Ken Faulkner was born in Stanthorpe, a small Australian country town, where he grew up and worked around sheep and cattle stations. Ken acquired his first horse at fifteen, and began “starting” (breaking in) horses while still in his teens. Ken completed an apprenticeship as butcher and worked as such until the age of nineteen, during which time he always had horses and played polo cross as well as becoming a rodeo rider, riding saddle broncs. In his early twenties, Ken worked on a quarter horse stud, breaking, training, handling, breeding and showing the horses.
In 1989 Ken met an American horseman called Pat Parelli when he came to Australia, and after travelling to California for a month-long course Ken was invited be become an instructor for the Parelli organisation. While at the course, he got to meet and spend time with some very knowledgeable world-renowned horseman including Tom Dorrance, Dr Robert Miller and Mike Bridges. He worked on contract for the Parelli organisation for the next ten years conducting courses and demonstrations and starting (breaking in horses) throughout Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
In 1998, Ken began his own horsemanship business – Australian Natural Horsemanship that continues to this day and conducts courses, camps, demonstrations and young horse starting in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, France and Japan.
In 2012 Ken showcased his skills winning EQUITANA’s The Way of the Horse. Although it was a competition, Ken considered it an opportunity to show the horse community a more humane way to break-in and train horses.
Visit Ken Faulkner at the following sessions
Saturday November 12th
10:00 am to 10:45 am
Redbuck Arena (Demo Arena 3)
Building communication skills and understanding
Ken focuses on teaching student’s horsemanship in such a way that they can incorporate it into any horsemanship discipline or program they choose. He believes that creating a unique bond with your horse and building communication skills and understanding, enables you to enhance your horsemanship and life skills. The result will be a horse that is mentally alert, physically willing, emotionally collected and creates a lasting partnership with the handler.