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

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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

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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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. Here’s a once in a generation chance to get change — and change that will make our sport more fun, more rewarding for all stakeholders and be more efficiently organised.

I urge you to seize this chance by adding your weight to the process that can deliver a new EA. The prizes are huge.

• One member, One vote

• Constitutional reform leading to a new operational structure

• A new independent transitional board of directors

The key dates are:

7 July 2020 – the Administrators will issue their recommendations for the future of EA as well as all additional information needed by members before voting > see www.kordamentha.com

14 July 2020 – the Administrators formal meeting to decide the future of EA. Have your say by voting directly or by proxy.

Now the caveats – our collective watch list is:

1. The Administrators state they are pleased with member participation but as a member I haven’t experienced any engagement to date with this key and fast-moving process – have you?

2. The Administrator governance model proposes a nomination committee to propose transition directors – why aren’t members being asked to contribute names for consideration? Who is providing them and what are their credentials?

3. What horse sports knowledge and experience is being accessed by whom and from whom to draft new ways forward – I fear the 7 day deadline to 14 July meeting means member consultation and feedback will be in name only.

Nothing will please me more to be proven wrong on every point above and I promise our readers that Equestrian Life will keep you posted with news and updates as the 14 July deadline approaches. We need change with member engagement, not more of the past failed non-consultative actions.

Ryan’s Rave insights and passion about EA takes the story to compelling levels in this issue. You will feel the immense experience and passion coming from Heath’s pen – this is a must read article for today. There’s no one more experienced and savvy in the sport.

There’s lots more fascinating sports reading below, whether your interests be show jumping, eventing, dressage, para riding or online competition tips and training.

I’m off to vote, please join me and enjoy your riding! EQ

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.
  • DR IAN NORTHEAST
    Chiropractor Ian Northeast takes care of horses and riders across Australia. Dr Northeast has a five-year chiropractic degree and a two-year graduate diploma in animal biomechanical medicine.
  • MICHELLE TERLATO
    Photographer Michelle Terlato owns and rides horses and has exhibited at Dressage & Jumping with the Stars, Melbourne International 3DE and the Australian Show Jumping Championships.

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