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The Show HuB
Issue 3 - December 2016
Feature: Sheikh Ali Al Qassimi Life in the sport & new mare Cacharel
Lauren Allport A day in the life
Dianne Breeze UAE's Dressage diva say's farewell to the UAE
Page 35 - Pink Polo
Page 10 - 11 Young Riders Sheikh Saqer Al Qassimi & Hamad Sultan Al Yahyaei
Contributing editor and freelance journalist
Amy Mathieson has been riding and involved with horses her whole life and has worked in equestrian journalism for the past 10 years. She studied English at Exeter University, where she was sports editor on the university paper for two years. Amy moved into a career in journalism shortly after leaving university and took up a role at Redpin Publishing, which produces local monthly equestrian magazines. She was there as deputy editor for nearly two years before joining Horse & Hound on the news desk in January 2008. She worked at H&H for eight and half years, progressing up to become news editor for her final two years at the publication, writing about all areas of equestrianism, with a specialty in racing and show jumping. She left H&H in March to start a new adventure in Dubai.
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Page 30 - 31 Al Marmoom Intiative
Page 4 - 5 LGCT Qatar
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Contributing freelance journalist
Andrew is new to equestrian sports and the region having only recently moved out to Dubai in Augusts 2016. After completing a degree in Geography at St Andrews University, Andrew worked as an analyst for an investment bank in London. He subsequently studied Engineering and spent several years working in the Oil & Gas industry. He has always had a passion for communication and loves researching and writing, especially about topical issues. Andrew has a great love of the outdoors and spent much of his free time roaming around the farmland and stables near his home in Scotland with his beloved beagle Oscar. Andrew joins The Show Hub as a freelance consultant and brings a variety of communication and business experiences.
Page 26 - 27 Rachel & Echoe Training the x racehorse
Front cover "Cacharel Image credit Digishots
Page 14 Movember Ambassadors
Page 38 IOC Digital App
Page 36 - 37 Saddle fitting
Producer and content director
The Show Hub Founder and Executive Director
Abby started the UAE Show Hub in October 2014, and it has been built from passion and dedication to the equestrian sport in the Middle East. Enhancing the sport and bringing it to the global audience is her end goal. Abby has ridden show ponies nationally as a young girl in England and trained at Advanced Medium Dressage level. She competed up to Foxhunter back in the UK and has performed for H.H Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the private opening ceremony of Meydan WC 2011 and at the Education for Borders conference at the Burj Khalifa. Her equestrian passion has been ingrained since birth. Contact email@example.com
Page 6 - 9 Sheikh Ali Al Qassimi
Welcome to the second edition of The Show Hub - Equestrian. The Middle East's first fully digital equestrian magazine! We will be covering Show Jumping, Eventing, Dressage, Polo and Arabian Showing and larger events in Racing & Endurance. The Show Hub was created back in October 2014, born from passion and dedication for the equestrian sport in the UAE. We provide punctual information to those that seek it whilst providing information to the avid rider looking for competitions and family equestrian days out. We look forward to building on our experience over the year by adding other GCC countries and events to our coverage. The website will be the hub of GCC equestrian with start lists, results photography bloggers, live streams, horses for sale and much more. www.uaeshowhub.com. We look forward to sharing the season with you!
Page 16 -17 Arabians
Page 24 - 25 Tracy's Tips
The Show Hub
Page 32 - 33 Bits & Boots
Page 44 This months results
Page 46-47 Classifieds
Page 43 Arab League rankings
Page 22 - 23 Dr Dianne Breeze
Page 20 - 21 Olivia Towers
Page 12 - 13 Lauren Allport
Page 28 - 29 Anthony Rodia - Navicula
Page 18 - 19 Calendar
Rolf-Göran Bengtsson wins Longines Global Champions Tour
Sweden’s Rolf-Göran Bengtsson wowed the crown at Al Shaqab last month (5th November), taking not only the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Doha, but also the overall title of the series, being named the 2016 LGCT Champion of Champions.
Riding the 17-year-old Caretino stallion Casall, Rolf-Göran took home the lion’s share of the €1 million bonus prize money plus €150,000 for his grand prix win.
The pair had previously won in Valkenswaard and Paris on the 2016 renewal of the LGCT so enjoyed a stellar season. The Swede described the win as “a dream come true” and his horse as “just amazing”.
Aussie rider Edwina Tops-Alexander nearly made history by becoming the first rider to win three titles, but notched up a shock eight faults due to two rolled poles in the opening round with Lintea Tequila. She settled for silver in the title race, while in third was world number one Christian Ahlmann from Germany.
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Course designer Uliano Vezzani set a challenging competition, which threw up many questions and many thrills and spills ensued. Once Rolf-Göran had the championship in the bag, he went all out to secure the grand prix win, too. An incredible 180 degree turn back at the penultimate vertical and a soaring clear led to the pair finishing in 36.44s.
In an exciting competition in Qatar Rolf-Göran and Casall’s magnificent pairing shone through. The 11-year partnership does not look set to end yet either, with the rider not ruling out another pop at the title next year.
“Casall likes it and makes everything possible,” he said. “If he jumps like this it is hard to stop. We are going to have a discussion in the team but I feel with Casall right now it would be a shame to put him in a box and say it is all over. I have a great feeling and hopefully we'll continue, but for how long we have to see."
And in good news for Qatar, the prestigious LGCT final is due to stay at the Al Shaqab venue for the next three years.
Omar Al Mannai of Al Shaqab said: "We are very happy to host Global Champions Tour here in Al Shaqab and because of the exposure we get from this event we have reached an agreement with Jan Tops for the coming three years. State-of-the-art facilities like this need to be shown and to have more activities and more events and one of the most amazing events is the Global Champions Tour."
Jan Tops LGCT found added: “This is not only a beautiful facility but also a horse facility and for the people. Everything you can want is here. The weather is great, the horses like it and they feel loose and they feel good on this fantastic footing.”
Image credits- LGCT/Stefano Grasso
Winning the medium tour in Al Ain on 5th November 2016
The Show Hub spent a few hours with a young law graduate that we have only ever known and respected as a competitor in the arena. We wanted to go into this interview with a different approach, and avoid the stigma associated with outside perception of the title Sheikh. Sheikh Ali AL Qassimi has a true passion for his horses, his country and showjumping in the UAE.
Image credit Goldenhorse
2nd in the Medium Tour (UAE ONLY) Abu Dhabi 17th November 2016
The glory is in the win
Ali's competitive career started when he was a young rider going to the youth Olympics in Singapore in 2010. He recalls walking around the village when he arrived and not being very impressed, calling his trainer and family to air his dismay in the event. Ali was told to sleep on it and, sure enough, as he opened the curtains the next morning the hustle and bustle of all the riders, flags and teams gave Ali the boost that he had been seeking for a truly memorable event. Carrying your country's flag and buzz from the crowd made this a spectacular event, something we want to replicate at competitions in the UAE in the future. And being around elite global riders encourages young riders to excel. Ali competed Pearl Monach in the event and they ended with an overall superb ranking of ninth.
Image Credit Nour Al Masri Ghraeeb
Sheikh Ali Al Qassimi onboard Cacharel
Image credits to DigiShots
Ali Al Qassimi
Sheikh Ali Al Qassmi is one of our top competitors in the country and has a clear goal of reaching the World Equestrian Games. But why not the Olympics?
"The Olympics is a large task and a bit of a sticky point,” he says. “Looking at the results you can see the UAE riders have superior results across the board compared to many other countries, however without the funding support it’s difficult." We are bold with our next question, “Why don’t you buy your own?” Ali is humble in his answer. “It isn't that easy to get your hands on the right horses,” he says. “Also generally if a team is put in place then there is an excess of horses, allowing the riders to find the perfect match. As the sport grows we can only keep our hopes up that this will change. Hopefully the UAE can one day have a team to represent us in such a prestigious event.”
Equestrianism in Ali’s family started with his older brother Sheikh Majid Al Qassimi, who over the years has grown into a bit of a sensation in the family, and certainly inspired his younger brother. With countless hours spent at shows watching the likes of Abdulla Humaid and Ahmed Ameen, and hours spent looking after his ponies and riding out as a young boy, Ali was on his path to showjumping glory. He recalls Jalna as one of his first competition ponies; a French mare whom he describes as “really beautiful” and meant a lot to him. Equestrianism clearly is born into many of the Emirati men and women, through growing up around horses from a very early age.
We went on to talk about how things have changed over the years in the UAE. Back in 2002 there were really only around two or three grand prix level riders here, which seems crazy in comparison to some other equestrian countries around the globe. The highlight of the year would be going to collect your video of the World Cup from the local tackshop! Despite it seeming a long time ago, really the sport has just grown hugely in that space of time. Looking now at 2016 we have up to 30 riders who compete at the top level, and in many different classes. The UAE now has an exceptional amount of true talent with superb results around the globe, you only need to check the FEI results to see that.
Hard Goodbyes - Sheikh Ali Al Qassimi & Co-Jack
The video that brought Cacharel to the attention of Sheikh Ali Al Qassimi -
FEI European Championship Youngsters-Cup 8yo (1.40m) Final - Cacharel II
Image credit Digishot
Abu Dhabi Medium big tour (UAE Only) 1st Dec
Adu Dhabi Medium big tour (UAE Only) 25th Nov
Al Ain Medium big tour
Sharjah Medium big tour
CSI5*Van Schijndel Bouwgroep Prize CSIYH1* Table A
CSIYH1* Sparkassen Youngster Cup
CSIYH1* incl. 8yoTable A
Vejer de la FronteraCSI2*Table A
Sparkassen-Youngsters-Cup at Aachen Table A
CSIYH1*PRIX DES BENEVOLES PHL - 6 & 7 ans
VittelCSIYH1*Table A - T A, one round atc
VittelCSIYH1*Table A - T A, one round not atc
San Giovanni in MarignanoCSIYH1*Table A
The Show Hub wishes them the very best of luck and look forward to watching their story unfold.
Buying the lion
Ali had heard about this mare in Holland and went on a mission to track her down. When he eventually found her he was told by the owner he was only allowed to see her if he was serious. It was quite a difficult choice, going just off the back of videos and results. Plus the owners were off-putting, explaining that she was hot and not an easy ride. However, Ali decided he had to see her so made the journey to try the mare. He had only jumped a few fences but made the decision to purchase straight away and seal the deal. It was after he got her back to a private yard and started experimenting with her, that for a split second he may have had doubts. His brother was by his side trying to help Ali with her. However, Ali had already started to understand the mare and knew that her flatwork was super and she was extremely well behaved.
After a few discussions on how she should be ridden Ali offered Majid to show him what he meant by riding the mare. Sheikh Majid Al Qassimi joins us at his point in the interview to recall the moment. "I was convinced I could ride her and help my brother out, however I was very much unaware what she was like when a pole came into the equation,” he says. Ali asked Majid to pop her over a few fences knowing full well what she was like. As Majid had mentioned that he does not like jumping any others horses other than his own. But as it was his brother he obliged.
After ten minutes he says, "This is one of the craziest horses I have ever ridden, I ended up by her ears and it was only a small fence, I don't know how he does it." As Majid got off Cacharel he turned to Ali and the only words he could muster were "Good job bro, good job." The two were clearly a perfect match. Cacharel will be competing in the medium tour and going up to the big tour over the coming weeks with a hope of a spot in the World Equestrian Games in 2018 in Tyron, US. From the top four placings and wins Ali has had with this mare so far this season, we think it’s without a shadow of a doubt they are well on their way there.
Cacharels wins to-date with countless top six placings:
Ali’s brother Sheikh Majid Bin Abdulla Al Qassimi, competed in the FEI World Games in Lexington that same year on Co-Jack; an exceptional talent and a gift from his father. After Ali's exceptional results in the Youth Olympics, Majid chose to encourage the talented young rider and passed the ride of Co-Jack to Ali, giving him the best of opportunities to compete in the Normandy Games in 2012. Tragically just two weeks before the event Co-Jack contracted a fatal virus and paralysis, devastating the hopes for Games glory. It was an extremely difficult time for the family. “Its part of me and you have to move on, but he taught me alot in the space of time we were together and helped me grow as a rider,” Ali says. Cacharel, his new mare sensation, is a speed diva, and they make a perfect pairing. The best things come in small packages and this super grey mare stands at just 15.3hh but she has the heart of a lion and an armoury of bits to try to keep her from exploding. Ali bought up most of a tack shop to try and find the perfect fit for her, adding: "It’s all trial and error."
The small grey mare is a must-watch at any of the events held around the UAE, this combination gives 10 out of 10 for a thrilling and entertaining round.
Top Results for Nov
1st Junior section 120cm Al Ain 4th November 2016 (Dezapamillion Mas)
2nd Junior section 120cm Abu Dhabi 17th November 2016
( UNE Elite D'Avril)
3rd Small Tour Abu Dhabi
( UNE Elite D'Avril )
Do you have a sponsor?
From the beginning SERC has been very supportive. I am thankful to receive support from the Chairman Shk Abdulla bin Majed and the Manager Mr Sultan al Yahyaei.
Tell us a little about your new horse Une Elite D'Avril?
She’s an eight-year-old French mare whom I found in Belgium, and she’s a typical mare. We plan to jump to the next level together.
How long have you had her?
I've had her for less than a month and things are going to plan. So far she has already been placed at my level.
Who inspires you as a rider and why?
German rider Marcus Ehning, who won Olympic gold in 2000. He makes things look easy and simple even when it’s not!
What are you working towards?
Short-term I’m hoping to compete at higher levels. Long-term I’d like to represent my country at international competitions such as the World Equestrian Games and Olympics.
Image credit - Nour Al Masri Ghraeeb
Top Results for Nov
2nd Junior Section 120 Al Ain 11th November 2016 ( Bon Jovi )
1st Junior Section 120cm Abu Dhabi 24th November 2016 (Bon Jovi)
Hamad Sultan Al Yahyaei
How long have you been in the junior section?
Two years, I’m now 18 starting small tour.
Who do you train with?
Hamad Alkirbi, who is based at Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club.
Do you have a training schedule during the week for you and your horses?
It depends on how the horse performs in competitions, but there’s always a basic schedule for lunging, paddock time, swimming and trackwork.
What’s a typical day for you?
I’m studying mechanical engineering at HCT. Having 8am classes is good, then I get the rest of the day for riding.
How long have you had Bon Jovi?
For three years, he was bought from Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club.
Who inspires you as a rider and why?
Marcus Ehning also. I admire his style and riding.
What are your goals?
To progress through the levels, and I hope to have the chance to compete at the World Equestrian Games and Olympics.
Shk Saqer & Hamad represent Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club
2 juniors adding to the amazing totals for the clubs performance so far this year.
Sheikh Saqer Al Qassimi on Dezapamillion
1st in Al Ain Nationals on the 4th November 2016
Sheikh Saqer Al Qassimi
How long have you been in the junior section?
From 2011 but things were different then, I only had a young horse that could only jump 1m. Whenever a big international show came up I used to hire horses so I could compete at the higher levels.
Who do you train with?
Syrian National Team member Shady Ghrayeb, thanks to Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club.
Do you have a training schedule during the week for you and your horses?
My plans depends on the show schedule. If I have two shows in a row I tend to save my horses. Every week I have to jump once, do pole work and also lunge. To start the week I take my horses to the racetrack to stretch the muscles and get them going.
What is a typical day for you?
Waking up early heading to the stables to ride my horses, work with my trainer and going on with the schedule. After riding I check on my horses and keep an eye on my groom to make sure all is well with my horses.
How long have you had Dezapamillion?
My cousin Mohammed Abdullah Al Shamsi is her owner, he's been off riding due to serving his national duty in the army so he kindly asked me to ride her for him. I've been riding her for three months now. At the beginning I struggled at a couple of shows but we quickly bonded and she has been there for me ever since.
Image credit - Tariq Ayoub
Image credit Tariq Ayoub
My life almost entirely revolves around horses; my own horses and the horses whom I work with. My days are always long and never the same, and this is something I would never change! Anyone who has a passion for horses will understand how they can play such a big part in your life.
6am - 7am Trick Riding I wake up early on the days when I have a trick riding lesson. I train two or three times a week with Sandor Boros. He is a Hungarian stunt man and horse trainer. I started training with Sandor almost a year and a half ago. Before this I had never attempted trick riding or any kinds of stunt work, though it was something I always wanted to try. A lot of people think you have to be really strong to trick ride, but that is certainly not the case. I’m not overly strong, but with practice and perfecting the techniques I have mastered a lot of tricks. Thanks to Sandor’s training, I was able to join a stunt team called Atkinson Action Horses. They are from the United Kingdom and during summer each year I spend time training and performing with them.
When I was growing up I always wanted to work with horses, preferably doing something that would benefit my own horses, such as a farrier, dentist or a physiotherapist!
A Day in the Life/ My life with horses
I am a fully qualified Equine Sports Therapist. I studied my first degree in UK, at Writtle College University, where I trained for 3 years. Now I am currently half way through my Masters degree; I am studying animal manipulation at the Mc Timoney College of Chiropractic. Once I complete my masters, I will be qualified to use chiropractic techniques on all animals, not just horses. I hope to expand to treating a wide variety of animals, anything from camels to dogs and exotic animals!
Equine therapy has, for quite some time, been recognised as a valuable tool for the enhancement of performance as well as helping horses recover from injury. Just like us, horses compensate for pain in their bodies by moving in a different way. Symptoms can be anything from a shortened stride, to a difficulty bending the body in one or both directions, to not using the hind quarters when working on the flat or over fences. Subtle changes like this, in some cases, if left unaddressed can lead to changes in the muscles and other soft tissues. These changes can sometimes become permanent or performance limiting. Some horses change their behaviour to help communicate their pain and may begin to show signs of discomfort when being saddled or girthed, to bucking, rearing or refusing to jump. It is my job to support the horse to aid in re-educating and balancing his body, as well as providing pain relief to allow him to perform to the best of his ability, along side the veterinarians, farriers and saddle fitters of course!
During a treatment I spend a lot of time assessing a horse, this is key to allowing the horse to gain maximum benefit from the treatment. I spend time examining their gait and movement, taking a detailed history from the owner or rider, assessing the horses tack and considering the animals job and what I might expect to find when I begin treating the animal. I also have to consider things like the type of training the horse is currently in and what kind of surface the horse is usually trained on for example. I treat anything from 1 to 8 horses in day in the UAE as well as regularly travelling to Kuwait to Saudi Arabia.
8am - 11am Working with my own horses
I own two mares. One is a 12 year old Irish Sports horse named Boo who I have owned for almost 7 years and the other is a 5 year old KWPN named River, who I bought as a 2 year old and produced myself. Boo is definitely an all rounder, she can do a bit of everything, from dressage, to jumping, or even trick riding! River is definitely a jumping horse and I hope to show jump her in the future once she is a little older and stops growing. She is over 17.1hh already. This season I will be doing some eventing competitions with Boo and hopefully some small tour classes with another horse I just started riding. I’m excited to continue jumping the small tour classes as I just upgraded at the end of last season.
Remember, remember it was the month of Movember!
As some of our readers may be aware, members of the male UAE equestrian community were participating in Movember; having been inspired by the efforts of the ladies, who have been raising awareness for breast cancer with the Pink Caravan charity for many years. For those who are not aware, Movember is a charity whereby participants grow a moustache during the month of November to raise awareness/money for prostate cancer and mental health issues affecting men. This year we were supported by some amazing ambassadors who have various reasons for supporting the Movember initiate as highlighted below.
Sheikh Ali Al Nuaimi: Ali is a law graduate and current UAE show jumping champion in the Medium tour. Ali is passionate about his horses, supports various charities and is keen to support men’s health issues. Ali believes that as equestrian sport becomes more competitive and professional, it is extremely important to consider one’s health and it should be at the forefront of men’s minds to get checked on a regular basis.
Sheikh Saqar Al Qassimi: Saqar is an aspiring young talent who is coming up through the UAE show jumping rankings. Saqar is supporting the cause to raise awareness in the sport and men’s health in general adding – “It is something that all men should be aware of”.
Haysam Eid: Haysam is an entrepreneur in EIDEAI, a leading appliance and hair accessories business in the MENA region. Haysam is on the international show jumping circuit in the UAE. Haysam has taken part in Movember before on several occasions and believes in spreading the word of the cause.
Omar Alhashimi: Omar is a DuJumping rider with a passion for show jumping and horses in general. We are proud that Omar, at such a young age, is supporting this worthy cause.
Yahya M. Yusuf: Yahya, a Bahraini national is the chairman and founder of Al Marmoom Equine Therapy and has spent most of his life in the UAE. His love of horses and the proven benefits of horse interaction led him to set up Al Marmoom Equine Therapy. Yahya’s commitment to the development of adults and children with special needs now helps many individuals further their physical and emotional development. Being someone that supports health and wellbeing in such a big way, Yahya was keen to help us raise awareness for the Movember charity.
Andrew Clarke: Our Show Hub representative was keen to bring on board UAE riders and ambassadors to highlight the Movember cause. Show jumping is seen as a top sport in the UAE which makes it an excellent platform to raise awareness.
The Show Hub would like to take this opportunity to thank all the ambassadors from the UAE equestrian community who have been supporting Movember over the last month. As you can see from the pictures, the team have grown some fine looking moustaches!
On a final note, you can get voting for your best tash It's a tough call so we are giving the public the vote. Please send your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. To all the participants, your efforts are greatly appreciated.
Congratulations to Habib from DuJumping, who this month won the Groom of the month sponsored by Mandara. Habib always has the horses welfare at heart and has worked extremely hard in the past caring for the DuJumping horses at shows and at home. Spread the love for your groom in the December issue by sending your nominations to email@example.com. December results in January issue sponsored by Al Maidan
Sharjah Straight Egyptian Bred Show
(10 – 12 November 2016)
Sharjahs Arabian Horse Festival last month held at Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club was the first of 10 Arabian Horse Shows being held across the Emirates in the 16/17 season. Horses are judged by a panel of 5 judges against 5 criteria using a points system from 1-20 (half points are applicable) in each of the following areas; Type, Head and Neck, Body and Topline, Legs and Movement. Congratulations to the Champions:
Gold Champion 32 NAZEK AL ZOBAIR - SHEIKH ABDULLA BIN MOHAMMED ALI AL THANI
Silver Champion 8 DALEELAH AL ZOBAIR - SHEIKH SULTAN ABDULLA AL THANI
15 EKLEEL - AL QASIMI STABLES
40 D OMNIA - DUBAI ARABIAN HORSE STUD
55KAHIELAT KHALID - H.H. SHEIKH KHALID BIN SULTAN BIN MOHAMMED AL QASSEMI
Bronze Champion 35 D AFAF - DUBAI ARABIAN HORSE STUD
77 NEMROUD AL ZOBAIR - SHEIKH ABDULLAH BIN MOHAMMED ALI AL THANI
68 NASHME AL ZOBAIR - DUBAI ARABIAN HORSE STUD
62 D ATALLAH - DUBAI ARABIAN HORSE STUD
107 AMAAR AL RAYYAN - SALEM NASER ALHAJERI
93 D HAYDAR - DUBAI ARABIAN HORSE STUD
87 MAKHLOOF - H.H. SHEIKH KHALID BIN SULTAN BIN MOHAMMED AL QASSEMI
Sharjah Local Show (7 – 10 December 2016)
The forthcoming show to be held in Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Clubs indoor stadium celebrates the UAE Arabian. The local show encourages breeders in maintaining the heritage of our local breed and it is certainly working. Due to the high number of entrants and in accordance with EAHS rules, the show for the first time is being held over 4 days. Each day begins at 4pm, entrance is free and everyone is welcome.
Images courtesy of Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club
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December 2016 Calender
The practical things you can do
Ok so this is going to differ from person to person but here are a few pointers that I found really useful for holding back those butterflies!
Plan times for warming up, arriving, leaving home etc. If you make it a smooth experience you’ll find yourself being a lot more relaxed.
Learning your test
No one likes going wrong and you don’t need the added stress of pondering weather you are turning left or right at C. Also if you really know where you are going you will find that the horse is a lot more confident within their performance. Run through it a few times at home in the weeks running up to the show.
Pick a level you are comfortable with
I am not saying don’t push yourself but merely don’t enter a test that you're unsure you can get around. You want to be nice and confident with it.
Having a warm up ‘Toolbox’
This is personally the most important one for me. Having a routine in the warm up and set exercises that you know will help improve the way of going and also yours and the horses concentration. Less time spent worrying!
Ok so all these tips are very useful but….
They are completely powerless if you are in the wrong Mind set. Which leads me into the more important tips.
Things sometimes don’t go perfectly to plan. You could get stuck in traffic. You may have a mind blank mid test because we are only human or finally my favourite, your beautiful beast may decide that today they have forgotten how to be a dressage horse.
But if you can get yourself into the right mind set then NOTHING will throw you off!
The Fear of Failure –
Earlier this year I hit a very bad stage in my competition career. I was so scared of failing and small parts of the test going wrong that it engulfed me and this negativity started to show. I even got to the stage where I started questioning whether I should carry on competing.
I decided to tackle my mind set and dealing with my fear of failure. I did lots of research, read books, spoke to people who I knew had lots of positive energy and the one fundamental thing that kept coming across was – to not fear failure I had to have strong self belief.
I can hands down say that after tackling these issues I became a different person, not just in riding but every aspect of my life. I remembered why I did the sport and also how lucky I was to be a able to do what I love everyday.
Olivia Towers is based in UK at Mercian Dressage.
December Blog 2016:
Excitement or nerves?
"Take the positives out of what you are feeling"
Mind set is something I am really wanting to go into depth about but for this blog I am just going to give a few examples around competing and then do more detailed blogs on these subjects and others.
Excitement or nerves?
Take the positives out of what you are feeling. Flip it on its head. Lots of top athletes use this technique and transform nerves into positive energy.
Who are you trying to please?
Just remember people are seeing ‘a page of your book’ especially the judge. They see 5 minutes of your training. We all know where we would like to be but this can not be rushed. Be satisfied with where you are but confident that you’ll get to where you want to be.
A powerful tool. Most of us use this without realising but in the negative way. Thinking about the worst case scenario instead of the best. Some thinking to bare in mind, our brains (this is scientifically proven.) can not tell the different between us thinking about something and us actually doing it. For more info on this please visit my Youtube channel Olivia Towers Dressage where there is a short video called – Using Visualisation to enhance your performance.
I want to finish this Blog with the thing that made me most nervous about competing and after speaking to different people about it I found out it is quite common.
Overcoming competition nerves
By Olivier Towers
wining the PSG and Inter1 At last years EEF championships at Bou Theib.
Dianne Breeze - Dressage legend departs for UK
Dianne breeze has been a trainer and motivational coach to so many riders across so many different disciplines here in the UAE. As she prepares to return to the UK, The Show Hub, welcomes the chance to both thank her and wish her continued success and happiness.
Arriving on these shores just over 8 years ago and residing in Abu Dhabi, Dianne found herself a home at the Al Asayl riding school along side Ruth Taylor. Dianne said "I would ride anything with 4 legs as I missed it so much" She placed an advert in a local paper requesting equine employment as a trainer or coach. Suzanne Forstok, dressage rider at Dubai Polo Club, noticed the advert and invited Dianne to DPEC.
Dianne met with Farhang Sedeghi and Hayley Field who were in charge of the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club and was immediately taken on as a dressage coach. At this point, Dianne, made a permanent move to Dubai where she has lived since.
Dianne has been heavily involved with the rapid growth of dressage competition in the UAE, most noticably by her diligent work alongside the Federation.
At the time Dianne registered, there where only 60 riders competing, we now have over 500! Her work over the last 5 years, installing confidence, increasing knowledge and skills has in no small part played a critical role in the growth of the sport in the UAE.
With Dianne's guidance and the momentum she helped foster, the quality of riders has improved considerably along with standard of the horses that are now coming in from Europe. Providing the UAE with a truly competitive field.
Those who have been lucky enough to be trained by Dianne, have benefited greatly from the 15 years she spent being coached by Great Britons, Olympic Gold Medalist, Carl Hester, along with her time spent with top judge Stephen Clarke. Dianne is a UK CC Level 3 Dressage Coach and competed at the International Small Tour in Spain. She has ridden and trained up to Grand Prix level and has trained many international riders.
Dianne's Stallion Hermi, by Balismo M, was bought as a 3 year old and brought out to Dubai at the age of 5 where he was ridden in Elimentary and now at Inter 1 Level - there isn't much in the UAE that he hasn't won.
When Dianne fly's home later this month she is looking forward to going back to her training with Carl Hester and working to take Hermi upto Grand Prix level.
Dianne started pretty early and remembers being told off at school for drawing on her books and doodling. She carried on, never looking back, ultimately attending the John Moore University - gaining a First Class Honors Art Degree. After university Dianne went to work at the Liverpool Museum to gain a PHD.
Horses were always in Dianne's blood and after the museum and PHD she went to work with Stephen Clarke who noticed the cartoons she would draw of his horses. From there she has published books, cartoons in the Horse & Hound; the largest equestrian magazine in the UK and provided many stunning paintings for Equestrian's all over the UAE.
So many people in the UAE will miss her. An amazing trainer who has given so much to the sport of dressage. Its growth in the UAE since Dianne has been on-board, has been truly amazing. We wish Dianne all the best in the UK and look forward to welcoming her back on the 9th - 15th January. With so many clients that refusing to let her leave forever, Dianne will be returning on a monthly basis to continue to her fantastic work.
Best of luck Dianne!
"Dianne is an inspiring and motivational instructor. Over the years under Dianne's expert guidance I have gained more confidence in my ability the ride at a higher level of dressage than I could have ever imagined. Dianne's departure to pasture new will leave a huge void in the dressage community here in the UAE. I will miss her terribly as a mentor, teacher and most of all as a friend. I would like to take this opportunity to wish her the best of luck and I hope she visits us regularly for clinics".
Sam & Lubo
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One of “those” days…… We all have them, and so can our horses.
If your training session isn't going to plan, be the smarter one. Doing the same thing over and over again unsuccessfully is no use to either of you. I will always remember the saying, “If you're not teaching your horse what you want him to do, you are teaching him to do what you don't want him to do”. It’s so true.
First ask yourself, could there be a reason for his behaviour? Is he sore (did we train hard the day before and his muscles are tight and need more time to slowly warm up)? Is the tack fitted correctly? This is especially importantt if someone may have got your horse ready for you, have you double checked everything? Rule out any reason that may be causing pain or discomfort, especially if the behaviour is out of character.
Don't get frustrated, this is not an emotion that your horse understands, nor is it helpful to either of you.
Think rationally, maybe take a walk or short break for a moment. Analyse what is happening. Ask yourself, is my horse in front of the leg? Is he listening to my aids? Does he move away from my leg? If your answer is no, go back to doing something basic and reestablishing the fundamentals.
Maybe try the exercise from a different approach or simply take a few steps back and work on the very basic elements of the exercise, even breaking it down into simpler parts.
Most importantly, remember it is vital that your horse finishes each training session feeling successful. Even if you may not have managed what you set out to do exactly, if your horse feels that he was able to achieve what was asked of him, then this is a beneficial session. Some days this might be as simple as a swinging trot stretching positively into the contact on a 20m circle.
When your horse is having a bad day, don't take it personally, remember he’s not having fun either! Be the bigger one and make a positive of a negative.
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Life off the Beaten Track
Tales of an Ex Racehorse
By Andrew Clarke
The life of a thoroughbred racehorse seems as luxurious as any other top athlete. The finest accommodation, a team dedicated to providing the best dietary and health support and the adoration associated with success. But what happens after life on the racetrack? What happens when a prime athlete is too old or no longer able to race due to injury? The racing life of a horse may only be up to 5 or 6 years old and sometimes horses are ridden until they physically break down. Sadly, in some parts of the world ex racehorses are casually discarded when they are “no longer of use”. Fortunately, thanks to the efforts of genuine equestrians and horse lovers, many ex racehorses live out a much deserved high quality existence after life on the track.
This month The Show Hub got to meet Rachel Pederson and her ex racehorse Echoe. Rachel has been hooked on horses since the age of five and spent years after high school travelling and working as a groom in countries such as Denmark and the UK. Whilst gaining invaluable hands-on experience as a working student for eventer Garry Roque in her native Canada, Rachel became involved in retraining racehorses to become 3-day eventers. Since moving to the UAE, Rachel has continued her passion for re-training ex racehorses and talks to us about a special horse called Echoe.
How did you and Echoe end up training together?
Echoe started his career as a race horse owned by Tim and Sara Boswell. He raced in both France and Germany and was ridden by Frankie Detorri. Eventually he came to Meydan. However at Meydan he would not run, so it was decided that he would be sent to Kuwait. However, Sara had a great affection for Echoe and it was decided that he would stay in the UAE and have a home in the Desert Palm Equestrian Centre. I started leasing Echoe in March of 2012 and after approximately one year Sara and Tim Boswell did an amazing thing and gifted Echoe to me!
What was it like when you first started riding Echoe?
When I first started riding Echoe he was inclined to rush through all the gaits in a very long frame and completely on the forehand. At the beginning we focused on getting him to relax into his work as he was easily stressed; this entailed lots of long and low. Once he had settled we progressed with his flat work, introduced pole work and eventually jumping.
What challenges did you face whilst adapting Echoe to the dressage discipline?
I found that I had to vary the schooling between flat, jumping and hacking to stop him from getting bored. With the help of Dianne Breeze (top UAE dressage rider trainer and dressage advocate) we have been able to progress him through his flatwork to the point where we are now attempting medium level dressage tests. Echoe does not find this easy, but he definitely tries hard. Shortening his frame and getting his hind end underneath him is a difficult concept for Echoe.
Did you pick dressage for Echoe or was it trial and error finding a new discipline?
They are pretty good at letting you know what they do and don’t like! I did not have a discipline in mind when I started working with Echoe, however I am glad that we have found something that he enjoys so much. I do believe that the dressage, which includes a good warm up that stretches him over his back, is very important to keep him supple. Echoe can get frustrated, especially if he does not understand what you are asking, or finds the movement difficult. He is however a very intelligent horse and often learns the dressage test and anticipates the next movement before I apply the aids.
Have you tried any other disciplines with Echoe?
In 2014 we introduced Echoe to cross country; he absolutely loved it. One of my most memorable occasions working with Echoe was the first time we showed him a cross country course. It was at Desert Palm with Resident Instructor Hannah Day. At the beginning of the lesson he was a bit hesitant, but by the end of the lesson he was leading everyone else over all the jumps, including the ditch and the water. We are now in our third season and really enjoying it. We have had varied success, but generally when we didn't do well it was down to driver error on my part. Echoe loves the conditioning part of the training, especially the flat out galloping. But that is my least favourite part as it is sometimes difficult to convince him that we don't ever need to go that fast.
Does Echoe prefer dressage or cross country?
Sometimes I think that he tries hard at dressage to keep me happy. But when it comes to the conditioning for getting ready for cross country, the galloping, the speed training that we do…..he loves that and it’s pretty evident in his attitude. Thoroughbreds are bred to race and you have to take that into consideration when you are training them. They are not the kind of horse that may be suited to only schooling in the arena every day; you need to keep it varied. Do you have any advice for those looking to become involved in training ex racehorses?
You have to understand the task that you are taking on. You can’t expect them to come off the track and fit into their new job right away. You have to have patience and appreciate that it may take a bit longer to train your ex racehorse compared to those bred/brought over for specific disciplines. Also make sure you get a thorough vetting as there can be problems associated with old racing injuries and things like arthritis. What do you find most rewarding about working with ex racehorses?
I have always enjoyed working with thoroughbreds. I love their quirky characters, refined build and attitude towards work, plus they are very intelligent! But you have to make sure that you take things slowly and give them time to adjust to their new occupation. The wait and hard work is definitely worth it though.
Despite its name, this is not actually a “disease”, rather a syndrome of abnormalities. It is one of the most worrying conditions of the horse and usually affects animals aged five to fifteen§ years old.
Definition and contributory factors
Navicular disease is an inflammation or degeneration of the navicular bone and its surrounding tissue, usually on the front feet where the main weight of the horse is carried. It can lead to significant and even disabling lameness. The navicular bone lies behind the coffin bone, and under the small pastern bone. There are three types:
1. Can be from joint around the navicular bone.
2. Can be from the tendon between the navicular bone and deep flexor tendon.
3. Can be from the ligament supporting the navicular bone. There is no single known cause of navicular, although there are many theories, and several primary factors. Contributory factors can be conformation, shoeing, type of work and body weight. Navicular can also be hereditary.
Recent research has found correlations between "toe-first landing" of the hooves and navicular problems, due to excessive strain put on the deep digital flexor tendon, as a consequence of misalignment of the lower joints. Toe-first landing, usually seen as a consequence of navicular disease, may actually be a cause or at least a contributing factor to the onset of tendon inflammation and bone modifications.
Toe-first landing is often caused by frog and heel over-trimming, long toes, and/or poor shoeing.
The vet will most likely perform flexion tests and nerve block the affected area to see if this reduces the lameness. X-rays or MRI scans of the caudal heel area will allow the vet to identify any cyst-like lesions within the navicular bone, degeneration of the flexor surface of the navicular bone, and mineralisation or calcification of the ligaments associated with the navicular bone.
No one treatment works for all cases, probably because there is no single cause for all cases. The degenerative changes are usually quite advanced by the time the horse is consistently lame, and these changes are believed to be non-reversible. At this time, it is best to manage the condition and focus on alleviating pain and slowing the degeneration.
Painkillers in acute phase
Vasodilators improve blood flow of the hoof
Bisphosphonate: Tildren® (tiludronate disodium) help remodeling bone causing pain (by procap injections)
It is very important to keep the horse fit and be mindful of the horse’s weight. Unnecessary weight puts too much pressure on legs, hooves and of course the navicular area. An intense and proper work schedule is very important to maintain elasticity and vascularisation. High speeds, hard surfaces, irregular terrain and frequent jumping should be avoided.
It is very important to know navicular disease cannot be fixed. Prognosis is usually guarded. It is fair to assume that the horse will not return to its former level of competition, however, with correct management, horses with navicular disease can remain useful for some time.
The goal is to reduce the pressure on the navicular area by biomechanics. If heels are down, there will be pressure on the deep flexor which puts pressure on the navicular bone. Conversely, with the heels up then you release off pressure off this area. Of course trimming is important. It is vital to keep the right balance depending on the horse’s conformation regardless of the size. The most commonly used shoes for this condition are the Eggbar shoes, NBS and reverse shoes (assuming the horse will be working in soft ground), or aluminum shoes for their lightness. Usually rolling is most welcome to help movement with less break-over and less pressure on the joint, tendon and ligament. In addition leather or silicon pads can be used as necessary to provide cushioning.
This depends totally on the level of the disease. It’s always better to go slowly with therapeutic work and start simply with treatment and have resources to spare if the syndrome develops.
November was a fast and furious month for the students, staff and volunteers of the Al Marmoom Initiative.
Block 2 started with ‘Basic Riding’ as the weather is now cool enough to saddle up for more weekly challenges. Students have been learning the basics while perfecting their balance on horseback. Nothing is every boring at Al Marmoom so each lesson involved games and activities to ensure students remain focused and engaged in their learning. November has also been a creative month for the students who have been working with Simone and creating beautiful art using horseshoes.
The Greenhouse is steadily increasing its produce every week and the bumper crop is being harvested by the Special needs students. All of the plants in the Greenhouse are being grown organically and Al Marmoom are in the process of applying for official Organic certification – watch this space! We hope to pass their stringent criteria. The ‘Farm Shop’ is up and running and will welcome customers to purchase some of the delicious vegetables on sale. Students will be adding their art work to the walls to show how they’ve been enjoying their gardening sessions. Amongst all the vegetables and herbs, the gardeners have been planting lots of flowers and by February 2017, the Greenhouse should be filled with colour and beautiful scents in time for the Al Marmoom Flower show.
The Centre has always been a hive of activity but this month even more visitors have made their way to a very special part of the desert. Dubai’s Medical College for Women and GEMS World Academy all sent groups of willing volunteer students to help the staff make the sessions even more fun. And the Arabian Ranches Ladies group also spared some time to check out the numerous activities. All those who visit Al Marmoom are amazed at the wide range of disciplines and events that are conducted on site.
Looking forward to December and the Centre’s ‘Festival of fun’ on Friday 16th December at 3pm. Students will be showing off their skills learned over the past months and demonstrating to family and friends just how much they’ve progressed. Look out for the pictures from THE BIGGEST EVENT in Al Marmoom history in next month’s edition!!!
Al Marmoom Initiative Volunteers
By Annie Haresign
Another new pony, Barney the Shetland, joined his stable mates and has started his training and exercise programme. Barney hopes to graduate to become as professional driving pony just like Zorro, his mini mentor! Jim the Quarter horse has just flown in from Scotland and is just getting used to a warmer winter than he’s used to.
Jim is a Western trained horse and will help the students learn another new discipline to add to their achievements. Lennie, Pablo and Too Much Make up have settled in and are training for their new career.
Lennie the Clydesdale and Pablo the Quarter horse are progressing well and will be ready for their first students very soon. Too Much Make up, or ‘Make up’ to her friends has wowed everyone with her beautiful blue eyes – yes, she’s our little Princess who just loves attention and fuss.
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Bits by Nada Binghalib
The first thing to look at on any device you put in your horse's mouth is its contact area, the size of the area that actually touches the horse&transmits pressure or feel. When trainers talk about "pounds of pressure" on a bit, it means pounds/square inch of pressure over this contact area. The thinner the bit, the less contact area it has & the greater the pounds/square inch of pressure. The thicker the bit, the greater the contact area & the lower the pounds/square inch of pressure. Put another way, the thinner the bit, the more noticeable any pressure on the bars will be. With a thicker bit, the same amount of rein pressure will be less noticeable. So the effective size of the mouthpiece is the first thing to look at because it will determine how noticeable the pressure you apply will be. Rough bit surfaces such as twists reduce the area where pressure is felt.
The second thing to look at is whether the mouthpiece is straight or whether it is shaped so it relieves the pressure on the tongue. If the bit is straight, the horse's tongue absorbs some of the pressure & the horse will feel less pressure on the bars. The bars are the only place in the mouth we use to communicate an understandable directional pressure.
The third thing to look at is whether the bit has leverage. The way to measure leverage is to compare the distance from the mouthpiece to where the reins attach to the distance from the mouthpiece to the curb chain (or strap). Most curb bits have a 3:1 leverage ratio. So if you put 10 pounds of pull on the reins, the horse will feel 30 pounds of pressure squeezing his mouth. Leverage decreases the amount of time it takes for the horse to feel bit pressure. If you have a bit with 3:1 leverage, the horse feels 10 pounds of pressure 3 X faster than he would if you applied 10 pounds of pressure with a non-leverage bit like a snaffle. To make this kind of bit pressure understandable&horse logical you would have to soften the pressure to reward the horse 3 X as quickly as you would with a non-leverage bit. Because of this exaggerated pressure&release, curb bits impede true feel and understanding between you & your horse.
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ADCB Pink Polo
By Sophie Dyball
We were very pleased to receive VIP tickets for the Pink Polo match (4th of November) sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB). This annual charity event involves a sophisticated day out at the Polo to help raise awareness for breast cancer. The mention of a formal dress code provided an ideal opportunity to discuss wardrobe options and outfits were carefully selected to suit the occasion.
Arriving at the event full of excitement and anticipation; we were delighted to receive a small free gift and raffle voucher upon arrival. Every girl loves a freebie right! As we walked the pink carpet feeling like glamorous celebrities, we had our photo take in front of the ADCB signboard, then proceeded to take our seats. Special care and attention had been taken to stylishly decorate the venue surrounding the polo field which was awash with gorgeous pink decorations.
Whilst seated, we were attentively looked after and inundated with free beverages which was greatly appreciated on the warm day. After cooling down, we decided to go and explore what was happening around the field. On the other side of the field, we could hear lively music and see plenty of people so we thought we would cross the field and check out the action. En route, we saw a fashion show taking place and Dubai Drums drumming away with kids watching fully engaged. On the other side we were blown away by the electric atmosphere where there was music, games and kids dancing. This was definitely the happening place to be! Pick Caravan had a booth to offer free breast examinations to all the ladies. VivaFit, my local gym, were also there giving a free body analysis and nutritional advice. Did you need a mani or a pedi? You could get one of those too while you were there! Health and general wellbeing were core features of the event. It was amazing how many people had turned out and laid their picnic blankets on the floor in anticipation of the match starting. It was also spectacular to watch all the pink balloons being released into the air with everyone around helping to release them from the nets. It was just mesmerizing as they all floated away…..a highlight of the event. Finally, after the exciting extras finished; it was time for the horses to arrive and the polo to begin! The match itself was not a disappointment and the crowd gathered truly enjoyed all the excitement on the pitch. You were so close to the action where ever you sat …..It really is a great spectator sport. This worthy charity and enjoyable event is a fantastic day out for all the family and definitely one to visit next year.
SADDLE TALK By Martina Boor
When people ask me what I do for living I usually launch into a semi-lengthy explanation trying to capture the essence of saddle fitting. But to think about it, this would be my very own short summary.
We know that horses are not created to be ridden. Their skeletal structure was not developed to carry a great lump of weight (mostly unbalanced weight) on their backs whilst being asked to perform some pretty demanding athletic tasks at the same time. The saddle fitter’s purpose is to make sure that the negative impact of the rider on a horses’ skeletal and muscular structure is minimal or none. Yes, I know, harsh. But I am a rider too….we are mostly unbalanced.
My main aim is to distribute the rider’s weight evenly over the entire surface of the saddle panels. The pressure under the font of the panels should not be larger than the one under the cantle (back of the saddle) or through the centre – right under your seat. Should the weight distribution not be equal from front to back and across the horses’ shoulder, you will be creating pressure areas and that means potential consequences such as muscle atrophy, alteration of gaits, compensation through other body parts and potential injuries or lameness that may not be immediately identified as saddle related. Other consequences include pain or discomfort at least. You can pretty much tell these by the behavioral issues horses display.
There are three points for people to be looking at when assessing the horse’s overall wellbeing and saddle fit. However, it could also mean there is a need for further therapy or a vet visit.
Behavioral issues when in training. Bucking, rearing, going disunited, and only landing on one leg after the fence and so
Behavioral issues in the stable. Reluctance to get tacked up; difficulty having their legs picked up; difficulty to get on; irritable when grooming etc.
Things to look for. Asymmetry – look at the horse’s front shoulders. Horses are born right or left handed, the same as us humans, and with age the difference will become more prominent. Asymmetric shoulders can cause saddle slipping and the same goes for uneven hind quarters and thus uneven movement. Does your saddle pad slip to one side or wrinkles on one side more than the other? These are signs of asymmetry and will affect the fit of your saddle. Watch your horses move in walk and trot on regular basis. See the movement and try to translate this on how will this affect his overall ‘going’ and also the saddle fit. Also, be aware of your own asymmetry. Look for uneven sweat patches in saddle area after riding. These will tell you about uneven pressure under the saddle.
There are so many (many!) articles and videos on correct saddle fitting techniques, on how to spot the incorrectly fitted saddle and on how to check your own saddle that I am not going to have them repeated yet again. Just google “correct saddle fitting techniques” and the first page results will be accurate and almost identical. Do it, learn!
Having worked with so many horses that landed with new careers (such as ex racing/polo/endurance horses trying to tackle jump courses or look elegant inside the dressage arenas) gave me an inside of working with horses through some pretty impressive transformations. Fitting a saddle for a horse that is about to switch disciplines, or finding the fit for a rescue is like looking into a crystal ball; you need to think of ‘what may be’. Some changes are dramatic and you want to be able to foresee them and suggest a saddle that will allow for these.
Some other points listed below are just simple examples of theories and misconceptions that I encounter way too often during my daily client visits.
MY HORSE IS YOUNG AND WILL CHANGE SHAPE. MY OLD SADDLE WILL DO FOR NOW AND I WILL GET A NICE ONE FOR HIM WHEN HE PUTS SOME MUSCLE/WEIGHT ON. The greatest challenge you can face with young horses is that once they get pinched and hurt by their saddle, it is difficult to regain that trust. Make sure you spend lots of time finding the perfect saddle for a youngster; be it new or second hand. I would suggest a wool flocked panel that can be adjusted more easily than latex (foam) and possibly adjustable tree if the changes are expected to be more dramatic. Keep checking the saddle every 3-4 months as young horses can change their shape fast when ridden correctly. Wool flocked saddles can be easily rebalanced through flocking and correct using of shims (pad inserts) when adjusting to some minor changes. The same philosophy can be applied when dealing with a re-homed/rescue or a horse that is to be retrained for a new discipline. Be ready for the transformations and be kind and efficient from the start.
MY SADDLE FITS, IT WAS MADE FOR MY HORSE. WHEN? JUST BEFORE HE TRAVELED HERE.
Your horse will change shape during the journey and quarantine, his musculature will respond to the warmer climate and it may take you a few weeks if not months to have him back to the place of shape and fitness as when you bought him. Keep an eye on the saddle. Also, bear in mind that he was probably ridden by professional riders that most of us, sadly, are not. Correct training and riding are essential to not only muscle development but also to its maintenance.
YOUR CLOSE CONTACT SADDLE SHOULD NOT BE TOUCHING YOUR HORSES SPINAL PROCESSES/WITHERS.
Close contact still means that when sitting in the saddle you need to be able to stick two fingers under the pommel (front of the saddle) and feel the clearance between the saddle and the horse’s spine. If your horse has long withers, make sure that the clearance runs till the end of the wither. Use a whip to do this if you have to. Look around how many long withered horses have patches of white hair towards the back of their withers caused by saddle pressure.
SADDLE IN THE RIGHT PLACE.
Show jumpers! Moving the saddle towards the horse’s ears and gluing it with a breast plate will probably cost you that last fence down in a jump off. When you block horses shoulder it cannot rotate in its full capacity. There needs to be 3 fingers clearance between the back of the shoulder and where the saddle tree starts (usually marked by a manufacturer’s logo or a metallic ‘button’ on both sides). While the actual leather flaps will cover the shoulder, it is the tree structure that needs to stay behind the shoulder. I tend to see plenty of examples of correctly fitting saddles being placed in the wrong place, both jumping and dressage.
MY SADDLE NEEDS ADJUSTING. IT’S TOO NARROW AND IT BLOCKS THE MARE’S SHOULDER.
About 80% of complains of this nature would result in facing quite the opposite problem. When your saddle is too wide (even ever so marginally wider that required) the lack of support in the front panels will cause the saddle to collapse in that front area thus putting more pressure on the trapezius muscle and the shoulder. You can usually spot this by the saddle having rocking movement when checking it on horses’ back or by the back of the saddle lifting up and down when being ridden.
I could continue going on and on and perhaps The Show Hub team will let me discuss further issues in a future edition. But as this is the December issue, here’s wishing you all the best for the New Year. May 2017 bring happiness to you and your horses. May we all receive a bigger dose of knowledge that will help us be better riders, owners, and professionals! And may we be we reminded every day how lucky we are to spend some time together with the beautiful creatures that are horses.
App of the Month – Intelligent Organising Committee (IOC)
http://equinesolutions.co/ web-based and available for Android and iPhone
This system covers the smallest details in the art of administrating the International Equestrian Championships, the stages are that of pure simplicity.
Designed by a group of equestrian professionals to serve those in Sport Management (Shows organising, Federations, Clubs & Riders) with a vision to get rid of paperwork negating the need for experts and eradicating the possibility of errors. This application manages the affairs of the Federation and Clubs and organises the calendar of National competitions. From registration of Clubs, horses, Officials and riders to publishing the league calendars it tracks every detail and supports services offered by the Federation including FEI imported entry though to the veterinary inspection and rider declarations to the start list order and results reports including prize money calculations.
For the clubs and owners the App provides a way to accurately monitor transactions and communicate livery availability plus any departures and arrivals. It is easy to use ultimately saving time and money.
Al Ain FBH was bought by the Columbian rider, Teran Tafur, after her win in the YH GP in Italy. We are very happy that she is going to a rider who recently won the One Million Grand Prix in the USA. Al Ain is an exceptional horse whose name (a city in the UAE) will be seen all over the international circuit.
Congratulations to her previous owner FBH Stables and Her rider Abdullah Al Marri who brought her up through the levels with many fantastic results.
Our Digital Application of the month
Special Occasion Horse Cake
This is an impressive cake to make for the stables as a way to celebrate your horse special day.
4 cups of uncooked Oatmeal
2 cups of plain Flour
2 cups of shredded Apple
1 cup of shredded Carrots
2 teaspoon Salt
3 tablespoon Sugar
4 tablespoons Coconut Oil (corn oil will do)
3/4 cup Water
1 cup Date Syrup
4 Apples sliced thinly
Date Syrup to brush as glaze
1. Preheat oven to 180 deg C.
2. Grease a 8” round cake tin with a little of the coconut oil (HINT: a spring form tin is best).
3. Add all the cake ingredients in a large bowl and mix.
4. Add the ingredient into the oiled cake tin.
5. Place the sliced apple around the top of the cake mix.
6. Brush the apples and cake top with date syrup (as a glaze).
7. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour (test with a skewer to see if center is cooked).
8. Allow to cool to handle and remove cake tin.
9. If you want to finish off for a birthday, shape some carrot sticks in the form of candles and stick in top of cake.
10. Slice as you would a cake and share!!!
Photo credit - Tara Hamilton
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