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Mel was born a crazy horse girl, she lived and breathed horses and finally her non-horsey parents relented and purchased her first horse when she was 10yrs old. During her teenage years, she regularly rode the neighbourhood’s ‘naughty’ ponies, which started her journey of connecting and collecting often unwanted and misunderstood equines. Mel joined her sister in the show ring, together competing their team of horses and ponies.

Professionally, Mel became a health and fitness coach, working with athletes to improve their performance, rehabilitating injured workers in workplace wellness programs, and has assisted literally thousands of clients through lifestyle changes to improve their health and fitness goals. Within the health and fitness industry, Mel has been an aerobic instructor, weightloss consultant, personal trainer, gym owner, and coached and accredited other personal trainers. As an athlete, Mel understands what it takes to train, compete and perform at a high level, having won a National Championship and 4th in the World 24hr Solo Mountain Biking Championships.

Mel has Mitochondrial Disease, a degenerative condition that has left her with vision in only one eye amongst other issues. Exercise and staying healthy is an important part of her life, as is her passion for riding horses. Mel found her body changed along with her vision, so she began utilising her skills in exercise and program design to improve her own strength, stability and balance for riding. With almost 25 years experience of adapting exercise programming to individuals needs, Mel has a passion for equestrian bio-mechanics and now enjoys working with equestrians to improve their postural foundation to become stronger, stable and more confident riders. She believes that whilst most of us are not naturally talented riders, there is nothing stopping us from improving the body we do have! Mel’s biggest enjoyment comes from inspiring others to be the best rider the can be.

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