2021 Ultramox Freedom to Friendship Stallion Challenge Judge – Freestyle Class
Russell Higgins Foundation Horsemanship – Russell Higgins
Russell has been teaching horsemanship clinics and starting young horses professionally since 1999.
Starting as one of Pat Parelli’s apprentices Russell lived, worked and learned from Pat at his ranch in Colorado. Russell has continued his education with other great horsemen such as Buck Brannaman, Martin Black, David Weaver (Californios) and Pedro Neves (Portugal). To date, he has taught in 18 different countries and started young horses on four continents.
In New Zealand Russell has been a clinician at Equidays, Equitana Auckland and Equifest as well as being a regular in the Equidays & Equifest night shows. He has won the 2018 Equidays Top Talent Contest and Equitana Connexion Challenge 2019, judged the Kaimanawa Challenge at the Horse of the Year Show and had horsemanship articles published in the NZ Horse and Pony and Natural Horse Management magazines.
Together with his partner Ruth Carlyle he owns and runs Brumby Farm Horsemanship Centre in Te Awamutu where students and horses come for education and fun.
Safety, fun and excellence are the pursuits of their foundation.