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Welcome to Equus Education!

This blog is designed to aid you in developing an equine career.  Want to work with horses?  Be sure to look at the horse related careers that have been explored, horse courses on offer around the world and profiles of those making a living related to working with horses.  I hope you find it useful.

Christine Meunier, Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia.

Pathway Manager Positions at Equestrian Australia

Looking for a career within the equestrian industry? More specifically, within Equestrian Australia?  EA have three positions on offer currently.  These are pathway manager for athletes, coaches and officials.

This role covers education of people qualified within Equestrian Australia.  If you’re interested in checking out any of these roles, head along to the Positions Vacant page of the EA website.

Here’s a little of what is involved in being a pathway manager according to the EA position description:

To succeed in this role, you will:

  • create and implement education programs for all equestrian officials
    • including technical delegates, judges, stewards and course designers
    • drawing on industry expertise as required
  • Your focus will be on identifying and facilitating opportunities for officials to
    • continue their accreditation
    • gain the experience required to meet the standards set by the FEI.
Pathway Manager: do you want to Guide others in Equestrian Sports?

Pathway Manager: do you want to Guide others in Equestrian Sports?

If you’re passionate about education within the equestrian industry, consider this role.  If you have an equestrian background, this is looked upon favourably.

If you want to make a difference for education and accreditation within the horse riding industry, apply!  Equestrian Australia is a large governing body for horse riding in Australia.  Working in a role with EA will open many doors for the right individual.

Pathway Managers within any industry hold a great responsibility.  They are to guide and educate many within that given industry.  They can help to shape positive changes for the equestrian sport.  They can better equip people to carry out their job and stay current in the industry.

A Pathway Manager within Equestrian Australia could do all of these things and more.  Read through the position descriptions to see if there is a role fitting with your skills.  Perhaps a new employment position is on the horizon?

“There are many wonderful places in the world, but one of my favorite places is on the back of my horse.” – Rolf Kopfle

Girl Perfect by Jo Jenkins

I recently downloaded Girl Perfect for free on Kindle. It was a quick and thoroughly enjoyable read. It was also unique to a lot of horse stories I have read.

Girl Perfect by Jo Jenkins

Girl Perfect by Jo Jenkins

Elin Cecilia Richards is 13 years of age. She is passionate about horses and a good rider. Horses are her escape. At school Elin is bullied and has always been because of her different appearance.

She was born with a cleft and had many operations from a young age to ‘fix’ her disfigurement. This left her with an ugly scar on her face, an unusual looking nose and mouth and a strange voice.

Consequently Elin chooses not to speak most of the time. She has become a mute as she explains to readers of Girl Perfect. It is only as the bullying reaches a new level in her French class that Elin erupts, speaking out against her tormentor.

This leads to a culmination of events that force Elin to continue to speak. As she finds herself amongst a new group of people at school, she questions if she can indeed speak out and continue to do so, to fit in.

Horses continue to be her escape and Elin finds solace in the friendship of one boy who rides with her. Sean accepts her different looks. He accepts her unusual voice. He enjoys spending time with her and she realises that with him, she feels truly accepted and comfortable.

Elin has two female friends at school. Although they have befriended her, they seemed to delight in others ridiculing her. They also strongly dislike Sean. It takes Elin a long time to realise who her true friends are and who she is herself.

Girl Perfect is a delightful horse story that focuses on someone with a physical difference. It cleverly highlights how humanity struggles with someone who is ‘different’ and the picture they consequently build up of themselves. The perceptions of others can greatly affect our perception of ourselves. Jo Jenkins has highlighted this beautifully in this short novel for teens.

Author: Jo Jenkins
Fiction – teen
In My Library? Definitely!
Want it? Get it now at Amazon.

Equine Industry Advertising as a Career

Have you ever considered the idea of promoting advertising services?  Perhaps those specifically within the equine industry? Equine industry advertising.  You may otherwise consider this as marketing in the equine industry.

Equine Industry Advertising: who would you Employ?

Equine Industry Advertising: who would you Employ?

Whatever way you want to look at it, horse businesses can make use of your services. The equine industry advertising expert will know horses and what horse people want. They will know how to best promote a product. They will have skills (or have access to people) in the areas of:

  • Graphic design
  • Wordsmith / copy writing
  • Ad layout design

Ideally they would have access to avenues to promote products and services within the horse industry. This could be through magazines, social media, online horse websites, local stock feed stores. The list goes on!

If you have a passion for advertising and know horses, then this may be an area worth pursuing. If you want to find out a little bit more about marketing within the equine industry, read one of the latest profiles on Equus Education. Profile On: Sophie Barrington, Archer Creative.

Within the equine world, many set ups are businesses. Whether it be breeding, nutrition, riding, racing, competition or something else horse related, all can benefit from good business marketing. Cue equine industry advertising. As long as you promote your niche well, you should look forward to picking up equine related clients.  This should be easy as an effective marketer!

As with many businesses, as you gain clients and keep them happy, they will refer you on to their connections. Even if starting out part time, it would be quite possible to be working in the horse industry (and gaining contacts) and to pick up some casual marketing work through these contacts. Working in the industry in another way – e.g. as a stable hand – can help clients to recognise you in the industry. They will be more inclined to employ your services then.

“The horse moved like a dancer, which is not surprising. A horse is a beautiful animal, but it is perhaps most remarkable because he moves as if he always hears music.” – Mark Helprin, A Winter’s Tale

Horse Property Planning and Development

I have recently finished reading Horse Property Planning and Development. This is the third book in the Equicentral System series by Jane and Stuart Myers of Equiculture. This is another must read for the horse owner who has land or plans to buy land for horses!

Horse Property Planning and Development

Horse Property Planning and Development

It is full of valuable information with regards to planning, permits, design and horse safety. Knowing how to best manage land so that horses are safe, healthy and happy should be the goal for all horse property owners.

This is another horse book that I would highly recommend to horse property owners due to its relevance and useful information. The topics covered in Horse Property Planning and Development include:

  • Horse housing/holding facilities – surfaced yards, shade and shelter, stables and other facilities
  • Fences and gates – safety, visibility, dimensions and fence types
  • Riding arenas and training yards – size and shape, surfaces, uses, lights and maintenance
  • Horse facility planning – making a plan, permits and budget, infrastructure, manure, water and vegetation planning and management
  • The Equicentral System

This book is made up of over 200 pages worth of invaluable information. It also provides references for where to go for more information. Local sources of information are suggested as well as further online reading on their Equiculture site.

As with the previous book in the series, for those who are limited with land, the Equicentral System is explained so that it can be implemented successfully by anyone. This is another book in the series that was an invaluable read to me. It is well worth purchasing.

Authors: Jane Myers and Stuart Myers
Non Fiction – horse management and land care
In My Library? Definitely!
Want it? Get it now at Amazon.

“The air of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears.” – Arabian Proverb

Angels Club (One Kid, One Horse, Can Change the World)

I downloaded the first book in the Angels Club for free on Kindle a little while ago. Any free horse story is worth looking into, in my opinion. This one by Courtney Vail and Sandra J. Howell didn’t disappoint!

Angels Club: a Children's Novel by Courtney Vail and Sandra J. Howell

Angels Club: a Children’s Novel by Courtney Vail and Sandra J. Howell

Jacinda Gonzalez is very tall for her young age. Add to that the fact that she had to stay down a year in primary school, and she feels like she is bullied for these two facts alone. What about her big heart and desire to help others?

Jacinda volunteers at a local horse facility that provides lessons for people with mental and physical disabilities. She is often a side walker to help support those who cannot get in the saddle and stay there themselves. This is how she meets young Emily.

Over time Jacinda realises that Emily is so much more than her short stature and the wheelchair she is confined to. Instead she is a bright, enthusiastic girl who is determined to get full use of her legs back.

As Jacinda thinks about how good she feels helping others, the idea for a club forms. This becomes the basis to getting through to two girls who consistently bully her at school.

Angels Club is an enlightening read. It has a great moral for young readers and is written with many, many amusing similes. The way that Jacinda’s feelings are explained allow the reader to visualise exactly what she’s feeling – usually in a rather funny way! Angels Club is a great read and it looks like things have been set up well for the second in the series, The Trouble with Boys. Highly recommended.

Authors: Courtney Vail and Sandra J. Howell
Fiction – children
In My Library? As an ebook copy, that it is!
Want it? Get it now at Amazon (free!).

Profile On: Carly Kade, Equestrian Author

Carly Kade, Equestrian Author answers some questions about her writing.  Stay tuned on Equus Education for a review of In the Reins!

How much of your day/week is related to horses?
When I am not riding a horse, you’ll find me writing about one. Horses are very much a part of my every day. I am happiest when I am in the saddle. I’ve been lucky enough to own horses most of my life.

Carly Kade: Equestrian Author

Carly Kade: Equestrian Author

My adult horse’s name is Sissy. She is the one I always dreamed of owning. She is a registered Paint mare and I am happily showing her regularly in Arizona. Take a tour of my website and you’ll notice Sissy appears in my promotional videos for In The Reins as the lead horse character, Faith. I do all the marketing for the book myself so it helps to have my own horse to stand in as I film the footage!
Horses give me peace whether I’m putting them on paper or I am a guest on their backs. There is nothing more peaceful to me than the quiet bond I share with my horse. I am lucky to have horses in my life every day in some way!

What is it exactly that you do?
I am an equestrian author. Beverly Cleary once said, “If you don’t see the book you want on the shelves, write it.” I think I’ve read everything in existence about horses, cowboys and romance. I couldn’t find a horse book series written about the western pleasure discipline though. I wrote In The Reins because I wanted to read a love story themed around the type of breed horse shows that I like to compete in (AQHA, APHA, PtHA) especially the western pleasure classes.

It is a very exciting time. In the Reins is my first book in a series of at least three. I am proud to share that it has been an equestrian best seller on Amazon for more than 10 weeks and has just been named an official 2016 EQUUS Film Festival literary selection. The EQUUS Film Festival is the world’s premier showcase for domestic and International equestrian content feature films, shorts, documentaries, music videos, commercials, training, educational materials, art & literature. Category winners will be revealed this November in New York City. I look forward to attending and signing books for festival attendees!

In a nutshell, I love writing horse books for people just like me … horse crazy, book crazy, cowboy crazy. Creative writing makes my spurs jingle!

In this field of work, is it possible to be a full time professional and earning a liveable income?
Not yet! I hope one day that I might make enough income from my writing for it to be my full time profession. I dream BIG! Right now, I work full time in the corporate world. The beautiful thing is that I still have time to write! I have to make the time but it is possible to do both. The truth is most authors make less than $10,000 a year which is why reader reviews are so important to us. Reviews are the easiest way to thank an author and let their publishers know to produce more of their books. Being an author is a small business.

What are the general steps taken to be employed in such a role?
In order to be an author, I was surprised to learn that I legally had to start my own business! So now I am a self-published author and small business owner. I publish books under Carly Kade Creative. I knew that I wanted creative control of In The Reins. My background in marketing, events, social media, brand and public relations gave me a foundation for doing the launch of the book myself. I read like crazy too and devoured tons of books on self-publishing.

Beyond establishing a business, a writer needs to actually write! Inspiration strikes in the most interesting ways. Sometimes it’s through cultivating a writing habit (like my 5 am morning writing sessions) and sometimes inspiration comes like lightning. When I experience the latter, I have to catch it as fast as I can so I always (always!) carry a journal with me wherever I go.

Carly Kade’s favourite horse memory?
Everything changed on my 10th birthday when I opened a brightly colored package containing a purple halter and matching lead. I didn’t have a horse of my own to put the halter on, but I loved it anyway because it was purple (my favorite color) and because it was an item for a real horse, not a plastic one.

Unbelievably, that halter turned into a birthday road trip that brought me to Missy. Missy ended up being my real birthday present. She was my first horse and the best life coach a young woman could ever ask for. Missy was my mount, my teacher, my partner, and my very best friend through my childhood years. On Missy, I was crowned my county’s 4-H Horse Queen and we won the coveted Palomino Western Pleasure class at the World’s Largest All Breed Youth Show. Missy lived to be 28 years old.

To this day, I still can’t believe my parents were willing to give such a generous gift when I was just a little girl. It wasn’t always easy to afford her, but we somehow found a way. They knew that I loved horses and it wasn’t just a phase. It was forever. I am still a horse owner almost 30 years later!

Ironically, I didn’t give either of my horses their barn names (Missy or Sissy.) I like to think there’s something about the similarity that implies these two horses were meant just for me 😉

Carly Kade’s future goals?

Carly Kade: Author of In the Reins

Carly Kade: Author of In the Reins

This is just the beginning! I have more books featuring the characters from In The Reins bucking up a storm in my mind and already taking shape on paper! McKennon and Devon’s story definitely continues. I am working on the sequel now. This is a horse book series of at least three!

I will be sharing sneak peeks, updates and new release info on my blog for readers who can’t wait to find out what happens next for McKennon and Devon. I am excited about the journey this series is taking me on! I see a children’s book series in my future too.

Best thing about your sport/profession??
The best thing about being an author has been the people I’ve partnered with and met on my journey to publishing In The Reins. There has been a very real magic coursing through all the people that have come together around this project. Friends, family, acquaintances, perfect strangers, colleagues – everyone was so kind when I shared my dream of being a published author with them.

All these lovely humans then proceeded to open doors that I couldn’t even see were there. Now the dream has come true and I am one!

I am overflowing with gratitude for all the passionate people who have come on this journey with me from book reviewers to fellow equestrian authors to other entrepreneurs I’ve met along the way. When dreamers band together and support each other anything is possible. You can’t do it on your own.

Equine Sales Auctioneer – Use Your Voice

Recently Equus Education has had the chance to profile Stephanie Grentell on her career as an equine sales auctioneer and bloodstock agent. In fact, Stephanie was the first female equine sales auctioneer in Australia!

Particularly in the thoroughbred industry, horse sales are held throughout the year and someone is needed to auction these sales. This is especially so for the summer and autumn months when yearling sales are occurring around the states.

An equine sales auctioneer is someone who needs to be able to recommend a number of horses for sale. They need to be familiar with each horse’s pedigree, its conformation and gender. These can be used as selling points to potential buyers. They also need to be able to talk fast!

Equine Sales Auctioneer: These are needed at Thoroughbred Sales Worldwide

Equine Sales Auctioneer: These are needed at Thoroughbred Sales Worldwide

Although they need these skills, this in itself possibly isn’t enough to keep someone employed full time auctioning horses. They will need to branch out into another area to stay in full time work. This is where many auctioneers double as bloodstock agents or spotters in auctions – someone who recognises a hand raised for a bid.

For someone who wants to use fast talking and their voice to work in the horse industry, they may like the idea of being an equine sales auctioneer. Another possibility that can be looked into is that of race calling. Both of these have a great need in the thoroughbred racing industry. Know however, that other breeds of horses race – quarter horses and Arabians. Likewise, other breeds of horses have sales where an auctioneer may be needed. Do your research if you would like to consider either of these talking careers within the equine industry.

“In the steady gaze of the horse shines a silent eloquence that speaks of love and loyalty, strength and courage. It is the window that reveals to us how willing is his spirit, how generous his heart.” – Author Unknown

Whirlaway, a novel by Mara Dabrishus

Recently I downloaded Whirlaway by Mara Dabrishus for free on her website.  I’ve just discovered that it is also free on kindle!

Whirlaway is a short story that introduces the characters that are found in the horse racing novel Stay the Distance.  Two girls raised by their father whilst their mother is chasing the dream of becoming a top jockey make up the main characters of Whirlaway and Stay the Distance.

Mara Dabrishus obviously has a passion for horses and knows the racing industry.  Her main character, July Carter is hurt by her mother’s abandonment.  She can’t understand how horses could be put before family – as much as she loves them herself.

Whirlaway by Mara Dabrishus

Whirlaway by Mara Dabrishus

July finds things make sense whilst she’s on the back of a horse.  Her life is a mess otherwise.  She cannot come to terms with a mother who has all but abandoned her.  Whirlaway is a short story that introduces this idea to the reader.  It is a great prequel to the racing story Stay the Distance.

Better yet, Whirlaway is free to download.  If you’re interested in checking out Mara’s writing, why not consider downloading this short story for free?

Author: Mara Dabrishus
Fiction – teen or adult
In My Library? As an ebook copy, that it is!
Want it? Get it now at Amazon (free).

“A horse is the projection of peoples’ dreams about themselves – strong, powerful, beautiful – and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.” – Pam Brown

Free Short Course at CAFRE

Hi everyone!  I have received this email and wanted to share:

CAFRE are holding an update on recent Advances in Equine Management at the Meadows Equestrian Centre, Lurgan, on Wednesday 1st June at 7:30pm.

The event offers an update on practices used to manage horses at CAFRE and on new developments in the industry.

– Do you need to worm? Could you save money with targeted worming?

o New equine tapeworm test will be demonstrated

o Faecal Worm Egg Testing

– Methods of monitoring your horse’s body weight

– New developments in the industry.

Follow this link for further information and to book your place.

Free Event – Everyone Welcome!

If you are in the area and available to attend this course, why not head along?  Free information is always worth pursuing when it comes to how you can better manage your horses.

Horse Tricks Trainer, an Equine Hands on Career

Once again whilst reading Love, Sweat and Tears by Zelie Bullen, I’ve been made aware of another possible horse career. A horse tricks trainer is one that trains horses to respond to cues. Rather than for competition or racing, the horse tricks trainer works in other events that require horses.

This could be training horses for movies or for equestrian shows or demonstrations. Such a person may even train horses for circus acts or other horse related events.

Horse Tricks Trainer: the Horses may need to be Specific Colours

Horse Tricks Trainer: the Horses may need to be Specific Colours

Because the horse is used for special events, it’s quite possible the horse tricks trainer will need to work with other peoples’ horses. The horses used may need to be a particular height, gender, breed or even colour for a certain event.

It would be expensive for the horse trainer to keep a vast array of horses that may be suitable for an event in the future. A horse tricks trainer may need to source horses from other people.  Or they may need to work with horses that are provided by others. They would also need to recognise that these horses they work hard with, will be going back to other owners or potentially be sold after being trained.

Someone who trains horses to do tricks will need to be able to work with many different equines. They will need to have patience and problem solving skills. The horse tricks trainer will probably also need to be able to travel and communicate with locals in other languages. They may need to be familiar with different housing and caring methods for horses that are kept in other countries. A horse tricks trainer would have a hands on career that varies greatly but has one constant – horses.

“The history of mankind is carried on the back of a horse.” – Author Unknown

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