Show Circuit Magazine is packed with informative articles for riders and horse owners. Our magazine is aimed at the dedicated equestrian, providing valuable training and inspiration for all disciplines. We produce an exciting mix of features, photo essays and regular columns, with a stylish and modern design.
Someone recently asked me, 'why do you profile riders propped up by family?' To me, the answer is self-evident. I honestly think it is very nearly impossible, for young riders especially, to continue riding competitively without that level of support. This is particularly so through those crucial last years of school, during tertiary education, or even while beginning a career.
Having said that, I often think of the equestrian community as one big family. Along with our 'real' family, we count our horses, pets, friends, and those who support the quest to further our equestrian dreams as our wider family. So here's to family!
This issue features interviews with young riders who rely heavily on the support of their families. However, what's also very apparent is that this support is earned, with these riders giving it their all and making the most of their gifts through sheer hard work and self-discipline. We all know that it's one thing to have a lovely, well-bred, talented horse in the paddock and quite another to make the most of that opportunity by doing the 'hard yards' - the (often solitary) daily grind of mucking out, feeding, grooming, schooling and training, whatever the weather and whatever else is going on.
Of course, this degree of tenacity is not limited to our younger riders. We also profile riders who have 'made it' both internationally and on the local scene in this issue.
Lisa Coupe became a household name in equestrian circles with show jumping success nationally, followed up overseas. For now, Lisa is back home with her young son Finn, but her time on the international stage has only whetted her appetite for more. Lisa lets us in on her plans in our cover story.
Speaking of dedication, competing at a high level means factoring in a lot of travel for busy Southland farmers and riders Rebecca and Tyler McKee. Michelle Clarke hit the road to go and photograph them and their talented son, James.
Breeding definitely means being in it for the long haul. Tracy Crossan's long-term commitment to the Irish Draught has seen her produce some lovely horses onto the New Zealand scene. Catch up with her in our extensive interview with gorgeous photos of her outstanding stallions.
We talked to dressage rising star Lucy Cochrane about her pathway in the sport and up-and-coming young dressage rider Mikayla Wildermoth. Our show jumping young guns include Johanna Wylaars, Tara Gower, Mikayla Trott and Madison Jackson. It is always exciting to see new stars come through in the show jumping scene.
This time around, our featured trainer is showing rider Ben Thomson, who shares his tips for success in the show ring. It is not often that showies are willing to share their secrets, so make sure you check it out. And in the all-important area of equine health, we focus on how to deal with bacterial infections and gain an insight into the workings of the equine jaw.
Hopefully, we're now seeing the restrictions of the past two years beginning to lift. The possibility of a return to 'normal' equestrian competition is exciting for all of us, and no doubt riders will make the most of the autumn and winter competitions.
Until our next issue, happy riding. ❤️
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