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A Bit About Me and my Horse(s)
Born and raised in South Australia, Megan stands confidently by her successful track record that has led her to where she is today. At 32 years of age, Megan competes as one of Australia's top riders nationally and represents Australia internationally.

Born with a passion for horses and the equestrian sport, Megan has the strong focus and discipline required to pursue the dream of all elite athletes, to win Gold for Australia.

To maintain competitiveness at the elite level, Megan has chosen to breed and train her own high performance horses. It is no coincidence that she has recently won both Melbourne and Adelaide International Three Day events with her top 4 star horse, Kirby Park Irish Jester, as he was bred and trained by Megan at Kirby Park.

In 2006, Megan and Kirby Park Irish Jester represented Australia at the 2006 World Equestrian Games as part of the very successful Bronze Medal winning Australian Team. She also competed at the Olympic Test Event held in Hong Kong in August 2007. She was one of two Australian riders selected to represent the country at this event.

Olympic Silver Medallist Beijing Olympics 2008

As a member of the Australian Eventing Team, Megan's strong performance sealed a Silver Medal win for the Team at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. She also placed 4th in the Individual competition leading the pack against approximately 70 of the world's best riders.

Megan has her sights set firmly on a Gold Medal at the 2012 Olympic Games and in the meantime will be aiming to represent Australia at the 2010 World Equestrian Games.

Senior Competition Horses

Megan has 3 horses currently in competition. Kirby Park Irish Jester, Kirby Park Allofasudden and Westbury Park Irish Grove. All horses trained personally by Megan Jones and were bred at Kirby Park
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Megan Jones: Hellllooo everyone

Hellllooo everyone



Yes, I have been busy! Not sitting in front of my computer of late hence the “no blogs” from Megan. I have much to tell you all..... no I’m not getting married!

Firstly, I went to NZ a couple of months ago to do a run of clinics. This was my first time teaching in the “land of the long white cloud” and I really enjoyed it. Everyone was keen to learn and they want me to come back in January. ( i just might miss some of our hot hot weather over here)…

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Posted on November 13, 2009 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

What is the appropriate type of bit to use on your horse?

The bit that you use on your horse is quite a personal thing. It is like shoes really. Sometimes we just force ourselves to wear certain types shoes that we really shouldn’t just because they are in fashion not because they fit us. The same sometimes goes for saddles, boots, saddle cloths, nose bands and bits.



I personally have a lot of shoes that I rarely wear that have been bought over the years, some fit and some I just like the look of. I’m the same with bits. I have over a…

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Posted on September 25, 2009 at 9:00am

Eventing: On-Course Safety and Superstitions

What are some safety "musts"?



Obviously eventing is a dangerous pursuit and we must take every precaution to keep ourselves and our horses safe. One thing that I see often is rider’s riding in stirrups that are too small for them and this could be very dangerous if they had a fall as they could get dragged. My advice to riders who have a fear of this or have problems keeping the weight in their heels so their foot doesn't go all the way through their stirrup is to use "TOE…

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Posted on August 26, 2009 at 8:00am

Strategies for Downhill and Ditches on the Cross Country Course

I am often asked what types of strategies I am thinking about for different types of jumps, that aspiring eventers might also keep in mind.



When I ask riders what they most fear it is normally jumping downhill, apexes (corners) and ditches. I'll focus on downhill and ditches today.



When I walk a course and I’m walking it to ride a young horse, I’m very mindful of the lay of the land. I will plan to slow down in plenty of time when a downhill jump is coming up, as the…

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Posted on August 12, 2009 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Selecting Horses for Amateur Riders and Horse Life at Kirby Park

Hi everyone! Here are two questions I've recently been asked.



1. When you are selecting a potential event horse for an advanced amateur rider/a beginner amateur rider, what are your priorities?



When looking at horses for amateur riders, for me the most important thing is temperament. You can forgive movement that is not great or a slightly wonky leg as these horses are not going to have the legs galloped off them in a hurry. I think you need to be very realistic.…

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Posted on July 22, 2009 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

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At 8:37pm on February 10, 2010, Georgia Smith said…
hey megan! i watched you do your dressage at the adelaide international horse trials and i thought that you did the best reign back out of everyone!!!!!

Georgia
At 10:50pm on September 4, 2009, Brianna & Pippi said…
Hi Megan
How are you???
Are you going to ride in the Adelaide show this year????

Brianna
At 8:55pm on August 14, 2009, Brianna & Pippi said…
Hi Megan
How are you going???
I like your pictures.

Brianna
At 3:44am on August 12, 2009, Georgia Smith said…
THANKS! I hope you have fun in N.Z!

Georgia
At 5:25am on August 9, 2009, Georgia Smith said…
i get to ride in the royal adelaide show this year!!!
 
 
 

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