1000 Hooves: Stories of the Moreton Bay Equestrian Community
Along the sun-kissed shores of Moreton Bay, a hidden treasure beckons to those who share a common passion - the love for horses and the boundless freedom of riding along the sand and surf. Here, the coastline becomes a canvas for stories of dreams, friendships, and the bond between humans and horses. In this narrative, we delve into the journeys of three individuals whose lives converged at these shores, as part of a vibrant community that celebrates the magic of the equestrian spirit.
Nyia, a spirited young woman, was captivated by the world of horses from an early age. Her heart was stirred by her mother's palomino, Princess, and she longed for a palomino of her own. With unwavering determination, Nyia's dream came true when she was just 9, and she welcomed Prince into her life, a gentle giant who loves peanut butter. Later Pumpkin, a typically fiery mare, with a beautiful stingray pattern on her face, joined them. Nyia's journey has been a reflection of hard work and challenges, that were made worthwhile by memorable moments, since her exhilarating first ride to galloping on the beach with new friends.
For Tayla, the dream of having horses had been etched in her heart since her first ride when she was 9. She finally found her equine soulmates at the age of 26. Kasane, the mischievous chestnut with a penchant for trouble, and Kalahari, the calm and brave bay, became her partners in adventure. Tayla's tale resonates with the sheer thrill of cantering along the beach, the wind and waves becoming a symphony of freedom. She recalls that the first time she cantered was along the beach. She recalls that, “It was the most thrilling experience of my life. There is nothing comparable to the freeing feeling of running down the length of the beach, in and out of the water, on your favourite horse.” Her wisdom for fellow horse lovers emphasizes a blend of firmness, love, and financial readiness, so that you will always be able to give them the care that they deserve.
Amid these tales, Bek emerges as a catalyst, weaving threads of connection among kindred spirits. Her vision of building a community around shared rides along the Beachmere shores blossomed into a remarkable reality. Five riders initially gathered, but the allure of sun, sand, and surf soon drew in more and more riders, each with their own story and equine companion. These days over 20 people gather and park their floats at Bek's property, a sanctuary that held more than just horses - it held the promise of friendship and shared experiences. As hooves danced in the sand, stories were exchanged, and the shoreline bore witness to a mosaic of equine connections. The return to Bek's property was a continuation of this journey, where sausages sizzled, and bonds deepened over chats and laughter into the evening.
In the sunsets of Moreton Bay's horse-riding beaches, a powerful narrative emerges - one of dreams realized, friendships forged, and the remarkable bond between humans and horses. Nyia, Tayla, and Bek stand as beacons of this narrative, their lives interwoven by a shared passion that transcends age, background, and experience. Here, at these sandy shores, dreams gallop freely, laughter echoes, and friendships flourish. The heart of Moreton Bay becomes a haven where souls unite, proving that when we come together to celebrate our passions, we create something truly magical.
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This Project was made possible through RADF The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Moreton Bay Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.