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

Jessica Blackwell

Horse health / Care

Jessica started her working life with a science degree and love of horses, and a passion to combine them both into a career.

After completing a horse massage course to help her own competitive horses she was hooked and studied a number of different therapies and started working as an Equine Sports Therapist. A gap in the industry (combined with a business degree), led her to develop Equestricare and the equine sports therapy educational courses it offers including certification courses in sports massage, tissue mobilisation and photonic therapy as well as online courses, books and dvd’s. Jessica has multiple qualifications in the Equine therapy field (Sports Massage, Bodywork, Myofascial Release, Red Light Therapy, Tissue Mobilisation, Biokinetics, Laser Therapy, Taping and Reiki) and has also done extensive study in Biomechanics, anatomy and exercise physiology.

She has been fortunate to have trained under some of the worlds best including: Dr Barb Crabbe, Dr Eleanor Kellon, the late Dr Kerry Ridgeway, Gillian Higgins, Ruth Mitchell-Golliday, Sharon May Davis, Di Jenkins and more. Jessica has been a full time professional equine therapy practitioner since 2005 utilising not only her hands on techniques but also a range of other tools including ultrasound, laser, photonic therapy, microcurrent therapy, taping and more. She has been teaching since 2008 and has guest lectured at many events. She was commissioned in 2012 to write the new manual and online course for Equissage and has published three books and two DVD’s on Basic Horse Massage Techniques, Tissue Mobilisation and Equine Muscles. She has also been honoured with numerous awards for Equestricare including Telstra’s Most Innovative Business Woman of the Year and runner up Young Business Woman of the Year, and Marcus Oldham’s first ever female Graduate of Excellence.

Her passion is helping people turn their dream career into a reality and educating the general horse owner about helping their horse.

Visit Jessica Blackwell at the following sessions

Details

Friday November 12th
1:45 pm to 2:30 pm
Off The Track Boulevard Arena

Pony Pilates and Horse Yoga

Stretching is essential for keeping our muscles flexible, strong and healthy. Most human athletes stretch regularly and understand the immense benefits of stretching. As horses are designed to mainly walk, graze and flee from predators, not have a rider sit on them, all our ridden horses can be considered athletes.

This talk will look at a variety of exercises that you can do with your horse to improve posture, core stability, strength, flexibility and coordination. We will look at these different areas and demonstrate a variety of stretches that you can do to assist your horses to be more flexible, strong and healthy in a step by step manner that is easy to follow and remember!

Details

Thursday November 11th
3:00 pm to 3:45 pm
Off The Track Boulevard Arena

Understanding the equine back

We sit on it but what do you really know about it?

The back is a complex structure made up of muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones, but the most important aspect is that it is not designed to carry weight from above. This talk will look at the aspects of the back that we need to know as riders. How flexible is it really, where is the weakest point, what does a vertebrae actually look like etc. We will look at how to palpate the back to assess for any pain or discomfort and massage techniques that everyone can do to help their horses backs to be pain free. As well as look at some back strengthening exercises that are easy to do.

Details

Saturday November 13th
10:15 am to 11:00 am
Off The Track Boulevard Arena

Supporting the Equine back

We sit on it but what do you really know about it? The back is a complex structure made up of muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones, but the most important aspect is that it is not designed to carry weight from above. This talk will look at the aspects of the back that we need to know as riders. How flexible is it really, where is the weakest point, what does a vertebrae actually look like etc.

We will look at how to palpate the back to assess for any pain or discomfort and massage techniques that everyone can do to help their horses backs to be pain free. As well as look at some back strengthening exercises that are easy to do.

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

Training

Annette Willson

TOPICS

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

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

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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