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the way of the horse

Australia's favourite horse starting competition


The Way Of The Horse (TWOTH) was created in 2005 by EQUITANA Australia to demonstrate a kinder and more caring way to start a young horse and to showcase the impressive training skills of our home-grown horsemen and women.  

The competitors chosen for the Challenge each year are picked specifically because they represent the same kind and caring ethos.  

This year TWOTH is a state vs state battle.  With competitors representing 3 different states, the stakes are higher as our competitors work to claim victory for their home state.  

This electrifying horsemanship contest will have you excited to come back each day to keep tabs on the progress of each trainer and their horse.  The end results will leave you in awe!


The Challenge


During the challenge, three of EQUITANA’s leading horse trainers demonstrate their highly personal and specialised methods of connecting with an unbroken horse.

After choosing their young, unstarted horse from a selection trucked directly from the paddock to the venue, the three trainers work simultaneously in separate round pens, giving the public a unique opportunity to compare starting methods and training styles. Contestants are judged by a respected panel of Equestrians, who award individual points for techniques used to determine the winner.


the horses

Mountain Creek Moriesians

The Morgan is a stunning horse with a refined head, expressive kind eyes and a lustrous, long mane.  They are elegant yet compact with a refined muscular build and elevated movement.  They generally range from 14.1 to 15.2 hands, but some breeders select for taller progeny. 

Originally from the USA, where it was prized for its work ethic and versatility, the breed has ,Ade its way to every corner of the horse-loving world. Morgan’s have been in Australia since the 1800s when they were used to improve trotter bloodlines. Since then, many top Stallions and Mares have been imported to enhance the breed.  Their progeny have delighted their owners and excelled in every discipline. 

For more information go to Morgan Horse Australia


2021 competitors

Ashlea Waddell

Western Australia

Matt bleby

south australia

emma o'shea

New South Wales



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