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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Bits: Memorial service details, vet law concern and more

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A MEMORIAL service to celebrate the lives of Max and Kristin Marriott will be held at the Glasshouse, Benalla Lakeside Community Centre at 2pm on Friday (February 17) from 2pm. The service can be live streamed via the NJ Todd Funeral Services website. Private family burials will precede the memorial service.

Max and Kristen, well-known Clydesdale breeders from north-east Victoria, died as a result of an accident on January 20.


AUSTRALIA'S first young warmblood auction will be held at Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre on March 4-5. By looking at the lots on the website it will not disappoint, with some of the best bred horses in the country on offer.

All stock will be registered, youngstock aged two and over will also have radiographs that will be available.

The stock can be viewed by appointment on Friday before the auction, or on the public viewing day on Saturday.

The offering ranges from foals and young horses with world-class pedigrees, to young horses already qualified for Australia's Young Horse Championships. Frozen semen from top Australian stallions Stedinger, Bluefields Berlin, Kilimanjaro, Kingsley Tarpania and Mayfield Pzazz, as well as International IFS doses, will also be auctioned.


EQUESTRIAN Australia has announced the team for the CSIO4* Nations Cup competition to be held in Wellington, Florida, US, from February 28 to March 5.

Australia will be represented by four combinations in the Nations Cup competition, with a further two riders jumping as individuals at the event.

The team is Lauren Balcomb and Verdini D’Houtveld Z, David Cameron and Oaks Come by Chance, Thaisa Erwin and Vanturo and Matt Williams and Meadowvale Cruise The individuals are Scott Keach and Noble de la Chapelle and Michelle Lang McMahon and KS Rubellite.


IF you haven’t yet been to Victoria’s Living Legends at Oaklands near Tullamarine Airport, they will have a very important lady to visit in the next week. Makybe Diva is returning, arriving Thursday (February 16) and will be there until February 20. The mare is in Melbourne for the Festival of Racing.


WARATAH Showjumping has been selected to host the 2023 Australian Jumping Championships.

The event will be held at Sydney International Equestrian Centre from October 31 to November 5. The event has been held in Victoria for 11 years and this will be the first time at the centre in Sydney. Event Director Edwena Mitchell acknowledges the tremendous efforts and great success that Boneo Park has had over the past six COVID-interrupted years and hopes to deliver another successful championships in 2023.

“There are big shoes to fill after 11 years in Victoria at two great venues and we thank the Equestrian Australia jumping committee for this opportunity and its support,” she said.


BONEO Park, the home of many Australian international dressage and jumping competitions is for sale.

The property is located on the Mornington Peninsula and came into the McNaught family's ownership 20 years ago. They restored the Tootgarook Wetland and developed the land into one with national significance, especially from an environmental perspective.

The family is offering for sale both the business as a going concern and the landholding, which is set across 318 hectares and 12 titles. The business will continue to run as usual throughout the sale period.


CONCERN has been raised over the wording of South Australia’s Draft Veterinary Services Bill.

Animal Care Australia (ACA) says the new definition of a “veterinary service” now includes, among other items, “the performance of an invasive or surgical procedure on an animal”.

ACA’s horse and livestock representative Karri Nadazdy says the term invasive procedure has not appeared in previous versions of the Act, has not been defined within the Act (old or new) and is not a universally recognised medical or veterinary term. She says use of the term to define veterinary services is “clearly out of place in South Australia’s Veterinary Services Bill”.

“In its simplest form, an invasive procedure includes many common horse husbandry practices, such as worm drenching, tube feeding foals, flushing wounds, injecting microchips, antibiotics and hormonal treatments, non-surgical artificial insemination and even includes taking your horse’s rectal temperature,” she said.

“It could be argued that shoeing and dental floating are also invasive procedures and only licenced veterinarians may provide these services.”

Consultation on the draft bill closes this Sunday (February 19). Ms Nadazdy is urging horse owners in South Australia to write to the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) asking for the word “invasive” to be removed from the definition.

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