Joshua Knight Born in Palmerston North, NZ, Joshua Knight started riding at the age of 11 and progressed quickly to pony club and then onto show jumping. At the age of 19, Josh moved to Australia’s Gold Coast in QLD, and became a performer/stunt rider for the Australian Outback Spectacular show. Skye grew up riding horses and was very competitive to National level in Dressage and showing, being a member of the QLD Young Rider Squad and a HOTY winner. She spent over four years as a trick rider/performer at the Australian Outback Spectacular.
Josh and Skye had the opportunity to move to Tom Price in WA for two years, before following their passion for horses to North America. After spending time working with horses in Canada, the pair had the amazing opportunity to work as assistant trainers for Dan and Elizabeth James of the Australian Equine Performance Center in Midway, Kentucky. Working for Dan James gave Josh & Skye many unique opportunities and the experience of working with a large range of horses, including Warmbloods, Thoroughbreds, Quarterhorses and Mustangs. Some of Josh’s main roles at the Center included starting the young horses under saddle and teaching them groundwork and liberty methods.
A highlight of Josh’s time in the USA was winning the Overall Champion, Crowd Favourite and Rookie awards at the Kentucky 100 day, wild Mustang Makeover in Lexington with the mustang mare Bindi. Josh also competed in the Fort Worth Texas Mustang Makeover with another mustang to win the crowd favourite award and place 4th overall. Just before coming home to Australia, Josh successfully competed in a Colt Starting competition in Ohio to place second.
While in the USA Skye’s took part in the Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover. Training her Thoroughbred ‘Brumby’ over six months they won the Dressage Championship & placed 4th in the Freestyle in a field of one hundred.