June, 2019

World’s smallest horse no tall story

KNEE HIGH: Thumbelina is the world’s smallest horse, standing only as high as an adult human’s knee. Picture: Wikipedia/Phil KonstantinIN his continuing search for the more weird and wondrous in this world, David Ellis says there’s a horse in America that looks like any other except for one thing – she stands only about as high as, or even less than, many a family pet dog.
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Thumbelina, as she is named, is a dwarf off-spring of a couple of extreme miniature horses known as Falabellas, that themselves grow only to between 70 and 86 centimetres tall (20 to 34 inches.) And in her case she is half that at a mere 43cm high (17 inches) and weighs in at a very petite 26kg (57 pounds)… or about the size of an Aussie kelpie.

The Falabella was originally developed in Argentina from a rare species of horse discovered there in the mid-1800s, and introduced to America in the 1940s for their novelty value in hauling miniature stagecoaches in street parades and around wineries.

When Thumbelina was born, her owners on a farm in Missouri realised she was highly intelligent and trainable, and today, after having put her through some specially-designed training programs, are able to take her to visit sick children in hospitals and clinics, and like a guide dog, to lead elderly locals on shopping and other outings.

And as she was born with foot defects, they have designed special shoes for her so that Thumbelina can run and play with the other miniature horses.

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Aarya is made of the write stuff

Poetry in motion: Aarya Phansalkar was presented with her NSW Schools’ Reconciliation Challenge award by Aboriginal Affairs minister Leslie Williams last week.
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Learning about the Stolen Generation had a profound effect onAarya Phansalkar.

The Granville youngsterput herself in their shoes whenshe wrotea poem about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children being removed from their families.

The Stolenwas a standout winner in theNSW Schools’ Reconciliation Challenge primary writing category.

Entrants had the option to create an artworkor storyinspired by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, peoples and history for theNSW ReconciliationCouncilcompetition.Thisyear’scompetition attractedmore than 700 entries from 74 schools across NSW.

“I attempted to imagine myself in the shoes of an Aboriginal person watching her people being stolen and taken to British camps to learn their foreign culture. I tried to think about how it would feel if I were taken away from my family,” Aarya said.

She and her Blaxcell Street Public School year sixclassmates entered the competition as part of an assignment.

“I was blown away by the depth of understanding and empathy she had for someone for age,” cultural studies teacher Belinda Alcasaid.

“We were over the moon and very proud of Aarya’s win.The competitiongave us an opportunity to open up a discussion with the children. Each member of the class went away with a greater understanding of Australian history, which is very important as Australia moves toward reconciliation. It starts with young people as they are the future.”

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Name change boosts service

HASTINGS Early Intervention Program will be celebrating a new era with a new name in August as itjoins with four other early intervention services on the Mid North Coast to form the Early Connectionsalliance.
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Past families and interested community members are invited to the Early Connections – PortMacquarie/Hastings launch on August 16 to celebrate the new name following 35 years of supportto the families of children with additional needs in the Hastings area.

The launch will be held at the Early Connections’ premises in Munster Street, Port Macquarie,at 1.30pm with RSVPs required by Friday, August 12, on 6583 8238.

Early Connections Port Macquarie/Hastings director, Beth Todd, said the alliance aims to support thedevelopment of a strong and connected Early Childhood Intervention Network on the Mid NorthCoast.

“We will continue to provide quality early intervention supports to children and families in the PortMacquarie/Hastings area from the same location and with the same long-term, committed staff,”Mrs Todd said.

Hastings Early Intervention Program currently provides support to 130 families in the local area witha team of 12 permanent staff including Early Childhood teachers, Early Childhood assistants, speechpathologists, a physiotherapist and administration officer.

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Imperials go down by eight goals to Souths

ANDjust when the final fourin Port Lincoln Netball Association looked about set, Souths caused an upset by beating the more fancied Imperials team, with a display of hard and fast netball.
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PASS: Imperials’ Simoan Hayman looks to pas the ball. Picture: Nick Harris

It was Souths from the start with the Vlassco sisters at each end. Kat in goals was a great target for her feeders, and was complemented by the youth and dynamics of Bryant in goal attack.

With Dennis in centrecontrolling the mid court, Imperials were forced into passing errors which Souths capitalised on, at every opportunity.

Stott was as usual providing the drive from goal keeperfor Imperials, and her fourintercepts from the impossible position kept Imperials close on the scoreboard.

With Souths having a twogoal lead at the end of the first quarter,the challenge was set for Imperials.The Vlassco goal keeperin Vanessa, who is known for her brilliance as a goalie, looked more than comfortable in defence and she was able to rebound 100 per cent of Imperials’ missed shots.

With Dennis and Matena in wing attack,the ball delivery was precise to Kat, who didn’t let her team down.Siegert and Hayman in the centrecourt for Imperials tried to rally their troops, with some decisive movement, however missed goals were costly.

With Souths dominating the secondquarter, and scoring itshighest scoring quarter of the season, with 16 goals, Imperials were left wondering. With a deficit of now 10 goals at the long break, Reidy took the goal defencebib, Rowett was moved to centre, and Hayman to wing defence.

Rowett provided a good match up with Dennis, and with Siegert in tandem, they continued to attempt to penetrate the South defence. Vlassco was not giving an inch and her strong hands and netball capabilities were on full display with her dominance this quarter. Together with her daughter, Kyeesha in goal defence, they wasted no opportunities in securing a further lead fortheir team at the last break.

With Imperials’ goalies, Rawson andEnge, swapping bibs for the last quarter, and Hayman back in centre, Imperials suddenly found some form throwing the first sevengoals of the quarter.Stott was brilliant in goal keeper and Rowett was having a purple patch.

Liddell in wing defencefor Souths stepped up her defence.

Bryant was now becoming a focal point for South’s attack, and her goal accuracy for the game at close to 100 per centwas impressive.

WhileImperials outscored Souths by sixthis quarter, the hard work was done by Souths in the first three, and they ran out worthy winners by eightgoals.

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Applications open for national rural women’s award

SUCCESS: The 2015 Rural Industries R&D Corporation Rural Women’s Award winner for NSW, Cindy Cassidy. (Photo: 梧桐夜网rirdc.gov419论坛) THE Rural Industries R&D Corporation’s (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award is Australia’s pre-eminent award celebrating exceptional rural women.
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We invite you to join this celebration – either by nominating yourself or someone you know.

It is a life-changing opportunity for women who are passionate, courageous and aspire to lead positive rural industry and community change.

For more than two decades, the Award has championed women from Australia’s diverse industries and communities, giving them a platform to become part of the national conversation.

Susan Bower, Head of Westpac Agribusiness, said Westpac was again proud to be the Rural Women’s Award Platinum Partner.

“The award is the highest recognition for rural women in Australia,”Ms Bower said.

“It is more than simply acknowledgement of a smart idea, product or service.

It provides women a platform to play a vital and pivotal leadership role across business and industry, bring about innovative change and build resilient rural communities.”

All state and territory winners receive a bursary of $10,000 to bring to life an idea benefiting rural Australia.

They also participate in leadership development and gain access to a nation-wide network of Award alumni.

The national winner and runner-up, selected from the state winners, receive a further $10,000 and $5,000 respectively.

John Harvey, RIRDC’s Managing Director, encourages industry and the community to get involved and nominate emerging rural leaders.

“More than 200 women have already been recognised as industry advocates through this Award – people from diverse backgrounds around the nation who contribute in many different ways.

They’re community volunteers, farmers, business leaders and industry representatives.

Tapping women on the shoulder and encouraging them to apply for the Award is vitally important – it is our rural organisations, businesses and industries who know the people doing great things,” said Mr Harvey.

Award winners and finalists join a vibrant alumni of like-minded women helping to build stronger and more productive rural communities across Australia.

Last year’s South Australian and National Award winner, Sarah Powell, said “the Award has been a game changer; it’s linked me with people I never thought I’d get to meet and given me a voice to pursue my passion for building the next generation of local leaders to sustain our regions.”

Ms Powell urges anyone wanting to make a difference to apply.

“The Award isn’t just about the $10,000 bursary.

It introduces you to influential industry advocates and importantly it gives you a voice, a platform to talk about the issues that matter most to you.”

The Award is presented in partnership with state and territory agencies responsible for agriculture, primary industries and resources.

The Award is proudly supported by Platinum Sponsor, Westpac Agribusiness and the Award’s Media Partners, RM Williams OUTBACK Magazine, ABC Radio and Fairfax Agricultural Media.

Applications close October 31.

The application form can be downloaded from the RIRDC website at 梧桐夜网rirdc.gov419论坛/rwa.

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