It’s our winter edition, and we have heaps to keep you entertained by the fire.
Our horse breed this month is that ultimate performance horse, the Hanoverian. And what could be better than to have an excuse to grace our cover with one of these beautiful creatures? Absolutely nothing, in my humble opinion since I happen to own one of these very special horses myself. Our cover shot is courtesy of Cheryl at Remi Stud, and if you want to buy or breed a Hanoverian, Remi Stud is a great place to start.
You’d have to be living in tropical north Queensland not to have experienced one of the most extreme starts to winter we’ve ever had – and thus begins the annual debate – to rug or not to rug? That is truly the question. Our staff writer Dannii, goes undercover (so to speak) to debunk many of the myths, and answers the FAQ’s of rugging.
We always love an Andalusian – and even more an Australian who’s achieved a world wide reputation for dressage on these majestic horses. Jane interviews Anthony Pelling, a Grand Prix rider who has returned from 15 years in Spain and is now living in Queensland.
Our Tackbox is particularly poignant this month as rider Nancy Clarke gives us a very personal recount of the struggle with anxiety that has affected her beautiful mare Summer since she was a filly. Nancy and Summer recently underwent a 10-day clinic with Tanja Kraus that changed Summer and Nancy’s time together in a very positive way. It’s a wonderful reminder to keep persevering.
This month’s training tips are from the world of barrel racing. Adele Edwards is one of Australia’s most successful barrel racers and she is also highly regarded as both a trainer and breeder. Adele discusses the importance of good hands, seat and legs to be successful in any discipline.
Finally our editor and resident Horse Listener, Candy, answers the inevitable call: “There’s this horse…” And so it came to pass that we start following the journey of a little mare called Sapphire. There are many Sapphires in this world – I hope there are just as many Candys!
Of course, there’s more. HorseVibes, as usual, has stories to inspire and inform you all. Please grab your favourite tipple, your ipad or laptop – or phone – lie on the lounge in front of the fire and enjoy this truly magnificent edition.