Lady’s Big Surprise

.:EQUUS:. Archive on December 17, 2008, 12:18 pm

The first of the Lucky Foot Stable series, JoAnn Dawson writes of Mary and Jody – epic friends – who share a love of horses and spend their time with their ponies, always in each others company. Writing of the typical adventures that young girls get up to, Dawson does a great job of describing the excitement of a first gymkhana and how not having the flashiest or most expensive pony doesn’t necessarily mean not getting a ribbon. I loved reading about the girl’s ‘Secret Place’ and how
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Themes with Hospitality

.:EQUUS:. Archive on December 15, 2008, 11:31 am

Good thing I’m cutting down on jobs next year!  I went to my third Christmas party last Sunday and still have another work one next weekend.  I’m very glad that I went to this particular party though as it was housed at the ex horse stud turned winery, Box Stallion Winery. The stables that used to house Thoroughbreds are now set up as individual stalls housing all sorts of cooking and dining implements.  The breezeway is actually where tables and chairs are set up and you can dine. Looking
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Pony Parties

.:EQUUS:. Archive on December 12, 2008, 10:00 pm

Often as part of my teaching horse riding on the weekends, I’d find that I was to spend a couple of hours focused on half a dozen or so kids (sometimes up to ten) that had come along for a pony party. Dependent on the age of the children, the size and number of your mounts and riding capabilities, you can generally cater for two types of parties: - One where the time is split up between led pony rides - two ponies can be tacked up and the kids rotate around, getting a couple of goes on each
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Coming Home, Heartland Series

.:EQUUS:. Archive on December 10, 2008, 10:00 pm

I’ve been swapping books with a friend at church once we discovered that we went to the same riding school and both had an addiction for equine related novels. Having more than a few years on her, I thought I’d know most of the series available to the horse obsessed but it seems I’m not quite up to date on the current lot of books that horse crazy teens are reading. We did a switch and consequently I had in my possession the first couple of books of the Heartland series. A nice light read,
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Museum Work

.:EQUUS:. Archive on December 8, 2008, 10:00 pm

While in France I visited the Living Horse Museum (Musee Vivant du Cheval) in Chantilly.  I’d seen it advertised on Bred to Win and loved the idea of visiting a place that had been set up by a prince who was obsessed with horses, convinced he was to come back as one in a future life. Perhaps I’m not as horse obsessed as I thought I was - this sure takes the cake.  I definitely wanted to see however a place that was set up on behalf of these gorgeous animals.  The result was a 32 room
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Managing the Course

.:EQUUS:. Archive on December 7, 2008, 10:00 pm

Responsible for the management of race tracks, a racecourse manager is employed by the relevant race club.  When it comes to racing days, they are responsible for making sure that the track provides a fair and safe racing surface.  Generally experience or qualifications are related to horticulture to be able to carry out this role effectively. Adam Ayre, Muswellbrooke racecourse manager said of his position that the “job involves maintenance of everything at the track, apart from the building
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Free Fall

.:EQUUS:. Archive on December 7, 2008, 12:50 am

When it comes to a bookstore having a sale, I can’t seem to help myself and when it’s a John Francome book marked down from $25 to $8, I definitely can’t! I picked up Free Fall because it had been marked down and I had a couple of Francome books after reading one by Dick Francis with a foreword by Francome. Free Fall focuses on two sisters who are involved with men in the racing industry. One is an apprentice jockey involved with a well practised jockey while the other a hairdresser, married
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.:EQUUS:. Archive on December 1, 2008, 10:00 pm

I was loaned this book by Lyndon Stacey from a friend who handed it over when she realised I was a fan of Dick Francis’ novels. Stacey has had said of her writing, “The closest to taking Dick Francis’ crown”. Dead Fall revolves around Lincoln (Linc) Tremayne, an heir to a viscountcy rising thirty year old male who has a passion for horses, his goal to follow in the footsteps of his recently deceased mother. She was headed for the Olympics before an accident while riding took her life. Linc
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Favour for Self

.:EQUUS:. Archive on December 1, 2008, 11:23 am

Some of you know I’m writing a novel (horses, of course) and hope to in the near future get it published.  ING Direct has a competition going at the moment where they’ll fund $10,000 for any goal/dream.  Such funds would definitely come in handy for getting it in print! You have to provide a picture and a caption and then encourage others to vote - apparently the top 100 are voted by the public so if you have a moment, please consider putting in a vote for mine… no pressure to
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December 08 Carnival of the Horses!

.:EQUUS:. Archive on November 30, 2008, 10:00 pm

Welcome to the December and final 2008 Carnival of the Horses!  Below you’ll find a half dozen posts that have been submitted so grab a cuppa, make sure you’ve got some spare time and most of all, enjoy! Just another day with the “family”…  GP presents Alle-Oop posted at Manely Montana. Barely larger than a cat (the traditional subject of animal blogging), this miniature horse foal is just. so. cute!  GrrlScientist presents Baby Miniature Horse On the Loose! posted
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A Force to be Reckoned With.

.:EQUUS:. Archive on November 28, 2008, 10:00 pm

I got to ‘play’ in the classroom at Equitana for half a shift on the Saturday of the event.  This involved introducing speakers in the industry that would be talking for about 45 minutes on a particular topic.  One was Michael MacKinnon of HorseForce Legal. HorseForce Legal can help out with contracts, legal advice and risk management.  Today selling a horse or buying one isn’t just a question of agreeing on the sale and someone handing over money - you really need to cover
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Apprenticeship with Parelli

.:EQUUS:. Archive on November 27, 2008, 9:40 am

One would assume that those who follow the works of Parelli are a part of the mailing list, but for those of you keen on the natural horsemanship side of things who think they could learn a thing or two from the likes of the Parelli’s, consider the likes of a 3, 6 or 12 month apprenticeship. Places are limited and you need to apply so if this appeals, take a look at You’re looking at about $1,000 per month for the cost of the apprenticeship and
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Interactivity With Horses

.:EQUUS:. Archive on November 25, 2008, 10:01 pm

Well the past few days I’ve been volunteering at Equitana and finding yet more things I want to do with a non existent amount of free time! I volunteered to work in the education area of the exhibit and spent the majority of my four shifts in the interactive area.  It was interesting to see all the free things set up to keep the groups of students and pony clubbers passing through. These included: - a mechanical bull - a sulkey set up by Harness Racing Victoria in which you could sit and
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Name in Print

.:EQUUS:. Archive on November 22, 2008, 11:08 pm

Mum picked up the hard copies of her latest book Monday 27th of October and they look great.  The invested interest for me in this book?  I’m in it! It Happened By Design is a series of God-Incidence stories.  One occurred for me while I was studying at the Irish National Stud in 2006.  Titled Right Time, Right Place it features on pages 102-104. One was rather excited about it all, so thought I’d share though the post isn’t particularly horsey! It is however a step in the
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The Horse Whisperer

.:EQUUS:. Archive on November 20, 2008, 10:00 pm

While studying in Ireland one of our teachers was clearing out her collection of old books and magazines. In the collection was a copy of the Horse Whisperer and because she was getting rid of it all, I quickly snapped up the copy. Surprisingly, I’d not read the book before and set to devouring the story around a horse and young rider that were in a spirit shattering accident and the devastated family that sought to fix things with the help of a horse whisperer. The majority of this story I really
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Profile On: Mel Widdis

.:EQUUS:. Archive on November 19, 2008, 9:56 am

Fortissimo Freestyles was set up by the dressage rider and classically trained musician, Melissa Widdis.  After being shown her site by mum, I emailed to see if Melissa would be able to answer some questions about her amazing career choice.  The answers she kindly sent and you can find below. For those of you attending Equitana over the next few days, you can find Melissa Widdis of Fortissimo Freestyles in the education area of Equitana at the showgrounds. Have you always been interested in horses
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December Carnival of the Horses

.:EQUUS:. Archive on November 19, 2008, 2:28 am

EQUUS will be hosting the next Carnival of the Horses on December 1! There are benefits as the writer of a piece to receive more interest and readers on your blog, so why not consider submitting a piece or two for the carnival.  Perhaps you’ve got a post that has received a lot of interest that you could submit or a newly written piece… tag: life with horses, blog carnival, writing, horse blogs
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Rodeo Rocky

.:EQUUS:. Archive on November 17, 2008, 3:31 am

Kirstie is back in the action with another wild stallion in Rodeo Rockey, the second in the Horses of Half Moon Ranch series. Attending a rodeo with her mother, best friend Lisa and the guests of Half Moon Ranch, Kirstie disagrees with the treatment on the horses and one in particular but isn’t allowed to leave with her mother. The rodeo was a highlight for the guests and consequently to keep them happy, the Scott family stays put. This results in a rash decision to purchase one of the horses
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The Best Style? Free.

.:EQUUS:. Archive on November 14, 2008, 10:17 am

In 2001 when I was completing my Certificate II in Horse Studies, we were given a riding assignment.  Getting to ride each Wednesday when I partook of the course along with twenty or so other sixteen/seventeen year olds was a lot of fun and it was nice to think that although the course focused on horse care, we had an assignment linked in with riding. And the assignment?  A Freestyle Dressage test; that is, a dressage test to music.  We were given the paces that were allowed in the test, the
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Wild Horses

.:EQUUS:. Archive on November 13, 2008, 9:50 pm

The first of the Horses of Half Moon Ranch series. To live on a ranch where you’re able to horse ride daily, going out with clients of the property – I wish! Wild Horses details such a ride in which Kirstie ends up trapped – due to a landslide – with a herd of wild horses. The troubles dealing with clients who ‘think they know better’ while on a trail ride ring true and I can’t help but think that the leaders of the ride handled that particular client with a lot more diplomacy than
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