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The Happy Place

December 2017 by Sally Harding

There might be Western saddles in the tack shed at TJ Ranch, but the horsemanship and humanity is universal. Shelley Purcell has national titles in barrel racing and roping, and her son, Jack, is the youngest competitor to take on the Equitana Brumby Challenge. 

Through their own experience and deep understanding of the horse-human relationship, the pair has created an equine education centre where pupils aren’t just taught to ride horses, they learn how to read them, care for them and become trainers themselves. It is a place where horses teach people how to heal and grow.