ISSUE 65
APRIL 2021
A BRIGHT
FUTURE

YOUNG STARS SHINE
HELL OR HIGH WATER
IN THE HUNTER
LYNDAL OATLEY’S
NEW SOULMATE

PLUS: HEATH’S ROAD TO DRESSAGE GOLD, ROHAN LUXMOORE LOOKS TO THE FUTURE, KERRY MACK’S 23 SHOULDER-IN EXERCISES, WAYNE COPPING & NARACOORTE HORSE TRIALS, LIFE-SIZE HORSE ART, JAPPELOUP ON THE SILVER SCREEN, AMY STOVOLD AIMS HIGH, GENETIC TESTING, DIGESTIVE HEALTH & MORE

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ISSUE 65

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APRIL 2021
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A few Words

FROM THE CHAIRMAN

ROBERT MCKAY

Ryan's Rave

TAKE #2: BRISBANE OLYMPICS 2032 DRESSAGE

BY HEATH RYAN

Special feature

THROUGH HELL OR HIGH WATER

BY ELLIE JOLLEY

Showjumping

BILLY RAYMONT GETS THE CHOCOLATES

BY ADELE SEVERS

Dressage

VIVA ELVIVE! LYNDAL’S NEW SOULMATE

BY ELLIE JOLLEY

Training

23 SHOULDER-IN EXERCISES TO IMPROVE YOUR HORSE

BY DR KERRY MACK

Lifestyle

THE LITTLE HORSE THAT COULD

BY SUZY JARRATT

Lifestyle

THE ART OF HORSES IS UNFINISHED BUSINESS

BY ADELE SEVERS

Health

EQUINE DIGESTIVE HEALTH: OMEPRAZOLE & THE MICROBIOME

BY KENTUCKY EQUINE RESEARCH

Health

THE BENEFITS OF GENETIC TESTING

BY DR MAXINE BRAIN

Eventing

ROHAN LUXMOORE LOOKS TO THE FUTURE

BY AMANDA YOUNG

Eventing

THE GOING IS ALWAYS GOOD AT NARACOORTE

BY ADELE SEVERS

Dressage

THE STARS SHINE AT DJWTS

BY DANA KRAUSE

Dressage

A YOUNG RIDER SEIZES THE MOMENT

BY ROGER FITZHARDINGE

Dressage

AMY STOVOLD IS AIMING HIGH AGAIN

BY PHOEBE OLIVER
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There’s nothing like red-hot competition to get the juices flowing and see where our sports are heading. The buzz that began at Dressage by the Sea in February rose in pitch at Dressage & Jumping with the Stars in late March. It’s as if the genie is out of the Covid bottle, and a whole lot of new talent has come out of nowhere. And it is not just the newcomers, our stalwart Olympic hopefuls are also raising the bar.

Werribee Park showcased the new alongside the established, where Jayden Brown and seven-year-old WillingaPark Quincy B were crowned Young Dressage Horse Champion of Champions, and Maree Tomkinson on the super four-year-old mare Imagine II also brought the house down with a record score. In the jumping, Billy Raymont showed what he is made of by taking out Young Jumping Horse Champion of Champions with Cera Cadbury Z.

Typical of the talented youth coming through is teenager Charlotte Phillips, who only began riding when she was nine years old. As Roger Fitzhardinge says in his profile of her after watching her at Willinga Park, “she has taken to the FEI ranks like a duck to water”.

Over in Germany, Lyndal Oatley was not to be outdone, scoring a personal best 76.2% at a German national dressage show on her new mare, Elvive. Lyndal is so thrilled with the 12-year-old’s Grand Prix debut after sitting out Covid restrictions, that she calls Elvive her new “soulmate”. Who knows, Tokyo might still be within grasp.

New horses are the order of the day, it seems. Other top riders embracing young horses include British dressage star Amy Stovold; and our own eventer Rohan Luxmoore, who has two youngsters he hopes will one day fill the shoes of the semi-retired Bells N Whistles.

For eventers who want to ride one of the best cross-country circuits around, don’t miss Naracoorte Horse Trials this year. Set among ancient red gums on bucolic farmland, the course is designed by the master, Wayne Copping. Read about his strong views on course construction and the charming story of how the event has been staged at the same site for almost 50 years.

Back on the home front, Heath Ryan gives our young dressage riders a heads-up to start planning now for a tilt at the Olympics – not Tokyo 2021, but Brisbane 2032! Begin your training now with Kerry Mack’s treatise on 23 ways the shoulder-in can improve your horse (and it’s not just for dressage riders!).

After you’ve done your day’s riding, sit back and read about how the horse community rallied to help more than 20 sanctuary horses caught in the devastating floods in NSW. Or enjoy Suzy Jarratt’s account of Jappeloup, the pint-sized Olympic jumper that won the hearts of all of France, in the latest instalment of her Horses in the Movies series. Oh, and have you ever fantasised about a life-size portrait of your beloved horse? Eventer and artist Terri Trivett took up a friend’s dare and the result is a stunning oil painting of her 17-hand warmblood mare. Read all about how she sees parallels between eventing and art.

As always, keep your horses happy and healthy with our health experts. Veterinarian Dr Maxine Brain explains how to predict desirable or undesirable traits in foals through genetic testing, while the nutritionists at KER remind us that brawny as horses might seem, they have sensitive gastrointestinal tracts.

Keep yourself happy and healthy by riding! EQ

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.
  • PHOEBE OLIVER
    Having had horses all her life and ridden in nearly every country she has visited, Phoebe has recently combined her love of travel and horses with her background in PR to launch a new business — The Equine Collective.

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