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Amanda Wilson is a Grand Prix show jumper, horsemanship coach, show jumping coach, wild horse trainer and human trauma coach.

She has competed at the highest level of show jumping in New Zealand, represented her country at the prestigious Road to the Horse Wild Card Championships, trained wild horses around the globe, started countless horses under saddle, coached thousands of riders and co-written two books, Showtym Viking and The Wilson Sisters Horse and Pony Guide.

While Amanda has had impressive success at the highest levels of show jumping, with some pretty credible achievements to her name, she realised several years ago that there was something missing in her training, so turned her focus to gaining better understanding of horsemanship and flatwork, as well as how horses (and riders) process and deal with stress.

Her work with human trauma, which relates very closely to horses, has given her a unique window into understanding horse behaviour and how to educate them in a way that promotes happy, stress free individuals.

Brett Parbery was born to ride, growing up in a family of devoted horse people in Dorrigo, NSW. His father professionally broke in and trained horses, with a focus on the cattle horse sports of campdrafting and cutting. From a young age Brett was involved in stable life helping his father ride and train the horses before and after school.

Weekends were spent competing at everything from campdrafting, polocrosse, pony club and showing, including at various local agricultural shows and the major royal shows. Brett’s love of Rodeo was sparked and he rode saddle broncs nationally and internationally from 1989 to 2000, becoming one of the Australia’s regular top 20 bronc riders.

However, the love of training horses was still deep inside and two years before finishing his Rodeo career, he decided the world of Dressage would be his next challenge. Brett decided if he wanted to be one of the best, he had to learn from the best so at the end of 2000, he moved to Europe. “I spent three years in Europe working for a number of the top trainers before returning home in 2003 and starting his own dressage stable.

Brett has made regular trips back to Europe to continue training and building relationships with the worlds best. Regular 3 and 6 month stints through until 2016, have been part of annual planning for the Parbery stable as each Grand Prix horse is bought to the world stage.

Brett has now been professionally riding, training and coaching dressage since 2000, with the pinnacle of his achievements being at the World Equestrian Games in 2010. Brett topped off an outstanding European competition season where he finished 10th in the World Cup Final, 6th at Aachen CHIO, 3rd at Rotterdam CHIO and winning the Grand Prix Special at Hickstead. Brett with his top horse Victory Salute, a home bred Australian horse bred and owned by Carolyn Lieutenant completed the 2010 season with an 8th place finish at the best World Games of all time at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.

Some of Brett’s other achievements include winning over 30 individual Australian Championships across all levels including 4 x Australian Grand Prix Champion. Brett has represented Australia on 2 occasions at the World Games in Kentucky and Tryon 2018. In 2008 and 2016 Brett earned a spot in the final 5 for selection to those respective Olympics, with misfortune on each occasion denying the opportunity. At the  London Olympics, Brett was on staff as the Dressage Coach to the Australian Eventing Team and after dressage had the team well positioned in 1st place over all 5 team scores.

Zoe is the head trainer and coach of Intrinsic Equine and as a qualified zoologist; she has been able to develop her skills and knowledge around animal behaviour, training and physiology with many different animals including both domestic and wild equids.

Growing up on a dairy farm in northern Victoria, she had a natural affinity for all animals and was destined to have a career working with them.
Knowing this she dedicated her gap year to working with animals in Africa, then moving away from home and heading to university to get a degree in zoology. During her studies she took particular interest in animal physiology, structure and behaviour, which would later prove to be an intergral part of her job as a horse trainer and coach.

Zoe started riding when she was 12 years old and broke in her first horse at 15, breeding her first foal shortly after that. While studying at university she continued to break in and train several horses, and kept finding herself employed in the horse industry – from training racehorses, dressage prospects, eventing horses, children in riding schools, as well as privately training western trail, campdrafting and reining horses for various people.
She and even safely competes bitless in campdrafting.
All in all giving her over 16 years of experience.

​She finds more joy in seeing the horses and riders she has helped thrive by simply being out-and-about, rather than her being in the showring herself.
Variety is the spice of her life and describes herself as “thrives in calm chaos” which is why she coaches and trains horses and riders of all disciplines with all manners of problems with a focus on sound horsemanship principles, utilizing the 4 quadrants of training and proper biomechanics to get horse and rider working together in unity.

I’m an internationally acclaimed AUTHOR, EDUCATOR, TEACHER AND ANIMAL COMMUNICATOR. You may know me from my Best Selling Book “Stories from the Animal Whisperer”, or on TV’s morning show STUDIO 10. I have helped thousands of people all around the world create greater understanding and fulfillment in the relationships they have with their animals . Using a Silent Language I either directly translate their words and thoughts or teach people to HEAR what their animals have to SAY.

My Passion and life Purpose is to UNITE PEOPLE AND ANIMALS in complete harmony. I am able to do this via my private consultations and exclusive courses. Imagine having two-way conversations with your much loved horses, and never having to GUESS or make ASSUMPTIONS about them again. Find out if they are happy, sad, confused, sick, lonely. What do they love to do? What would make their life completely fulfilled? WHAT DO THEY WANT TO TELL YOU?

My extensive experience encompassed travelling and working globally with the animal experts and gurus in this field. Mastering tested and proven techniques that span over two decades. I have run extensive horse clinics for the past 12 years with game-changing techniques. Teaching Nationally and Internationally I also created the ANIMAL TALK INSTITUTE – an online education training facility. Begin your journey with an Introductory Workshop, Teleconference or choose from our range of educational products. If you would like to become a professional communicator or a consultant with Animal Talk then join the only Comprehensive Animal Communication Certification Program of its kind in the WORLD.

Create joy in the lives of YOUR animals each and everyday by offering them a chance to have their say, make choices and live to THEIR full Potential and Happiness. GIVE them what YOU would WISH for yourself and much much more. YOU and YOUR animals deserve it!

I am a Clinician and was an AQHA Board Member for over 12 years, during which time I held the position of Vice-President, Youth Convenor, International Director, Show & Performance Convenor and Judging Convenor. I have judged in every state of Australia as well as New Caledonia, New Zealand and Canada. As a Professional Horse Trainer I have achieved numerous State and National Titles in a variety of Western & English.

I have been fortunate enough to train and successfully show many open, youth and amateur horses to State and National titles. Including outstanding horses such as “Beggars Deal”, “Greenhill Decked in Chrome”, “Yulgibar Quick Silver”, “Yulgibar Miss Chick”, “Yulgibar Master Chick” & “Yulgibar Rosita”

I competed from 1978 in Victoria and am still successfully competing in Ranch events.

During Covid, I established a YouTube presence, working on training from home with some video’s achieving over 24,000 views. From here, I started conducting clinics Australia wide, which have proven highly sought after and extremely popular.

I established the Ranch Horse Association in October 2022 and hold the President position.

Sue has 40 years equestrian experience in show jumping, eventing and has specialised in natural horsemanship for the past 25 years, successfully competing in many natural horsemanship shows. Currently, Sue works with horses and clients on the Gold Coast, Australia, and her vision is to see people trained to deliver the well known and highly regarded Horses Helping Humans program across Australia and New Zealand. Sue lives by her motto; “There should never be any intimidation or fear in communication; there should only be mutual respect and trust”. Horses Helping Humans™ has received multiple community and business awards in conjunction with immense international media coverage.

Sue specialises in personality profiling and body language analysis. Her four horses represent a modern adaption of The Four Temperaments theoretical framework & her unique work demonstrates how choleric, melancholy, sanguine & phlegmatic personality types have their own conditioned responses when under pressure. ‘Horse whispering’ meets ‘people whispering’ within her innovative equine-assisted life coaching program that integrates interpersonal communication skills, body language, emotional intelligence and personality types. Sue says she is “simply making each personality conscious of the body language that is hindering their communication”.

Sue’s book “Horses Who Heal” tells the story of her life and how Sue found solace and companionship with her horses. After a brush with cancer, the family opted for a tree change. As a result, she was able to fulfil a long-held dream – to work with horses every day. Her horse training and compassion for others quickly turned into a business, Horses Helping Humans™ – giving people a chance to learn from these intelligent, soulful creatures. Sue’s equine team are inspiring others on their own journey of healing, helping thousands of people – from juvenile offenders to company CEOs – discover the power of communication, using more than just words.

Sarah Venamore is the NSW State Pony Club Dressage Coach. She is involved in many areas of the Equine industry and is currently on the EA NSW Coaching Committee and the Australian Pony Club Coaching Committee.  Sarah travels widely, training young riders, coaches, horses for vaulting, adults, Pony Club groups and assessing as a coach educator for Equestrian Australia.

Sarah has written several books showing exercises for coaches and riders allowing a better partnership to develop with their horses whilst they are teaching/ riding with a group of riders.
Sarah owns the agistment centre ‘Equiste’ where she offers a range of equine accommodation packages and where she runs Ladies Camps and Young Rider Clinics, incorporating the equine experience with great food and friends. Sarah always has a working pupil, training them in coaching whilst they are ‘on the job’ learning how to manage a property. Horses regularly come in for training with a view to ‘taking them up another level’ for their riders to enjoy and learn on. Online lessons have now become easily available and Sarah is able to keep an eye on her riders regularly from around the nation.

Over the past two years Sarah has won the Leeton Microbusiness Award and is a finalist in the Riverina Microbusiness Award and the Australian Womens Small Business Awards taking the passion and growth of her Equine business to another level where she thanks the horse for allowing her to achieve these awards.

Sallyanne Slater says she made an oath to herself at four, that horses would be a huge part of her life and she credits her love of horses for teaching her some of the biggest lessons of her life. “For this I am eternally indebted to them. Horses are beautifully honest as they come without an ego or agenda and due to this they do not deceive or manipulate. The magic is not in me, it’s in them. I just listen and connect with their emotional body.”

As a youngster Sallyanne was active in pony clubs and rode and won places in the Royal Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra Shows. She competed & has been placed in several hundred agricultural shows. She spent nine years completing weekly tuition sessions with Dressage Master Anna Auer; she groomed for Three Star Eventer Rob Hannah in Gawler, South Australia and worked for Australian Show Jumping Coach, Rob Brown in Sydney.

Sallyanne has worked internationally in Osaka, Japan training horses on the flat for the Japanese Olympic Show Jumping team. She spent years in the outback where she taught at pony clubs, ran regular lessons for both adults and children and provided foundation training for young horses. Sallyanne has had extensive experience in the racing industry educating jockey’s in riding principles as well as re educating racehorses into equestrian riding horses.

Dr. Sabine Ware works at her own practice, Equine HSD – Health, Spine & Dentistry. Equine HSD prides itself on a “whole horse approach” to pain management and care of your horse.

Dr. Sabine has a special interest in creating sound and happy ridden horses, setting them up for a successful ridden career. This is done through offering balance dentistry, x-rays, shockwave therapy, acupuncture, laser, spinal manipulations and rehabilitation.

Dr. Sabine graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2011, and has since completed her Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification (CERP) through the University of Tennessee, and further studies in Equine Dentistry and Podiatry.

Outside of work Sabine is a passionate horse rider and competitor, practicing what she preaches with her own horses. Sabine has a diverse riding background since her teenage years, competing in Polocrosse, Eventing, Showjumping, Mounted Games & CowHorse. It is this diverse riding background that has helped fuel her passion, and solidify a lot of her equine biomechanics knowledge.
During her daily work, Dr. Sabine enjoys helping horse owners navigate their own horses pain management journey, and helping them make sense of the veterinary industry chaos.

Robyn Schiller grew up being a horse-crazy kid in California, riding before she could even walk and competing since she was 5 years old. An accomplished rider (a World Championship & Rookie of the Year titles amongst them) Robyn represented Australia in the Reining at the 2018 World Equestrian Games.

After a 20-year career in corporate Human Resources, Robyn left to join Warwick run the growing Warwick Schiller Attuned Horsemanship business. Now, along with her son Tyler and Warwick, the family business consists of an extensive online video library, a successful podcast and Live Podcast summit events as well as retreats at the new Journey On Ranch in Paso Robles, California.

Robyn uses her Certification as a Neurofit Trainer to educate people about their nervous systems and shares exercises to regulate themselves. This is in perfect harmony with how her husband teaches horse owners to do the same for their horses.

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