RIP Tikki


Divine Madness aka "Tikki" 31-10-1982 to 16-10-2006.


In may of 1984 after alot of begging on my part to my parents I was the proud new owner of a snow white filly whom I named "Tikki".

 Not knowing any-thing about horses this was the start of the most beautiful partnership that one could ever dream of, A young girl & her pony, a partnership that spanned across 3 decades and lasted for 22 years.

A horse that was as highly strung as a young girl that was as free as the wind, A connection like no other & a soulmate that can never be replaced.

Tikki matured into a stunning Mare, She stood 14.2 hh and weighed in at 540 kg once matured. Snow white coat, crystal blue eyes, pink skin, thick wavy tail, Attitude to spare and no fear, she would spar up to anything and anyone.

A horse that gave me everything that a girl could ever dream of, A best friend, A free spirit, A Loyal companion whom quickly became a one man horse. She taught me to ride like the wind and once I ventured into my chosen work as an Apprentice Jockey come Track Rider I could ride anything whether it had 4 hooves on the ground or 2.

   Tikki left this world on October the 16th 2006, she was 24 yrs old and still as mad as a hatter, She had gone blind & in true Tikki fashion she was still racing around the paddock buck jumping the day I said "Goodbye".


 Tikki will never be replaced she will always be the love of my life, my soul mate, she taught me so much about life & when it's my turn to leave this earth I know she will be waiting for me at the Pearly Gates because we made a deal, We are riding through together.


                                                                                                          The Rainbow Bridge

                                                                                        By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
                                                                                   is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
                                                                                     Where the friends of man and woman do run,
                                                                                           when their time on earth is over and done.

                                                                                           For here, between this world and the next,
                                                                                         is a place where beloved creatures find rest.
                                                                                          On this golden land, they wait and they play,
                                                                                       til The Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

                                                                                         No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
                                                                                  for here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
                                                                                        Their limbs are restored, their health renewed.
                                                                                        Their bodies have healed with strength imbued.

                                                                                       They trot through the grass without even a care,
                                                                                         til one day they whinny and sniff at the air.
                                                                                        All ears prick forward, eyes sharp and alert.
                                                                                      Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the herd.

                                                                                 For just at that second, there's no room for remorse.
                                                                                   As they see each horse.
                                                                              So they run to each other, these friends from long past
                                                                                          The time of their parting is over at last.

                                                                                        The sadness they felt while they were apart
                                                                                          has turned to joy once more in each heart.
                                                                                        They nuzzle with a love that will last forever.
                                                                                     And then, side-by-side, they cross over...together.



Contact Details

Joanne Swanson
North West Country Victoria, VIC, Australia
Phone : 0401206680
Email : [email protected]