What do athletes do in their down time? Well something I love to do to relax and have fun after a long day training, is host an old fashion board game night with family and friends!

Charity Op Shops are great places to find inexpensive board games, while supporting a worthy cause. One unique game that also supports charity, and that I happily recommend as a family-friendly favourite is… HorsePLAY.

An Australian made and award winning product for its revolutionary design and quality, HorsePLAY is an adventure trivia game and coffee table book all-in-one durable and portable box! It features stunning imagery along with entertaining brainteaser questions. Even with my solid horse knowledge I learnt some new interesting facts while playing this game!


The passionate creator of HorsePLAY, Jacqueline Thompson, has her own incredible story of survival to tell, after her life was saved by a brave 13-year-old girl who found her alone, unconscious, and with serious head injuries after falling off her horse in a National Park.

Her young rescuer, Rachel Higgins, called an ambulance and made the life-saving decision not to remove Jacqueline’s helmet, something which the young hero learnt at Pony Club. After waking from a coma, Jacqueline had to re-learn basic things like walking and talking, but thankfully made a full recovery from her injuries.

After her near-death experience, Jacqueline has a deep appreciation for organisations such as Pony Club and Riding for the Disabled (RDA) and has generously offered to support my favourite charity The McIntyre RDA Centre.

So, with every HorsePLAY game purchased a $10 donation will be given to The McIntyre RDA Centre or a Pony Club of your choice. To find out more visit the HorsePLAY website and don’t forget to nominate The McIntyre RDA Centre for your charitable donation.


Photo credits: James Pittman (top), HorsePLAY (middle & bottom).


Sweet treats from The Stable Co

I must confess I have a sweet tooth. As an athlete, I try my best to eat healthy most of the time but one can’t say no to the occasional pleasurable treat. So, I am always on the lookout for something to soothe my cravings without the guilt!

I stumbled upon The Stable Co and there range of vegan friendly, 100% certift ied organic raw dessert mixes on Instagram. Their gorgeous photos of raw desserts had me wanting to find out for myself… can this really be so easy to make and taste good?


To satisfy my queries I tried the Macadamia & Coconut Bliss Balls as a Christmas treat! A little box wrapped in brown paper arrived at my door. The Stable Co have a zero-waste policy with all the packaging recyclable or compostable. The box contains everything you need to create your goodies, with a few addition fresh ingredients that you need to provide… in this case lemon juice and coconut oil.

It was indeed easy and simple to whip up using my high-speed food processor. A few minutes in the fridge to chill and my unbaked raw dessert was ready to devour. And… YES, they pass the taste test with high distinction! Tasty coconut flavour and sweetened naturally by the medjool dates included in the pack.

Find the full range of hand-packed raw mixes from The Stable Co website and give them a go yourself!

Photo Credits: The Stable Co. Website.