In September of 2017, I was sipping coffee at an indoor play centre in Mornington, 25% frazzled, surrounded by over excited toddlers when out of the blue Cassie Palm turned to me and said “Rob’s going to ring up about that horse today.” Me “Wot horse?” Cassie “Niki Rose’s horse Walter. The one he and Mike were talking about on Friday.” Me “???” Read More
Way back in 2016, Mike and I met Kate Donnelly and Athan Dolduris, the great people behind Love The Pen. Their creative work and passion for our local area really resonated with me and we worked together on a photo shoot for our veterinary practice, Tweedie & Associates. The setting was 'Mitchell Park' a beautiful property owned by my good friend, Cassia Montgomery. Read More
2017 will go down in history, as the year I made the Pilgrimage. The year I journeyed to the land of fast cars and glorious horses, the year, I went to GERMANY. My long suffering friend (LSF) and I touched down at Dusseldorf Airport after a gruelling +++ hours in Qantas Economy Class. Me; “Errmerrgerrd, we’re in GERMANY!” LSF; “Yep.” Me; “What side of the road to they drive on?” LSF; “The other side.” Me; “Errmerrgerrd, doesn’t everyone drive really fast over here?” Read More
If you know me, you will know that Dressage and Jumping with the Stars is my favourite show on the calendar. Every year, Katie and I go to watch the young horse classes, sit with a champers and pick our diamond in the rough. You know, the horse that doesn’t quite jump out at you on the page and/or isn’t quite produced enough and gets passed over by the judges. Chapel House Cougar anyone???The appearance of such a horse is met with much excitement/clinking of glasses/general applause from our corner and for us, it’s not really about the horse that wins, it’s more about the one we think everybody missed.
Although I am not entirely without my own ambition, for me Grand Prix dressage is basically, a SPECTATOR SPORT. Historically, during selection years, as far as our top competitors and combinations are concerned, I like many of us, don’t have the opportunity to spectate at shows in Europe. So it seems as though all the action happens MILES away and the spectating is only for officials and like, posh and fancy people and I’m stuck in the rain, in Melbourne, in Winter and I’m like, trudging through the mud and FML and so much MELODRAMAH right now. WINE. Read More
There are lots of ways to become a Princess. You could be born one, you could marry a Prince, alternatively, you could PROCLAIM yourself to be one as you pitch your dressage whip across the tack room BUT as Zara Phillips has shown us, there’s only one way to become a four-star eventer, and that is to RIDE. It’s Melbourne 3 Day Event this weekend so TALLY HOH BITCHES!
Oh the places we have been! In the last few weeks, we’ve travelled back through time to the 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Games and we’ve seen the brilliance and glamour that was the Charlotte Dujardin Masterclass. Where to next, I hear you ask? Well dear readers, I’d like to introduce you to someone special. She’s tucked away in our own backyard, Langwarrin South to be precise. She’s training for Tokyo on a horse called Mogelvangs Zidane and her name is Emma Booth. Read More
Around Christmas time, Katie and I decided that we had better get organised and buy tickets to see Charlotte Dujardin OBE, whom I personally like to think of as Charlotte Dujardin CDU -Commander of the Dressage Universe. We briefly considered tickets for the VET (very expensive ticket) section but since those tickets were going to be $USD which = $AUD??? we thought better of it and decided to just spend $AUD??? on a couple of cheap seats instead. Read More
Okay, I’m just going to come out and say it, showing is not for the faint hearted, in fact, I think showing is actually SUPER HARD. However, one thing I do realise, is that my reasons for thinking along these lines, may not be the reasons you imagine. So, in honour of the great Australian pass-time that is showing horses, behold, the top 5 reasons why I think showing is harder than ANY OTHER HORSE SPORT ON THE PLANET; Read More
Okay, so this might come a little out of left field, but one of my favourite things to do at a competition, is to scope out potential horses to add to my fantasy stable. Yes, friends, it’s a thing, it’s my thing, and just ask my friend Kate Nash, it’s been going on for years. Theoretically, I SUPPOSE, I could spend my time at competitions engaged in other pursuits like gossiping, picking apart other riders training methods or moaning about the judging/state of/marks too low/marks too high/ bias/blindness/blah/blah/WINE. So, ANYHOODLE, fantasy stable it is. Read More
Okay, so one of the things I love most about equestrian sport is that on top of a horse, men and women are equal. I read press about how women in tennis fight for equal prize money, because apparently we would all rather watch the men play? Unheard of in equestrian sport. Women’s sporting teams flying economy whilst the men’s sporting teams fly business? Can ANYONE imagine the Shanghai Swans in cattle class? I mean, like completely, LOL, enough said. Anyway, gender in equestrian sport is such a non-issue that I have never known it to be discussed on social media, not even ONCE. Read More
Okay, so it’s looking like Oliver loves horses. Our mornings begin something like this. I lie in bed listening to him make noises in his cot. “NEIGH! NEIGH! NEIGH!” His Majesty is awake. I walk into his room, he looks me in the eye. “THHHHH! THHHHH!” (Translation – Flirt) “CEEEEEEE! CEEEEEEE!” (Translation – carrots). These days, unless we are literally about to get in the car and go to the stables, Michael A Tweedie and I avoid the following trigger words – Flirt, Horse, Pony, Stables, Carrots. Oliver’s 19 months old and we can’t even spell out the word carrots in front of him, he’s WORKED IT OUT. I love that kid more than cupcakes but he has a purple passion for ponies that’s intense even by my standards. Interestingly, it is this very passion that posed our first real challenge as parents, the first time we had to really get on the same horsey parenting page. Read More