I am 29 years of age and I am a Dressage rider located in Pearcedale Victoria operating ACE Equine with my partner Tara Campain.
I have always shared the love of riding and training horses since I can remember. I have Originated from Show Horse roots where I made regular appearances at Ag and Royal shows then turning towards the performance world of equestrian; venturing into Eventing, Showjumping and Dressage. I loved the challenge and loved watching the professional riders make the task look so effortless. This has lead to where I am today, now pursuing the dream of becoming one of Australia’s top Dressage riders while balancing the demands of normal life commitments.
I have a fantastic team of horses with more on the way, a great network of owners and sponsors, hard working group of students and a loving partner to share all of this with. I strive everyday to further develop each horse I ride and guide each rider I instruct in the right direction to achieve their goals. I realise that to advance in the Dressage world it is a long and slow process, but rewarding. All horses are unique with different needs, hence why I train by my own of mantra of “always riding to your horses needs, not to your own desires!” This is my definition of harmony.
To do anything successfully takes hard work, discipline and patience. Although I wish I can say that I spend my days in the saddle or teaching, living the life as a child we aspire to lead, this is not the case. While balancing the demands of the ACE Equine stables I also work full time in Commercial Banking looking after portfolio’s of businesses that are up to 30mil net turnover. To say I’m busy is an understatement but I make it work. I try to make people understand that the only backing you really need is a good support network and strong heart to keep pushing, the rewards do pay off in the long run so long as you stay modest.
Career highlights so far for me have included:
Interschool representation for Australia in South Africa 2006
EA patrons European Training Scholarship Award 2012
2015 Equestrian Grand Final YR Captain And Team member winner
2012 Dressage Young Ambassador of the year
Top 10 placings regularly at State, National and CDI competitions onboard a multitude of horses and producing horses from the very beginning up to FEI level with squad listings both at State and National level.
All of this would not be possible without the hard working group of supporters, family and sponsors behind Tar and myself. I am very grateful for Jin Stirrup having me apart of their team of sponsored riders and I hope I can do the team proud showing off their fantastic range of products at their best.
Thank you again!