Pilyara’s New Horse – Star

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEverything has taken a back seat lately due to Pilyara’s latest acquisition – a new horse. I’ve always been a staunch advocate of Australian Stock Horses. Possibly the world’s most versatile horse and descended from the legendary Walers, they are often referred to as ‘the breed for every need’. Bred for Australian conditions, stock horses are fine working and performance animals, renowned for their temperament, endurance, resilience and strength. But I’m also an admirer of warmbloods – middle-weight performance horses originating in Europe. They are somewhere in the middle between heavy draft animals (cold bloods) and light saddle horses such as thoroughbreds, stock horses and Arabians (hot bloods). So when a lovely half-stock horse, half-warmblood mare came on the market, I couldn’t resist!

BFD Riptide

BFD Riptide, Star’s sire

Star’s dam carries the  great stockhorse bloodlines of Gundy Bruce and the world-renowned Souvenir via Victory II. Her sire is a Holsteiner, thought to be the oldest of warmblood breeds, tracing back to the 13th century. Riptide BFD, carries a double cross of the imported champion  Romedio via Mountbatten (Grand Prix dressage & US Olympic Team listed) and Rembrandt (showjumper).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe only reason I could afford such a well-bred mare, is because she didn’t reach the desired height of 16 hh. Anyway, I’m besotted and have been spending all my time with her. (Hope the other horses don’t get jealous!) I even spent New Year’s Eve cleaning horse gear, and getting my father’s beautiful old stock saddle in top shape for her. So I hereby dedicate this post to Star, and now I’m off to the stables again …


Equitana 2012

Now the excitement of the release of Brumby’s Run is settling down, I think it’s important to return to some more important issues – horses! More particularly, Equitana 2012. Equitana is the most anticipated annual equine event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere attracting over 50,000 visitors. The next event will be held at the Melbourne Showgrounds from 15th to 18th November 2012. It will be four days of everything to do with horses, and will feature Olympic gold medallists, world renowned educators, aussie cowboys, an elite equine competition program and over 300 exhibitors making up the largest horsey shopping spree in Australia!


Sunday 18th November 3.15pm – 4.30pm, TuffRock Arena

This year there is a thrilling new addition to their outdoor competition program – the  Australian Stockhorse State of Origin Challenge. Ten top horses and riders,  from different states will complete a tight and demanding time trial course. This challenge is a high action competition against the clock, with a strong component of crowd interaction and excitement. Obstacles will be set in Australian bush fashion, with loads of surprises for competitors. It will involve lots of fast paced, precision riding and I can’t wait to see the best of the best competing!

There will be teams of two riders from five states, representing Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania.  Both state rider’s points will be added together, to obtain the winning score and determine who will gain the title of “Challenge Master” of the Equitana State of Origin competition. I’ll be barracking firmly for Victoria of course! Perhaps I’ll see you there …

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.equitana.com.au