By Marilyn Powell/CWHBA
Photography: Private collection
The Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association (CWHBA) received an invitation from the Australia Warmblood Horse Association Ltd. (AWHA) for a representative of the CWHBA to fulfil the role of international judge for their 2019 national championships and classification tour, and studbook committee member, Marilyn Powell, was given the honour of representing CWHBA. Here is her report.
Interestingly, this tour had been structured as both the association's classification tour and national championships offering both led and ridden classes, split into studbook category by age groups and by gender. Results were tabulated both within each state and then nationally for local and national titles, awards, and prize money. This format allowed the relatively small association to cover huge distances as horses entered multiple classes, and both mares and stallions were classified for studbook entry.
Two very strong impressions that could not be ignored or more different: Firstly the stark, harsh landscape we travelled emphasized the severe drought that Australia is currently suffering and, secondly, the abundance of quality coffee stops in every small town offering every type of milk one could want for a latte! Both of these impressions carried through the entire tour with some states in even more dire circumstances caused by fires. In fact, in Victoria, several horses were scratched from the tour as their owners dealt with the aftermath of the bush fires and loss of property...To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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