The Trainers - Australian Brumby Challenge
Sally has owned and loved horses her whole life, all different breeds, sizes and ages. At this stage in her life, Sally is enjoying the training aspect of horsemanship and is following the teachings of Buck Brannaman, Warwick Schiller, Double Dans and similar. Sally finds it exciting and challenging to work with horses to produce a calm, confident willing partner that enjoys and more importantly, participates in the training.
Sally believes and practices that the initial haltering/ handling of a young or unhandled horse is of great importance to their mental well being. By initially using techniques such as pressure and release, teaches the horse to think and respond, rather than react. This is so important to Sally as she believes that horse training should be an interactive partnership, not just something that is "done" to the horse.
Sally thoroughly enjoyed her experiences training VBA Diamantina in the last Australian Brumby Challenge and is looking forwards to produce a Brumby in great physical and mental condition.
20 years ago, Nigel worked on a farm that had 50 wild horses in the back paddock. In his spare time, he began to start them and became immersed in the incredible world of wild horses. 20 years later and Nigel is still passionate about horses and runs a world class breeding program on his farm. Nigel's training philosophy is:
1. Keep it simple: 1% improvement is success!
2. Clarity: ask a simple question, get a simple answer.
3. Timing is everything: horses learn from the release and withdrawal of pressure.
4. Safety and responsibility is on the trainer; to prepare the horse for a lifetime of mutual co-operation.
Nigel brings an abundance of creativity to the Australian Brumby Challenge and has the resources to present high level trick performances. Nigels trick horses have performed at the Tom Quilty Gold Cup, for the King of Malaysia, Cavalcade tour, World Wildlife Fund, TV etc.
You can read more about Nigel at www.victorianagistment.com.au
Brendan rode bulls professionally for 18 years and then became interested in training and racing Thoroughbreds, starting horses for a large syndicate, including Group 1 winner Arapaho Miss. Brendan also trained his own Thoroughbred for 4 wins on the track and has now competed him in eventing, showjumping and dressage for the past four years. He has been starting and re-educating horses for about 30 years.
Brendans philosophy on horse training and handling horses in general is to develop their spirit, not break it; to work with the horse so the horse gives its best willingly.
Brendan is looking forwards to showcasing the Australian Brumby in a way that will help change peoples perception from a Brumby being a "wild animal" to that of a friendly, versatile horse that would suit anyone and any discipline chosen.
Internationally recognised horse behaviour specialist Steve Brinkworth is a gifted horseman and a truly great teacher of people too. Since growing up with his families horse trek business in the Australian Outback, Steve has dedicated his career to horses and helping people solve their horse problems.
Steves philosophy is to teach the horse what it needs to know in order to carry the burden of the rider, both mentally and physically, without fear, injury or stress. Steve has a unique system that he applies to every horse. The horse is incrementally trained to become a calm, responsive ridden horse that has value in society.
You can read more about Steve at www.stevebrinkworth.com
At 22 years of age, Sarah wants to challenge herself and put the proceeds to a good cause. She has been handling and breaking unhandled horses since she was 16 and believes that setting a goal like Equitana will help expand her knowledge and horsemanship. As an English background rider, Sarah plans to take a more Western approach.
Sarah thinks that gaining the trust of an unhandled horse requires a great combination of pushing the individual horse out of its comfort zone and providing a certain level of comfort and leadership so they begin to use you as their protection.
Sarah brings to the event a good mixture of experience and willingness to take on a challenge and the aim to help a Brumby to have a better life.
Growing up on a farm has seen Rachel involved in breeding and training horses for over 15 years. It was here that her passion and talents for training horses developed at a very young age. She quickly realised the importance of taking a natural approach to training her horses to achieve great results after spending many years competing successfully. Using natural horsemanship techniques Rachel has found that building a strong foundation on the ground first, then in the saddle to be crucial for success with any horse in any field of discipline, whether English or Western.
Over the years Rachel has had the privilege and honour to train with some of the world's best horse men and women, enabling her to continually broaden and develop her horsemanship skills. She has spent several years training and studying directly and indirectly with Pat and Linda Parelli at their ranch in the USA and continues to visit them regularly for her own professional development. She has also spent time riding with dressage master Walter Zettl from Czechoslovakia and traditional Vaquero horseman Martin Black. Rachel's passion for training and developing horses has seen her spend countless hours training and developing young and unhandled horses here in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
Rachel's goal is to be the best horsewoman she can for any horse she trains, so this challenge is one that excites her. She is looking forward to being able to showcase how talented and adaptable all horses, but in particular brumbys, can be in the human world; when using a natural horsemanship training approach based on horse psychology and using Love, Language and Leadership in equal doses. When not busy starting and developing horses for clients Rachel can be found travelling around the country teaching Parelli Natural Horsemanship clinics and workshops.
For more information please visit www.rachelclarkson.com
Pauly grew up riding horses on a property in the Flinders Ranges, wanting to grow up and become the "Man from Snowy River". Pauly spent his early working life as a ringer, mostly in the Top End. He and his fiance now run a horse starting and training business in the Adelaide hills.
Pauly aims to make horses and humans lives better by enlightening the human through the horse. He is honoured by the fact that a wild animal allows him to work with them and spends his life working to be worthy of that honour.
Pauly is no longer driven by competition, with his passion lying in starting and training horses to give them the best start they can have for the world. Pauly is looking forwards to being involved with and competing against like minded horse people.
You can follow Pauly on Facebook at Daniel Tessari Horse Reflections
Alexa show jumps to 1.3m and has spent a lifetime with horses, competing across the disciplines. Since 2010, she has been training with the Wilson sisters of Showtym Stables in New Zealand where she now works full time. Although only 18 years old, she is well regarded for her gentle approach to working with wild horses and over the past three years has assisted in the training of over 20 wild horses and numerous sport horses.
In 2015, Alexa travelled to the USA and competed in the Extreme Mustang Makeover where she finished 2nd overall. She was also the winner of the Young Gun Buckle, for the highest points of a competitor under 18 years old.
Alexa has spent the past three years raising awareness for the plight of wild horses in New Zealand, making a significant increase in public awareness and greatly reducing slaughter rates. She has extensive experience working with adult wild horses, both mares and stallions, directly from the wild and has a huge public following. She hopes her work with wild horses makes some positive difference in the lives of the horses she trains and that they become ambassadors for the breed to increase awareness of Brumbies in general.
Amy's passion for horses started at a avery young age, with her commencing work in the animal welfare and education sector aged only 17. For the past 6 years, Amy has been operating her business as a certified equine dentist and barefoot hoof care professional.
The platform on which Amy bases her training is to first gain trust then build confidence before she can ask for respect. She believes in becoming the comfort zone for her horse, never getting greedy and ALWAYS rewarding a try, even if she doesn't get exactly what she was asking for. Amy finds these methods create a relaxed horse that becomes a willing partner and defuses the anxieties that can be associated with training.
Amy has a passion for environment and sustainability. She feels Brumbies are a part of our history and she wants to see them managed in a humane and sustainable way, with programs such as the Australian Brumby Challenge to create awareness on a greater scale. Amy is looking forward to being part of a program that assists in promoting Brumbies as the versatile, kind and gentle horse they are. With her broad exposure to the Equine industry, Amy can greatly contribute to the promotion of the Brumby and the issues they face.
Tanya has been around horses all her life, sitting on her first pony at only 9 weeks old. She has been rescuing and rehabilitating horses for many years and has a passion for natural horse care. Tanya currently works as a natural hoof care practitioner.
Tanya teaches and trains positive reinforcement for all aspects of training, seeking to build the horses self confidence and problem solving ability, so training is easy, stress free and fun. Tanya has found that unhandled horses respond exceptionally well to this kind of training and learn quickly and keenly.
Tanya won the Australian Brumby Challenge Yearling event in 2014 and had a wonderful experience discovering our amazing Brumbies! She is looking forwards to continuing to help promote the breed and of course, to see where she can improve from the last Challenge!
You can follow Tanya on Facebook at Artistic Horsemanship
Chris was brought up around horses as his mother was a strapper in Racing stables. As his passion and love for horses and his dislike for conventional schooling grew, he left for the Northern Territory. There, aged only 15, Chris was given an unbroken horse and told to start it and be ready to muster with it in a few weeks. He views this time as one where he began developing his skills.
Chris' philosophy to training is simple; Cool, Calm, Collected.
- A cool head
- A calm demeanour
- A collected approach
Chris is looking forwards to showcasing what benefits his Cool, Calm, Collected approach offer the unhandled horse.
You can follow Chris on Facebook at C G Equine Education
Tani was that horse mad little girl who nagged her parents for a pony from a young age. Her dreams came true when she received her first pony at age 10. From that day, her love and passion has only grown. Tani's Dad is horsey and taught her a lot but the best teachers were the many horses she has observed interacting in the paddocks as well as ridden over the years. Tani used to ride any horse, no matter how badly behaved, but she has learnt over the years that no horse wants to buck or rear or act out and that by teaching them and giving them the right tools, they won't need to.
Tani believes that every interaction is teaching the horse something so every interaction needs to be positive. Also, that it takes as long as it takes!
Tani's passion is horses and she feels it is an honour to get the chance to work with a train one of our beautiful Aussie Brumbies, giving it the best chance of a beautiful future with a loving family.
Blair started his horse journey working on cattle stations in central NSW. Wanting to improve both his own horsemanship and the lives of the station horses he worked with, he began studying the methods of Ray Hunt and Tom and Bill Dorrance. Eventually leaving station life to work full time with horses under another trainer, he then went out on his own in what we now know as Blair Ireland Equine Education. A Legacy of Legends scholarship recipient, Blair continues on with this same style of horsemanship and spends his days starting and training both horses and riders, helping them communicate and understand each other.
Blair sees his job as a trainer as making the hard thing difficult and the right thing easy. This is what helps the horse to understand what we expect of him. He does this by working to gain the horses trust. Whatever he asks him to do, he is always wanting to increase his horses confidence in both himself and the people around him and the tasks they ask him to do. Blair always wants his horses to be calm, relaxed, confident and happy.
Blair is excited at the prospect of being directly involved in helping showcase and promote the wonderful heritage and versatility of the Australian Brumby. In addition to this, Blair looks forward to presenting his training work and techniques to the wider community, which will in turn, be able to help more people and their horses get along better.
You can read more about Blair at www.blairireland.com.au
Stephanie is currently the Director at Parkview Riding Centre, Wonga Park, training all levels of riders and horses to participate in various disciplines. Growing up in the city, Stephanie's passion was always to work with horses, with her career starting in the Thoroughbred industry, working with yearlings through to breeding stallions, in Australia and New Zealand. Spending three summers in central California starting colts and competing in rodeo events across the country allowed Stephanie to develop her skills as a trainer. Through her riding centre, she now concentrates on developing riders who have a sound understanding of true horsemanship and are compassionate in their training.
Stephanie's training philosophy is to approach each horse as an individual and to adapt her methods to enable them to develop in the most positive and confident manner. While working with unhandled horses, Stephanie applies the same principles but with a further emphasis on gaining trust.
Stephanie is looking forwards to raising awareness about our wonderful Brumbies and their diverse nature, sharing her experiences with her students and the wider equestrian community through her large following on social media.
You can read more about Stephanie at www.parkviewriding.com
Michael is 28 years old and has been training in Australia for the past four years, with his prior experience in the UK. He has worked with a variety of breeds from Station horses and Campdrafters in the north to Welshys and Riding School horses in the middle to Race horses in Tasmania and Trail Horses in Victoria.
Michael has a passion for horses in general, with his main passion being to find the best way to work with every individual horse. Michael feels every horse has something new to teach him and he has to adapt his methods to suit. Michaels training embodies patience, trust, respect and consistency.
Michael is excited to be able to take part in the Australian Brumby Challenge in 2016, having missed out on the last Australian Brumby Challenge After selections due to visa issues!
Samantha has had horses all of her life. She has been involved in a number of disciplines, including hacking, dressage, hunter under saddle and western pleasure. She also has a keen interest in natural horsemanship.
Samantha believes all horses deserve to be treated with the utmost respect. Her goal is always to build a partnership built on a strong foundation of trust and mutual respect. She wants a horse to look to her for confidence and guidance.
Samantha is passionate about our "little Aussie battler" horses. She would love to help promote just how unique and special these highly trainable horses are to the wider public.
You can follow Samantha on Facebook at Cagra Park.
Growing up in country Queensland, Briar was riding from Three years old. Her passion for eventing was lit during high school when she discovered a local country riding school.
Briar works with any horse whether it be wild handled or unhandled horses through trust and respect. She always starts from the ground up no matter what horse or background, knowing that if her horses trust and respect her then she can trust them to get her through anything.
Briar loves our Aussie Brumbies and since she was a little girl has always wanted to own and train one. She now feels ready to take on the responsibility and dedication that it takes to get the trust from these amazing horses whilst showcasing what they can do.
Linda grew up in the Australian outback on her familys cattle property in the stunning Canarvon ranges in Qld. Linda doesn't remember learning to ride, but always has, she loved watching her Dad and uncles starting youngsters and started her first youngster at 14 years old.
Since that time, Linda has rode in races before female jockeys were even allowed to! She has competed in stockmans challenges, started youngsters, retrained damaged, thrown away horses and currently competitively campdrafts. Linda has lived on cattle stations for most of her life and is also a Registered Bowen Therapist, Massage therapist and Equine therapist! Linda believes that horses, just like children, if guided to find a solution will develop confidence and skills whilst staying inquisitive and willing. She terms herself an "everyday Aussie" and would love the opportunity to showcase what can happen when every horse is treated as an individual.
Aged only 17 years old, Brooke started riding as a Four year old and was hooked! As a Nine year old, Brooke started out with a green broken Arabian Pony. Originally limited by finances to horse with no or very little education, Brooke has taken on horses from the local pound and the knackery.
This beginning has encouraged Brooke's love of training. Her love of the underdog has lead her to the Australian Brumby Challenge. Brooke hopes to help make a difference in the life of the Brumby she is allocated and to showcase what Brumbies are truly capable of.
Laras obsession with horses started early, even though she grew up in a family that had nothing to do with horses at all! Attending a few riding schools here and there until she was 13, Lara then started working with an "old school" starter. Together they started many horses for the riding schools. Lara hit the deck 148 times before she realised that there had to be a better way! She now works every day to promote safe effective training methods, free from pain and fear.
Laras long term mentor, Robert J Shelton once told her that "A horse is a horse". To this day, she sees deeper meaning to this simple statement all the time. Lara feels that looking past human emotion and understanding herd dynamics shows how deeply every horse is indeed, a horse. Lara aims to access a horses mind by controlling his feet. Her communication with the horse begins with a language of cues which is built by the release of pressure.
Lara is looking forwards to sharing her vision to promote safe, effective training techniques. She believes that doing so will be of great benefit to the lives of not only the Brumbies she works with, but horses and people around the world.
You can read more about Lara at www.equinedevelopment.com.au
Aged just 16 years old, Jack spends all his time when he isn't at school outside watching, riding and training horses. Jack has learnt to watch horses to learn to understand their behaviour and read their signs. His training philosophy is to join up with horses to build their confidence in both themselves and him as their trainer and to develop a bond. Jack finds that with this beginning, horses have a great attitude to learning.
Jack enjoys riding competitively in rodeos and roping competitions. He has also learnt a great deal through working with his mother at their families TJ Ranch and looks forward to giving a Brumby a great chance to be educated and go on to find a new home.
You can follow Jack and the Brumby he will be training on Facebook at TJ Ranch Equine Education.
Jenny was first introduced to Brumbies in 2007, when she met her first Brumby, Aurora. She touched Jennys heart and since then she has been on an incredible horsemanship journey to learn as much as she can, helping horses out more in their interactions with us humans!
It is Jennys goal to gain a connection with the horses she works with, so they feel confident and safe in our environment.
Jenny could never really have imagined the connection she would share with Aurora or her understanding for all her (now five!) Brumbies before she began her horsemanship quest. She now has a new perspective on the compassion she feels for them and the communication she can share whenever a new Brumby comes to her. The realisation she doesn't have to teach them anything - just listen, aim to have a conversation showing they can trust her; "don't be fearful, I can be a good leader for you". They respond with so much heart and trust when you get it right! It is important to Jenny to teach these little horses how to survive in our domestic world, while developing their thought processes rather than instinct. With a long term goal to have a relaxed, soft and willing partner.
Jenny is delighted to have the opportunity to demonstrate what amazing horses these Brumbies are. She feels that the Australian Brumby Challenge will teach her a lot about her own horsemanship and she is looking forward to the journey ahead.
Daniel has ridden horses his whole life and has a passion for training and re-educating them. His love of horses and success in business also saw him appointed as a director of Equestrian Australia in late 2015. Daniel believes that horses are the best teachers, you just have to know how to listen. He is extremely excited to be involved in the Australian Brumby Challenge as he has a strong love for and connection with the Australian Brumby.
Daniels training philosophy encompasses several simple tenets; less is more, know when to push and when to give and ensure the education process if fun and enjoyable for the horse. Most importantly, listen to the horse - every horse is unique, especially one as special as a wild Brumby.
Daniel is excited to bring his skills, knowledge and passion to the table to ensure that the Brumby he is training has the best start to life. He is passionate about Brumby welfare and the rehoming program run by the Australian Brumby Challenge.
You can follow Daniel on Facebook at Stoneman Equine
A student at Weeroona College in Bendigo, 14 year old Grace is currently in year 8. Grace has loved horses all her life and attends Rochester Pony Club monthly where she has won the Memorial, Most Improved and Incentive Awards as well as winning various school awards for her horse work.
Grace doesn't like to have a certain mindset on training horses but is open to new ideas and ways to add to her existing knowledge. She is a kind, empathetic trainer and her young Brumbies have responded well to her methods.
Grace is looking forwards to the challenge of the Australian Brumby Challenge as she pushes her skills and knowledge to further her equestrian career whilst securing the future of the young Brumby she is training.
Sandy is a Wife, Mother, Sister and Daughter who works full time at an animal health company. Her love of all things horses goes back to patting the neighbours Arabians over her Nanas back fence. It continues now to her current horses on her farmlet near Bendigo. Sandy seeks out the positive for each experience and identifies areas for self development. Sandy enjoys the opportunity to explore and experiment with different ways to achieve the desired outcome that young unhandled horses offer. Without timeframe pressures, Sandy follows each horses rhythm to achieve her desired outcomes in a way that feels right.
Sandy feels that her experience training two Brumbies who she currently owns have prepared her for the Australian Brumby Challenge and is looking forwards to undertaking the challenge alongside her daughter, Grace as they provide their Brumbies with the solid knowledge and skills they need to find their forever homes.
Amanda Wilson's partnership with her famed pintos has cemented her as one of New Zealands most promising showjump riders. Showtym Viking first brought her into the public eye by winning the 2010 Pony of the Year Grand Prix before going on to win many Young Rider and Grand Prix classes to 1.5om. More recently she has produced Showtym Cassanova to success at Grand Prix, Super League and World Cup (1.40 ? 1.60m) level and the duo have won and placed at the highest level.
Amanda has a passion for young horses because she loves to start with a blank canvas. Her gentle approach to working with horses produces highly effective results and she has earned a reputation for producing some of the best young horses on the showjumping circuit in New Zealand. In 2013 she was runner up in the 4 Year Old title at the National Breeders Championships and in 2014 she won the National 5 Year Old Series on Showtym Rebel who she started under saddle as a stallion the winter before.
In 2013, alongside her sisters, she won the FEI Solidarity Award in 2013 for her work with wild Kaimanawa horses and together they have trained almost 30 wild horses over the past three years. In 2015 Amanda travelled to America to compete in the Extreme Mustang Makeover, but when her mare was vetted out of the competition due to a pre-existing injury she went on to train another two mustangs.
Amanda has spent the past three years raising awareness for the plight of wild horses in New Zealand, making a significant increase in public awareness and greatly reducing slaughter rates. She have extensive experience working with adult wild horses, both mares and stallions directly from the wild, and has a huge public following. She hopes her work with wild horses makes some positive difference in the lives of the horses she trains, and that they become ambassadors for the breed to increase awareness of Brumbies in general.
You can follow Amanda on Facebook at Amanda Wilson NZ
Kelly Wilson grew up with horses and competed with success across the disciplines, including show jumping to Pony Grand Prix level before pursuing her creative talents. In 2009 she graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Graphic Design. Over the past six years Kelly has become a highly sought after freelance designer, award-winning photographer, best selling author and equine journalist.
Kelly competes her mare Ngahiwi Showtym Dancer with success in open classes to 1.25m and in the Amateur Rider Series. In 2014 she competed in the Kaimanawa Stallion Challenges and finished in the top 5 on her wild stallion CopRice Anzac KH. Working with the wild Kaimanawas from the 2012 and 2014 musters has been life-changing experience for Kelly and she loves how much she has learnt from the wild horses.
Kelly Wilson is a highly sought after freelance designer, award-winning photographer, best selling author and equine journalist. In her spare time she show jumps on the national circuit and trains wild horses, finishing in the Top 5 of the Kaimanawa Stallion Challenges in 2014. In 2013, alongside her sisters, she won the FEI Solidarity Award in 2013 for her work with wild Kaimanawa horses and together they have trained almost 30 wild horses over the past three years. In 2015 Kelly travelled to America and competed in the Extreme Mustang Makeover where she finished 6th Overall on her mare. The mare went on to sell for the highest price at auction.
Kelly has spent the past three years raising awareness for the plight of wild horses in New Zealand, making a significant increase in public awareness and greatly reducing slaughter rates. She has extensive experience working with adult wild horses, both mares and stallions directly from the wild, and has a huge public following. Kelly hopes her work with Brumbies makes some positive difference in the lives of the horses she trains, and that they become ambassadors for the breed to increase awareness of Brumbies in general.
You can follow Kelly on Facebook at Wilson Sisters.
Vicki Wilson is one of New Zealand's most successful and well respected show jump riders and is known for her competitive edge and her ability to get the best from her horses. In the 2013-2014 season she won 10 Grand Prix classes and placed in another 12, and at the 2014 Horse of the Year she won the Premier Stakes and 6-Year-Old title as well as claiming the Lowry Medallion for the fifth time and the Nationwide Cup for her seventh year, more than any other rider in history.
Vicki is well regarded for her versatility and has won many national titles across the Show Jumping, Show Hunter, and Showing disciplines, she has represented New Zealand in the winning Trans Tasman Young Rider team three times and has competed to 1.40m riding under the New Zealand flag in Europe with many wins and placings.
Although highly regarded for her team of show jumpers, Vicki is equally well known for her work with the wild Kaimanawas. Since 2012, alongside her sisters Kelly and Amanda, she has saved almost 30 wild horses from slaughter and trained them. In 2013 they gained global recognition winning the prestigious FEI Solidarity Award. Their work features in the documentary "Wind Eaters" and the television Series "Keeping Up with the Kaimanawas" both released in 2015. In 2015 Vicki travelled to America to compete in the Extreme Mustang Makeover, but when her mare was vetted out of the competition due to a pre-existing injury she went on to train another four mustangs.
Vicki has spent the past three years raising awareness for the plight of wild horses in New Zealand, making a significant increase in public awareness and greatly reducing slaughter rates. She has extensive experience working with adult wild horses, both mares and stallions directly from the wild, and has a huge public following. Vicki hopes her work with Brumbies makes some positive difference in the lives of the horses she trains, and that they become ambassadors for the breed to increase awareness of Brumbies in general.
You can follow Vicki on Facebook at Wilson Sisters