Kate Wallis - Gippsland, VIC
I am based east of Melbourne and am lucky to compete a team of home bred horses including Harrold Esquire, Lord Rupert and Georges Time. These are are brothers competing successfully from 80cm through to 3* showjumping. I have a number of younger horses including Tulara bred and other relatives of Harry and Rupert to be coming through shortly. (The water photo above is Rupert's full brother Harry on his way to winning the Werribee Hunter Trials last year.)
I fit in my riding before work and under lights at night which means I am often pushed for time and am exceptionally grateful that I can still compete in the sport despite this (I'm very good at operating a head torch and packing a float at 11:30PM!)
My enjoyment in the sport is also in the volunteering/support opportunities which is a great reminder of the work involved in ensuring our sport of eventing continues to grow. For my sins I am the President for Tonimbuk Horse Trials, Treasurer for the Eventing Victoria SubCommittee, Committee/Volunteer member for Spring Horse Trials and Melbourne 3DE. My awesome mum, Chris, has been a role model for me, with her participation and volunteering in the sport - she can be seen at just about every event in Victoria and beyond.
My favourite Black Horse Clothing item.. Black Horse Clothing has wonderful high quality clothing which I have found is very hard wearing and comfortable. I love the Teegan Show Shirt, Gloves in Tan and Black, the Lily Lightweight Breeches in Navy and Anna High Waisted Bamboo Breeches in White.
The first time I ever rode a horse was when…
My mum was a keen eventer and it was easier to have me on a pony and distracted at competitions rather than being in her way!
The biggest achievement of my career so far is…
Taking my home bred horses from breaking in through to 3* whilst volunteering on equestrian committees For Eventing and holding a full time job in Finance.
A fun fact about me is that…
I very rarely get time for lessons/coaching so I appreciate my horses and their ability very highly!
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