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Pictured above is Fern Wright riding Ferrero Red Onyx

Even under current renovations Boneo Park still looked amazing as was the atmosphere. Boneo Park held yet another brilliant dressage event over the weekend. 

All riders were offered a complimentary stable due to works being completed to the grounds to minimise the damage to the newly seeded areas and levelled ground that is being prepared for the new stable blocks - yes blocks!

What a great way to manage their facilities and also to provide a hassle free place for their competitors which meant riders were able to concentrate on what lay ahead of them - well done Boneo Park for the gesture I am sure it won't be forgotten.

The Big Tour is always impressive to see, the wining combination to take out the Grand Prix event was Pauline Carnovale riding Urestan. In the FEI Intermediate I Georgina Foot took out the honours here with her gelding Bellaire Cannavaro followed closely in second place by Georgia Haythorpe on her lovely mare Letizia. Georgia and Letizia just missed out by a narrow 2% on the winning score. 

On the Sunday the riding continued and Justine Greer won the Advanced 5.1 on Jaybee Angelina scoring almost 73% in one of her scores - what an amazing ride!

Well done to all riders over the weekend and thank you to all the staff at Boneo Park for making it such a great place to be.

For photos captured over the weekend please click on the link http://lnsp.smugmug.com/Winter-Dressage-Championships-/






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Saturday afternoon saw me trying to take photos of reining horses at a competition at the undercover arena at Dubbo Showgrounds. I don’t know that I have ever seen a great photo come out of that arena due to the lighting causing havoc with cameras. The challenge is, that the background is in fill sunlight but because the horses are under cover, they are in the shade.


So in I toddle after lunch and try to find a spot that might work- that took about half an hour, but in the end, facing southwest, with a big wall of trees about 50 m behind the arena as a backdrop seemed to sort of work.


I was bit conspicuous, but they were a friendly bunch who answered my many ignorant questions with humour (and I don’t think they were taking the mickey out of me but who knows). So here’s the lowdown on what this dressage princess learned in 5 hours about reining.


1.       They think dressage riders are a mob of toffs.


2.       They cant understand why anyone would want to be that far off the ground without a parachute.


3.       Reining can be just as bitchy as any other sport.


4.       They love good boppy country music.


But seriously,


1.       They have classes for green riders similar to our associate classes.


2.       More than one person can ride a horse on a day  but I think they still have limits.


3.       A Pattern (test) will start in the centre, or wherever, with a salute to the judges who are always in the middle of one side. Each pattern takes about 5 minutes.


4.       Most work is done at a canter, even green riders are expected to be able to do flying changes.


5.       The movements I saw included 20 m circles fast and slow, 10mish circles slow, 20m fast into 10m slow with a flying change in the middle, reinbacks, spins, rollbacks and slides (not sure if that is the correct terminology).


6.       Scores are collated and announced immediately.


7.       A break/lost pattern (error of course) results in a Zero score. For example, they are supposed to do 3 spins and do 4…gone.


8.       They do bit inspections as well after each ride.


9.       At the lower levels at least, the flying changes are allowed to be late, but must be fixed within ¼ circle.


10.   After each spin set, the horse has to stand dead still and show it is relaxed. Some people stood as long as about 10 seconds, others not so long. The aim is to show that the horse can be wound right up, but still obedient enough to then stand.


Like dressage, the number of riders relying on their hands to get the job done and not their seat or legs was pretty disappointing. The ugly part of this is, the number of gaping mouths when the reins are used harshly ( but unlike dressage, no noseband to help hide the fact).


What did I like ?


Of the 50 or so horses I saw go through, only one showed any glaring disobedience, and that was a smaller young girl on a larger horse that I think was just being a bit smart. Darn sight better than some of the ODE’s or Pony Club events I have judged at.


The crowd clapped, cheered and wolf whistled their appreciation each movement that the rider got right. Yes it could be distracting, but at the same time very supportive and the horses did not seem to mind.


Interestingly, the horses who placed highest in many classes would have been at home in any dressage arena- forward, through, obedient and calm.


Which reinforces the conclusion- a good horse and good training is a good horse and good training, irrespective of what you do with it.


I’d love to have a crack at it one day, but probably not with the princess for a while. I don’t think she’d pass the spin/stand test for a while yet.


So thanks guys for inviting me along. Some photos of the day can be found at http://sixtybytwenty.com.au/#/gallery/dubbo-reining/dsc-3687/  if anyone wishes to order, just send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can work it out from there.


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RIP my beautiful Cooli we tried so hard to get you better from your injury. Unfortunately he had gone for another fall and broke a screw in the plate which was holding to joint between c2 & c3 together. This had cause too much trauma and the pain was unbearable for the poor boy. Thankyou so much Andrew Loose for giving this boy a chance. He has been such a little fighter and we have enjoyed every moment with him.

It is so heartbreaking when you breed horses. So many things can go wrong and no matter how hard you try, sometimes we loose then. This colt was 10 months old and very special to me and others. He has touched a lot of hearts out there and will be missed.

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Pictured above is Mia McNaught riding - Sunbury Lodge Rio

Build it and they will come as the saying goes... And boy did they... in their droves! At Boneo Park on Saturday 29th June they had over 100 entries and still managed to finished ahead of time. What a credit to the organisers there and the riders for being so efficient. And then if Saturday was not enough 'BAAM' there was  more show jumping again on the Sunday the 30th.

Why wouldn't there be a huge turn out when you have an Olympian there to build your courses for your entrants? Gavin Chester is a master of his craft and I must say he is not to shabby at building jumping courses too. He threw in some pretty technical courses over the weekend and did a pretty amazing job as did the riders for completing them. 

Every now and then throughout the weekend I would get a chance to catch up with Gavin in between me taking photos, Gavin on pole retrieving duty and him changing the course where at one point I was fortunate enough to get a few tips off the champion himself.

So I would like to say, thank you Gavin. Thank you for giving your time and coming all the way to Boneo Park to help the next generation with the sport. I look forward to many more events where you will be involved and maybe even get to a lesson or two off of you when I next attempt jumping. 


 Gavin Chester pictured above during a course change at Boneo Park.

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Well it has been a very busy time for Winmallee over the last few weeks. We have been out to a couple of shows with the youngsters with great success. Stars of the Future show results were:

Winmallee De Nisha (De Niro)

1st - Open filly foal (Judge 1)


1st - Open filly foal (Judge 2)


Winmallee Roya Reine (Royal Hit) and for sale

1st - Open filly 2yld (Judge 1)


1st - Open filly 2yld (Judge 2)


Winmallee Furst Class (Furst Love) owned by Lisa Hosking

1st - Open male foal (Judge 1)


1st - Open male foal (Judge 2)


Winmallee Royal Rufino (Royal Hit) owned by Lisa Hosking

1st - Open male yearling (Judge 1)


1st - Open male yearling (judge 2)


The following weekend (23/6/2013) went to another show just with my younstock:

Winmallee De Nisha

1st - Warmblood filly foal


1st - Open filly foal



Winmallee Royal Reine

1st - Warmblood Junior filly


1st - Open Junior filly


I am so proud of my foals and young horses. They were all on their best behaviour and they do enjoy going out. It is very important when showing very young horses that you do not put too much pressure on them. I will never stable my young horses, actually I never stable any of my show horses as I do want to keep them mentally happy and physically well. If you stable your young horses you will face problems with their joints as they are growing. They really need to be able to run around the paddocks and be horses. As you can see from my horses that they look extremely healthy and happy.

I will only show the foals if yards are available for them as I will not tie them up all day to the float or keep them in the float like I see others do. I do not shave every hair off their body, or shave their eyebrows (which I see all the time), shave their whiskers off around their muzzle or eyes. This to me is cruel and should not happen. You will see in my pictures that the horses are plaited up and have a little makeup on but that is as fare as I am going to go with them. The horse at breed shows are being judge on their breed not how pretty you can make them. The horse has its own natural beauty and why destroy that.

The other thing that must be thought about is the handling of the youngster. Allowances should be made for these babies as it is all a lot to take in. Yes they are allowed to jump around (but not on top of you) when they see something they don't know. Yes they are allowed to be silly (with in reason). Always remember they are babies and should not be asked to behave like mature horses. I have seen too many babies been punished harshly as shows for not standing correctly or leading how the owner wants them too.

I have seen on other pages that people were asking why you show youngster? They thought it is not a good idea? What are other people opinions on this? Always nice to have a thread going about topics.

I personally do not see a problem with it as long as the horse is kept in their natural environment as much as possible. It is great education for them for later in life as long as you do not show too often that they become bored and nasty.

True horsemanship demands time, patience and a, sometimes painful honesty. As our horses start to mirror our traits, we may come face to face with the reflection of behaviour which shows that we might be lacking in kindness, confidence and a desire to please.


You have to be disciplined enough to master your own personality otherwise you will not successfully master a horse. This is why the art of classical horsemanship takes a lifetime to achieve. The classical path is sound and all who follow this route can learn more of the fundamental qualities missing from today’s way of life.
If you would like to see more about showing and the horses at Winmallee please visit my face book page "Winmallee Classical Riding" and go to "Winmallee Warmbloods" and 'Like the Page'. For contact details go to my website - www.winmallee.com.au



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Apart from me getting to Boneo Park well after 11am I was still able to capture some awesome moments of the jumping for the Combined Training Day down at the indoor arena on Saturday.

Me myself, deep down I really wished that my horse Frankie was able to do that event but it was not to be. I hope to get back there to Boneo Park in August.

As usual there was plenty of action, horses were a bit unsure of the double along the side wall as they would see another horse jumping along side of them... eeeeekkk!! The dreaded old mirror... The riders did an amazing job with their horses to over come this slight obstacle.

b2ap3_thumbnail_CTD-June-2013-16R.jpg(Ben Tyson riding Buddy)

In the Introductory class Jessica Theobald came first, Bianca Souter also had a win in the Preliminary, where Jamie Lowe was 1st in the Pre Novice and the 1* was won by Ben Tyson.

Congratulations to all of the riders and helpers there at Boneo Park for another magic event. 

If anyone is contemplating going to Boneo Park with their horses, I say go for it! You will not be disappointed. The surface and facilities are fantastic with helpful staff on hand to assist with your needs on the day.

No one is made to feel out of place. I have made many friends from attending various events and look forward to each one I am at whether I am riding or not. 

I can not wait for this weekend as there is show jumping on again. Olympian Gavin Chester is designing the course. Get your entries in!! b2ap3_thumbnail_CTD-June-2013-39R.jpg

(Diane Staggard riding TP Serenity) 

If you would like to see more of my work you can view it on Facebook or my website. Thank you to all who have taken the time to contact me so far. 

 www.facebook.com/LisaSultanaPhotography or www.lisasultana.com.au

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Winmallee Classical Riding Due to a lot of thought I am very sad to say that Winmallee Royal Reine (Royal Hit) will be coming up for sale. I will be looking for the perfect home for this very special girl. She is only coming up for sale due to having too much going on at Winmallee Classical Riding. We have the new colt arriving from Germany in September and foals due. We also have quiet a few horses booked in for training so there is only so much we can fit it all in. Please only contact my if you are seriously interested in her. Give me a call or email me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or go to my website: www.winmallee.com.au
Breed: Warmblood.
Breeding: Royal Hit x Winmallee Emerald
DOB: 23/9/2010
Colour: Liver Chestnut
2012 - AWHA Led Filly of the Year SA
2012 - AWHA Over all Led Horse of the year SA
Many champions and supremes
She is broken in and had a hand full of rides and now continuing with in hand work for her training as she is too young to be ridden. In hand her two track work is there and starting Piaffe. When she is ready to continue her riding career she will have everything learnt from the ground. She has been scanned at the vet and is ready to breed with.

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Until now I have never really written anything official... So today I try my hand at blogging for Cyberhorse for the first time. I will keep it short and sweet.

I am horse crazy and have been from 4 years of age. I begged my parents for a horse ALL the time. I somehow managed to ride everyone else's horse to get my fix as I never had one of my very own. 

For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed taking photos. 

Somehow along the way I have managed to combine taking photos with my favourite animal of all time. 

Quite often I am at events down the Mornington Peninsula and surrounds taking photos. I now have a horse of my own whom I adore. Frankie is his name (pictured above) and he formally raced as Valedictum and has since retired with me back in 2009. 

Life is good... I hope to bring you all interesting photos and updates from events I cover. Ride safe one and all. 

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This is Winmallee Coolari (Scolari IFS) colt.

 This is his amazing story on his ruff start in life. When he was born he was stuck in mum for 1.5 hours. Mum started to progress giving birth and just the bubble appeared and then after 10 minutes there was no progress. I then rang the vet and no answer so I then proceeded to ring another 5 vets. A vet came out 1.5 hours later and the mare was very stressed and I just wanted to save her as I new the foal was not going to be alive. We then pulled the foal out and "Wow he was alive". The reason was the mare retained her placenta and then the following day (9hours later) my vet came and slowly removed the placenta which took about half an hour.

Then his story continues. He has such a will to live this little guy.

The Big two Surgeries on his c2 & c3 vertebra from a displacement.

My fella did this when he was 4 months old. He had a virus and then we think because is was wobbly he tipped on his nose. He was very wobbly behind and could not coordinate back legs and then front legs. The vet did lots of bloods and he did have the virus but the wobbly stuff made no sense. He did not have wobblers as this happened basically over night. So took him down for xrays and we nearly died when we saw his neck. The vet did not understand how he was still alive. His spinal cored was really crushed. It should be at 16mls and it was 7mls. So we were going to put him down. The vet said he was the nicest looking and behaved colt he has come across and could not bear to put him down. Se he spent the weekend doing research on this. This surgery had been done in France but not on c2 & c3 but the horses made a full recovery and went on the be world cup show jumpers. So we went a head and tried it. He did the first surgery and did not expect him to get up and he did. He then x-rayed and was not happy with the plate as it was a little too big. 11 days later he went in again and changed the plate and put the six screws back in. Because he was such a quiet horse he could recover, but most horses would not have been able to cope. We then xrayed 2 months later and it looked great. So I have been doing physio with him by lunging him in the arena to get him moving and using himself. Everything has paid off as now he has the most amazing movement and balance. Gallops and plays in the paddock with my other foal. From a foal who could not even walk now to a normal foal running, bucking rearing. So I am looking forward to breaking him in down the track and riding.

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The evolution of the English Thoroughbred may have been an accident of fate, but to the racing and hunting world, it was the coup de grace to the bad old days of expensive importation.  English nobility and commoner alike were now able to enjoy their own hot blood.  National breeding allowed small provincial studs to exist alongside those of the great country houses.  All that mattered was the propagation of a race of stamina and great speed which bred true.  Aesthetically beautiful with fine limbs and delicate head, sensitive, exciting to ride, hotheaded and brave, the Thoroughbred had come to stay.


With the Thoroughbred came a complete change of riding style.  Academic study had no place in the lives of most sporting gentlemen. There was a real need to return to a proper study of riding technique since ‘the many fatal accidents which daily happen, sufficiently prove the necessity of acquiring some knowledge of equestrian education, of which a pliability and command of the body on horseback, certainly forms a most essential part.’


Frenchmen shook their heads and called this resistance to discipline Anglo-mania, but they also could find no fault with the English horse.  English horses more than any other European have this quality . . .(they) are often out for a whole day without being unbridled, and always they are on the tail of the hounds in their foxhunting, jumping hedges and ditches . . .


Those more academic horsemen, who were able to see the value of classical training prior to riding across country, were mostly disregarded or ignored in England.  The balanced, classical set of the manage so necessary for achieving collection, was fast becoming outdated.  Saddles changed drastically to complement a new position; the English hunting saddle was lengthened in the seat to accommodate a shortened stirrup which afforded riders an easy passenger seat when walking or standing at a cover, but gave upward mobility for the faster gaits.


The thinking behind the new hunting saddle was basically good.  In 1805 an advocate fist and foremost of manage riding, recognized that for hunting a completely different balance was required.  Riders wedged themselves against the cantle, too close to the horse’s loins.  They were leaning backward rather than forwards, drawing support from the reins, their feet rammed home in the stirrups and Jove help if you broke leather!  Years later, came the ‘the old gentleman’s seat in which the body was back and the feet forward at the canter . . .however pleasurable to the rider, it is very much the reverse to the horse.  It is in fact a travesty of riding, it is not horsemanship.’


‘A raw man is much easier taught to do well than one who has learnt ever so long on bad principles for it is much more difficult to undo that to do, and the in respect to horses.


Whilst the snaffle bit was recommended for novices, it was important that ‘men use their snaffles delicately; otherwise, as a snaffle has not the power, which a (full) bridle has upon a horse’s mouth, they will use themselves to take such liberties with it, as will quite spoil their hands and teach the horses to pull, be dead in hand, and quite upon their shoulders, entirely deprived of good action.’

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This is an article that came through today and I thought it would be a good place to start as it provides some background information about Hendra virus and the vaccine.


I read most of the articles and forum discussions about the virus and the vaccine, so I am fully aware of the controversy. I do not intend to recommend vaccination or not, but I do want anyone that handles horses in any capacity to be aware of the virus and most importantly know the precautions that can be taken to lessen the possibility of infection for their horses, their family and themselves.

I welcome the discussions and opinions and arguments and concerns that I read about because that means people are thinking about the virus, that they know about it and are taking the time to find out more, to find out how it impacts upon them and what they need to do because in 2006, only 7 years ago, my horse Clive died from the virus and I knew nothing about it, very few did and it certainly wasn't a topic of conversation. So, we have come a very long way in terms of awareness, and it was to promote awareness that I wrote of my experience with Hendra virus in Spillover: A Memoir.

The book chronologically details  the case of my horse's death and the impact it had on my family. At the time, finding information about the virus was not easy and what was available was limited, unlike today,and the more I found the more shocked I was that such a virus was lurking in my backyard and I knew nothing about it.

For more about Spillover:A Memoir go to www.spillover.com.au


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