Issue 55
JUNE 2020
CELEBRATING BROCKS
THE WONDER MARE
JAYDEN BROWN
ON A MISSION
AUSSIE SCOOP
AT ROYAL WINDSOR

PLUS: HEATH RYAN’S EVENTER HIT LIST, EMMA BOOTH ON TOKYO 2021, TRAVEL TO TUSCANY, KERRY MACK’S EQUINE LIBRARY, DEVELOPING THE DRESSAGE HORSE WITH TONY UYTENDAAL, HOW HORSES SEE & MORE

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Issue 55

CONTENTS

JUNE 2020
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A few Words

FROM THE
CHAIRMAN

ROBERT MCKAY

Ryan's Rave

WHAT I LOOK FOR IN AN EVENTING HORSE

BY HEATH RYAN

Dressage

JAYDEN BROWN
ON A MISSION

BY ROGER FITZHARDINGE

Para Equestrian

WHEN THE GOAL
POSTS CHANGE

BY EMMA BOOTH

Special feature

FROM SYDNEY
TO THE WORLD

BY DAWN GIBSON

EQ Journeys

DOING IT TOUGH
IN TUSCANY

BY JANET NORMAN

Eventing

BROCKS THE
WONDER MARE

BY AMANDA YOUNG

Showing

FROM RACECOURSE TO ROYAL WINDSOR

BY ADELE SEVERS

Special feature

A SOCIAL LICENCE FOR EQUESTRIAN SPORTS

BY EQ LIFE

Health

THROUGH A
HORSE’S EYES

BY KATE HERREN

Training

THE LITERATE
HORSE RIDER

BY DR KERRY MACK

Training

DEVELOPING
THE CORRECT DRESSAGE HORSE

BY TONY UYTENDAAL

Health

THE PRINCIPLES OF REHABILITATION

BY DR MAXINE BRAIN

Health

5 WINTER PROBLEMS

BY EQ LIFE

My Favourite Dish

CHICKEN WITH
TARRAGON & MUSHROOMS

BY ROGER FITZHARDINGE
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The onset of Winter reminds us to keep on our toes and stay warm. Exercising our horses achieves both with the added benefit of warming our mental health too!

It’s the season for reading and thinking, so open your laptop and join us on a post Covid-19 dream active horse holiday in Tuscany at the beautiful Il Paretaio situated near Florence. I can’t wait to book lessons on an educated horse with a skilled trainer and finish with a pre-dinner swim and an appetite for a sumptuous dinner. Have your phone handy if you look at the pictures!

Don’t leave home without catching up on some of the classic horse texts. Kerry Mack’s considered list takes you straight to the best whatever your tastes, be it Xenophon, de la Gueriniere, Podhajsky, Roberts or Hunt – hers is a rich and irresistible reading guide for your leisure.

Horses see differently to humans; do you know the difference between dichromats and trichromats – which are you? This brilliant article written through the eyes of a horse and complemented with revealing pictures is essential reading for all horsemen and women – and especially jumping course designers. This issue also visits the state-of-the-art equine veterinary medical facility in Qatar, where Sydney vet nurse Sarah Johnson is based and shares her story.

Australians love to compete on the world stage and win, even if it is in a virtual competition! None more so than Fiona McIntyre, who successfully retrained Precedence, an off-the-track thoroughbred, into a winning show horse with first prize at the prodigious Royal Windsor Show! Success comes in different ways and in abundance with Jayden Brown, a super talented younger rider with competition wins at home and abroad – you will see from the pictures why he’s a rising star.

Another Aussie that has left a huge mark on the world stage is eventing Wonder Mare, Paulank Brockagh. We celebrate the career of this recently retired Olympic medallist and Badminton winner, and chat to rider Sam Griffiths about his future plans.

On the topic of eventing, established and aspiring riders will devour Heath Ryans’s carefully prepared checklist of what to look for when buying an eventer – it’s a must keep reference guide from the master himself!

Emma Booth is one of our finest competitors and her story further demonstrates why she is such a successful para athlete. She describes the personal impact on her and Zidane of Tokyo being postponed to 2021 – there’s nothing like discipline and flexibility to keep true to your goals.

Dressage riders love to talk and learn about the best ways to develop a dressage horse. Experienced trainer Tony Uytendaal tells how to develop the proper outline, collection and elevation of the forehand – follow the carefully selected illustrations and accompanying text, and you will know how too.

Winter can be a time for injuries, so we asked veterinarian Dr Maxine Brain to outline the ideal rehabilitation program to restore a horse’s health and performance ability. An essential checklist for your files.

Finally I encourage you to read our report on the Victorian Horse Welfare Forum and the call by equine welfare authority Dr Roly Owers for a rethink on our approach to horse welfare as a result of urbanisation and society’s greater disconnect with farm animals and country life. This is important in the context of the social licence needed for equestrian sports today – a topic that affects us all.

Enjoy and learn more from the columns of our regular experts.

Keep safe and warm, and cherish your time in the saddle!

Best wishes,
Robert McKay


Contributors

  • HEATH RYAN
    National equestrian personality, international dressage and eventing rider, Olympian, judge, coach and breeder, Heath is never backward in offering his unique insights into the sport and industry.
  • ROGER FITZHARDINGE
    As a judge, coach, competitor and commentator, Roger’s passion to tell the real stories behind the horses and horse people shines through in his unique brand of equestrian photojournalism.
  • DR KERRY MACK
    Grand Prix dressage rider, coach and Mayfield Farm stud principal, Kerry draws on her learning as a qualified psychiatrist to approach training from the cerebral perspective as well as the physical.
  • DR MAXINE BRAIN
    Dr Maxine Brain is an equine vet dedicated to achieving optimal equine health and performance with her team at Kilmore Equine Clinic, which she founded.
  • TONY UYTENDAAL
    Tony is a Victorian-based qualified equestrian coach and horse trainer who has been in the industry for over 45 years, teaching and riding in Australia, Europe, UK and the USA.
  • EMMA BOOTH
    Para-dressage rider and Rio 2016 Paralympian Emma Booth does more than ride; she is in demand as a public speaker and also has a talent for letting personalities shine through the written word.

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