Premium Members Blog – 13th August, 2018


HI Folks. Hope You are all well and that You are keeping ahead of things. Hope the drought isn’t hurting you too bad.

Mrs. HP has had a big Week….of presents :)…and she is most pleased. lol

Celeste’s Stable is  coming along and note the POWER TOOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂




She has a new Rack installed in Her Rug House.



and she has new Hot Water for Her Horse Showers 🙂




1-20180807_114621 ooooh,,,that’s better 🙂







Case 1

South Australian F.E.I. RIDER bucked off a Green Horse….3 WEEKS AFTER ARRIVAL for ridden training for Sale purposes.

The ‘Breaker’ says ” The Horse showed only that he was a ‘Pleaser’

The Halter Breaker….me…..says that ” the Horse is a nice one and he would never look to do the wrong thing


There is only one reason why a Young Horse bucks 3 WEEKS down the track………You work it out.



from the Trainer…….”  has a passion for mentoring riders, loves training horses and is author of many articles, including the ‘3Cs’ series published in the Baroque Horse Magazine which describe how Calm, Confident and Connected horses are the product of correct training methods.

The Horse, after 6 Weeks, put the Coach in Hospital and smashed the Arena Mirrors.



Why does a Horse start bucking 6 Weeks down the track?????….you work it out…..


anyhow,  Good News, here he is this Week





Level 2 Coach, accompanies Pupil on a Ride, giving advice that has no Horsemanship logic ( Risk Management)

Pupil injured and will take quite a while to come good, not to mention the damage done to the Green Horse.



Grand Prix Rider, reaches down to adjust the Girth, ON A GREEN HORSE and get’s bucked off. Never adjust a Girth from on top of a Horse Folks!!!!!



Expensive Dressage Horse, taught elsewhere, has incorrect Muscle Tone. The Product of the two Fisted Dressage Coaching. The Pupil now realizes and knows how much work she has in front of Her.


Folks….You can’t Pull and Push at the same time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!






Don’t ever let a Lead Rope ( solid tied) hang that low. Front Leg in Rope, goodbye all and possibly good bye Career of Horse and all the Hard work. I do praise the Young Coach for a great job but here again ( not Her fault) You can see the Zero Horsemanship teaching by the EA, the system she went through.



Yes, every Day every Week, right around the Country, People get hurt, Horses get hurt, Clients get financially hurt.

Yes, I know I should drop the subject but I won’t. The incompetence is the trigger that happens to supply all of the educational cases I bring to You and as such, the system directly produces them.





I have seen this, throughout my Life and at Pony Club, many times. I doubt this could be in the Curriculum but something drives it for it is common, across the movement. I suspect it is because of PC Coaches incessantly yelling “Take a contact” but no one ever told them how to make a horse truly round.






It’s always this……..


What a missed Horse Welfare opportunity????





Do you think this horse is lame on right front. He looks like 2 separate horses as well. They are asking $60000 for him :-0


Hi Dianne,

I certainly agree with You that Horse is not work $60,000, more like $15,000. The following observations can be made.

  • Rump High
  • Shorter in the front Legs
  • Almost a 3 beat Canter, hence the amount of forwardness, almost running at times, to keep the Horse from breaking out of it. The Canter is the most important pace of course and without a good one, F.E.I. and of course that $60,000 is not achievable.
  • The Video is of course highly edited like most of them these Days and to me, that represents a questionable ethic and I generally wouldn’t waste my time going to look at such a Horse.
  • The Horse is trailing out the back and cannot carry.
  • It most obviously struggles with any Lateral work. Look at 2.05 on the Vid.
  • Lacks suppleness and bend, leg yielding in the Half Pass.

So well done Dianne.


jutddd Weak through the Hocks and shallow rear end The Sacro area is a little too pronounced as well.

Yes, observations are highly important when Purchasing a Horse and especially these Days. That may be why so many find this a very good service.

Horse Purchase assessments Online




Given that the majority of Horses are not selected of Bred suitable for Dressage ( Fit for Purpose), it is ‘Gold Dust’ to know how to support these Horses, to enable them to overcome their deficiencies ( like the Grey Horse above)

This Video ( using such a Horse) shows exactly how to warm such a Horse up and to train it, during the session.

The Horse fell in love with Mrs. HP, because it immediately identified the style of Training being meant to help it, not hinder it.


Warm up for the Body challenged Dressage Horse from Horseproblems Australia on Vimeo.

Linda O’Leary from, shows You the only way to retain the Mind and try of a Dressage Horse that is not quite purpose built for the job. To not be holding, pulling but to achieve collection via proper Dressage techniques, tailor made for such Horses.
Read and watch more about Linda here –









Horse Starting Online


Congrats to Young Katy, in Scotland, starting Her 4th Horse now and with another on the go.  She asked me what I though


HI Katy. Well done. however, had the Horse kept bucking, you would have been History though. Your reaction time was not there but the biggest problem is the length of Rein. You cannot do one rein stops AND STOP A PROPER BUCK JUMPER, when Your arm ends up around behind your butt. That means the reins are way too long for such a horse and or, your speed of gathering reins prior to ors, needs polishing. Be careful. The Horse stopped bucking, you didn’t stop it bucking. Lucky Girl 1f642

Hi John, great advice, couldn’t agree more. I will work on my haste of shortening the rein. Many thanks 1f642

Now I think about it I remember you showing me a technique to shorten the reins quick, I will go and practice it on my own horses this afternoon.


Good Girl. Well done. Stay Safe Kid :)….Warmbloods ……watch em 🙂




 In the Victorian Courts, the case of the 9 Year Old Horse that was sold as a 6 Year Old. The Purchaser won the Case with the Vendor ordered to take back possession of the Horse and to give a full refund.




The property of racing legend Bart Cummings, Princes Farm at Hawkesbury, has been sold to Racing NSW and is set to become the metropolitan centrepiece for its project of rehoming retired racehorses.

The 12-time Melbourne Cup-winning trainer labelled the 60-hectare property, which he developed himself, an “equine paradise” and referred to it as ‘‘horse heaven’’, but since his death in 2016 it has been part of a family dispute over his will that is playing out in the courts.


Fairfax Media understands several trainers had been given the opportunity to buy the property in recent months at a valuation of $12-15million but Racing NSW has now stepped in, completing a deal for the property on Friday.

It is understood Racing NSW plans to unveil the Princes Farm purchase as early as Monday.

As well as rehoming thoroughbreds, Princes Farm could be developed into a training and quarantine centre, as it is zoned for primary production and non-urban general farming.

kku Cummings retired Saintly, one of his greatest Melbourne Cup winners, to the farm at the end of his career and the champion lived there until his death in 2016.

The property has been used as a working farm for broodmares and foals, and is part of the Cummings system for developing weanlings and yearlings, while also being used for spelling and pre-training horses.

Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys has made a commitment to find a home for every racehorse in the state on its retirement and last year bought a 1050-hectare property at Capertee, north of Lithgow.

The purchase of Princes Farm will continue that commitment and give the project a focus in the Sydney basin.

Bart’s son, trainer Anthony Cummings, would not comment on the sale when contacted by Fairfax Media on Sunday. The property had been part of court proceedings back in February when Anthony Cummings’s lawyer, Michael Jaloussis, offered valuation for feed company Ranvet and the property.


“As your Honour would see, it is worth about $12-13 million. I wouldn’t doubt if it were rezoned for subdivision, it would be more. It would be a shame if the parties lost that opportunity,” Jaloussis told judge Philip Hallen.

Judge Hallen ordered another valuation at that time. The Cummings family was initially pitted against each other in a battle for the Melbourne Cup master’s estate in late 2016, on the eve of the Flemington spring carnival and more than a year after Cummings’ death.

Anthony and his sisters Sharon and Margaret were party to the initial proceedings in the NSW Supreme Court, which are ongoing.






DELICATE RESCUE: Two horses have been saved from a flipped horse float on South Road overnight. Emergency services helped free the animals, the pair miraculously only had a few scratches from their ordeal and are expected to make a full recovery.




Lucy Warhurst Appointed CEO of Equestrian Australia
Equestrian Australia (EA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Lucy Warhurst to the position of Chief Executive Officer.

Lucy grew up in Armidale NSW and rode at Pony Club, travelling with her family to country shows and gymkhanas.

She has a Degree in Sports Science and has worked in sport at a State and National level in Australia, and at an International level in the United Kingdom.  Lucy boasts more than 16 years of management experience with sporting bodies including the Australian Olympic Committee where she worked at the Rio Olympics in 2016 as Head Quarters Manager for Copacabana overseeing the support for seven Australian Olympic sports, and the London Olympic Games in 2012 where she was a Section Manager.

Lucy has worked as High Performance Manager for Archery Australia. In February 2013, she delivered the ‘Australia’s Winning Edge’ presentation to the Australian Sports Commission and Australian Institute of Sport to secure Olympic cycle funding. With Fremantle Sailing Club, Lucy staged three national championship regattas and most recently as CEO of Dragon Boats NSW, she brought the giant Chinese Trading Hub Alibaba on board as a major sponsor and guided their Australian launch in 2017 on Darling Harbour.

“I’m excited about working with Equestrian Australia and being involved in the grass roots right through to success on the international stage.  I understand the importance of clubs, volunteers, coaches and officials to the future of Equestrian and am attracted by the opportunity to work with such a diverse group of people across the disciplines.   I’m drawn to the challenge of how to take Equestrian to a new level with new ideas and thinking, and financial sustainability,” she said.

In welcoming Warhurst, the Chair of Equestrian Australia, Judy Fasher, said;

“Lucy Warhurst has accepted the challenge of CEO, Equestrian Australia with relish.  She has qualities of personality and ability which well match the vital work to be done…work that cannot wait if our sport is to reach its true potential.”

“Her interest in equestrian sport is significant; her experience, although at the lower levels, is sufficient for her to fully appreciate the challenges which face all our members.”

“Lucy is a straight shooter, who will engage with pleasure with our riders whether they be those who ride and compete for pleasure, or those seeking to represent Australia.”

“EA welcomes Lucy to the significant challenges and pleasures that EA provides. Our community is diverse, interesting and united in our love of horses.  The EA Board wishes Lucy every success in her new venture,” said Fasher.

Warhurst will commence in the role on August 24, 2018 by attending the Equestrian Australia State Branch Forum in Melbourne. This forum will focus on governance structures and the future of Equestrian sport in Australia.



Two Shetland ponies who are thought to have escaped from their field in the Norton area of County Durham died as a result of a collision with a vehicle last Sunday evening (5 August).

Police and fire crews attended the scene of the accident on the A19, in which a female driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital.

A spokesman for Cleveland Police said the force had “received a report of a collision on the A19 Norton southbound on Sunday 5 August at 9:45pm”.

The vehicle collided with the two Shetland ponies, who it is believed had escaped from a field near the scene, the spokesperson said.

He added: “The 79-year-old female driver of the vehicle was taken to hospital where she was treated for a cut to her head and a fracture to her arm. Her injuries are not life threatening.

“Sadly the two ponies died following the collision.”

A spokesman for Cleveland Fire Brigade told H&H three appliances, from Stockton, Billingham and Hartlepool, also attended the scene of the accident.

Firefighters had to cut the female driver free from her vehicle, and she was handed into the care of paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service.

The A19 was closed in both directions from just before 10pm on Sunday until 1:30am.






Social media has in recent days been in uproar over the plight of karozzin horses in the sweltering heat. Several people have called for a ban on karozzini and today’s death of a horse in Floriana even prompted the parliamentary secretary for animal rights to call for an update to the law regulating the traditional horse and carriage.

Yet three Maltese people who work closely with unwanted and injured horses have now added a different dimension to the debate, warning that a ban on karozzini will actually prove detrimental to the horses

“If you look at the number of horse and carriages in Malta and the number of accidents, you can see that accidents don’t happen that often,” Malta Horse Sanctuary chairman Sean Galea told “There are also horses which have had accidents and have become dehydrated in the paddock or in stables for example. The last thing an owner wants is for something to happen to their horse!”

“Every owner has at least three horses – each horse usually works one day and rests for two days. If there are no karozzini, if you bar them from doing their work, what do you think will happen to those horses? These owners will not be able to afford to keep them.”

kjh ld





The Environment Agency (EA) is cracking down on “toxic” plastic waste being used in equestrian arena surfaces.

The EA is warning riders of the dangers they could be putting themselves, their horses and the environment in by using inappropriate materials.

sef People found with the substance on their land could face an expensive bill for its removal and disposal and could even be liable for prosecution.

“Plastic granulate, derived from the recycling of cable sheathing and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and sold as an alternative surface for equestrian centres, could place horses and riders at risk, present a pollution hazard and lead to owners falling foul of the law,” said a statement from the EA.

“Plastic granulate is a waste material derived from the recycling of cable sheathing and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

“It’s being marketed by some waste producers and brokers as a base material for horse maneges and track surfaces. However, there is no legal route available for its use for this purpose except in accordance with an environmental permit.

“This granulate is being sold to be used as a cheap replacement for clean plastic granules derived as a by-product from plastics manufacture or granules specifically produced for horse maneges.”

The permit mentioned by the EA spokesman is only applicable for licensed waste disposal facilities and could not be applied to allow the use of this material in equestrian arenas.


The statement added the plastics present can contain persistent organic pollutants, phthalates and lead stearate.

“Weathering can cause leaching of these toxic substances into the wider environment, potentially causing contamination to land and groundwater,” said the statement.

“Some plastic granulate may even be cross-contaminated with non-plastic elements such as metal fragments and glass, making surfaces where it’s used potentially harmful for horses and riders.”

Certain waste materials, such as granulated rubber and wood chip, can be used in quantities up to 1,000 tonnes for horse maneges under a U8 waste exemption registration. But no such exemption is available for granulated plastic to be used as equestrian arena surfaces.





A British international rider has called for clearer rules on the fitting of nosebands after receiving a yellow card for “abuse of horse”.

lldj British young rider team member Charlotte Dicker received an FEI yellow card on 15 July at the junior and young rider European championships in Fontainebleau, France, as her 13-year-old mare Sabatini’s noseband was deemed too tight when inspected by a steward after Charlotte’s individual test on 13 July.

“I can confirm that the ground jury at the 2018 FEI young rider championships gave me a yellow card after the stewards reported at the tack inspection after my individual test that my noseband was tight,” said 19-year-old Charlotte.

“I used the same soft, padded leather noseband the day before in the team test, done up on the same hole, and have done so in all my competitions this season, from Premier Leagues to CDIs, and never had a comment from a steward.

“My horse Sabatini is my world and I would never do anything to compromise her welfare or cause her discomfort however I accept the decision,” added Charlotte, who was the highest scoring British rider in the team test in Fontainebleau on 12 July, earning 71.12% to finish 10th.

The current FEI rule on noseband tightness states: “Neither a cavesson noseband nor a curb chain may ever be as tightly fixed so as to harm the horse”, and Charlotte has called for clarification and standardisation on the rule.

“To have a standardised measure of what’s too tight would make it a clear rule rather than an individual’s opinion so, as riders, we won’t be caught out as I have,” she said.

“I will take this as a valuable lesson learned and continue to train and compete with the sympathy, compassion and feel that has been instilled in me from an early age.”

KYU The noseband protocol within the FEI stewards’ manual reads: “One and the same steward must conduct the noseband check for all horses entered in the same competition. The tightness check must be done with the steward’s index finger between the horse’s cheek and the noseband. The steward must wear gloves during this check.

“Ideally the finger size of stewards appointed for the noseband check at different competitions throughout the event shall be of similar size.


“In case of an apparent overtightened noseband during the horse’s warm-up, the appointed tack control steward is entitled to conduct the check also during the warm-up and, in case of the noseband being over tightened, ask the athlete to loosen the noseband. The noseband of the horse will be checked again by the same steward after the horse has finished the test. If the noseband is still too tight after the second check, the chief steward will give a yellow warning card to the athlete.”

Charlotte and the Hanoverian mare Sabatini, who is by Stedinger, have been competing internationally together for three years, coming up through juniors and young riders.




A woman has died and a man seriously injured in an accident involving a horse being driven in a four-wheeled carriage.

ghfgh Staffordshire Police are appealing for information to do with the incident, on Uttoxeter Road, Hilderstone, at lunchtime yesterday (Sunday, 5 August).

Officers were called to reports of a road traffic collision near the junction with Jolpool Lane at about 1.05pm.

It involved a blue, four-wheeled carriage drawn by a single horse, described as “brown” by police, in the direction of Stone. No other vehicles were involved.

“The carriage finally came to a stop near Heath Farm, approximately 500 yards away from the initial collision,” said a spokesman for Staffordshire Police.

“The collision resulted in the 55-year-old man driving sustaining serious leg injuries.

“A 60-year-old woman, who was riding as a passenger, was airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital where she died shortly afterwards.”

Officers from the Staffordshire and West Midlas collision investigation unit are now appealing for help from the public to “establish the series of events that led up to the collision”.

The spokesman added: “If you witnessed the collision or saw the horse and carriage before 1pm [on Sunday], please call 101, quoting incident number 477 of 5 August.

“Specialist officers are supporting the family at this difficult time.”

No arrests have been made. The horse suffered minor injuries.






A WOMAN is believed to have died after getting tangled in a horses reins as it bolted, an inquest opening has heard.

Sarah McLeod, of Carswell Circle in Upper Heyford, near Bicester, died on Tuesday, July 24, whilst out with a horse at Elm Tree Farm in Wendlebury, near Bicester.

Oxford Coroner’s Court heard yesterday how the 36-year-old was found dead after appearing to have been caught up in the riding equipment.

Oxfordshire coroner Darren Salter said: “Initial details refer to the fact Ms McLeod was found in a field and references to what is believed to be a riding accident with the horse.

“It is not clear, however, if she was actually [riding] on the horse or may have been attending to the horse.

“In any event she appears to have become tangled and possibly dragged along the field sustaining a head trauma.”

Mr Salter confirmed the initial post-mortem found the cause of death to be head trauma.

He added: “This is obviously a sad case and the details are yet to be investigated.”

A full inquest will be held in to Ms Mcleod’s death on Wednesday, October 31, at Oxford Coroner’s Court.




The mother of a 10-year-old girl who became “impaled” on her saddle when her pony fell on her in the ring has thanked all those who came to her aid.

Emma Ross’s daughter Annabelle had come third in the junior horsemanship championships at the National Side Saddle Show at Addington Manor on Saturday (4 August) when things went “horribly wrong”.

Annabelle and her 13-year-old sister Jessica, who came sixth, were given their rosettes and completed their lap of honour then Annabelle, on her pony Caereini The Jazz Singer, went to collect her trophy.

“The top two were doing their lap of honour, then they got caught up in a prize-giving horror. It was one of those freak accidents – the ponies somehow got piled together, Annabelle’s pony fell on top of her and impaled her on the side-saddle,” mum Emma told H&H.

“They’d done so brilliantly, all that was left was the Saturday night disco, then all I could see was the pony’s foot in the air, and I thought: ‘Where’s Annabelle?’”

Annabelle was caught between the pommel of the saddle and the ground, suffering fractured ribs and a lacerated liver.

“Luckily one of the mums was a trauma nurse and another a paediatric nurse,” Emma said. “And they had an ambulance there too already for someone else.”

Annabelle was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, and has now been allowed home to Northamptonshire, albeit in a wheelchair and with instructions to rest.

“Jazz” is “sore, but being well looked after”.


“A lovely girl walked him and iced him,” Emma said.

“The kindness of people was amazing. Friends who lay on the arena with my daughter while her habit was cut off, officials who shielded the team working on her, the paramedics who had to work in the boiling heat, grandparents and friends who cared for my ponies and got them home safely.

“The photographer gave photos to us, and Annabelle must have had 200 letters and cards from people at the show; the secretary asked everyone who asked how she was to write their message down and sent them to us – which made all the difference in the world.”

Emma said Annabelle is “sore and quiet” and “just wants to see her pony”, and she is hoping very much to be back on board for the side-saddle demonstration in which she and Jessica are due to take part at Blenheim next month.

“We’ll just have to see about that!” Emma said.




Lynne Hallam was riding her horse alongside her husband when she spotted a car hurtling towards them. When she realised the car wasn’t stopping she began to panic. What happened next was out of her control.

hhjj She started to shout in disbelief as the car raced towards them. “Whoah woah woah!”

The driver screeched to a halt after spotting the pair in the road.

As the driver exited the vehicle and tried to apologise, the rider accused him of hitting both her and her horse, along with her husband who was walking beside them.

The video footage shows the car approaching at speed and slamming on the brakes before the horse turns to run in the opposite direction, causing the camera to face into the trees.

As the rider manages to turn her horse back around, her husband can be seen sitting at the side of the road and appears to be injured.

She shouts at the man saying “You hit me. You’ve hit my husband. And you’re all on bloody camera. So that’s it. Police phoned.”


The driver continues to apologise, but the couple refuse to accept his explanation. The rider persists in shouting at the driver “Why did you try and kill me? Eh? Why did you try and kill me?”

The driver then tries to explain himself but the rider interrupts: “You didn’t make a mistake, you did it on purpose.”

The video ends with the rider urgently begging her husband to phone the police.

On social media there are mixed opinions on who was responsible for the accident. Some say the rider shouldn’t have been in the middle of the road and others believe it was the driver’s fault.


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