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Dr Kym Hagon

Dr Kym Hagon

Kym Hagon was born and raised in Sydney to a very non-horsey family. He first took an interest in horses from a young age and suffered his first fall as a ten year old on a (friend's) station horse when he simultaneously discovered it wasn't as quiet as first proclaimed - the friend is still a friend however, just a little less trusted. Despite extensive bruising, there were no major injuries, and this near-death experience ironically served to only spark a passion for horses.

Kym bought his first horse at age 15 in an endeavour to establish if these animals were in fact killing machines or just misunderstood. Fortunately for him this animal was far kinder than the aforementioned beast that still fuels his nightmares, and he spent every spare moment riding whenever, and with whomever he could. In 1997 Kym began study in veterinary science at Sydney University. Horses were harder to come by around the Sydney uni main campus on Parramatta Rd, so riding the equines gave way to a 5 year intensive pursuit of veterinary knowledge, drinking skills and rugby union (each of these areas were closer-knit to each other than he's previously acknowledged).

Upon completion of his veterinary degree in 2001, Kym began work as a mixed animal vet at Kempsey on the Mid-North Coast of NSW. It was here that he re-initiated his riding career, but the thirst for knowledge also continued. Forums such as Equitana in Melbourne were a perfect opportunity to absorb a wealth of information in all aspects of horses, but almost it opened Kym's eyes to the world of entertainment around horses. Acts such as Double Dan Horsemanship that combine horsemanship, entertainment and comedy now became his inspiration. Kym continues to develop his own style of equine entertainment which melds music and comedy with horsemanship. Training is rigorous under the watchful eyes of his wife (also Kim - note the individuality of different spellings) and their three boys, Dusty, Harry and Ned.

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Education Session

Horsemanship for kids

Unless kids are fortunate enough to be born into 'horsey family's' (as I wasn't!!), they are often only taught the most rudimentary riding skills, and often no solid ground-work skills. We have comprised a program to establish achievable ridden and groundwork techniques which will give confidence and competence around horses for any future equine endeavours. Our program is designed to act as a firm base for any future discipline.

Saturday 17 November 11.45am - 12.30pm Stable Comfort Arena, John Deere Pavilion

Applying kids horsemanship skills

By teaching kids more specific control of their horses both on the ground and in ridden capacity, they can then approach any riding (or led) discipline with more softness, confidence and precision. Safety is also paramount around horses and by increasing the understanding of how horses think and how we can influence their behaviour, everyone will be safer around their horses.

Sunday 18 November 2.00pm - 2.45pm Stable Comfort Arena, John Deere Pavilion