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The Annual Round Up of Spain's Marsh Mares

October 2017

Image source: The Doñana National Park in Huelva province in southern Spain is one of Europe’s most important wetland areas. Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994, it is a haven for fauna, such as the Imperial Eagle and the Pardel Lynx. 

Learning to Trust Again

March 2018

Featured on our cover this month are Kathy Cohalan and her Clydesdale-cross mare, Lola, beautifully photographed by Ann Killeen of Equus Photography.  Kathy purchased Lola for just $200 from a girl who found her at the sale yards sometime earlier, but she remained untrained and, eventually, unwanted until Kathy came along.  "The girl who first bought Lola obviously didn't have the time or skills or money to put into her," says Kathy. "But, the moment I laid my eyes on her, I knew there was something in her.

After the Christmas Break

March 2018

Over Christmas and into the New Year, time slips by, consumed by family commitments and being away. It’s all good stuff, but it means, in three weeks, Dante only gets ridden for one quick ride. Other than that, he is hanging with the herd, my agistment people keeping an eye on him and feeding him. When I finally wrangle a horsey day into the Summer schedule, I’m curious as to how he will be after so little attention, and perhaps slightly nervous.

Under the Spell

February 2018

For this first issue of 2018, our front cover features a lovely Summer image by Louise Sedgman of Joy and her 13-year-old registered Appaloosa gelding Destiny’s Power, better known as Merlin.  Joy purchased Merlin as a a three-year-old just over 10 years ago. “He wasn’t really what I was looking for at the time, but what attracted me to him was his quiet temperament,” she says.  

An Opportunity to Learn

February 2018

I caught sight of Dante’s first buck out of the corner of my eye and brought Floss to a halt. My daughter and I were sharing a lesson, with me riding solid old Floss and Lauren on young Dante. We’d been trotting around, each going in different directions and doing different patterns, which was putting a bit of pressure on Dante, but Lauren, who is a capable rider, was handling him beautifully.

Dreaming of Horses

December 2017

On this issue’s cover, we feature a dreamy photo, by Olya Tutova of 42beats, of young Kay Sturzaker and her Quarter Horse mare, Chattahoochee - better known as Missy. Kay and her uncle, Peter Goodall, bred and trained the now seven-year-old Missy. “I started working her when she was three, after a stint with trainer Roy Marchinton. The photo was taken while she was in foal to DC Cadillac Jack,” says Kay. “She had a filly foal who is now two and will also become a reiner, but I want her as an all-rounder, to do some trail.”

The Happy Place

December 2017

There might be Western saddles in the tack shed at TJ Ranch, but the horsemanship and humanity is universal. Shelley Purcell has national titles in barrel racing and roping, and her son, Jack, is the youngest competitor to take on the Equitana Brumby Challenge.  Through their own experience and deep understanding of the horse-human relationship, the pair has created an equine education centre where pupils aren’t just taught to ride horses, they learn how to read them, care for them and become trainers themselves. It is a place where horses teach people how to heal and grow.

First Time for Everything

December 2017

I fell off Dante. It’s the first time I’ve fallen off him; the first time he’s had someone fall off him. 

Finding the Balance

November 2017

Checking my email in the morning, I read a message from my friend, Helen, saying she’s decided to go on a training ride on her own because everyone, including me, is busy. She’s planning to do one of my favourite rides - a 17 km circuit through the jarrah forest. It’s Spring and the wildflowers will be beautiful. 

Steady as She Goes

October 2017

Featured on our front cover this month are Tania Patrick and her nine-year-old Quarter Horse mare, Sedona, photographed by Olya Tutova from 42beats photography. 


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