Staff Profile - Kirsty Pasto

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

Kirsty Pasto

High Performance Sports and Media Consultant

What does your role at EA entail?

I look after all of the High Performance teams media requirements, including the running of the Australian Equestrian Team social media channels. I also support the High Performance team administratively - specifically in relation to Jumping, Dressage and the non-Olympic disciplines.

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

My daily duties are varied. I can work on anything from drafting feature stories, liaising with the FEI or attending events.

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

The ability to travel in time

What’s your favourite horse breed and horse colour?

I think my horse would be offended if I didn’t say a grey thoroughbred.

What’s your favourite equestrian discipline?

I love all equestrian sport but I would have to say my favourite discipline is Jumping.

What’s the coolest thing about your job?

Being involved with athletes competing at the highest level of their sport. 

What is your equestrian background?

I have ridden and competed from the age of seven going through Pony Club, riding at Interschools and later competing in eventing. I moved overseas in 2010 and pursued a career in equestrian event PR & Media. In that capacity I have worked with Horse of the Year Show (UK), British Showjumping National Championships (UK) and Longines Masters Los Angeles (USA) before returning to Australia and joining EA. I also still ride and own one horse, Chance, who I have had since he came off the track as a four year old, he is now 15.

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

A squirrel. I am quite small, am always busy and am very social.

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

I am a huge history buff, so probably reading about European history.

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