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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Bits: Showjumper dies, NZ opportunity and mozzie publication for downloading

WITH the flood events and prevailing wet weather leading to increased waterlogging and an excess of water across many parts of eastern Australia, mosquito-borne diseases such as Ross River Fever and Japanese encephalitis are a major concern.

A new publication, Mosquito Management For Horses, is well worth a read and can be downloaded below.

Download PDF • 15.62MB


ONE of showjumping’s best-loved characters died on November 16. Max Towns was a true horseman of his time. The showjumping rider, father of Katrina Towns and owner of great horses like Big John and the wonderful Johnny Reb will be farewelled with a Memorial Service on Wednesday, November 30, at The Marburg Showgrounds.

Max was 85.


EXPRESSIONS of interest are being called for the Young Rider Jumping Event on Borrowed Horses in Gisborne, New Zealand, on January 27 to 29, 2023.

Riders who meet the age category of 14 – 21 years as of July 31, 2023, should indicate their interest to compete by submitting an application form.

The opportunity is for four riders to compete in a 120cm showjumping event, with expenses covered by New Zealand Federation. Accommodation whilst in New Zealand, some meals, lunches and dinner, sightseeing and activities will be included.

Flights to and from New Zealand and some meals will be the athletes’ responsibility.

Anyone interested will need to complete the Expression of Interest on the Equestrian Australia website and return it to EA High Performance Jumping Manager, Todd Hinde, via email to by Friday, December 2.


HAVE you heard about the Gaucho Derby in Patagonia? Seen in on TV? Want to ride in it? Well here’s your chance. If you think you can tackle the famous ride, first you need to do the Academy, a multi-day immersive and educational experience which trains equestrians to be able to tackle the 500km race. Find out more here.


NOMINATIONS open this week for the 2022 Equestrian West Australia Awards. The categories and how to vote advice can be found on the awards website.


A CLINIC by FEI Individual World Driving Champion Boyd Exell in Victoria's Western District in January will be open to spectators.

Forty-six sessions will be held over the course of the clinic's four days where Boyd will share his knowledge with those in attendance.

Boyd's horsemanship transcends the sport of driving and spectators from all equestrian disciplines are invited to attend.

The clinic starts on January and will be held at Greenwood Park, Warrayure.

All enquiries about the clinic should be directed to Elizabeth Lawrence at


THE Equestrian WA Para-Equestrian Committee is holding a Para-Equestrian Information Day on Saturday, December 3, as part of International Day of People with Disability.

This event is an opportunity to learn more about Para-Equestrian, meet the people pioneering the sport in WA including Paralympian Sharon Jarvis and to find out how to get involved in the sport.

For further information on how to participate, visit the Equestrian WA website.


THE Victorian branch of Equestrian Australia has put out its yearly balance sheet and report. Anyone interested in taking a look can find it here.


MANSFIELD and District Adult Riding Club has made the decision to cancel the TTT showjumping event this year due to the grounds being too wet. The next TTT showumping will be held on the weekend of October 7 and 8, 2023.

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