I enjoy the sport at every level and aim to pass on the knowledge and skills I had spent a long-time learning, to riders, keen to develop and compete at the highest level and to engage spectators, owners & volunteers in this exciting sport.
I have been fortunate to train with some of Australia’s and the world’s leading coaches of the modern era.
Australian Coaches: Tom Meikle, Tina Wommelsdorf, George Sanna, Colleen Brook, Clemens & Judy Dierks, Rod Brown, David Dobson.
International Coaches: George Morris, Joe Fargis, Albert Voorn, David Broome, Vaughn Jeffries, Bruce Gooden, Jay Hayes.
I have also been blessed to ride some amazing horses over a career spanning several decades and to experience their extraordinary ability and character.
SOME OF MY WONDERFUL HORSES
Evan – My pony club & eventing pony
Spic’s and Specs – My first showjumping and eventing horse
Straight Talk – OTT horse that won at National level eventing
Dewars Delight – Quality TB x Wilkes. I got to jump my first bigger SJ tracks
Alipaw – My first Grand Prix horse
Schleswig Cognac – Won my first World Cup and got to represent Australia in Trans Tasman teams twice
Kavanagh – The best horse I have ever sat on. Placed in many world cups. Jumped 6’11” in Sydney Royal Puissance 1995 and had many wins in 6 Bar and Puissance Competitions
Whiz Kid – Won National and State ODE’s went to 4 * equivalent sold to Belgium
Raintree Solicitor – Won and placed up to then 2* Eventing
Zillion – produced and sold to Tim Boland the sold to USA
Pocket Rocket – produced and Sold to Hamish Cargill went 4*
Arissa – Produced to 1.20 SJ and evented to 2 star. Went on with Sandy Lucas and placed at 3* qualified 4*
So Sentimental - Australian Champion Equitation 98 and the foundation mare for my breeding of jumping hoprses
ACHIEVEMENTS IN EQUESTRIAN SPORT IN AUSTRALIA
International Australian Representative Showjumping Rider.
Won and placed at World Cup level Showjumping 1990-1996
Won and placed at Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne Royal Shows and agricultural Shows in Qld, Vic & NSW in Riding and Showjumping Classes
State representative and Olympic long listed Eventing Rider
Winning Team Member 3* 3Day event ,Werribee 1995
3* National Advanced Champion 95 and State Champ 84 & 94 – ODE
Placed in State and National SJ Champs during 1990 – 1995
National and State Jumping Equitation Champ 1997 & 1999
NSW Country SJ Champ 95
National Squad rider in both Showjumping (91 & 92, 95) & Eventing 95.
Successful coach of many jumping and eventing riders
Ridden at Prix St Georges (International level) in Dressage.
Level III Showjumping Coach & Level II General Coach
EA Coach Educator and Assessor
Experienced Horse Professional – over 30 yrs