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.
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.
I grew up with horses and have ridden since I could walk, the past 12 years I have dedicated my interest on the rodeo circuit, Barrel Racing, Breakaway Roping, and Steer Undecorating. I have passion for Training Horses and helping others reach their own personal goals. I’ve achieved 22 Australian Titles over the past 12yrs with the help of my amazing horses “Kohl” and “Justa”.
2017 was a great year for Nichole, taking away Australian Barrel Horse of the Year with Just A Busy Cat, taking her count to 25 Australian Titles.
2018 will be a little quiet one on the Rodeo Road for Nichole as she will be expecting her first baby in July. Whilst she is out of the saddle she will pursue her Diploma in Jent Equine Therapy which will conclude in January 2019, and running clinics which Nichole really enjoys running.
Discipline: Barrel Racing
Jamie has been competing successfully for many years, having produced numerous successful horses through to Grand Prix level. Jamie was a member of the Australian Showjumping Team at the Sydney Olympics riding the super talented Thoroughbred LL Zazu which he produced from off the track. Following the Olympics Jamie went to Europe where he continued to compete successfully. Following his stint in Europe he returned to Australia and became the National Showjumping Coach. He held this position for 3 years until he decided to resume his riding career.
Relocating from the Hunter Valley in NSW to the Mornington Peninsula, Jamie continued to produce Elite Level Jumpers. Nic of Time was a homebred by Wirragulla Nicklaus produced to World Cup Level and who won back to back Victorian Championships before being sold to Europe in 2016. Jamie is now very excited to have his full brother Now’s the Time who has just commenced his competition career.
Having recently located to a property at Whiteheads Creek (near Seymour) where he and Sue and daughter Hayley are setting up a large Equestrian/Thoroughbred complex.
Jamie is a NCAS Level 3 (SJ) and currently the Victorian State Showjumping Coach. He also has a large number of coaching commitments throughout Australia with regular clinics in most States.
Sue has also produced numerous successful horses through to Grand Prix level and has represented Australia Internationally, winning the Chinese National Championships. She has won and placed in World Cups on a variety of horses over the years. With McNulty Sue won the Wentworth Saddle Futurity and again with McNulty was runner up to Rod Brown and Spirit in the NSW State Titles and the Australian Championships. Many of the horses that Sue has produced have been sold overseas and have gone on to successful careers with their new riders.
During the past couple of years she has had success on Rose Cavalier an exceptional jumper by Premier des Hayettes who was on the National Future Stars squad. Lizetta is Sue’s current up and coming young Grand Prix horse.
Sue is also committed to coaching and enjoys travelling on a regular basis interstate as well as coaching her local riders.
Discipline: Show jumping
Michael is an experienced eventing rider, having had a number of horses compete at 3 Star Level. His current good horse Kinnordy Gatow (Gus) is a new partnership but they have had a very successful 2017, with a number of CIC 3 Star placings. Michael and Gus are working towards the Adelaide 4 Star in 2018, which will involve a trip to Sydney in April for the CCI 3 Star. Michael’s other three star horse TMP Razzle-Dazzle has been successfully show jumping in 2017 and is working towards 3 star events in 2018. Another horse is Michael’s team is the lovely Jive who is a horse with potential plus. Jive was the 2016 Young Event Horse of WA. Jive is competing at 105cm and will move to 1 Star in 2018.
I’m very happy with our results and some of our major placings include
2nd CCI 2 Star – Wooroloo August 2017
3rd CIC 3 Star Fairbridge September 2017
3rd CIC 3 Star Capel November 2017
4th CCN 105 Wooroloo August 2017
4th Capel 105cm November 2017
2nd Murray 105cm November 2017
Winner Southside Speed Derby Show jumping October 2017
Winner Murray Show jumping 120cm Speed Championships October 2017
Plans for 2018
Michael and Gus are working towards the Adelaide 4 Star in 2018, which will involve a trip to Sydney in April for the CCI 3 Star. Michael’s other three star horse TMP Razzle-Dazzle has been successfully show jumping in 2017 and is working towards 3 star events in 2018. The lovely Jive who is a horse with potential plus. Jive was the 2016 Young Event Horse of WA. Jive is competing at 105cm and will move to 1 Star in 2018.
Discipline: Eventing & Show Jumping
Both my parents have evented in their younger days including my mum competing for Australia in the world championships so horses were in my blood really. My Mother bought me a pony before I was born so there was really no choice but riding. I wouldn’t know what it was like not riding, it is my life really. I did my first event at the age of 5 and I came 5th, so there it began. Soon I had 2 and then 3 ponies all competing at grade 5 at pony club and it went from there.
My current best horse Image Blue Ice currently competing 3*** hoping to qualify for the CCI **** next year. Image Blue Ice and I were selected for the Australian team Oceania Young Rider team in 2013 which Australia won.
We won the Eventing Young Rider Championships in 2013 at the Australian International Horse Trials.
I currently have a team of 4 very promising young horses and are hoping for a big year in 2018.
29 year old Sophie Warren grew up surrounded by horses and is now a professional Eventing and Dressage rider. Currently competing at the top of the sport, Sophie has been in the top ten placings at all of Australia’s major eventing competitions. She also represented Australia as a young rider, was Western Australian young rider of the year and her horse, Let’s Impress was Western Australian horse of the year. Sophie has ridden at FEI level in dressage and two of her rides have won Western Australian dressage horse of the year.
Now a successful trainer of horses and riders in all three Olympic disciplines, Sophie focusses on implementing evidence-based training methods in order to improve the welfare of horses and the safety of riders. Eventing is Sophie’s main passion and with her team of eventers she strives to compete internationally for Australia. “I wouldn’t be complaining if I got there in Dressage either, but Eventing is my real love and I couldn’t live without it. The extra level of horsemanship it requires and the camaraderie between fellow competitors – I think that’s pretty special in eventing. Of course being an adrenalin junkie might also have something to do with it!”
Sophie and her partner, Portland, coach and train horses of all types from foundation training and re-education of problem horses to competition at the highest level. They believe that understanding and applying the science of learning is the most effective and ethical way to train horses.
Elizabeth Welch – FEI Rider & Coach
30 years of experience in breeding and preparation of young horses for yearling sales, competition and breed classes
Competitive FEI rider and trainer
Level 1 NCAS Coach
Training and competing clients horses
Victoria Welch-Mason – FEI Rider & Coach
Started riding at the age of three
Competes both Beechwood Horses and clients horses
trained 3 horses to Grand Prix by the age of 25
Training and competing clients horses
ELD Queensland FEI Dressage Squad – 2018
At Beechwood Dressage Horses we are lucky enough to have produced three Grand Prix horses (BJ Casablanca,Brentanus and Glogau) and 6 FEI Horses (Balambrae Kepler, Remi World Vision, Washington, Fibritzio Bellagio 11 and Kalahari). Currently in training we have two Grand Prix horses, two Small Tour horses, two Medium Tour horses and some special young horses, both our own and clients.
We always aim to train the horses to their highest potential and represent our state and country to the best of our ability .
We couldn’t do this with out the amazing team of people who support us each and everyday.
“The bigger the dream, the bigger the team”.
1- Victoria and Brentanus
2 – Libby and Fibritzio