Equitana Melbourne

Guy McLean is a self-taught Australian Horseman who has entertained, inspired, and educated millions of audience members from all walks of life.

Guy has an uncanny ability to entertain an audience with his magnetic personality, authentic bush poetry, quick wit, cracking stock whips and enchanting Australian accent.

Since 1999, Guy and his amazing equine team have been featured at many Australian events such as: Royal shows, Equitana Asia Pacific, numerous major Equestrian Festivals, International Rodeos and the Australia’s famous “Man from Snowy River Festival.” Another of Guy’s talents is bush poetry, having twice been crowned Australian Bush Poet Champion.  In 2002 and 2006 Guy received the great honor of being named an official ‘Ambassador of the Outback.’ In 2005, Guy was the inaugural winner of “Equitana’s Way of the Horse” colt starting competition.

Winner of The Way Of The Horse 2014 and backing it up to win the Champion of Champions, The Way of The Horse 2018, Bruce O’Dell is a master of many trades.

Former Australian Champion Saddle Bronc Rider, Bruce initially signed up for the competition in 2014 to demonstrate to the public, that a Cowboy is not necessarily a tough hand. Bruce demonstrated skillset at its finest, displaying finesse and superb understanding with his equine partners. A Master Farrier by trade, Bruce has been breaking in thoroughbred, warmblood and performance horses for over 30 years.

Originating from Queensland, Bruce has worked his way around Australia the U.S.A and Canada, starting and educating young horses, along with shoeing and riding Saddle Bronc Horses. Bruce believes establishing the basics and providing people with methods helps eliminate rider frustration and confused horses. Covering the physical, mental, and emotional state of the horse is essential in moving forward.  Understanding that each horse is an individual, its needs will be catered for individually. Individual exercises for individual partnerships result in better communi cation between horse and rider

Lucy Clyde has been volunteering with Project Hope for over 11 years, and has been a trainer of our Representatives for much of that time. Working with the Project Hope team, she has been involved in many aspects of addressing horse welfare and rescue.

Passionate about education (a teacher herself), it has been her aim to improve knowledge of horse basic needs and how we can encourage the community to understand and support horse welfare.

Allysse Smith owner, coach and trainer at Ashwood Performance Horses, is a very successful young rider, regularly competing at National level and Royal shows.  Allyssee has achieved great results as both a dressage and show rider including recent results:

2021 Gold part bred ridden Australian Arabian National Championship

2021 Gold PSG Australian Arabian National Championships

2021 Champion Ridden Australian East Coast Championships

2021 Supreme senior rider Australian East Coast Championships

2021 Winner Lady Rider 25 to 35 royal Bathurst Show.

Born & bred in Texas USA, son of professional Hunter Jumper Trainer Mike McCormick, Todd has a lifetime of experience within the equine industry.

As a young boy, Todd was so impressed with the spinning maneuver of a Reiner after watching Willie Nelson in Barbarosa.  Todd’s dad put him in touch with family friends, Tim & Colleen McQuay.  Todd spent many years as a youth & non pro competitor under the guidance of McQuay’s training & breeding operation, before working with Barbara Williams & heading off to Italy to train reiners and cutters.

Todd has chosen to make Australia his home for the past 20 years, training and coaching non professionals in the discipline of his choice – Reining.  Todd & his wife have imported & stand at stud, the industries finest – Wimpys Lil Starlight (IMP) & Smart Lil Remichic (IMP).

Todd continues to train, coach & breed for the reining, ranch horse & the popular cowhorse events.

Georgia began training horses professionally in 2010 when she took on a 7 year old wild Brumby stallion. This experience sparked a love for wild horses & horsemanship. Georgia sought out knowledge from other trainers & grew her business G.C. Natural Horsemanship from a hobby to a career which has seen her train horses in Australia, Canada & the USA.

Georgia is the only trainer in Australia who has competed in both the Australian Brumby Challenge & the Extreme Mustang Makeover in the USA. She is an advocate for wild horses, promoting them around the world as quality riding horses. Georgia is passionate about good horsemanship & helping people to be safe & enjoy their horses. She, alongside husband Jimmy, trains horses & teaches clinics & lessons while also training Brumbies for re-homing. The foundation horsemanship, liberty work & trick training that Georgia teaches is all about developing a solid foundation & a wonderful partnership with your horse, so that people are safe, horses are relaxed & willing & fun is had by all!

Georgia is also passionate about starting colts with quality horsemanship based on feel, timing & balance. She has been working very hard over the past few years to really excel her colt starting abilities to give the horse the best deal she can whilst setting it up for a great future as a riding horse. Georgia has been learning & advancing her skills & knowledge under her mentor Steve Burke who helped her to be successful in her participation in the 2019 The Way Of The Horse colt starting competition at EQUITANA Auckland. Georgia hopes to compete in many more colt starting events in the future. As well as being a full time trainer training other people’s horses Georgia is mum to toddler Piper, but also finds time to compete in Extreme Cowboy Racing on her personal horses. Georgia loves using obstacles in her training & finds them a great tool for building confidence in a horse. With husband Jimmy she travels all around Victoria to compete.

Dr Christine Gee completed her veterinary degree at the University of Melbourne in 2001. Since then, she has practiced in mixed animal practices in Victoria and South East Queensland and worked and travelled in the UK.

Early in her veterinary career Christine developed an interest in spinal therapies and undertook a Graduate Diploma in animal biomechanical medicine at RMIT University. In 2011 Dr Gee completed her International Veterinary Acupuncture Society Certification. In practice, Christine developed an interest in lower cervical spine morphological variations.

Christine is currently enrolled in PhD studies with the University of New England and the CSIRO. These studies examine the implications of this common condition in horses. Christine published a peer reviewed journal article on the radiographic technique for diagnosis of the condition in April 2020 and continues clinical practice and research in Melbourne, Victoria.

“It is my vision to create very personal and emotive equine works of art. To capture the SPIRIT of my subjects”

Yvette is a regional artist based at Bugle Hut in the Northern Mallee of South Australia. Yvette is a graduate of Ballarat University where she studied Visial Art and then education and later completed a business degree. She competed in showjumping before before settling down to University, followed by farming and parenting, returning to art production after 10 yr hiatus.

She is passionate about her art, building an international career and is equally passionate as a teacher of equine art. Yvette produces her art from her TractorShed Studio on the family farm and sells her unique equine art to the world. In her pursuit of excellence a creative art program has evolved and is now Australia wide and ready to take internationally.

My riding career began at the age of 5 and by 11 I was having Dressage lessons with the late Gwen Stead in the Western District. Like most young riders of my generation my experience went across all the disciplines, games, jumping and cross country as well as the country show circuit. In my early twenties my interest became primarily focused on a committed dressage practice.

I moved to Melbourne in 1991 where I began my Pilates practice after first hearing about this method whilst living in the UK in 1989. From my first Pilates class I realised the many benefits that Pilates could offer to riders and the value of bringing together my experience in both disciplines, and it became an ambition of mine to have a business that taught Pilates to equestrians. In 2005 I completed my teacher training and began to teach Pilates full time. Within 2 years I had registered my business now known as Equipoise Pilates and Movement Education began to build my business. I have written articles on Pilates for riders for both Equestrian Life Magazine and US based publication Dressage Today. My business has organically grown over the last 10 years and evolved to include Balanced Rider, Balanced Horse Clinics where I work with riders both on and off their horses, as well as the studio based private and group classes in both metropolitan and regional Victoria, and I also offer online classes via Zoom. My Pilates teaching experience ranges from post-acute rehabilitation to conditioning for sport and includes teaching one of our 2012 Womens Water Polo Olympians, VictoriaBrown, in the 3 year lead up to her Olympic selection.

I am committed to continual professional development and have completed numerous courses since my first Pilates certification in 2005. I am currently undertaking a Diploma of Slings Myofascial Training (training fascia consciously) with the Australian and Swiss based companies Art of Motion Academy and Anatomy Trains Australia.

Michael Costello has over 40 years’ experience riding and competing in the western arena, with the last 25 years specialising in training Cutting Horses.

His passion is mentoring the youth in our industry. Michael has developed a 12-month Internship program teaching all aspects in becoming a successful horse trainer and also runs a monthly Hotshots Club where up to 30 kids come along for a day of fun and learning with their horses. At the Hotshots Club all western disciplines are covered with displays for the kids to learn about sports such as Reining, Roping, Barrel racing, etc… although working the cows is definitely the big favourite!

We have a show team that are currently competing at local Cutting shows and now also starting Extreme Cowboy classes. At Michael’s training facility in Koowee Rup Victoria, they start young horses, re-educate horses, also train performance horses and offer help for any issues you might be facing. Building confidence in people who are new to riding or returning to riding and helping them build a happy partnership based on trust, harmony and pleasure with their horse is an honour to be a part of!

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