ISSUE 56
JULY 2020
WHERE TO
NOW FOR EQUESTRIAN AUSTRALIA?
George Sanna
The legend continues
10 TIPS FOR RIDING
THE PRELIM TEST

PLUS: SUE-ELLEN LOVETT TELLS ALL, SOPHIE ADAMS IN THE UK, GOOD DRESSAGE PRESENTATION, EQUINE REHAB EXERCISES, RELAX WITH THE SHOULDER-IN, THE ONE-EYED JUMPER & MORE

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ISSUE 56

CONTENTS

JULY 2020
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A few Words

FROM THE
CHAIRMAN

Opinion

EA’S VOLUNTARY ADMINISTRATION

BY HEATH RYAN

Showjumping

GEORGE SANNA, THE LEGEND CONTINUES

BY ROGER FITZHARDINGE

Special feature

JOHNO & THE BLIND CHICK TELL ALL

BY ADELE SEVERS

Eventing

SOPHIE ADAMS BOILS THE BILLY IN THE UK

BY ADELE SEVERS

Showjumping

GLADIATORS OF SHOWJUMPING

WORDS & IMAGES BY MICHELLE TERLATO

Showjumping

STILL FOCUSED

WORDS & IMAGES BY MICHELLE TERLATO

Dressage

10 TIPS FOR RIDING THE PRELIMINARY TEST

BY EQ LIFE / ROGER FITZHARDINGE

Training

A RELAXED HORSE IS A HAPPY HORSE

BY DR KERRY MACK

Dressage

MAKING THE MOST OF GOOD PRESENTATION

BY ROGER FITZHARDINGE

Health

CORE STRENGTHENING & BALANCE EXERCISES

BY DR MAXINE BRAIN

Health

SECRETS BEHIND THE EQUESTRIAN ATHLETE

BY DR IAN NORTHEAST

Special feature

CAN HORSES RECOGNISE YOUR PHOTO?

BY ADELE SEVERS

My Favourite Dish

BEAN SOUP

WITH GEORGE SANNA
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A few Words
FROM THE CHAIRMAN
Hey, hey, fellow riders and horse lovers, after umpteen years of turmoil and failure by Equestrian Australia (EA) to meet member expectations, there IS finally an opportunity to reform our sport. read more...
Opinion
EA’S VOLUNTARY ADMINISTRATION
As an Equestrian Australian member, Heath Ryan feels bullied by the Australian Sports Commission and let down by the EA Board. However, he also feels some good may come from the administration process in the long run. read more...
Showjumping
GEORGE SANNA, THE LEGEND CONTINUES
Great Australian showjumper and Olympian George Sanna may have retired from the competition circuit, but he is getting just as much pleasure in imparting his knowledge on to new riders as a coach. read more...
GLADIATORS OF SHOWJUMPING
With international travel off the cards for some time and the Longines Global Champions Tour on hold until 2021, we take a look back at one of the tour’s most unique and impressive legs at the ‘Stadium of Marble’ in Rome. read more...
STILL FOCUSED
How does an elite level showjumping horse adjust to losing an eye yet still face a 1.60m jump at high speed? Easily, apparently, if you are the super cool stallion Cornado NRW. read more...
Special feature
JOHNO & THE BLIND CHICK TELL ALL
Motivational speaker, two-time Paralympian and Grand Prix-level dressage rider Sue-Ellen Lovett has written her first book about how a real-life soul match – her beloved horse Johno – helped her overcome the trials and tribulations of being blind. read more...
CAN HORSES RECOGNISE YOUR PHOTO?
We know our horses recognise us when we approach them, and we assume it is through cues such as smell, sound, and sight. French researchers are taking the next exciting step to determine whether horses can recognise on sight alone… as in from a photo. read more...
Eventing
SOPHIE ADAMS BOILS THE BILLY IN THE UK
UK-based Australian eventer Sophie Adams has had a unique international equestrian adventure. Starting with Oliver Townend early last year, she has since made her way to Pippa and William Funnells’ famed Billy Stud — and experienced the effects of a global pandemic along the way. read more...
Dressage
10 TIPS FOR RIDING THE PRELIMINARY TEST
Whether you’re working towards getting out and competing once live competitions restart, or have entered Equestrian Life’s Virtual Winter Dressage Series, these tips are for you! read more...
MAKING THE MOST OF GOOD PRESENTATION
There is no such thing as the perfect horse, but clever and careful presentation can go a long way to improving the overall picture in the dressage arena, says Roger Fitzhardinge. read more...
Training
A RELAXED HORSE IS A HAPPY HORSE
“The shoulder-in is the first and last lesson one must give a horse,” said de la Gueniniere, the classical master who invented it, in 1733. Kerry Mack links this wisdom to modern research that shows that the shoulder-in relaxes the horse. read more...
Health
CORE STRENGTHENING & BALANCE EXERCISES
Following on from Dr Maxine Brain’s article last month on the principles of rehabilitation, we now examine the types of exercises that can be done both for rehabilitation and improving core strength and balance. read more...
SECRETS BEHIND THE EQUESTRIAN ATHLETE
Elite athletes don’t get to the top of their game simply doing what they do best all of the time. They hone their fitness, their strength and their health through a whole range of extracurricular means, says Dr Ian Northeast. read more...
My Favourite Dish
BEAN SOUP
In addition to being an accomplished coach, George Sanna also boasts some impressive culinary skills! After a busy day coaching at Chatham Park, he turns to a tried and tested recipe that’s a little different to the average winter soup. read more...

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