WELCOME TO THE ANWELtd board of directors

Ann Hughes (Chair)

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 Ann is an experienced Non-Executive Director and Executive who drives performance and transformational change. A trusted advisor who has successfully collaborated with international Boards and senior management teams, Ann has extensive knowledge in all aspects of strategy, governance, risk and commercial management.

A keen equestrian enthusiast in Western Australia, Ann has had a variety of involvement in equestrian disciplines including dressage and western. Ann is very interested in classical dressage and the promotion of a harmonious relationship between horse and rider and the progressive development of a well-rounded and disciplined partnership. Having successfully competed at State level on her horse in her chosen disciplines, she now enjoys the training, skill and fun of working equitation.

Known for being resilient, Ann has strong communication skills and is a values driven decision maker with a high ethical standards and a social conscience. Ann aims to make a positive contribution to Australian National Working Equitation with a focus on enhancing the sport for the benefit of all members and their chosen equine partners.

Julie Brown (Deputy Chair)

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Julie has a great passion for working equitation and strives to see the sport develop into a well-known and recognised discipline in its own right. With extensive knowledge in Brand development and a view to bringing working equitation to the wider Australian audience, Julie is goal-orientated, organised and committed.

An accredited ANWE Judge as well as President of the newly formed South Burnett Working Equitation Club in Queensland, and with extensive experience in leadership roles including many years within Not-for-Profit Clubs as President, Secretary, Treasurer and committee member, Julie brings this depth to her role as Deputy Chair.

A woman of the land, Julie, alongside her husband Alan, Julie proudly runs a small cattle property in the South Burnett region of Queensland. An approachable and competent horse-woman who has enjoyed competition in many areas including dressage, ASH challenges and campdrafting to name a few, Julie enjoys competing in the wonderful discipline that is working equitation and educating all those who meet her by promoting the sport and all its values.

Stacey Maynard (Treasurer)

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Stacey is relatively new to the “wonderful world” of being an equestrian, having only purchased her first horse Eric 5 years ago. Stacey was finding it difficult to seek out a riding discipline which provided a variety of challenges, piqued both Eric and her interest, and most importantly was FUN!

Three years ago Stacey attended an information session in her local area to “find out about working equitation” and left as the newly formed club (Central Victoria Working Equitation) Secretary. 

Stacey says being an adult beginner is very challenging, however its the camaraderie and support that working equitation provides that she would love for everyone to experience. The discipline’s inclusive culture is why Stacey made the decision to submit her nomination to be on the ANWELtd Board.

Promoting and growing our membership and profile nationally is paramount moving forward. It is her dream for working equitation to be as well know as dressage in time and she is always ready with her “What is working equitation” spiel for anyone who asks!

“I’m always up for a chat, if you see me around please introduce yourself, I’d love to get to know you better”.

Connie Fischer (Secretary)

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Connie hails from the Wellford Forest region near Bendigo, Victoria. She has been in the equine industry for over 40yrs, gaining experience in many area’s, however her main love was showing which she did for about 35yrs, much of which was with her part Arabian stallion Cruise’n, who took out many awards in his career andwent on to sire several lovely horses. 

In May 2010 Connie purchased Lush KS (aka Boo) as a dressage prospect because she wanted to move away from showing. The pair have worked their way up to Level 2 dressage but after attending a working equitation clinic in 2017 she was hooked! At the end of 2017 Central Vic Working Equitation club was formed, in which Connie is a founding and instrumental member. She entered her first working equitation competition in April 2018 and became hooked even more. Her ultimate goal is to ride at Master level before her riding career ends and is looking forward to many more years of training, meeting wonderful working equitation people and contained learning.

Lanie Clark (Director)

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Lanie has been involved with horses her whole life, primarily as a trail rider. After moving to Victoria she joined the Yackandandah Riding Club, where she became interested in Le Trec. When Working Equitation North East Vic club (WENEV) was formed, she was one of the first members and has become more involved every year since, as her education in horses and this wonderful sport has grown. 

Lanie started “Happy Trails Horse Riders” three years ago through a Facebook group which has grown to over 150 members, its an informal group of trail riders who get out in the bush as often as they can.

Professionally, Lanie worked in the print industry her entire life and is now happily retired. In addition to her 4 horses, she has two mini ponies which she explores equine assisted therapy with, and is also a consultant to the Yackandandah Care Sanctuary.

Chris Gay (Director)

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Chris has had over 40 years’ experience with horses from breeding, competing in campdrafts, trail riding and camping holidays with horses and friends, showing and dabbling in show jumping and dressage clinics. He was a major organiser in raising sponsorships for campdrafts along with assisting in organising local gymkhana events, trail riding, navigation rides and weekend fund raiser camp overs, at various locations. 

A trail riding highlight was the 2017 “Riley’s Ride” from Tom Groggin Station through to Corryong on a horse he bred, broke into saddle, educated and trained by himself. 

Chris has also owned and managed a beef cattle property, breeding quality animals for the beef industry market and has always held a keen interest in animal husbandry and their welfare.

At the same time Chris held a national senior management position in the corporate world and has a natural ability to focus on financial matters, intelligent business practice and simplifying complicated stalemates ie; to achieve “win-win” for all parties, able to conduct himself and represent his company’s future directions at open forum meetings etc., liaise locally, nationally and internationally at all levels with management and government legislation.

Chris’s passion for horses includes all aspects of the equestrian world believing that the breed of horse or the type of saddle etc., is irrelevant but having “fun” is essential. 

Chris believes Working Equitation is an opportunity to improve riding skills and we use them in a practical sense with obstacles and cattle. Encouraging participation from riders of all disciplines, abilities, beginner to experienced along with all ages. 

Working Equitation should be inclusive and expansion of our membership will be the key to the equine sports future success. 

TECHNICAL SUB COMMITTEE


Chris Fowles          Sue Geering          Melissa Rush 

Pip Collins               Mel Mcgilray       Sue Skilling

Sue Buckley            Connie Fisher      LINDA SHORE