Have you ever thought:
- I wish my horse was calmer
- I really don't feel very confident
- I know he isn't reaching his full potential
- What do they really mean by 'over the back', 'on the bit', 'through from behind' etc.
- If only my horse could .....
- He knows what I want him to do and he is just being naughty
- I wish I knew how to teach him to X,Y,Z
- I want to break in my own horse - I know I can with a little guidance
- They told me he was quiet/could jump/loads on to the trailer/was well behaved when trail riding
- I'd just like to go to a few shows/competitions/trail rides
- I can't afford the time/money to take my horse to a trainer
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What they are saying about Kate:
"This is a very remarkable woman with a lovely kind manner with horses and the ability to instruct at any level....." DC
Photo courtesy of Highlife Magazine
Kate has been around horses all of her life and has wide and varied experience in competing and training around the world. She began riding as a very small child in Crookwell, country NSW, and later took her horse (an off the track thoroughbred) to school with her in Armidale. Kate then spent many years riding, training and competing around the world from Hong Kong (dressage), UK (dressage, show jumping and eventing), Singapore and Malaysia (dressage, show jumping and polo), to the USA (dressage and John Lyons Certification Program). She is completing her Bachelor of Equine Science in 2013, is a Level 1 British Horse Society Instructor, Pony Club Chief Instructor for many years, Working Equitation Judge and Instructor and has extensive competing and judging experience in Australia, Europe and the USA.
While competing in a Rolex International Dressage and Show Jumping Event in Asia, Kate realized that there must be a better way. She was in the winner's circle but she was sure that her horse's performance would improve if it were more willing, relaxed and really understood its job a little better.
Rolex medal presentation, Singapore (Dressage - Freestyle to Music). Kate riding 'Pocket Money'.
Kate competed regularly in both dressage and show jumping in international competitions in Singapore and Malaysia.
Getting ready for the first test of the day in Malaysia.
was chief instructor of the Singapore Branch of the Pony Club and was instrumental in setting up a riding school that brought riding to the local residents (Sentosa Riding School - now very sadly under a casino!).
Chaucitta is the first on the left (no longer the pretty dappled grey that she had been just six months earlier) and the Warmblood (Saskatchewan) is traveling next to her.
Kate and Chaucitta swimming in John Lyons' dam.
Kate and her young quarter horse colt, Mandegon (purchased in USA).
Nizels Hoath, the house.
Chaucitta was busy with her new life in the UK. She did regular demonstrations including the South of England Equine Fair,
taught a number of children to ride
and had a foal, named Vita, by Mandego.
The UK weather and growing home-sickness eventually drove Kate back to her native Australia.
Freezing to death on a photo shoot for 'Your Horse' Magazine.
After returning home Kate founded Kandoo Equine and has been conducting clinics and courses from her property, Kangadoo, near Goulburn and throughout NSW. She also regularly travels to both Europe and Asia to deliver clinics and courses.
One of the most important considerations when choosing a trainer or instructor is finding someone who is a good teacher. It is all very well for the trainer to be able to get your horse to perform but they must also be able to teach you how to teach the horse (a concept that has been uppermost in Kate's mind as she has been producing both her DVD series and the distance training courses). Kate is a well-qualified teacher - Chief Instructor of the Singapore Branch of the Pony Club, Instructor Lions Share Farm, CT, USA (children and adults), BHS level 1, UK and in more general terms - TEFL (British Council, Hong Kong) children and adults in addition to a Montessori qualification, UK. She has been invited to teach at Charles Sturt University (a breaking-in clinic) and major demonstrations in the UK and Australia. Kate has a bachelor of Equine Science (2013) and has been accepted into the honours program.
Kate is regularly invited to judge at Breed and Agricultural shows (Goulburn Show pictured below).
Kangadoo Cottage, conveniently located at the Kandoo Equine Training Centre, is available for those attending training sessions with their horse and is fully self-catering.