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.
A picture paints a thousand words...
On the pages of this magazine, you’ll find plenty of carefully crafted words from our team of talented writers. But it’s the images that bring the stories to life - portraying that special relationship between horse and rider, candid behind the scenes photos of riders in their home environment, or action shots from the latest events on the circuit.
Most of our valued contributors, both writers and photographers, also enjoy spending time with their four-legged friends, and many also get out and about competing.
Recently, one of our team clocked up a result in the ring we felt was worth celebrating.
Photographer Christine Cornege travelled to Ecuador to represent New Zealand at the FEI World Jumping Challenge Final 2019. Not only did Christine wear the silver fern, but she also stood on the podium and took home the silver medal. Congratulations Christine on this wonderful achievement.
This issue is jam-packed full of insightful profiles, educational pieces and advice, training clinics with experts and photo essays from some of the early events on this season’s calendar.
A must-read is Ashleigh Kendall’s interview with British dressage legend, Carl Hester, who was in the country for Equidays.
Carl came from humble beginnings and, even though he has achieved huge success at the highest level of the sport, remains down to earth and relatable. His story makes for an inspirational read.
Over in the UK, we profile young eventer, James Avery, who is making his mark at the top level, recently finishing best of the Kiwis in the Nations Cup at Boekelo in 13th place individually, and also making his 5* debut at Pau.
At the time of going to print, ESNZ had just announced international eventing owners, US-based Kiwi couple David and Karie Thomson had committed to investing in horsepower and wrap-around support for James and also Ginny Thompson, with a specific eye to the Paris Olympics in 2024. What a fantastic opportunity for these two rising stars.
James and Ginny are just two of a number of young up-and-coming eventers putting a hand up for Paris 2024, or even Tokyo Olympics selection next year. With the departure of some of the old guard, particularly the retirement of Sir Mark Todd, there may well be an opportunity for the next generation to make a serious bid for selection. It will be interesting to see who ends up in the mix.
We have several training clinics in this issue, including showjumping in the week leading up to a show with Penny Stevenson, and a lesson with biomechanics specialist, Britta Pedersen. Our cover features Chanel Flyger and her gorgeous mare Hot Chocolate MH. Chanel was the rider in our dressage training clinic with Hubertus Hufendiek.
If the recent hot weather is anything to go by, summer is (hopefully!) just around the corner. If you’re looking for some ideas on how to beat the heat and keep cool in the hotter months, as well as making sure your four-legged friends are well cared for, check out our Too Hot to Trot and Summer Horse Care Tips features.
Stay cool and happy riding.
Sheryll Davies, Publisher