Kay & Tania Harding

Nicknames

Kay & Skip

Riding Disciplines

Dressage, Eventing, Show jumping, HRCAV

Coach(es)

Jodie Dunstan at Table Top NSW (Dressage) Skip is on the Vic Eventing Squad 2014 . Coaches so far: Barry Roycroft, Charlotte Pederson, Sue Coman, Jamie Coman, Will Enzinger, Emily Anker

Horses

Jirrima Yorkshire, Jirrima Yabba Dabba Doom, Jirrima Candyman, plus a number of home bred youngsters

Breed(s)

Our breeding program is basically Warmblood x Thoroughbred, and a bit of either Arabian or Irish Draught. The bloodlines for the Warmbloods are Lander, Jet Set D, and Grannus 11 with the latest addition of Belcam Coalac. Arundel House Zermat is the basis of the Arabians and the Irish Draughts all go back to King of Diamonds. Our competition horses have been bred by us and the aim of the Stud is to produce quality horses with quiet temperaments, movement and ability to do either dressage or jumping. Average height around 16hh and over.

How did you come to get your horse(s):

All are home bred. We have been breeding horses officially since 1976, although there were a couple of foals before then. We name our horses alphabetically each year eg 2000 was the year of the “V” foals. The last crop of foals 2012, began with 'H'!! As we have not bred any foals for the last 2 years, there are no “Ï” or “J” foals

Special care and management considerations of your horse(s):

Space for them to move in, good feed, good pasture, good water, rug in winter, shade in summer and a reward when they do the right thing!!

Name the most influential person in your riding career:

There is no one person over the years, but early on, Kevin Bacon and Pat Smythe had to be favourites.

Special highlight(s) in your riding career:

Kay: Completing Gawler 3 Day Event

Skip: Hunting in England, Completing Melbourne 3 DE 3*

Describe your first pony:

Kay: Home bred Chestnut mare called Dorcas, 14hh, Pony x TB. She took me to all sorts of places but not fond of cross country

Skip: Started on Dorcas till she died, then took over the ride on her son Jirrima Banshee who was part Arabian, and a true ambassador for the breed. He was a top all rounder.

Describe your riding history:

Kay: Very mixed. Grew up with horses, and started in Pony Club at the age of 3. Tried Rodeo events, campdrafting, polocrosse, endurance and more. Until recently, working on the more disciplined classes, competing in Dressage, Eventing and Jumping. Age has caught up with me and now doing HRCAV and strapping.

Skip: Rode before she could walk. A much more sedate beginning, competing at shows, Pony Club, gymkhanas, Horse Trials and similar events.

Did you belong to a Pony Club? Give details:

Kay: Originally at Henty NSW, then Paroo Qld and finally Culcairn - 35yrs over all

Skip: Culcairn - 21yrs

What are your ambitions?

Breed very competitive horses for Dressage/Jumping with good temperament. Skip compete at Adelaide International 3 DE.

Which Pryde's feeds do you use and why do you like them?

I began years ago using only the Pryde’s Easibreed pellets and now use a variety of feeds branching out to Prydes’s Bio Mare Cubes - I wanted a non heating feed but needed to keep weight on my horse so a Pryde's rep recommended the Prydes’s Bio Mare Cubes. We then add Pryde’s Easi Result to the competition horses’ diet. For weaning we use Pryde’s Easifeed One Concentrate, and I add Pryde’s Easifeed 200 Pellets to the broodmares diet. The other product we use is the Pryde’s Polished EasiOil.  Pryde’s is the only manufactured feed we buy. I am so biased! We find the feed is very balanced and all the horses love them and look terrific.

How will Pryde's Sponsorship make a difference to you?

We are proud to be sponsored by Pryde's. Our horses go out looking a picture, are competitive, and Pryde's have made feeding simple, plus I feel it is value for money. It is easy to suggest to other people to try such a terrific product, when you have the results to back it up. Also the Pryde's team is only a phone call away for information on any dietary problems

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