QSEC's Horse Home Show - Presenters
Check out the 2017 presenters:
Carmen Smith - Parelli Natural Horsemanship
Natural Horsemanship has become a viable and important aspect of the horse industry and continues to expand and influence the way in which horses are trained. Pat and Linda Parelli bring together an amazing home study program for both training horses and teaching people how to be more than a rider and how to train your own horses using behavioural psychology, communication and understanding, versus mechanics, fear and intimidation. Carmen Smith, a 4Star Senior Parelli Instructor, will demonstrate how to read your horse and develop his/her potential using love, language and leadership in equal doses.
Damien Stewart - Room 23 Psychology
Damien came to psychology from a 19-year career in Policing at both the State (W.A) and Federal level (AFP). During this time, he worked in a variety of areas that called for excellence in performance and a dedication to achieving highly valued organisational outcomes. Damien has also played and coached sport at an elite level. His practice includes working across a variety of psychological issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship, and lifestyle change issues (e.g., weight loss) with a special interest in chronic pain and injury management; LGBTIQ; police officers suffering from the effects of their employment (e.g. PTSD), current and ex-servicing military personnel.
Maja Stocker is a fulltime barefoot trimmer with a Diploma from the Australian College of Equine Podiotherapy. Her background is Linda Tellington-Jones’ equine TTEAM technique and she has trained as a Centred Riding Instructor and Pony Club coach, in addition to studying art and working as a teacher. Maja grew up in Switzerland and moved to Melbourne 17 years ago. She now lives in South East Queensland with her family and six horses. She is passionate about professional bare hoof care and improving horses’ wellbeing.
Dan Steers - Double Dan Horsemanship
Dan grew up in Western Australia and was first introduced to horses in his early teens. At 15, he began working for Master Farrier and Horseman, Pete Webber, where he developed his horsemanship and farrier skills. At 17, Dan began working for Corry Holden in Cobram where he spent 6 months starting and training young horses – it was here that Dan was first recognised in the show ring. In 2002, Dan returned to WA and began working at Taunton Vale where he was involved in all aspects of breeding, training, showing and yearling preparation. During 2008 Dan joined his good friend Dan James at El Caballo Spanish Horse Centre, where they performed as “The Dan & Dan Show”– refining his showmanship and training skills. In 2009 – Dan & Dan relocated their training business to NSW and “Double Dan Horsemanship” was born.
Dr Robyn Woodward - Equivet Breeding Centre
Born in North Queensland, Robyn always had a passion for horses and was a competitor in local shows in hack and equestrian classes. After completing her Veterinary Science degree in 1976 she worked in mixed practice in North Queensland. From there Robyn took up an opportunity to commence a Masters Research project at the University of Queensland where she performed the first successful embryo transfer in Australia.
Robyn joined Equivet Australia in 2002 where her talents in equine reproduction have developed the Equivet Breeding Centre into one of the leading centres for artificial breeding in Australia - specializing in embryo transfer for many of the top performance mares in the country.
After completing an honours degree in Agricultural Science at the University of Western Australia, Elizabeth has been employed as an animal nutritionist throughout Australia for over 30 years. Research in areas of broiler and equine nutrition has seen Elizabeth publish multiple articles in her career with several book chapters to her credit. Elizabeth is also an adjunct lecturer in animal nutrition at the University of Qld, a member of Standards Australia Committee for stockfeed and previously served on the RIRDC Research Committee. Elizabeth is currently Technical Sales Manager at Symbio Laboratories, looking after the stockfeed, AgVet, grain and livestock industries.
Heath Ryan - Ryans Horses
In 2008, Heath Ryan was an integral member of the Australian Olympic Equestrian team at the Beijing Olympics. He has also been 3-time assistant coach for the Australian Olympic Eventing team including the 1996 Atlanta games; Sydney 2000 games and the 2004 Athens games. Heath has been a 3-time Australian Three Day Event Champion and 2-time Australian Grand Prix Dressage Champion.
Heath is a great believer in “winning” and as a result has been involved with the Ryan’s horse breeding program for 30 years. The Ryan’s have sourced the best genetics from the world and continue to bring them together in a program focused on producing Gold Medal horses.
Ian Francis - Ian Francis Horsemanship
Ian Francis is a legend amongst Australian Horsemen and is described as one of the best horsemen in the world. He has trained more horses and received more awards in more events in the western arena than any other horseman this country has seen. He has been inducted into the Australian Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, the National Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame and the Reining Australia Hall of Fame. He has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his services to the equine industry.
Janet Vallier - Department Agriculture & Fisheries
Janet is currently employed as a District Biosecurity Officer based in the Department of Agriculture & Fisheries Gympie office. She has had a long association in the horse industry as a competitor, instructor and educator. Although she no longer rides, she still holds an interest in the diverse world of horse industries. As part of her current role, she has the opportunity to deliver information regarding the regulatory aspects of the Biosecurity Act and how it may impact on livestock owners and event organisers.
Justin Culquhoun - Elite Horsemanship
Justin is a horseman from Queensland who is passionate about educating and inspiring people through effective horsemanship. Justin considers himself fortunate to spend his time travelling Australia and abroad conducting horsemanship clinics, presenting at expos and trying to find new and innovative ways to educate people about horsemanship. After starting and training horses for a wide range of disciplines, Justin found there was a thirst for knowledge in the industry where horse owners wanted to learn the training process and be educated in horsemanship not just getting their horse trained and this is where Elite Horsemanship was born.
Kate Paddison and Lucius - Triple C Friesians
Come and meet Triple C Lucius! You may recognise Lucius from Season 2 of The Saddle Club TV series where he starred as ‘Diablo’. He has also been in a Bank of New Zealand advert, many smaller Australian films and hundreds of photo shoots. Lucius is a Friesian gelding who, with his owner and rider Kate Paddison of Triple C Friesians, is currently competing at State level Dressage - Open Novice. He trains elementary at home and is the Preliminary Champion of Caboolture Dressage Group; Preliminary Champion of RASDEG; Queensland State Supreme Ridden Friesian and Queensland Champion Friesian exhibit.
Naomi Abdilla - Sundance Horsemanship
Naomi and her team will thrill the crowd as they compete in Extreme Cowboy Racing, a first for the QSEC Arena. Extreme Cowboy Racing is where riders compete in a timed trail course with many obstacles and tasks that are beyond the normal realms of the traditional courses. Commentated by Dan Steers from Double Dan Horsemanship, this will be entertainment you do not want to miss!
Ashleigh Backhouse showed hack from ages 4 to 14, winning many champion hack and riders. She then went on to showing cattle until 21 competing all around Queensland. From there she went back to her roots working with her Mum, Carol, and Dad, Warren, at Backhouse Training Stables where she started 2 year olds and co-trained with her Dad.
She has many accolades to her name including 2017 Stock Horse Nationals showing the Champion Led Stallion, Champion Ridden Stallion Hack and Champion Ridden Stallion Hack Attire. At all the Reining shows she attends, she is responsible for the show preparation for the Backhouse Team. Join Ashleigh as she demonstrates the basics of Show Horse preparation.
Peter Cossar - MC
Peter has been a working actor since 1991 and a proud member of Actors Equity since 1992. He has worked with Queensland Theatre Company, La Boite, Opera Queensland, Zen Zen Zo, Out of the Box, Theatre UpNorth, the Philharmonic Orchestra, Street Arts and Access Arts, as well as in film and TV. The bulk of his work has been corporate events from a ‘singing chef’ to the ‘fat controller’, this work has taken him to Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Jakarta, Christmas Island and every capital city in Australia. Sadly, in spite of his numerous theatre, film and television credits, when people recognize him in the street it’s for his lunatic antics in television ads such as Gold Lotto, and Subway!
Tessa Marsh - Utile Functional Health
Tessa Marsh is the owner and Musculoskeletal Therapist at Utile Functional Health. She believes in hands on treatments and educating clients about their injuries. She not only believes in treating the injury but also rehabilitation, posture awareness, and muscle-mind connections to prevent further injuries. She can work with clients who have acute or chronic conditions such as; shoulder-knee- back-neck - wrist or elbow pain, headaches, jaw pain, anxiety, neuropathic/nerve pain, muscle weakness or instability.
Tony Fookes is a sports remedial and exercise therapist who has spent years studying equine movement. His passion for horses started from the early age of four following through to contract mustering and competing in various disciplines. He has developed a unique range of therapies to assist with the rehabilitation of injured horses. His background as a Human Therapist working with professional sports teams and experience within his human practice located in South East Queensland assisted him in diversifying his human treatment and exercise programs to the equine athletes.
Tracey Vardy - Equestrian Australia
Tracey began riding at a young age attending Pony Club in Queensland and also representing her school in the early Interschool competitions held at Pine Lodge where she competed at some of the first ever Interschool events held in the state. Her passion and dedication to the sport continued into her adult years where she ventured into the cutting arena with her father and has since continued to be involved in the sport as an equestrian parent and volunteer. Tracey’s daughter also followed a similar pathway and attended Pony Club and competed in Interschool Equestrian competitions representing her school, this saw her represent Queensland at the National Interschool Championships in 2010 and 2013. Tracey spent years volunteering on Equestrian Queensland Sport committees and held the Interschool Queensland Chair position for three years. Tracey also held the role as Chair of the National Interschool Committee during 2015 and is now working as Athlete Pathways Specialist for Equestrian Australia.
Warren Backhouse - Five Star Reining
Warren grew up around horses but it was after spending time at Ian Francis property shoeing and riding, that he developed a passion for Reining and so the story goes — winning his first Futurity and then Reserve Champion Open Futurity at the 2001 Nationals. Warren has had a very busy and exciting journey since, with multiple wins in Futurity’s; Opens; and Derby’s. He has the honour to compete on a lot of brilliant horses, ride for some great clients and meet a lot of wonderful people throughout his equestrian career.