Early start and a long drive today to get to Lara. Weather wasn’t looking too promising, but it turned out ok apart from one brief shower. Got there about 9.45 for a 11.10 dressage test. The test was obedient but felt like Occy could have been a bit more forward. And the judge agreed. And there was that one and a half Tempi Changes where he should have just stayed on the right lead canter that we got an unbalanced comment for. Went we got back to the float Occy hardly waited for me to get off the saddle before doing a huge wee. Another full bladder test, but overall still in the top 10. And that is where we stayed Cross country was clear and only 2 seconds overtime. Occy did feel a bit sluggish though. Showjumping was clear. And we ended up in 8th place.
A couple of short videos here, one of Di Politz in Level 5 showjumping and another one of another Level 5 rider doing Cross country. You don’t always have to jump big to have a ball.
Di Politz and Stormy Level 5
Level 5 Cross Country
Here are all the things I take to a Horse trials plus some things to make sure I can keep on going if something fails.
· Dressage Saddle
· Jumping Saddle
· 2 girths (my girths fit both my saddles, so I have one spare)
· Breast plate (don’t actually need to use one as yet)
· Assorted Saddle blankets
· Gel Pad
· Tie (no I don’t have a stock)
· 2 bridles (one for spare parts really)
· 2 sets of reins
· Dressage whip and jumping crop
· Cross Country Boots
· Jumping Boots
· Ice Gel Pads in freezer plus set of boots to match (no ice needed)
· Spare Horse shoes (nothing worse than loosing one)
· Back and saddle cloth numbers
· 2 sets of gaiters (I suppose you could fix a blown zip with electrical tape)
· Spurs for jumping and dressage
· Back protector
· 2 pre packed hay bags
· 20 liters water
· A small hard feed
· Dressage tests
· Performance and membership cards (never leave the car)
· Pre programmed GPS so I know I can get to where I am going without a morning panic
· Various waterproof clothing and another top just in case.
If having to leave early I hook up the float the night before, and make sure everything on the float and car is mechanically good. Nothing worse than going to hook up a float in the morning to find a flat tyre. I’ve probably forgotten something on this list, but as my packing the car is usually fairly automatic I don’t tend to end up forgetting much
This is our last chance to SAY NO to voluntary EI vaccination
If there was ever a time that every horse, pony person should come together for the welfare of our equine here in Australia – this is it! Please forward on this web address
to everyone you know, no matter what discipline or part of the equine industry …
There is scientific evidence to support the view that voluntary vaccination will lead to Equine Influenza being re-introduced to Australia. Not only will we have wasted millions of dollars to eradicate it but will adversely affect the health of our horses, our industries and our pockets.
“Voluntary EI vaccination – you have to be joking!” Heath Ryan
Heath sums things up to the point on why every horse and pony owner in Australia should be screaming NO, read his report on his website http://www.ryanshorses.com.au/page/ryans_rave_may_2010.html
Summary of why it is just plain stupid?
- If we don’t have EI in Australia why should we vaccinate against it.
- Overseas horses which are vaccinated still contract and spread EI.
- Vaccination makes EI almost impossible to detect quickly and so will mask EI if it is introduced.
- Implementing an EI vaccinating program in Australia will end up costing all Australians considerably more than just maintaining our current quarantine regulations. This is documented in the Beale Review released in December 2008 but not yet released to the general public. This report needs to be released.
- Clearly the Beale Review horrified certain pro-vaccination supporters. (quote from Bill Saunders 24th March 2010 – http://formguide.cyberhorse.com.au/index.php/2010032442261/Industry/ei-policy-creates-divisions/Print.html)
- In January this year a further report was produced by the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics setting out a further scenario which would see only thoroughbreds and standardbreds and a few performance horses vaccinated at a cost to horse owners of between $350-$600 million over twenty years. (quote from Bill Saunders 24th March 2010 – http://formguide.cyberhorse.com.au/index.php/2010032442261/Industry/ei-policy-creates-divisions/Print.html)
- Unlike the Beale Review, no input was sought from Australian Horse industry participants other than the thoroughbred sector.
- The Beale Review has been kept somewhat secret.
- Once EI is in Australia both vaccinated and unvaccinated horses will contract the virus and will need veterinary attention and as a consequence owners will also incur these expenses.
- Living in a country without EI saves all of us an enormous amount of money in vaccination costs, vet fees, horse passport administration, and the added administration needed at all show and functions to check passports.
- Overseas “paper vaccinations” occur often enough in the thoroughbred industry. Queensland University Professor Dr David Pascoe explained that EI vaccinations can seriously affect the performance of a racehorse so trainers in England will sometimes ask a vet to sign a horse’s papers saying that a horse has been vaccinated when it hasn’t, especially prior to a big event.
- In the report of the Callinan Inquiry (http://www.equineinfluenzainquiry.gov.au/eiiexhibits/REP.0001.001.0001.pdf ) it was also found that veterinarians had been under pressure and had signed EI paperwork prior to undertaking the task in question.
- Since EI is difficult to recognise in a vaccinated horse, people will continue to ride and compete these horses whilst in actual fact they are sick. Dr Pascoe calls this the “pancake effect” and horses are then likely to take 6-months before returning to full health if ever!
- The cheapest and best method of preventing EI getting into Australia again is good quarantine.
- The State and Federal Agricultural ministers are meeting in April to decide the future policy of EI control.
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From Cathie Drury-Klein (former Industry Liaison Officer – 2007/08 EI eradication program)
I was highly involved in working to eradicate Equine Influenza from Australia two years ago (doesn’t seem that long!). I feel very strongly that it is in Australia’s best interests to remain free of Equine Influenza. However, the Federal Minister for Agriculture, Mr Tony Burke, is aligning himself to a small but powerful (money) group of the horse industry, namely those involved in making money from racing and breeding TB horses. There is scientific evidence to support the view that voluntary vaccination will lead to Equine Influenza being re-introduced to Australia. Not only will we have wasted billions of dollars to eradicate it but will adversely affect the health of our horses, our industries and our pockets.
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Cross Country did not go quite as planned today. The weather couldn’t make up its mind whether to rain or not and Occy couldn’t make up his mind whether to jump number 8 or not. It didn’t rain (much), neither did Occy. Jump the jump that is. I made up his mind for the second time round. Only 13 seconds over time, and the Vet said about Occy any fitter he’d be dangerous. All up we ended up about 20th, only a couple of places behind my coach. I will need to build a couple of boxy type cross country jumps at my place and paint them really bright colours.
Couldn’t resist taking this one. Honest the truck with the Petfood sign was dropping off hay, not picking up a potential meal J
Also a couple of clips of Will Enzinger and Murray Lampard
Got there at 8.40 this morning and was parked and checked in by 9. Ended up having to park almost back down the road which meant about a 10 minute walk up and back to the secretary’s office if you walked quickly L. It rained intermittently and I had just enough time to put studs in the back before getting up to gear check and warming up for the dressage. They were using the old EA 1.2 tests for the Prelim. Beep goes the horn. Enter at A. Was going fine until I halted at X and saluted. Beep goes the horn. No halt after entering in this test. Doh. There was quite a few of these errors happening. Still ended up 12th after dressage. Put the front studs in for the showjumping, which didn’t go quite as smooth as I would have liked, but still only one rail (jump number 5 claimed a lot of victims) and under time to end up 10th.