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Mufreesboro, TN – March 11, 2012

Team Australia wins Road to the Horse 2012.

By Holly Clanahan for America’s Horse Daily

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie … oi, oi, oi!

That Outback spirit was alive and kicking in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, as Australians Guy McLean and Dan James won a hard-fought battle at Road to the Horse 2012, defeating teams from the United States and Canada.

After two days of round-pen sessions totaling four hours, the trainers were preparing for their final obstacle course on Sunday afternoon, when event producer Tootie Bland introduced yet another twist: 60 extra points for any team willing to switch horses with their partners. Team Australia was the only one to take her up on that offer.

So Guy, who said he’d always wanted to ride a Dan James-trained horse, took the ride on Remember Sunset, while Dan rode the horse that Guy had purchased from the Four Sixes Ranch, Valliant Paddy.

Guy joked with the audience throughout his obstacle course, at one point asking, “How do you steer this thing?” when the horse began going a little wobbly. He completed the entire course — which included among other things, upright poles to weave in and out of, a “wheel” of ground poles elevated in the center, some small jumps, a tarp on the ground, jump standards with foam noodles the horse had to push through, and a log drag. Bonus obstacles included a platform for the horse to step up onto so the rider could reach up to ring a large bell hanging from the rafters, and a water box. Guy finished these, then had time to read a poem he’d written as an ode to Australia, where he is known as a bush poet. He then returned to the round pen to unsaddle his horse and tell him, “Thank you, my friend.”

Dan had a quieter ride than Guy, who’s a bit of a comedian, but his was skillful even without much commentary. He completed all obstacles except the water box, which trainers were not penalized for bypassing because it was a bonus. One shining point was the way Dan helped his horse through his gate/buddy-sour issues. This was the first time for each of the colts to be alone in the arena, and all of them, to varying degrees, wanted to stay by the arena gate, where they knew their buddies were just beyond.

Dan explained that he just “hassled” his horse by strongly encouraging him to go forward each time he returned to the gate. Then, as the colt left the gate, Dan became quiet with his cues. The horse — whom Guy has nicknamed “Aussie” — caught on pretty quick.

After the Aussie win was announced, emcee Rick Lamb asked Dan and Guy why they’d been brave enough to swap horses.

“We wouldn’t have been allowed to go back to Australia if we didn’t,” Guy said. Before the obstacle course (and counting their 60 extra “switcharoo” points), they trailed the United States by 16 points. “Even if we were ahead,” Guy said, “they’d say ’switch’ just to see if we could stay on.”

Dan, the youngest Road to the Horse competitor at age 29, said, “It has been a hell of a ride.”

To check out the full article complete with photos, visit http://americashorsedaily.com/the-road-down-under

Dallas, Texas. Sydney, Australia. London, England . Dubai, UAE .

Australian Ambassador Guy McLean and his incredible team of four arrive in the USA and prepare for an International Exhibition Tour.

Introducing Australia's most extraordinary Entertainer, Horseman and Poet.

Australia’s “Guy McLean”, at 35, has won every major equestrian competition that would allow him to enter, at least once. He has won prestigious poetry awards while serenading thousands, but most importantly, he and his team of incredible horses have won the hearts and minds of millions of the general public on stages and in arenas across the nation in Royal Shows, at Outback Spectaculars, International Rodeos, State Exhibitions and countless special appearances both live and on television as well as major equestrian shows, such as Equitana Asia Pacific.

More than a horseman, Guy’s entertainment act attracted such a huge following in his home state, that crowds of 30,000 would showed up chanting his name every night at the capital’s oldest and largest state fairgrounds, the Brisbane Ekka. They demanded to see Guy and the stars of his troop, “Nugget, Spinnaby and Kenny,” regular headliners in the evenings’ entertainment of Fireworks, Monster Trucks or Racing Motorcycles, each time giving them emotional standing ovations that were minutes long.

He has been labeled the STEVE IRWIN of horses (he is from the same state), because GUY provides a mesmerizing , entertaining connection between his horses and spectators, engaging and exciting them with that rare combination of “edutainment” with a dialog and passion for his craft that was the Irwin trademark.

Now he has arrived in the USA, along with a new troop of horses, “Hope, Sequel, Pride and Spinnaby.” His first stop is Dallas, Texas, where he and his horses will acclimate and organize, doing guest appearances, live and on television, in a pre-tour mode, as management assembles show dates and bookings while coordinating with potential sponsors, show managers, and scheduling venues across North America and Canada.

An introduction to guy can be seen at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYNNSiDoOVk and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWRWQJqpBVY

Guy stated, “It has long been my dream to bring my horses and my act out of Australia to the world. The USA is the first step toward that dream becoming a reality. I intend to make the USA my home base and Texas my home state for the next 3 to 5 years enabling me to perform at every major event, show, rodeo, state fair or opera house that will have me and my gang, while at various times we will also go to Europe, South America, Canada and England because of strong interest from venues in those places. We will announce our official 2011 tour dates after the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.”

An Act with a mission.

“We are currently seeking long term mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships with brands, show managers and venues that are interested in promoting the horse industry through presenting our entertainment, which we think helps connect the general public to the horse, as well as providing “edutainment” to horsemen and women of all skills, sports and disciplines, and, at the same time, bringing a new draw to shows and venues all over,” said McLean.

Guy’s appearances’ can range from 10 minute highlights to two hour shows and he can be contacted at bookings@guymccleanusatour.com.

Friday 9th October 2009

2010 Calendar - Guy Supports Sunshine Coast RDA, you can too!

rdaHorseLife Publishing have put a calendar together featuring 13 of the Sunshine Coast's Best Horsemen to help secure a permanent premise on the Coast.

The newly formed Sunshine Coast RDA is the only RDA operating in the Sunshine Coast region and provides service to children from Noosa to Caloundra and in between.

President of Sunshine Coast Riding for the Disabled Matty Sormani has expressed her thanks to the Horselife team.

“We need as much support as we can get to secure a permanent premises on the Coast. Horselife’s generous assistance is making us the 2010 beneficiary from calendar fundraising is really exciting and will help us to continue our work in enabling people of all abilities to connect with horses.

Sarah says the motivation behind Horselife Publishing was to investigate and raise the profiles of the various riding clubs, riding disciplines and talented horsepeople in our area.

“The photoshoots for the 2010 calendar were sensational,” she says. “To witness the unique connections between man and horse was an absolute privilege, and it is that connection that shines through in the shots we’ve selected for this year’s calendar.”

Guy's photos are with his beloved stallion and mate, Nugget.

The calendars are available across the coast from horse loving retailers, your riding club or online via www.horselifepublishing.com.

At least $5 from every calendar supports Sunshine Coast Riding for the Disabled.

Tuesday 4 August 2009

HorseTV Bernard Uechtritz is coming to Australia.

Largest Sporting Event in the United States in 2010 Expected to Attract 600,000 to 900,000 visitors and 500 Million Worldwide TV Viewers Over 16 days; the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Represent Incredible Demographic and Worldwide Direct Reach Trade Opportunity for Australians, Australian Exporters, and Australian Tourism

 "Importantly," according to Uechtritz, "this is an opportunity to deliver a message or brand far beyond products or services normally associated with the vertical of equestrianism. There is simply no better audience or opportunity for direct consumer reach in a category that is as deep, wide and diverse." 

Consider these facts:

88 million people attend a horse event in the USA each year alone, representing MORE spectators than attend National Football League or National Basketball Association Games combined, which by comparison averages 37 million attendees a year.

There are more "horse owners and enthusiasts" in America than the total population of Australia.

The combined GDP of the worldwide horse industry is estimated at $300 billion, and $130 billion of that is generated within the USA. In the US sector alone, the horse industry contributes more to the national GDP than the Hollywood film industry!

Worldwide, the attendance numbers and diversity of the demographic are staggering, with key players from every country in attendance or otherwise influenced in some form by the Games.

Australian Uechtritz, who among other things also heads up a US based equestrian television network, HorseTV, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, will be touring cities and events throughout Australia during August delivering this message on behalf of Alltech, the official Sponsors of the World Equestrian Games -- which for the first time in history will be held on American soil, in the Horse Capital of the World, Lexington, Kentucky.

Alltech Australia executives and Uechtritz will be presenting Australia an International Village Pavilion presence and opportunity, meeting with media, government, trade, corporate and private companies across Australia specifically to craft support and inclusion of Aussies and their brands within the Alltech Games through the Pavilion presence and a host of other vertical opportunities within the events and venue. They will also be inviting New Zealand to participate.

Mr. Uechtritz will be attending every major equestrian event in Australia throughout August including the Magic Millions, Tamworth Reining Futurity, The Brisbane Ekka and more, where he will be available to speak to individuals privately or groups publically", explains Kim Turnley, General Manager of Alltech Australia, who will be touring with Uechtritz.

"While we are here to promote trade and export opportunity within the platform of the Alltech Games, I am passionately also lobbying for all Australian horsemen and women, and the stock horse, all of whom are undoubtedly not only among the best in the world, but are largely both unrecognized and under supported, both at home and abroad.  In fact, the network is in the process of creating a dedicated Australian Horsemen's Channel," says Uechtritz.

Bernard Uechtritz will be attending the Ekka with Guy McLean and is an integral part of The Sons of the Southern Cross Pty Ltd in America.

Monday 22 June 2009
Warrenbri Romeo, of Warrenbri Stock Horse Stud, sending his Sons of the Southern Cross to the World
The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame is proud to announce they will be hosting a special night at the Cattleman’s Bar & Grill on the 1st of August 2009 to honour the Legendary Stock Horse, Warrenbri Romeo, and the sending of his ‘Sons of the Southern Cross to the World.’

The night promises to be most memorable, with three of the four Warrenbri Stallions to be present in horse with GuyMcLean, and with the most anticipated handover of the Bronze Statue of Warrenbri Romeo from Simon Knight to the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame.  Let’s not forget, 1st August is the ‘Horse Birthday.’  The most important day of the year in any horses mind!

Please click here to download Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame media release

2009 Pink Outback Trail Ride raises $30,000 for charity

More than 210 horses and riders, dressed in various shades of pink, saddled up to raise $30,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) on Saturday June 13 in one of the biggest Pink Outback Trail Rides to date.

According to the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame CEO, Ben Maguire, riders travelled from all across Queensland, New South Wales and as far as Darwin in the Northern Territory to participate in the 25km ride in Longreach. “We were overjoyed with the huge turn-out of participants at this year’s event,” Maguire said. “Last year we had 100 riders saddle up, and this year, we more than doubled this figure.” “It was great to see a huge variety of horses and riders of all ages and abilities, from young kids on ponies, to experienced trail riders. Everybody put in a great effort and encouraged each other along the way. “The 2009 event has had a huge amount of support, which is a credit to the sponsors, the organisers, the participants, and the people of Longreach.

We were also fortunate enough to have one of Australia’s legendary horsemen, Guy McLean, take part in the eight hour ride,” he said. Nikki Gay, volunteer event coordinator and Longreach local, said the ride was well supported by people near and far away. “Once again, it was great to see the community of Longreach getting behind this event to make it a huge success,” Gay said. “We had a great crowd, an awesome amount of raffle items, and everything went as planned.”

An excerpt of the poem "Ride for Pride" by Guy McLean

I had visions of what I'd be wearing
And quite involuntary, I started to sweat
Pink jodhpurs and boots with pink tassels
And truly I began to regret

My decision to go to the Outback
Where tough is tough and men are men
And look like a mardi-gras entrant
Mate, I'd never be welcome again

And what if it got to the papers
'Guy McLean, looking pretty in pink'
Worse than that, on the TV
Oh it made me shudder to think

So I said, "Oh, I ah am really quite busy
That weekend I'll be washing my hair"
Then I was told that only a shirt of bright pink
Was all that I had to wear

Please click here to visit the Australian Stockman Hall of Fame website to read the rest of the poem and check out the photos from the wonderful weekend raising money for the NBCF.

GUY McLEAN & CARLOS TABERNABERRI OFFER SUPPORT FOR ONLINE BRUMBY SHOW - Tuesday 19th May 2009

Please click for link to original online article >
Sandy Radke, Australian Brumby Horse Register writes:

Horsemen extraordinaire Guy McLean and Carlos Tabernaberri are generously donating great prizes for our first Online Brumby Horse Show to be held later this year.  That means that some lucky ABHR members - and their Brumbies - will benefit from the experience, character and wisdom that is contained in the  DVD’s and books that these two great horsemen are generously giving us as prizes.

In responding to ABHR’s request for help, Guy said “I hope to come back from my trip to America and do something about the brumbies being shot in the mountains and people wanting to get rid of them. “      Wistfully he told me that “ it would be such a shame if my grandkids couldn’t ever see a wild brumby......I would love to be able to help you out - it is wonderful what you are doing, congratulations.”

Carlos is also a great supporter of Brumbies and in late October this year, he will be holding a clinic at Save the Brumbies’ Mountain Thyme Brumby Sanctuary near Bellingen on the NSW Mid-North Coast.   While the clinic is open to all horses, Jan Carter of Save the Brumbies is particularly keen to promote the clinic for re-homed Brumbies.  You can contact Save the Brumbies via our Links page if you are interested in the clinic.

ABHR is currently seeking a range of sponsorship for our first Online Show which we hope will be attract a lot of interest from Brumby lovers and the public at large. Anyone able to help, like Guy and Carlos, please contact Sandy Radke via the ABHR website: http://www.abhr.com.au/

Sandy Radke, 19th May 2009

THE SONS OF THE SOUTHERN CROSS PTY LTD

Guy McLean announces The Sons of the Southern Cross Pty Ltd at the Caboolture Urban Music Festival, the official collaboration of Guy McLean and Simon Knight, taking horsemanship and the Australian Stock Horse to the world:

The Sons of the Southern Cross Pty Ltd, Australian Stock Horse Poem

To receive more information, please email Sara Vuori (multimedia@guymclean.com.au).

WARRENBRI ROMEO'S LASS FIRST PERFORMANCE COMING UP

Warrenbri Romeo's Lass will be at her first show - at Rockhampton Beef Week in May 2009. Warrenbri Romeo's Lass is by Warrenbri Warrego out of Warrenbri Pamela (Mt Hope Zorro out of Warrenbri Alexis) and Guy is extremely excited about her progress.

LATEST POEM IN PRINT - AUSTRALIAN PERFORMANCE HORSE MAGAZINE

"And when life is at its darkest
And there seems no end in sight
It calls for the hero that’s inside us
To stand up, to strive and fight"

The Heroes poem, written by Guy McLean, inspired by the tragic Victorian fires and North Queensland floods is printed in the latest Australian Performance Horse Magazine - April/May 2009.

ALL STAR CLINIC - GUY McLEAN

Pic/Story Berni Saunders www.cyberhorse.net.au/tve

What do they have in common and where do they differ. The All Star Clinic is a unique gathering of experts in 7 disciplines - all coming together, under the same umbrella to share ideas. Each discipline involves it's own unique and particular ways of doing things in order to achieve its specific goals from the ascetic of dressage to the practical skills of chasing a ball, a beast or leaving the rails up after jumping them!In this clinic veteran presenter, Richard Weis, will use the best horses and riders available in each discipline in order to uncover and demystify the essential elements ... from selecting the horse and gear. The demands of modern equestrian sport means that most disciplines rely on purpose bred horses and expecially designed and manufactured equipment. Richard will also explore the specific training and riding techniques which make each aspect of each discipline quite unique. Richard Weis, the All Star Clinician reported in on the plans for this very special part of Equitana 2008 and said, "I just had a great talk to Guy McLean about his involvement in the All Star Clinic. These Ozzies are a humble lot. He is very excited to be part of such an All Star event. Hasn’t anybody told him he is one of the best horsemen around? I don’t know anybody who gets better cooperation form a horse; you have too, to get out in huge crowds and huge atmosphere with out a saddle and bridle. Is it just my memory playing tricks or did I see him standing up on the horse he started in the Way of the Horse Competition cracking a stockwhip. The horse was standing on a blue tarp itself trying to believe an hour or so earlier it was wild. Needless to say he won that title." Richard added, "Guy has a very fresh take on training. He reckons the reason he rides is ‘he wants to feel better than he can on his own legs, stronger, faster, and braver more powerful more manoeuvrable. The horse he’ll ride in the All Star Clinic Quietway Spinabbey gives him that feeling plus. Guy hasn’t found a movement from any discipline they can’t do together without a saddle and bridle. My mind completely boggles. I can’t wait to see the look on Andreas Helgstrands face when our Ozzie bush poet mate pulls off a line of tempi changes and a few canter pirouettes. I suggested we pop Andreas for a feel of Spinabbey bridle-less and saddle-less but Guy didn’t think that was such a good idea!" "Guy tells me he wants to be able to do everything from every different discipline. When he sees a movement, he wants to teach to the horse so that he works out which foot needs to be controlled in order to achieve that movement. I’m hoping he’ll show us just how to be able to control that foot in such a very precise way, I’m sure he’d love to; he’s constantly looking for ways to make it better for the horse, mostly by educating the owners/trainers." "I met Guy at the first Equitana in Melbourne in 1999 when he had his famous stallion Nugget. The horse was lying down - as cool as can be - in a frantically busy warm up arena. I thought that Nugget's submissive confidence was truly amazing until I started to learn what Guy has been able to achieve with a string of horses since - it is nothing short of miraculous!" "To me, Guy McLean is an Australian national treasure and I am very proud to think that he will be part of the All Star Clinic and we can showcase his talents to a wider audience of Australian fans and through this clinic, the rest of the world." Richard summarised by saying, "We are in for some lively entertainment and fantastic insights from this diverse group of experts who have established themselves as the leaders in their chosen field."

Equitana - Excerpt from "The Best Ever"

Pic/Story Berni Saunders www.cyberhorse.net.au/tve

At the half way mark in the competition we were treated to some amazing feats of horsemanship by Guy McLean who rode his gelding Spinabbey. What a combination. It should be noted that Guy's versatility saw him as a major part of every special performance at Equitana. He did his own "Evening with Guy McLean" (my special favourite at Equitana) on Thursday evening. On Friday night he starred in the Western Spectacular. Saturday night he turns his hand to some airs above the ground and high school dressage movements and on Sunday night he was part of the "All Stars Clinic"! Guy and Spinabbey gave us a demonstration of the perfect independent seat ... and a rider not using the reins against the horse ... or for balance. Guy did half passes, canter pirouettes, flying changes and even a canter backwards all with no saddle or bridle - what a man!