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November 2019 edition

Drum roll please. First up, a word for a project close to my heart. We are absolutely thrilled to announce the winner of the HorseVibes Delivering Dreams Scholarship.

18-year-old trick rider Billie Morgan was the unanimous choice of our three judges, our editor Candida Baker; columnist, eventer and coach Charlie Brister, and coach Charlotte Inglis. All three were in complete agreement that Billie shone out.

HorseVibes will be working with Billie over the next few months to help her towards her dream of traveling to America to take her trick riding skills to the next level. We also like to congratulate our runners-up, showjumper Melinda Rechichi, an ambassador for the older generation, and team-penner Lily Dessart who at only 13, is showing a great competitive – and community spirit.

Coincidentally, before Billie’s win, we were already working on a feature on trick riding with two of Australia’s greatest trick riders, Hollie Shiels and Rebecca Klingenberg.
Our Hero this month is a horse – as it should be during this Melbourne Cup time. Jo McKinnon interviews Graham Salisbury, the owner, or perhaps partner of the lovely Subzero, winner of the 1982 Melbourne Cup who has gone to have a positive impact on the lives of everyone he meets. We are keen to shine the light on every great life after racing story, and as such we have done our take on the current racehorse welfare scandal, and a small piece acknowledging the amazing work Amanda Ross has done taking her beautiful Off The Track thoroughbred, Koco Popping Candy to 4* eventing.

Charlie Brister tells us what it means to ride with an independent seat. Have you ever heard your coach say something along those lines? Charlie breaks the concept down into digestible chunks.

Training Tips this month comes from the fabulous stables of J & R Equestrian. We talk to Rhys, who gives us the low down on selecting your show horse and what you should be looking for in a horse.

Deputy Editor, Amanda McWhinny, dives headfirst into the confusing world of girths and gives us some sage advice regarding types, tightness and construction materials.
Do you worm you horse regularly but they still don’t seem quite right? Well, perhaps there’s a little pesky blighter hiding in there? Candy, in her Horse Listener column talks about a particular type of worm that most wormers don’t kill, causing scouring and possible small lesions.

In Tackbox this month, Lucy Morton of Kasperado Warmbloods gives us some useful hints to help us find the perfect home for a horse in the challenging current climate.
Jane Camens ‘had a go’ attending the Masters Games in Lismore, as well as completing a trek through Killarney to raise funds for drought relief. She sure gets about!

On another very personal note, we pay tribute to Madonna Hedberg, whose passing will definitely leave a void in breeding circles. She will be missed by the Queensland Young riders particularly and the equestrian community at large. We extend our condolences to all who knew and loved Madonna.

As usual, pour your favourite tipple, grab your copy, kick back and enjoy!

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October 2019 edition

It’s just over a year since Billy Raymont rode Redwood Oaks around his stunning clear round at WEG, ensuring that Australia kept its eighth place in the competition, and since then Billy has been – literally – riding high, keeping us on the edge of our seats with his fabulously quirky ride, Anton, and with his recent wins on Ansiosso Z. It seems as if Billy’s star is firmly on the rise, and this month we’re proud to profile him as ‘Our Hero’.

In fact, I am even prouder than usual to be introducing the October issue of HorseVibes to you, because this month, we’ve launched our journey into the exciting world of print.

It’s five years since I started The Saddle Hub, a business dedicated to be a safe go-between for buyers and sellers of pre-loved saddles. Our magazine began its life as a way to advertise and promote our saddles, with some value-added editorial.

The first edition in July 2016 featured Katie Umbrack on the cover and was a mammoth 22 pages. It was fun and people enjoyed the information we provided – and it was a great way to promote saddles.

But quite quickly our little magazine – with the editor Candy and I working closely together – began to grow up. 

Exactly two years after our first edition was launched we changed the name from HubVibes to HorseVibes. That issue featured the wonderful Carl Hester, in what we felt was a decent sized 50-page magazine.

Since then we’ve experienced exponential growth in all areas of the magazine – including the amount of pages, now up to an average of 84 pages each month.

What I am most proud of is our commitment to add value to our community, to empower people to become the best that they can be and to demystify much of the mystery surrounding the equine industry.

Every month we’re full of interesting feature stories and columns designed to entertain and educate you. In this month, you can read about Extreme Cowgirls; the work that goes into making the Garryowen Garland; the world of tiny horse rescue with Candy in her Horse Listener column; Charlie Brister’s European dream trip; the low-down on different types of hay; our Young Rider, dressage training tips, and much, much more.

Last but by no means least, we’ve also developed the Delivering Dreams Scholarship, and the fist recipient will be named in the November edition. 
As always pour your favourite tipple, relax and enjoy.

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HorseVibes Magazine Logo

November 2019 edition

Drum roll please. First up, a word for a project close to my heart. We are absolutely thrilled to announce the winner of the HorseVibes Delivering Dreams Scholarship.

18-year-old trick rider Billie Morgan was the unanimous choice of our three judges, our editor Candida Baker; columnist, eventer and coach Charlie Brister, and coach Charlotte Inglis. All three were in complete agreement that Billie shone out. Congratulations Billie!

Drum roll please. First up, a word for a project close to my heart. We are absolutely thrilled to announce the winner of the HorseVibes Delivering Dreams Scholarship.

18-year-old trick rider Billie Morgan was the unanimous choice of our three judges, our editor Candida Baker; columnist, eventer and coach Charlie Brister, and coach Charlotte Inglis. All three were in complete agreement that Billie shone out.

HorseVibes will be working with Billie over the next few months to help her towards her dream of traveling to America to take her trick riding skills to the next level. We also like to congratulate our runners-up, showjumper Melinda Rechichi, an ambassador for the older generation, and team-penner Lily Dessart who at only 13, is showing a great competitive – and community spirit.

Coincidentally, before Billie’s win, we were already working on a feature on trick riding with two of Australia’s greatest trick riders, Hollie Shiels and Rebecca Klingenberg.

Our Hero this month is a horse – as it should be during this Melbourne Cup time. Jo McKinnon interviews Graham Salisbury, the owner, or perhaps partner of the lovely Subzero, winner of the 1982 Melbourne Cup who has gone to have a positive impact on the lives of everyone he meets. We are keen to shine the light on every great life after racing story, and as such we have done our take on the current racehorse welfare scandal, and a small piece acknowledging the amazing work Amanda Ross has done taking her beautiful Off The Track thoroughbred, Koco Popping Candy to 4* eventing.

Charlie Brister tells us what it means to ride with an independent seat. Have you ever heard your coach say something along those lines? Charlie breaks the concept down into digestible chunks.

Training Tips this month comes from the fabulous stables of J & R Equestrian. We talk to Rhys, who gives us the low down on selecting your show horse and what you should be looking for in a horse.

Deputy Editor, Amanda McWhinny, dives headfirst into the confusing world of girths and gives us some sage advice regarding types, tightness and construction materials.
Do you worm you horse regularly but they still don’t seem quite right? Well, perhaps there’s a little pesky blighter hiding in there? Candy, in her Horse Listener column talks about a particular type of worm that most wormers don’t kill, causing scouring and possible small lesions.

In Tackbox this month, Lucy Morton of Kasperado Warmbloods gives us some useful hints to help us find the perfect home for a horse in the challenging current climate.
Jane Camens ‘had a go’ attending the Masters Games in Lismore, as well as completing a trek through Killarney to raise funds for drought relief. She sure gets about!

On another very personal note, we pay tribute to Madonna Hedberg, whose passing will definitely leave a void in breeding circles. She will be missed by the Queensland Young riders particularly and the equestrian community at large. We extend our condolences to all who knew and loved Madonna.

As usual, pour your favourite tipple, grab your copy, kick back and enjoy!

HorseVibes Magazine Logo

October 2019 edition

It’s just over a year since Billy Raymont rode Redwood Oaks around his stunning clear round at WEG, ensuring that Australia kept its eighth place in the competition, and since then Billy has been – literally – riding high, keeping us on the edge of our seats with his fabulously quirky ride, Anton, and with his recent wins on Ansiosso Z. It seems as if Billy’s star is firmly on the rise, and this month we’re proud to profile him as ‘Our Hero’. In fact, I am even prouder than usual to be introducing the October issue of HorseVibes to you, because this month, we’ve launched our journey into the exciting world of print. As always pour your favourite tipple, relax and enjoy.

It’s just over a year since Billy Raymont rode Redwood Oaks around his stunning clear round at WEG, ensuring that Australia kept its eighth place in the competition, and since then Billy has been – literally – riding high, keeping us on the edge of our seats with his fabulously quirky ride, Anton, and with his recent wins on Ansiosso Z. It seems as if Billy’s star is firmly on the rise, and this month we’re proud to profile him as ‘Our Hero’.

In fact, I am even prouder than usual to be introducing the October issue of HorseVibes to you, because this month, we’ve launched our journey into the exciting world of print.

It’s five years since I started The Saddle Hub, a business dedicated to be a safe go-between for buyers and sellers of pre-loved saddles. Our magazine began its life as a way to advertise and promote our saddles, with some value-added editorial.

The first edition in July 2016 featured Katie Umbrack on the cover and was a mammoth 22 pages. It was fun and people enjoyed the information we provided – and it was a great way to promote saddles.

But quite quickly our little magazine – with the editor Candy and I working closely together – began to grow up. 

Exactly two years after our first edition was launched we changed the name from HubVibes to HorseVibes. That issue featured the wonderful Carl Hester, in what we felt was a decent sized 50-page magazine.

Since then we’ve experienced exponential growth in all areas of the magazine – including the amount of pages, now up to an average of 84 pages each month.

What I am most proud of is our commitment to add value to our community, to empower people to become the best that they can be and to demystify much of the mystery surrounding the equine industry.

Every month we’re full of interesting feature stories and columns designed to entertain and educate you. In this month, you can read about Extreme Cowgirls; the work that goes into making the Garryowen Garland; the world of tiny horse rescue with Candy in her Horse Listener column; Charlie Brister’s European dream trip; the low-down on different types of hay; our Young Rider, dressage training tips, and much, much more.

Last but by no means least, we’ve also developed the Delivering Dreams Scholarship, and the fist recipient will be named in the November edition. 

As always pour your favourite tipple, relax and enjoy.

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In this issue - November 2019

Our engaging feature articles include ...

Ex-racehorse turned icon

What Graham Salisbury still remembers about his old mate Subbie, is that even during his racing career, he was a kind and gentle horse. Says Graham, who worked at Flemington as a Clerk of the Course: “When I first saw him at the races, I would get up alongside him on the way to ...

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#LifeAfterRacing

In the intensely emotional arena of horse welfare, nothing is easy, and there is much work to be done before racehorses – and all horses – can be assured of lives that are cruelty-free. Here at HorseVibes we are happy to say that we know of so many people who have chosen ex-racehorses, both Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds as their ...

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Seatbelts sold
separately

All riders have a dream, don’t they? They may change over time, but I’m sure most of us can still remember what initiated our passion for horses. However, I have to say, that I’ve always been what you might call a saddle, or at least a bareback-bound rider. I’ve never really ...

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Always tighten
your girth

Google ‘horse’ and ‘girth’, and some fairly hilarious (and at times blood chilling) images pop up depicting the consequences of failing to ensure your girth is adequately tightened. Clearly riding with your saddle located somewhere over your horse’s rump or hanging beneath its belly is ...

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A pleasure ride with
a practical purpose

We knew there were fires. The skies in northern New South Wales were brown with smoke haze, and news reports were dire, but it was the time of year when the South-East Queensland branch of the Australian Trail Horse Riding Association (ATHRA) holds its annual...

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You’re never too old
to have a go

I’m in my mid sixties, and my mare, Beauty, is the distinguished age of 17, so we are a team whom some might think is a little passed our use-by date. Think again. We might not be terribly interested in fastidious plaits or colour-matching, but we’re willing to have a go at...

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Around The Traps - November
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In this issue - October 2019

Our engaging feature articles include ...

HorseVibes Our Hero October 2019

Our Hero
Billy Raymont

“If you’d asked me that question a few weeks ago, I’d have said that sadly the answer was no,” says Billy Raymont. “Now I’m not so sure.” ‘That’ question, of course, pertains to the Olympics and the possibility of whether Billy, whose career has been on fire in the past few years by ...

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What the hay?

As the drought deepens, the supply of good quality hay is dwindling. Farmers hit by the drought, and those whose properties have been ravaged by an early start to the fire season, are taking all the hay they can get. Given this increasingly precarious supply situation, what are we to do? Other than performing an energetic rain dance...

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As time goes by

This year the Garryowen turned 85 at the recent Melbourne Royal. For Phillipa Harcourt, the owner of HM Garlands and Floral Work, the making of the Garryowen winner’s garland is one of the highlights of her designing year – and a highlight at the Melbourne Royal for anybody lucky enough to lay their eyes on this extraordinary bespoke floral garland...

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Extreme cowgirls

Mention the name Bianca Gillanders to someone, and they’re very likely to say, ‘Isn’t she the person who was the first Australian female horse trainer to take part in Equitana’s The Way of The Horse?’ The answer, of course, is yes, she was, in 2014, coming second overall in the competition, and striking a connection with ...

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Jesting and jousting

One of the most anticipated new events on the calendar for southeast Queensland, the inaugural Fantasy Fest was held at Chambers Flat Equestrian Park a few weeks ago, and boy was it fun. We rocked up dressed in medieval finery ready to explore the many stalls and displays laid around the grounds. There was everything from ...

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Finding your equanimity at Equinity

Equinity Horse and Rider Emporium is in a side street on the edge of the Northern Rivers town of Murwillumbah, and is the creation of Sharon Van Den Broek, a 45-year old multi-tasking powerhouse who was recently, tragically, widowed. Sharon is also the mother of three children, the youngest just six-years-old. Equinity isn’t ...

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Around The Traps - October
See what the HorseVibes community did during past month!

HorseVibes - November Edition
Here's what our columnists had to say ...

Brister's Brief -
Why riding is a bummer

A s riders we’ve often heard coaches comment that a rider really needs an independent seat, when the rider appears a little too unbalanced on the horse. But what exactly is an ‘Independent Seat’? Could it be a chair that has no legs? Or a bicycle seat, or an armchair wandering about the countryside all on its own? Well, for a start, it’s not all about the seat of ...

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The Horse Listener:
Sometimes you just don’t know
what you don’t know

Eighteen months ago I adopted a beautiful grey thoroughbred mare, Tyra, to come to my place with a few young ones in order to be their matriarch. A job, I must say, she did in a splendid fashion, keeping them in order, but kindly. I fell in love with her extremely gentle ...

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Training tips: Rhys Stones.

If you’ve been around the show circuit for any length of time, the chances of you never having heard the names Jess and Rhys Stones are next to zero. Two of Australia’s best-loved and most decorated riders, the couple have been equestrian professionals for many years, and have combined their extensive showing and show jumping knowledge under the banner of J & R Equestrian...

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Young Rider
Addison Dudley

In a western style cutting contest, horse and rider work together to cut out a cow from a small herd of cattle and then prevent it from returning to the herd. This process is known as a ‘run’ – and it’s something that Addison Dudley, who hails from the Queensland town of Goondiwindi, is...

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Horse Breed: The intelligent and
versatile Irish Sport Horse

The Irish Sport Horse – sometimes known as the Irish Hunter due to its early popularity as a fox hunting horse – is one of the finest sport horses in the world. It’s not unusual to find them topping world class championships in dressage, as well as in show jumping and eventing ...

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On My Tack Box with Lucy Morton

Breeding is a fickle business filled with enormous highs and devastating lows. However there is that moment when you can step back, take a deep breath and say: ‘That was all worth it.’ And that moment generally comes when you’ve matched your beloved horse up with the perfect new owner. There are a number of milestones in breeding: the first is ...

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Horses in History
From frightened to fearsome

By the age of thirty, Alexander III, ruler of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon, had established himself as conqueror of the-then known world. Born the son of King Philip II, he had succeeded his father as king at the tender age of 20, and during the next decade...

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Tribute
Vale Madonna Hedberg

According to the late Madonna Hedberg’s husband, Lars Hedberg, his wife quickly learned about branding and weed spraying when she left behind her city life to run a cattle property outside Warwick in Queensland in the late nineties. The move to ...

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HorseVibes Epona

Epona Stars
The month of November

November is a fiery month with plenty of desire for action and a quick pace, but alas, Mercury is retrograde for the first three weeks, slowing things down and potentially gumming up the works. But on the bright side, this is your chance to learn to...

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Horses in History
From frightened to fearsome

By the age of thirty, Alexander III, ruler of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon, had established himself as conqueror of the-then known world. Born the son of King Philip II, he had succeeded his father as king at the tender age of 20, and during the next decade...

READ MORE

Tribute
Vale Madonna Hedberg

According to the late Madonna Hedberg’s husband, Lars Hedberg, his wife quickly learned about branding and weed spraying when she left behind her city life to run a cattle property outside Warwick in Queensland in the late nineties. The move to ...

READ MORE

HorseVibes Epona

Epona Stars
The month of November

November is a fiery month with plenty of desire for action and a quick pace, but alas, Mercury is retrograde for the first three weeks, slowing things down and potentially gumming up the works. But on the bright side, this is your chance to learn to...

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HorseVibes - October Edition
Here's what our columnists had to say ...

Brister's Brief -
Greener pastures, open minds

It’s always great to have an open mind, and during a fantastic tour of English and German stables last month, there was obviously plenty to learn. So in this article I’m going to share some inspiration, as well as touching on a couple of basic training techniques along the way. There are some great riders and incredible trainers in ...

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Training tips: Alycia Targa

If you want good advice, the smart move is to go to someone who really knows their business. So, without further ado, meet Alycia Targa. Alycia is a world ranked high performance FEI dressage rider. Successful in the sport since she was young, she rode internationally at the Young Rider World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany, and the Tri Nations Cup at the New Zealand Horse of the Year Show. Alycia has ...

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Young Rider
Thea Horsley

Hailing from Mittagong in the NSW Southern Highlands, Thea first sat on a horse at 10 months old. With her dad holding her firmly in the saddle, she delighted in being walked around Sydney’s Centennial Park, and by the age of seven, began riding and competing seriously...

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Horse Breed: Selle Français

With an elegant neck, muscular legs, and a strong, compact body, there’s no doubt about it: the Selle Français (literal translation ‘French saddle’) is an eye-catching horse. The breed’s sturdy conformation is further enhanced with long, sloping shoulders, a deep chest, and powerful hindquarters that contribute to their great success in the ...

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Horses in History
Phar Lap

In 1930, halfway between two World Wars, the fledgling nation of Australia was suffering. While the ‘soldier-settlers’ – returned servicemen who had bought or leased Crown land – battled droughts and floods in order to scratch a meager living from the soil, the effects of the...

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Giving Back
Graeme Watts

Graeme Watts is one of the most recognisable and loved characters in Australian show jumping. A revered course designer, Chair of the Australian Jumping Committee and Chairman of National Selectors, he’s been at the coalface of the sport since he ...

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HorseVibes Epona

Epona Stars
The month of October

After an overload of practical concerns, we can finally take a breath of fresh air. Objectivity and fairness are easier to find this month as balance reigns again. The need for companionship, camaraderie and connection grows for both two and four-legged souls, so see to the social ...

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HorseVibes
Delivering Dreams Scholarship

Imagine receiving the assistance you need to move you closer to your goals. Sounds good? Well, this could be you if you apply for the very first HorseVibes Delivering Dreams Scholarship. We are currently accepting applications from our subscribers, with one lucky person chosen to receive an intensive training …

HorseVibes
Delivering Dreams Scholarship

Imagine receiving the assistance you need to move you closer to your goals. Sounds good? Well, this could be you if you apply for the very first HorseVibes Delivering Dreams Scholarship. We are currently accepting applications from our subscribers, with one lucky person chosen to receive an intensive training …

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Meet Our Team

Publisher

Fiona Todd
HorseVibes publisher Fiona Todd grew up on the North Coast of NSW on a dairy farm and developed a love for animals from a young age. “I spent hours playing with my dad’s trusty stock horse, Smokey,” she says, “and I eventually got my own horse when I was 12. She was the first in a long line of ...

Candy Baker - HorseVibes Editor

Editor

Candida Baker
Candida Baker has been editor of HorseVibes since 2017, steering the magazine through a major transformation in both content and design. As a journalist Candy has been editor of The Weekend Australian Magazine, Arts Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald and a feature writer for seven years for The Age...

Amanda McWinnie - HorseVibes Deputy Editor

Deputy Editor

Amanda McWhinnie
UK-born Amanda McWhinnie’s love affair with horses began when she was four-years-old. “I was with my parents at a show jumping event when a dappled grey horse caught my eye as it cleared jump after jump with a carefree swish of its luxuriant tail. I was entranced,” she says, “and it started a lifetime ...

Lainie Towner - HorseVibes Advertising Manager

Advertising Manager

Lainie Bracher-Towner
Lainie Bracher-Towner’s career in magazine advertising spans over two decades with roles across various brands ranging from Vogue, Marie Claire, CLEO and Australian Good Taste right through to the Australian Women's Weekly. In 2014 Lainie took a huge leap of faith and moved to Byron Bay...

Jane Camens - writer for HorseVibes

Feature Writer

Jane Camens
Jane Camens, who grew up in Brisbane, was horse-obsessed from an early age, with most of her lessons learnt from her iron-mouthed horse Ben! Graduating from the University of Queensland with an Arts degree, she was offered a job as a cadet journalist on The Women’s Weekly by Ita Buttrose...

Charlie Brister - HorseVibes Columnist

Columnist

Charlie Brister
If Charlie Brister was to advertise himself for sale, he says he’d put himself in the ‘All Rounder’ category. A bush-bred boy, he grew up riding pre-track racehorses. “I’d gallop through the bush with no idea of what a rising diagonal, or a correct distance was,” says this now NCAS Level 2 Eventing Coach...

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Marketing Manager

Nicky Richman
Nicky has been involved with horses her entire life having been raised on, and actively involved in, her parents highly successful Standardbred breeding establishment ‘Banner Lodge’ in Christchurch, NZ. “I started competing when I very young,” she says, “and I’ve always loved eventing, although I’ve also ...