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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

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 - 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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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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The Horse Listener:
A little life is worth a lot

It struck me the other day that for some curious reason, the rescues I’ve been involved with over the past year or so, have all been little folk. A few months ago, as President of Equus Alliance, a new and small charity dedicated to rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming, with an emphasis on education and advocacy, our very first ...

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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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On My Tack Box with Adele Edwards

Over the last 100 years, western scientific achievements have been profound. Simultaneously, however, much ancient wisdom of the east has been forgotten or left behind. Through my experience in working with horses, one of the most important links that continues to show up is that of bio-energetics, and yet it still seems to be...

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HorseVibes Young Rider

Young Rider
Mary Nietschke

One of the first things you notice when talking to 21-year-old Mary Nitschke is her engaging personality and down-to-earth take on just about everything. Now based in South Australia’s Adelaide Hills, horses featured early in her life. “Both Mum and Dad rode farm stock horses, and Mum did a bit of dressage and show jumping too,” she says. “There’s even a photo of me...

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HorseVibes Horse Breeds

Horse Breed: The small
but mighty Falabella

Other than their size, Falabellas are proportioned similarly to other horses. Reminiscent of Thoroughbreds or Arabians in their conformation, they have small, compact bodies, a sleek coat and slim frame. The neck might be somewhat stouter, and the head slightly larger when compared to a full-sized horse, but with very few other pony-like characteristics, they are referred to as miniature horses rather ...

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HorseVibes on my tackbox

On My Tack Box
The specifics of stallion selection

The first very obvious point to consider, and one that is sometimes overlooked, is the nature of the outcome you’re trying to achieve. This is likely to depend on your discipline. Do you want to breed for dressage, jumping, showing, eventing, or do you want to produce a creditable all-rounder? Do you want a fun horse to ride, or the one who will take you to the next Olympics? What size and type of ...

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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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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 ...