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Tammy Cowan

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Video Making Competition

Something super fun, a “make your own video” competition!

I’m not going to make any rules, except that Cowan Cavalletti needs to be showcased. You may have a favourite exercise. Be creative, enjoy the process, use your digital skills. Get help from friends and family. Involve your horse, your friends horse, even your neighbour’s horses!

If you need access to Cowan Cavalletti, get in touch with me and I will see if I can put you touch with someone who has my products. Email me

The prize is $540 worth of Cowan Cavalletti products. Check out our shop for what you might like to choose.

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Limited edition blue and pink stripe Skinny Lizzie’s

Lizzie Green is known for her ability to produce stunning young horses but in just over the last year she has produced two very beautiful babies, a boy Archie and a girl Sienna. We are celebrating their births with the two colours that have come to represent the two sexes, blue and pink. For a limited time we will have Skinny Lizzie available for sale in these Resene colours, Wet n wild, and Colour Me Pink.

The hugely popular Skinny Lizzie Cowan Cavalletti have always been green and white as it was international event rider and trainer, Lizzie Green who requested this cavaletti from us. She needed a safer jump to train her young horses over in preparation to jumping the solid skinny jumps on the cross country course. There are so many options for training with the Skinny Lizzie where the rider can start with a single cavaletti and then add height with additional poles, or stacked Skinny Lizzie. Check out Lizzie’s training video.

Both our Skinny Mini and Skinny Lizzie have been popular choices for dressage riders who generally want a pole free arena to practice movements. The Skinny’s barely take any space and the narrowness of them means that riders have to be very accurate with their riding. Riders love the way they improve their trot suspension and they are super easy to move around. “No arena should be without them.”

The picture includes:
One Skinny Lizzie set with a blue stripe,and matching Skinny Mini in blue.
One Skinny Lizzie set with a pink stripe and matching Skinny Mini in pink.

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Winner of the ‘Best Sourced Event Stars horse’ – Kingsguard

A big congratulations to Dannie Lodder who rode Kingsguard winning the best placed Event Stars sourced horse in the Beyond the Barriers competition at Equifest 2020. Cowan Cavalletti has been a supporter of Event Stars re-homing efforts and we thought it appropriate to give away two of our new Jump Sets in this competition in the Event Stars colours- See Dannie Lodder jumping them.

Kingsguard, also known as Kingy is an 8 year old bay thoroughbred gelding by Rip Van Winkle x Her Royal Highness (Volksraad) successfully raced winning just over half a million dollars. Dannie was pleased that his owners Rodney and Gina Schick gave her the ride. He has a “good brain, stamina and energy”. As a previous winner of the Dunstan Ex-Factor Dannie enjoys this competition; her advice to potential competitors is “Just do it, its so much fun!”

Beyond the Barriers is an organisation run by Gina Schick and Nicky Wallace showcasing the versatility of thoroughbreds over a variety of events. Every year competitors take a horse straight off the track and train it to compete in a variety of sport horse disciplines. Many have trained them as a sport horse for only a few months, and some up to a year. Check out some fantastic video coverage on –

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Ambrosia Jump and Versatile Sets

The colours of these Cowan Cavalletti sets remind us of that super yummy dessert ambrosia, but ambrosia word has an even more important meaning!

Ambrosia is a delicious dessert made from berries, strawberries, yogurt, marshmallow, and whipped cream all mixed together. Ambrosia is also famously known in ancient Greek myths as the food or drink of the Greek gods that confers a long life or even immortality upon those who consume it.

Check out our limited edition Mini Cowan Cavalletti painted in Marshmallow pink. See it online in our shop or at our stand 036 at Equifest 27- 29th November at the National Equestrian Centre, Taupo.

The Resene paint colours used are Merino, Ballerina and Pompadour.

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NEW – The Cowan Cavalletti Jump Set

We have crossed our Knee-high stand with our Versatile cavalletti set up to come up with our Cowan Cavalletti Jump and then added a pole in the cradle to make a set.

First of all we are keeping the price of the cavalletti the same as our Original cavalletti $205*, plus the pole $65*.

It’s the same height as our popular training jump the Original. If you are wanting to train at a higher level, pop the pole in the cradle and you can give your horse a better work out, either ridden or on the lunge. There is no need to buy 2 different types of jumps when one, plus the pole can do the job.

We freight all our products around NZ unassembled with the stands in a box and the pole wrapped separately. The Jump is super easy to assemble with just two galvanized bolts to screw in.

The Cowan Cavalletti Jump is compatible with our system of stackable cavalletti and we recommend stacking the smaller cavalletti on top for extra training options. So many options to make your training fun and effective.

If we don’t have the colour option you want in our shop, please request it in the order notes and we will make it.

*Fairy Dust added costs $10-20 extra with the two extra UV Resene paint coatings, which includes glitter the tone of the paint chosen for a shiny, sparkly glamorous finish.

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We have a ‘purple’ in our range

Due to popular demand we have added a purple to our range of colours. The Resene colour is called ‘Pompadour’.

We always team it with white (Merino) and you can choose from other combinations of colour: metallic gold (Gold Dust), pink (Colour me Pink), dark grey (Grey Friars) and red (Havoc).

We have also added a UV clear coat with glitter to make the purple sparkle! see our Exotic pink/purple jumps with fairy dust.

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Get sorted – with the Cowan Cavalletti pole stand

Turn your pile of poles into a nice ordered system on display and off the ground. Ideal when you want to harrow an area and have spare poles for storage.

Our pole stands are made of H4 timber with custom cut stainless pegs. The pegs are 1445mm apart and the 1330mm high stand can take 11 poles.

As with all our painted products we paint them with one coat of Resene undercoat and then apply two top coats of Resene waterbased Lustacryl paint.

The stand is easy to assemble and so its easy to move around when the stand has not poles on.

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The winner is Isabella McFarlane

Congratulations to Isabella on her beautiful entry to our colouring competition at the 2020 Horse of the Year competition.

Equestrian artist, Rosemary Parcell and founder of Cowan Cavalletti, Tammy Cowan attended to the many budding artists who dropped into the Cowan Cavalletti stand. The level of talent and tenacity shown was exceptional and we wished we could have given the 3 Skinny Lizzie sets to more than one person. While the riding competition was happening outside in the arena’s the Cowan Cavalletti stand proved to be a quiet relaxing place to retreat.  A nearby stand were offering free slushies which added to the relaxed atmosphere in the Cowan Cavalletti stand.

Answers to questions on the back of the colouring compeition : –

The two constellations in the pictures are: Pegasus (the largest), and Equuleus (the smallest).

The similarity between the smallest star constellation and cavalletti is that they both mean “little horse”. Equuleus is Latin for little horse and cavalletti is Italian for little horse.

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Colouring Competition

If you are unable to make it to Horse of the Year, you could always post your entry in.

On the back of your entry include the following –

Name   ______________________________________

Age (optional)   ________

Phone number   _______________________

Email   _______________________________________

Address   _____________________________________



Extra for Experts

What are the names of the 2 Star Constellations named after horses in the picture:

  • Largest ______________________________
  • Smallest _____________________________

What is the similarity between the name of the smallest star constellation and ‘Cavalletti’?




Open to residents of NZ. If posted, send to Cowan Cavalletti, c/- Horse of the Year, Hawkes Bay A&P Showgrounds, Kenilworth Road, Hastings 4122. Entries must be received by midday Sunday 15th March 2020.  The judge’s decision is final.

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Something to tidy up that messy stack of poles

Cowan Cavalletti has been using a Pole Stand at our trade shows and in our manufacturing process since 2016. We have experimented with different designs and we have found this one to be the best design so far. Like all our products it has to be easy to move around, it has to be robust and it has to look good. Now we are offering this as one of our products. We are very proud of this design and hope our customers enjoy it as much as we have. We will have one on display at Horse of the Year show in Hastings 10- 15th March 2020.

The pole stand is for storage and display of 11 poles with a diameter of 100mm or less. Its dimensions are 1445mm wide x 1330mm high x 710mm deep.