This is my second year on the committee and I am looking forward to being a part of something I am so passionate about.
Horses in one way, shape or form have always been a big part of my life, starting with my first pony whose favourite hobby was to bolt straight towards a fence (preferably one with barbwire on it) and slam on the brakes just before he reached it, effectively launching me into it.
Fortunately, this didn’t put me off, rather the opposite in fact as he taught me how not to fall off. Although in hindsight this may have been out of self-preservation and sheer terror rather than skill.
From pony club days I moved into riding trackwork for a number of local trainers where my early days of learning how to hang on came into play. My father and I then started our adventure into racing, owning and breeding our own horses and I took out my owner/trainers license with some small success.
The first of my 3 children were born in 2007 and after my second son came along it became apparent that racing and horses would have to be put on the backburner for a while. That was until I went on the 2014 ranges trip and quickly fell in love with the kaimanawas’. Looking out that bus window I knew that this was going to be where my future adventures with horses lay.
I want to do all I can to preserve the breed by making sure that these beautiful horses have a place in today’s world, that they remain in the wild living the way they have been and to ensure that they will be around for future generations to love as much as I do.