Mayfield Farm was established by Kerry Mack as a professional agistment centre and Warmblood stud. Our aim is to breed horses that can excel at the highest level of competition. We have selected bloodlines for their temperament, conformation and aptitude for the work and that special quality that the Europeans call “rideability”.
Mayfield Zeus is a flash 3yo gelding by Mayfield Pzazz out of a Whitestar x Lauries Crusador mare. recently broken in. He is very quiet and a pleasure to ride and handle. His full sister is Mayfield Frizzante who is currently training FEI dressage and competing 1.40m showjumping. She also produced a foal who recently placed Top 10 at the Australian Young Dressge Championships.
This black, elegant 3yo mare is by Lauries As out of a Rotspon mare. She has a quick hind leg and lovely knee action. She is sure to turn into a serious dressage horse. She was broken in in April 2018 and is forward off the leg and has a lovely contact. The video undersaddle below was the 6th time she was ridden.
Currently placing in CDI-W grand prix's in CDI's all around Australia, Mayfield Pzazz was purchased as a ‘just started' young colt from Mary Hanna. From the first ride it is easy to feel that he was special, he has a special bond with humans and wants to please.
This Australian Grand Prix champion carries the bloodlines and characteristics of the most successful Dressage horses in the world today. He was undoubtedly the ‘best performed' stallion to be imported into Australia and gives breeders here the chance to upgrade the local gene pool with an infusion from the most respected and influential Dressage horses of modern times.
Articles by Kerry Mack
I read a lot of books and do like to share some of other people’s ideas that I find are helpful. Mark Rashid is a well known American trainer and writer initially from a western orientation. I have enjoyed several of his books but particularly enjoyed reading about what he had learned from the Japanese Samurai traditional self defense discipline of Aikido. He describes the master demonstrating a defensive manoeuvre, the students having great difficulty understanding how he was achieving the results. The master explained that he wasn't moving the outside of his body, only the inside. Now this is exactly what we must do to convey our more subtle aids to the horse. The horse is able to attune himself very finely to what we do on the inside of our bodies.
Last time we talked about training that aims to make the work like “A DAY AT THE OFFICE”, Routine, and “A PIECE OF CAKE”, Easy. Fundamentally this is about understanding what is the smallest step towards what you are wanting to train, rewarding by removing pressure when your horse makes a reasonable attempt, then repeating. Then when this little bit is easy and routine build on it by asking just a little bit more. Last time we took the example of lengthening and collecting the steps.
It's always great to here about how Mayfield horses are doing out in the real world in their new homes, after they have left us. Positive development within a horse/rider partnership after a sale is an important part of the whole process for us. Below is listed some feedback we have recieved regarding...
Dressage has been defined as 'the art of riding and training a horse in a manner that develops obedience, flexibility and BALANCE'. I believe that we don't think enough about balance. Improving the balance of the horse is an ABSOLUTELY FUNDAMENTAL goal of training. As he becomes more collected he learns to rock weight back towards the hind...