Horsemanship Macedon Ranges
49 Institute Road Carlsruhe Macedon Ranges Victoria 3442 Australia
LANGUAGES OF INSTRUCTION:English
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I have been a Parelli Instructor since 1997 so now have over 23 years of coaching people through Levels 1 to 4 in all four savvys. This has provided me with a diverse and thorough understanding of what it takes to achieve an ever more meaningful and dependable partnership with a horse.
From my experiences, I know the Parelli program to be an outstanding, first of its kind home study program offering people from all horse pursuits a solid foundation from which they can then specialize. Whatever your horsemanship dreams or goals may be through understanding the nature of the horse and working with your horse by putting the relationship first you will discover the surest pathway to success with safety, excellence, truth, and results as the cornerstones.
I now live at Carlsruhe between Woodend and Kyneton in the Macedon Ranges region of Victoria just 1 hour north of the city center of Melbourne with easy access from the Calder Hwy, with my husband Rob and son Stuart along with 4 horses, 1 dog (Missy a Kelpie x Border Collie), guinea fowl and the various Australian wildlife that live around our property “Seven Keys”.
Horses in my life today: Annie my chestnut Anglo Arab x QH mare with a blaze and 4 white socks, Taci (Black Horse Manor Anastacia) a dark brown first cross Andalusian x TB/QH mare, Maggie (Black Horse Manor Magdalena) a young bay Andalusian mare and the most recent addition Gramayre Honey Bear a Knabstrupper x Friesian filly black/dark brown with a blanket born at Gramyre Friesian Horse stud.
My other horses with whom I have shared my life with for the rest/all of their lives: Willow (Willow Lane) a dark brown TB ex-racehorse gelding, Kes (Adlerweiss) a grey Hannoverian mare, Tim a black TB ex-racehorse gelding, Maddie (Mahalaweiss) daughter of Kes also grey and TB x (father TB Chandra Mahal), Rudi a 17+hh son of Kes and another grey with the sire Figaro a Dutch warmblood stallion, Buzz a bay gelding with a lovely big white star and diagonally opposite white socks as my son’s Welsh Mountain pony.
For those new to Parelli who are researching my role as a Parelli Professional here is the story of my journey as both a student and Instructor through the Parelli levels program, along with some of the experiences it has opened up to me along the way.
Disillusioned with my Hannoverian warmblood mare Kes’s responses to the traditional methods of dressage training as we progressed through the ranks to Medium competition level I had ceased competition and lost direction and motivation.
My first taste of all that the Parelli program has to offer came when I attended my first Partnership course in September 1995 with Maddie my newly started young mare thinking that this would be a good outing for her. Wow! This course opened up a whole new world of learning based on life from a horse’s perspective and it was organized in such a way that I felt empowered in the process. I was so excited by the possibilities that lay ahead!
With a Science Degree majoring in Zoology and a Diploma of Education from Monash University Clayton Vic my career had taken me down the pathway of secondary school teaching for many years.
It was upon reflection soon after this my first Parelli course that I could see a way to incorporate my love of being involved with people in a learning environment, the study of animal behavior, and my childhood dream of having a career with horses.
At this course, it was advised to me by the Course Instructor that the best way to make progress through the Parelli levels program was to start with your easiest horse. With this in mind over the months that followed I decided it would be best to bring Kes out of the paddock, after 5 years as a broodmare, to be my first horse to take to Level 4.
In July 1997 I studied at the Colorado ISC and headed back to Australia as a Student Instructor. I began to live my dream career!
Gaining coaching experience around Australia and in the UK and making return trips to both the Colorado and Florida ISCs with Linda and Pat Parelli as well as teaching and assisting at courses at the Australian Parelli Campus resulted in my achievement of 3*Star Instructor status in Feb 2003 and 4 *Star Senior Instructor status in Feb 2014.
Over the years I have returned to the USA 10 times to study with Pat and Linda Parelli in my commitment to never-ending self-improvement and to keep up to date with the latest innovations and developments in the Parelli Program.
As a Parelli Professional I have had many wonderful opportunities to travel around Australia as far north as Darwin and Pine Creek with nearby Kakadu in NT, Kununurra by the absolutely huge Lake Argyle and gateway to the Kimberleys in WA, Cairns by the Great Barrier Reef in Qld and south to Riddells Creek and the Mornington Peninsula around Melbourne Vic, to name a few with many fabulous places and people in between!
I have been very fortunate to spend time teaching courses in places not visited by many Australians but deeply embedded in our Australian psyche such as Monkira Station a cattle station just under 1 million acres on the Diamantina River in outback Qld.
It is always wonderful to meet so many students all with their own inspiring stories of their life journeys to tell and enthusiastic to learn and progress in their horsemanship by following the Parelli levels program.
With my son Stuart now 21, I understand well the challenges faced by many students I meet in juggling family life, career, and horsemanship.
It is important to me that students can strive for their horsemanship dreams and goals by having accessibility to lessons, workshops, weekend clinics, and home-based multi-day intensive study modules, the first 3 styles of events both at my home base and other locations as organized by interested individuals and groups.
I am dedicated to creating opportunities for both children and adults to learn more about their horses and themselves in their progress through the Parelli levels program.
Now at our new 40-acre property “Seven Keys” Carlsruhe Vic between Kyneton and Woodend in the Macedon Ranges Shire. I have set up a play paddock containing undulating terrain, obstacles, a 55′ metal round yard, a honeycomb, a 60 x 30 m all-weather sand arena, and 6 spacious guest horse yards.
I am offering what I have termed “Intensive Study Modules”, each levels specific and available for 1 to 6 students and their horses to attend at a time to provide a small group setting with more personalized attention. These modules offer focused progression for those able to attend over a 3 to 4 day weekend emphasizing the importance of setting goals and becoming more focused. Each module provides the specific individualized stepping stones each participant requires in order to achieve the goals they have set for themselves under my guidance at the start of the module. The layout of the facilities at Seven Keys is designed to enable a smooth transition for horse and human in their progress through the levels in all four savvies.
In closing, I would like to thank all the students it has been my privilege to teach so far. Your enthusiasm and dedication is my inspiration to be the best Instructor I can be!
I look forward to meeting up with you and your horse at future courses both around Australia and at home at Seven Keys.
To educate, challenge and inspire are key to what I have to offer as n experienced Senior Parelli Instructor in supporting students of the Parelli program with their horsemanship dreams and goals for sport, work, or recreation.
Good, better, best, never let it rest, get your good better, and your better best!