Australian Performance Horse Magazine January - February 2020

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in this issue

2 min
 from the editors

Happy New Year and welcome to the 2020 January/February Edition of the Australian Performance Horse Magazine. It has been an extremely busy 2 months since the November/December edition hit the shelves. We are praying for rain and hoping it arrives very soon. Our local schools have been dancing up a storm in attempts to bust the dust and bring on the long awaited “wet stuff.” As I sit here writing to you all, we have just arrived home from Adaminaby Campdraft which is the first draft of our season for our local zone. It was a great weekend and a huge thanks goes out to the cattle donors in these trying times. We can only keep crossing our fingers that the big rain is just around the corner. Inside this edition…

4 min
 riding circles

WHY ARE CIRCLES IMPORTANT At clinics, people often groan at the thought of attempting to ride the “perfect” circle. But a circle is nothing more than a straight line around a continuous corner. All you are asking your horse to do is place his feet on the same track over and over in a controlled and calm manner. No matter what discipline you compete in, riding perfect circles is a basic skill that will assist your riding and your horsemanship. Riding perfect circles correctly enables you to control your horse’s direction, speed whilst working on your own timing and feel. The important things that you need to have to achieve a perfect circle is feel, timing, a good riding position and your horses body bent in the direction of travel. With these basics,…

7 min
 kerry turner & hingis ‘one exceptional duo’

On Niagara Station, a mixed cattle and grain property near Clermont, in central Queensland, the working days start early for Kerry Turner and partner, Rohan Marks. The drought has bitten hard. It’s very dry there, but they’re one of the lucky ones who are not in desperation with the big dry. They have enough water to keep Niagara going for a good while yet. Apart from the work with the cattle and grain,’ says Kerry. ‘We have 14 horses in work. During the week if we’re drafting full on, we rise early, feed the horses and take rugs off. I then head back to the house to get the kids, RyLee, 15, and Kash, 12, ready for school. I do the school run, sometimes shared with another parent–a 40km each way…

3 min
 welcome umha

The showers of rain had beautifully settled the arena and with the crack of the whip the Tallangatta Veterinary Clinic Maiden A was under way. The committee had sourced beautifully conditioned cattle for the whole of the event that tested the skills of every horse and rider who entered the camp. It was Nick Roe and Orange that secured the win with a combined score of 163. Next up was the Coprice Maiden B with Will McCrohon and Baymak Eleye taking the win with a combined score of 170. As the sun set on the first day of drafting everyone was reaching for their coat and settling in by a fire to keep warm. The Blacklocks Isuszu Ute Maiden A was the first event Saturday morning with Gerard Wilson and…

7 min
 head-turning hack

The Laidley Show, Queensland, held in July, 2015, was well under way. With bursts of colour, noise and the whir of the rides, side-show alley was an attraction for some. Not so for Hollie Sheils. Her eyes were on the main arena and the horses. It was always like that for Hollie, at the many shows she attended. The weather was perfect, and she couldn’t help scanning the array of shining horses, and as the announcer’s voice echoed across the showground airwaves, a glistening flash of black and white caught her attention. As she tried to get a better look, a stunning led colt emerged from behind some other horses, and at that moment, for Hollie, he was the only horse on the showgrounds—and it was love at first sight! Hollie…

5 min
 a horse called flame… just priceless

Back in 1991, when Ali purchased Kolah, a good-natured, Warmblood filly, little did she know, that this decision would eventually lead to a long and rewarding relationship with a very special horse. Kolah was sired by ‘Warrawong Encounter’, by ‘Contact’. Born on a 2000 acre property at Conondale, near Maleny, in Queensland, Warrawong Roulette, Kolah’s dam, had some Quarter horse lines going back to a well-known stallion called ‘Cattle Camp’. ‘She was only a 2yo when I first saw her,’ Ali begins. ‘She was running with a herd of broodmares. I loved her on sight and decided I had to have her. We later made the decision that she’d be broken in by Allan Wallan, and we travelled with her to the Wallan’s property near Brisbane. After that I took lessons…