There’s much to look forward to in the months ahead with the easing of Covid restrictions bringing new optimism into our lives.
This latest issue (it’s our 60th) captures this spirit, and as we enjoy warmer days in the lead up to Christmas there is a feast of horse activities to fill every day! The spring carnival in Melbourne, the return of live competitions and the excitement of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics – all of this and more in the setting of a bountiful spring for us to share with our horses across our country.
The fun starts with a new series by Adele Severs called My First Pony, complete with fascinating flashback pictures of Roger Fitzhardinge (complete with hair!), Kerry Mack, Simone Pearce and Chris Burton — I bet this sends you searching for your first ride photo album!
Suzy Jarratt’s Horses in Movies series reopens memories of the hugely successful Saddle Club TV series. Sydneysiders will remember the 7,000 spectators at the Super Dome in 2004, and everyone will recall Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys and Trigger, his beloved palomino stallion. The historic photos rekindle special times.
Small Ponies with Big Hearts recognises the therapeutic qualities of horses in today’s world. Ponies can open new horizons for us, such as bringing joy to a 105-year-old and nuzzling up to other aged care residents.
We capture the magical legacy of Hickstead with Elli Birch tracing its origins and importance in today’s show jumping calendar – the accompanying pictures complete the story.
Our team of expert writers have filed quality stories as you have come to expect. Heath Ryan’s frank assessment of Australia’s Tokyo prospects is his usual must read. Riders will treasure Roger Fitzhardinge’s skillful and practical tips for getting higher marks in Advanced tests — his advice is fresh from judging our monthly Online Virtual Competition series. Kerry Mack always has unique insights as her article on how to build a trusting relationship with your horse shows. And Amanda Young introduces us to Lizzie the Legend, a remarkable 15.3hh nine-year-old Gypsy Cob/Clydesdale cross mare who loves nothing but work, whether it’s cowboy dressage or roping cows or anything else she is asked to do.
The sport’s big names share generously of their experiences, be it the proven equestrian record and life of the ever-modest Carolyn Lieutenant or the ever-active Megan Jones as she rediscovers the joy of family and horses while biding her time for a shot at Tokyo 2021.
None of us ever wants to be far away from our horses, but you can’t get much closer to living with them than what Janina Kletke and partner Ash Seing have created at their Gippsland property!
Our sport is never dull and I invite you to read our regular experts to stay updated with the latest news and advice. Check out the contents page and cover to seek out your interests.
As we “go to press”, the keenly awaited and crucially important composition of the new Equestrian Australia board of directors has been announced. You can read about the new board in more detail here.
Have fun with you horse and horse friends, au revoir! EQ