I started in Pony Club and then moved to show jumping. After marriage and the birth of two children I did some camp drafting and Stock Horse showing, winning Supreme at Sydney Royal. Also some hacking; winning Lady Rider at Sydney Royal. I then moved to Dressage where I have trained 5 horses, to all the GP movements. Won NSW Dressage HOTY with 3 different horses. On the Dressage squad with 2 different horses. Represented Australia in the first International Derby at the CDI. Andalusian competitor winning Sydney Royal with 3 different horses, and several Supreme Ridden of the show at State and National Championships. Only WEQ rider in Australia to have three horses at Consadrados level.
Attended Major Clinics with Nuno Oliviera, Hubert Echinger (Spanish Riding School) Wolfgang Holzel, Eduardo Almedia, Pedro Neaves, Rodrigo Matos, Vince Corvi, Ross Clarke (camp drafting)
Trained long term with: Miguel Tavora (Australia and Portugal) Helene Ariarnoff. (Belgium) Both long term pupils of Nuno Oliviera.
General Horse Experience: Lifetime experience with horses. With my late husband Phillip, we ran a very successful breaking in, training and coaching business in the Southern Highlands for approximately 30 years. Starting many horses for well known competitors such as Sue Hearn, Glennis Barrey, Vicki Robertson, Ann Serrao, David Robertson, Julie Barber, Ali Soster. plus many more.
Judging Experience: EA C Advanced level judge for many years. Judged Hacks around the Sydney area. ASH judge on the South Coast, Southern Highlands and Sydney areas. Some Show Jump judging. Also chief judge at the Andalusian Nationals twice.
My philosophy is the special partnership that is formed between you and your horse is based on the development of trust. Horses are wonderful creatures who aim to please. My system of training is based on the development of suppleness and balance of the horse. It results in horses who are calm, light, even and physically and mentally strong. By riding a horse that is not in balance, it will only lead to heaviness, irregularity, rushing and then eventually lameness and/or irritability.
My approach is not difficult. It is many little things that the rider will learn to feel and do, and develop the judgement of knowing when to implement them, but also knowing when to do nothing. The horse and rider need consistent training together to develop the correct muscles that allow the horse to work correctly. Let your horse be your guide, listen to them and learn the skills that develop harmony, gymnastic ability and one of the best relationships you will ever have.
There is a way around every horse, you just have to find it!