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Fiona Anderson, who has been sponsored by 4Cyte since 2010, is a dedicated amateur equestrian actively competing and volunteering in the sport of dressage. As a veterinarian and passionate equestrian, Fiona saw the need for reliable, accurate, evidence-based online horse care advice and so in 2017 she launched “Equestology- Sport Horse Science” which is an information hub for equestrians of all disciplines. Fiona is a proud ambassador for 4Cyte Equine, not least of all because of the science behind this great product.
I grew up in Tasmania and started riding at the age of 7. In Tassie you did everything from games to showing to eventing as there wasn’t enough of anyone discipline but eventing was always my main love.
When I finished school I moved to Victoria to pursue a career with horses. I reached 3* level shortly after with my horse Rivendell Heritage. I moved onto the Mornington Peninsula and started my own business coaching and training, during my time there I produced a number of 1, 2 &3* horses and coached many young riders to 1* and beyond.
In 2006 my partner Nina and I made the decision to combine our business and move to Ballarat. We breed, break in and do further training of competition horses and coach riders at home and all over the state. I currently have a team of 6 event horses with Sargeant Crisp at 4* level, Ballahowe Paramount at 3*, Ballahowe Osprey & Ballahowe Wildside at 1* level and soon to going them at 1* level my two 105 horses Ballahowe Ayurvedic and Alby Talkative.
I am currently aiming to do Adelaide 4* again and am keen to take some horses to Europe to compete in the next few years.
I have grown up in a horsey family starting out in English riding, pony club, showing, eventing, hunting and show jumping.
In 2012 I made the change to Barrel Racing, I have competed all around Vic, NSW & SA. Some highlights are I competed at Sydney Equitana, the Melbourne International rodeo held at Hisense arena, the ABHA National Finals Tamworth. In 2013 I was crowned Rodeo Queen of Australia. I then travelled all around Australia attending rodeos and I also got to travel to USA and Canada representing rodeo in Australia.
After my time as Queen I have been concentrating on my horses, I have qualified to compete at this year’s NBHA World Finals in USA.
I hope to continue stepping closer to my goals with my horses and my passion of training the young horses.
From a young age Murray’s affinity for working dogs and livestock was evident. It was a natural progression for him to become a stockman and work on the land, alongside his team of dogs and horses.
On a daily basis Murray’s team of horses and dogs work on Ellerston Station, NSW. In addition to this they can also be found at working dog trials on weekends and their annual trip to the Sydney Royal Easter Show performing working dog demonstrations to the city folk. Over the years Murray’s home bred and trained dogs have represented NSW in the trial ring, won numerous Open, Maiden and Novice events whilst also being sought after at the increasingly popular working dog sales. The value of a good working dog is now being realized. In 2016 home grown and trained “Yarram Bear” sold for $8750, and pup “Yarrum Stella” sold for $2900 to very happy buyers. This is a representation of the quality that Murray and Jacqui aim to breed, train and present.
In addition to the work dogs, cow horse events occupy any other ‘spare’ time for Murray. He caught the ‘Cutting’ bug after setting himself the goal of breaking in, training and successfully competing on his first ‘snaffle bit’ horse ‘A Mega Cat’ pictured. From here, he and the horse progressed to Rookie events. Since then Murray has trained his own non-pro Futurity horse, reaching the finals, with a team of youngsters now in the same program. Murray breaks in all of his own horses, they are taken to work and given plenty of mustering and vital outside riding before, during and after their training. These are experiences that make them more worldly an exposed as a horse. It is also the aim to present 1-2 horses each year at major performance horse sales such as the prestigious Landmark Classic.
Murray is one busy man, supported by his wife Jacqui and their newborn son Jordan.
Discipline: Cutting & Producer of working Dogs
Photo credit Paul K Robbins
Born into a family of Australian Stock Horse breeders, it comes as no surprise that Lisa Martin has carved out a successful career as an international dressage competitor and coach.
Lisa started riding when she was about five years old, her parents had Stock Horses and played Polocrosse as well as owning Thoroughbreds. Lisa was exposed to many of the equine disciplines, from Polocrosse, Hacking at the Royals, Cross Country, Show Jumping and Dressage, when Lisa finally decided to concentrate on Dressage. At age16 Lisa represented Australia at Grand Prix in NZ at the Horse of the year show with a horse named Conquistador, and placed third. Conquistador and Lisa had many successful competitions including CDIs and Nationals. Lisa considers herself extremely lucky over the years to have owned and bred many special horses including her recent horse First Famous who she imported from Germany five years ago as a five year old. First Famous came fourth at the Rio Paralympics in grade five is also on the High Performance able bodied squad and Para Squad being the first in Australian History for this to happen as a Grand Prix Dressage horse. Lisa and First Famous continue their Grand Prix Campaign in able bodied competition with wonderful results.
Lisa competed in three events at the Games, placing fourth in the mixed dressage freestyle and individual championship, and ninth in the team open with teammates Emma Booth, Sharon Jarvis and Katie Umback.
Outside of training and competition, Lisa loves to travel and fish. She also considers herself a movie buff, favouring Westerns and action flicks.