Australian Performance Horse Magazine July - August 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

1 min
from the editors

Welcome to the 2020 July-August Edition of the Australian Performance Horse Magazine. We hope all our readers are well in what have been extremely trying times, with everything that has been cancelled. We are looking forward to the restrictions easing and being back in the saddle at competitions and catching up with everyone. Winter has arrived here on the Monaro and I have been envious of the Northerners’ still having warmer days and receiving rain. Inside this edition make sure you check out our SUPER STALLION and BREEDING feature!! There are some amazing Sires out there to choose from and some great feature articles on using frozen semen and feeding your stallion for double duty. We have the amazing article on John Brekelmans and his Dynasty of Duck Horses, what an…

4 min
tunnel vision

Don’t judge a book by its cover Everyone has heard the saying, but who actually does it? Many years ago I was doing a horsemanship clinic in Canberra and a young, aspiring eventer was made to attend as part of a lease agreement for the horse she was riding. When she turned up to the clinic and I was wearing my typical attire of jeans and a cowboy hat, she was horrified. Obviously I did not fit the look of where she thought she fitted into the horse world. Over the weekend, she came to realise that it really didn’t matter what type of hat you wore, good horsemanship was good horsemanship. And she also came to realise that by being narrow minded about how she thought a horse person should look, she…

8 min
‘waging a war within’ fighting for the australian brumby & our heritage

Horses were not brought into Australia because of someone’s dream or romantic notion. They were brought here by humans, as a resource of those times, to be utilised as a vital part of the workforce. In those early days they were used in every aspect of our nation’s progress, with many ancestors of the present-day brumbies, an integral part of our history, working alongside the men and women of early European pioneers in Australia. They were used as a mode of transport, to work, to pull carts and buggies, to take children to school, and to help build roads and develop farms and business. Our country was not only built from the back of the horse, it was also defended by Australians on horse-back. The early settlers bred horses in…

1 min
in summary - australian brumby alliance

We Reject total extermination of heritage brumby populations; We Support objective science to assess both positive and negative horse only impacts. We Reject lethal control, We Promote the retention of agreed population levels managed by fertility control and passive trapping. We Reject flawed studies Parks Victoria use to kill our Brumby Heritage, We Support the University of Southern Queensland study to identify safe horse densities. where they do not detract from native species. We Reject Parks Victoria’s policies to kill all non-native with no baseline data to see if their conservation aim has been met. We Support emerging overseas studies that look more at what each animal actually provides to its environment at varying population levels. We Reject parks Victoria’s entrenched view that Brumbies cannot represent living heritage We Urge Parks Victoria and the government to apply the Australia…

6 min
the positive aspects of wild horse habits & habitats

Wild horses can complement an ecosystem, or life community, in many direct and obvious as well as more subtle ways. This they do when permitted their natural freedom to move and interrelate over a sufficiently extensive intact habitat and time period. They form tight-knit stallion & elder-mare-governed bands. Over time, each band searches out & establishes its home range, which may cover hundreds of square miles on an annual basis in drier regions. The ecological mosaic that results among all such home ranges prevents overcrowding and overgrazing. Once available habitat is filled, the horse, as a keystone species, limits its own population as density-dependent controls increasingly come into play. Wild horses possess both upper and lower incisors that permit them to selectively nip pieces of vegetation, such as grass or sometimes,…

1 min
solutions to consider:

1. In order to realize healthy, balanced wild-horse-containing ecosystems, as full a complement of plant and animal species should be allowed. Wherever possible, this should include large carnivores/omnivores native to the region in question, such as the Dingo. These will provide an additional limitation on wild horse populations, one that will act through natural selection to make any given population more fit for survival in the wild and more harmoniously adapted to its particular ecosystem. 2. Establish buffer zones around Brumby areas with the cooperation of locals. 3. Allow horses to fill their niche, establish mature social groups and naturally self-stabilize within their circumscribed but complete and long-term-viable habitats. Determine the latter through scientific investigations. Mature stallions and mares inhibit reproduction in younger, subdominant horses. This is crucially important! 4. Develop programs/courses to…