Tallong tempest creates havoc at Mendez Equestrian Centre | Goulburn Post


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Jose Mendez had never seen anything like it in his 18 years living at his usually peaceful Tallong district property. Tuesday afternoon was far from peaceful when a tempest came calling across their region and much further afield. “It was like a tornado,” the international equestrian coach told The Post. “I couldn’t see the sky for all the branches and debris flying around. The trees were turning around on themselves. It was horrible.” READ MORE: Goulburn, Crookwell and region hit hard by super storm cell Mr Mendez and a helper were training horses at his Badgerys Lookout Road property at the time. His wife, Fay, was travelling back from Bowral but said her husband later told her he’d never been so scared in his life as winds reached what he estimated to be well over 100km/h. “They saw the storm coming and ran for shelter inside,” Mrs Mendez said. “The house was shaking and the front tiles came off the roof. It took down about 25 trees, which all twisted as though a tornado had come through.” Unlike previous storms, it blew in from the west but turned back on itself, shaking up the home’s rear section. Mr Mendez tried to pull down a roller door on a nearby shed as the wind threatened to lift the structure, but was almost lifted himself. The rain was “horizontal.” The fury was over within about 30 minutes and conditions calmed. But it left a trail of destruction, including broken external fencing, damage to the horse yard, house roofing and trees downed everywhere on the property. ALSO READ: Men die in helicopter crash in bushland near Tallong | PHOTOS The storm also cut power in much of Tallong for 24 hours from about 5pm Tuesday. “You couldn’t see the (property) entrance for the trees. It took us five hours to clear just those yesterday and there’s still more to do,” Mrs Mendez said on Thursday. Meantime, Mrs Mendez was having her own difficulties. Driving back from Bowral in her 4WD felt like “landing a plane and trying to keep the wheels down.” Fallen trees and downed power lines over Highland Way, off the Hume Highway, cut access and like many others, she was turned around. A long procession of vehicles travelled back and accessed Tallong via Wingello. Mrs Mendez finally made it home after several hours. Badgerys Lookout Road was filled with fallen trees, which the RFS was removing. Her husband later helped clear passage for an ambulance trying to reach an elderly neighbour whose oxygen support failed with the blackout. Fortunately, it had a good outcome. ALSO READ: ‘Short-sighted’: Aged care developer takes swipe as he withdraws project On Thursday, Spanish-born Mr Mendez was back teaching equestrian students as a contractor secured house roofing. The property is insured and is awaiting assessment. Sitting on her back veranda, his wife was still reeling from the storm’s intensity. “I think we’re still a bit in shock from it. We sit here and think ‘did that really happen?’ Our neighbour has been here 30 years and he said he’d never seen anything like it.” But despite nature’s fury over the past year, she said she wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. At Tallong Park, RFS member Cheryl Weston said trees fell in the residential estate but it compared well to Caoura, Long Point Lookout and Badgerys Lookout Roads, which “copped it.” ALSO READ: Goulburn Golden Boy Troy Herfoss Returns Home For ASBK Title Fight “With the fires, COVID and the storms, it’s been one hell of a year. I can’t wait to see the back of 2020,” she said. Tallong RFS Brigade captain Jack Watling’s family has a long history in the village. “It was by far the worst storm I’ve seen since I was 11 years old,” the now 70 something said. The council, contractors and Essential Energy continue to repair the damage. We depend on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, please subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support.

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Brodie Morgan dead, suicide, equestrian, inquest, hanging, horse riding


A promising 16-year-old equestrian from Wales who had the “world at her feet” killed herself near her stable after a minor spat with her mother about riding too fast on her pony, according to an inquest.

Brodie Morgan, who also was upset by the deaths of her grandfather and a close pal, took her life in March after her mother, Emma Webb, told her to slow down in the saddle, the Telegraph reported.

“Brodie was her usual happy self when I told her she was galloping too fast. I said she wouldn’t go to a show at the weekend if she didn’t slow down,” Morgan told the coroner at the inquest in Gwent.

But the teen, who had been featured in Horse and Hound magazine, told her mom it would be the last time she went riding on her pony, Archie.

After finding the pony still saddled up in the stable later, Webb notified police about her missing daughter, her only child.

Family friend Jemma Ellison told the hearing that she found Brodie near the stables in Llantrisant, according to Wales Online. She flagged down two truck drivers who tried CPR, but the girl was declared dead shortly afterwards.

The inquest heard that Brodie, who also had a falling out with friends, sent out a message on Snapchat saying, “I love you all so much. I want you all to know how much you mean to me.”

The teen, who was described as a “happy and bubbly” student at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic School in Newport, had been having some problems with her friends.

“One girl said they no longer wanted to be friends — there was no malice. They were having issues, I told Mrs. Webb I would keep an eye on Brodie,” teacher Laura Floodwater told the hearing in a statement.

Naomi Rees, the assistant coroner, said: “While riding her beloved horse she had words with her mother, nothing more than a lot of close relationships encounter.

“Brodie’s death is a tragic end to a short life which was full of promise, whatever she had chosen to do I’m sure she would have succeeded,” Rees added.

“It is clear from her mother’s statement the joy and pride she felt in her daughter. The tragedy is that she had the world at her feet, horses and ponies were her passion and would have been throughout her life.”

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Alina Ross Leading Professional Equestrian reveals her Diet, Workout and success story


Alina Ross is a a professional Equestrian. She specializes in the competitive sports of vaulting. Equestrian vaulting, or simply vaulting, is most often described as gymnastics and dance on horseback, which can be practiced both competitively or non-competitively. Alina Ross competes in the sports of vaulting for Germany.

Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up with Alina Ross a professional Equestrian from Germany to talk about her secret to success, diet, and exercise routine.

Namita Nayyar:

You are a professional Equestrian.  Walk us through your spectacular journey and tell us how it all began?

Alina Ross:

I´ve has been on horses since I can remember. My parents owned three horses at that time and I was at the stable every day and rode a lot. When I was 6 years old, I saw at a competition that there isn´t only riding but also vaulting. From that time on I trained more and more, developed more ambition and fell more and more in love with the sport.

Namita Nayyar:

What has been your greatest achievement to date?

Alina Ross
Alina Ross:

I think my greatest success is what I have learned and achieved, supported by my parents, coaches and friends: trust, self-discipline, ambition, personality, strength, perseverance,…

Namita Nayyar:

Introduce us to a day in your life.

Alina Ross:

A normal day looks like that:

First thing in the morning I go to the stable and put our horses out to pasture, then I jog a few laps to start the day. Then I stretch and do one of my strength training programs. After lunch I go back to the stable and train on the barrel in my gymnastic room there. Then I muck out the boxes and after that I usually train on the horse. At the end of the day I train on the barrel again and do a second strength training program or do some athletics training.

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