I live in Gabbadah Western Australia (West Gingin). I am 20 years of age and I am an equestrian rider.
I have been competing horses from the age of 8 and have a true love of the sport. My passion is certainly eventing, however, the thrills and excitement of showjumping which I similarly passionately pursue.
The commitment I make to my sport – my passion; is that I maintain a very strict training schedule/regime. I exercise and train each horse 5 times a week, have dressage and showjumping lessons once a week, I am on the EA Eventing high development squad
I love my horses to look and feel at their best. We train hard during the week (day to day training, lessons and clinics) and compete most weekends in the season. I have big plans and have set my goals for my riding. In the immediate short term – State competitions representing WA for EA, whilst my long term goal is to be representing Australia.
I have 2 horses currently;
Barrabadeen Woodstock (Woody) an 11 year old, 16.3hh Hanoverian Warmblood that I have trained and worked to a level where he and I have now eventing 2**. We are also achieving show jump 1.35m. I have owned Woody for 8 years and am endeavouring to go a long way with him. One must aim high and expect to achieve the goals – and of course keep fingers and toes crossed along the way.
My second horse;
Just Kruzin (Jess) is a 9 year old, 16.2hh OTTB horse. I purchased Jess at the beginning of 2015, I am training her to be a showjumper, and wow this mare can jump. Jess had a good first season, finishing at Pre Novice (1.05m), and showjumping 1.20cm. Now Jess has been put in foal to a lovely Warmblood stallion, this means Jess will have the year of 2017 off to become a mother.
2013 PCAWA State Show Jumping Championships 1st 1.20m. In winning team for Bridget Woss equitation team and 1st Solagain teams.
2013 Moora Horse Trials Pre novice 2nd.
2013 PCA Nationals winning WA 1.10m Showjumping team and 5th individually.
2013 Australian Interschool’s Championships 1st Pre Novice eventing, 3rd individually 1.20m Showjumping.
2013 Interschool National Championships Supreme event rider.
2013 Eventing in the Park – Diamond Class winner.
2014 1st 1* Capel CIC. 2nd Junior rider.
2014 Geraldton Show Jumping classic high point winner.
2014 Perth royals show junior jumper winner.
2014 placing top 5 in my first three 2** runs.
2014 Eventing in the park Grand Prix junior winner.
2015 Yalambi Show Jumping classic 115cm open winner and high senior winner
2015 Caple CNC 5th 2**.
2015 Dryandra CIC 2** Winner.
2015 Wooroloo 3DE CCI 2** 3rd.
2015 Geraldton Show Jumping classic Young Rider 1.25m winner.
2015 WA state Show Jumping championship 1.30m Young Rider winner.
2015 Melbourne International 3DE 2** 15th.
2015 Adelaide International 3DE 2** 6th Young Rider. Also selected onto the WA team placing 3rd.
2016 Yalambi Show Jumping Classics 100cm High Senior winner.
2016 Wooroloo Winner EvA80, 2** 2nd.
2016 Brigadoon CNC 2** 4th.
2016 Dryandra CNC 2** 2nd.
2016 Patrons Cup Showjumping Young Rider winner.
2016 Patrons Cup Showjumping 1.25m open winner.
2016 Brigadoon CNC2** winner.
The year of 2017 has been a major learning curve for both Woody and myself, we had had our fair share of ups and downs, thrills and spills, but taking it all in our stride and loving what we do from start to finish. We are looking forward to doing it all again in 2018, with my goals in site I will strive all the way.
I started the year in WA as per usual, I had the idea of heading east to compete at Melbourne International 3DE again. I had a fellow friend and competitor telling me she was heading over for Sydney International 3DE a few weeks prior to Melbourne and telling me I should come too. So here I was without a float and a limited number of cars to tow a float, with this idea to head east for a total of 10 weeks on my own and two horses. Within 3 short weeks I purchased myself a gooseneck float and ever so kindly asked my dad for his cruiser to two it with. We decked out the living in the gooseneck and got a gooseneck hitch fitter to the cruiser, working on both vehicles up till the night before leaving. Called a friend to help drive across the Nullarbor with me, and the very next day I was off. This crazy idea come alive. 4 days of driving from Perth the Sydney. Then to cut a long story short, those 10 weeks of competing in Sydney soon turned into 8 months of living, training, competing and grooming with one of Australia’s top riders, Christine Bates.
I competed at both Sydney and Melbourne International 3DE with the idea of staying to compete at Adelaide and Wallaby Hill International 3DE. Woody and I got to Adelaide, but sadly did not complete the cross country phase, which then also put us out of competing for Wallaby Hill.
2018 is looking to yet again be a big year for Woody and I. Our long term goal is to compete in the CCI 4**** (star) at Adelaide International 3DE. But leading up to #AI3DE I will be planning on competing at Sydney CIC3*** early in the year, then again the CCI3*** at Sydney International 3DE. If those two events don’t go to plan, then I’ll be down to Melbourne International 3DE as a back-up, but if both Sydney runs go well for woody and I, he will go on a small break. In-between the break and Adelaide we have a number of CNC and a couple CIC runs around NSW and VIC, possibly even an event or two in QLD.
So the plan is to stay and compete in NSW again for 2018, but I’m hoping to get my 4**** run under my belt, then I will be back in Perth looking to start my own team of horse, and get a business up and going.
Now other exciting news, my TB mare has just had her foal, a little bay colt with 4 white socks and a star, he was in the vets for a few days straight after birth, but back on track now and looking strong. The mare, Jess, is happy and looking after him well, Jess has dropped her baby fat rather quickly and is looking very good.
From start to finish this year everywhere I go, I have a large bucket of Equine Pure Delights in my float, we have numerous packets in the tack room at Christine’s and sample packets for all the clients and students.
I think Woody get a little too spoilt with his treats, but he always know a good day work with a treat at the end. My mare loves them to its as well, she always nickers to me as I walk into the stables to grab some for her, as she thinks I may forget them haha! And I think the foal would be all over them too if he had teeth haha!
Myself and especially my horses would like to thank you Equine Pure ever so kindly for our sponsorship for 2017. I love the faces my horses pull to me after I ride them, looking for their treat knowing they have been good. It’s a little reward at the end of the day that almost puts a smile on their face.