I have always had an interest in horses and began riding at a very early age. I attended Benalla Pony Club for many years where I enjoyed a variety of disciplines. In my teenage years my focus turned to show jumping where I was part of the Victorian Junior Show Jumping Squad and competed in open A&B classes.
Pony Club also gave me many great experiences. I was lucky enough to be selected to represent Australia at the Interpacific Exchange in New Zealand and attend national competitions in Sydney and Toowoomba. I also achieved my A certificate from Pony Club Victoria in 2014.
After purchasing Jirrima Anchhorman (Nigel) my focus then turned to eventing. I purchased him as a green broken 4 year old and together we progressed to FEI2** level. He was such a reliable team mate and together we had some exciting placings at 2** level including a 3rd at the Victorian State Championships. Just recently my goals changed as I was diagnosed with an eye condition which effects my ability to focus and my depth perception. Following this I made the very difficult decision to sell Nigel as I no longer felt confident to event at the top level. He has found the best home and I am loving watching him teach his new rider the ropes.
Over the last 12 months the horses have taken the back seat as I spent many hours planning for our wedding. We transformed our family shearing shed to create an amazing wedding venue. During this time the competitions have been quieter, and I have enjoyed coaching at local pony clubs.
Currently I am working with my homebred Warmblood Stock Horse mare. She has had lots of basic training and has taken it all in her stride. She is coming along very nicely and I am looking forward to introducing her to the competition arena.
I absolutely love Black Horse Clothing. The range, quality and affordability of their clothing is amazing. I am very lucky to be part of this amazing team and hope that I can do them proud this season.
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GET TO KNOW ME
|My age is||28|
|I live in||Everton, Victoria|
|I would describe my occupation as||a Primary School Teacher. I am currently teaching Grade one at Oxley Primary School.|
|My favourite breeches are||'Song' and 'Sam Pro'|
|I started riding when I was||about four. I was lucky enough that my parents just decided to buy me a pony.|
|My first pony||was a roan Australian pony called Dusty. He was a naughty little pony but taught me so much.|
|The highlight of my career so far||is training my horse Jirrima Anchorman from a green broken 4 year old to a successful 2* eventer.|
|My secret crush is||the excitement when something new from Black Horse Clothing arrives!|
|My biggest riding influence is||my Mum who is always so supportive of all I do.|
|The best piece of advice I have for up & coming riders is||to never give up! Persistence and hard work can make all the difference.|
|When I'm not riding I'm||working on our sheep and cattle farm or coaching riders.|
|The word that best sums me up is||passionate.|
|My dirty little secret is||chocolate.|
|My pre-comp secret weapon is||to walk the cross country course over and over and to find somewhere quiet to go over things in my head.|
|The greatest challenge I've faced is||being diagnosed with my eye condition which has changed my current riding goals.|
|My least favourite task is||doing the washing.|
|If I won lotto I would||set up an indoor arena, new paddocks and stables and start my own riding business.|
|I would tell my 13 year old self||not to compare yourself to others.|
|You probably don't know this but||our new farm at Everton is slowly becoming more and more horsey without my husband realising!|
|If my horse/s could talk he/she/they would say||
either 'feed me', 'pat me' or 'I love you'.