Have you ever thought ......
- Since ...... (fill in the dreadful event), I've lost all my confidence
- I wish my horse quieter, calmer, better, liked me ......
- What do they really mean by 'over the back', 'on the bit' and 'through from behind'?
- If only my horse could .....
- If only my horse wouldn't ......
- He knows what I want him to do and he is just being naughty
- I wish I knew how to teach him to .......
- I really want to start my own horse under saddle - I know I am capable but I just don't know where to start or what I should teach first
- They told me he was quiet, jumps, loads, trail rides ......
- I just want to be safe and have a smile on my face at the end of my ride
- I want my horse to 'want' to be with me and be happy
- I can't see the point of sending my horse off to a trainer - I need to know how he learned everything
- I'm looking for a method that focuses on the welfare of my beautiful horse
- I want a system that is evidence based, not mythology based
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About Kate Fenner
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 completed her Bachelor of Equine Science in 2013 and a research honours project in 2015, is a qualified Equestrian Australia Coach, and has British Horse Society Instructor qualifications, 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.
Before leaving Singapore to spend a couple of years in the USA, Kate decided that if she ever could she would try to buy this little Argentinean polo mare, Chaucitta (pictured above). She had become very fond of her, having ridden and played polo on her often and knew her polo career was coming to an end.
After moving to USA Kate looked for a clinician who combined performance with practical horsemanship and discovered John Lyons. His Certification course was lengthy and halfway across the country but Kate decided to do it. Not only did the course entail living in Colorado for 7 months but Kate had to take two horses with her - one broken-in and one not.
Naturally, Chaucitta was her first choice! If you are going to fly a horse all the way from Singapore to America, you might as well bring two, right? She rang her friend Roz Tippett, a dressage judge in Western Australia, to see if she had any youngsters available. She had an unbroken 3 year old Warmblood filly that suited perfectly.
The Warmblood was flown to Singapore, picked up the polo pony and both came on to the USA.
After completing the course (and finishing at the top of the group) in Colorado with John and Josh Lyons, Kate returned to the USA in 2003 when invited to attend a 'Select Trainer' Clinic with John. To this day, Kate remains the only Australian to have completed the world renowned Certification Programme.
Whilst the merit of the Certification Course was unsurpassable, it is the experience of the hundreds of horses that Kate already had together with the variety of disciplines she trained and competed, and the hundreds of horses that Kate has encountered since then (in USA, UK, Asia and Australia) makes Kandoo Equine what it is today.
Kate returned to the UK at the end of 2001 and set up Equine Perfection, a horse training facility based at her property in Kent.
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.
Kate played polo regularly while living in Asia, 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!) of Singapore.
Having been out of Australia for 17 years, Kate decided it was time to come home.
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.
Kate's Honours research project focused on the emotional level in training and engaging the horse before a lesson in order to optimize learning outcomes.
Various measurements are employed in the study including rein tension, heart rate and heart rate variability, eye temperature, behaviour and time.