I graduated as a Veterinarian in Queensland in 2004. I now work part time for Sydney Equine Practice, predominantly with lamenesses and performance horse management. 4 years ago I decided to take my part time hobby of dressage to the next level and began riding semi-professionally.
I recently retired and sold my FEI horses so have a number of my young ones coming through - Yondella First Assassin, who I bred, is proving to be a little star. I also have a young horse champion Freestyle MS and the beautiful Andalusian Norio who I compete for clients at medium level. I have a feisty young chestnut Jazz mare I hope I will be raving about next edition!
I ride about 6 horses a day, 4 to 5 days a week, so life is very busy! I really enjoy teaching dressage when I can fit it in. I love the Black Horse Clothing range as they are hard wearing, practical, comfortable and stylish. It's not uncommon for me to have to jump off a horse and see a local patient in my breeches so the professional look of my Black Horse jodds is essential.
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|My age is||38|
|I live||The Southern Highlands, NSW|
|I would describe my occupation as||I work as an equine veterinarian for Sydney Equine Practice as well as training dressage horses|
|My favourite breeches are||'Aimee' breeches - they are super sticky and a little thicker for the Highlands cold weather|
|I started riding when I was||about 7. My sisters and I used to ride bareback on a Shetland pony called Laddy. One of us had to control the bitey end while the other got on.|
|My first pony||was a Palouse called Redwing who had a habit of bolting|
|The highlight of my career so far is||not an event, it's training young horses up levels.|
|My biggest riding influence is||my coach Sue Hearn.|
|The best piece of advice I have for up & coming riders is||learn to work with difficult horses safely. It teaches you a lot of handy training tricks.|
|When I'm not riding I'm||working as a vet or doing the garden on the farm.|
|The word that best sums me up is||hard working.|
|My pre-comp secret weapon is||visualising my tests.|
|The greatest challenge I've faced is||a chestnut Jazz mare.|
|If I won lotto I would||see all the amazing animals of the world.|
|I would tell my 13 year old self||to start dressage lessons earlier. It's easier to not learn bad habits in the first place.|