Equitana Melbourne

EQUITANA Melbourne 2021 is officially postponed to November 11 – 14, 2021. Tickets will be re-released in the coming months.

03 - Education

2021 Educators

Annette Willson

Training

Annette Willson sole operator of Applied Posture Riding. Annette is a Physiotherapist (Masters Degree) Horse Rider, Horse Retrainer, Performance Horse Trainer, Rider Biomechanics Coach.

33 years as a Physiotherapist working in private practice, Annette has extensive post-graduate knowledge in injury rehab and Chronic Pain Management. She has done much study on the topic of Equine Biomechanics and performance horse training. Annette was an elite event rider training all her own horses from track to 3DE level. Competing successfully up to Advanced level (in her day) and gaining selection onto the SA state squad. Raising three boys as a single parent and fulltime carer for a son with a disability made a busy life. Numerous injuries forced her to abandon competition and set her on a new path in her career.

Annette is passionate about biomechanics and correct horse and rider training applying this knowledge to her patients and pupils. This was the seed to start her business Applied Posture Riding which offers posture assessments for riders, training programs for riders including mounted and unmounted routines. She also offers mounted rider coaching. In recent times Annette has studied and designed a weight training program for horses. This is a new concept in the equine industry and is in its infancy requiring more research for future application. However, excellent results are being achieved. The idea came when she has rehabbed a horse with Suspensory ligament injury but the horse had not returned to full strength as happens with many horses. A human would go to the gym and do strength training. The idea to do the same for horses was born. Annette has designed weight pads and boots and introduced weight training for horses for strength, power and balance and better health and performance outcomes. Her passion for correct movement for both horse and rider health and performance drives her to apply up to date evidence and stay moving forward in this industry.

Visit Annette Willson at the following sessions

Details

Friday November 12th
9:45 am to 10:30 am
Classroom

Building a Top-line in your horse using weights

Out with tie-downs and in with natural muscle building techniques for better kinder outcomes. The Equine Veterinary World is using Physiotherapy in their treatment regimes more and more.

Physiotherapy treatment and rehab are applied to horses with success. Physiotherapy strength training can now be applied to the performance horse to build a strong top line with increased muscle bulk for better balance, power, and performance. Strength training programs for horses have traditionally been based around empirical knowledge, using hill work, fast work jumping, etc. Now weight training can be added to your horses’ training or rehab program for better health and performance. Kind, safe effective

Details

Saturday November 13th
2:45 pm to 3:30 pm
Classroom

Managing back pain as a horse rider

As a Physiotherapist, rider and recovered from multiple injuries in my career I understand and have experience in the process of returning to health and riding safely. I have suffered back injury, fractured bones, ruptured tendons, multiple surgeries, and age-related changes. I still ride today.

Treating the acute injury, controlling the effect of pain and the restoration of correct movement for riding is a must. The core muscle training must start immediately and the riding muscles must be assessed and managed through the whole journey. Timing is important, learning HOW TO MOVE to protect your spine is essential, learning HOW TO RIDE to protect your spine and your horses back is essential.

Training

Adam Sutton

TOPICS

  • Establishing body control & an understanding of your aids required from ground to saddle
  • Developing a cool, calm & relaxed mindset for horse & rider

Training

Adele Edwards

TOPICS

  • Barrel Racing Basics
  • Common Barrel Racing problems

Training

Allysse Smith

Horse health / Care

Amanda Edwards

TOPICS

  • Horse First Aid
  • Horse Wounds – Myths busted
  • Horse First Aid – a hands on workshop

Training

Amanda Lewer

TOPICS

  • Using patterns of poles to increase riders ‘feel’ while cross-training the horse
  • Mobilising, balancing and strengthening the horse

Training

Amie Power

TOPICS

  • Horses for courses
  • Introducing kids to horses

Horse health / Care

Andrew Bowe

TOPICS

  • Sustainable hoof protection ‘Good Vibrations’
  • Fitting Poly Shoes – the new gen Polyshoe

Lifestyle

Ann-Maree Lourey

TOPICS

  • Psyched for success: the winning way
  • Psyched for success: Believe you can

Horse health / Care

Anna Minogue

TOPICS

  • Bit fitting for Anatomy
  • Correct bridle fitting

Horse health / Care

Antoinette Foster

TOPICS

  • Ulcers and the connection to horse’s diet
  • Bushfires and how it affects our horses

Training

Bruce O’Dell

TOPICS

  • Become a better horseman

Horse health / Care

Camilla Whishaw

TOPICS

  • Gut health in the horse: the important roles of the gut & promoting good gut health
  • The role of supplements: are they necessary? What to choose?

Horse health / Care

Carol Layton

TOPICS

  • Feeding the performance horse
  • Feeding for preventing ‘Tying Up’

Training

Dan Steers

TOPICS

  • The Pathway to Liberty
  • Body control under saddle
  • The Art of Horsemanship
  • Double Dan Horsemanship Show

Horse health / Care

David Leigh

TOPICS

  • The functional equine distal limb
  • Navicular Disease

Horse health / Care

David Nash

TOPICS

  • Should my horse quit sugar? Dymystifying the sugar and carb craze

Lifestyle

Despina Mitrakas

TOPICS

  • Promoting your equestrian business online
  • Promote your equestrian business on social media

Training

Dr Angela McLeod

TOPICS

  • Equine Biomechanics

Horse health / Care

Dr Christine Gee

TOPICS

  • Sacroiliac Trouble
  • Equine lower neck/C6 malformations

Horse health / Care

Dr Melanie Quick

TOPICS

  • Solving & preventing problems with your horse
  • Training difficult and young horses

Horse health / Care

Dr Michael Robinson

TOPICS

  • Management of joint problems in horses
  • Management of gastric ulcers in horses

Horse health / Care

Dr Nerida Richards

TOPICS

  • My horse is crazy, my horse is lazy
  • Feeding the Laminitic

Horse health / Care

Dr Peter Huntington

TOPICS

  • Digestive Health is the key to good health

Horse health / Care

Dr Raquel Butler

TOPICS

  • Injury rehabilitation: The Golden Path
  • Scars – A cute dimple of a deeper problem?

Training

Dr Shelley Appleton

TOPICS

  • Teaching people how to train horses
  • Strategies for building talent in Equestrian Sports

Horse health / Care

Dr. Ben Sykes

TOPICS

  • Reducing Gastric Ulcer risk in Sport horses
  • Gastric Ulcers in Horses – What’s new and what you need to know

Training

Georgia Kolovos

TOPICS

  • Obstacle training for partnership & competition

Horse health / Care

Gracie Herring

TOPICS

  • The use of Thermography in performance horse management
  • Thermography: Lameness and poor performance

Training

Guy McLean

Lifestyle

Hannah Basetti

TOPICS

  • Rider fitness and wellbeing
  • Rider Nutrition

Lifestyle

Helen Fletcher

TOPICS

  • Rider shoulder stablility & its role Part 1 theory
  • Rider shoulder stability & its role – Part 2 Demo

Lifestyle

Jane Hemingway-Mohr

TOPICS

  • The Horse’s Super Power – Making the Invisible Visible
  • The Horse’s Super Power – Making the Invisible Visible

Horse health / Care

Jeremy Ford

TOPICS

  • 6 Steps to successful hoof care
  • Hands on anatomy of the horse’s hoof

Horse health / Care

Jessica Blackwell

TOPICS

  • Understanding the equine back
  • Pony Pilates and Horse Yoga
  • Supporting the Equine back

Training

Kathleen Kindler

TOPICS

  • Pony Club Coaching Techniques

Training

Kim Dyer

TOPICS

  • Liberty Connection
  • Bridless riding
Horse educator Larissa Bilston talks about nutrition

Horse health / Care

Larissa Bilston

TOPICS

  • A happy hind gut equals a happy horse
  • Feeding for coat colour, shine and healthy skin and hooves

Training

Lauren Woodbridge

TOPICS

  • Preparing your child for horses
  • Preparing your horse for the human world

Training

Linda Shore

TOPICS

  • Training with the garrocha for horse and rider
  • Dressage exercises for Obstacle phase training

Horse health / Care

Lucy Clyde

TOPICS

  • Horse Rescue, Rehabilitation & Rehoming
  • Rescue, Rehabilitate, Rehome, Educate

Training

Melinda Macaulay

TOPICS

  • Exercises to improve your riding
  • Mobility for mature riders

Training

Michael Costello

TOPICS

  • Learn to work your horse on a mechanical cow – Intro to Cutting
  • Learn to work your horse on a mechanical cow – Intro to Cutting

Training

Michelle O’Neill

TOPICS

  • Finding the perfect equine partner
  • Taking it to the trail

Horse health / Care

Nathan Marshall

TOPICS

  • Seedy Toe – getting rid of it for good
  • Seedy Toe – getting rid of it for good!

Horse health / Care

Nicole Bowe

TOPICS

  • Feeding the Hoof – prevent Laminitis

Lifestyle

Nina Arnott

TOPICS

  • Do you know what to do to protect your business?
  • Why you might be sued and what will help you if you are?

Training

Pauly Daniel

TOPICS

  • Working Horsemanship
  • Closing the divide between disciplines

Horse health / Care

Rebecca Ham

TOPICS

  • Feeding the Off The Track horse

Training

Sandi Simons

TOPICS

  • My life as a nervous rider
  • I’m just a Mum that rides

Horse health / Care

Shaun Hearmon

TOPICS

  • Equine dentistry

Training

Skye Liikanen & Joshua Knight

TOPICS

  • Long Reining – Where to begin
  • Is your horse ready to ride?

Training

Stacey Rusic

TOPICS

  • Side Saddle through the ages & into modern day
  • The Art of riding Side Saddle

Horse health / Care

Sue Martin

TOPICS

  • Treatment plans for illness & long term health
  • Herbal medicine & how it’s used

Training

Sue-Ellen Lovett

TOPICS

  • If it’s going to be – it’s up to me
  • Overcoming adversity

Lifestyle

Todd Cunningham

TOPICS

  • Arena construction and restoration

Training

Todd McCormick

TOPICS

  • Reining – Keeping it simple

Training

Tori Jeffress

TOPICS

  • Classical dressage and bridleless

Lifestyle

Yvette Frahn

TOPICS

  • Drawing horse to capture real form and movement – Stage 1
  • Drawing horses to capture real form & movement – Stage 2 Adding Colour

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