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Personal stories

A Winning Ability

August 2016

While the spotlight is on the Australian equestrians heading for Rio, we catch up with Phoebe Roche, a young para-equestrian whose abilties and determination have been turning heads and make her a serious contender for the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Bromont, Canada. 

Green Pony Blog: What Are You Going to do With Him?

July 2016

I suspect this question, or variations of it, is the one that I am most often asked about my horses in general but, since I bought a yearling two years ago, the question has really came to the fore. It’s an interesting question on many levels - interesting because we don’t ask it of dog owners - ‘Oh, what are you going to do with that toy poodle or with that border collie?’ Nor do we ask it of pet owners generally - ‘What are you going to do with that cat? Guinea pig? Rabbit?’ 

My Working Equitation Journey: Part 1

July 2016

Working Equitation is a sport originating in Europe. The founding nations were Spain, Portugal, Italy and France. It has generated much interest in recent years and has taken Australia by storm.  I had always been curious about Working Equitation, but had no idea what it actually was, prior to becoming a student of Chris Maudsley at Cristogracia Spanish Stud and Training Facility.

Standardbred Stories: June 2016

July 2016

Charlie "Chagoal Grey is a 2001 pacing gelding. He only raced a handful of times as a two- and three-year-old before. However, he made it clear racing wasn’t his thing. He was offered to me as four-year-old, when I was 14, and I gladly accepted! I backed him myself and, eventually, we explored the world of dressage. 

Green Pony Blog: Climbing on Board

June 2016

“Slowly, slowly.” That’s my motto in working with my young horse, Dante. I’ve never started a horse before and don’t know for certain how much I’ll do myself. I certainly won’t do it all on my own. I’m not too proud (nor too stupid) to ask for expert help when I need it. 

Standardbred Stories: May 2016

June 2016

"Camelias was a 1984 pacing mare. She raced from age 4-12 and made just over $18,000 on the track. She wasn’t anything spectacular on the track, but she loved to run. I got her in 2004, as a surprise birthday gift from my parents. She was 20, I was 12, and she was my first horse. My parents had heard of her through a hay supplier and purchased her for me at a church auction. 

Green Pony Blog: Picking Up on My Mood

May 2016

We’re often told horses reflect our moods, but I didn’t think of that when I recently visited my young horse, Dante, at his new home. I’ve recently moved, so my horses moved too and are now living at a friend’s place, an hour’s drive from my house. Gone are my days of staring idly out of my office window watching them in the paddock when I’m supposed to be working. Gone also are my many-times-a-day walks out to the paddock to scratch and say hello to them.

The ANZAC Legend

May 2016

ANZAC Day is a time to remember men and women who served our country at war, but humans weren’t the only ones who went to war. Animals, particularly horses, were put to work in wartime and the vast majority of them never returned home. Recent World War One (1914-18) anniversaries have again brought the contribution of Australia’s war horses into the spotlight. During the First World War, more than 130,000 Australian horses were sent overseas to support the fighting and, before that, around 16,000 were used in the Boer War. 

Dream, Believe... Do It

May 2016

“So many people put things off until they have the money or the time to do whatever it is they want to do and, by then, they are too old, they are dying… My dad is one of the few people I know who died without any regrets. He could have ticked off ten bucket lists... That’s one thing I learned from him.”

Green Pony: Ponying Out and About

April 2016

Ponying seemed to be the most obvious way to get my young horse, Dante, out and about to see the world. The trouble was I’d never ponied a horse before and was a bit nervous about doing it, so I began in a small paddock with someone on the ground to help.

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