I grew up on the coast in the northern suburbs of Perth, WA playing football in the winter and body surfing waves in the summer. It was a far cry from teaching horsemanship. It all started when my family and I went holidaying at a farm stay where they had horses. From that point I have needed to play with and ride horses.
After graduating Agricultural College I began as a farm hand all over the state and also tried to learn more about horses from whoever would care to share something about them. In 2003 I saw a Parelli Natural Horsemanship demonstration given by a former Parelli Professional and was blown away. That same week I found an old audio tape of Pat’s in ‘Horseland’ and bought it. As, I was driving around for the next couple of days that’s all I
played. It just made so much sense to do things naturally; to do things from the horses point of view.
“I hope that you’re ready for your journey and I look forward to coming and helping you with the ingredients you need to become succesful with horses”.
I started the program immediately and in-between jobs I would spend my time trying to develop my horsemanship through the home study program and learning from Parelli instructors visiting WA. I would have about 3 weeks off before each seasonal job started and in that time I would just play with my horses. I played and rode all day and I couldn’t get enough. In 2007 I headed for the Parelli Campus in Florida for a 6 week course and through some persistence scored a position as a Ranch Hand for the next 12 months. In the summer of 2008 I was a student in a 10 week long University Module which included a 3 week ‘Colt Start’ led by 5-Star Australian Instructor Rob McAuliffe.
At the beginning of 2009 I spent 4 months at the Australian centre in Sydney, were I assisted teaching a 4 week course and continued on in helping make improvements to the Centre. Then in June I returned to America as an Intern in the Mastery Program. At the start of 2010 I became a Protégé and received a 3rd Star as an Instructor and a rating as a Parelli Licensed Horse Development Specialist. During the last 6 yrs I have been based in Western Australia on my facility in Bridgetown where I develop horses and I intend to offer 1 and 2 week courses for students who wish to immerse themselves in their horsemanship. I have also had the opportunity to teach ‘Fast Track’ and ‘Foundation of Horsemanship’ course in the UK, Germany and here in Australia.