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Horse rescue spotlight: Project Hope

Project Hope Horse Welfare Victoria began in 1973 when Val Collingwood of Victoria wrote into RIDER Magazine regarding the number of neglected horses in Australia. She outlined how someone could coordinate the rescue and rehabilitation of these unfortunate animals, suggesting the name “Project Hope” in memory of a neglected, supposedly aged, buck-jumper from Queensland. Unfortunately[…]

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Plaiting like a pro!

Do your plaits look like hairy golf balls? We’ve got some hot tips from champion British equestrian, Jo Bates, on how to tame that mane! The thought of having to plait is enough to cause sleepless nights if the process seems like some impossible challenge, but a well plaited mane will be admired. If you[…]

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Hub Heroes: RDA 2016 Volunteer Awards

Riding for the Disabled Australia (RDA) is a voluntary, non-profit organisation which provides opportunities for anyone with a disability to enjoy safe, healthy stimulating, therapeutic, horse-related activities in Australia. Established in the 1970’s, the organisation has been running for more than forty years and encourages active participation by its members, at all levels, regardless of[…]

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International Charity Highlight: Prince Fluffy Kareem

Prince Fluffy Kareem (PFK) is a UK registered charity (Reg No. 1156400) which cares for horses, donkeys and camels that are working in Cairo, Egypt. Kareem is the grey stallion who started it all. He was bought by Marte Kjoell, founder of PFK, in June 2011 and was extremely emaciated, suffering from equine babesiosis (a[…]

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Age is just a number – riding over 70

Paddy McKee has been riding since she was three years of age and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. A regular at local dressage competitions, Paddy has won countless prizes and always has a smile on her face and a kind word to say. The amazing thing is, Paddy is 73 but proves that[…]

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Get show ready – top tips to a good bath

With the show season about to kick off, it’s time to pull those mud and dust monsters out of the paddock, apply a bit of elbow grease and get them ring ready! For some of you this might be your first season, but never fear – we have you covered with our top tips to[…]

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Variables of Saddle Value: Part 4

The author Kathryn Sullivan-Butt is “The Saddlefitter” a Society of Master Saddlers Qualified fitter, ASFA fitter and an EA accredited coach. With formal saddle and saddlefit training in Australia, UK, US and Europe she is fortunate to have had the opportunity to train under (and quite frankly ask endless questions of) some of the industry’s[…]

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Confessions of a Horse Riding Mum: Bootfaced

When we first met, it was love at first sight. So beautiful, so long, so soft, so black. Those Ariat Challenge Field boots were my first pair of really nice top boots I’d ever bought myself (actually to be fair, I didn’t buy them, I did however put them on layby and told the hubby[…]

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Variables of Saddle Value: Part 3

The author Kathryn Sullivan-Butt is “The Saddlefitter” a Society of Master Saddlers Qualified fitter, ASFA fitter and an EA accredited coach. With formal saddle and saddlefit training in Australia, UK, US and Europe she is fortunate to have had the opportunity to train under (and quite frankly ask endless questions of) some of the industry’s[…]

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A clinic with legend George Morris

There are many stories that I have heard about the infamous Mr George Morris. I have had the opportunity to attend several clinics as a spectator, watched hours of video footage, read all the books and was born and raised on his system against all the odds (given that I commenced my riding career in[…]