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Personal stories

Meet Stacey Westfall

August 2012

Great insight and an effective teaching style have made Stacy Westfall one of the most sought-after clinicians in the industry. She developed her training techniques while advancing her horses for reining competition.   Her goal in training was to make the reins unnecessary, literally. She’s succeeded, stunning the reining world by going undefeated for two straight years in major freestyle reining competitions.

Meet Brett Walsh

July 2012

A horseman with a vision and his hands full is a good description of Brett Welsh, one of the Horse Masters at the very popular Australian Outback Spectacular on the Gold Coast. Juggling time between family, work, training horses for film, television, and competiton, Brett and his wife Mel run the very successful Australian Stockhorse business, ‘Allstars Australian Performance Horses’ at Clagiraba on the Gold Coast, where they breed and campaign show, campdrafter and challenge horses, as well as breaking and training for their clients.  

Meet Coralie Kedzlie

July 2012

About 20 years ago, and after finding herself without horses, Coralie Kedzlie was drawn to the local Riding for Disabled centre and although her initial intentions were to be with the beautiful horses, it was soon the people who held her spellbound.

Meet Mikayla Barber "Pinky"

July 2012

Australia’s own crazy cowgirl, 15 year old Mikayla Barber or ‘Pinky’ as she is known, has been trick riding for just 5 years. An incredibly talented rider and one of the few female vaulters in Australia, Pinky is one of a handful worldwide that can perform the very dangerous backbend on a horse. Pinky has trained with some of the best trick riders in Australia, as well as the US and Canada.

Meet Guy McLean

July 2012

Renowned for his amazing liberty work, saddleless and bridleless performances and his passion for bush poetry, Guy McLean and his horses have for many years been thrilling crowds at all the major shows around Australia. These days, this "Ambassador of the Outback" is showcasing the traditions of the bush and the true Aussie Stockman to an enthusiastic American audience.

Meet David Waller

July 2012

    What do you do? Horse Vaulting, which is a combination of gymnastic and dance on horseback. Where were you born and where do you live now? I was born in Peak Crossing, Queensland and still live there. When did you start riding? As a toddler, but then I stopped and started riding seriously again when I was eleven, In 2007. I started vaulting when I was 15. What are you working on right now? I am a coach and a vaulter at Fassifern and also I work as a windscreen fitter.

Meet Debbie Kopp

July 2012

What do you do? I work full time in Brisbane for an Engineering company. I assist the Financial Controller and the Engineers with their administrative work. Where were you born and where are you living now? In Brisbane, Queensland. How did you start riding? Some of my friends had a pony, so I would go over to their house as often as possible to ride their pony. When I was 10 years old my parents gave in to my begging and we got my first pony for $400.


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