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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Bits: Wallaby Hill winners, a vale and summer reminder

WALLABY Hill Farm in NSW held CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S and CCI2*-S classes last week.

The Bowral Kubota CCI4*-S was won by Cathryn Herbert riding the stallion Wimborne Constable.

The CCI3*-S was won by Olivia Barton riding Henrik APH and the CCI2*-S was won by Hazel Shannon and her new mount Willinga Park Chelsea. This is WillingaPark Chelsea’s first CCI competition on Australian soil after travelling to Australia recently from the UK.


BRIAN Lavery, a much-loved gentleman and international showjumping course designer, died last week in Victoria

Brian’s course designing career commenced in South Africa in 1973 and he was appointed to the FEI International Course Designers Level 3 panel in 1986. He designed courses at many major shows including the South African National Show Jumping Championship on six occasions and numerous World Cup Qualifiers both in South Africa and Australia. Brian represented South Africa at four FEI international course designing seminars.

In Australia, he conducted many seminars for course designers at all levels and devoted much time to one-on-one mentorship of course designers preparing for shows, including the critique of their draft course plans.

A service in his memory will be held at 4.30pm at Barrina Gardens Hall on December 10.


APPLICATIONS for places in the 2023 Jumping Victoria Youth Squads are open and can be made online via this link.

Any questions can be directed to


HORSE people who have worked at or simply just admired Lloyd Williams’ beautiful Macedon Lodge property at Macedon will be interested to know it has closed.

The horses have dispersed to other stables.

Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott most notably are the new trainers of 2020 Epsom Derby (2420m) winner Serpentine and younger brother King of the Castle, the pair settling into their new surrounds at Randwick.


FEMKE de Laat has sold her nine-year old KWPN-licensed stallion Intro K to new Australian owners. He will continue his career with Heather and Kate Kyros.


HORSE owners have been dealing with floods but it’s time now to get ready for the hot days to come.

Despite delayed start to the fire season, the Country Fire Authority (CFA) is reminding Victorians to clean up their properties to prepare for the increasing fire risk as warmer weather arrives.

CFA chief officer Jason Heffernan said firefighters were preparing for this year’s fire season and asked all residents to do their part by preparing their properties and fire plans.

“There are so many simple actions Victorians can take and repeat to keep their property safe from bush or grassfires,” he said.

“Most of them are basic chores such as clearing your gutters, picking up loose leaves and twigs, pruning tree branches so they aren’t overhanging the roof or touching the walls of your property, or even just keeping your lawn under 10cm tall.”


PROOF that horse people also like gardening is the fact that the Facebook site “Gardens for Equine Enthusiasts” now has more than 1400 members. Created by judge and steward Tony Norris through the pandemic, people brag about their plants and share advice, with horses never even mentioned.


ENDURANCE riders looking for new opportunities, there is an opening for at least one rider to join the 2023 Berwick Endurance team.

For more information, please send your enquires to the Berwick Endurance Stud Facebook page via Messenger.


CONGRATULATIONS to all the riders who participated in the Pony Club International Showjumping. The Australian team of riders from Western Australia rode at Dyandra last month. You can view the teams and results here.


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