Australia names representatives for 2017 Aachen Nations Cup

The Aachen CICO 3* from 19 – 23 July, is part of the World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen 2017 and is the German leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing Series 2017. Australia will be represented by the following Team combinations (in alphabetical order):

Christopher Burton & Nobilis 18 – Owners: Sue Lawson and Carolyn Townsend
Emma McNab & Fernhill Tabasco – Owners: Kevin McNab, Dom and Poppy Worcester, Julia and Jamie Dougall
Shane Rose & CP Qualified – Owners: Elizabeth and Felicity Wischer
Katja Weimann & BP Cosmopolitan – Owner: Rider

Individual Rider

Isabel English and Feldale Mouse – Owner: Sarah English

Australia’s Oceania Championships Teams ready after Horse Inspection | Equestrian Australia

Australia’s Oceania Championships teams were all passed fit and ready to compete at yesterday’s Horse Inspection for the 2017 Melbourne International Three Day Event that begins today at Werribee Park. Sam Lyle, chef d’equipe/coach of the Australian Senior Team for the first time, is happy with his troops ahead of tomorrow’s Dressage phase. “All the horses are working well and the guys feel like they are heading to a really good performance,” Lyle said.

Source: Teams ready after Horse Inspection | Equestrian Australia

Mitsubishi Motors partners with Australian International 3-Day Equestrian Event 2017

The Australian International 3-Day Event (Aus3DE) today announced that Mitsubishi Motors will partner with the iconic international equestrian event as Naming Rights sponsor for the next three years.

The Mitsubishi Motors Australian International Three Day Event is one of only six CCI four star (Olympic standard) events to be held across the world, and attracts over 25,000 spectators in Adelaide over the three days.

Mitsubishi Motors Australia CEO, Mutsuhiro Oshikiri met with Leon Bignell, Minister for Tourism and Gillian Rolton Aus3DE Event Director today to announce the sponsorship.

“Mitsubishi Motors as an international company with a head office in Adelaide, is proud to be the official naming sponsor of the Mitsubishi Motors Australian Three Day Event and to show its support for this major event in the Australian sporting calendar,” Mr Oshikiri said.

“Mitsubishi Motors were sponsors of the Three Day Event from 2000 to 2005, and we are excited to recommence our support of this international sporting event over the coming years.”

Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said he was delighted Mitsubishi Motors had been announced as the naming rights sponsor for Australia’s premier equestrian competition.

“To have a highly respected, global motor company like Mitsubishi sponsor our internationally renowned 3-day event is a perfect partnership and we welcome the news, Minister Bignell said.

“Mitsubishi has a long history of supporting major events in South Australia dating back to the first Australian Formula One Grand Prix in 1985.

“The 3-day event keeps getting better each year – there’s no other place in the world where you can see world-class equestrian competition in the centre of the city.

“The State Government has invested an additional $70 million in marketing South Australia and this pays great dividends – particularly with the International Three Day Event on our annual calendar – it was named Event of the Year at the 2016 Equestrian Australia Sport Achievement Awards.”

Event Director Gillian Rolton said she was very excited to welcome Mitsubishi Motors back as naming rights sponsor of the Australian International 3-Day Event in 2017, with the event to be known as the Mitsubishi Motors Australian International Three Day Event.

“This year, we are celebrating 20 years since the first event was held in Adelaide’s parklands, and we are thrilled to be able to share this milestone year with Mitsubishi Motors as our major sponsor,” said Ms Rolton.

The 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Aus3DE will attract Australia’s best horse and rider combinations across three phases – Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping, with the event to be a qualifying competition for the Australian team for the 2018 World Equestrian Games to be held in North Carolina, USA.

The 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Australian Three Day Event will be held in Adelaide’s inner-city East Parklands from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 November, 2017.

Tickets go on sale at Ticketek next week.


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Ache | Harper Collins Australia

Eliza Henry Jones’ remarkable debut novel, In the Quiet, was shortlisted for the 2015 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Award and long listed for the ABIA and Indie Awards.


‘Eliza Henry Jones’ second novel demands that you slow down, take a breath and settle in … This beautifully written novel … is recommended for those who loved Stephanie Bishops’ The Other Side of the World or Alice Munro’s short stories. Ache is the perfect account of a woman on the edge, moving towards peace.

Source: Ache | Harper Collins Australia

A tribute to the Australian Warhorse – As If He Knows – by Eric Bogle

Here are the lyrics of a song by Eric Bogle. It is about the horses of the Australian Light Horse in World War 1. The below is about the song as Eric Bogle describes.

The story is as follows:

The song is of course about the horses sent overseas during WW1 to serve in the various theatres of war. Of the approximately 53000 horses Australia sent overseas during WW1, only one ever returned to Australia after the war (see this article about Sandy). At the end of the war the Anzacs were ordered to get rid of their horses, the authorities did not want them returning to Australia and perhaps bringing in anthrax or TB or suchlike back into the country. Most of the horses were sold or given away, but in Palestine the Light Horsemen refused to give or sell their horses to the Arab  population of Palestine, and chose instead to shoot them  all. I based the song on an actual Light Horseman called Elijah Conn who had a horse in Palestine called Banjo. Elijah never forgot Banjo and for the rest of his life  could not talk about him without tears coming to his eyes.


It’s as if he knows
He’s standing close to me
His breath warm on my sleeve
His head hung low
It’s as if he knows
What the dawn will bring
The end of everything
For my old Banjo
And all along the picket lines beneath the desert sky
The Light Horsemen move amongst their mates to say one last goodbye
And the horses stand so quietly
Row on silent row
It’s as if they know

Time after time
We rode  through shot and shell
We rode  in and out of Hell
On their strong backs
Time after time
They brought us safely through
By their swift sure hooves
And their brave hearts
Tomorrow we will form up ranks and march down to the quay
And sail back to our loved ones in that dear land across the sea
While our loyal and true companions
Who asked so little and gave so much
Will lie dead in the dust.

For the orders came
No horses to return
We were to abandon them
To be slaves
After all we’d shared
And all that we’d been through
A Nation’s gratitude
Was a dusty grave
For we can’t leave them to the people here, we’d rather see them dead
So each man will take his best mate’s horse with a bullet through the head
For the people here are like their land
Wild and cruel and hard
So Banjo, here’s your reward.

It’s as if he knows, he standing close to me,
His breath warm on my sleeve, his head hung low.
As he if he knew.

Copyright Eric Bogle July 2001

Image from the ANZAC Centenary site –

The lyrics here have been reproduced with permission of Eric Bogle.
The song is from the Album Colour of Dreams

Eric Bogle Home Page

Unique Training Buddies – How to Keep Fit with Your Horse

The Australian National Health Survey of 2015 reported that over 63.4% of the adults in Australia were overweight. We need exercise to get in shape, but sometimes you just don’t want to go to the gym, and finding a dedicated training partner can be hard. In comparison, horses are the epitome of fitness, with their lean bodies and proud muscular frames. So, why not train with your horse?

The American Horse Council estimates that there are 221,000 horses in Australia. There are enough to go around. The good thing about training with a horse is that the animals are built for greater physical exertion than human beings can handle. Horses can do 20 miles at between 15 and 20 mph, without rest. Here are ideas on how to keep fit with your horse.

Photo by David Dibert


Walking your horse is a good way to warm him or her up for runs which is both fun and also fosters natural bonding between you. However, jogging with your horse is also useful when you want to challenge your limits and endurance.  If your typical run is 3 kilometres, jog for four or five when you’re with your horse. That is because the horse will carry you back home if you get too exhausted. For adventure, you can jog for short distances with the horse as you backpack along a hiking trail in a wild and scenic location such as the Gold Rush Trail in South Australia or in the Victoria Country Trails.


Horses are good swimmers because their body structure makes it easy for them to stay afloat. However, according to Equus Magazine, swimming with horses should only be done in pools that allow it and in natural water bodies where safety can be observed.  The horse can drown if it is overwhelmed, especially in fast moving rivers. The horse should be leashed when swimming, regardless of the apparent safety of the swimming pool or water body. It should be noted that if you choose to go swimming with your horse you have to know how to swim. The horse will not save you if you drop into the water and cannot swim to safety itself. Horses get dehydrated fast when engaged in intense physical activity. If you’re swimming in the salty waters of the Indian Ocean or a swimming pool, do not keep your horse in the water for too long without letting him or her drink water.

by Jenny Holt

Equestrian brings more than $1Billion to the Economy | Equestrian Australia

In October, 2016, Equestrian Australia (EA) commissioned Sports Business Partners and Street Ryan to conduct a community impact study on Equestrian sport in Australia. We are pleased to now provide you detail with the outcomes of the report and what it all means. It’s the first report of its kind ever commissioned by EA, in partnership with all state branches, and is a significant investment towards better understanding our sport, its stakeholders and the potential for future growth and development.

Source: Equestrian brings more than $1Billion to the Economy | Equestrian Australia