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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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I have owned horses most of my life, and ridden competitively, so when I read a translation of Xenophon’s fourth century BC treatise, Peri Hippikes (On Horsemanship), I should not have been surprised that much of the equine advice is relevant today. Why wouldn’t the ancient Greeks, who gave us the foundations of philosophy, mathematics and astronomy, also give us the heads-up on how to choose, train and ride a warhorse? While our horses no longer go to war, the love of the animal continues even though its uses have changed. Now, they carry us to victory as athletes on the racetrack and in the show ring, or just for pleasure, and the principles still apply.

Peri Hippikes led me to travel through centuries, then millennia of equestrian evolution following a multitude of tangents. However, as fascinated and absorbed as I am by the research, children generally consider history tiresome unless something piques their interest and I use this notion throughout the Opal Dreaming series. The area of interest being, of course, horses. I have seen how children who love horses, whether they ride or not, absorb a lot of specific and peripheral knowledge. I know I did. I recall one piece of random information from my early riding days was that the intricate and elegant dressage movements I aspired to originate from the training of horses to fight in battle.

The Opal Dreaming series essentially traces the significant periods in equestrian development from 3000BC to today. Melding history and fiction is a popular genre and I wanted more than to just tell a story set in another era. I wanted to include some of the skills I had acquired over the years so I focus, in detail, on the equine and riding practices applicable to the period in which each book is set. These practices and techniques then become progressively more complex throughout the series, as they did throughout history, building to the advanced levels of contemporary competition.

I also wanted to highlight the concept that many things are not as new as we would like to believe. A touch of fantasy never goes astray and the Australian opal, renowned for being mysterious, is the vehicle that moves Erin, a young teen who hates history but loves horses and is the voice of today, through dreamtime to view the past. Erin’s actions often reflect those of the historic characters in her dream. This creates the link whereby readers may recognise and compare the similarities of not just the horse related aspects but also of daily life from the past with that of the present, and there are many.

Back in the real world, for example, I recently spoke to a girl about her first horse as she enthused about the principles of modern “natural horsemanship.”  I agreed with her while explaining, to her amazement, how the current methods she was learning had their origins when ancient tribes observed the behaviour of herds in the wild in order to domesticate them. It was something that had not occurred to her.

When Erin wakes from her dream, she recalls these connections and realises maybe history is not so bad after all and I hope readers will do the same thing.

However, one of the hardest things I find with the research is weeding out the superfluous information, probably because the subject is of such interest to me. I always want to add just one more important snippet from all those engrossing facts I had accumulated and try to weave them seamlessly into the story. And sometimes, my enthusiasm takes over and discipline fails me. It is like editing your own work; you love that brilliant paragraph you wrote, but…

The first book in the Opal Dreaming series, The Bronze Horses, takes Erin to the Eurasian steppes in 3000BC, while the second book, The Marble Horses, due out later this year, is set in Ancient Greece and reveals the advice offered by Xenophon. I hope the series achieves my aims for, and entertains, the readers.

Details about Opal Dreaming The Bronze Horses is available at Morris Publishing Australiahttp://www.morrispublishingaustralia.com                                            

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Bianca Souter... some of you may have heard of her and some may not. For those who have not I am sure you will hear more soon enough.

I met with Bianca on the weekend at Boneo Park's Combined Training Day August 10th. We got to talking about her riding aspirations and her horse beautiful Thoroughbred horse Jett.

How did you come to find Jett? We came across Jett in August 2011 through Megan Joyce. We were originally looking at another horse she had who was also off the track, but was a bit too small. Megan mentioned she had Jett but he was recently retired form racing so he knew next to nothing.

What education had Jett had before you got him if any? Jett barely had anything really as he was fresh off the track. He was 3 years old when I gave him his new home. He is a rising 4 year old now and we are making terrific progress. Jett and I placed second at Boneo Park the weekend gone in the Combined Training Day in the Pre Novice events.

What sort of riding do you do with Jet? We mainly do eventing. I couldn't be more pleased with him. Jett loves to do Cross Country. I am truly fortunate though as he's good at all phases of eventing. It's almost too good to be true.


Have you had many setbacks within regards to training such a young horse in particular one that had raced? Fortunately nothing to dramatic, just the occasional upset stomach and a torn peck muscle recently. Jett can be quite a nervous anxious type horse so we're constantly working on that.

How has Jett's attitude been in regards to his new life after racing. Does he think he is still a racehorse? I swear its still on sometimes! I guess that's just a perk with owning a TB that has come off the track. Jett is defiantly a different horse from when we got him! Bonding and creating a relationship with your horse is the best way to over come that and I believe we have a great partnership.

Bianca, what are your goals from here, where do you want to Jett off too? My current goal is to compete at Melbourne International 3 Day Event 2014 (no pressure) at 1 star level, but aside from that I just want to get the horse up and running competitively above pre novice, that's the goal.

Can you see yourself owning another Thoroughbred to compete with in the future? Definitely!

Jett's race name was SnapJack and his show alias is "High Demand" I think in future both Jett and Bianca will be in High Demand.

Congratulations to them both and I wish them every success together in achieving their dreams and goals.


If you are considering owning a Thoroughbred this story is proof that commitment and hard work pays off and furthermore they're a breed of horse well worth investing your time in to. 



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Well it has been a very busy time at Winmallee. We have had a lot of new students starting with us in the last few weeks, so this has been keeping me busy teaching.

Our new colt "Bon Braxton" will be starting his new journey to Australia from Germany. He will be picked up from Germany on the 5th August to start his quarantine in the UK on the 7th August. He will be in quarantine until the 29th August and will fly to Australia and do quarantine here till the 21st September. IRT have let me know that quarantine laws will be changing and now only needing 2 weeks quarantine and this is meant to be starting in September this year. So our Bon Braxton may be leaving quarantine on September 14th. This would be amazing as he would be at Winmallee on the 16th September which happens to be by birthday. Only problem is I will be doing the below school, well we will just have to fit it all in.

Menola Mendez is holding a clinic on the 14th, 15th, 16th and I will be taking  Winmallee Mojo. We will be  starting Piaffe and Passage with him, which will be exciting as this wonderful horse has only been 1 year OTT. Mojo has been such an amazing horse to train and has such a great trainable personality it has made life so easy for me. He has gone from racing to medium level dressage in 1 year. This is a horse that just try's so hard to please.

 Then on the 24th we are expecting a lovely De Niro foal from Winmallee Emerald. Plenty going on to keep us extremely busy. Then we will be putting her back in foal to De Niro again and Winmallee Royal Reine will be going in foal for the first time to Ampere. She is by Royal Hit who sadly put down last week with a broken leg.

Show season has started again and our first show with Winmallee Mojo will be on this weekend. Shows will be nearly every weekend now.

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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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Training Blog - 30th June 2013

Make The Cut has grown into a lovely big good moving horse. He still needs some work on his head carriage but he is obedient most of the time. MTC has proven quite unflappable in strong winds and provides a calming influence for other inexperienced horses working with him.

He is recommended as a dressage or eventing prospect. Would be ideal for adult riders or pony club.

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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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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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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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