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What’s in a (horse) name?

Jade Salpietro 2 May 2019 No Comments

What’s in a (horse) name?

This week I read a debate on Facebook regarding a well performing pony dressage Welsh Cob whose EA registered name was now different from his Stud’s registered name. Understandably, the breeder was disappointed that such a such a lovely pony was no longer publicly flying the flag for his breeding. Certainly, any horses competing at FEI level must retain the name issued on the horse’s original birth document although there are no EA guidelines on this matter. Similarly, I was recently delighted to see a long-lost foal of mine pop up on Cavalletti for sale. However, my excitement at seeing how beautifully she’d matured into a grown mare was slightly diminished when I realised she was now known by another name. Of course, the practical side of me knew it was silly to feel insulted by the name change. I’m not a breeder so I wasn’t concerned that my stud […]

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Online Equestrian Event Management System set to launch in Australia

Jade Salpietro 20 March 2019 No Comments

Online Equestrian Event Management System set to launch in Australia

Equine Affairs – the Online Equestrian Event Management System Cavalletti Equine Marketplace today announced its intention to bring Equine Affairs – The UK’s Leading Equestrian Online Entry & Show Management System to Australia. The Equine Affairs platform consists of My Riding Life –  a Comprehensive Online Entry System for competitors and My Show Secretary – an Advanced Event Booking and Management System for Organisers. Cavalletti Director Kate Majors-Borg said she acquired the rights to the Australian version of the Equine Affairs platform after recognising the need for an equestrian events management solution with extensive live scoring functionality. “We have a free events calendar on Cavalletti, so I’m always talking to show organisers and entrants about upcoming competitions,” Kate said. “And what has become apparent is that organisers are looking for an affordable events solution which includes a scoring and live results feature to go to the next level of events […]

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Horsehair Jewellery from Living Horse Tails

Jade Salpietro 27 January 2019 No Comments

Horsehair Jewellery from Living Horse Tails

Robert Smith Surtees said, “There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse.” With the rising popularity of horse hair jewellery, there’s now a special way of expressing this close bond between you and your equine partner. Monika Rodger from Living Horse Tails hand crafts the most beautiful horse hair jewellery and gifts that would be cherished by any horse and pony lover. Living Horse Tails custom makes an exclusive range of exquisite pieces including horse tail hair bracelets, browbands, keychains, earrings, necklaces and brooches. There is even a DIY kit available for those who would like to embrace their own creative talents. The ability to send in your own horse hair to create your special keepsake allows you to keep your beloved horse with you always. This would be a wonderful idea for immortalising a special horse who has passed. Monika is able to […]

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Build a custom Flexible Fit bridle

Jade Salpietro 5 December 2018 No Comments

Build a custom Flexible Fit bridle

Have you ever had a bridle that could only fit your horse with the cheek pieces done up unevenly? Or perhaps you’ve bought two bridles in different sizes because your horse takes a cob browband but a full noseband? Flexible Fit Equestrian’s interactive Bridle Builder has been designed with the horse’s comfort (and our bank balance) in mind. Rather than buying a one-size-fits-all solution off the shelf and praying it will fit, Flexible Fit offers the ability for customers to mix and match their bridle pieces. It’s a fun and simple process to custom build your own custom Flexible Fit bridle from a wide selection of browband, noseband and rein styles. Select the colour and markings of your horse, and then start adding bridle parts to see what suits your horse and budget. The Flexible Fit Gel range is made from the finest quality vegetable tanned English Leather. Stitched at […]

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Saddles Plus Prestige Collection

Jade Salpietro 1 December 2018 No Comments

Saddles Plus Prestige Collection

The latest collection from Prestige Italia is now available at Saddles Plus and has all the quality and meticulous detail we have come to expect from this equestrian brand. Highlighted by accents of black, tobacco and grey, the Prestige product range can outfit your horse from boots to bridle. Prestige is known for reliability and functionality. Each product is capable of taking you from your home arena to the competition grounds with confidence. Make sure to check out the state-of-the-art X-Perience showjumping saddle which has a completely new tree. Its innovative geometry is the result of a deep study of horse morphology and human anatomy. The team at Saddles Plus are known as the saddle specialists and are equipped to help you find the best equestrian products at the best price. Talk to them about special orders if the product you’ve got your heart set on isn’t currently available. Prestige […]

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Style at Horseland Midland

Jade Salpietro 25 November 2018 No Comments

Style at Horseland Midland

Horseland Midland are renowned for carrying premium brands from all around the world. At the largest Horseland store in Western Australia, you’ll find all the everyday items you need for your horse as well as top quality, international labels oozing both style and substance. To see us through the rest of Spring 2018, the Horseland Midland team have assembled a mix of luxury equestrian products showcasing a return to blue and plum colours this season. Outfitting the rider with items from Samshield, Pikeur, Animo and Emcee Apparell, Horseland Midland have all the looks for at home and on show. The attention to detail continues with the same timeless quality for your horse. The Schockemohle Equitus Alpha Bridle is anatomically designed to provide comfort for the most sensitive of horses. Designed by Peter Menet, the Amerigo Cervia Siena Dressage saddle has a very deep seat with a wider seat and twist. […]

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Horse Float Maintenance

Kate Majors-Borg 28 August 2018 No Comments

Horse Float Maintenance

Most horse owners (my wife included!) don’t think about their horse float until something goes wrong. But a horse float is a piece of machinery, like a car or a boat and, as such, it requires regular attention to keep it running effectively and safely. Horse floats are often abused as much as they are used: they get kicked and bitten, they get left outside in all weathers, driven on gravel and dirt tracks and, to add insult to injury, they get regularly covered in manure and urine. In order to ensure the safety of your float it is essential to carry out regular (at least monthly) visual inspections. First of all check that the lights and indicators work and then check that the brake master cylinder has adequate brake fluid in it (that’s the little tub on the tow hitch with the screw on cap – the fluid level […]

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Why I Love My Equestrian Discipline

Jade Salpietro 8 August 2018 No Comments

Why I Love My Equestrian Discipline

Somewhere along the line, every horse lover has dreamed of having that perfect connection, that special moment where they become one with their equine partner. The exhilaration, the freedom, the power and the bond between horse and rider are the secrets only equestrians share. Add a dash of passion and a dollop of practice and daydreams start to become reality. Each equestrian discipline holds its own appeal and opens up the possibility of finding you and your horse’s happy place. Cavalletti asked nine Australian horse riders — some just starting out and some competing at the highest level – to explain why they love their chosen sport. Equestrian Discipline: Carriage Driving Debbie McCosh Debbie was introduced to the Carriage Driving discipline about 30 years ago while riding an Arabian stallion at shows. Many of her fellow competitors were showing their horses in harness and Debbie thought that looked so very […]

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Welsh Ponies and Cobs

Jade Salpietro 8 August 2018 No Comments

Welsh Ponies and Cobs

I wasn’t a child who learned to ride on a fat, grey Welsh pony. For some reason, when horse riding became part of my life, I wanted to ride horses, and I wanted the tall ones! Even when I recommenced dressage lessons as an adult, I lusted after 17hh warmbloods with big movement and big personality. Welsh ponies and cobs were not in my trajectory. Over time, both my budget and my riding ability received a reality check, and I started to notice that great horse flesh also came in smaller sizes. The kind more suited to a 5’5”, small framed, mature rider. Now that I own a Welsh Cob (my 14hh Section D mare, affectionately known as the “buckskin barrel”), I can’t ever imagine choosing a different breed. The Welsh Pony and Cob Society (WPCS) of Australia’s tagline is “the breed for all the family”, which may surprise the […]

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The Horse Rider’s Guide to Boot Shopping

Jade Salpietro 10 May 2018 No Comments

The Horse Rider’s Guide to Boot Shopping

‘Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.’ – Bette Midler While every equestrian needs at least one pair of boots for safe riding, it’s easy to find yourself with quite the collection – a competition pair, some good old Wellingtons for mucking out and that spare pair you picked up on sale just in case you switched from wearing black to brown. (There’s no judgement here – boots are awesome.) But, have you ever done the research to work out what boots are best going to suit you? The Cavalletti team have put together this guide so you can leave the saddlery store with what you need, as well as what you want. Boots for beginner riders If you’ve just started riding lessons or recently bought your first horse, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the choice of boots available. Online shopping is fabulous, but […]

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