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FOR many inexperienced or ‘wannabe’
riders, competing in showing looks like
an easy task.
But few realise the countless hours of toil
and hard work it takes to achieve a winning
Horses are judged on their paces, conforma-
tion, temperament and outlook.
Different builds compete in different classes,
with finer types competing as hacks, and hors-
es and ponies with heavier builds in hunter
There different types of classes include
hacks, hunters, riders, breeds, turnout and
And no matter how well your horse maybe
going, it is the judge’s opinion on the day that
Royal Adelaide Show competitor Bronwyn
Williams, Hawthorndene, says preparing a
hack for the show season took several months
Bronwyn has shown horses for 15 to 20
years, and bred her present hack, Rosevale
Design, who has been one of her most suc-
Rosevale Design, whose paddock name is
Fred, won newcomer horse of the year in his
first year of showing at the South Australian
Horse of the Year Show in 2009. He also came
fifth in his novice class at his first RAS.
Bronwyn said horses came in and were sta-
bled from June 1, in preparation for agricul-
tural shows and the RAS.
“We have no lights here but when I was liv-
ing in Clare I had fluorescent lights on timers
that would come on when horses were sta-
bled,” she said.
“I’d aim to try and get about 12 hours of
daylight on the horses.”
Extending daylight hours meant horses
would shed their heavy winter coats for a
sleeker summer coat.
“It gets the coat moving
quicker,” Bronwyn said.
“I then warm them with
rugs, and then warm them
from within to out with
Fred was clipped at the
start of August, in prepa-
ration for being shown at
the RAS this year.
“If the coat is not mov-
ing (shedding) then don’t
Horses are always
rugged with a cotton next
to the skin, then with a
mirotec rug and canvas on
Depending on the
weather, another two to
three rugs can be used in
between, if extra warmth
Extra rugs can consist of natural fibres, such
as woollens or quilts, depending on how
much extra warmth is needed.
Only a light polarfleece neck rug is used on
“I don’t like hoods in the paddock, and my
horses only wear hoods when they’re heading
off to a show, or are in a stable,” Bronwyn said.
“I’ve seen or heard of too many accidents
happen with hoods on in the paddock.”
*Next month: Feed and preparation in the
week before a show.
Vital preparation for horse shows
Bronwyn Williams, Hawthorndene, competing on her homebred
hack, Rosevale Design.
* Photo courtesy of Sandy Morphett, www.eques.com.au
◗ Different builds compete in different classes
◗ Extending daylight hours for sleeker coats
◗ If coat not shedding, do not clip
IN the first of a three-part series, smartfarmer will investigate what it takes to compete in showing.
MIRANDA KENNY spoke to experienced rider Bronwyn Williams about how riders should start their
Robotic mower has the edge
THIRD generation robotic lawnmower from Husqvarna (pic-
tured) will appeal to anyone trying to keep on top of
lawns up to 500 square metres.
The just-released Automower 305 unit sidelines the
need for a traditional walk-behind-mower and will trim
grass on a 24/7 basis, and comes with a rechargeable
battery that is ready to go within 150 minutes of being
connected to an ordinary wall plug.
Expect up to 50 minutes of mow time once released onto
a lawn to take off millimetres of grass on each pass while using less energy than a light bulb.
Inspired by the way sheep graze grass, Husqvarna’s Automower uses an anti-theft system and an
alarm and a personal PIN code which means it can’t be activated if stolen.
Expanded diesel tank
THE Selecta division of Silvan Australia has expanded
the range of tank sizes available in its new Selecta
DieselPro Cartage tank range carried on the back
of a utility, trailer, truck, even service vehi-
Three fuel capacities of 200 litres,
400L and 600L come equipped with the
new 12-volt Piusi BP3000 pump which
has a 45L/min open flow supplied com-
plete with a four metre power lead and alliga-
tor clips for easy connection to a battery power source.
The pump, delivery hose and the auto shut-off nozzle are all protected by a pad-lockable cover,
according to Selecta’s Michael Frost (pictured).
Kioti name change
ALL exported tractors from South Korea’s Daedong will carry the Kioti badge, thereby bringing
Australia and New Zealand into line with the company’s growing global ambitions.
PFG Australia and Power Farming, the brand’s Australasian distributors are confident the name
change could not have come at a better time for the growing company.
“Re-badging Daedong as Kioti clearly defines the company’s global intentions,” general manager
- S pecialist Tractor Division, PFG Australia, Greg Clark said.
“Absolutely nothing else has changed about these tractors which now represent an
Ever since launching 35 horsepower and 45hp models in Australia
about 10 years ago, the South Korean manufacturer has been steadily
expanding its range. Today, 20 models range in capacity from 22hp to
THE Naracoorte Lucindale Council is examin-
ing a proposal for a multi-million-dollar
revamp of the Naracoorte Livestock
Saleyards specialist Regional Infrastructure
Pty Ltd will upgrade the sheep and cattle sell-
ing centre should it be granted a long-term
lease. RI operates five saleyard facilities in
Australia, including the Wodonga and Ballarat
RI managing director Garry Edwards said the
project would be “win-win” for the communi-
Mayor Erika Vickery said the council had a
business plan and a Federal Government grant
to move ahead with upgrading the infrastruc-
“More work needs to be done to make sure
we now do the required tasks in the most
cost-effective and sustainable way and must
ensure that the management of the saleyards
is also the best for the future,” she said. “To
do this, council must investigate all alterna-
tives of construction and management before
making final decisions.”
Throughput at the saleyards is about 86,000
cattle and 640,000 sheep and lambs annually.
The 148th annual Naracoorte Show will be
held on Saturday, October 15, with the
Naracoorte Horse Show following on the
Sunday at the Naracoorte Showgrounds.
The show was in recess in 2009 when the
committee could not find younger volunteers
to take up the reins, however a new and
enthusiastic group got the show back on the
road last year.
In 2010, the ‘new look’ Naracoorte Show
was a great success with record crowds (more
than 3000 people) passing through the gate.
The Limestone Coast Ute & Truck Muster will
also return with classes for utes and trucks,
and novelty events.
This year, the Lumberjack Show will be the
feature entertainment at the show, with the
performance including chainsaw racing, chair
carving, axe throwing, an exploding out-house
and log rolling (on water). The crew from
Circus Challenge will also make a return to the
The World Heritage-listed Naracoorte caves
site is set to be revitalised through a collabora-
tion between Naracoorte Lucindale Council
and the Department of Environment and
Natural Resources. Promotional We Support
the Caves stickers and posters will be placed in
participating local businesses to encourage vis-
itors to the internationally recognised natural
The council does not have plans to amalga-
mate Naracoorte’s Visitor Information Centre
and public library, despite staff at the two
locations starting training to learn the process-
es of both services last month.
The Visitor Information Centre has been
housed at the Sheep’s Back Museum for more
than eight years. Council wants it to continue
in the present format.
for town’s saleyards
The Inaugural Dorper
& White Dorper sale
in South Australia -
October 15th 2011
The Dorper Sheep Society of
Australia, Central Region
Members, will offer fullblood
Rams and Ewes at the Mt
Pleasant Saleyards in the Adelaide
Hills, following the Landmark
Dorper and shedding Ewe sale
which commences at 11am.
It is expected that some 50
fullblood sheep will be on offer.
Please Note: Number System will
apply and Strictly net cash or
cheque on Sale day.
For Fullblood Dorper details &
entry forms ring Hugh Bygott -
For Commercial Dorper &
shedding breed Ewe sale details &
entries ring David Schultz
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