Chief -- Fri, 20-Oct-2017
I’m 25 years old and torn between the realities of growing up and having babies or keeping the lifestyle I have now where my kids eat hay and are four legged. Don’t get me wrong, I know loads of people out there having young kids, who keep their competition horses going but how do you know if you’re going to manage or if it’s the right thing for you? Or do you just play it by ear and see how things go?
I absolutely love getting out there every weekend; I have done since the age of three when I sat on my first pony. But lately I’ve come to the realisation that I’m at that scary stage where sooner rather than....
Chief -- Thu, 19-Oct-2017
I had small children and a need to get the hell out of the house. By some uncanny coincidence a phone call came from out of the blue just as I'd come to the realisation that for my sanity I needed to get back into riding, and it all happened virtually overnight. The master of our hunt, that I hadn't ridden in for a hundred years, needed a rider for his second horse. Chancery, a little nondescript bay, 3/4 TB, hogged mane and only young, was delivered to my parents farm. She arrived with all of her tack and a stern warning not to let kids anywhere near her paddock. She 'chases them, you see, with her ears flat back and her teeth....
Chief -- Wed, 18-Oct-2017
It was the nicest surprise to sit at my desk and be immediately reconnected with our family pony through iSpyHorses Weekend Winners. I work here so of course I saw Pizza’s post when he won first place in the Pony Grand Prix Super Series recently at Woodhill.
We bought Pizza as a 3 year old, such a baby and he’d done nothing much. He was named by his previous owner who worked at a pizza shop. She loved him, but had other horses and not enough time, and my family was your typical ‘new at horsing’ family. Even though my sister and I had had a few lessons, Pizza was a whole new chapter for us. The old saying, ‘never....
Chief -- Fri, 20-Jan-2017
Are you serious about your riding, wishing to progress to the top in eventing, showjumping or dressage? Would you like to represent your County, or Region, or ultimately your Country in your chosen discipline? Did you know that membership of the Pony Club is one of the best ways to help you achieve this? Would you like to be considered as a young helper the next time a big Equestrian Championship is held in the UK? Are you considering a gap year, working for an International Rider, or a summer job in the USA? Your Pony Club membership will help you!
Some of you will know that the British Equestrian Federation (BEF - the governing body of equestrian sport in GB,....
Chief -- Fri, 13-Jan-2017
It would be a brave person to pick the winner of the Country TV FEI World Cup (NZ series) Final, being hosted on Sunday at Woodhill Sands in Auckland.
New Zealand’s best showjumpers are fighting it out for series honours as well as the right to represent the nation at the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping 2016/2017 Final in Omaha, Nebraska, in the United States, from March 29-April 1, 2017.
Each of the five rounds so far has been won by different combinations, and with points-and-a-half on the line at the Continental Cars Audi World Cup Festival, it is anyone’s game. The four best scores count for the series.
Helen McNaught-McFarlane (Taupo) and her....
Vic Grayling -- Tue, 01-Nov-2016
Each year on the first Tuesday of November crowds flock to Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia, to be a part of the biggest racing event of the year. At 3pm AEDT time (5pm NZDT) on the first Tuesday of November, this race that stops the nation and other parts of the world, commences. Cup goers well and truly dress for this momentous occasion, and while they make the most of a great day out, wining and dining and having a flutter here and there, they await with anticipation the outcome of the biggest race of the year, known as the Melbourne Cup. Around 300 – 400 horses are nominated each year but the final field is limited to 24 starters. Those 24....
Chief -- Sun, 30-Oct-2016
All About Eve at Woodhill Sands
Katie Laurie showed every bit of her international experience today, slicing and dicing corners and turns to take the win today in the Bayleys Real Estate Horse Grand Prix at the Fiber Fresh Grand Prix Jumping Show at Woodhill Sands. The The Mystery Creek Olympian had both Dunstan On The Point Eve and Dunstan Lucca through to the jump-off – two of five from the original field of 12.
She was early out on Lucca and – by her own admission – went to do a very tight inside turn, only to realise half way in that it was too tight so had to do a circle and while they were clear jumping, they picked up time....