Informative, Inspirational & Aspirational

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March/April 2020 Edition

From the

Horse's Mouth

With Fiona Todd

Welcome to our March/April issue of HorseVibes.  Our first bi-monthly printed edition to be distributed throughout Australia – does it get any better?

Well yes – because our content for this issue is amazing, as befits a magazine which has grown over the past four years from a small giveaway to a beautiful glossy publication full of stories designed to appeal to all equestrians.

If you’re a long-time reader of our magazine, you’ll notice some differences in this edition: a bright new layout and design, and some new content. 

Our 20 Questions column kicks off with dressage star and breeder David Shoobridge, whose attitude to life is definitely one to emulate.

We are thrilled that our second Delivering Dreams Scholarship is open to entrants from around Australia.  Our inaugural winner, trick-rider Billie Morgan, has written us a piece on how much winning the Scholarship meant to her, and we are very much looking forward to receiving your entries.

Our editor, Candida Baker, who has been holding the reins for the past three years always writes stories to inspire us, and this issue is no exception with her profiles on clicker trainers Georgia Bruce and Susi May who show us all what can happen in our relationships with our horses if we really put the effort in! Talking of training horses, our resident columnist, Charlie Brister turned from trainer to student when he attended a 

clinic with legendary horseman Buck Brannaman, bringing his usual sense of style and quirky observations to the process!

Deputy editor Amanda Mac brings us polo Training Tips, a story on rebuilding after the fires, and two features on products close to any horse person’s heart – horse boots, and horse floats.

Brumbies feature heavily in this issue. We are honoured to have Karen Viggers, author of numerous books, including The Lightkeeper’s Wife, writes the first of a new series of Culture Corner columns for us on the tragic loss of Elyne Mitchell’s Toowong Homestead.  Mitchell, the author of The Silver Brumby, struck up a friendship with Karen, and Karen’s story on this

loss of an Australian icon in our terrible bushfires is a poignant one. 

Louise Blampied writes about her amazing adventures with Ned, an abandoned brumby foal and Justine Curatolo, well-known for her welfare work with horses and brumbies, shines the spotlight on brumby welfare in our Tackbox column.

Plus of course, we have the regular features all of you love to love, 12 pages of Around the Traps featuring our readers and their horses, as well as our Life After Racing; Horse in History; and the Horse Listener, Candida’s other horse persona.

Our feature writer Jane Camens brings us a fresh breath of autumn with her story on autumn treks in Tasmania, The Barossa and the Mid-North coast of New South Wales.  Jane’s story is a reminder of the cooler days and nights ahead. And what can we say about the long, hot, tragic summer that is now drawing to a close?  We have watched, from our HV hub near Byron, the devastation unfold to the north, south and west of us, and been heart-broken on behalf of Australia’s wildlife, for the people who have lost their homes, their stock, their horses, and their way of life.

We salute everyone, including the tireless members of the RFS, who have had to fight against these fires, and all of those who have survived so long with the ongoing drought.

We pray that autumn will bring with it a cool change and rain for those areas that need it so badly. 

In the meantime, we hope that you love our magazine as much as we do!  We look forward to welcoming you to the HorseVibes family.

So pour a glass of your favourite tipple, sit back, relax and enjoy.

In this issue - March/APRIL 2020


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Meet Our Team


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


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 ...

Advertising Manager

Kristen Fleet
Kristen is an experienced Brand Developer and Advertising & Marketing Manager, having helped global brands define their DNA and grow their market share. She’s committed to helping equine businesses grow their brands, increase sales traction and exceed their market expectations.

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


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 ...

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