McVean wins FEI World Cup series for third year on the trot
Mystery Creek rider Katie McVean has made history by winning the FEI World Cup series for the third year on the trot. Hawke’s Bay based rider Lisa Coupe finished on a high, winning the final leg of the series in Tauranga over the weekend, but was placed fourth in the overall standings. McVean and her home-bred mare Dunstan Daffodil – half sister to her World Champs superstar Dunstan Delphi who was sold for an undisclosed multimillion dollar deal to Saudi Arabia last year - were the series winners. They have won the right to represent New Zealand in the world final in Holland in April, but McVean has opted not to go. It has been a tough time for the young showjumper, who has been competing with a lower back fracture.
In other showjumping news, 11 year-old Briar Burnett-Grant is likely to have booked herself a place in world final of the FEI Children’s International Showjumping competition, after four clear rounds on her pony Mighty Maximus in Gisborne recently. Young riders from across the globe jump an identical course, with the best going on to represent their countries at the world final. New Zealand is the first to hold its qualifier and Kiwi riders face an anxious wait while the rest of the world catches up.
Be in to win a Family Gold Pass to an El Caballo Blanco show near you!
The magnificent stallions of Spain head to New Zealand for a seven-centre tour from January to March 2012 in the fully choreographed arena spectacular El Caballo Blanco “The Dance of the White Stallion". The show will be performed in Christchurch, Dunedin, Timaru, Invercargill, Palmerston North, Whangarei and Hamilton and you could win a family gold pass to a show near you! Enter here and be in to win. We'll be drawing the weekly winner each week of the El Caballo Blanco tour so be sure to enter for a show near you!
Find out which lucky Equine Trader member won this week's Family Gold Pass to the SBS Events Centre in Timaru show this coming weekend.
StableMate™ Equine TV
In the fourth equisode of Equine Trader StableMate™ TV, Edward Bullock describes how to achieve lateral movements such as flexing in and out, leg yield, shoulder in, travers and half-pass. Watch Equisode»
StableMate™ manufactures a unique range of premium and standard kitset stabling systems that can be custom-made for any equine stabling requirement. From a child's pony, through to a large breeding, racing, quarantine or horse transport operation, StableMate™ has it covered.Read More»
Vetpro Photo of the Week
Each week we choose a winning photo for our home page and the lucky winner takes home a voucher worth $50 from Vetpro, equine therapeutics and nutraceuticals specialists. The winner of last week's Vetpro Photo of the Week was Shelley Thomson from Silverdale, Auckland with her cute photo "Huey, Duey and Luette"
This week's theme is "flying". Send us photos of your horse jumping or just getting some "air" and be in to win a great Vetpro prize! Enter Now»
Andrea Banks Video Blog continues
Andrea Bank is one of New Zealand’s most recognisable up and coming dressage riders. Leonie Bramall, one of the world's top riders/trainers, invited Andrea to her stables in Germany and Andrea recorded some of her experiences for Equine Trader. In the second of Andrea's blogs Leonie's partner Volker Dusche, explains in more detail about the "conformation" of a young dressage horse. Watch Video Blog»
Horse Vans amazing 1/4, 1/4, 1/4, 1/4 deal
Horse Vans are offering an amazing deal on their vans right now. Buy one from their great range and pay 25% of the purchase price each year for 4 years. Be in quick, this is for a limited time only! Read More»
Denmarks Platinum Playboy
In the USA, American Saddlebreds are often used for what is called Saddleseat riding. They are ridden and in harness where they are trained in fast, smooth, high stepping trotting action. Many competitions are held and the natural peacock attitude of the ASB makes them spectacular to watch. All ASBs are born with the ability to walk, trot and canter, but many are taught extra gaits. Denny is normal 3 gaited with an extremely athletic and naturally elastic uphill trot and a very good canter.Read More»