Staff Profile - Danielle O'Brien

Each month we introduce you to a member of the EA team. It's fun, a little bit serious and maybe more interesting than you’d expect...

 

Introducing Equestrian Australia team member

Danielle O'Brien

Pathways Administrator 

 

What does your role at EA entail?

My job role is to handle or the National and FEI Horse passports and ensuring they get sent out and organised effectively and in quick time. I also register athletes with the FEI so they are ready for competition.

I also help with the Ready Set Trot and Ride a Horse Programs and ensure that all stock goes out and we continue to grow our grassroots community.

What’s the problem you most commonly solve in your role?

Any National and FEI Passport emergencies that may come in. 

If you could pick a superpower, what would you choose?

Fly or be Invisible!! How cool would it be to be able to fly but then it would be cool to be invisible because imagine the people you could scare ha ha.

What’s your favourite horse breed and horse colour?

I haven't really got a favourite breed, but I do like greys.

What’s your favourite equestrian discipline?

I would say Vaulting. I have danced my whole life so see athletes doing gymnastics and stunts on a horse I think is a really cool thing and so talented to be able to do it. 

What’s the coolest thing about your job?

The people I work with and seeing the passion people have in the sport. 

What is your equestrian background?

I have no equestrian background. The reason why I went for this role was because I would be pushed out of my comfort zone and be able to learn about the sport while working; I find it fun to learn about new sports. The only encounters I have had with horses are feeding my nan's next-door neighbours horses and on the odd occasion, I would have a pony ride as a kid at a carnival.

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

I would be a dolphin or a Beagle. A dolphin because that is my all-time favourite and animal and they are so beautiful but then I would be a Beagle because that is the breed of dog I have and to be loved and spoilt would be great. 

What is the nerdiest thing you do in your free time?

I do enjoy binge-watching series on Netflix or Stan. 

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