Australian Performance Horse Magazine March - April 2020

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

2 min
from the editors

Welcome to the 2020 March/April Edition of the Australian Performance Horse Magazine. What an absolute crazy 8 weeks we have had since the Jan/Feb Edition went out. As I bagged the subscriptions the Badja Forest Rd Fire was looking ok, not 24 hours later we evacuated our kids, horses and dogs. Thanks to our amazing family, everything was looked after and the Jan/Feb edition made it to the post office. This was followed by 7 long weeks of smoke, blackness, ash, burnt leaves, working on the fire fronts and containment lines, feeding the farmers, landholders, friends and anyone else that happened to be around helping. I can only imagine the devastation much of the country is feeling at the moment with so many losses! Our thoughts and prayers go out…

4 min
finding the perfect horse part 1

But, if emotion gets in the way of common sense, the situation can be not only disappointing but also dangerous if the horse is beyond the rider’s capabilities or is not suitable for what the rider wants to do. If done incorrectly an experience that should be exciting, rewarding and enjoyable ends up in disappointment and distress when people buy a horse using too much emotion and not enough common sense. So what do you do to make sure you end up with the horse of your dreams? Well there are a list of simple steps you can take to ensure that you do not end up disheartened and disappointed. 1. Create Your Unicorn Before you start to look write out a list of what your perfect horse would be; make it as precise…

7 min
2019 ncha non pro pinnacle champion

Tell us about your background? I grew up riding horses on a cattle property "Tumlong" at Barraba NSW that my parents Kerry Ann and Campbell Tonkin own. All of our stock work is done on horses, so as a child I rode miles and miles and spent countless hours in the saddle. I did Pony club and my family campdrafted as I was growing up. I loved both of these as I love competing and have loved the thrill of competing since an early age, needless to say I have a very competitive nature and I have had to work hard on being a good sport!! I also had some show ponies, did ASH classes and dabbled in a little bit of showjumping as a teenager. In 2003 I was the…

2 min
a few quick questions with bonnie hiscock

If you could be anyone for the day who would it be? Ellen Degeneres Who do you look up to? I would have to say my Great Grandad, he lived a happy life and was one of the most selfless people, he didn’t need much out of life to make him happy and that’s something I hope to be like when I’m older. Best piece of advice you have ever been given? Be who you are and do what you love to do and everything else will fall into place, don’t let others dictate what you think you should be doing with your life, do what makes you happy. Secrets to becoming a champion? If there is a secret, I’m still yet to learn this one, I think being positive and working hard is always a good…

10 min
2020 nutrien classic campdraft and sale

A new name, a new approach, but the same incredible results. The 13th annual 2020 Nutrien Classic Campdraft and Sale was nothing short of incredible, with some of the best after sale results the event has ever seen. Grossing over $7.6 million with an average price of $15,830 per horse, the event has officially exceeded $7 million for four years in a row. In November 2019, after decades of serving Australian farmers as separate companies, the combined Ruralco and Landmark ag retail businesses, merged to be known as Nutrien Ag Solutions – Therefore became, the Nutrien Classic. Staff and clients alike, embraced the new brand and continued to celebrate everything this event offers to the performance horse industry. Once again, we are so grateful and utterly blown away by the strength and…

3 min
adaminaby campdraft

The Adaminaby Campdraft kicked off on Saturday the 14th of December, competitors woke to a typical Monaro greeting being slightly cool and winds with a few rays of sunshine. However, that did not put a dampener on the enthusiasm and excitement of all in attendance. With the arena prepped, Paddy Bell cracked the whip for the start of the Remount Maiden A. In what are trying times the committee had sourced some lovely cattle for the whole of the event that tested the skills of every horse and rider who entered the camp. It was Mitchell Weir and Barnetts Chanel that secured the win with a combined score of 174. Next up Chrissie French had the whip for the Dowton Contracting Maiden B with James O’Ryan and Crackenrock Ranger taking…