Just went to start an account, and found that I already have one! So I'm a new (old) member. I am Mel, and am from Australia. I live about two hours from Sydney. Our main discipline is showing. I have a thoroughbred mare, who is my heart horse. She is spelling after getting a life threatening case of cellulitis over Easter. I am hoping she will be able to be ridden again eventually. I am not a confident rider though I have been riding all of my life, and I really 'got' her. Not looking forward to starting again with a strange horse. In the meantime, I am busying myself with the standardbreds. They are perfect horses for the kids to use as they are big enough that I can work them myself, but quiet and calm enough for children and a nervous nellie adult! We have three standardbred mares, all bay. They have all come directly from trainers. One I broke my myself last year and my kids compete her/we show in breed classes. One is awaiting me breaking her, and the other is spelling after a pedal bone injury from racing. My little ones have a shetland which we are leasing who they do pony club and showing with. Can't wait to get to know you all!