Location: Westbrook, QLD
Discipline/s: Jumping, Coaching, Breeding Sport Horses.
Fully Qualified Equestrian Coach – EFA NCAS Level 2 Show Jumping Specialist.
EFA Coach Educator.
First started riding: My first show at the age of 3.
Favourite thing about riding: Riding a horse that I have bred, reared, trained and competed well. Coaching – watching a person achieve their goals.
Barastoc & KER feeds used:
For the sport horses:
Barastoc Cool Command
Barastoc Calm Performer
For the breeding stock:
Barastoc Breed N Grow
Major achievements & career highlights:
Watching Robert Moffatt win the Brisbane Royal World Cup
Winning the Toowoomba Royal Grand Prix on Boera who is now one of my start broodmares
2001 Telstra Country Wide Queensland Young Achiever of the Year for excellence and services to the Equestrian Industry
2005 Equestrian Queensland – Barastoc Coach of the Year
2006 Equestrian Queensland – Barastoc Coach of the Year
2007 Equestrian Federation of Australia – National Coach of the Year
2008 Equestrian Queensland – Barastoc Coach of the Year
The Brisbane City Council Service to Sport Award
Coached individuals and groups from beginners to FEI and World Cup Winners and Competitors
Produced State Champion Teams and Individual Champions
Hints or words of wisdom: “The world will shrink or expand in proportions to your courage”
Future goals/aspirations: To breed, ride and train riders and horses to compete at a high level Nationally and at an International level
Current competition Horses:
Finch Farm Nikko
Finch Farm Chill
Finch Farm Viduka
Charlemagne Ego Z
Finch Farm Violet
Finch Farm Style
Personal training programs or approaches to a new horse, middle aged horse etc: We breed many horses so we spend a lot of time just sticking to basics, as the horses mature they tell you about what they can handle.
Key approaches to troubleshooting some common training and horse problems within discipline: Most times this is a basic problem such as the horses straightness or rideability. On the other hand it can be the riders position, focus or rhythm.