Australian Performance Horse Magazine

January - February 2022

James and Tanya O’Ryan are a husband and wife team with a reputation for creative ideas, work attribute, positive attitude and dedication in everything they commit to. They are excited to add the Australian Performance Horse Magazine to the enterprises they currently own and manage. With the couple’s passion for horses the opportunity to own the Australian Performance Horse Magazine seemed a no brainer. A third generation Equestrian and a background across the many English and Western disciplines Tanya understands that horses are more than a hobby, they are a lifetime passion. James has a background in farming as well as producing, training and riding Stock Horses. Together they run Crackenrock Performance Horses. The APH Magazine first hit the newsstands in 1989, and in 2019 we celebrate 30 years of publication. James and Tanya look forward to taking this magazine into the future by continuing to include all performance horse disciplines from show jumping to showing, campdrafting to reining and everything in between. James and Tanya believe that a job worth doing, is worth doing well. In every area of business, they are known for their commitment to delivering products and services they can be proud of. As new owners of the Australian Performance Horse Magazine, their commitment is to provide advertisers, industry representatives and readers with a quality publication worthy of our many performance horse disciplines.

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in this issue

1 min
from the editors

Happy New Year and Welcome to the 2022 January – February Edition of the Australian Performance Horse Magazine. Well, now that 2021 is behind us let’s see what 2022 has in store. Fingers crossed we can all get back to some kind of normality and have an amazing year. Our thoughts go out to everyone currently being affected by the December deluge of rain and flooding. “I love a sunburnt country” by Dorothea Mackellar is definitely a fitting representation of Australia. Inside this edition is the Hugh lift out Wall Planner for 2022, as well as Rider Profiles, with Ben & Jaye Hall, Kristy Banks and a lifetime membership for iconic barrel racer Adele Edwards. We are also keeping up to date with the ABHA State Championships and some awesome flashback…

4 min
it’s not if, but when!

Even the best riders have accidents and fall off. Over the many years of riding I have had horses fall over, buck, shy, take off….pretty much if there is a way to come off a horse, I, like all trainers, have done it. Of course a lot of these accidents happened years ago, when my horsemanship was poorer and I did not have the skill behind me that I do now, but they still happened and they could happen again. It is handy to remember that we ride a large animal that; generally, has very strong survival instincts. The horse has evolved over tens of thousands of years by running away from all the scary things that he believes are trying to eat him. It is also handy to remember that we are…

1 min
"final bloody muster"

There’s a different kind of muster,Now happening in the bush,Way down near kosciusko,It’s the government’s final push. All the mares and foals and stallions,The brumby has to go,According to the beaurocrats,They won't see another fall of snow. They're loading up their rifles,With traps they'll lure them in,Molasses, salt and steel yards,Is where they'll commit their sins. Opening fire on the first horse,Whilst others panic and start to run,The brumby he won't stand a chance,As they shoot them one by one. From the Nungar to Kiandra,From Tantangara to Long Plain,The bush will all fall silent,As the blood makes its stain. Once again the Snowy Mountains,Will have a tragic tale to tell,Relegated like the bushman,And all the stockman we knew well. The Pendergast's, O'Ryan's,Dodwell’s and the Clarke's. The Piper's, Robert’s and Webb’sWill all be relics of the past. The Lee's,…

6 min
‘do your homework!’ pattern practice series 'hunter in hand'

In any equine competition, one should set a high standard of professionalism from the time of entering the show arena, to the time of leaving. The Hunter in Hand class is no exception. As always, a pleasing first impression speaks volumes on your manners and overall attention to presentation. A judge will be looking for a confidently and correctly executed Hunter in Hand pattern. Required tack, attire and class procedure are clearly noted in the AQHA Rulebook, and must be adhered to. Exhibitors will be scored: 70% on Movement, 20% on Conformation, 10% on Temperament The HUNTER IN HAND Class The Hunter in Hand class is designed to evaluate the suitability of a horse for Hunter under Saddle class. The class begins with the exhibitor presenting the horse for evaluation on conformation and…

9 min
‘strength through adversity’

Akeen Pony Club member who loved to compete in the speed events, Kristy Banks loved anything and everything to do with horses! She was absolutely fascinated by them and knew exactly how she wanted her life to roll out. Her father, Graham Banks, had been a good jockey in his younger days, and later become a successful racehorse trainer, basing out of Toowoomba then, but now at Oakey. A young Kristy dreamed of being a jockey herself, just like her Dad, and while at Pony Club, she could fulfil her desires to race and to win, and Barrel Racing happened to be one of her favourite events! ‘I’ve been around horses all my life,’ Kristy begins. ‘My parents took me around to many big Pony Club events and competitions in Queensland…

9 min
the curse of continuously high sugar in the diet!

Laminitis has long been considered the inflammation of the laminae of the hoof – the soft tissue structures that attach the coffin bone of the foot to the hoof wall. Without the coffin bone properly attached to the inside of the hoof wall, the weight of the horse forces the bone away from the hoof capsule, damaging arteries and veins thereby restricting blood flow to the sole and coronet, causing extreme pain and lameness. But what is the cause of this debilitating and obviously painful disease? For so long laminitis was considered an inflammation of the lamellae, most probably a result of an incidence of grain overload in the hindgut region resulting in acidosis and “leaky gut” syndrome or from systemic illness or infection such as a retained placenta in a…