Australian Performance Horse Magazine March - April 2021

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 2021 March - April Edition of the Australian Performance Horse Magazine. We are looking forward to getting out and about this year and meeting as many of you as possible, so please if you see us at an event come over and say hi! Hopefully you are all on your horses and getting back out some competitions. Inside this edition make sure you check out the Bucking Horse Futurity Australia Article and the Xtreme Broncs Australia, some absolute amazing bucking horses and a great group of people putting it all together!! We have an amazing article on Paint Horses, we also caught up with Reined Cow Horse Competitor Quentin Stapleton, as well as Jock Mackay and all the history of the Mackay's, a really great read!! There is…

4 min
the quotes that inspire me

“I BECAME A GOOD RIDER BECAUSE I RODE EVERY DAY” My grandfather was a mountain man, stock man and racehorse breeder and trainer. When I was only young, I was sitting with him and he made this statement. As I sat there and soaked in the words, I thought to myself “If he can do that, then I can too” and I made it my business to ride every single day that I could from that day on. Needless to say this dedication to riding has never really left me. Back then I may not have ridden very well, but the more I rode, the better I became. Even now I take that attitude; every day I do not ride is an opportunity lost to work on my skills. “YOU ONLY GET OUT WHAT…

11 min
izabella dunne - part 1 ‘horses, hell & a lot of sass!’

‘Horses are in my blood.’ Sixteen year old Bella begins. ‘My grandfather was a horse trainer. My Mum, Pieta, grew up around horses. My love for the western world began in 2014, when Christine and Sarah Peters invited me to a Youth Camp through the Burpengary Western Performance Club, in Queensland. Bella got to ride various horses at the camp, her favourite being the AQHA mare, Rosies Trouble Pride. Receiving lots of encouragement from Lenore Webb, by the end of the camp, Bella was riding off the lead. ‘In January, 2015,’ says Bella. ‘Bonita Silver Lady came to live with us. Scooby taught me well, over the 4 years I leased her, her biggest lessons being to have patience, kind hands and how to stay on! We had some heart-stopping moments! I…

12 min
flashlight on paint horses

‘THEY FEATURE IN MANY DISCIPLINES.’ - Brooke Dalsanto of Yarra Valley, Vic. ‘When a good friend of mine recommended Woodstock Paint Horses to me,’ Brooke begins. ‘I decided to give them a call to make arrangements to head over to have a look at their horses. I’d been on the lookout for a sound, easygoing horse, with a lovely temperament. After just a couple of visits to the stud, I found myself excitedly taking home the beautiful, black Tobiano mare, Woodstock Smokin Goddess! Maggie, as I call her, had everything I wanted in a horse and her stunning colour and markings were an eye-catching bonus.’ Maggie is Brooke’s first Paint horse, as well as her first young horse. While she has not had much of a chance to show her horse as…

4 min
a record breaking nutrien classic wraps up for 2021

The Nutrien Classic has cemented its reputation as Australia’s leading campdraft competition and performance horse sale after the 10-day event concluded on Sunday 7 February with record-breaking success. While sales are still under negotiation, the results recorded from The 2021 Classic have so far exceeded all previous sales by a mile. The sale has generated more than $10.71Million in horse sales, recorded an average selling price of $21,596, and seen a clearance rate of 94.66%. This is the fifth year running that the event has produced more than $7Million in sales, and the first ever year to make over $10Million. Nutrien’s Mark Barton said the team is over the moon with the event’s success. “Our goal has always been to hold an event that bolsters the performance horse industry through high quality competition,…

1 min
high country exca cowboy classic

January 16th and 17th at Benalla Equestrian Center Benalla VIC This event stepped it up a notch putting on a two day event using two arenas for twice the fun. The weekend entailed two challenging courses set by judges Deb Mirams and Lee Davis, with each competitor racing once on each course in their division. This format created two go rounds, the scores from each go round combined to give overall champions and a piece of the overall prize pool of $2500. With an enormous total of 167 entries for the weekend and 17 new riders that had never competed in exca before, all competitors showed great talent and enthusiasm tackling each course and having great fun at the same time. Champions for the weekend were awarded a Molly Custom Silver Champion Trophy…