Yvette Wealands, daughter of Roy Marchinton (European Masters Reining & Cowhorse Champion and professional horseman), has been involved with horses since before she could walk. She is fortunate to have received coaching from renowned horsemen such as Ian Francis & Craig Johnson, and developed a solid understanding of how humans and horses learn from each other.
Following high school, Yvette travelled to Canada to work on a horse ranch in Alberta, learning from credited horse stuntman, Shane Pollitt. On her return to Australia, she continued to develop her coaching and training methods, working under the guidance of her father - conducting lessons and aiding with the training of client's horses. Competing since young, Yvette understands that judges want you to make it look easy, with grace of movement wherever possible. Yvette achieved AQHA Youth National Champion and other AQHA State and National titles and placings.
After taking time for a 'family break' in 2014, Yvette resumed competition in AQHA events, winning four buckles in her first season back. More recently, Yvette competed at the 2016 AQHA Victorian State Championships taking Reserve State Champion Junior Horse Ranch Riding and Reserve State Champion Versatility Horse, and taking 4th in Junior Horse Trail at Q17 Nationals. Early in 2018 Yvette competed at the Q18 2018 Australian Quarter Horse National Championships at AELEC in Tamworth where she won the open Western Dressage and coached a youth rider to win Novice Youth Trail Champion.
Yvette operates out of 'Eagle Pass Ranch' in Melbourne's outer-east in Nar Nar Goon North (approx. 1hr from the CBD), conducting clinics and lessons, and coaching future generations of riders in Horsemanship, Ranch Riding, Trail, Reining & Hunter Under Saddle. Most proudly, she coached a first time National youth competitor to Reserve Ranch Riding National Champion and 3rd in Reining at the Q17 Nationals.