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03 - Education

2021 Educators

Michael Costello

Training

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!

Visit Michael Costello at the following sessions

Details

Saturday July 10th
9:45 am to 10:30 am
Schockemöhle Arena

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

How to work a horse on a mechanical cow and the benefits of doing so. Breaking down the manoeuvres and one by one and putting them all together to achieve the stops, turns and rollbacks required.

We will demonstrate on 2 different horses ridden by Amy and Jonah who are both interns with Michael and very competent riders. They will be each riding a horse, one will ride a trained cutting horse to show how it works the mechanical cow and correctly preforms the maneuvers and the other will ride a horse that is not trained on the flag and demonstrate the issues and work through the steps how to train them.

Details

Sunday July 11th
9:45 am to 10:30 am
Schockemöhle Arena

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

How to work a horse on a mechanical cow and the benefits of doing so. Breaking down the manoeuvres and one by one and putting them all together to achieve the stops, turns and rollbacks required. We will demonstrate on 2 different horses ridden by Amy and Jonah who are both interns with Michael and very competent riders.

They will be each riding a horse, one will ride a trained cutting horse to show how it works the mechanical cow and correctly preforms the maneuvers and the other will ride a horse that is not trained on the flag and demonstrate the issues and work through the steps how to train them

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

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

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

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

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

Training

Melinda Macaulay

TOPICS

  • Exercises to improve your riding
  • Mobility for mature riders

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?

Lifestyle

Olivia Pledger

TOPICS

  • Increase your customers through digital marketing
  • Promote your equestrian business on social media

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

Trisha McCagh

TOPICS

  • What is your horse thinking, and why?
  • Mastering oneness with your horse

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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