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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Bits: Sire retires, Bendigo Pony Club moves and endurance news


ABOVE: Dynasty of Kings by Australian equine artist Lyn Beaumont.

THE champion racehorse and sire Lohnro retired from stud work this week age 22 so it's appropriate that Lyn Beaumont’s famous painting of him, his beautiful sire Octagonal, his Sire Zabeel and his sire Sir Tristram should be our lead photo for this week. It’s called Dynasty of Kings. Both Lohnro and Octagonal have produced beautiful show horses and jumpers as well as race track champions. Lyn’s work can be viewed and purchased here.


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BENDIGO Pony Club is moving away from the site it has used for 60 years. It follows the City of Greater Bendigo signing a nine-year lease with Bendigo Foodshare, allowing the charity to build a new warehouse on the club grounds at the corner of Breen St and Belle Vue Rd in Golden Square. The club will keep its Bendigo name but will be based at Goornong, a town 30km north of Bendigo. It follows Braybrook, the last inner Melbourne pony club, closing last year.


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CONGRATULATIONS Tor Van Den Berge on winning the FEI 3* Horse Pairs class at Exloo in the Netherlands. What a great result for Australia.

Andrew Damsma completed the event with his young horses and against some very experienced competition.

Equestrian Australia High Performance is calling for expressions of interest for drivers wishing to represent Australia at the following FEI Driving World Championships:

  • Combined Ponies, Oirschot (NED) 30 August - 3 September 2023

  • Horse Pairs, Le Pin au Haras (FRA) 27 September - 1 October 2023

The Australian Selection Policy for these Championships, along with the Expression of Interest Form, can be found on the EA website.


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ENDURANCE fans have an opportunity to take part in an online chat with Australia’s two entrants in the recent FEI World Championships.

Jodie Salinas and Andrea Laws-King will be online tomorrow (March 30) at 7.30pm (AEST) talking about their experience. It is a chance to learn about the Endurance pathways and find out what it takes to get to the top.

Organised by the EA Endurance Committee, the session will inspire, inform and celebrate the 2022 World Championship team's success. It's free to attend, to register use this link.

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WATCH out for scammers. With so many big equestrian events happening at present, and several available to watch online, be aware that every event so far has had a fake pay-to-view offer made on a very realistic message. Don’t be fooled and check with organisers before paying for something that is simply after your money.


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THE Australian Endurance Riders Association (AERA) advises of two adverse analytical findings involving prohibited substances have been found at recent rides. A horse tested positive to the prohibited substance Levamisole at the Tasmanian State Championships held on November 18 last year. The horse, Melody, and rider Melissa Stewart have been disqualified from the ride. Ms Stewart received penalties in accordance with the AERA/EADCM rules, by the imposition of fines, loss of results and associated awards, and requirement to pay costs.

There was another adverse analytical finding involving prohibited substances at the South Australian State Championships held on November 11, when a horse tested positive to the prohibited substances phenylbutazone and oxyphenbutazone.

The horse Bullio Gebreselassie and rider Wendy Riha have been disqualified from the ride. Ms Riha received penalties in accordance with the AERA/EADCM rules, by the imposition of fines, loss of results and associated awards and requirement to pay costs.

AERA would again remind all persons involved in the sport of endurance to be aware of the risks in campaigning horses who have been given any medications and owners should always seek advice from their veterinarians.


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THE Australian Stock Horse Society is launching the Hi-Point Polocrosse Awards in NSW and Queensland for the 2023 season.

These awards are free to enter and open to all competition-eligible, registered Australian Stock Horses playing polocrosse at designated club carnivals throughout NSW and Queensland.

More information including the terms and conditions and nomination forms will be available soon through the society's website.


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THE Adelaide Equestrian Festival runs from April 20-23 in the eastern parklands.

While Victorian rider Sophia Hill and Humble Glory have set Victoria alight with three consecutive wins in the last few months, Olympian rider Shane Rose and Be My Daisy have taken the win at Tamworth International in the Double R CCI4*-S, adding 10.4 time faults to their dressage score to finish on 40.10.

The competition will be well worth waiting for. For more information about the event or to purchase tickets visit the official website.


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DRESSAGE fans will be happy that Australian Simone Pearce will ride in next week’s FEI World Cup Finals in Omaha (US) riding Fiderdance. More information on the 2023 FEI Dressage World Cup Final can be found online here.



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