ISSUE 66
MAY 2021
SANTIAGO
SINGS

FOR MATTHEW DOWSLEY
SAM JEFFREE
MAN ON A MISSION
SHARON JARVIS FINDS
HER UNICORN

PLUS: GRACE KAY, THE HORSES OF GILI, CELEBRITY CUTTING CHALLENGE, PIGGY MARCH, WILLINGA PARK’S GOLD BUCKLE, ROGER’S TIPS FOR THE MEDIUM TOUR, KERRY MACK’S DRESSAGE FOR JUMPERS, THE INS AND OUTS OF BUYING A HORSE, A NEW APPROACH TO LAMENESS DETECTION & MY FRIEND FLICKA

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ISSUE 66

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MAY 2021
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A few Words

FROM THE CHAIRMAN

ROBERT MCKAY

Ryan's Rave

SELECTION DIFFICULTIES FOR AUSSIE DRESSAGE RIDERS

BY HEATH RYAN

Dressage

MATTHEW DOWSLEY & SANTIAGO NAIL IT

BY ROGER FITZHARDINGE

Campdrafting

BUCKLE UP FOR A WILD TIME AT WILLINGA PARK

BY ROGER FITZHARDINGE

Dressage

GRACE KAY GOES HER OWN WAY

BY ROGER FITZHARDINGE

Special feature

THE INS & OUTS OF BUYING A HORSE

BY AMANDA YOUNG

Cutting

SPARKS FLY WHEN CUTTING MEETS RACING

BY AMANDA YOUNG

EQ Journeys

HELPING THE HORSES OF GILI

BY ELLIE JOLLEY

Eventing

SAM JEFFREE, MAN ON A MISSION

BY AMANDA YOUNG

Dressage

10 TIPS FOR RIDING THE MEDIUM TOUR TESTS

BY ROGER FITZHARDINGE / EQ LIFE

Eventing

PIGGY’S SUCCESS KEEPS MARCHING ON

BY ELLI BIRCH

Health

THE RIDDEN HORSE PAIN ETHOGRAM

BY DR MAXINE BRAIN

Lifestyle

MY FRIEND FLICKA

BY SUZY JARRATT

Para Equestrian

SHARON JARVIS FINDS HER UNICORN

BY ADELE SEVERS

Training

DRESSAGE FOR SHOWJUMPERS

BY DR KERRY MACK
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Where else in in the world can you find a more diverse mix of horse sports than what we have in Australia? Equestrian Life takes pride in providing the best coverage of the Olympic disciplines, and we also love the skills and excitement of all horse sports. This issue showcases the variety of what is all around us – from elite dressage and eventing to campdrafting and cutting, we have it all.

Our best dressage riders have just completed the Sydney CD-LITE – a CDN equivalent instead of a CDI, given Covid restrictions prevented international judges from attending. However, this didn’t stop a cascade of outstanding performances and the unearthing of a new Aussie Grand Prix star in Santiago, ridden by Matthew Dowsley.

The future of our classic disciplines is in good hands if two young Australian stars featured in this issue are any indication. At just 22, Sam Jeffree is our Australian Eventing Champion after winning the CCI4*-S class at Wandin Park. Grace Kay is the definition of versatile; coming from a dressage background, she is now also highly competitive on the eventing circuit. In addition, Paralympian Sharon Jarvis hopes her new ride will get her to her third Games after they were the Grade IV Champions at the Australian Para Dressage Championships at Boneo Park.

Meanwhile, big things are happening in the bush. Willinga Park has upped the ante in the action world of campdrafting by putting a total prize pool of $286,000 on the table for its Volkswagen World Championship Gold Buckle Campdraft, including $100,000 cash for the Gold Buckle winner. No wonder defending title-holder Pete Comiskey and other big names are lining up to sort Terry Snow’s cattle!

Not to be outdone in Aussie initiative, horse-crazy Scone in the Upper Hunter has already pulled off an improbable feat. A wild idea of pitting the leading thoroughbred racing studs against each other in the cutting ring brought the house down at the National Cutting Horse Association’s Autumn Spectacular. As one participant said, it was “as much fun as you can have with…” – well, we’ll let you read the reviews!

With the Tokyo Olympics only months away, Heath Ryan looks at the Nomination Criteria for dressage riders vying to make the cut; with a lack of CDIs in Australia, things are not looking good for locally based combinations who don’t already have the required scores on the board. The race for a place on the British team is also on as we check in with eventer Georgina ‘Piggy’ March at her yard in Northamptonshire. After time out, she is back in the hunt and is again sitting amongst the best of the British eventers.

Buying a new horse can be the most daunting task you ever do in this game, but it need not be! Our Special Feature demystifies the process and, until someone invents a rider-horse match-making app, we lay down the best practical guidelines for you to find your special horse!

Training and horse health are always essential to getting the most out of riding. Roger Fitzhardinge draws on his experience as a rider and FEI judge to present his 10 top tips for the Medium Tour tests, while Kerry Mack tells how dressage training can benefit showjumping. On the veterinary front, Dr Maxine Brain discusses a revolutionary new system for assessing pain and lameness in horses.

After training, put up your feet and escape to remote islands in Indonesia, where a couple find themselves unexpectedly working with locals to improve the lives of their unique work horses. Or turn back the clock and learn the story behind My Friend Flicka in Suzy Jarratt’s popular series on Horses in the Movies.

As always, enjoy the ride! EQ

Robert McKay AM

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.
  • ELLI BIRCH
    Based in Essex in the UK, Elli Birch of Boots and Hooves Photography has covered prestigious equestrian events and country sports around the world.

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Photography credits:

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