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Australian Performance Horse Magazine

Australian Performance Horse Magazine

July - August 2021

James and Tanya O’Ryan are a husband and wife team with a reputation for creative ideas, work attribute, positive attitude and dedication in everything they commit to. They are excited to add the Australian Performance Horse Magazine to the enterprises they currently own and manage. With the couple’s passion for horses the opportunity to own the Australian Performance Horse Magazine seemed a no brainer. A third generation Equestrian and a background across the many English and Western disciplines Tanya understands that horses are more than a hobby, they are a lifetime passion. James has a background in farming as well as producing, training and riding Stock Horses. Together they run Crackenrock Performance Horses. The APH Magazine first hit the newsstands in 1989, and in 2019 we celebrate 30 years of publication. James and Tanya look forward to taking this magazine into the future by continuing to include all performance horse disciplines from show jumping to showing, campdrafting to reining and everything in between. James and Tanya believe that a job worth doing, is worth doing well. In every area of business, they are known for their commitment to delivering products and services they can be proud of. As new owners of the Australian Performance Horse Magazine, their commitment is to provide advertisers, industry representatives and readers with a quality publication worthy of our many performance horse disciplines.

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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
st heliers heavy horse field days

The 25th Anniversary of the St Heliers Heavy Horse Field Days took place on the third weekend in May, attended by over 70 horses with a range of exhibits from led classes, ploughing and vehicle turnouts. In celebration of the event’s 25th year, the Field Days continued to provide a trip back in time for young and old alike. The event, held at the Correctional Facility in Muswellbrook, provides a full weekend of connection between the modern world and the way things used to be done. In our led classes, we had a strong showing of Clydesdales and Shire horses, matched with strong exhibits of Percherons and the Australian Draught. In the plough paddock, our experienced judge noted that this was one of the best attended plough events on the East…

9 min
dion assenbruck anything is possible

With horses, Dion Assenbruck is a great believer in that a person will get out of it what they’re willing to put in. So, if they work hard enough, their dreams can turn into reality, and it all comes down to having that can-do attitude. Everyone has bad days, but as a friend once told him;"Don’t unpack your bags, cos tomorrow’s a new day!" Dion is an unassuming, simple guy who likes living the simple life. Born and raised in Townsville, North Queensland, as a kid, he never stopped thinking about horses, and yes, he’s still the same! Although his life has always revolved around his family, friends and horses, Dion also takes his work seriously, and it sounds like he’d be one fantastic employee to have! ‘I work full time Monday…

2 min
willinga park volkswagen world championship gold buckle campdraft

In the middle of May, campdrafters from near and far travelled to Willinga Park in Bawley Point, NSW to compete in the world’s most prestigious campdraft event! The 2021 Volkswagen World Championship Gold Buckle Campdraft can only be described as an overwhelming success. Across the three days of competition, Willinga Park saw more than 5000 people watch Australia’s finest campdrafters battle it out for the coveted Gold Buckle and the $100,000 grand prize, the richest purse in campdraft history. Spectators were treated to three beautiful days of weather, fine food and superb entertainment culminating in the hotly contested final. This year saw 210 riders and their 445 horses enter the competition, some travelling as far as Nebo and Muttuburra in Queensland travelling 22 hours to take part. Of these, 97 riders were…

6 min
vale - mr gregory allen gilpin ‘farewell to a legend’

The night of April 5th, 2021, saw the sad loss of yet another of Australia’s AQHA and western industry greats. Mr Gregory Allen Gilpin, of Bowral, NSW, passed away at the age of 82, after a sudden illness. One of the early members of the AQHA, with strong ties to the very early days of the Australian Division of King Ranch, Greg was a talented, popular and respected trainer. Basing himself at Bowral, in NSW, he made a positive impact and contribution to the Quarter horse world. Greg offered his knowledge and training services, and conducted clinics in many disciplines and breeds, but specialised in the western performance area. He was an incredible horseman who trained many horses to become great horses. He was a master of the event of Western…

7 min
michael hiscock

It’s called the family sport, and for a good reason, it caters for all ages and all walks of life, that’s what makes Campdrafting so popular. The Hiscock family calls Maffra in Victoria home where Campdrafting runs in their veins; they love the camaraderie of the sport and the family involvement. Michael, his wife, Vicki and their two children Evan and Bonnie, are all accomplished competitors with more than 50 years of experience between them. Michael and Vicki both came from a rural background and competed as juniors. They have been giving back to the sport for many years running Campdraft schools. Michael grew up on a property at Ensay, VIC, in the foothills of the Omeo Valley. The property was initially cattle, and then his parents stocked sheep after the…

3 min
branxton rodeo around the rodeos with jodie adams

The weather was perfect, and the grandstands were bursting with spectators for the Branxton Rodeo. I don't think there's ever been a crowd that large attend the event; they drank the bar dry. The committee was not expecting such a tremendous response to their event. Sixty competitors entered the Buck Yeah Novice Barrel Race, Kootingal competitor Brianna Learmonth and Molly Rocs Ta Fame won the event in a time of 15.36 seconds. Sophie Peters - Oaks Blue Angel, Megan Atkins – Choc, Sophie Peters - Peppy and Hayley Pepperall rounded off the placings. The committee ran a Novice Barrel Horse and Novice rider for competitors and horses who have never won an event. Sponsored by Baileys of Greta, Ashley Smith, and Plug took out the event in a time of 16.00 seconds.…