Leonie Lee

Leonie Lee

Leonie Lee has ridden and trained horses most of her life. She is a qualified architect and has lectured in design at Deakin University, and wrote the first equine facilities design course in Australia which she has taught in Equine Management at Marcus Oldham College in Geelong for over 12 years. Leonie's final year design thesis in the Bachelor of Architecture focussed on the research and development of an inclusive equestrian centre accommodating people with disabilities; soon after, Leonie started her own design company where she continued to develop her expertise in equine facility design and universal access.

Completed projects include the much-acclaimed thoroughbred training complex for Freedman Brothers Racing on the Mornington Peninsula, an innovative equine rehabilitation centre and a boutique stable adaptation of an apple orchard shed for a dressage rider. Leonies principal interest in equine facility design is accommodating the evolutionary needs of the horse in the built environment. Her design objectives are clear: to improve the welfare and performance of horses by creating enhanced and more appropriate facilities and conditions for them to live and train in.

Leonie continues to work with world-renowned equine scientists and veterinarians and in recognition of her increasingly specialist knowledge. Leonie balances scientific study with on the ground experience, regularly visiting and talking with trainers, managers and owners of many premier horse training and breeding establishments Australia-wide and internationally. Leonie is committed to bridging the gap between science and practice, raising the awareness of the horse owner/trainer on the value of well designed stables and built environments for horses.

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Education Session

Horse Facility Design

The horses evolutionary characteristics are at odds with our desire to house and train our horses in buildings. Providing functional and safe equine facilities for all the occupants seems straightforward, however convenience, tradition and hidden problems of our built environment can be detrimental to the horses' welfare. This presentation will provide a useful guide to the key aspects of good stables and facility design including: Horse requirements in relation to facilities; Planning and Arrangement (Property analysis, orientation, functional requirements and visual connections); Construction and Materials (Safety, Durability, Maintenance, Flooring); and Ventilation.

Friday 16 November 11.00am - 11.45am Classroom, Royal Block