The para dressage classes at the Championships also brought out a highly competitive field, with accreditation towards qualifying for the Paris 2024 Paralympics at stake. Bridget Murphy reports on who stood out among the almost 40 combinations, zooming in on the personal journey of Stella Barton and how she got the ride on Lord Larmarque, aka ‘Bug’.
Adele Severs highlights another standout journey, that of Rebecca Webber. Only riding in earnest since she was diagnosed with an ultra-rare degenerative genetic disorder two years ago, Rebecca now competes in western riding, reining and para dressage. She and the OTT horse Glenayre Skyline were the CPEDI2* Grade II Reserve Champions at Boneo Park, and Rebecca now has ambitions to rise to 3-star level and to be an active advocate for the para riding community.
Speaking of judging, Roger lifts the lid on the jargon of judges, explaining how important it is to understand their terminology if you want the higher marks
In Eventing, Adele has an extensive interview with Aussie-born Ryan Wood. An elite eventer with an established business in Pennsylvania, Ryan was thrilled to debut on the Australia team at the final FEI Eventing Nations Cup leg recently. He tells us all about the team experience, his enthusiasm for his Irish Sport Horse “jumping machine”, Cooley Flight – and whether Paris 2024 is in their sights.
In Show Jumping, a young rider already leading the way in her community is Northern Territorian Lalwa May. At 16, she was not only the youngest member on the Australian team at the World Clubs Tournament in France, she was the first Indigenous rider to do so. She tells Susanna Rodell it was “the coolest experience” and how it has boosted her dream of a career with horses.
In Training, Dr Kerry Mack turns her mind to the joy of raising foals, emphasising the value of building trusting relationships and positive experiences from the outset, while in Health, Dr Maxine Brain explains the importance of Australia’s horse quarantine system. Our Off The Track feature is all about a 21-year-old that has taken to dressage with the eagerness of a youngster, despite some earlier setbacks.
Movie buff Suzy Jarratt continues to charm us in Lifestyle with her knowledge of equine actors, this time exploring the Francis The Talking Mule films that not only made Francis a star but helped the careers of Clint Eastwood, David Jannsen and Leonard Nimoy.
As we all know, Pony Club is the springboard for so many of us across all horse sports, including the lesser-known mounted games. Well, its profile has just been elevated. We bring you a report of our under-18 team winning Australia’s first world championship against all the powerhouse nations at the Worlds Down Under, and the open team placing third. This frantic sport involves incredible skills as well as a whole lot of fun!
Something for everyone this month!
The EQ Life Team