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I am an equine veterinarian who also has many years of experience working with and riding horses.

During high school and university I competed in eventing up to 2 star level (now 3 star) and rode racehorse trackwork all through university and my first years working as a vet. I grew up and studied in New Zealand before moving to Australia to work for a Gold Coast vet practice. In 2008 I acquired a really special young warmblood called Darcy. I competed him in young dressage classes and eventing to novice level but was often frustrated with my progress despite having regular lessons. In 2011 I spent a year riding in Germany, (including a stay with Klaus Balkenhol and time with biomechanics expert vet, Gerd Heuschmann) and there developed an understanding and passion for equine biomechanics, and the link between the way that horses are trained, and their longevity and overall health and wellbeing. I came to believe that almost everything to do with riding and training horses is quite logical and can be explained by the laws of biomechanics.

I returned to Australia in 2012 with a new goal to teach others about Equine Biomechanics. I turned my competitive focus towards show jumping and competed to 1.35m with Darcy. I also got into breeding and now have four more horses from the same dam. I am passionate about teaching riders about biomechanics so they can think logically about problems encountered in their training and find ways to solve them. I am an honorary member of the International Association of Equine Biomechanics and I have written several published articles on the subject as well as given clinics in Australia and overseas.

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