ISSUE 64
MARCH 2021

WORLD CLASS

DRESSAGE BY THE SEA
EVENTING SUMMER CLASSIC
BRINGS OUT THE BEST
HEATH RYAN’S HEADS UP
FOR BRISBANE 2032

PLUS: TRISTAN TUCKER’S RUNAWAY SUCCESS, FROM HRH TO TOTAL DIVA FOR MAREE TOMKINSON, CAROLYN LIEUTENANT SMELLS THE ROSES, KAREN MILLER FULFILS FANTASY, BRETT PARBERY’S TRUE CALLING, PERCY THE OTT STAR, KERRY MACK & POLYVAGAL THEORY, MAXINE BRAIN & TOXIC METALS, & A HEART-THROB SAVES HIDALGO

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ISSUE 64

CONTENTS

MARCH 2021
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A few Words

FROM THE CHAIRMAN

ROBERT MCKAY

Ryan's Rave

START PLANNNG FOR BRISBANE 2032

BY HEATH RYAN

Dressage

WORLD-CLASS DRESSAGE AT WILLINGA PARK

BY ELLIE JOLLEY & ROGER FITZHARDINGE

Eventing

SURPRISES AND SUCCESS AT SIEC

BY ELLIE JOLLEY

Special feature

COURAGEOUS KIWI BLAZES HER OWN TRAIL (Part 8)

BY ROGER FITZHARDINGE

Lifestyle

VIGGO MORTENSEN SAVES THE DAY!

BY SUZY JARRATT

Dressage

BRETT PARBERY FINDS HIS TRUE CALLING

BY ADELE SEVERS & AMANDA YOUNG

Property

FANTASY WRITER FULFILS HER OWN FANTASY

BY ROGER FITZHARDINGE

Training

TRISTAN TUCKER’S QUEST FOR KNOWLEDGE

BY AMANDA YOUNG

Training

UNDERSTANDING YOUR HORSE’S INNER THOUGHTS

BY KERRY MACK

Dressage

FROM HER HIGHNESS TO TOTAL DIVA

BY EQ LIFE

Health

HEAVY METAL TOXICITIES

BY DR MAXINE BRAIN

Off the Track

PERCY MAKES HIS PRESENCE FELT

BY AMANDA YOUNG

My Favourite Dish

ORANGE POPPY SEED SYRUP CAKE

WITH KAREN MILLER
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We have all had those lightbulb moments in our journeys with our horses. Something clicks and at last your horse is enjoying itself as much as you, or you finally get the changes right in the Advanced test. You know the feeling. Other times, it takes setbacks or personal circumstances to intervene before you see the light. Whether you are just starting out or are at the top of the game, these moments of epiphany can be life-changing – just look at some of our featured riders in this issue.

For Brett Parbery, it took a forced rest after serious injury for him to formulate his true focus; for Maree Tomkinson, despite time off competitions due to Covid and personal grief, she remains committed to her talented team and the sport she loves. For Tristan Tucker, the global shutdown gave him the chance to step back from competition and nurture his online training program into a thriving international community.

Show rider Rebecca Farrow saw the light long ago when she took on ex-racehorses with much success, and her star performer Stage Presence is validating her faith with bells on. Aussie science fiction writer Karen Miller shelved her love of horses to become a best-selling author, but events changed in her life and she decided it was time to fulfil her own fantasy of building her dream equestrian centre.

We’ve all been following Roger Fitzhardinge’s engaging series on legendary Australasian horsewoman Carolyn Lieutenant. This issue’s final instalment shows how Carolyn also took time to smell the roses when others might have wilted.

So, the message is, when things take a turn out of your control, take a breather and reflect – but not for too long. Get back and grab those reins with both hands with the benefit of wisdom and clarity and purpose.

Much of this newfound exuberance was on display at Willinga Park last month. After a year between drinks, top competition returned to this fabulous equestrian temple for Dressage by the Sea. Read all about how Jayden Brown is shining there in his new role, while Mary Hanna and John Thompson sparkled in the arena. Also back in business this year was the Eventing Summer Classic at SIEC, where riders from all over the country flocked to this first Australian event of 2021 to feature FEI level classes.

Dr Kerry Mack turns her analytical mind to exploring how to better connect with your horse through a new school of thought, the Polyvagal Theory, while veterinarian Maxine Brain reminds us of the residual effects of heavy metal toxicities in the environment.

Heath Ryan uses his column in this issue to pounce on the exciting news that the International Olympic Committee has chosen Brisbane as its preferred candidate to host the 2032 Olympics. For young riders aspiring to be there, now is the time to plan your campaign.

And to lighten the load somewhat, enjoy Suzy Jarratt’s take on the movie Hidalgo in her delightful series on horses in the movies. Never let it be said that actor Viggo Mortensen is a one-trick pony, she says, as she praises him for being the rare actor who can really ride! EQ

As always, have fun riding,

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.
  • SUZY JARRATT
    Suzy has a rich background in newspaper journalism and radio broadcasting in NSW and nationally, and last year won an international award for equestrian journalism.

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