PROBLEM HORSE WORLD - THE HORSE INDUSTRIES FIRST
11th February, 2018
HI Folks. How are You all? Hope You had a good Week.
Wonderful Weather here and breaking all records of up to 16
degrees cooler than Roseworthy and 13 degrees on another
Day. In fact, when it was 36 Degrees at Golden Grove, we had
AROUND THE TRAPS
having a Baby" hahahahaha. Stupid Bastard. Thank God he is a
Kiwi and not an Ozzie
I bet he wouldn't have won the Bi-election if the Public had
known about this. Nicely hidden Barnaby!!!
Nick's made a 2 Billion Dollar blunder on his adding up of
the Health Budget...and meanwhile
Jay keeps on kicking Goals, now with his 'Old Mate' Eon from
Tesla, putting 50,000 Solar Panels on the Roofs of Social
Security Recipients'. Typical Labor Party, spend all the
money on those who can't assist Society and charge the
Workers and Small Business squillions in Taxes to support
it. The system is broken. No logic at all.
Is now 10 Days old and a really Madam :) Cheeky and cocky as
Hell, marching up to us as if we were long lost Buddies and
even calling out when we arrive :) Cute.
She wasn't so cocky Yesterday however, for she got Halter
Broken and when I arrived there at 6am this Morning, I
thought she might have the "Nose out of Joint" but she
hadn't changed a bit, which speaks well for Her Temperament.
but Today, we lead like a Dream
and we are into everything. We like this Human stuff :)
So ok, if you insist upon
annoying me, give me your damm Foot and I'll do you both
All round.........Dreamboat :)
HORSE COACHING ONLINE
Hi Linda, thankyou so much for
Sophs great lesson today. Holly is just going so well!
We always know when we have a lesson from you there is
always, a100% improvement! You just have the knack to
spot tiny details and have a solution. Soph is hoping to
compete on March 6 so if we could get a few more lessons
in that would be wonderful. Can you please tell me the
days/ times you are available and I will check the
Dear John, I just wanted to express my disappointment that
Equestrian New South Wales is not actively promoting and
interpreting the February 2017 SafeWork NSW Code of
Practice: MANAGING RISKS WHEN NEW OR INEXPERIENCED RIDERS OR
HANDLERS INTERACT WITH HORSES IN THE WORKPLACE.
I have reason to believe that Equestrian Australia and
Equestrian New South Wales are actually lobbying SafeWork
NSW to be exempt from the Code. This is hard to understand.
All EA coaches, ‘Ready Steady Trot’ beginner rider
providers and EA affiliated events with paid contractors are
technically PCBUs (‘person conducting a business or
undertaking\') The law is law, and EA members desperately
need the support and guidance of their governing body to
understand their obligations to this WHS Code.
I realise it may not be a perfect fit for the current
EA framework, but surely it is a bit like the time that
seatbelts were introduced: older cars weren’t built with
them but everyone found a way to have them retro-fitted when
they were mandatory?!
My understanding is that the
introduction of the Code is the first time that State laws
have superseded the regulations of an equestrian body,
pretty much anywhere. But with so many of our young people
dying in preventable riding accidents, maybe it is high-time
the government stepped in? Why should equestrian pursuits be
exempt from the modern standards required in other
industries and trades?
Very interesting indeed!! This will no doubt play out in the
Courts at some point in the future.
I have other concerns of course. Given that those who
Administer the Sport or Coaching the Sport, don't have
enough understanding of how to read risk, even if the Rules
were followed, Users are not well enough equipped to benefit
from the Laws.
I keep saying that "Horsemanship is the art of 'reading the
future' with 'Risk Management' in Mind but at EA Events that
I go to, there is little understanding of it.
Not one Club has Risk under control in this State for
instance. I see it everywhee I go. Here is a typical scene.
Do you see the Death????
So to abide by the Laws and benefit from them, one must be
trained in the the identification of Risk.
This is replicated across the Country and there is NO
TEACHINGS on the Matter.
To be picky but to point out the fact, JUDGES and
Officials ARE NOT TAUGHT Risk Management. Forgive me Madam
for using this Pic for educational Purposes, to perhaps save
The Hat had fallen off the previous lap. The Judges did
nothing........oh....ok....so it' only a Hat....true, she
didn't have a Helmut on anyway.......BUT......."WHAT ABOUT
THE SHY SIDEWAYS and the ROCK SOLID Permapine Posts in the
Ground and LOW BOARDS, to have the Horse down on top of the
Rider, on the outside of the Arena?????????? See the point.
Here are some more.......
Pony Club Victoria......How to get kicking in the Head and
killed. It's obviously a problem as they wouldn't have 3
People in attendance.
Lunging in Float Carparks???????????
and what about this one???????
and Mummy here with the Baby fresh out of the Womb.....You
stupid Woman!!!!!!!!! The Neck can't even carry the bloody
Thanks for the Letter. I doubt they will ever change because
the 'English Disciplines' are Born in "Zero Horsemanship'
and 'Horsemanship' is the art of 'Risk Management.
TIP OF THE WEEK
In Summer, in hot weather, Horses should have big troughs,
not those Water feeders, which have Pipes that prepare the
Water like a Heated Swimming Pool"
You must have been living under a rock for the past
few weeks if you haven’t heard about Shelley Browning and
her unenviable dressage riding in California recently.
I have never seen a social media storm like it. These
were, after all, dressage tests lasting only a few minutes,
and nobody died.
The ongoing furore even outweighs
the worldwide angst over poor Splitters Creek Bundy who
broke both forelegs in a 120km Abu Dhabi endurance ride on
February 5th, 2015. Social media concern at that time led to
sharp but short action by the FEI and the Emirates
federation. But desert racing remains as riddled with
cheating, doping and death as it was three years ago; so,
dressage friends, don’t expect outrage over Del Mar to
promote some meaningful change any time soon.
of Browning in two national Intermediaire II tests show a
lumpen, unbalanced rider steadying herself with the reins
throughout, using her whip and kicking while wearing spurs,
with her schoolmaster Vorst D bucking from time to time;
even the official live-stream commentator was lost for
Fierce criticism has been aimed at the rider,
naturally; at her trainer; at the “system” in general and at
the judges for not disqualifying instantly – Browning was
eliminated belatedly after her second test for using whip
and reins in one hand, but notably not for abuse. Some have
almost called for canonisation of the stoic Vorst D.
There has also been outcry about the outcry. Many, quite
rightly, deplore the insidious growth of cyber-bullying.
Others chastise the blogger Erica Franz for flagging it up
in the first place.
When watching dressage, I am
often baffled why overtly bad riding is not comprehensively
hammered by the fearless awarding of very low marks.
Experts spend a lot of time debating the judging system, but
do they ask the general spectator what confuses him most? If
you drive at a steady speed 10 miles up a straight highway,
the eighth mile will compute and feel exactly as long as the
fourth mile – because it is. But in dressage, each
incremental point from seven upwards gives the impression of
being a larger unit of measurement than the one before.
In tests at any level you’ll often see the lesser
combinations clustered around the late 50/lower 60 per
cents, with the better ones nudging the late 60s/early 70s
and then the Charlottes, Isabells and Lauras in the 80s and
Folks steeped in dressage will appreciate the
idiosyncrasies of the scoring system. But what these
differentials also signal is that the also-rans are at least
three-quarters as mark-worthy as the top-placed riders –
even when the latter are so exceptional they might have been
riding in a whole different contest and you would have given
an 11 if you could.
There is a contradiction in
subjectively assessing an overall performance by dividing it
into many tiny chunks and considering them all in isolation.
To deal with that, dressage provides a long established and
universally agreed scale of marks, each with clear
So it shouldn’t be disproportionately
more difficult to achieve an eight over a seven than it was
to obtain a five over a four. But that can’t change while it
seems taboo for judges to delve into the zero to two range
more than once or twice per test (zero being “movement not
performed,” one “very bad” and two “bad.”)
unlikely Shelley Browning scored fives (“sufficient”) for
every single movement. More likely she got some threes
(“fairly bad”) and fours (“insufficient”). So to average 51
per cent, some sixes and sevens and maybe even an eight must
have dished out too – meaning parts of Shelley’s test were,
incredibly, deemed “satisfactory,” even “fairly good.”
I am sure judges in general don’t consciously do this,
but they often give these impressions. First, that they
hover around four to seven when judging also-rans, in the
knowledge these riders will end up around 60 per cent and
thus pose no threat to the leading cadre. A 60-something
mark also means no offence or needless upset is caused to
the mass of riders propping up the show circuit. Second,
that judges check the start list and leave enough eights and
nines in reserve to isolate the genuinely worthy winners and
To get back to abuse, this
is harder to identify than social media would like to think.
Are we sure Shelley’s riding was deliberate, calculated
abuse, or a succession of clumsy accidents, or just part of
everyone’s learning curve – and we’ve all been there. I feel
awful, in hindsight, for the horses who endured untold hours
on the lunge while I struggled without reins and stirrups in
a bid to improve my seat. Luckily for me, that was so long
ago mobile phones with cameras were still a figment of the
Not every national federation views
abuse in the same way, either. Last month the Austrian
federation imposed a hefty five-year ban on a veteran jumper
for diabolical riding following social media outcry. The
tough stance taken by the national federation rather let the
FEI off the hook from intervening, even though the incident
occurred at a CSI.
At the other extreme, while USEF
does allow elimination from national dressage for “use of
illegal equipment, non-compliance with protective headgear
rules, not wearing a number, cruelty and abuse or leaving
the arena without the judges’ permission” it clearly did not
agree there was abuse in the Browning case.
the outburst about poor standards amongst younger jumping
riders by Albert Voorn, the Bernhard Maier ban, and now Del
Mar, 2018 so far has focussed much attention on the ease
with which the talentless can parachute themselves into
upper level horse sport. Horse & Hound got a comment from
USEF in which we learned USEF “does not have rules in place
regarding riding standards or qualifying requirements to
move up the levels.” They wouldn’t be the only ones, alas.
Having spotted a possible case of abuse, it is also
mighty hard to secure any kind of punishment under FEI rules
beyond a straightforward field-of-play elimination and/or a
yellow warning card. I speak with small authority on that
topic, having personally lodged the first and only protest
in history to the FEI Tribunal from a member of the public,
against horse abuse on the field of play (Cuckson &
Higginson v FEI, September 2014).
But, in fact, we
might not need to worry about the way to deal with abuse in
dressage, intentional or otherwise, if the truly bad riding
was realistically marked. Riders whose ambitions far
outweigh their ability would soon reconsider their position
(in both senses) if mortified by scores of 20%.
GOSSIP OF THE DAY
Top SA Event Rider sells $120,000 Horse recently, but it has
broken down. How and what now? The line is being drawn.
YARN OF THE WEEK
Two Weeks ago, at 6.40pm, the Phone Rang and it was Police
Firearms Branch from Adelaide. Wanting to know the status of
a Shotgun I used to own but went missing.......in 1976
( I was a good Boy registering it back then
I asked "Where are You?"....they answered..."We are at Your
So I went down and let them, half way through Dinner. Grrr.
Anyhow, it turns out the Gun had turned up in Queensland
last Week, with a Dude attempting to register it.......move
on to this Week.......
Phone rings....Queensland Police. "We have Your Gun here.
Any idea what happened to back in 1976?????"
"No idea" I said. He says...."Does the name Dave Bishop ring
any Bells????"......and then it twigged.......it sure does I
SO TO THE STORY
He was an Old Hoarder/Drunk/Con who used to visit us
regularly, at Normanville back in the Day, when it was a
Single Boys' Camp. We never shun anyone and entertained Him
regularly, when one Day he announced that he wanted to lead
the local 'Light Horse' in the Grand Parade at the
Yankalilla Show upcoming.
He wasn't fit to be on any horse but we had a big Old
Percheron around the place and an Army Saddle and he had the
Uniform, so we put it all together and the big day came. He
was a 'proud as Punch'. His moment in the Sun........so the
Grand Parade commenced and into the Oval they all started to
stream, Tractors, Bulls, Pony Clubber, Hay Balers, Kids
leading Calves and so on....and away the Troop went, with
Old 'Bo Jangles' marching along out the front, also as
'Proud as Punch'.
They had gone a full lap....but the Farm implements were
still coming in, so instead of stopping, Old Dave let Old
'Bo Jangles' push through between a couple of 'John Deers'
and just kept Marching. Old Dave had the chest poked out so
far and was in trance like mode, he forgot to look behind
him, to see what the Troop was doing.
Well 'Bugger me Dead'
couldn't fit whilst riding abreast, between the John Deers,
and had stopped to wait for the rest of the Parade to finish
and so there was old Dave and 'Bo Jangles', marching along
with Chests poked out, 150 metres in front of the Troop
anyhow, back to the Gun..........
the Old Bastard died in Queensland a few Weeks ago and he
had stolen my Gun and a heap of other stuff that went
missing back then, like my Brothers brand new Emasculators
You never know Folks!!.........
guess what.....the Gun is being sent back to me this Week
....oh....and see this Gun????.....
he stole that one too
NEWS OF THE DAY
BORDERTOWN TRAINER GETS RATTED
SUSPECT KNOWN TO THE O'LEARY FAMILY AND HAS PREVIOUSLY BEEN
PUT ON HIS BACK BY BROTHER DENNIS .......for similar Games
Bordertown horse trainer Sam Turner of Bordertown made a
devastating discovery on Sunday morning.
thousands of dollars worth of horse riding gear had been
stolen from his racing stable.
Among the items
stolen were horse shoeing equipment, hawkers made of solid
brass, a helmet and vest.
Saddles of his own making
were also taken, equalling up to around $3300 of value.
“I have lived here for around 20 years,” Mr Turner said,
“and never has anything of value been taken before.”
Along with his own saddles, a stock saddle which Mr Turner
was repairing for someone else was also among the stolen
However, it wasn’t only horse gear that was
stolen, Mr Turner’s prized eight ball cue-stick was also
taken from him.
“I play competition pool, so I had
to go out and buy a good cue-stick, it’s worth about $290 in
total, so I’m pretty disappointed.”
Nail guns were
also taken from the property.
“I live at a dead end
road, so I didn’t think that this kind of thing would
happen,” Mr Turner said.
Because the horse racing
gear taken was made by Mr Turner himself, it should be easy
“Some of my friends have posted photos of
the gear online, and I am really surprised at the amount of
phone calls, help and support I’ve been given,” he said.
Bordertown Police were at Mr Turner’s property Sunday
morning to investigate, and are keeping him up to date with
Mr Turner would like to thank
all those who have given or offered horse racing gear for
him to lend in the meantime, as he prepares for his four
horses to race at this weekend’s cup meeting in Naracoorte.
Anyone with any information is urged to call Crime
Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Bordertown Police on 8752 1355.
16 HORSES DIE AFTER TIP TO TASMANIA - HEAT INVOLVED????
An investigation is under way after 16 horses died on their
way home from a trip to Tasmania for a polo tournament.
The horses, from Willo Polo Club in Richmond, NSW, were
in north-eastern Tasmania for the Barnbougle Polo tournament
on January 20.
Following the event the horses were transported to
Victoria on the Spirit of Tasmania ferry, arriving in
Melbourne on January 29, an Australian Maritime Safety
Authority spokesperson said.
While ASMA and
Tasmania's Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water
and Environment are investigating the incident, it is not
known if the horses died on the ferry or after they
"While investigations are continuing, at this point AMSA
is satisfied that the vessel appears to have complied with
AMSA requirements relating to the carriage of livestock.
"It would be inappropriate to comment further while the
investigation is under way."
A DPIPWE spokeswoman
said Tasmania is being assisted by other jurisdictions,
including chief veterinary officers in Victoria and NSW.
Adding to the mystery is the survival of a similar number of
horses making the trip back to the mainland in a second
horse trailer also being managed by the former Australian
polo team captain and coach, Andrew Williams. Mr Williams
owned some of the dead animals and managed others belonging
to his employer Johnny Kahlbetzer, the son of German-born
agribusiness baron John Dieter Kahlbetzer, whose fortune was
estimated by Forbes last year as $950 million.
Along with his younger brother, Mr Kahlbetzer runs the
family's extensive agribusiness, property, venture capital
and resources operations and owns Jemalong Polo Club at
Forbes, where the dead horses were based.
Williams, regarded as one of Australia's top players, who
also owned some of the animals and was responsible for their
welfare, said his career and livelihood were now on hold
after finding all but two of them dead in the back of his
horse trailer after arriving at a property at Yarra Glen,
about 55 kilometres from Melbourne.
"It was my worst
nightmare. Within an hour of leaving the boat, I had 16
horses that were cold dead and two fighting to survive," Mr
Williams said in a statement.
MINUTES FROM DEATH
A colt found skinny, exhausted and “minutes from death”,
dumped on his own in the mud, has been making good progress
since his rescue.
A dog-walker found skewbald Adie in
a ploughed field in Headcorn, Kent, on New Year’s Eve.
RSPCA inspector Rosie Russon was sent to the scene.
“The ground around him was churned up where he had
obviously been struggling to get back up after collapsing,
but he had become so weak he could barely lift his head; it
was very sad to see.
“He wasn’t emaciated like many of the dumped ponies we see,
but he was very skinny, absolutely freezing and completely
exhausted – he really was minutes from death so he is
extremely lucky the dog walker found him when she did.”
The walker offered Adie some water, which he was keen to
drink, and Ms Russon had hay in her car, which the colt
“desperately” tried to eat.
“While we waited for the
vet, we knew we had to keep Adie warm and alert, and the dog
walker was extremely kind and fetched dog blankets and the
boot liner from her car. A local horse rider who had passed
us appeared on foot, bringing us a horse rug from her yard,
and we used this as a sling to raise Aide to his feet. It
was by no means an easy job, but between nine of us we
managed to haul him up and keep him steady.
kindness of these people was very moving.”
had a “severe” worm burden and his situation was “touch and
go”, even after he had been transferred to private boarding
stables but he is now “through the worst”, Ms Russon
said.“I’m delighted that now one month since his rescue, his
future is much brighter,” she added. “He is still being
treated with steroids and receiving parasite treatment to
clear him completely of all those worms that were making him
so ill, but hopefully before long we can look to find him a
loving new home,” she added. “He’s a beautiful standardbred
who will be fairly tall when he’s fully grown, so he will be
the perfect riding horse for someone one day.”
RSPCA said it is likely Adie was led into the field, off New
House Lane, through a small footpath entrance and dumped
shortly before he was found, on 31 December 2017. Anyone
with information, or who wants to donate to an appeal for
Adie’s care, is asked to call the charity on 0300 1238018.
CALLS FOR APPALLING PARADE WITH BIG DRUNK MAN ON BACK OF
charity is appealing for donkeys to have no more part in the
“stressful, deafening and unsafe” Peropalo festival.
On Shrove Tuesday (13 February) a donkey will be “dragged”
through the streets of Villanueva de la Vera, Spain,
carrying a “fully grown, drunk man” as part of the festival.
The Donkey Sanctuary is calling for an end to the
“The organisers of Peropalo claim its roots
are from an event that took place in medieval times, when a
rapist named Peropalo was caught and dragged through the
village before being lynched in the town square,” said a
spokesman for the charity.
“The festival — an
outdated tradition that could be stopped by the regional
government of Extremadura — is popular in the village and
hundreds of people, most of whom have been drinking
throughout the previous night, cram the tiny streets and
join in the procession.
“It is deafeningly noisy and
unsafe and has echoes of the machismo that characterises the
Pamplona Bull Run. The procession takes about an hour, by
which time most of the participants are intoxicated.”
The event is “highly stressful” to the donkey, said the
charity, adding that it has supporting evidence of this.
“The donkey is crushed, pushed, pulled and falls
frequently,” said the charity spokesman.
“In the a
2017 veterinary report, the vet notes that there was an
increase in cortisol levels in the blood sample taken after
the festival. Cortisol is a hormone released during periods
of stress to allow the body to cope by redirecting energy
resources into areas that are vital for survival.”
recently as the 1980s, the donkey was often killed at the
end of the event, but since the involvement of the Donkey
Sanctuary, steps have been taken by the festival organising
committee to address some of the welfare concerns – which
included the donkey being kicked and punched and forced to
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the Donkey Sanctuary will be lobbying the government of
Extremadura to change its law which currently protects
animals from mistreatment under animal welfare legislation
with the exception of festivities such as Peropalo, which
are listed as “intangible cultural heritage”.
HORSE KILLED by TOURIST WHO SLAMMED INTO FLOAT, ROLLING IT.
A Nelson woman whose horse was killed in a crash caused by a
tourist says "animals mean nothing" when it comes to
punishment for road accidents.
Rachel McLaren was
driving on Redwood Rd, off State Highway 60, near Rabbit
Island when a car ploughed into her 19-year-old horse,
Rocky, killing him.
She was taking him to an
equestrian centre on the island, near Richmond. Rocky, a
19 year old fixed stallion, died after his float was hit by
a car being driven by a Spanish tourist.
Rocky, a 19 year old fixed stallion, died after his
float was hit by a car being driven by a Spanish tourist.
"I was probably about 40 metres away from an entrance to
a driveway down to Manuka Island huts, and I see a little
car coming down the driveway at a great rate of knots. I had
a matter of seconds to make a choice on what I was going to
do," McLaren said.
Slamming on the brakes would have
sent Rocky flying, and swerving could have flipped the
float, she said, so she put her foot down.
McLaren said Rocky was well loved by people across the top
of the South Island. He was killed in a car crash on Redwood
Rd leading to Rabbit Island on Sunday.
"I was doing
about 80km, the speed limit is 90, so I thought 'I've got to
floor it, I've got to see if I can get past.' My truck had
just got past the driveway and I thought 'I'm safe', and
The car, being driven by a Spanish
tourist, hit the horse float with full force.
escaped injury, but the impact tore the float off the back
of the truck, sending it spinning 180 degrees and knocking
it on its side. Rocky, a 19 year old Stallion, belonging
to Nelson woman Rachel McLaren died, after his float was hit
by a car being ...
Rocky, a 19 year
old Stallion, belonging to Nelson woman Rachel McLaren died,
after his float was hit by a car being driven by a Spanish
tourist on the way to Rabbit Island.
"I got out of
the car. I could see Rocky, he was trying to get up.
"I went up to the front of him ... and you just knew he'd
taken a massive head shot," McLaren recounted tearfully.
The front of the tourist's car was completely caved in,
she said. Nelson woman Rachel McLaren's horse Rocky was
killed when a car poughed into his float on Redwood Road,
off State ...
"There were four of them in the car, none of them were
hurt. As I got out of my car I was yelling at them to call
emergency services. They were Spanish and only two of them
spoke reasonably good English ... one of them got hold of
A policeman arrived, and a vet
made it to the scene about half an hour later.
checked his vital signs, and he took me away from the float
and said he was slipping away. By the time we got back to
him, he was gone." Rocky's horse float was torn off
Rachel McLaren's truck in the impact of Sunday's crash on
Redwood Rd, leading to Rabbit ...
Rocky's horse float was torn off Rachel McLaren's truck in
the impact of Sunday's crash on Redwood Rd, leading to
The driver, Alfonso Rodriguez-Udias,
was charged with careless driving.
appeared at Nelson District Court on Tuesday, where the
other man and two women from the car were also present.
He was ordered to pay McLaren $6500, before the two
couples were due to fly out of the country on February 3. Rachel McLaren's horse, Rocky, was killed after a car driven
by a tourist ploughed into the float she was towing him on,
McLaren, from the Nelson suburb of Enner Glynn, said the
reparations from the crash only covered about a quarter of
the cost of the damage.
While nothing would bring back Rocky, she said it helped
that the tourists were so remorseful.
The group, in
their mid to late 20s, had been visiting friends in New
Zealand before travelling here, McLaren said.
meet with them afterwards. None of them were in a good way
She was offended that careless driving was
the only charge brought over the crash on Sunday January 28.
"There was no mention of death, animals mean nothing in
this day and age."
However support had poured in from
people across the top of the South Island.
"A lot of
people knew Rocky. He spent a good ten plus years with a
family over in Blenheim who bought him as a three-year-old
and taught him how to be a riding horse, and he was much
"I'd bought him four-and-a-half years ago,
he'd been with a family out in Brightwater for a couple of
McLaren only started horse riding again about
eight years ago, after hurting her back in a riding accident
as a child.
"I always wanted to do it, I just had to
wait for the right time for me. I've done a little bit of
low level dressage over at the Motueka Dressage Show, and
always come home with ribbons with him, but its always just
been for fun."
Rocky was McLaren's first horse, and
her "childhood dream come true".
"I've loved horses
ever since I met my first horse at about the age of two. My
parents weren't particularly horsy people. So after my
accident when I was twelve, I lost my nerve, and they
weren't too keen on me going back to it anyway."
had been having riding lessons for about three years before
she "finally found a horse that was a good match for me, and
Rocky was it."
McLaren had had to travel a short
section of State Highway 60 before turning off towards
Rabbit Island, and welcomed a review of the Appleby stretch
of the highway which had seen a spate of serious accidents
over the last few weeks.
The trip from Rocky's
paddock to the equestrian centre had often been difficult,
"Trying to get out of that intersection at
Lansdowne Rd ... with a horse float, you can't just put
pedal to the metal."
And she said a private stop sign
at the end of the drive that the tourists drove along, could
have saved Rocky's life, had it not been lying on the
This was because the point at which the
driveway met Redwood Rd was obscured by bushes and trees,
with a small ditch and fences on the other side of the road,
"Regardless of if I'd been there or not,
someone was going to get hurt if he couldn't see the road.
If he wasn't stopping for me, he wasn't stopping for
anything. I just believe that Rocky's life saved theirs if
not from death, then from serious injury."
2 PEOPLE AND 2 HORSES KILLED IN CRASH
CRESTON, B.C. -- Police say two people and two horses are
dead after a highway crash in the southeastern British
Columbia community of Moyie. RCMP from the Creston
detachment say a tractor trailer was westbound on the
highway at about 9 a.m.
on Saturday when it hit black ice and jackknifed. They say
the truck careened into the oncoming lane where it collided
head-on with an eastbound pickup truck that was hauling a
horse trailer. Police say the tractor trailer driver, a
59-year-old Edmonton man, was ejected from the truck and
died at the scene. They say the pickup driver, a 51-year-old
Cranbrook, B.C., man was trapped in his vehicle and also
died at the scene, as did both horses in the trailer.
A female passenger in the pickup was taken to a local
hospital with life-threatening injuries, then later
transported by air ambulance to a larger area hospital.
Investigators say they believe icy roads, driving too fast
for the road conditions, and the fact the tractor trailer
driver wasn't wearing a seatbelt all contributed to the
WOMAN DRESSED AS T REX STAMPEDES CARRIAGE WITH 16 PEOPLE
A 26-year-old woman who was arrested
after she startled a Charleston carriage horse while dressed
as a dinosaur won’t pay a penalty for the incident that
caused the driver to be run over, a judge decided Wednesday.
Disorderly conduct and wearing a disguise charges
against Nicole Wells were dismissed. Wells had turned
herself in to police the day after the May 18 incident.
Police said when the horse-drawn carriage carrying 16
people was in the 100 block of Church Street, a person
dressed as a Tyrannosaurus rex, later identified as Wells,
began growling at the horses.
The spooked horses
backed up, carriage driver Van Sturgeon fell out, his left
leg was caught in a front wheel and he was run over by the
carriage that then hit a parked vehicle, police said.
Sturgeon said he yelled at Wells to "get out of here" three
times, but she did not move and continued to face the
horses, and they backed up and jackknifed the carriage.
"Perhaps she did not realize what a threat that appeared
to be to my animals, but they responded remarkably well,"
Sturgeon said at the time. "Any animal, you included, are
entitled to your flight response, the key is how quickly do
you come back under control. If I throw a snake on you and
you jump, you're entitled to that, but if you can come back
and get in control really quickly, that's the key to
emotional control and both of the animals demonstrated
Sturgeon said he was speaking when Wells
turned toward the horses and he did not hear any growling
sound, but he said he wouldn't have been able to hear her
from that distance.
"If she turned away, I'm fairly
convinced that things would have been different," he said.
Sturgeon suffered an injured leg in the accident but was
able to return to work a month later. The horses and
passengers were uninjured.
Prosecutors did not
explain their decision to drop the charges.
Carriage Works general manager Tommy Doyle says the company
is considering a lawsuit against Wells.
SUBSTANDARD TRAILER OWNED BY SUBSTANDARD HORSE OWNER, COMES
A horse was extricated from a trailer Tuesday afternoon in
Grants Pass after the trailer was separated from the tow
GRANTS PASS, Ore.-- A horse is walking
away from a trailer accident that could have been much
worse. Rural Metro says around 2:21pm on Tuesday afternoon,
they were requested to help with an extrication of a horse
from an overturned trailer.
The trailer apparently separated from the tow vehicle
while driving on Lonnon Road near Elk Lane. The trailer
rolled into a ditch. The horse inside was wedged, and
several community members jumped into action to help the
people and horse that were affected. A veterinarian also
came to the scene to assist.
Rural Metro was able to use hydraulic cutting tools to
remove a backup bar in the trailer, and the horse was able
to get out with only a few scratches.
Carriage horse spooked by umbrella near Central Park,
advocates demand stricter laws
Animal rights activists are calling for more oversight of
the city’s carriage industry after three passengers were
injured when a horse got spooked by an umbrella Sunday
The horse was startled at about 12:15
p.m., ran down part of Central Park South and crashed into
three parked cars, police said. The three passengers inside
the carriage were taken to an area hospital with minor
injuries, cops said.
The incident is the latest
example of how the city’s “antiquated horse carriage rules”
are endangering lives, according to the group New Yorkers
for Clean, Livable, and Safe Streets (NYCLASS), which
advocates for laws to protect carriage horses.
enforcement of these carriages is a joke and it has only
gotten more lax in the last four years, despite repeated
assurances from City Hall,” NYCLASS Executive Director Edita
Birnkrant said in a statement.
The group also
demanded to see the results of a veterinary exam on the
POLICE OFFICERS CAR HIT BY HORSE
Miraculously however the horse survived without any injury
and joined its escaped companion in making its way back to
However, the Vauxhall Corsa police car
suffered an estimated upwards of £1,000 worth of damage.
Kirsten Smith whose daughter Bella, 16, owns the horses,
said they received a call to inform them to horses were
loose. She said they feared that due to the size of the
animals and the volume of traffic on the road, it could lead
to a very serious accident.
She said: "We got a call
on Friday night around 10pm saying that our horses were
loose and that one of them had hit a police vehicle.
"We immediately set off to try and find them and when we
arrived at the stables the horses had already made their way
back. There were police everywhere and a few members of the
public who kindly came out to try and find them as well.
"The police car has suffered an awful lot of damage and
I am ever so thankful that that the officer has not been
"It is a complete miracle as well that Harry is
OK, there is not a mark on him, and from what I have heard
he headbutted the windscreen very hard. But both the horses
were very shaken and stressed after it all."
Bella said that she was just thankful her horses
were OK, and that nobody had been killed or seriously
She said: "We have checked the yard, the
paddock and the fence of the stables and there doesn't
appear to be any damage. I think someone has let them out
and spooked them because normally horses wouldn't run off
like that, they would just go to the nearest piece of grass
"When I heard the news that they were loose
I was absolutely hysterical with worry, I just didn't know
what might happen to them on that busy road. It was such a
relief when I found out that they were ok.
could have caused a massive accident, it was very
PCSO Shaun Lee was driving the police
vehicle at the time of the crash, and has since visited the
horses and family at the stables to make sure they were
He described the events on the night
saying: "We received a call on Friday night regarding two
horses that were on the loose on the Peaks Parkway.
"We already had an unmarked vehicle in the area at the time,
and sent another down so that we would be able to slow down
and control traffic more effectively.
"We got to the
horses as they were approaching the Hewitts Circus Tesco,
and moved into the middle of the road to help control the
"The horses then went off towards Pennells
Garden centre and down the layby there, and as we were
attempting to stop the horses getting back onto the road,
one of them turned and headbutted the windscreen.
LETTERS OF THE DAY
Hi John My wife swears by your horse gear and dvd’s and
everything she has bought from you is good quality and the
dvd’s are excellent so I thought it worth asking you for
some advice. I ride my main horse bitless and he’s as good
a horse as I could ever wish for. I’m 6ft4 and 104kg’s and
noticed that he gets really tired on long rides or when we
were out mustering. We have a really good relationship so
to be fair to him I have opted to ride him only on shorter
rides. In spite of this he’s the first horse up at the tack
room when the saddles come out J
Now comes the tricky part. I bought the biggest,
strongest Standardbred I have ever seen thinking what could
possibly go wrong. He can literally go all day without
breaking a sweat but he is green and very rushy on the
canter/gallop. I’ve managed to get him to ride on a loose
rein while we are trotting but I’m constantly having to one
rein stop him on the canter because he is incredibly strong,
surprisingly quick for a STB, excitable and good at rodeo
moves. He tries hard on the ground and I can see that he’s
a good horse so I want to keep going with him .
I went on your website intending to buy a bit but
realised I haven’t got a clue about modern day bits. Are
you able to suggest which of your bits would be a good
choice whilst not being too harsh on the big fella? We live
in the bush a long way from anywhere and my wife has
instructed me to “grow a brain” and start riding with a
bridle, bit and helmet J. She bought me one of your HP
bridles which is the best bridle I have ever seen (nice
leather, solid buckles and not overly girly) Now I just have
to do my part and buy him a decent bit. He needs a 6 ½ inch
bit. Many thanks. Shane
Lol Shane :) You
do as You are told....like me....alright?????
I am not a
Fan of bitless Bridles. I would not want my Snout locked in
a vice and the faster I go to escape it the more it
You really only
need FM Bit. with BARREL.
re the rushing at Canter, that is most probably caused
Too much leg on
The Bitless strangling HIm
Doing too much excitable stuff before training is
It would assist if you adjourned to the round pen and
into'd the horse to a bit of lunging with it's head down and
the ride with a Market Harborough ( riding pleasure rein at
walk and trot if you can and then Canter, ROUND and
dressage. That will slow him down.
6.5 inch is a pretty big bit. You measured it???
regards and Hi to the Wife
Thanks very much for the excellent advice. Reading
through what you have said has made me realise it's the
exciting stuff that's causing a problem. The rushy stuff
only happens when we are going fast and in a group with
other horses. I will work on doing some more arena work. I
hate arena work but my wife loves it and she's a good
teacher so I will take advantage of her skills and patience.
He's definitely a 6 1/2. He's 17 hand and built like a
dunny block. He was ridden with full contact before I
got him so I'm working hard at giving him his head and
showing him I'm not going to rip his head off. I will
get Pam to order me the FM and another of your bridles.
I agree completely about the bitless bridle. OK for a
horse that has all the buttons but hopeless and unfair
on a green worried horse.
Thanks very very much
BUILDING THE ROUND PEN
Hi Mr HP,
I've read everything on your website about roundyards so
sorry but I am still wondering...
I can't get rough as guts rubble for base layer. Time is
an issue now with winter coming in a few short m, the
truck has to go down whilst dry, before it rains, and
local quarries can only do 20mm, 40mm, 75mm or 150mm
crushed rock, and I can request to have fines added to
dolomite around here.
The 150mm crushed rock with fines is same price as 20mm
Class 3 with fines, at $385 per 12.5 ton delivered.
I am wondering therefore whether the chunky rough stuff
as a base is necessary since I can't save on price by
sticking an old crushed up fish n chip shop etc.
underneath, or whether I should just buy the 20mm
Also, the budget is very very tight tragically, so I am
wondering what is the minimum depth of the base layer &
sublayer combined. I have read 15cm - 30cm on your
website. I'm trying to afford 10cm...on a shoe
string..... The area is excavated out of the side of a
hill with a 1m cut at the highest point...so you may
well be rolling your eyes by now...and we have 'lovely'
red soil but there is some clay in it so it is dry and
rock hard cracking in summer then quickly slippery and
sticky surface after it rains, and it rains a lot here
on and off in Neerim South, though I am relatively near
the top of the hill and its not super steep. I can see
you advised people in West Gippsland previously who had
problems with lots of rain too.
Nevertheless, despite everything you have said, I am
wondering if I might "get away with"..... 100mm x 20mm
crushed rock with fines underneath another 10cm layer of
menage sand or crusher dust. And down the track, top
that up with a better top layer....
I am on a learning curve having just found out what all
these quarry product terms are.
Does 20mm crushed rock with fines 'set like concrete' or
near enough to avoid the rocks coming up through the top
layer? The quarry said it firms up.
I am wondering if I can 'get away with' putting down
10cm x 20mm crushed rock with fines straight on top of
the dirt, and then top with 10cm crusher dust that I
might be able to use like that for a while, which will
buy some time before I can afford to top it up or top it
with menage sand later. But then I suppose I would have
crusher dust mixing with the sand...?...depending on how
much has compressed down to form a more solid base
If I can use it 'most' of the year except the heart of
winter then I will be happy. Also it is not getting a
massive workout like your roundyards. I only want to use
it about an hour or so a day maximum.
Thanks for any advice you can offer me,
You would then be better sticking to the 20mm rubble with
fines, deue to your financials and therefore thinner base.
You can't put the larger rock down anyway, with a 10cm base.
It will not work. The larger the aggregate, the thicker the
base must be, so with 150mm, I would have no less than 30cm.
So play it safe with the 20mm.
Now, every base gets gravel through it to some extent. Don't
worry about it. Especially when you are talking only 10cm of
sand, which will see points of hoofs get through the sand
now and again. Also, this depends on what you are doing in
that round yard. Just piddling around lunging, no big deal,
start leaping 'Breakers' around, spinning, and then I always
go for 300mm sand.ok? Regard
4TH FEBRUARY, 2018
Very exciting Week........
and she's peeerrrrfect!!!! Leggy, 4 white sox, will go
darker and a great temperament!!!! Thanks God!!
Grandma couldn't be successfully ridden and Mother was a
fistful, breaking my arm and bucking off Mrs. HP as well. We
don't need any more this far down the track :)
So easy to handle but I guess that is always helped along by
the Trust the Mare has in the Handler.
Slightly too narrow now for the big wide Warmbloods of Mrs.
HP. Fit normal though.
AROUND THE TRAPS
Elections coming up. Labor has stuffed the Health system and
the Liberals worship Coal :) God help us.
Meanwhile, Trump is kicking Goals and helping us all and the
Left Wingers are involved in their Russian collusion
conspiracy which is bigger than Watergate. Hillary paid 12
Million to get a fake News set up for Trump, using it to
approve a Warrant to spy on a Political Party, during the
run up to the election. People will go to Goal for this.
Good old Malcolm has sold State Secrets out of a second hand
furniture store and Tony has gone desperately quiet :)
10 Degrees cooler again this Week, than the 'Big Smoke' and
Mrs. HP had no problems at all, riding for hours.
PEER REVIEW OF THE DAY
NEW SAFETY CAMPAIGN TO SAVE INJURY TO VETS'
Nearly a quarter of these reported injuries required
hospital admission and 7% resulted in loss of consciousness.
“Many accidents occur when vets are trying to work with
horses who have learnt to avoid examination or treatment,”
the association’s chief executive, David Mountford, said.
“This is dangerous for the vet and the handler but it
also often results in a stressed horse and can increase the
time and/or cost of reaching a diagnosis or treating an
“Gemma’s amazing videos show how a little
preparation can have a big impact on horse, owner and vet
David Catlow, the director of clinical
services for the animal charity Blue Cross, said the videos
would assist with behaviour training in horses to help them
remain calm and manageable in all sorts of circumstances.
“Time spent on behaviour training of horses, using
positive reinforcement methods such as these, is time well
spent for everyone’s safety.”
He says Blue Cross
invests a lot of time in behaviour training on the horses it
rehomes – “and it works.”
“Vets should be able to
focus on the horse’s injury or illness without worrying
about their own, or others’, safety,” he says. “They will be
better able to use the right tools and techniques for an
accurate diagnosis and treatment if the horse is presented
calmly and safely.”
The seven practical videos cover
how to train and prepare your horse for:
injections Learning to stand still Calm clipping
Leading and trotting up Happy Heads Clicker Training
Here we have the successful spread of the McLean system
where only Scientists will adopt systems of the
Scientists....ironically causing the very dangers that they
are trying to eliminate. No reflexion on the Young Lady. She
is only following a learnt system of Her own and knows no
This Video, teaches how to make Horses HEAVY, DULL and
unmanageable, therefore placing Vets' in Danger
It teaches Humans to enter the WRESTLING RING with 500kg
Horses, in a physical Power struggle
The complete lack of any 'lightness' in this Horse, the
'Skull Dragging' with 50kg or more of pushing and pulling
and the need for a WHIP, thus proving the failure of the
" If a Fire is coming, remove all equipment off Your Horses,
especially Horse Rugs.
Put a Phone Number attached to the Mane, via Duck Tape."
THE BUCK JUMPER
Hi I am really hoping you might be able to offer me some
advice about a horse I have purchased. I made the a purchase
of a horse without viewing him from what I believed was a
reliable and honest seller. The horse is. 17hh clydie x
warmblood who is 9 yrs old and had a story of not being
fully started due to various reasons. The person I bought
him off runs a horsemanship business and had approx 6 rides
and had no issues selling him to me as an intermediate
middle aged rider who can be nervous at times. The seller
suggested I get him professionally finished off and I sent
him off to a well respected trainer who lives in my local
area, who had him for approx 4weeks.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t successful with him
exploding during a ride and bucking the trainer off injuring
him. He sent him back to me suggesting the horse had either
a deep emotional issue or some physical problem. I’ve had
him checked by a Chiro and treated with massage therapy.
I’ve continued to do lots of groundwork with him and we have
developed a good connection/trust and I find him to be very
responsive, trainable and respectful actually on the ground
he is a gentle giant. My friend recently said she would like
to try getting on him however she was in the saddle no more
than 10 seconds when he exploded into a big rear and buck
and she was off. I don’t want to see this fella end up at
the doggers or just moved on continually but I don’t have
the financial resources to send him off to another trainer
and hoping you might be able to offer some advice. Regards
Clearly Leonie, this is the responsibility of the Seller and
You should pursuing them for recompense and the recovery of
the Horse. The Horse is no use to You and neither You, nor
Your Friends should ride it.
You should get statements from the injured Trainer and the
other Friend, in writing and then send a Letter asking for
the Seller to take the Horse back as it is clearly not
suitable for You or anyone else at this point. Send a copy
of the statements.
Then, after the Seller tells You to 'go Jump' as they do
these Days, You will need to send a 'Letter of Demand',
giving them 21 Days to respond either way. Then issue a
Summons in the Small Claims Tribunal and let the Court
adjudicate the Matter.
You may do all the ground work You like but that doesn't
mean You can risk getting on this Horse.
Don't buy Horses 'sight unseen' from anyone other than Jesus
Christ in these times. Those Days have gone. Read this.
I am still pursuing my case with Tribunal under Consumer Law
that the horse is not fit for purpose due to its headshaking
issues. I am after an expert's report that is willing to say
that: A horse with headshaking issues is not fit for a
novice rider because...... ( listing facts like safety, such
a horse would require far more skill than that of a novice
rider to perform adequately , such a horse would require
special attention that would require skill, time, and
additional resources including medical attention to perform
which a normal horse in fit condition would not.
The Horse also put my Daughter in Hospital and she now
suffers a Brain injury.
The Vet finally came out and did the Teeth of the Horse, at
our place, Months after the Sale.
Can you or
any other notable horse expert provide such a report for me?
I can assist.
Thanks Mr HP.
Thank you so much for responding.
I am attaching 3 docs submitted in evidence, and a
video of the horses headshaking that tell you the
story. These are in submission before the hearing
already, but I have one last chance to submit more
I have a deadline to meet by Monday 5th Feb and my
solicitor I suggested this week really need a
credible statement from a horse expert to say that a
headshaking horse is unsuitable for a novice rider
because that is my claim under consumer law, that
the horse is unfit for purpose that I bought him
So here I am again asking your help.
I know its a big ask but if you can I want to present
from a credible source that a headshaking horse is
unsuitable for a novice rider ( which is my daughter ,
and they sold him as a horse for novice to me as seen in
the ad, and they knew and saw her riding him at the
trial before purchase),. This horse presented well
initially (april 2016) but within a month the
headshaking started to show up and after paying $12,500
and much trial to get him right at my expense , and that
we haven't been able to ride since, I am having to take
the previous owner to court to ask for a refund. The
process has been long and drawn out as I am sure you
If can provide me with the document I require please let
me know cost etc
EXPERT WITNESS STATEMENT PROVIDED.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
VIDEO OF THE DAY
LONG REINING OUT IN THE OPEN
NEWS OF THE DAY
54 YEAR OLD MAN DIES AT FERNIE HUNT
A huntsman has died after a fall from his horse while out
with the Fernie Hunt, near Market Harborough. A spokesman
for the Hunt, which is based in Great Bowden, near Market
Harborough, told the Mail "everyone is devastated".
The emergency services were called at 2.15pm on Wednesday,
to a field off Mowsley Road, Saddington, about seven miles
north-west of Market Harborough. The man, aged 54, was
declared dead at the scene. He has not yet been named.
Leicestershire Police confirmed today that the death is not
being treated as suspicious, and the coroner had been
informed. Joint Master of the Hunt Philip Cowen, said in a
statement: "It is with great sadness that we can confirm
that a gentleman died following a fall from his horse in a
tragic accident whilst following the Fernie Hounds on
Wednesday 31st January. "Our sincere condolences are with
his family and friends at such a difficult time for them,
and we ask that everyone respects their privacy as they
overcome such a devastating and early loss. "A Coroner’s
investigation is underway, and a further statement will be
issued in due course." "In the meantime both the Joint
Masters of the hunt and the gentleman’s family would like to
extend their immense thanks to the emergency services and
others who were present at the accident for all their
assistance at the time."
SERIOUS INJURIES TO YOUNG SYDNEY JOCKEY
Apprentice jockey Nyssa Burrells continues to make an
encouraging recovery from serious injuries suffered in a
fall during jump-outs at Warwick Farm. Racing NSW issued an
update on Friday, saying her neck brace had been removed and
she passed a post-traumatic amnesia test earlier this week.
She is also finding it easier to communicate with family
members as she continues to undergo extensive rehabilitation
at Liverpool Hospital. Burrells was placed in an induced
coma to manage a brain bleed following the accident on
December 29. She emerged from the coma on January 9.
Man Critical After Falling Off Horse In Centennial Park Bad incident this morning 1 day ago Man Critical After
Falling Off Horse In Centennial Park Supplied
is in a critical condition after falling off a horse at
Centennial Park this morning.
The 50-year-old man
went into cardiac arrest after the accident, according to a
NSW Ambulance spokesperson.
It is understood that the
man had left Centennial Park and was on his way back to the
Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre on Lang Road.
Witness Sandy Rogers told Hit that the man appeared to be in
"I ran over and was the first person on the
scene," he said.
"I helped the man into the recovery
position and took the horse to the side of the road before
helpers came and started CPR." Man Critical After Falling
Off Horse In Centennial Park Bad incident this morning 1 day ago Man Critical After Falling Off Horse In
Centennial Park Supplied
A man is in a critical
condition after falling off a horse at Centennial Park this
The 50-year-old man went into cardiac arrest
after the accident, according to a NSW Ambulance
It is understood that the man had left
Centennial Park and was on his way back to the Centennial
Parklands Equestrian Centre on Lang Road.
Sandy Rogers told Hit that the man appeared to be in
"I ran over and was the first person on the
scene," he said.
"I helped the man into the recovery
position and took the horse to the side of the road before
helpers came and started CPR."
The man has been taken
to St Vincent's Hospital by paramedics.
The horse has
been taken back to his stable and is not believed to be at
BROKEN BACK FOR FORMER CABINET MINISTER
Former cabinet minister Owen Paterson has broken his back in
a riding accident.
The MP for North Shrewsbury told the Oswestry &
Borders Counties Advertiser he was “very lucky not to have
suffered more serious injury”.
Mr Paterson was taken
to the accident and emergency department at the Royal
Shrewsbury Hospital on Saturday (27 January) after his horse
fell, and was transferred to the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt
He has broken three vertebrae
and is on “complete bed rest”.
Mr Paterson thanked
the orthopaedic hospital for the care he is receiving.
“The staff are exceptionally professional, exceedingly
caring and have a huge amount of expertise,” he said.
Mr Paterson is being treated in the unit for which he
raised thousands of pounds for by taking part in the
“world’s toughest and longest horse race” — the Mongol Derby
— in 2011.
Mr Patterson and his wife Rose raised
money for the Mongol Derby’s official charity, Mercy Corps,
and the Royal Irish Regiment while taking part in the ride
The Patersons are a horsey family — their
daughter Evie Paterson evented for Great Britain at junior
and young rider level.
He became the first MP for
North Shropshire in 1997 and served as shadow secretary of
state for Northern Ireland from 2007 until the 2010
coalition, when he entered cabinet as Northern Ireland
In 2012 he moved to Defra, serving as
secretary of state for the environment, food and rural
affairs for nearly two years, before he was succeeded by Liz
MAJOR STABLE FIRE
EAST PENN TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Firefighters in East Penn Township
are working to figure out what caused a massive barn fire on
a horse farm Wednesday afternoon.
Heavy flames and
thick black smoke erupted around 1:30 p.m. in the 1200 block
of Ben Salem Road.
"Within a matter of two minutes it
was through the entire building," said East Penn Township
Fire Chief Robert Kleintop.
The 68-acre farm was a
race horse training center.
The owner, Brewer Adams,
says he was working in the barn when he smelled the smoke.
Soon after, he saw the flames and immediately called
"As soon as I hung up with them I just started
getting horses out," said Adams.
Adams says there
were nine horses on the property and all made it out
"The animals are my livelihood so I had to
get them out and make sure they were safe and luckily they
all got out in time," said Adams.
Adams says he got
his horses to safety and then watched helplessly as the
flames tore through his farm.
"Stood here and watched
the barn burn down," said Adams.
It took firefighters
hours to get the flames under control.
No one was
Adams describes the farm as a beautiful
training facility that he bought back in 2012.
was really nice, you know. There was a big arena here with a
barn, an apartment and stalls."
The riding arena, all
19 horse stalls, and the apartment Adams rented out during
the summer were destroyed.
He also lost all of the
equipment stored inside the barn, estimating a total loss of
nearly $3 million.
"It was pretty miserable," said
The charred horseshoes in the massive pile of
rubble and debris is a tough sight for Adams but he says he
plans to move forward and continue to train.
on, you know rebuild."
While investigators say the
official cause of the fire is still unknown, they are
calling it an accident.
TEEN KILLED IN TRAINING ACCIDENT IN MELBOURNE
FRIENDS, family and even people who met Serena Stanley
on the street have left the teen heartwarming tributes
following her sudden, tragic death on Sunday.
17-year-old Maleny teen was killed in a horse-riding
accident in Melbourne.
She had just moved to the city
from the Coast after graduating Year 12, ready to start a
new job at a horse stud.
Her family - father
River, mother Sandy and two brothers, Bradley and Jesse -
have since travelled to Melbourne to bring Serena home for
To help with these costs, a GoFundMe
page was created. In just two days it raised about $30,000.
The Nambour Pony Club will also be holding a fundraising
event for Serena at the weekend.
The hashtag #smileforserena
was created on social media and has been used by several
people to say their final goodbyes.
Fellow equestrian competitor Emma Hutton said Serena
was a talented horse rider and competitor.
heartbreaking to lose someone who was doing what they love,"
"Serena Stanley, you are a beautiful girl,
a talented rider and it was an absolute pleasure seeing you
out competing every weekend with your beautiful horses,
always with a smile on your face."
said it was horrible news another rider had lost their lives
"doing what they love".
"Rest in peace Serena
Stanley, you will never be forgotten."
said Serena had always inspired her as a horse rider.
"I wanted to be just like her...One of the kindest souls
taken too soon."
Emma van Grondelle said no parent
should have to say goodbye to their child.
"I know Maleny's love and strength will be behind the
family. Sending all my love and deepest condolences to
Sandy, River, Jesse and Bradley."
The Maleny and
District Horse and Pony Club wrote a tribute to Facebook
saying Serena's passing was a devastating loss.
thoughts and prayers go out to her family. We will of course
support them in any way we can."
A memorial service
will be held for Serena on February 4 at the Equestrian
Centre at Maleny Showgrounds starting at 3pm.
HORSE TRAILER CRASH BLOCKS FREEWAY
NEW YORK (FOX5NY) - A trailer carrying two horses overturned
on the southbound lanes of the New York State Thruway in
Rockland County on Wednesday morning but no people or horses
The New York State Police said that the
incident caused the lanes to be blocked for a short period
while crews rounded up the horses and loaded them into a
What caused the accident is not
A campaign that shows owners quick and simple
ways to teach horses to behave properly during veterinary
procedures has been launched in Britain.
Equine Veterinary Association’s “Don’t Break Your Vet”
campaign is designed to address what the organisation says
is a serious problem: Equine vets have one of the highest
injury risks of all civilian professions.
campaign aims to help horse owners make life safer for their
horses, themselves and their vets.
It comprises a
series of short videos, featuring vet and equine
behaviourist Gemma Pearson, providing quick and simple ways
of teaching horses to be quiet, relaxed and safe for
injections, clipping, worming, examinations and other
The campaign is supported by
some of Britain’s leading riders and competition grooms.
A research paper recently published in the journal
Equine Veterinary Education found that a typical equine vet
may expect to suffer seven to eight work-related injuries
that impede them from practicing, during a 30-year career.
This is far higher figure than other civilian
occupations such as the construction industry, prison
service and the fire brigade. Bruising, fractures and
lacerations to the leg or the head were the most common
injuries reported, with the main cause being a kick with a
17 YEAR OLD DIES IN MELBOURNE
A 17-year-old showjumper has died in a riding accident.
Australian rider Serena Stanley suffered fatal injuries
in a fall on Sunday (28 January).
Serena grew up in
Maleny on the Sunshine Coast and had recently moved to
Melbourne for a job at a stud, which was where the fall took
The talented rider won numerous Pony Club
awards and was the inter school national showjumping
champion in 2015.
Countless tributes have been paid
to the teenager.
“Serena was well known as a
talented, skilful and brave rider, particularly excelling in
the jumping discipline,” said a spokesman for Nambour Pony
Club, of which Serena was a member.
“Serena will be
remembered as a friendly, kind girl, who always had a smile
and an encouraging word for those around her.”
Nambour Pony Club has invited its members to wear an aqua
blue armband, ribbon, or saddlecloth at its jumping weekend
There will also be a minute’s silence
on Saturday and Sunday “to reflect on the life of this
lovely girl, taken far too soon”.
Maleny and District
Horse and Pony Club also paid its respects to Serena.
“We are devastated by her loss and our thoughts and
prayers go out to her family,” said a club spokesman.
“We will of course support them in any way we can.”
Serena’s godmother Laina McCoy gave a moving tribute to
“Serena had great courage with horses
and a great affinity,” she said.
“She was dedicated,
very independent. She excelled in every sport she did, she
was fabulous at school too.
“The community has all
helped raise our girls so this heartbreak is the community’s
heartbreak. There’s not a place you can go in town that
Serena’s best friend Ayla McCoy said
Sereena has been “really excited” about her new job.
“She was always so independent and wanted to do new things
all the time,” she said.
Serena leaves behind her
parents River and Sandy, and siblings Jesse and Bradley.
A GoFundMe page (www.gofundme.com/serenastanley) has
been set up to help Serena’s family and donations can also
be made at the Ananda Marga River School.
service will be held at the equestrian centre at Maleny
Showgrounds on Sunday (4 February) at 3pm.
Former minister Owen Paterson has broken his back in
a riding accident.
The Conservative MP for North
Shropshire said he is feeling "pretty sore" as he recovers
He was out riding on Saturday when he
fell from his horse and broke three vertebrae.
Paterson told local paper The Border Counties Advertiser
that he feels "lucky to be alive" and is able to do some
work from his hospital bed but won't be back in London "for
at least this week".
He said: "I'm feeling pretty
sore, to be honest.
"I fell off my horse while out
riding and have broken three vertebrae – and I was told I
was lucky not to have suffered a more serious injury.
"I can't walk at the moment – I'm flat on my back and
have been told to have complete bed rest."
TAINTED HORSE FEED - DOZENS AFFECTED
Six horses die after alleged exposure to toxin
CUBA — A Cuba business is reeling after the death of six
horses, and the impending death of 25 more following alleged
exposure to tainted horse feed.
Horses boards and trains horses at the Smokey Meadow Farm
located just outside the village of Cuba. Owned and operated
by Tonya and Michael Cooper, the business says its horse
farm has turned into a hospice facility after the horses
were exposed to a toxic antibiotic in their feed.
Andrew B. Yaffa, of the Coral Gables, Fla.-based law firm of
Grossman, Roth, Yaffa and Cohen, is handling the case. The
Cuba business was boarding 31 horses before they began to
succumb to the toxin.
“This poor lady had a thriving
business. She did what she had always done for years,” Yaffa
said. “She fed the horses the same feed. The next morning
she woke up and all of them were sick. Three died very
quickly. The rest have shown a variety of ailments and
indicators of sickness. They are at risk for sudden death.
None of them can be ridden anymore. Three more had to be put
down so far. It’s very sad.”
Yaffa said the feed came
from Reisdorf Brothers of North Java, a farm store and feed
mill that has been in business since 1912.
tainted feed is a growing issue across the country.
“Unfortunately it’s something that’s become too common
across the United States,” he said. “I handled one of these
cases a couple years ago at a local facility here in
Florida. I went to the stable and met with not one person
who had lost a horse, but 35 families who had exactly the
same thing happen. They had purchased a lot of feed
manufactured at a facility that makes multi-species feeds,
everything from cows to chickens, pigs, goats.
are grazers, and they pick up bacteria that can make them
sick. A common additive is monensin, an ionophore that
promotes growth and milk production. Monensin is toxic to
horses. Equines are the most sensitive species to monensin
there is. The amount of a single Skittle, one gram is enough
to kill the average sized horse.”
Animal owners can
lose their horses through no fault of their own when they
unknowingly purchase tainted feed.
“People are totally dependent on the feed manufacturer,”
Yaffa said. “The only piece of advice I have is to make sure
you’re purchasing feed from a facility that is ionophore
free. Don’t buy from multi-species manufacturers, unless
they have a separate plant for horse feed. The risk exists
whenever you use common equipment.”
Yaffa is planning
to fly to Western New York and host a press conference on
the issue next week. In the meantime, caregivers are tending
to the remaining horses as best they can.
people love these horses. There’s an amazing emotional
connection,” Yaffa said. “It’s not a question of if, but
when (they succumb). They can’t bring themselves to put them
down until they see them suffering. They’ve been impacted by
the costs of maintaining and taking care of the horses, and
trying to keep them pain free. That’s what these poor people
are dealing with. It’s tragic for all involved.”
IT MAY NOT BE OVARIES?
The veterinarians at the University of Pennsylvania’s
New Bolton Center regularly evaluate mares for suspected
ovary-related behavior issues. In most cases, however, they
find the root cause is something else entirely.
McDonnell, PhD, CAAB, adjunct professor of reproductive
behavior and founding head of the University’s Equine
Behavior Program, has been evaluating these so-called
problem mares for decades. At the 2017 American Association
of Equine Practitioners convention, held Nov. 17-21 in San
Antonio, Texas, she described how the team at New Bolton
Center, in Kennett Square, evaluates them and shared some
“Diagnosing the root causes (for behavior problems) is
important for welfare, safety, and client satisfaction,” she
When evaluating a mare whose owner complains of
“marish” or “hormonal” behavior, McDonnell said she first
obtains and views a 24-hour video sample of the horse in its
stall. During this period, she will watch for behavior
patterns suggesting the mare is in discomfort, such as tail-
or hip-rubbing, udder-nuzzling, kicking at walls, etc.
She might also present the mare with social “challenges”
such as feces from other mares or stallions, teasing, or
mares in estrus as well as diestrus (the period between heat
cycles). The mare’s behavior often suggests the type and
location of discomfort, giving clinicians some direction for
diagnostic examinations, such as reproductive and endocrine
exams, lameness evaluation, diagnostic imaging, neurologic
exam, gastroscopy, or even dental.
“More often than
not, with cases referred for an ovariectomy (removal of the
ovaries) the root cause of discomfort has nothing to do with
the ovaries,” said McDonnell. Examples of actual causes of
problem behaviors she said were initially attributed to
ovarian function include gastric ulcers, impaction colic,
enteroliths, uterine adhesions, vaginitis (vaginal
inflammation), mastitis (mammary gland inflammation),
strangulating abdominal lipomas (fatty tumors), uroliths
(bladder stones), sleep deprivation, headshaking syndrome,
and musculoskeletal pain.
McDonnell then described a
few cases that have come to the New Bolton Center clinic as
ovary issues that the veterinarians ultimately diagnosed as
something entirely different. Case 1
The owner of
a 7-year-old Thoroughbred hunter/jumper said the mare was
refusing to canter, balking at jumps, exhibiting
stallionlike behavior, being pushy, and reacting explosively
during trailering. Upon arriving at the clinic, the mare
panicked and exploded out of the stocks.
observing her behavior, McDonnell noted that this mare would
have kicking episodes, pull her hind limbs up to her
abdomen, perform deep abdominal stretches, paw, stamp, gaze
at her abdomen, display male-type behavior such as the
flehmen response, nip at her chest, and stop eating and
“Sudden interruption of eating and
resting is a really good indicator of discomfort,” she
After various diagnostics, the veterinarians
discovered an adhesion on her bladder to the surrounding
organs. They later also diagnosed and removed a granulosa
cell tumor from her ovary, which could have been to blame
for the stallionlike behaviors. While her physical
discomfort disappeared after veterinarians treated these
issues, McDonnell said she remained nervous in confined
spaces. Case 2
A 16-year-old warmblood mare who,
after having been an agreeable family horse her entire life,
suddenly became aggressive and untouchable behind her
Video evaluation of her behavior revealed
around-the-clock signs consistent with abdominal discomfort
(e.g., tail-slapping, weight shifting, looking at her sides,
interrupted eating and resting, frequent deep abdominal
stretches). Eventually, veterinarians diagnosed the cause of
her discomfort as gastric impaction. At the time, it was the
largest the clinicians had ever seen, said McDonnell.
A 7-year-old Thoroughbred mare who, for the
past two years, beginning in late October, would become
frantic before morning turnout. Her owner reported that she
would weave, chew wood, resist leaving the barn, become
difficult to release, run to the corner of her pasture, and
tremble. She was also nervous and nippy during grooming and
tacking. This would last through late spring, when the
behavior issues disappeared until the following October.
The veterinarians considered performing an ovariectomy.
But after a careful behavior evaluation, they determined the
root cause of her behavior was static electricity. She was
extremely static-electricity-sensitive, which coincided with
the months of the year she wore a blanket.
cases are just a few classic examples of the many mares that
get referred to the New Bolton Center for ovariectomies,
said McDonnell. “Two-thirds to three-quarters of the cases
that come in for an ovariectomy, an ovariectomy would not
have alleviated the discomfort,” she said. “There were
other, often multiple, root causes.
diagnosis is important to successful resolution of the
problem, with significant implications for horse welfare and
client satisfaction,” she added. About the Author
LETTERS OF THE DAY
GETTING BACK INTO RIDING ON THE GREEN HORSE
Thanks for you help. I have a horse that was
broken about 4 years ago. I rode her for about
3 or 4 months before I got pregant and then
havent riden her again. I have tried to get
others to ride her to keep her skill up but that
has not worked out for me. So now I am ready to
ride her again but have no idea where to start.
Should I get her sent to a breaker again? Any
help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Horse didn't Buck last time and all went well, You should
I am finding your website
fascinating and so informative! I am back in the saddle
after 20 years and that was when i was a kid so a huge
learning curve owning a horse and a Standardbred ex trotter
at that that needs a bit of education. Your problem
floating tips are amazing but can you suggest anything when
i don't have a float at my disposal to use? I am working on
ground manners using the training flag and will work on that
for several weeks and make sure that is down pat but without
a float, it is hard to know how he will be when the time
comes to float again.
you please send me any E Books you have?
Well done. Exciting times for You.
The best show is to teach Your Horse the Natural
Horsemanship moves, found here if you want, on my new
Natural Horsemanship DVD's.
This will enable You to be able to drive Your Horse anywhere
You like and of course, into a Horse Float later.
Once You can teach Your Horse to DRIVE across, through or
into anything, the Float is a snip.
28TH JANUARY, 2018
Hi Folks. Hope You are all well and had a great Week. Life
has it's challenges, for all of us.
We had some too. Two trips to 'Gainsborugh' this Week. Water
reticulation problems an digging trenches in 36 Degrees. I
really loved that!!!!
We would like to welcome a number of new agistees after a
corresponding number left due to a new and ever present
personality clash and power struggle. I never did understand
that, when People remove their Horses out of the best shaded
Yards in Town and go put them in the blazing Sun somewhere
else. Still, I suppose there 'Soap' is more important than
their Horses I guess. Anyhow, welcome to the immediate (and
smart) new Folk.
GOLD STAR OF THE WEEK
...goes to.....Sondra, for Her practical sense and
observation of all things and for keeping an eye on the Fire
CONGRATS TO CYNTHIA
Yesterday, Mrs. HP's Cousin won both the Prix St.
Georges and Intermediate 1 Tests at Boneo in Victoria, on a
Home Grown and trained Horse, beating the "Imports'
This is an example of a Trainer, 'improving the movement'
via proper Dressage, on a Horse that started out not being
able to compete. Well done Cynthia and the proud Mummy
NICE FACES - NICE REINS
C!!!!!!!........for God's Sake "Grab Her Face", she may Pee
off any moment!!
John, I am wondering if you can
help me. Clearly our horse is unsound. Vet is useless and I
am a little money poor to keep trying (suggested I do X-rays
for kissing spine, front leg is twisted and may need X-ray,
or a full body MRI, ($3000!!!) It's Ulcers, I need a Chiro,
and 3 people saying she just has bad attitude!) This is
actually a "good" ride as my daughter asked her to keep
going and she didn't buck big, normally is escalates to
bucking. Once she has had a buck or two, she actually goes
quite well and rounds up OK. But I can see her hind
collapses in this vid. I understand the horse is not
sound... it's just working out WHERE. Can you tell just from
the video your thoughts?
not only in Canter either. She bucks if asked to go forward
with legs, but also bucks if you use your voice for forward
and no legs. However, there is no buck on lunge.
Fay. Straight from the Shoulder, no diplomacy. The Horse was broken in by a
Western Trainer, who used spurs on Her. She has the memories
of that. I have met horses similar.
OUT OF THE ARENA.
100% correct - I asked the owner
and she said "yep - big spurs were used for sure.
confidence of the Horse has to be recovered, with lovely
times, no fighting, kicking etc.
Horse CANNOT be fixed, in the arena, with this Rider. for
she doesn't understand Dressage AND the whole time it is
being ridden, the rear end problems ARE BEING worsened. and
never improved. Therefore the Circle of frustration goes on
and on and on
No suppleness, ABOVE THE BIT,
flexed off, and A CONTACT FOR not reason at all, affecting
the rear end of the horse
Rider does NOT SUIT this Horse, IN AN ARENA. She does on the
Trail So get out of the arena The Horse does have slight rear
end problems, LEFT HAND REAR stifles. but again, probably
caused by the riding.
The Young Rider cannot be blamed for this. She simply has
not received the proper training ( as most do not at Pony
Club or elsewhere)
As always! I think that's why
I've waited more than 5 months before asking for your help!
one last thing.; Get her Ovaries checked for a cyst. over to you
are the memories of the Cowboy and his spurs.
Yes - I thought
that video was VERY telling. ! Can I just check... in THIS
video, that is my daughter's friend on her back who is a
Pony Club rider . The other vids are my daughter. Is her
riding that bad?? This is the instructor riding her. So
after pleasure riding, I get this lady to do the hard yards
- Ok I got it. ! hang on OK.
This is no assessment. One
cannot assess a horse set in it's ways for so long, via this
one ride. The horse is objecting to TRUE SUBMISSION because
it has never had such. It is attempting to go CROOKED, to
The horse needs to go back to
the round pen, for a PROPER sustained 5 day a week minimum,
lunging session, at walk, trot and canter, with CORRECT
FLEXION and totally round. For 6 weeks. To repair riders
damage. and to let it know it doesn't have to protect
This is a lot about damages to
the psycho, caused by riders I don't understand the friend
and daughter comments. which video are you talking? The
daughter ( I think it is her) has a lot of potential and
rides fine, BUT WITH NO TEACHING. The horse has to be SET UP
for success Muscles fixed and then only the German Training
Scale, not bullying.
TIP OF THE DAY
"Kicking 'Green Horses' with Spur, often ruins their Career
and makes them resentful."
NEWS OF THE DAY
NEW WHIP TO SAVE LIVES OF HORSE RIDERS
A whip designed to encourage drivers to pass wide and slow
has won an award.
Gizapaw’s light-up crop was highly
commended in the safety and security category of the
innovation awards, at BETA International on 22 January.
The product, which is manufactured by Vale Brothers, was
the brainchild of Gizapaw managing director David Daly.
The LED lights are intended to highlight the width of
the horse and rider while the torch is designed to alert
oncoming traffic, as well as providing a useful tool for the
“I see so many posts on social media about
drivers not giving riders a wide enough berth and not
slowing down enough and I wanted to do something to improve
“The LED lights are so bright they are
effective in daylight. It will certainly help drivers spot
riders and give them more space.
“There’s never been
a whip like this before and to win an award like this is
great for such a small company like us.”
lights can flash, remain on constantly or the torch can be
A button on the handle of the whip
operates the different light settings and the crop has an
inbuilt battery, which can be charged via a USB port.
The whip is scheduled for release in March, will be
available in red, blue, yellow and pink, and will cost
In its early days, Gizapaw produced items for
dog owners, but the company moved into to equestrian market
when a rider local to Mr Daly was seriously injured in a
“That’s when I thought, ‘Let’s try
and work on something to make riders safer and give them
confidence on the roads,” he said.
He has since
created a variety of award-winning road safety products for
riders, including a high-viz vest and gilet fitted with a
camera, safety exercise sheets and tail sleeves.
Great idea, great invention, great initiative but won't save
Riders' from Drivers' who are Text Messaging, Drunk or
Drugged as they already have those Lights in their Heads
RIDER CALLS FOR CARS TO SLOW DOWN AFTER FALL
A 21-year-old woman was flung
from her horse as she made her way home along a road in
Worrell-Hart had almost made it home when the accident
happened on Saturday, January 20.
experienced rider was thrown from her “pride and joy” Dave
after he spooked and reared up when a car came behind her at
speed, the Grimsby Telegraph reported.The car hit Dave’s
shoulder and Meg was flung over the top of the car and
landed in the road before the horse ran off towards home.
21-year-old was rushed to accident and emergency at Diana
Princess of Wales Hospital after checking on Dave.
Doctors were concerned that Meg had a C3 fracture to her
spine near her neck.
However, it remains unclear whether this has been ruled out
because she discharged herself from hospital before she
could find out after seven hours strapped to a bed.
also suffered sore ribs and soft tissue damage to her spine.
young rider took to Facebook to publish an open letter to
all drivers in a bid to make the roads safer for horses and
wrote: “My absolute worst nightmare happened.
cannot stress enough how important it is to pass horses wide
and slow. Next time you see a horse and rider on the road
is a person aboard that horse who has a family and is cared
about. That horse is everything to them.
driver was more worried about to damage to his stupid car. I
am so, so angry. You have to slow down or people are going
Not going to happen, in fact they will be going faster.
That's the World. Train the Horse properly or get off the
50K OF COCAINE IN HORSE GAL'S DAD'S CAR
A man who smuggled cocaine worth almost £4m into the UK in a
lorry also carrying two horses has been jailed for 17 years.
Dutchman Marinus Van Gerwen, the father of international
showjumper Jody Van Gerwen, who has competed at youth
European Championship teams, was stopped as he drove the
horsebox into Dover’s Eastern Docks on 13 July last year.
Officers found 50 one-kilogram blocks of cocaine
concealed in a purpose-built hiding place in the lorry wall.
The drugs’ estimated street value was £3.96m.
horses in the back were collected by a transportation
company and taken to a vet.
Van Gerwen denied all
knowledge of the class A drugs and said the purpose of his
journey was to take the horses to a woman in Bracknell.
But when Dutch police raided his home, in Limbricht, the
Netherlands, they found €270,000 (£235,000) in cash.
Yesterday (24 January) Van Gerwen, 52, was found guilty of
importing class A drugs, at Canterbury Crown Court, and
sentenced to 17 years in prison.
The National Crime
Agency (NCA) and Border Force had worked together on the
NCA senior investigating officer Darren Herbert
said: “The organised criminals involved in the distribution
of cocaine are often also linked to violence and
“They rely heavily on smugglers like
Van Gerwen, so his was a key role in a longer, damaging
“We work closely with partners overseas and
our Border Force colleagues to target those who seek to
undermine the security of the UK border, and bring them to
DROUGHT FORCES CANCELLATION OF NSW EVENTING CHAMPS
he New South Wales Eventing State Championships have been
called off after the Hunter Valley competition ground was
deemed unsafe because of extremely dry conditions.
The Scone horse
trials were meant to run for two days in March.
competition is also the Eventing State Championships.
But the course is cracked, bone dry and hard under foot.
A teenage rider Olivia Inglis died while competing at
the event two years ago.
Horse Trials president Blair
Richardson said safety was paramount, and that the weather
forced the committee's hand.
"You know when you're at
the venue and you look around and water is a big issue, we
have to take into consideration the welfare of the horse,"
"The ground is hard and it is a hot time of
year and to not have any good water supply is our main
Hundreds of riders were due to compete in the
Mr Richardson said the committee was duty
bound to put safety first.
"There was basically no
choice and the decision has been made for us really," he
"Unfortunately we can't control the weather and
as you know the Hunter Valley is in a bad way at the moment
in relation to drought and this is just one decision we've
had to make in relation to it." Officials say drought
forced their hand.
officials say the rock hard ground is too dangerous for
horse and rider. (Supplied: Scone Horse Trials)
Olympian says 'wicked' drought a nightmare
Scone event is held at the property 'Broomfield', near
Even in good conditions competitors are urged
to use water sparingly as supplies are limited.
now those scarce supplies have completely dried up.
Australian equestrian Olympian Heath Ryan said the
cancellation was heartbreaking, but understandable.
He said the hard ground posed too much of a risk to horse
"It'll be rock hard when it's dry like
that and that sort of introduces concussion in the horses'
legs," he said.
"When we have no rain like this it is
a nightmare for us … it is a wicked thing to happen to the
Mr Ryan said he had never seen conditions so
"The farmers are just being annihilated really.
It is so dry … and I have never seen it like that."
The Scone event is an international one, seen as a key
qualifier for Australia's top riders trying to win a spot on
the Olympic team.
Mr Ryan said the timing was
unfortunate, as riders try to gain national selection for
"This year is the world equestrian
games in North Carolina," he said.
"Scone is part of
that preparation and the trialling and the selection process
where you can get picked on an Australian team.
have it go out is more significant than anyone can actually
Organisers of the Scone event said they
would be working with landowners and the group Eventing New
South Wales to find a suitable date later in the year.
SQUADRON LEADER KILLED BY HORSE
The New Zealand Defence Force has confirmed a man
fatally kicked by a horse in Beaconsfield last night was Air
Force Squadron Leader Anthony Enright.
Emergency services were called to the Kashami Arabian Stud
on Benson Rd at approximately 7.20pm after reports of a
60-year-old man being kicked by a horse.
John spokeswoman said an ambulance had been sent to the site
but the victim was confirmed deceased "within a few minutes"
a spokesperson for the NZDF confirmed the man killed was a
serving member of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.
"Squadron Leader Enright joined the Royal New Zealand Air
Force in 1974 as a pilot and flew Orion aircraft during his
early days with the RNZAF.
expertise was utilised widely in Air Force operations, and
most recently as a pivotal member and manager of the
Tactical Operations Centre at Base Ohakea."
spokesman for the family told Fairfax the family were
gathering at Enright's home and wanted space.
was a horrendous accident. it was pretty bloody quick," he
The NZDF spokesperson said
Squadron Leader Enright had served New Zealand with pride.
will be remembered as a friendly, down-to-earth and genuine
man, as well as one of outstanding ability. He will be
sorely missed by his colleagues and all who knew him."
Royal New Zealand Air Force extended their sympathies to
Enright's family and friends, and said those closest to him
had now asked for privacy who have now asked for privacy to
come to terms with their loss.
further comment will be made at this time. "
APOLOGY FOR DEATH OF HORSE DURING JOUSTING
The Wiregrass Renaissance Faire in New Brockton, Alabama,
was the site of a deeply sad incident when a horse named
Phantom died after accidentally stepping on a broken piece
of lance during a staged jousting match. The accident
happened after the joust had ended and staff attempted to
save Phantom’s life, but the lance had severed his femoral
artery and it was too late.
jousting competition was organized by the company Knights of
Valour owned by Shane Adams. Adams stated that the accident
was the first injury to a horse in 25 years of jousting
competitions, but admitted that “it is one too many.”
if rare, physical injuries to animals used as props in these
“entertaining” events are unacceptable.
fact is, when animals are used for human amusement, we are
immediately depriving them of the happiness and safety they
are afforded by living life in their natural site,” states
the Care2 petition launched in the case of Phantom’s
death of the horse at the Wiregrass Renaissance Faire was a
tragic accident, but the fact that it took place during an
event that used living animals for entertainment makes it an
especially vulnerable case. We need to see this horrible
tragedy as a wake up call and reexamine why and how we use
here to sign the petition calling for the United States
Department of Agriculture to investigate the incident of the
horse’s death and reevaluate the use of horses in jousting
as a whole.
3 HORSES KILLED BY DEPUTY SHERRIFF VEHICLE
DAYTON, Nev. (KOLO)-- The Lyon
County Sheriff’s Office has released the dash camera video
of a deputy colliding with horses January 16 on U.S. 50 in
Dayton. It shows the horses appearing in the headlights a
few seconds before the collision.
Two horses were killed in
the impact and a third was put down afterward. The deputy
was injured but has since returned to work.
Sheriff Al McNeil released a
statement that was critical of the state of Nevada, which
has control over the Virginia Range horses, which are not
considered federal wild horses but estray horses under state
jurisdiction. McNeil called it a public safety crisis.
are many dedicated state employees who are raising the same
concerns, but it is falling flat on deaf bureaucratic state
leaders’ ears,” McNeil wrote. “When is it enough? Is it
going to take a school bus accident before they take their
heads out of the sand to deal with this problem?”
He said the estray horses
are no different than dogs and cats being loose.
state either needs to spend money on quality fencing,
highway safety lights to increase visibility, and build
highway horse crossings; or it needs to start rounding up
and removing nuisance horses, even if that means taking them
to the sale barn or euthanizing them,” McNeil wrote.
Lamm, a wild horse advocate who also rescues horses when
requested by public safety agencies, agreed with McNeil’s
call for fencing. Traffic has increased in the area and both
horses and livestock are causing problems along U.S. 50,
Problems seem to have increased since the Nevada Department
of Agriculture suspended arrangements that let private
groups manage the herd. Gone now are efforts to do
diversionary feeding to keep animals away from roads,
getting nuisance horses placed in private care and fixing
private fences that have been vandalized, Lamm said.
state of Nevada should have continued with the private
groups managing the herd until it got a new plan in place,
is a significant herd,” Lamm said. “The biggest problem t
think is getting the management system back on track. If
there is no management there will be a problem.”
ANOTHER HORSE KILLED ON THE ROAD
The accident happened around 9
p.m. near Van Horn Road, said Sgt. Novack of the Bel Air
passenger car hit a horse that was standing in the middle of
the road, he said.
horse was deceased at the scene, Novack said.
two people in the car refused medical treatment, according
to Rich Gardiner, spokesperson for the Harford Volunteer
Fire & EMS Association.
road was closed while police investigated the accident.
DOG TRAMPLED TO DEATH BY HORSE - OWNER DISTRAUGHT
A WOMAN whose dog was trampled to death by a horse has
issued a warning to other pet owners.
Vanessa Newman, 51, was walking her dogs Dolly and Coco
in a field near her home in Newhaven when she stopped to
feed some carrots to the horses.
A horse pushed her
aside and trampled on six-year-old miniature schnauzer Dolly
and her three-year-old chihuahua cross Coco.
broke her neck in the attack and later died.
suffered a broken leg. She has had an operation to put a
plate in her leg and is now on the mend but will have to be
kept in a cage for six weeks while she recovers.
Newman said:“Dolly and Coco were like my babies.
never would have thought that something so awful could
“We are all struggling to come to terms with
it but I just hope people realise the dangers of horses.
“I blame myself. But I don’t think aggressive horses
should be kept in fields which the public can walk through.
“It’s important that people know large animals can be
unpredictable and extremely dangerous out of the blue.
“I keep waking up in the middle of the night and all I
can see is the horse kicking Dolly.”
She had walked
the dogs in the Denton area many times before.
said: “I have never stopped to feed the horses before with
“I gave one horse a carrot and then I went
to give one of the others a carrot and the first one came
for it and put its side across me.
“I felt threatened
and moved back but it stuck right to me.
the carrot and Dolly jumped to grab it and the horse started
kicking off. She was trying to protect me.
trying to grab Dolly. She had rolled on her side and wasn’t
“Coco was screaming. I have never heard a dog
“I grabbed them both and got to the
fence and lifted them both carefully over.
climbed over the barbed wire fence myself.
carried Dolly back, her eyes were open but she wasn’t
blinking. She was still breathing but I really thought she
was going to die.
“I didn’t think Coco had been hurt
but as we walked I noticed she was carrying one leg and it
was obviously broken.”
Vanessa took her beloved dogs
straight to the vet but Dolly’s condition deteriorated.
X-rays showed she had a broken neck and could not be saved.
Coco had an operation on her leg and is now back at home
LETTERS OF THE DAY
UPDATE FROM FRANCE
CARROTS FOR BITING
Wlow I really didn't expect such a quick reply - thanks so
much. I read it to my hubby this morning and we both laughed
- but in a good way It was just what I needed. I will start
looking at the links tonight and order the video tomorrow.
To bring you up to speed, I am going to send a llittle
potted history of me and Makumba de Mescam (said horse).
However, today we had already decided to go out - Peter to
take the dog (he sometimes rides too) and me the horse. So I
went to get Mak. Not exactly friendly but got him eventually
- too long to go into here. Had a briliiant ride. I was much
firmer with him leading him up to the yard and again when I
took him back. I realise that I have been lax but I think
that stems from guilt as to where he lives (read below if
you aren't too bored!!!). I'd be an absolutely liar if I
didn't say I was nervous going into the paddock. The fact
that it is almost knee deep in mud and s...t doesn't help as
you tend to get your boots stuck and I wanted to make sure I coud get out of the way if things went wrong. When I was
grooming and tacking up, I shouted at him or poiked him if
he made a face - he has always chewed something like a lead
roe when you do up the girth, but brushing has got worse
lately too - so no more - I told him and he was actually
Carrots - oh yes definitey and you are going to LOVE
THIS ONE - I actually couldn't believe it myself. Mrs
Parelli says if you have trouble getting the bit in the
mouth, then do it with a cookie on it - WHAT???? Even I am
not that daft. I will find the article link in a minute and
you can read it and I feel sure that steam will come out of
your ears!!! Ethology - ah yes. Well it is the word they use
here in France but I guess it means that cover-all Natural
Horsemanship! I put under that umbrella Monty Roberts,
Parelli and so on and I guess, in a way, it means yuor good
self too!! Sorry!! Not a science you'll be pleased to hear!!
Anyway - very short history of me and horse just to give you
and idea. Will keep you posted a to how things go - am quite
excited. Makumba really is the funniest, kindest, most
intelligent horse I have known for a very long time and I so
want to keep him. Oh didn't tell you that the day before
yesterday (before the "attack") he nearly had me off out
hacking. Windy, polythene sheet blew up - he spun round and
I felt my right leg go up and thought no way am I coming off
- it will hurt. He did this only more so the first year I
had him - only once and I made him trot really hard then all
the way home.
The yard have agreed to cut his feed a bit - another bloody
long story - oh to win the lottery!! Have an extremey good
evening or day - I guess it is your daytime more or less
now? OK ME 67 tomorrow Very active - ride, ski, walk a lot
etc Didn't start riding properly until I started work - rode
other people's ponies or ambled around the farmyard on my
uncle's old hunter before that Did first hunter trials
(cross country) in my 20's and loved it. Hunted for the
first time in my 30's. Had a fab 3 year old coloured cob I
brought on - sold him when he was ten (lots of reasons) and
it broke my heart. Didn't ride then for 10 years or so. Did
a bit when I moved over here about 14 years ago on and off.
But watching the 2012 Olympics made me realise how much I
missed riding. So started having lessons regularly. Long
story short, wanted to buy one horse at a yard. Was supposed
to do a dressage competition on it but when I got there in
the morning he was too wild about being in etc. So I shared
Makumba - hadn't ridden him for over a year - he was ace.
Great travelling, great waiting and, despite an error from
me. did a really good test. I was then offered him and
bought him. When I took my husband to see Mak at the yard,
he couldn't believe how depressed the horse was.
They had brought him in - there was nothing behing his
eyes. Head down, no personality at all. That changed
completely within about 3 days of us having him - he was/is
just a joy to have. MAKUMBA DE MESCAM Father - Quidam de
Revel - one of the top show jumper producing sires of all
times Bought at 4 years by a family in Brittany (where we
lived and I found him). Looked at his record and poor sod
jumped every weekend practically for ten years. Also, I
believe, got used in the stables for lessons etc. Stopped
jumping at around 13-14 and also had, allegedly, started
bucking on a hack. Instead of wondering why he had stopped
jumping, the family bought another 4 year old!! The stables
took on Mak. So he was used for lessons. Always with spurs
He wouldn't move - dead sides - not really surprised
poor bugger. Was never hacked by his main owner previously
because he bolted with her once. The grooms said that he
started to buck on a hack at canter. He has never done
either with us. We took him on - he has always lived out and
there is loads of grass in Brittany. So found a farm -
horses all around him but mares so he had a field to
himself. I taught him to hack. Clouldn't manage a hill at
all the first time we tried to come down one!! Like a woman
with very high stillettos. Great on the road but a bit silly
with sheep, cows and so on. Nothing really bad but sometimes
too spooky - we got over that.
I even went out with someone who took off in canter in front
of me and disappeared - he was a gem - didn't even really
pull. We moved down here to SW France for the weather. The
standards in general in France are not great - or not in my
experience. Down here it is awful. There is no grass. No -
that is not true. There is grass but it is for the cows
and/or sheep who come down from the mountains in the summer.
OR it costs 100 euros per square metre because they are
selling it as buildilng land. I found a great piece and had
him there for 6 months but then the owner decided she didn't
want animals on it any more. (I think there is something in
France which says that if you are somewhere too long you
have some sort of rights and I believe she was concerned
about that). We had/have an equestrian centre in the village
which was close but is now semi-open (don't ask). Mak has
been there over a year.
I hate not doing him myself - feeding, mucking out -
everything - I love it. But I have begged, written letters,
put up adverts to find land but to no avail. So he is there.
Everyone tells me he needs company so that's good. BUT in a
paddock a) not big enough b) no grass c) hasn't been mucked
out jsince beginning of this year d) gets fed morning then
evneing - nothing else to eat all day. So yes I have bee
guilty at letting him eat grass on a ride but that has
stopped as of today. I am lucky enough to have a tiny
paddock/gardn a neighbour lets me use and I put the horse in
there this afternoon so at least he can graze. The guy sort
of in charge has a good heart but feeds all horses the same
whatever work, size etc. Quite set in his ways I so do not
agree with horses not having access to feed 24 hours a day
but at the moment, I have no alternative.
I could put him somewhere else but it would be so far
away. At least now i can see him every day. I truly believe
that some of Mak's unintended grumpiness comes from this -
he is used to being out in a grassy paddock where he can
gallop, eat and meander. Not some stinking, liquid mud/s...t
pit. Allegedly they are clearing out the paddock tomorrow -
I do hope so. It is not impossible to grow grass here. The
guy who has adjacent land and cows has managed to take 4 hay
cuts this year. We have free water all summer which runs in
drainage channels thoughout the village just to water land
and gardens. if they did this at the equestrian centre and
alternated etc then tthe horses could have grass. Just hopes
that gives you some background.
I have been guilty of spoiiing but that is due to many
sleepleess nights wondering whether I shoud sell him because
I feel so guilty about the conditions he is in. He looks
great, well relatively so, but it is his inside condition
(head and soul) that I worry about. Anyway - take care and
thank you so much again - it gave me a real boost - didn'
sleep much last night and was so upset thinking that I may
have to sell him. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. Best to you and Mrs
Hi again Forgot to say. Leading no problem at all - very
relaxed. on the ride yesterday there were some trees down on
the track. Got off and had to lead him through saplings,
bushes and the like to get back on the track again. Walked
to bottom and got back on. He will follow me/us anywhere -
and ride anywhere - steep, stony tracks, footbridges, water,
rivers - he is excellent and has (Ii would say) complete
trust if I say it's Ok then he will do it. This is why the
bloody lunging thing was so out of character - I could, of
course, never lunge again (don't like it anyway - it was
just because God knows why - one of those stupid decisions)
but fully realise that I have to nip this in the bud. Have
an excellent day Sue
Best of Luck.
Hi all! Recently I bought a 5yo thoroughbred and
constantly he moves his head up and down whilst
making a noise in his throat like his either
scratching it or sucking up air. I have never seen
this before and have no idea what it could be. If
anyone could help me out that would be highly
They are never wrong.
You will have to get
the Vet out and forewarn Him to bring his SCOPING Machine,
for he will have to look down the Throat of the Horse. OK?
files attached regards
BLOOD TESTS FOR RIGS
Interested on your thoughts and
options about geldings who act very “colty”.
grey horse (who was gelded at 9 months) cannot cope with
being paddocked with a mix of mares and geldings. He is
generally a very “dog-like” horse. He comes when called and
enjoys the company of people, one of those real friendly,
wants to be patted all the time kind of horses. He is in a
share paddock with 5 other geldings, separated at feed time.
However if mares are introduced to the herd, the horse
changes entirely. He will spend his days snaking around the
mares (with very little effect, he has no control over “his”
girls), becomes VERY aggressive to the other geldings, will
not graze or drink water (has given himself colic over
this). He will also jump fences and take dangerous risks if
separated from “his band” of mares. He will not allow other
males to come near and keeps them as far away as possible. One of the other geldings is
similar, he is interested in the mares and shows all the
snaking and stallion behaviours but not to the extent of my
young gelding. Naturally these two will challenge each other
over mares but the other gelding always backs down. He has
since been removed from the herd, as well as all of the
mares and the grey gelding instantly reverted back to his
happy, sociable, easy to deal with self.
I have had him blood tested to
see if he was cut proud but his blood work returned 0%
horse is very odd in general, but he has anxious tendencies. I wonder, does he have a strong
drive to obtain mares/a herd of his own because of this.
are some geldings like this, while others could not give a
He is a Rig. Blood tests are irrelevent. A rig is a rig is a
rig. He is a rig. Those Blood tests are a big waste of money. You just need to manage his Life correctly and You
already know the answer to that. No more interaction with
Mares. I just had one at Gainsborough. Vets said not a rig.
This Year, I had to replace 4 different Yard Sands, where he
had been, because of the incessant urine. He is a rig.
21st January, 2018
DRESSAGE TODAY - CAPPO MAKES A RETURN
Finally, after 12 Months of solid rehab work, he returned to
Dressage Today, doing the Intermediate 1 Test only, which
was good, for it was too Hot to do a Grand Prix. He was a
darling Boy as usual although it wasn't possible to warm up
adequately as he would have died.
like Boof did :)He disappeared beneath the F Truck and
wasn't seen again :)
Dressage at Southern Vales. Cappo was sweating prior to the
comp, just standing still. In my Book, that should be the
Judgement The other thing is this......
Has the Horse Industry taken that into account
when setting Policy???....for Horses are operating IN THE
SUN. What was the Temperature IN THE SUN???? , anyhow, we
drove 20k South and were shocked more than normal.
Here was the usual scene
This afternoon, Mrs. HP rode Her other Horses.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
and at the other end of the Earth.......
There is a long story attached
to this question, however will keep it very short
and to the point because I do not want to waste your
I sent my almost 5 year girl
to a trainer who had her for 6 weeks for which I
paid approx. $2500 and upon her return found that
she was unrideable due to rearing, a friend and
experienced rider mounted her and after a few steps
the horse went straight up. He promised to come
visit us and settle her in but that was 6 months ago
and no contact has been made. I would like to know
if I should pursue a refund of all or part of the
money outlaid and how to go about it?
My second horse which he
picked up from me and totally stressed out to the
point of acute colitis had to be euthanised in his
care after only 5 days, unfortunately I probably do
not have any recourse on this.
My three horses were rescued
from a worse fate at the age of 8 months and 4
months(the gelding I am too scared to do anything
with now) all being excess horses from a drovers
herd who had passed away, or so that was what I was
told. My idea was to give them a good home and to
maybe one day ride, whilst we had them up to a
rideable stage, saddle, bridles etc. no one had
actually been on board, that is why I was sending
them one by one to a particular horse trainer to
finish off, who I am now very unhappy with.
My 3 horses had always been
happy here, they came when called, could be
approached in the paddock any time and haltered they
never ran off, they swam in the dam and followed us
when pruning the vineyards.
So please let me know if I
should pursue the money matter and how to go about
it, or just let it go.
TIP OF THE DAY
CANTERING 'GREEN HORSES'
The first Canters, with a Rider, on a 'Green Horse'
should ALWAYS be done on the trail and always in a
Reason?..... they don't have
the Muscle to support their Stifles.
Will the Horse Industry ever
getit?........I doubt it.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
TEENAGE GIRLS AND 'LEARNED HELPLESSNESS' IN THE HORSE
NEWS OF THE DAY
SURGEONS REBUILD HER FACE AFTER HORSE ACCIDENT
Specialist surgeons at St
George’s Hospital have rebuilt the face of a junior
doctor after it was ‘crushed backwards’ in a horse
riding accident last year.
Elizabeth Calton, 38, had 41 screws and 11 plates
inserted into her face in a gruelling 10-hour operation
by nine surgeons and theatre staff following the
incident last October.
Images provided by her family before the accident helped
painstakingly recapture her original bone structure,
including the smallest individual asymmetries.
She said: “The impact basically crushed the middle of my
face backwards. I was incredibly lucky – both to have
been discovered by passers-by, but also to be brought to
St George’s, which has so many specialists in one place.
had panda eye bruising and my face was so swollen I was
hardly recognisable – so to be back on my feet now,
looking back to how I was, is amazing. I am grateful to
everyone who looked after me – so many people were
involved in my care.”
Calton’s injuries included multiple facial fractures,
including both cheek bones, her eye sockets, nose and
upper jaw, which had fractured in two under the weight
of the horse’s hoof.
The trained paediatric registrar had to quickly dismount
from her horse, Barney, after he became frightened by a
noise in the woods.
Unfortunately she was trampled across her chest, which
also broke nine of her ribs, as well as the middle of
Horrified passers-by called an ambulance before she was
rushed to the major trauma centre at St George’s before
undergoing surgery eight days later.
Consultant maxillofacial surgeon Dr Nick Hyde, who led
the operation, said: “Multiple injuries to the face such
as this are rare, and the surgery Elizabeth required was
complex and labour-intensive. However, the end result is
very pleasing, and a credit to the many different people
involved in her care.
“The maxillofacial surgery we carried out was only
possible thanks to the work of the ambulance team who
transferred her, as well as our emergency department,
cardiothoracic surgical colleagues, anaesthetists and
nursing and allied healthcare clinicians who were
critical to her recovery at St George’s.
“It was a real team effort.”
Now the PhD student has recovered and plans to continue
her studies in becoming a paediatric oncologist.
POPE STOPS TO HELP POLICE WOMAN WHO FELL FROM HER HORSE
Most VIPs are accompanied by
multiple security guards and police officers during
their official tours and visits. The top-notch
protection helps them be safe from any mishap that is
about to happen. But, what if the security guards
themselves face some trouble?
one such incident, a guard safeguarding Pope Francis
during a procession in Chile, ended up being caught in
an uncomfortable situation when the horse she was riding
started acting up. In a video, which surfaced on the
Internet, the policewoman is seen being thrown off her
horse as the pontiff passed by. Quick to notice the
accident, Pope Francis immediately stopped his
popemobile and got off to check the injured officer.
Impressed with the Pope’s prompt reaction, many
applauded his behaviour on social media.
ACCIDENT INVOLVING FOAL
Southampton-based Claire* discovered her six-month-old
filly with a bloody wound on the morning of 5 January.
“We think she had an itch on the clip and it had
clipped on to her nose,” Claire told H&H. “Then she
pulled back and tore her nose.
“I found her first
thing in the morning and thought, ‘Oh my god, what have
“At first we had no idea what had
happened. We scoured the stable for something sharp that
she could have cut herself on.
“We only saw the
clip was covered in blood after the vet had been.”
The filly had 14 stitches and remained calm
throughout the ordeal.
“She’s doing all right and is healing really well,”
said Claire. “The vet was amazing.”
since removed the clip, which had been used to hold a
bucket, from the stable, and wants to warn others of the
risks they pose.
“I shared the news on Facebook
and a lot of people said they had clips in their stable
for holding up rug racks and their horses had cut their
bottoms on them,” said Claire.
“It’s the most
simple of things. It has been in my stable for 15 years
and I have had lots of horses and none of them has ever
done anything like that.
“It was a freak accident
but it’s so easily done.”
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AIDS US TEAM
US rocker and showjumping parent Bruce Springsteen has
donated tickets to his Springsteen on Broadway show to
raise funds for US team competing at the 2018 FEI World
Equestrian Games in North Carolina.
The auction of the tickets and other items is part of a
US Equestrian Team Foundation benefit event “Triumph in
Tryon” on Friday night at the International Polo Club in
Springsteen on Broadway has
been sold out since it began its run in October 2017 and
will play til June 2018. The package donated by
Springsteen and his wife Patti Scialfa includes a
backstage meet-and-greet with “The Boss” and goody bags
containing a signed copy of Springsteen’s autobiography,
Born to Run, as well as a hoodie, shirt and mug.
It is not the first time Springsteen has added his
pulling power to equestrian causes. Before the Rio 2016
Olympic Games, sales of his donated concert tickets and
packages raised $600,000. He said at the time: “Patti
and I have been involved with the horse world for 20
plus years since Jess started riding when she was five
years old. Needless to say retirement is nowhere in
sight for me. I literally play for horse feed night
Another highly sought-after item at “Triumph in
Tryon” will be a summer getaway to the “Thistle House”
in the Village of Edgartown in Martha’s Vineyard,
donated by Mr. and Mrs. William H. Weeks. A total of 14
guests can enjoy a one-week stay in an exquisite,
English country, luxury summer home in the heart of
Edgartown with a pool and immaculately manicured
“Triumph in Tryon” will also include the
presentation of three of the USET Foundation’s most
coveted awards: the prestigious Lionel Guerrand-Hermès
Trophy, the Whitney Stone Cup and the R. Bruce
Duchossois Distinguished Trustee Award.
Volunteers sought for WEG 2018
Helpers for the
2018 FEI World Equestrian Games are being sought, with
the WEG Volunteer Management Program in the “scope
phase” for the event, in Tryon, North Carolina from
September 11 to 23.
Currently, the WEG Volunteer
Management Program is in the “Scope Phase” and receiving
inquiries from prospective WEG volunteers. People
interested in volunteering can fill out an inquiry form
online, and additional steps will be added to a WEG
Volunteer Portal that will be launched in March.
Beginning in April 2018, volunteers selected for service
will be notified of their assignment(s), during the
“Selection Phase.” May 1 is the deadline for all
volunteers to complete applications through the online
Volunteer Portal. “Orientation” and “Pilot Training
Phases” will occur June through September.
who has previously filled out the online inquiry form on
the Tryon 2018 website does not need to resubmit the
form to receive an invitation to the online Volunteer
The WEG Volunteer Management Committee
has created a community hosting initiative for
volunteers. Volunteers may request complimentary housing
through the online Volunteer Portal on the application
BILL GATES DAUGHTER
When you think wealthy, well-bred, society scions,
chances are you have an oil (or hotel) (or Hilfiger)
heiress in mind. Blue blooded, Upper East Side types.
The Gateses? Not so much. But while the famously
philanthropic Bill and Melinda have done much to improve
the world while keeping their personal lives private,
they still boast one of the biggest fortunes in America
- meaning their kids have no trouble leading the high
Until now, their eldest daughter, Jennifer Katharine
Gates, has had a...strange online presence. For years,
people have mistaken her (oddly enough) for She's All
That actress Rachael Leigh Cook. Seriously, even Google
is still fooled.
The real Jennifer, a 21-year-old
show jumper recognized by the The United States
Equestrian Federation, can now be fully recognized as
herself thanks, of course, to her Instagram account
(which has recently garnered some attention). From
exotic trips with her very handsome boyfriend to shots
of her skydiving or on horseback, the Microsoft heiress
shares snaps of her fabulous life, while remaining
decidedly anti-socialite. Respect.
Doesn't change the fact that she's young, gorgeous,
and filthy rich. Take a peek!
RIDER AND HORSE INVOLVED IN COLLISION
Police in Beauly are appealing for witnesses after a
road traffic collision involving a horse carrying a
rider and an unidentified car
happened at about 2.30pm on Saturday, January 13 on the
B9164 west of Kirkhill.
The incident involved a
small silver hatchback car, which did not stop at the
Both the horse and its rider were
Beauly-based Constable Scott Maclean
said: "We are working to establish the circumstances and
anybody with information should contact us as soon as
"Anyone who saw a small silver car in
the area at around the time or perhaps recognises
themselves as the driver should let us know.
RIDER ENDURES 2 HOUR WAIT FOR HELP
A teen who was thrown to the ground and trampled on by a
horse waited two hours for an ambulance in agony in the
However rider Katie Layton, 17,
was told an ambulance crew would take four hours to
arrive as “it was not an emergency”.
out riding with her sister Amy, 16, when her horse was
spooked by a charging cow in a nearby field.
startled horse rose up on all fours and threw the
terrified teen against a tree then trampled on her back
and arm before bolting away.
Stricken Katie had
dialed 999 for an ambulance while lying in the mud but
was told it would take four hours as “it was not an
Panic-stricken mum Sharon Layton, 55,
was guided to the scene of the accident on a deserted
county lane near Chesterfield, Derbs., by her daughter
Amy over the phone.
When she arrived she found
her A-Level student Katie covered in coats as onlookers
tried to comfort her on January 7.
“It was just shock and panic – seeing my daughter laying
“The whole thing was
mind-blowing – it’s panic like I’ve never experienced in
my whole life.
“She was just crying her eyes out
and wailing at me to help her – she just broke down.
“So I reassured her that an ambulance was coming but
I took one look at her arm and thought ‘that’s broken’.
While Sharon tied to help her daughter others stood
nearby tried to call for an ambulance.
One of the passers-by trying to help turned out to
be an eye, nose and throat consultant.
said: “He had also phoned for an ambulance and been told
she was at the top of the list but she’d been lying
there for two hours by this point.
started going into shock and was absolutely frozen and
was slipping in and out of consciousness so I started
screaming at this consultant.
“So he got back on
the phone then said an air ambulance was on its way –
that’s when I got really scared.
“When they were
lifting her onto the stretcher I’ve never heard screams
like it in my life – it was horrific.”
airlifted to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield,
South Yorks., and a full body CT scan showed their were
no broken bones or spinal injuries.
discharged from hospital the same day.
12 YEAR OLD BOY KILLED IN TRUCK ACCIDENT
The family of a 12-year-old boy killed in an
accident involving a sulky car on a public road say they
hope new regulations can prevent further loss of life.
Sean Doyle (12) from Melrose Avenue, Clondalkin,
Dublin 22, sustained catastrophic injuries after he was
thrown from a sulky car beneath the axles of an oncoming
truck. He was one of three passengers on the sulky when
the accident happened at St Cuthbert’s Road, Clondalkin,
on February 26th, 2016.
The jury at an inquest
into his death recommended the introduction of bylaws
specifically relating to the regulation and safety
considerations of the use of sulky cars on public roads.
“I just hope no other child is lost in these
circumstances,” the child’s mother, Stacey Doyle, said
following the inquest.
“Sean was an amazing boy.
He was the heart of our family, we miss him so much. He
was full of life and fun and devilment and everyone
loved him,” his grandmother, Mary Doyle, said. “We are
so glad of these recommendations, there is absolutely no
way any child should be out on a sulky.” Best friends
Sean’s best friend (10) had received a sulky car for
his horse, Rambo, for Christmas. Cherie Smith said her
son was allowed to drive it around the yard but not on
the public road. “They were best friends. They were both
mad into the horses,” she said.
Sean’s friend was
holding the reins when the horse bolted across St
Cuthbert’s Road. The sulky car collided with an oncoming
truck. The tubular steel shaft connecting the cart to
the horse’s harness snapped and Sean was thrown beneath
Truck driver John Pouch, a local
authority worker, said there was nothing he could have
done to avoid the collision. “The horse just shot across
the road and hit the truck behind the cab,” he said.
PSV inspector Garda David O’Brien described the
sulky as a man-made cart on a tubular steel axle with no
seatbelts or side-guards.
“It’s not a vehicle
that should be used on a public highway,” Garda O’Brien
Sean Doyle was pronounced dead at the
scene. The cause of death was severe head injuries. The
jury returned a verdict of accidental death.
CHARGES AFTER WAGON TRAIN ACCIDENT
A grand jury has charged a driver in connection with a
deadly wagon train accident in September 2017.
Two victims died after the incident in Haywood County,
which celebrates Labor Day each year with a wagon train
that crosses the county. According to The Mountaineer,
the driver of a Ford Ranger truck hit the wagon train
from behind on Jonathan Creek Road.
A man on the
wagon, Jason Messer, died at the scene after the crash,
along with a horse which had to be euthanized.
Another man and a child were transported to the
In December, the North Carolina
Department of Public Safety confirmed 54-year-old Ernest
Lee Summey was the second victim to pass away after the
On Friday, Michael Allen McCoy was charged
with two counts of misdemeanor death by vehicle in
connection with the case.
HANGMAN'S BREAK IN FREAK ACCIDENT
Show producer and H&H columnist Katie Jerram-Hunnable is
recovering from a freak accident which left her with a
“hangman’s break” to the C2 vertebra in her neck.
Katie was schooling a young horse over poles on the
ground when he tripped and somersaulted.
“The top of my head hit his knee and snapped back,” said
Katie, who was wearing a PAS 015 standard safety helmet
at the time.
“I knew something was wrong, but I
landed more or less in the recovery position and stayed
there until the ambulance came. I have to have an MRI
scan every month and an X-ray every two weeks, so I’m
waiting for a second scan in February to see what
progress I’ve made and what the prognosis is.
“I’ve been able to chat to Nick Skelton, who suffered a
similar injury in 2000. He fractured the C1 vertebra,
but our scans were incredibly similar. Talking to Nick
helped a lot, as he was very encouraging — and as he on
to win Olympic gold medals, I’m determined to be
Katie has a full team of horses for
owners this season, including some for Her Majesty the
Queen, and says her Essex-based yard will be running as
Her husband, former British eventing team
member Chris Hunnable, will be in overall charge. He
will be helped by head girl Jo Jack, who was due to set
up her own business but is staying to support Katie this
season, and both will ride at home and in the ring while
Katie is out of action.
“I will be riding as soon
as I can, but have to take a supervisory role until I’m
given the go-ahead,” said Katie. “I’ve got a great team
and all my owners have been incredibly supportive.”
WANDERING HORSE ACCIDENT
THE mother of a teenager whose car was written off
after he crashed into a horse is calling for owners to
stop letting them run loose before someone is killed.
Matthew Seagrave was driving home in the early hours
of yesterday when a horse suddenly loomed out of the
darkness on the A688 between Bishop Auckland and West
The 17-year-old collided with the horse
head-on, flipping his Renault Clio and knocking him
The horse was killed by the impact.
Matthew's mother, Barbara Phillips, said she
doesn’t know how her son survived the incident - but is
angry that it could have been avoided if the horse had
been properly secured.
She said: “I was in bed
asleep when my phone rang and it was Matthew, saying
he’d crashed his car and asking if I could go and pick
“When I got there he was lily white and
shaken up, but other than a limp, he was ok. His car is
a complete mess, I honestly don’t know how he has walked
away from it.
“He has been incredibly lucky.”
Matthew had been to his girlfriend’s house and was
driving home from Bishop Auckland to Staindrop along the
bypass at around 3am. The teenager works as a joiner in
Shildon and travels the route regularly to get to and
Miss Phillips, who shared details of
the incident on Facebook, added: “Somebody has come
forward to say that they reported that horses were on
the bypass at 10.15pm last night, if they were moved
this might not have happened.
“This could have
easily killed my son, something needs to be done to make
sure it doesn’t happen again.
who these horses belong to, but because they’re from the
travelling community nobody is prepared to say anything
“The police should be moving horses off
the roads and the owners should be keeping them secured
in the first place.”
However, Durham Police said
in a statement that they have no record of anybody
reporting a horse on the bypass last night.
Inspector Andy Reeves, of Bishop Auckland Neighbourhood
Police Team, said in a statement: “We are aware of the
ongoing issue with loose horses in the Bishop Auckland
area and are working with partner agencies to tackle the
“The vast majority of horse owners are
responsible, but we must reiterate the importance
keeping your horse safe and secure so they are not able
to stray into busy roads.”
County Councillor Rob
Yorke also confirmed that he has received reports of
loose horses in the area.
He said: “When we
receive a report that a horse is loose we report it to
enforcement officers who track down the owner, if we
can’t do that then the horse is seized.
not matter to the council if the owner is from the
travelling community or not, but it can make it more
difficult to track owners down.
LETTER OF THE DAY
HE CHARGED ME ON THE LUNGE
Been looking at your website
and enjoying the various help videos.
I have had my horse 3.5
years and today, for the first time, he went at me when
I was lunging. I was very scared and got some help - `i
did get him lunging in the end but realist that he has
no respect for me and I must chage my ways. We have
never really got on lunging but this really shocked me.
I read all your tips about
being boss and not feeding carrots etc. However you also
state that you support Parelli's work. They, however,
advocate giving carrots instead of smacks e.g. if yur
horse goes to bite you when you do up the girth.
So you maybe can see my
confusion? To give titbits or smacks?
The horse is 18 in May this
year. Ex show-jumper and normally has the sweetest laid
back character. Yes he can spook at something especially
when the weather is cold or windy but, as a horse, he is
great. Very kind and loves being with us and is very
curious. I would say i=he is a left-brain charactr.
Any advice gratefully
received!!! I live in France and have no access to any
decent training such as ethology or Parelli.
Hope you can spare some time
- if not I will understand.
I must stop recommending Parelli as the Years have over
taken me and they are always evolving and re-branding
themselves for marketing purposes. All of my
recommendations are dated pre 2000.
If Parelli system has gone to Carrots, I take back all
that I said.
I hate to think what 'Ethology' might be, for it is some
Scientific off spin then I already am not a Fan.
Scientists are NOT qualified to get involved in
lecturing about HORSEMANSHIP. Read and watch these.
Hi Linda and John I’d be interested to read about your
solutions to a hind/ pelvic issues to help my lovely 6
yo 17 hh WB gelding. He’s very kind and has been
improving over the last year, but has undiagnosed issues
preventing him using himself as he should be. It
probably started with a paddock injury as a 4 yo when I
noticed a sharp change in behaviour soon after purchase,
and vet diagnosed a stifle injury. Bones and joints are
fine on xRay, but he now has a prominent hunters bump,
throws me and the saddle to the left when ridden, has
difficulty taking weight and stepping under with his
left hind, can’t get up and down on that side, drags his
left foot in trot and cant lift it when asked to backup.
He has pronounced muscle wastage in the rear especially
on left side. That said he’s a pretty happy horse to
ride, can give me lovely work at novice level dressage
and has been slowly getting stronger over this year.
However I suspect it’ll be hard for us to advance with
his current issues. He’s been getting chiro and bodywork
treatments over the last year with minor impact. I’m
currently testing him on bute with an eye to a bone scan
if no change. Camden vet thinks it could be a
neurological issue. I’d be glad to buy any article of
yours and any other advice if you think it may help.
Hi Angela Well done on your efforts for the lovely
Horse, to date. The best shot would be for Linda to see
you ride the horse, flatwork, exactly as you
Then we could comment with some authority for you. Is
that possible??? Hopefully not a mobile phone. regards