Itâs just over a year since Billy Raymont rode Redwood Oaks around his stunning clear round at WEG, ensuring that Australia kept its eighth place in the competition, and since then Billy has been â literally â riding high, keeping us on the edge of our seats with his fabulously quirky ride, Anton, and with his recent wins on Ansiosso Z. It seems as if Billyâs star is firmly on the rise, and this month weâre proud to profile him as âOur Heroâ.
In fact, I am even prouder than usual to be introducing the October issue of HorseVibes to you, because this month, weâve launched our journey into the exciting world of print.
Itâs five years since I started The Saddle Hub, a business dedicated to be a safe go-between for buyers and sellers of pre-loved saddles. Our magazine began its life as a way to advertise and promote our saddles, with some value-added editorial.
The first edition in July 2016 featured Katie Umbrack on the cover and was a mammoth 22 pages. It was fun and people enjoyed the information we provided â and it was a great way to promote saddles.
But quite quickly our little magazine â with the editor Candy and I working closely together â began to grow up.
Exactly two years after our first edition was launched we changed the name from HubVibes to HorseVibes. That issue featured the wonderful Carl Hester, in what we felt was a decent sized 50-page magazine.
Since then weâve experienced exponential growth in all areas of the magazine â including the amount of pages, now up to an average of 84 pages each month.
What I am most proud of is our commitment to add value to our community, to empower people to become the best that they can be and to demystify much of the mystery surrounding the equine industry.
Every month weâre full of interesting feature stories and columns designed to entertain and educate you. In this month, you can read about Extreme Cowgirls; the work that goes into making the Garryowen Garland; the world of tiny horse rescue with Candy in her Horse Listener column; Charlie Bristerâs European dream trip; the low-down on different types of hay; our Young Rider, dressage training tips, and much, much more.
Last but by no means least, weâve also developed the Delivering Dreams Scholarship, and the fist recipient will be named in the November edition.
As always pour your favourite tipple, relax and enjoy.