on my[…]Read More