Yon­der he goes!

NZ Horse & Pony - - Editor's Letter -

It’s been a whirl­wind month for the NZ Horse & Pony team, in be­tween get­ting our new web­site, www.horse­and­pony­mag.com up and run­ning, tak­ing our trade­stand to the Horse of the Year Show, and last but most cer­tainly not least, get­ting this is­sue of the mag­a­zine ready for the prin­ters.

So a bit sadly for me, my horses have had to take a bit of a back seat over re­cent weeks, as I waved good­bye to any chance of keep­ing them fit and schooled, let alone get­ting to any com­pe­ti­tions.

But I do hope to get out on the hunt field a fair bit this sea­son; see­ing as we hap­pen to live in the mid­dle of Waikato Hunt coun­try, which is cel­e­brat­ing its 125th Ju­bilee this year, it would seem a bit rude not to!

Hunt­ing is per­haps the most fun you can have on a horse, in my opin­ion any­way, and I’d re­ally like to en­cour­age any­one think­ing about par­tic­i­pat­ing to give it a try. It’s not all about hell-for-leather gal­lop­ing up and down big hills and jump­ing scary wire fences and enor­mous hedges (though you can do that if that’s what you’re in to). Plenty of peo­ple take it more se­dately, and look at hunt­ing as pre­dom­i­nantly a so­cial ride out with like-minded friends, where you get to ride over coun­try­side you’d never nor­mally see. It’s also a ter­rific way to im­prove your own and your horse’s bal­ance, part­ner­ship and fit­ness.

This is­sue of your favourite mag­a­zine has a bit of a hunt­ing theme, which is to mark the start of the sea­son around the coun­try. As well as our Equitak Ex­cell Mas­ter­class fea­tur­ing a young rider learn­ing about jump­ing spars and rid­ing over rugged ter­rain, we have an ex­cel­lent guide to eti­quette from hunt­ing ex­pert Sarah Milne, Claire Wil­son has in­ter­viewed long-time Taupo Hunt mem­ber Ge­ordie Bull, and we had fun find­ing three hunt field images for our Jump­ing Clinic guru Dale Ped­er­son to com­ment on.

There’s also a hunt theme to An­nie Studholme’s in­te­ri­ors page, as well as our new prod­uct page, Shop Front.

I’d love to see your hunt­ing pic­tures if you do get out there this sea­son; we’ll be run­ning gal­leries from meets around the coun­try on our web­site.

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