Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Moving on...

Hey guys! Just to let you know that I've moved my blog along to http://equus-blog.com/ so come along and check things out and don't forget to update your bookmarks!


Thursday, July 19, 2007

Some photos from South Africa

A river we had to cross on the third day on trail. On Puzzle, I had to bring my feet out of the stirrups and rest them up on the pommel to not get wet!

One of the three 3 month old cubs we got to play with at the Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve. This picture is huuuge if you click on it!

The view I woke up to outside my room two mornings of the trail. I could have lived at Wavecrest!

A photo of three of the boys used on trail; left to right - Suave, Puzzle and Dougal. Puzzle was my mount for the five days on trail - he is rising five, was one of the shortest on trail but boy could he move! Loved riding him.

"As the wind swept over the saddle, it turned to a mixture of bright colors and painted the world." - Ronan Warriors

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Calling All Volunteers

So I've just been looking at the Equitana website and remember the fun a friend had as a volunteer a couple of years back. And through being a volunteer and getting a pass and therefore access to the likes of vet Ian Bidstrup, Andrew and Bettina Hoy, saddler Peter Horobin, Linda and Pat Parelli, Sandi and David Simons and many more, who wouldn't want to be involved?

Equitana is run over the 15 - 18th of November 2007 at the EQUITANA Precinct, Melbourne Showgrounds, Victoria, Australia. If you're horse obsessed, and have that weekend free, consider checking it out! Better yet, volunteer and get yourself in amongst some of the best in the industry! Probably wouldn't look too bad on the resume, either ;)

The site is http://www.equitana.com.au/ and while you're there, do yourself a favour and check out the photo competition!

"An exhibitor went up to a horse show judge to complain about being placed below someone who made some sort of mistake, such as being on the wrong lead. The judge's explanation:'the other guy did it better wrong than you did it right.'"

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Acquiring Funds/Passive Income

So I've just spent all my saved money on my trip to South Africa - and it was well worth it! But I'm now back to square one, saving up again. Sometimes it seems a silly task due to the fact that as soon as I've saved a decent sum, I spend it all at once!

My mum is a big believer in building up a passive income and I'm starting to see the benefits. The general idea of a passive income is to have funds coming in without having to put in the work. Well that's not quite right. You put in the time and effort to start off with, but manage to build up a process by which eventually you're not working but still receiving money for the initial work. For example, you write a book and get it published and then put it as a product on Ebay. You've put in all the work and as the book gain's interest, you continue to sell it with no real continual effort from your behalf.

Now it's to be a long time before I see this dream realised, but it's nice to be aware of ways to bring in funds to put towards a goal and if I had this built up now, I'd be less worried about taking working holidays (granted, I learn lots and work lots and acquire contacts on these holidays) that aren't actually earning me any money while I'm away.

If you've a goal in mind - whether it be instructing horse riding; running your own property; renting a horse related property; start up your own business but you're not sure where to find the funds. For example, for insurance, purchasing a property or shop or ongoing costs of rent, feed, etc I encourage you to look around at the funds on offer. Just be willing to prove that you can make a living off your dream.

The Nescafe Big Break (http://www.nescafebigbreak.com.au/) although taking a break this year, has for the past 17 years provided funds (up to $20,000 to winners) for young Australians/New Zealanders to start up their own business.

The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (http://www.nna.asn.au/NEIS.htm) is focused on bringing back to the workforce people whom were previously unemployed, by training them up in business skills, creating a business plan and helping with funds to start their own business. I have a friend who is so excited as she has just finished work with NEIS and is to start her own photography business. Have you a passion for taking photos of horses, creating calendars, diaries? Perhaps you hadn't considered the possibility of turning it into a business…

Sorry that both of these links are Australian oriented, but if the only thing holding you back is funds, start researching the schemes or people that are willing to invest their time and money in others. Initially it may be a way for you to kick start things, but who knows - in the future it may be a way for you to invest in someone else's dream.

Also, don't underestimate the value of putting your money to work. Consider a savings account - every little bit helps. Ing Direct, an online savings acount is free to set up, has an interest rate of 6% and has a competition offering $10,000 to a random person whom sents up an account:
"When you use an Automatic Savings Plan (ASP) between 1 August and 31 October 2007 to deposit funds into your Savings Maximiser, you'll be automatically entered into the draws to win $10,000 in bonus interest. For every one dollar you deposit in August, September and October, you'll have one entry into the draw for that month. Deposit $100 in August and you'll have 100 entries into the draw for that month."

"If money can't buy happiness how do you get a horse?"

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Jumps Course Design

Really enjoy jumping? Love riding and working out related distances, setting up different types of jumps with rollbacks and interesting changes of lead? Perhaps you should look into jumps course designing.

http://www.aachen-course-design.com/ - Seems to be the place to go to learn about course design and get yourself known in the industry/gain certificates. Links to seminars on Course Design run through the Federation Equestre Internationale; upcoming seminars in Brazil, Russia, France, Australia and Germany.

http://www.jumpdesign.net/ - website of Eduard Petrovic, International Course Designer.

http://www.mudhotline.com/la/coursdes.htm - Longacres Course Design
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Show_jumping - Show Jumping on Wikipedia
http://animal.discovery.com/convergence/horsesense/sporthorse/jump_design/interview.html - Interview with Richard Jeffrey, renowned course designer.

"Been There... Jumped That!"

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Professional Riding: Polo

Different types of the sport:
Arena and outdoor polo. Read about the history of polo at http://www.hpa-polo.co.uk/about/history_polo.asp.

Horses needed – number:
As a beginner, 1-2 horses should do suffice to practice on and play matches. This can increase to 4 as your level progresses and even stables of 10+.

Costs involved:
Horse care – tack, polo equipment – helmut, boots kneeguards and mallets, shoeing regularly, vet bills, rugs, feeding and stabling. Game entries, tuition.

Rules of game:
Arena polo is made up of 4 chukkas (each 7 minutes in length) with teams swapping horses and goal ends at the end of each chukka. Indoor is played with 3 players per team on a field 300 x 150 feet.

Outdoor polo is played on a field of 160 x 300 yards – 10 times the size of an official arena. There are four players to each team and goal ends are changed each time a team scores a goal. There are six chukkas in outdoor polo. More horses are needed for outdoor as it is a faster, more demanding and longer played game.

Links to associations:
http://www.aapolo.com/ - Argentina Polo Association
http://www.us-polo.org/ - United States Polo Association
http://www.hpa-polo.co.uk/ - The governing body of polo in the UK, Ire and other countries worldwide.
http://www.sapolo.org.za/ - South African Polo
http://www.australianpolo.com.au/ - Australian Polo Association
http://www.fippolo.com/ - Federation of International Polo
http://www.polo.org.nz/ - New Zealand Polo Association

The game is fast paced and no doubt requires a decent amount of time and money to invest in horses! The financial rewards may not be the amount invested into polo, but many would argue the thrill of the game is award enough.

"A polo handicap is a persons ticket to the world." - Sir Winston Churchill

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Sunday, July 08, 2007

Job Opportunity: Weatherbeeta

Hi guys!

Back from a week up in Sydney - have a post for you once I sort through all my stuff! Just thought I'd post a job possibility received through an email from Horseland.

'Weatherbeeta are looking for a new Marketing Coordinator to join their vibrant Marketing team based in Nunawading, Victoria. If you have a passion for horses, a marketing degree, and at least 12 months marketing experience Weatherbeeta would love to hear from you!

Send your resume to jobs@weatherbeeta.com.au by 11th July.'

Weatherbeeta specialise in horse rugs and provide for the US/Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

"Horse people are stable people."

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