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September 2019

Before we dive into the September edition, please note that entries for the inaugural Delivering Dreams Scholarship close on 15th September. So if you haven’t already forwarded your application, don’t dally. Follow this link to our scholarship information page to learn more.

So back to our spring edition, which also marks the beginning of foal season – definitely the cutest time of the year. But be warned, breeding and raising foals is not all about gorgeousness! When you’re considering breeding the selection of a stallion is paramount.

We talk to renowned breeder Ulli Klatte who gives us some sage advice on this front – particularly, that we should begin with the end in mind.

Once your mare has produced a beautiful foal good nutrition is vital, and Larissa Bilston offers some excellent advice on feeding mares with foals at foot. And finally, Helen Chugg covers the appropriate handling of foals in this month’s Training Tips.

We feature the small but mighty Falabella, who we’ve featured on our stunning front cover. Columnist Charlie Brister teaches the art of opening and closing a gate without having to dismount. 

Jo McKinnon chats to Our Hero Sally Francis, who has made a massive overall contribution to the equestrian world, but it’s her support of riders with a disability that saw her recently awarded with a well-deserved OAM. Candida Baker explores the interactions of a family of horses and the exceptionally strong connection that they obviously share in the Horse Listener.

The variety of bits can be overwhelming. What do they all do? Which should you choose? Dannii Cunnane helps us through the what, why and when of bit selection. Ever wondered about the healing power of horses? Then read Jane Camens’ article on the inspiring Clemmie Wotherspoon. From the depths of despair, to studying Equine Assisted Learning and trekking across Australia, to … well, you need to read this story. Amazing woman! We also take a look at the healing power of hemp, and enjoy a formal introduction to Dollor, John Wayne’s favourite ride.

And we chat with an up and coming Young Rider, Mary Nitschke; our September Giving Back volunteer Andrea Webb; the Saddle Review; our Around the Traps pictorial feast and plenty more. I suggest you pour yourself a glass of your favourite tipple, relax and enjoy this wonderful edition of HorseVibes.

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HorseVibes Magazine Logo

September 2019

Before we dive into the September edition, please note that entries for the inaugural Delivering Dreams Scholarship close on 15th September. So if you haven’t already forwarded your application, don’t dally. Follow this link to our scholarship information page to learn more.

So back to our spring edition, which also marks the beginning of foal season – definitely the cutest time of the year. But be warned, breeding and raising foals is not all about gorgeousness! When you’re considering breeding the selection of a stallion is paramount. We talk to renowned breeder Ulli Klatte who gives us some sage advice on this front – particularly, that we should begin with the end in mind. Once your mare has produced a beautiful foal good nutrition is vital, and Larissa Bilston offers some excellent advice on feeding mares with foals at foot. And finally, Helen Chugg covers the appropriate handling of foals in this month’s Training Tips.

We feature the small but mighty Falabella, who we’ve featured on our stunning front cover. Columnist Charlie Brister teaches the art of opening and closing a gate without having to dismount.  Jo McKinnon chats to Our Hero Sally Francis, who has made a massive overall contribution to the equestrian world, but it’s her support of riders with a disability that saw her recently awarded with a well-deserved OAM. Candida Baker explores the interactions of a family of horses and the exceptionally strong connection that they obviously share in the Horse Listener.

The variety of bits can be overwhelming. What do they all do? Which should you choose? Dannii Cunnane helps us through the what, why and when of bit selection.

Ever wondered about the healing power of horses? Then read Jane Camens’ article on the inspiring Clemmie Wotherspoon. From the depths of despair, to studying Equine Assisted Learning and trekking across Australia, to … well, you need to read this story. Amazing woman! We also take a look at the healing power of hemp, and enjoy a formal introduction to Dollor, John Wayne’s favourite ride.

And we chat with an up and coming Young Rider, Mary Nitschke; our September Giving Back volunteer Andrea Webb; the Saddle Review; our Around the Traps pictorial feast and plenty more. I suggest you pour yourself a glass of your favourite tipple, relax and enjoy this wonderful edition of HorseVibes.

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Around The Traps - September
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In this issue - September 2019

Our engaging feature articles include ...

HorseVibes Our Hero Sally Francis

Our Hero
Sally Francis

You can feel the history as soon as you turn into the driveway of Tooradin Estate. A striking red brick homestead, protected by towering old pine trees sits elevated above horse paddocks, a work arena and a scattering of cross-country jumps made from the big sturdy trunks of trees that once stood tall on the farm. It’s a cold midwinter’s day in Victoria when I venture out to meet the ...

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HorseVibes bridle bits

Finding the bit that fits

We all want to meet our horse’s various needs in the very best way we can, and that makes falling down a bit-shaped rabbit hole all too easy. There’s an absolute smorgasbord of different bits on the market, and between them they appear to offer a solution to every conceivable problem. But which bit is really best? While it’s down to your personal preference, your discipline, and what works most effectively with your horse...

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HorseVibes feeding foals

Feeding mares and foals – from birth to weaning

The birth of a foal is an amazing feat of nature and an exciting time for an owner. Nutrition for both mare and foal plays a very important role in the growth and development of the foal, so ensure you have all the information you need to formulate a well-balanced ration throughout lactation. Preparing for foaling In the weeks before foaling, accustom your mare to the feeds she will need once the foal ...

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HorseVibes brumbies

It’s the journey, not the destination

As soon as I meet Clemmie Wotherspoon, it occurs to me that she’s the sort of person people are drawn to – she’s charismatic, this 29-year-old tall, blonde adventurer. When I catch up with her Clemmie is marking time, house and horse-sitting for a friend in The Pocket, tucked into the foothills of the Byron Bay hinterland in northern New South Wales ...

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HorseVibes the power of hemp

The power of hemp

It took me a little while to understand the true power of hemp. I knew it was good for horses, but what I’ve discovered personally, with a variety of horses at home, is that hemp could well be the one supplement that can be safely added to your horses feed to address a number of major challenges common to horses ...

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Jump Off Series 2 is on its way

In case you missed the first series (and if you did, where were you?), Jump Off is the high stakes show jumping competition that offers TV viewers the often nail-biting excitement of watching well-known horse racing celebrities and Olympic riders take on pony clubbers, adult riders and interschool competitors...

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

Charlie Brister - HorseVibes Columnist

Brister's Brief -
Gate crashing 101

Some people say: “If you can’t open the gate from horseback you don’t deserve to go through it.” That’s a bit rough, especially as there are situations where it’s only safe or practical to open the gate from the ground. Opening gates while mounted saves time and is an excellent and simple test of a horse’s ride-ability ...

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Candida Baker - HorseVibes Magazine

The Horse Listener:
Family ties

For those of us who own or love horses, there is absolutely no doubt that they are ‘sentient’ beings. Asking us if our horse has feelings is a bit like questioning that night follows day, to be honest. Over the years I’ve witnessed happy horses, sad horses, depressed horses, playing horses, thinking horses, dreaming horses, joyous horses, angry horses....

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HorseVibes Training Tips

Training tips: Helen Chugg’s
foal handling tips

Who better to offer advice on handling a foal than Helen Chugg, one of our foremost and most successful breeders of warmbloods? Responsible for bringing some of the best bloodlines in the world to Australia, Helen’s renowned Diamond B Farm, located north-west of Sydney at Freemans Reach, has a reputation for consistently producing ...

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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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HorseVibes Horses in history

Horses in History
Dollor, the horse with true grit

After a broken collarbone ended his football scholarship at the University of Southern California, the lanky young John Wayne got his start in the movie business working as a prop boy for legendary director John Ford and cowboy star Tom Mix. His good looks and 6’4” frame were soon noticed and he was cast in his first starring role in...

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Giving Back
with Andrea Webb

In just five years, Andrea Webb has clocked more than 300,000kms travelling to events all over Australia in her role as an FEI steward. She also racks up plenty of frequent flier points journeying to various parts of the US and Europe to officiate at competitions. “I do a lot of miles, let’s put it that way...

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HorseVibes Epona

Epona Stars
The Month of September

With an early new moon blessing the entire month, there is ample energy to put your house/stables/finances/relationships/career in order. Welcome the inner fix-it side to the personality as it amps for action. Repair, redeem, renew! For us equines though, it’s not quite the same. We are stimulated by gentle reminders and routine...

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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...

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...

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...

Obelia McCormack - Graphic Designer

Designer

Obelia McCormack
Obelia McCormack is the principal designer and director of Ailebo Consulting. A country girl at heart, Obelia was born in Byron Bay. “I grew up in the Northern Rivers,” she says, “where I rode horses, swam in rivers, climbed trees, explored creeks and caught all manner of creatures to the dismay of ...

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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 ...

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