A celebration of the life and legacy of horseman Tom Roberts took place recently at The Old Mill, Hahndorf with the launch of a new book ‘Go forward, dear’. The title is drawn from term Tom often used when training horses. The event was attended by over 130 people from regions including the Adelaide Hills, South East and Yorke Peninsula.

Authors Dr Andrew McLean, who is based at Tuerong, Victoria, and Nicki Stuart, of Kersbrook in the Adelaide Hills, spoke at the event. The book was written for Horse SA, a non-profit organisation who is working to both conserve aspects of Tom’s lifelong work and to share his horse and rider training insights to the next generation.

Dr McLean spoke about the fact that even in today’s noisy online environment; Tom Robert’s voice can still be clearly heard, talking about step by step horse training and horse welfare. A horseman, a teacher of both people and horses, Tom was one of the first people to explain in everyday language to horse owners about how to train a horse, as up until then, most books were based on military riding manuals.

South Australian Tom Roberts also authored four books making up the ‘Horse Control’ series, helped during the establishment phases of many equestrian clubs and spent his entire life not only seeking out to learn more about horses himself but to pass on knowledge throughout his life. In 1982 Tom was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for services to equestrian sport.
Proceeds from book sales, available as a hard copy or e-book, will go towards future educational and conservation projects to preserve Tom Roberts legacy.

The publication is available through www.tomroberts.net.au for $29.99, or e-book $24.99. Photos are available on Horse SA’ s Flickr page https://flic.kr/s/aHsm5dZucC
About Horse SA: Horse SA is a non-profit organisation established in 1999, which works with and for horse owners on common interest topics including cultural heritage. Website http://www.horsesa.asn.au Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SAHorse/


Contact: Julie Fiedler e: horsesa@horsesa.asn.au Mob: 0402488306