Is your area a noted horse district? If so give details:
Yes, there are more arenas in Macclesfield than people.
Breed(s)/Breeding (pedigree)/Breeder of horses:
ESB = Equine Sports Breeding (Vanessa Hawkins), Thoroughbreds and Warmblood X Thoroughbred.
How did you come to get your horse(s):
Through owners and breeders.
Special care and management considerations of your horse(s):
KISS, always think logically, and be paranoid. All horses are checked all over twice daily. Good Quality feed (Pryde's EasiFeed) and cleanliness. All equipment is washed regularly including cotton rugs (with disinfectant).
Name the most influential person in your riding career:
Special highlight(s) in your riding career:
Competing for Australia on the Australian team on the Trans Tasmin in Taupo (New Zealand) 2003. Competing at Adelaide CCI**** three years in a row finishing in the top ten each year.
Describe your first pony:
Black, little, naughty. Loved to buck my brother and I off regularly (we were double dinking) and then take off home. It was always a long walk.
Describe your riding history:
I started riding when I was around 7 years old. My brother and I were enrolled in a weeks holiday programme every holidays. I basically trail rode until I was 16 years old when somebody asked me if I would like to do a One Day Event. I had no idea what it was and said “yes,” of course. From there I joined pony club and moved up to Lochinvar (New South Wales), where I trained with Heath and Rozzie Ryan for three years. I really had no idea what I was doing when I first moved up there. I really owe my whole career to Heath and Rozzie, had I never trained at Lochinvar I guarantee I would not be where I am today. I learnt so much there, it was an amazing experience.
Did you belong to a Pony Club? Give details:
Yes Monbulk Pony Club, I joined when I was 16 years old. I now occasionally go back and teach when I'm available.
Do you have any hobbies/other interests?
Singing. I love it. I had lessons for a couple of years but not too recently, though I'm always happy to belt out a tune.
Describe your most embarrassing moment (horsey):
Tonimbuk Horse Trials in the CIC*** class. I had three horses entered in this class and I was up to the Cross Country phase when on my first ride ACE II, cantered straight passed a fence I was supposed to jump. Luckily I was told at the end of that round that I had missed a fence so I didn't make the same mistake on the other two and get all three horses eliminated. That will teach me for walking the course talking to everyone.
Do you have any superstitions?
I will not wear brand new breaches Cross Country. They have to of been worn at least once in the dressage phase. Though not at the same competition. If the pair are new to that competition then I can't wear them Cross Country until the next competition.
Do you have any 'other' animals?
My family owns 4 dogs, 3 cats, and 4 chickens. Emily and I have 1 dog, though it looks more like a rat in a dog suit.
What are your ambitions?
I want to represent Australia in eventing at the Olympic Games. That is my dream.
What do you require from your horse feed?
Cool, responsive energy Yes I have horses from breeding, Schooling, Competiton,
High energy Yes therefore I need different types of feed to suit them all.
Balanced minerals and vitamins Yes
Energy for work, without excess calories Yes
Coat condition Yes
No fuss breeding feeds Yes
Specific young horse feeds Yes
Which Pryde's feeds do you use and why do you like them?
EasiResult – it is an allround feed that has a little extra in it for horses that are in work and need a little extra energy without the fizz.
BioMare Cubes- this feed is used for schooling horses and horses I need to add a little more weight to. It is a feed that is not going to give extra energy, more maintenance and it definitely adds weight. There is not one horse that I have feed it to that has not been neighing for more. They LOVE it!
EasiPerformance- This is added with EasiResult to give my eventers a lot more energy when they are heading for their final 6 weeks in preparation for major events like Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney three day events.
EasiBreed- All my brood mares and young stock live on this with Lucerne chaff and they look a million bucks.
EasiOil- The breeding side and competition side are all on the omega 3,6 and 9 oil.
EasiFeed 300 Pellets - I'm using the 300 pellet to give my horses the added supplements they would lack from the pasture.
Do you have any other businesses:
Wilky Park Performance Horses is my business and I teach riding in all disciplines, take horses for schooling, offer agistment, breed and provide a fun competitive atmosphere to ride in.
Have you trained or coached any riders who have had success?
Yes I have got quite a few students that are up and coming, also students competing now.
How will Pryde's Sponsorship make a difference to you?
Pryde's has already shown me a new innovatine way to feed my horses that is easy to understand and I know that my horses are getting the very best feed they can possibly be getting. You only need to look at them and see their performances to know. One of the great initiatives is the feed analysis, this has helped me tremendously, without it I'm sure I would have been a little confused with all the feeds that are available through Pryde's. It was nice to be taken through the procedure not just told what I should feed my horse.