This is a new space for all of our member's to tell everyone a bit about themselves and their beloved Standardbreds. It's a bit like an introduction (and a chance to have a bit of a brag too!)
First up we have one of our newest members 'Megan' and her horse 'Rylie':
· Your name: Megan Brodersen
· Age: 23
· Where do you live?
Croydon South, Rye is agisted in Kilsyth South
· What do you do when you’re not riding horses?
Working, if not working spending time with my family, dogs and cat.
· Other hobbies/interests:
Eating, sleeping, movies, camping and eating.
· Favourite Food: Chicken Nuggets
· Favourite Music/band:
My music taste is very eclectic, from movie soundtracks to Tamper Trap, soft rock.
· What are your specific interests when it comes to horses?
Trail riding for sure, we both love it XD
· Horse’s Name: Rylie (racing name Riley’s Secret)
· Age: 10
· Gelding or Mare: Gelding
· Some information about you and your horse: (i.e how long have you had him/her? What did he/she do before you came together? What do you enjoy doing together now? What are your future goals?)
I got Rye January 7th 2015. My first horse not only for me but the whole family too. I don’t believe he ever made it into trials due to being beautifully slow =P. He then went to a young girl and did pony club with no success. He was then sold to a lady named Carol in Daylesford whom used him to brake in her horses she bred, being such a quiet boy, she put friends on him whom have never ridden before to enjoy a trail ride through the Wombat state forest. Carol sold Rye, for the horses he helped brake where now used for braking, and I brought him =D. He loves his trail rides, full bush with lots of logs to jump and sticks brushing us in the face. I would love to teach him to trot and stay in a trot as well as canter. With lots of practice we will achieve this goal, he is an outstanding boy and will do anything to please.
· So why did you buy a standy and what is it you love about them so much?
I was never looking for a specific breed just after something safe. I can honestly say now that I got to know the breed, I wouldn’t want any other, they are just beautiful.
Here's another profile from our very own Secretary of SESRG 'Sheridan' and her horse 'Phoenix':
Your name: Sheridan Meyles
Where do you live? Baxter, on the Mornington Peninsula
What do you do when you’re not riding horses? Grooming Dogs
Other hobbies/interests: Reading, Harley Davidsons
Favourite Food: Spaghetti and Chocolate
Favourite Music/band: Pearl Jam and Greenday
What are your specific interests when it comes to horses?
Interested in everything!!!
Horse’s Name: Phoenix
Gelding or Mare: Mare
Some information about you and your horse: (i.e how long have you had him/her? What did he/she do before you came together? What do you enjoy doing together now? What are your future goals?)
I got Phoenix when she had just turned 1. It has been a LONG journey. She nearly died at the age of 2 and had to have surgery on an infection in her coffin joint. She accidently kicked me in the shin which resulted in two broken bones in my leg and two surgeries for me! But i will not give up and she has so much potential!
Shes a little bit of a madam and a cheeky personality. She tends to switch off when Ive tried to take her out to comps but she is slowly growing up. She's really turned a corner in the last 6 months.
I want to do eventing with her, but I think we are a few years away from that still. I don't think id finish a XC course alive! At the moment im just doing dressage, and about to start some endurance with her as I think she'd like that.
And one from your very own SESRG Website manager and Treasurer!
Your name: Rosalyn (Ros)
Where do you live? Cockatoo VIC
What do you do when you’re not riding horses?
I work Monday- Wednesday, and I look after my 5yo daughter Juliet. I also maintain this website and do the treasury role for SESRG.
Gardening, Playing Guitar, Singing especially Karaoke!
Cakes especially Baklava and Coffee!! Ok coffee is not a food but I can’t live without it!
I love a big variety of music, might be better to ask what I don’t like!
I especially love 50s and 60s rock n’ roll, reggae, 80s, grunge, and even some country! My favourite band of all time would have to be The Beatles
What are your specific interests when it comes to horses?
I enjoy showing, dressage and show jumping. I love Natural Horsemanship principles, especially when it comes to groundwork. I also like to keep my horses barefoot (which I do myself) I also ride bitless when I’m just having a relaxed ride at home or out on the trail - really great for grazing when on the trail!
Bobby (racing name: Isthatuolson)
Dougie (racing name: Longchamp)
James (not a standy but my childhood QH x who is now 29 years old!)
Bobby is 9, Dougie is 11 and James….is ancient lol
Gelding or Mare: mine are all geldings
Some information about you and your horse:
Bobby was my first straight OTT Standardbred Pacer. I bought him direct from the trainer almost three years ago. He had been backed and ridden but was very green, he only had a handful of rides when I got him. I learned very quickly that he likes to GO!! I also learned very quickly that together we could have the best gallops!! Only problem was, I revved him up so much that when I decided that I no longer wanted to hoon around, it took me about a year to calm him down!! So now we are starting to do Showing, Dressage and Show jumping. Dressage is proving a real challenge as he still has that ‘fiery’ streak and when it kicks in, it’s hard for him to calm down! He’s a great jumper when he focus’ and he feeds off my confidence, so the more I believe in him, the more he believes in himself too.
I bought Dougie off a friend just over a year ago as company for Bobby when we moved onto our own acreage. Dougie is a trotter and had been off the track for years. That being said, he was also green and is still learning to canter properly. He’s slower and more laid back to ride than Bobby. I think he will make a lovely dressage horse one day. I haven’t done much with him as Bobby has always been my ‘go to’ horse but that is changing!
Left: James and I back in 1990. James was 3yo and I was 11yo. Back then I simply called him 'Jamie' but 'James' is much more regal for an older gentleman!
Below: James and I today. He's 29yo now and I'm 36yo!
James is my old boy, I got him for my 11th birthday. We did years of pony club together. I loved riding him around the streets of Altona in the Western Suburbs and along the beach back in the day. He is my piece of nostalgia. James has been a resident at Melton Equestrian Academy for the last 14 years. He was their number one RDA horse. In July this year, I got to bring my boy home to retire. He’s much slower and greyer these days, but he has a huge teddy bear personality. My daughter adores him. Having James living at home with me is my dream come true.
Why did you buy a standy and what is it you love about them so much?
Quite a few years ago, I bought an Arab horse on the spare of the moment! This was after almost a decade away from horses. BAD MOVE!!! But luckily my friend was also selling her Standy at the time, so we decided to do a swap. GOOD MOVE!!! He gave me back all my confidence and was a great all round, easy to own horse.....I did end up selling him as I guess I didn't fully appreciate how good he had been to me. I also always wanted an Appaloosa so that's what I did, I sold the Standy and I got an Appy.....when my appaloosa went over the rainbow bridge, I vowed that was it!! Next horse I get has to be a Standy!!!
So I now have two gorgeous Standardbreds and riding them is like 'coming home' they are easy to handle and predictable. They are such willing horses. They love to please me. They love to outdo each other for my affection! haha... And above all THEY ARE TRAINABLE! Yes Standies can be trained like any other horse to do anything other horses can do and they can even do it better! I might sound biased, but I know its true.....it all comes down to time and work. The more you put in, the more you get out.....
I also love having Standardbreds because I am now part of a very passionate community of horse people who are out to prove that our horses are a fabulous choice for all riders.
Plus, we have a great breed organisation 'The Standardbred Pleasure and Performance Association of Victoria' where you can get out and attend their shows, compete in dressage and show jumping. The people who are a part of this organisation are very encouraging, especially of newcomers and it's great to be a part of it. If you have any questions regarding SPPHAV, our committee at SESRG will be only too happy to discuss the organisation with you and how you can become a member :)
Being a part of SESRG and SPPHAV has brought about some really great friendships with likeminded people. Who doesn't want to sit there and talk all about your horses (in particular STANDIES!) to others who know exactly what you're on about? and it gives the husband a break from your endless chatter too! haha...
Please keep them coming guys! To take part in the Member Profiles page; please copy and paste the above survey and pop your answers in. Don't forget to send a favourite photo or two (or three!) and email them to me. I will then update this asap.