Meanwhile, far away from the glamour of Ankum, Willinga Park or Boneo Park, another milestone in Australian equestrian folklore was being established. Against the backdrop of a weapons range at Salt Ash (population 1099), three generations of the one family all competed at the same event on the same day. Roger Fitzhardinge documents the remarkable story of Ann-Maree Lourey, her daughter Dimity and granddaughter Kara in our Equestrian Families feature.
Para dressage rider Emma Booth knows what competitiveness is, having shone for Australia at two Paralympics. In a piece from the heart, Emma opens up about what it will take for Australia’s para stars to fulfil their potential at the World Championships and Paris Games.
Of course, you never get anywhere without training. Roger Fitzhardinge talks to the experts about how to master the walk pirouette – while it’s not all that difficult, it’s hard to ever get top marks!
Amanda Young stirs the pot this issue by raising the chestnut of mares versus geldings. You tell a gelding what to do, while you politely ask a mare, is the old adage, but is there any truth to it? Amanda’s feature provides plenty of fodder for this endless debate.
One equestrian who has a bias towards mares is Michelle James, owner of Penny Hill Park Warmblood stud near Perth. Michelle explains why she has a passion for mares and maintains a lineage that has high heritability traits for dressage characteristics.
As always, Dr Maxine Brain keeps us abreast of health issues, this time focusing on hernias in horses, a condition that is fairly common in foals, but which is readily treatable.
Suzy Jarratt entertains us as usual in her Horses and Movies series with a wrap of a The Last Duel. The film lasts almost two hours, she says, but “it seems so much longer”.
We all need a laugh now and then! EQ
Robert McKay AM