Kylie Cairns from Goolmangar with her horse Nauvoo Park Camice.
Kylie Cairns from Goolmangar with her horse Nauvoo Park Camice. Patrick Gorbunovs

Why the long face?

HUSBANDS, wives and children who struggle to remember birthdays should be envious of every horse in Australia as the animals' birthdays are all celebrated on one date - today.

In the southern hemisphere all thoroughbred and stud book horses are deemed to have been born on August 1, for the purpose of comparison.

"You don't want any of your mares foaling before the first of August because before then they will be considered 12 months old already," former owner of Lismore Horseland Chris Allen said.

"The breeding season normally starts in September, that way it makes your foals arrive as close as possible to August and, especially if you're showing, it gives you more growth in those young classes and the horse looks better."

In 1996, Vicki Gaillard of Goolmangar bought a pure-bred Arabian mare, Nauvoo Park Camice, for her daughter, Kylie Cairns.

"We purchased Camice at eight years of age after she competed in the Australian Arabian Championships in Brisbane, being ranked in the top 10 in dressage," Ms Gaillard said.

"She was bought for my daughter Kylie, then 14 years old, who has a disability, but on this mare could compete and win against other riders her own age and older."

In 2000, Kylie and Camice were chosen to represent the region at the Brisbane Royal Show, where they placed fourth in a pairs event and won a team of four event.

When Kylie turned 20, she handed over Camice's reins to her then step-sister, Georgia, who also went on to win several competitions on the mare.



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