Welcome once again to the Equestrian Hub Magazine.
And what a super issue! We have lots of very exciting changes taking place here at EH Headquarters, so make sure you keep an eye on our website and social pages for all the updates. One of the biggest developments is that from now on, we will be a monthly – yes, a monthly – magazine, still with all the same great content, but with some awesome new industry experts adding to the mix, and so much more besides. We’re so excited!
In this issue, our Spotlight is on Rhys Stones, who competes successfully in the jumping arena and show ring, and in partnership with wife Jess, has created the renowned J & R Equestrian brand.
In the last appearance of Brister’s Brief (now don’t panic, Charlie will still be with us but in another form), we see the final in his informative two part series on teaching young horses to jump.
We also have show fever! Suzy Jarratt helps the RAS celebrate its 200th birthday with a feature on the Sydney Royal, and show ring guru Paul Austin reveals some of his winning ways. Plus, equine nutritionist Dr Clarissa Brown-Douglas tackles the issue of obesity in the show ring and explains why overly padded ponies are at risk of succumbing to a variety of serious ailments.
And (drum roll please), we introduce you to our ten Delivering Dreams finalists. Congratulations to you all for making it this far, because the competition was fierce. Be sure to watch our socials for information on how you can vote in our very popular Readers Choice award.
Christine Armishaw tackles the difficult questions that arise when you and your horse no longer seem to be a marriage made in heaven, and FEI rule expert Jenny Merity keeps us up to date with recent rule changes for dressage, eventing and show jump riders. It’s a confusing world!
The Saddlefitter explores English saddle girths and girth point selection, while resident vet Dr Doug discusses wet weather hoof ailments.
And if it’s inspiration you need, look no further than Enya Crockford’s conversation with three-time Paralympian Sharon Jarvis. With immense grit and determination Sharon has overcome incredible obstacles, and is firmly of the belief that when it comes to achieving it’s not a matter of if, but when.
Our nutrition feature is on pasture: how do you assess the quality? How do you know that your horse is receiving the nutrients they need? KER’s Director of Nutrition Technology explains.
Pilates expert Jess Morrison shares tips every rider should know, and offers up three exercises designed to strengthen and correct rider posture. Meanwhile registered BHS Instructor Lucy Williams explains the importance of pole work and how often you should use them as part of your training regime. She also suggests some pole patterns that will get both you and your unicorn thinking!
Racing Victoria’s Chris Kenner introduces their innovative Off the Track Community program, and European correspondent Jessica Morton reports on a technologically advanced halter before delving into some divine cool weather fashion ideas.
Shane Rose’s super groom Rachel Watts answers 20 Questions, and we tempt you with a Margaret River getaway … come on, you know you want to!
Then there’s Young Rider Brielle Powell who has set a hard-to-beat record with four prestigious Sydney Royal Easter Show equestrian awards in a row, and let’s not forget our PDS Valegro dressage saddle review, plus a sneak peek at another stunning equestrian property … we wish!
So pour your favourite tipple, relax and enjoy – and don’t forget to watch our socials for more exciting news to come.