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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

BRIEFS: Traceability scheme consultation about to close

THERE is only just over one week left for horse owners to comment on proposed new national traceability laws.

Under the scheme, a record will be required when a horse is moving to another property with a different property identification code (PIC) on which it will then reside.

A movement record must be created with 24 hours of a movement or within 24 hours of a horse being processed at an abattoir or knackery.

This record must include details regarding the horse/s that were moved, the PIC or address of the property from which the horse/s were dispatched, PIC or address of the property to which the horse/s were taken, date of the movement and name and contact details of the person creating the record.

Movement records are not required where a horse is being temporarily moved to be exercised, attend an equestrian event or show where a record of its attendance is kept by the event organisers, or to receive veterinary treatment, provided the horse will return directly to its property of residence.

Owners and carers, transporters, selling agents, processors, studs and organisers of race meetings, agricultural shows and equestrian events will be required to keep and maintain records.

All sectors of the horse industry are invited to provide feedback on what the proposed rules, if implemented, will mean for them via an online survey.

Surveys must be completed before close of business on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.


TWO Australian riders competed at the FEI Eventing World Championships 2022 Test Event and CCIO4*S Nations Cup that took place on the weekend in Italy.

Bill Levett riding Sligo Candy Cane finished 14th and Andrew Hoy riding Blooms des Hauts Crets finished 28th.

The test event is held to give organisers a practice-run before the actual championships. Pratoni del Vivaro will be hosting the FEI World Championships for Eventing and Driving from September 15-25.

Course Designer Giuseppe della Chiesa and Director of the Championships was happy.

“From a sports side the cross-country went well here this week,” he said. “From the side of the organisation, there's a lot to do yet but we are getting there, and it was very important to have this competition as a Nations Cup and also as a test event.

"The nature of the soil here is something unique. Horses love it and if it rains, it doesn’t change it and there are very few places in the world like that. It is an important venue as the Olympic venue in 1960 and is one of the very few Olympic venues which is still used for the same purpose.”

Andrew Hoy was pleased with Bloom des Hauts Crets owned by Odaria Finemore as the pair completed their 15th consecutive cross-country run with no jumping penalties. This gives 'Bloom des Hauts Crets' a perfect cross-country jumping record with 15 jumping clears from international starts.

"Bloom was amazing today and felt exceptional on the tough hills of Pratoni,” Hoy said. “I am so very proud of this beautiful girl.” They were well placed after the cross country, but two rails down in showjumpiing dropped them down the leader board.

Levett and Sligo Candy Cane also jumped clear cross-country.


A LENGTHY report by the French Parliament is asking the organising committee of the 2024 Olympic Games for a complete overhaul of the rules regarding equestrian sport, totally bypassing the FEI.

They say their aim is to make Paris 2024 the Olympic Games of equine welfare and have listed 46 recommendations to improve welfare across all disciplines.

In a section that affects all FEI sports are rules on equipment, banning the use of draw reins, the use of gag bits in the cross country and elevator bits being used together with martingales, nosebands (including cranks and grackles) and for noseband tightness to be checked using the ISES taper gauge.

The report recommends a ban on riders using hyperflexion describing it as “any head and neck position where the nose is behind the vertical”. Riding without spurs in dressage is also recommended and using the whip more than once in an event.


THE NSW Police Force is on the lookout for new equine recruits.

They need to be 16 hands or more of solid build and bay, brown or black and under 12 years of age. They must have had plenty of exposure to crowds, like pony club or shows. They are offered rotational holidays throughout the year, vaccinations, good stabling and a forever home. Email the NSW Mounted Police Unit:


THE Tom Quilty Gold Cup is one of the oldest and best-known endurance rides in the world and has traditionally attracted international competitors keen to try the unique Australian conditions.

Lining up for this year’s 56th staging of the ride on July 9-10 at Tooraweenah NSW will be top-rated Mexican endurance rider Jose Luis Flores.

Jose, 49, will be making the trip from his home city of Puebla to fulfill a long-held ambition to compete in the iconic event.

“Ever since I learned about endurance riding, I’ve dreamed about riding the two most prestigious and oldest rides in the world – the Tevis Cup in the USA and Tom Quilty Gold Cup in Australia. I was planning to ride in Australia in 2020 when the pandemic hit so that plan was delayed.” *

MELBOURNE International Three Day event tickets are on sale now. Held every Queen’s birthday long weekend in June, the finest horse riders in the country arrive at the picturesque Werribee Park precinct to compete at Victoria’s premier eventing competition. The cross country course winds its way past the Werribee Park Open Range Zoo, the Mansion Hotel and Spa, State Rose Garden, the Werribee Park Polo fields and the National Equestrian Centre. Complemented by a large, undercover winter trade village and evening entertainment there is something for everyone, young and old.



Mary Hanna has begun to campaign her Tokyo Olympic mount Calanta and has placed fifth or better at both.

At the the CDI3* Redefin (GER) in the Grand Prix Freestyle they scored 72.120%. Her other mount Syriana arrived safely in Germany and has begun work.

In the USA, James Arkins and Eurostar I finished on the podium in third place in the CSI3* Grand Prix at Kentucky Horse Park. They jumped two perfect rounds in the famed Rolex Stadium.

"Absolutely thrilled,” he said. “What a great start to this leg of our trip. Can’t wait to see what unfolds.”

At The Royal Windsor Horse Show in Britain, Boyd Exell showed he is the master of four-in hand, winning the CAIO4* Land Rover Grand Prix nearly 16 penalties clear of his closest rival, Glenn Geerts (BEL). It was his ninth win in the competition.


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