Equitana Melbourne

2024 EDUCATOR

Dr Shelley Appleton

Training & Horsemanship

When it comes to the ability to understand and work well with horses and people, Dr Shelley Appleton has background that places her in a unique position in the equestrian world. Her education in science, learning and human performance allows her to appreciate all the realms and dimensions of understanding and working with horses. Her background in research allows her to appreciate all sources of knowledge, insights or ideas from practical and academic sources. Shelley appreciates the various ways of looking at horses and how to work with them. This has allowed her to bring a voice to the equestrian world that bridges the divide between disciplines and beliefs.

Shelley has a vast toolbox of techniques and methods for working with horses. Her deep understanding of human learning and the development of expert performance has made her an exceptional coach of building training talent and confidence in people.

She does this by encouraging people to understand horses and appreciate the impact of our interactions with them. She finds it satisfying to empower people with the knowledge and skills that give them their joy and purpose back into horse riding.

What started years ago as an interest in developing her own training skills by working with her own horses, turned into helping friends, then their friends until her spare time was consumed by coaching and giving clinics. Shelley now operates Calm Willing Confident Horses providing coaching, clinic and online education courses. She is also the co-host of successful equestrian podcast – Canter Therapy with Kathryn Christieson.

Visit Dr Shelley Appleton at the following sessions

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Friday November 15th

EQUITANA Classroom (Royal Block)

Confidence & Trust – Solving the Horse + Human Equation

When people describe themselves as lacking confidence in the saddle it can be from a lack of confidence or trust, or both! This is because confidence and trust are related but slightly different. Confidence is the assurance we have in someone, something or ourselves at being able to perform a task or handle a situation. It is a feeling of competence that someone or something is reliable. Therefore, confidence is built on experience.

Trust is a bit different. It does not have to be built on experience. It can be based on an assumption of good intention or competence. Some people will assume someone, or something is trustworthy until proven otherwise. However, other people due to life experience, will need trust to be built.

Therefore, lacking confidence in the saddle is not straightforward. Solving confidence issues is not just a matter of being “braver” or making a horse “quieter”. It is multifaceted and requires you to work on aspects of yourself and not just change your horse.

This presentation will help you understand the complexity of confidence issues and how they can be overcome.

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Saturday November 16th

Ariat Theatrette, Ariat Building

An Argument for the Most Important Skillset in Horsemanship

The “Pareto Principle”, also known as the 80/20 rule suggests that in many situations roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.
In practical terms, mastering a critical subset of skills or focusing on key tasks can often yield a disproportionately large payoff. Therefore, identifying and honing that crucial 20% can lead to significant improvements in performance or results.

I use this principle to establish what I focus on teaching people in regards to how to influence horses. I call the 20% the skills necessary to establish a foundation on a horse.

The horse’s foundation is like their basic operating system. It has mental, emotional and physical realms to it. It is understanding, confidence and physical gymnastic fitness ability to accept and respond to a rider and their general handling and management.

A horse’s foundation can be rebuilt at any time and teaching people how to do this has a tremendous effect riders confidence and ability to solve training or behavioural problems as well as protect the partnership from bad advice in the future.

Training

Adam Sutton

Training

Adele Edwards

Training & Horsemanship

Allan Collett

Horse health / Care

Amanda Edwards

Training & Horsemanship

Amanda Wilson

lifestyle

Amber Evans

Horse health / Care

Anna Minogue

Lifestyle

Anthony Worm

Horse health / Care

Antoinette Foster

Training & Horsemanship

Ash Barnett

Training & Horsemanship

Brett Parbery

Horse health / Care

Camilla Whishaw

Horse health / Care

Carol Layton

Other

Chase Day

Training & Horsemanship

Chloe Phillips-Harris

Horse Health / Care

Daisy Bicking

Sport, training

David Cowley

Horse health / Care

David Nash

Lifestyle

Despina Mitrakas

Horse health / Care

Dr Jacqui Panozzo

Horse Health, Care

Dr Jennifer Clulow

Horse health / Care

Dr John Walker

Training & Horsemanship

Dr Kate Fenner

Horse health / Care / Training

Dr Melanie Quick

Horse health / Care

Dr Peter Huntington

Horse health / Care

Dr Raquel Butler

Horse Health / Care

Dr Sabine Ware

Horse health / Care

Dr. Ben Sykes

Training & Horsemanship

Elsa Sinclair

Other, Equine Law

Emily Purvis

Training & Horsemanship

Georgia Bates

Training, Sport

Georgia Kneen

Other, Horse Business

Glenys Cox

Lifestyle

Helen Fletcher

Other, Sports, mindset

Helen Huie

Training & Horsemanship

Ian Mark Shaw

Training

Jane Hemingway-Mohr

Horse health / Care

Jeremy Ford

Horse health / Care

Jessica Blackwell

Horse Health / Care

Karyn Campbell

Training

Kathleen Kindler

Horse Health / Care

Kathryn Christieson

Training & Horsemanship

Kim Thompson

Training

Lara Poynton

Horse health / Care

Larissa Bilston

Horse Health / Care

Leah Wellard

Training & Horsemanship

Lee Davis

Lifestyle

Louise Sedgman

Horse health / Care

Matt Rannstrom

Training & Horsemanship

Matthew Thompson

Horse Health / Care

Mel Rowe

Lifestyle

Melinda Macaulay

Training & Horsemanship

Michelle O’Neill

Training & Horsemanship

Naomi Lee

Horse health / Care

Natalia Budisa

Horse health / Care

Nathan Marshall

Horse health / Care

Nikita Stowers

Lifestyle

Racing Victoria

Lifestyle / Rider Preparation

Robyn Schiller

Training & Horsemanship

Sallyanne Slater

Training

Sandi Simons

Other - Teaching Groups

Sarah Venamore

Sport / Side Saddle

Stacey Rusic

Training & Horsemanship

Sue Spence

Sport / Ranch Riding

Sue Williams

Training

Tanja Mitton

Horse Health / Care

Tanya French

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Other / Arena Construction

Todd Cunningham

Training & Horsemanship

Tori Jeffress

Horse health / Care

Tracy Whiter

Trisha Mc Cagh

Training

Warwick Schiller

Training & Horsemanship

Zoe McKinlay

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