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April has flown by and I have now found a little time to do what will be April & May’s blog. What have I been up to, the first part of April was with young horses and cattle back here at home in Qld. The second part being outside of Port Hedland in North Western Australia on a 1 million acre cattle station. This was my second visit ,on this occasion it was to conduct a week long staff training course. During the week, the main focus was horsemanship covering colt starting and yearling handling as well as cow working. At the end of the course we were loading cattle into a stock truck without the use of shoots or races. The left image shows those that participated on the course with the cattle in the background on the truck. The image below is of Mark Bettini on the young horse that he started. All made a lot of progress on the course and thank you to Narelle & Mark Bettini for your hospitality and all your efforts. The mango beer and red wine was good Mark.

Over the past weekend I have been in Moura Central Queensland for a 4 day course. This was again a horsemanship and cow working course with the first 2 days being horsemanship and the last 2 involving cow working. To Lyn and Brett Coombe thank you for welcoming many people into your house and organising the weekend. I have one more 2 day course in Victoria and an intake of young horses in Australia before I head back to the U.K. I hear that it is warming up over there now so will be good to catch up with all of my english sporting friends. My Australian & New Zealand schedule will again start up in October on my return from the Northern Hemisphere.

I try to include a horsemanship article or topic in these blogs and on this occasion I seem stuck for words. So perhaps if I finish by saying, enjoy your horsemanship and like Mark, keep smiling. This horse was pretty athletic and he did have a lot to smile about with where his horse mentally ended up.