Australian Performance Horse Magazine July - August 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 July - August Edition of the Australian Performance Horse Magazine. We are looking forward to going to Tamworth for the cutting Futurity at the end of the month, so please if you see us at Tamworth or any other event come over, say hi and introduce yourself! Winter has settled in here on the Monaro and we have definitely had the fireplace roaring. Inside this edition we have the beginning of our ALL BREEDS STALLION FEATURE, an amazing line-up of stallions to suit your mares, we are keeping up to date with Xtreme Broncs Australia, some absolute awesome bucking horses and cowboys! We have the anything is possible article with Dion Assenbruck, we also caught up with Reined Cow Horse Competitor Michael Rapley, as well as a…

6 min
the best (worst) advice i have ever heard about buying horses

Over the years I have heard so many different ideas about buying horses that I could write a book! But instead I have picked the best (or should I say worst) ones I have ever heard and listed them here for you! But of course I am not listing them here to be funny; I am listing them so that any of you who are looking at buying a horse in the future can be sure to not make any of the mistakes listed here. And to anyone selling, hopefully this will be something you can think about when you talk to your horse’s potential new owners. When buying a horse (as I am sure many of you know) there is a lot of time and money that goes into finding a…

2 min
st heliers heavy horse field days

The 25th Anniversary of the St Heliers Heavy Horse Field Days took place on the third weekend in May, attended by over 70 horses with a range of exhibits from led classes, ploughing and vehicle turnouts. In celebration of the event’s 25th year, the Field Days continued to provide a trip back in time for young and old alike. The event, held at the Correctional Facility in Muswellbrook, provides a full weekend of connection between the modern world and the way things used to be done. In our led classes, we had a strong showing of Clydesdales and Shire horses, matched with strong exhibits of Percherons and the Australian Draught. In the plough paddock, our experienced judge noted that this was one of the best attended plough events on the East…

9 min
michael rapley

“I don't know, what I don't know” Born to a life on the land, his passion for horses began on the family property at Mudgee, NSW. This is where Michael Rapley inherited his father’s passion for the horses; heavy horses were used in the day to day running of the family property instead of modern machinery. His father was a police officer, eventually they moved with his employment, spending time in rural areas, including Coonamble and Tamworth. When his father retired, they moved back to the family farm at Mudgee. “I spent most of my holidays at our Mudgee farm or Grandparents property near Wellington,” recalls Michael. “I have had horses around me my whole life. My father had a passion for horses, and he would use heavy horses over tractors for…

2 min
roma cutting show

The last weekend of May, the small town of Roma in western Qld with a population of close to 7000 people came alive. The sport of Cutting is growing and growing to the extent that this show, had the highest number of nominations ever at a weekend show. An incredible 645 nominations. The SQCHA and their small subcommittee including Jamie McConachy, Kathy Mitchell, Andrew and Renee Richardson, knew they had a massive job in front of them and to their credit this show was a huge success, with everyone enjoying themselves. A big thank you to the cattle donors, Hamilton Park Wagyu, Brendan Fitzgerald, and Doce Pastoral Company. The road trains provided by Henry’s Livestock and McCutcheon Transport flowed in constantly over the 5 days bringing the cattle to Basset…

9 min
dion assenbruck anything is possible

With horses, Dion Assenbruck is a great believer in that a person will get out of it what they’re willing to put in. So, if they work hard enough, their dreams can turn into reality, and it all comes down to having that can-do attitude. Everyone has bad days, but as a friend once told him;"Don’t unpack your bags, cos tomorrow’s a new day!" Dion is an unassuming, simple guy who likes living the simple life. Born and raised in Townsville, North Queensland, as a kid, he never stopped thinking about horses, and yes, he’s still the same! Although his life has always revolved around his family, friends and horses, Dion also takes his work seriously, and it sounds like he’d be one fantastic employee to have! ‘I work full time Monday…