I live in the Clarence Valley on the North Coast of NSW, and was previously from the Southern Highlands, where my late husband, Phillip and I ran a breaking, training and coaching business for over 30 years. I have trained extensively with Miguel Tavora and Helene Ariarnoff (Belgium), and have also trained with Nuno Olivera, Hubert Eichinger (Spanish Riding School), Holzel, Phillipe Karl, Rodrigo Matos, Pedro Neaves and Eduardo Almedia and Nicola Danner.
Instrumental in forming WEGBI which was one of the groups to sign the MOU with Joalo Duarte, in April 15 to amalgamate WEQ in Australia. Formed Clarence Valley Working Equitation Club and also an Hon. Life member of IDA ( now Sydney Dressage Club). Also an executive member of Dapto (Chief Instructor) and Berry Pony Club, Secretary of SC Branch of ASHS, and Area Delegate to Dressage NSW, also previous President of Grafton Riding Club. Plus many years on the Equestrian Australia dressage judges list as a C level Advanced judge.
I believe judges are responsible for the standard of WEQ and judge education is vital. It is in this area that I have helped WEQ initially. I am extremely proud how WEQ has progressed in Australia and committed to improve our judges knowledge with the best trainers /judges we can secure.
I have been riding horses for over 40 years in various disciplines, before Working Equitation I was competing in dressage on a regular basis.
Finding Working Equitation put a new spring in my step and having retired from a demanding career it was time to give back to the sport.
Along with a very dedicated team we took on the challenge of bringing Working Equitation to the best it could be in Australia beginning with NSW after 4 years of planning, promoting and developing the sport for all the correct reasons being the growth of clubs, members and competitions.
The sport now has approx. 13 clubs in NSW and has spread its wings to VIC an QLD which I am very proud to say I have played a major role in developing
We are now in the process of developing a strong team of directors from around Australia to concrete the structure of a National Body.
I am proud and honoured to be part of this process
I live in the Wellford Forest (near Bendigo) Vic where I run a small agistment property (and work full time lol). I have been in the equine industry for over 40yrs, gaining experience in many area’s but my main love was showing which I did for about 35yrs, 10 of which was with my part Arabian stallion Cruise’n who has taken out many awards in his career & gone on the sire several lovely horses for me. In May 2010 I purchased my beautiful girl Lush KS (aka Boo) as a dressage prospect because I wanted to move away from showing. We have worked our way up to Level 2 dressage but after attending a Working Equitation clinic with Beccara Lloyd in 2017 I was hooked! At the end of 2017 we started our own club Central Vic Working Equitation which has grown into a great little club. I entered our first WE comp in April 2018 & became hooked even more. My goal for Boo & I is to ride at Master level before our riding career ends, so looking forward too many more years of training, meeting wonderful WE people & learning, learning, learning.
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