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Equine Missions – Mission Travel Giveaway

As a Christian who’s in love with horses, I’m always keen to read and hear about equine ministries around the world.  And even more eager to see the day when mine comes to fruition!  Although I still have a lot to learn and achieve before setting up my dream, I’m sure there are people out there with a dream in mind that are ready to start – they’re just lacking the funds.

Now I say ‘just’ because this is an obstacle that can be overcome – and sometimes by others rather than yourself.  On LightFM they’ve been advertising of late the $100,000 giveaway by Mission Travel.

The gist?  “Missiontravel.com.au will be giving away $100,000 to Christian individuals, churches and ministries nationwide. We want to know how you would like to serve God and how a grant could make that happen. The $100,000 is available in $5,000 and $10,000 Overseas Experiences, Bible College Scholarships and Cash Grants.”

“But where do the horses come into it, Christine?” I hear you ask.  Well, if you’re one who has a heart for reaching people through horses and are dreaming of running your own equine ministry, that’s where they come into it!  For those who have the plan but are just lacking the funds to get started, consider applying for the $10,000 or $5,000 grant for a ministry group or individual.

Sometimes Provisions From Others is all we Need to get Started.What you’ll need to tell them about if applying for an individual grant:

  • What you plan on using the funds for and what you plan to achieve on account of receiving the funds
  • How would you ensure that the use of your funds remain sustainable in furthering God’s kingdom?
  • Provide a simple budget overview to show how the funds would be used.
  • Provide a simple timeline to demonstrate when the grant will be used in each quarter, to be completed by the end of 2011.
  • Please share anything else that we should be aware of when considering your application. (250 words or less)

What you’ll need to tell them about if applying for a group ministry grant:

  • Describe your organisation.
  • Briefly outline the mission and vision of your organisation.
  • How would you use this cash grant?
  • What are 3 main outcomes you hope to achieve from the funds?
  • How would you ensure that the use of your funds remain sustainable in furthering God’s kingdom?
  • Provide a simple budget overview to show how the funds would be used.
  • Provide a simple timeline to demonstrate when the grant will be used in each quarter, to be completed by the end of 2011.
  • Please share anything else that we should be aware of when considering your application. (250 words or less)

Applications close Monday 21st of June.  Perhaps you’re looking at that date and thinking – but I haven’t enough time to document all of that to apply!

Maybe not.  But, have you considered doing it anyway?  The best way to achieve a dream, goal or plan is to document what you need to do and how you’re going to get there.  This is the first year that Mission Travel have offered these funds to kick start other ministries.  I doubt it’ll be the last.

“Forewarned is forearmed” – make sure you’re prepared for another opportunity like this when it comes knocking!

“I used to have money, now I have horses.”

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Calling All Equine Artists

“Why yes Christine, I do partake in photography, digital art, painting, drawing or sculpture relating to hroses!” I hear you say.  Perfect!  If you’re looking for a chance to have your work/s seen internationally, then check out the Art Horse Magazine competition:

http://www.arthorsemagazine.com/art_competition.html

Presented by Art Horse Magazine (http://www.arthorsemagazine.com)
Art Horse Magazine announces `Ex Arte Equinus III`, an international equine artcompetition for fine artists and photographers.

The competition is open to Artists/Photographers from all over the world,who can enter up to twelve images showing their best work in the categories of Photography, Digital Art, Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture. This competition will provide equine artists the opportunity to show their work on an international level.

Images of winning artwork will be published in issue #10 of Art Horse Magazine (published March 2010). Winners and selected images will also be published in a book programme about the show.

Entry Deadline is October 30th.
Contact: exarte_director@arthorsemagazine.com

Two months is hopefully enough forewarning to get together some amazing works to submit.  Good luck!

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Favour for Self

Me in a light snowfall in Ireland.Some of you know I’m writing a novel (horses, of course) and hope to in the near future get it published.  ING Direct has a competition going at the moment where they’ll fund $10,000 for any goal/dream.  Such funds would definitely come in handy for getting it in print!

You have to provide a picture and a caption and then encourage others to vote – apparently the top 100 are voted by the public so if you have a moment, please consider putting in a vote for mine… no pressure to do so though!

You can find my picture at http://mydreamis.ingdirect.com.au/?id=3982 and hey, why not put in your own? Not much required to potentially win the 10k.  Check terms and conditions though, I believe it’s open to Australian residents only.

Thanks!  Curious what it’s about?  Check out A Novel in Progress.

“I used to have money, now I have horses.”

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Events and Biosecurity

As has been shown with the outbreak of Equine Influenza in Australia fairly recently, the need for measures to be put in place to protect horses and their owners from possible outbreaks of many diseases is a large one. Many owners and managers of horse properties have “quarantine” paddocks set up to restrict a new horse’s movement around a property until it has been observed for some weeks. This can help to restrict the spread of diseases to other horses if a new horse arrives carrying something.

Foal with lice.

Competing, travelling with your horse or buying one from another country will probably also cause you to be aware of quarantine measures. As an event organiser it is also imperative to be up to date on measures to be taken for the safety and welfare of horses and their owners.

In conjunction with the Veterinary Advisor Dr Warwick Vale, the EFA has developed a Biosecurity Education Course, designed to educate and train event organisers on necessary biosecurity measures and how best to practically implement them for their events.

If this seems relevant to you and you’re within Australia, take a look at http://www.equestrian.org.au/?Page=16496 and the registration form for further details.

“Horseperson’s Glossary… Colic: Gastrointestinal result of eating at horse show food stands.”

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Calling Aussie Artists

Got an email from the Equitana crew not too long ago and seems they’re having an Equine Art competition at the event this year. For those of you who love to create horse related pictures and wouldn’t mind competing for some money, there’s a couple of links you can check out:
http://www.equitana.com.au/equine-art-prize and http://www.turfmonthly.com.au/equineart.asp?category=Equine%20Art

Gold Edition Equine Art Prize:
September 21 – 24, 2007
Toowoomba Showgrounds, Toowoomba
Entry Deadline: Monday, August 20, 2007

Turf Monthly Equine Art Prize:
November 15 – 18, 2007
Royal Melbourne Showgrounds, Melbourne
Entry Deadline: Monday, October 25, 2007

Check out the Turf Monthly site for application forms.

“Without the horse what would have become of man? It has served us for transport, in agriculture, industry since the dawn of time.” – Bertrand Leclair

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Ask and You Will Receive

One of the horse’s I’ve ridden and watched closely while here in South Africa is a piebald mare rising four years old, who was backed (put under saddle) last November. Partly her temperament and breeding can be attributed to this responsive young animal. The other instigator? The backing method here is along the lines of Monty Robert’s classic ‘Join Up’.

I was curious to hear this as for my next adventure, I want to be just above Australia; helping out at Tiwi College and helping with 2,000 or so wild horses on the islands. The man I know linked in with the Tiwi College plans has informed me they use the Monty Roberts’ method for young people from broken homes so suddenly this way of doing things has my attention twofold.

I commented how I was disappointed that I couldn’t see this process carried out before I went home from South Africa and suddenly the proprietor was on the phone to friends and days later, we had two mares about 3 years of age, barely handled to practice Join Up with.

Four days into the process (working with each mare for about an hour each day) and we have been on the chestnut mare twice, having her happily walk and trot around under saddle with a rider in the saddle. The bay mare we started under saddle today and she took things well.

It has been amazing to see all the signs these gorgeous animals give off in regards to body language and submission. Sometimes it’s very subtle, other times it’s as if their whole body is shouting, “please, let me be friends. I’d rather be with you than away.”

Now both have been amazingly quiet in accepting the saddle, but just so you know – it took hours to get a head collar on both mares and a long time to get them into a lunging ring to be able to start the process. Oh, and the bay mare loves to bite – anything within her reach and the ears go flat back and the teeth are bared – she is obviously the dominant one of the pair. And go figure, only by asking have we been able to get a saddle on her so quickly. Amazing.

“It is easier to attach reins to a freight train and practice pulling to a halt than it is to slow down some of our horses.”

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More Education?

So it’s coming up to exam times for those in their last year of highschool and therefore, time to decide what to do next.

For many, it is so appealing to go straight into working with horses after highschool… or possibly even instead of the last couple of years of highschool, but I believe the education is worth it.

With the main outcome being working with horses and earning money from your passion, the last thing I wanted to do was consider a two or more year course after highschool that would ‘stop’ me from doing exactly that! But when I finally settled on a course to do at the start of year twelve, it became evident I would have to see the year out to be able to get into the course. It was either that or gain some experience with horses before hand, and fast!

Anyone with a desire to work with horses and the revelation that they need to work hard, be interested and show initiative can get a job with horses… and then you do your learning, while working. This is a little more daunting than learning the ins and outs of the industry while under the education of those who have been through it all and are now teaching in a horse course.

The VTAC guide shows a few possibilities for working with horses, but it is possible to do so much with them, so for the horse obsessed but discipline confused, look around. Consider a general course (equine management for example) rather than specific (dressage instructor) so you’re at least getting hands on training in a field that offers many jobs and can later lead to a specified area.

If your main reason for getting education is employment, check out courses that have a high employment percentage rate (GOTAFE Diploma has a 98% employment rate for students that finish their two year course). If earning money while studying is appealing, apprenticeships may be the way to go. The pay isn’t brilliant, but it is a bit of support while also learning.

TAFE can be more appealing than Uni price wise, but there are more expensive courses that offer scholarships, and it may be worth looking into these too. Another possbility is working on a horse property while studying, for example working at a riding school while gaining your Level 1 instructor’s certificate. Some riding schools will fund this as your education will benefit their business once the course is finished.

There are many possibilities and it’s well worth the research – you’re talking about your passion and career, not just a job.

“All I need to know in life, I learnt from my horse: New shoes are an absolute necessity every 6 weeks.”

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