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Author: Olivia Weatherburn (Nee Ross)

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A podcast series aimed to inspire, motivate and empower horse riders and lovers a like, across New Zealand & the tasman. Stimulating stories and learnings across all disciplines and aspects of horsemanship complimenting resources already at your fingertips. A must listen to as you head down the road to that next adventure on horseback or as you simply get those must do lists completed so you can get back in the saddle.By riders for riders.
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Welcome to episode sixteen and our final episode of season three. In this episode we talk to reining and western horsemanship rider Kelly Keenan whom has a focus on coaching and training of reining and western performance horses and riders across New Zealand. With an extensive riding back ground across America, we discuss her move to New Zealand and share some of her tips and tricks on what she looks for in a horse, training and gear she uses to be at the top of her game. Check...
Welcome to episode fifteen of season three. In this episode we catch up with Otago animal osteopath and rider Kelly Burnett. Growing up with horses and experiencing a number of different disciplines makes Kelly the ideal person for understanding how horses should move and how their bodies are put together. We caught up to discuss everything osteo when it comes to horses and leave you with some more tools for your toolbox for when it comes to caring for your horse. This episode...
Welcome to episode fourteen of season three. In this episode we catch up with the inspirational Beck Nairns who is a French classical dressage rider, breeder of Andalusian and P.R.E horses. As well as being a rider, she has been a taxidermist for 18 years and for the last four years has been using her skills gained from the industry dissecting horses to find answers to those unknown problems that often go the grave with a horse. With a mission to help riders and horse lov...
Welcome to episode thirteen of season three. In this episode we catch up with Liselle Silver who is one of the passionate equestrians behind creating a rare horse breeds society in New Zealand. A place for public to share, promote and learn about the rare horse breeds in NZ. Join us as we discuss the mission, what is a rare breed and stories behind some of them.To find out more check out more check out their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/rarebreedhorsesnz or chec...
Welcome to episode twelve of season three. In this episode we catch up with Kerry Helm who has been part of the Stable to Stirrup team since it started. A charitable trust that is ethically rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming standabred race horses, giving them the chance to enjoy life after racing. With over 120 horses rehomed to date, we discuss what's actually involved and how standabreds are so versatile for so many riders. To find out more check out more check out t...
Welcome to episode eleven of season three. In this episode we catch up with the very humble and talented Chel Clarkin. Cambridge based jewellery maker and designer who has had a life immersed in the world of polo and hunting across NZ and the world. We dive into the journey she been on from her first pony, facing many challenges, to her amazing business Chel Clarkin Jewellery. Which you can check out at: https://cheleclarkin.com To find out more check out more about the ...
Welcome to episode ten of season three. In this episode we catch up with Katie Herries who in January 2023 embarked on the adventure if a lifetime with four freshly broken in horses riding from Rainbow station to Manapouri. A path that took her straight down the centre of the South Island weaving through Stations, Mountains, Lakes and Rivers, all while raising fund for the New Zealand Riding for the Disabled (RDA). We dive into what is involved in preparing for a trek of the this ma...
Welcome to episode nine of season three. In this episode we catch up with Ellie Harrison from Wild Thyme Horsemanship, who like many horse riders just considers herself a everyday rider working with horses. Back in 2021 Ellie was the winner of the Kaimanawa Heritage Horses wild stallion challenge and has since been part of clinics and the evening shows at Equifest NZ in Taupo and Christchurch. We dive into the journey she has had with her stallion Mars along with her jour...
Welcome to episode eight of season three. In this episode we catch up with four star eventing star and Dynavyte sponsored rider Abigail Long (aka Abby). Currently based in Levin she has been running Abby Long Equestrian, professionally competing a team of horses across the country while providing coaching and development opportunities on the family property. In April Abby announced that she is making the big move to the UK to further her career and chase the Olympic dream of being p...
Welcome to episode seven of season three. In this episode we catch up with sixteen year old Holly McKenzie whom in August 2022 had the privilege to travel Brazil as part of the Global Amateur showjumping tour thanks to Lucy Olphert showjumping. We dive into how she came to be part of the travelling team, her horse and achievements in New Zealand and share some of her learnings from the experience. This episode is proudly sponsored by Lucy Olphert Showjumping, check out her webs...
Welcome to episode six of season three. In this episode are in Australia where we catch up with horse woman Steph Lancefield owner and operator of Lancefield bloodstock. Starting out at a riding school in the outer suburbs of Melbourne learning to ride Steph is now the one taking lessons for others in the western world and competing across reigning, cutting and horsemanship classes across Australia as well as being an MC in places and a trainer online as part of The Horse Men Collec...
Welcome to episode five of season three. In this episode we catch up Canterbury based equine photographer Bella Maitland. We discuss everything from her first camera to what happens behind the scenes when it comes to getting that prefect shot of both horse and rider at equine events across New Zealand. Listen to hear the challenges, why photographers do it and how you can assist them to get the money shot! Find out more about Bella's business https://bellamaitlandphot...
Welcome to episode four of season three. In this episode we catch up with Queenslands Joelene Gleeson, a everyday rider who dabbles in both barrel racing and campdrafting with a line of her home breed "Pretty as Paint" performance horses.We discuss how she started her breeding programme, how she has got to where she is today and the cool events she is involved with including the awesome Barrels for a Cause fundraiser.Find out more about Joelene's Horses https://www.facebook.co...
Welcome to episode three of season three. In this episode we catch up with Jade Ward the aspiring founder, owner and operator of Reigning Downs Hauora centre. An amazing business that is the first of its kind, bringing education and equine experiences together, to improve the well-being (Hauora) of the rangatahi of New Zealand.We discuss everything from how the centre came to be, Jade's first pony and what the centre provides each day. To find out more about the centre visit h...
Welcome to episode two of season three. In this episode we talk with Mid Canterbury based barrel racer Emily Daly who gives us a different perspective to barrel racing in New Zealand. We discuss her upbringing in the USA and why she loves the sport. To find out more about barrel racing in New Zealand check out https://www.rodeonz.co.nz/ in Australia https://abha.com.au/This episode is proudly sponsored by ECD Equine check it out on facebook https://www.facebook.com/ecdequineMu...
Welcome to our first episode of season three!We kick this season off with the talented Anna Miles from Waimate in South Canterbury NZ. Anna has her foot in many doors in the horse world from the weighing jockeys at the races, coordinating the South Island foster foal service, running Pear tree farm agistment business and creating unique keep sakes with her business Equine Mementos for horse owners across the country. Sit back and learn more about the foster foal programme and what e...
Welcome to Season 2, episode 14Join us as we talk to Susie Latta who has had 25 years experience when it comes to endurance riding both in New Zealand and on the international stage. We discuss all thing endurance from the rides them self to preparation and vet checks. You can find out more about the sport of endurance by visiting Equestrian Sports New Zealand for the full rules and clubs near you. https://www.nzequestrian.org.nz/disciplines/endurance-ctr/endurance/This episode is p...
Welcome to Season 2, episode 13Join us as we talk to 98 year old Peter Whitehead who travelled across the world from England to end up in Australia at the young age of 13. There he became a stockman in the vast outback of Australia, where he learnt how to break in and train horses. A skill that was highly sought after during WWII and saw him breaking horses in for the Australian Army. He has a true love of animals, especially horses and so many wonderful stories to sha...
Welcome to Season 2, episode 12Join us as we talk to kiwi Justine Hales who back in 2019 competed in and finished the longest horse race in the world known as the Mongol Derby. We discuss the challenges faced, what's involved and how to prepare for such a grueling and exciting adventure.You can find out more about The Mongol Derby by visiting https://equestrianists.com/mongol-derby/This episode is proudly sponsored by Wingatui Combs , the ultimate horse and dog grooming tool.https://www.faceb...
Welcome to Season 2, episode 11Join us as we talk to Millie Aitken, a high country born and bred country chic who learnt how to ride quickly when she ended up working on one of Canada's biggest ranches. Hear her journey, her biggest learnings and how sitting round a campfire during camp outs on the ranch lead her to her business Bar M Custom tack. You can find out more about Bar M Custom tack by visiting https://www.barmcustomtack.com/ and check out the Canadian cowboy & ranch jobs o...
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