Coach of the Month

COACH OF THE MONTH is a regular Education series on our website. It is a way of highlighting the Equestrian Australia coaches and educators who work with dedication and passion all over Australia.

The coaches who feature in this series have been nominated by Equestrian Australia's State branches. Please contact your State Branch Education Coordinator for further information.

PREVIOUS STORIES:

17/12/2019 : Coach of the Month Elisabeth Elliott

19/11/2019 : Coach of the Month Mattea Davidson

21/10/2019 : Coach of the Month Elizabeth Tollarzo

19/09/2019 : Coach of the Month Lucas Hurps

20/08/2019 : Coach of the Month Jamie Coman

23/07/2019 : Coach of the Month Pip Godfrey

18/06/2019 : Coach of the Month Anne Smith

17/05/2019 : Coach of the Month Charlotte Price

16/04/2019 : Coach of the Month Sandy Lucas

15/03/2019 : Coach of the Month Gail Simms

19/02/2019 : Coach of the Month Erica Russell

15/01/2019 : Coach of the Month Lydia Jackson

23/11/2018 : Coach of the Month Andrea Reidel-Carrison

12/07/2018 : Coach of the Month Darani Cumming

10/07/2018 : Coach of the Month Nicole Mutimer

27/06/2018 : Coach of the Month Philippa Collier

25/05/2018 : Coach of the Month Jan Smith

14/03/2018 : Coach of the Month Ruth Schneeberger

21/02/2018 : Coach of the Month Kim Durante

30/01/2018 : Coach of the Month Fiona Hughes

04/12/2017 : Coach of the Month Denise Rofe

14/11/2017 : Coach of the Month Nadine Merewether

26/10/2017 : Coach of the Month Merindah Thomson

27/09/2017 : Coach of the Month Susan Leslie

23/08/2017 : Coach of the Month Danae O'Keeffe

06/07/2017 : Coach of the Month Amanda Cameron

07/06/2017 : Coach of the Month Megan Joerg

28/04/2017 : Coach of the month Vanessa Lines

31/03/2017 : Coach of the Month Clive Reed

21/02/2017 : Coach of the Month Nicole Tough

20/12/2016 : Coach of the Month Libby Welch

10/11/2016 : Coach of the Month Simon Tainsh

22/09/2016 : Coach of the Month Nellandra Henry

30/08/2016 : Coach of the Month Jill Schwartz

18/07/2016 : Coach of the Month David Dobson

17/06/2016 : Coach of the Month Rod Brown

23/05/2016 : Coach of the Month Anne Lindh

21/04/2016 : Coach of the Month Tor Van Den Berge

24/03/2016 : Coach of the Month Lyn Jutilane

25/02/2016 : Coach of the Month Josephine McFarlane

29/01/2016 : Coach of the Month Christine Johnson

04/12/2015 : Coach of the Month Ellizabeth Tollarzo

29/10/2015 : Coach of the Month Rebecca Jenkins

19/09/2015 : Coach of the Month Catherine Davies

16/07/2015 : Coach of the Month Lydia Jackson

15/06/2015 : Coach of the Month Rebecca Thomas

15/05/2015 : Coach of the Month Tamsin Adcock

Childhood: I come from a non-horsey family and grew up in the Western Suburbs in Brisbane. I always had a love of animals and was quite the collector - mice, Guinea pigs, birds, fish. I had a friend at Primary School whose father played polo and this is how I became involved. She attended the local pony club and I would tag along and help out with the horses. This lead to me leasing my first pony Nutmeg at age 10 and I was in heaven. He was a 13hh fat grey pony who was a great school master but also quite good at dislodging me when jumping. The pony club was great as we were able to participate in everything - Gymkhana's, ODE's, local shows. We used to hire a local cattle truck to get the horses to shows and had an old loading ramp to get them on. I remember on one occasion we were all heading to a hunter trial and I had broken my arm the week before - my mum would not let me ride so I tried to bribe her permission with $20 I had gotten for my birthday. I was not successful but also quite shocked I couldn’t change her mind with $20 - that was a lot of money then!

 

Now days: I recently celebrated my 33rd birthday and am married to another professional rider Shane Davidson who competes at World Cup level in Showjumping. Together we run Davidson Equestrian where we teach riders, train horses, and have a Performance Horse Stud. This is located in Toowoomba, about 2 hrs. west of Brisbane. My weeks are spent teaching, riding and doing Veterinary work. I did work full time as a Vet in practice after graduating however as we became busier with Davidson Equestrian I was needed in our business more. I currently compete at 4* level in Eventing and am heading to Wallaby Hill in a couple of weeks. I have also competed at World Cup level in Showjumping which was a real highlight for me!

 

Your Job: The coaching was just a natural progression for me and part of being a professional rider and running a business. I don't think I was a naturally good rider when I was young so I had to work hard to get better. I think that helps me to be a better coach - I understand why things can be hard, frustrating and scary. I really get a lot of enjoyment out of seeing people achieve with their riding - and this can look different for every rider. It may be jumping a ditch for the first time or it could be winning at Adelaide. Being a part of someone's personal achievements and success, however that may look is really something special. I am also involved with running the Qld State Eventing and Development Squads - it is great to see how riders have benefitted from this program and how eventing in Qld is quite strong at the moment. Coaching is a really interesting job because you have to manage not only the needs of the rider but also that of the horse. You can have a plan for a lesson but have to adapt quickly - I remember a lecturer at uni once told us - 'Horses are predictably unpredictable' - I think this is good advice!

 

In the future: My plan is to compete at Adelaide 5* in 2020 - I was hoping to compete this year but at the end of 2018 I broke 7 vertebrae so this affected our qualifications. It has taken me about 12 months to get my fitness back again but am feeling really good now. I also have a few nice young showjumping horses I am looking forward to competing in 2020.

 

I really enjoy being involved in coaching and seeing riders progress and have fun. My husband and I coach each other on a regular basis which can sometimes be tough, but we are both each other's biggest supporters. A coaching highlight for me was having our working pupil Courtney Stubberfield win the Young Rider class at Adelaide 3DE in 2017. I was so proud of what we had achieved as a team.

 

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