This AGM brings to an end Janette’s second year as President of the HHSA. As a real estate agent Janette faces many challenges that always involve both people and money, as President another dimension is added, the horse that is close to the heart of every owner. This ‘horse’ element makes the job of President extremely rewarding when solutions to issues are found and implemented.
To continue to expand, the Society must be prepared to be innovative and progressive. Change must be our friend, concepts that support our breeders and riders must be tested, and creative thinking must be encouraged. We need to offer value to our members so that the Hanoverian is the horse of choice and the HHSA the Society of choice.
PROCTER, Dr. Michael
Michael is a veterinarian who has worked in 100% equine practice for over 20 years predominantly in the field of performance horses. In 1996 he opened his own equine veterinary practice in Oakford, Western Australia and the business has now developed into one of WA’s premium reproductive centres. With an indoor jump dummy and state of the art equipment, the hospital caters for all stallion and mare reproductive work.
Michael was a competitive event rider before the veterinary business grew too large, hence leading to becoming a breeder of quality horses. Over recent years Michael has imported 2 State Premium mares and the licensed and performance tested Hanoverian stallion Showdown. His now famous dam line still resides in Germany with young stock by Damon Hill and Ampere.
The equine business has grown further to now include the importation of frozen semen. Please see Oakford Equine Hospital on the web for frozen semen information.
Michael has a strong interest in the Hanoverian breed and travels to Germany at least 2 to 3 times per year and has many contacts within the German Verband and local breeders. Michael looks forward to playing a more active role in the development and promotion of the Australian Hanoverian Horse as vice president in 2016.
Kim had an American Saddlebred for twenty years, that went from 3 gaited to a buggy, then 5 gaited, to riding Western, and roping posts and finally to dressage. At age 23 he was checked by a chiropractor and had a very good back and still had very good conformation. Now mainly Hanoverians and Shetlands grace Harrier Hill plus one quarter horse mare who babysits the young ones.
Kim teaches biology, junior science and mathematics at Beaudesert SHS. She previously volunteered for 7 years with the Arundel Park RDA and earned the NCAS RDA Level 1 Coach certificate while finishing her second science degree. A Masters of Guidance and Counseling followed from UQ St. Lucia. HHSA member socialization, listening to individuals and the promotion of team-work is important to Kim.
In her first two years on the committee, Kim collated and produced the HHSA Newsletter, then took on the role of Secretary in 2014 to support Janette in her new venture as President. Her hope for HHSA is that the Society continues to grow and flourish under a stable and friendly management team so as to support and strengthen Hanoverian breeders and riders in Australia and worldwide.
Clare Muller is a Chartered Accountant whose career started at Deloitte in Sydney. She secured an accounting role with a multinational corporation, and ultimately become financial controller of this company, with her career taking her to New Zealand, Thailand and the USA. Whilst Clare enjoyed the challenges in this role, the international commitments were not compatible with running a breeding operation and progressing the training of her dressage horses, and so, in 2009, Clare started her own accounting practice in Toowoomba which she continues to run today (tax minimization for horse industry clients a specialty).
Clare lives on the Darling Downs, just outside Toowoomba, with her husband Luke and two children. The family’s pastoral business, “Muller Bloodstock” which commenced in 2006, incorporates cattle production, breeding Quarter Horses for Luke’s camp drafting interests and Hanoverians for Clare’s dressage. While the Hanoverian breeding aspect is only a small operation, they are very proud of the quality of the horses produced, and the depth of the broodmare band that includes mares by Londonderry, Wenzel, Desperados and Diamond Hit. Clare enjoys competing two Hanoverians: Rolls Royce M (Riverside/Wenzel) and La Bonita (Londonderry/ Brentano II) and producing one or two foals a year.
She has been a dressage competitor for almost 20 years, and has been a dressage judge for the last seven years. Clare is passionate about the sport and the development of dressage riders in Australia.
Rachel has extensive business management and not-for-profit experience and has held the position of HHSA Registrar for 7 years with a 3 year break during this time. She has a degree in Education (Secondary Art/English) and post graduate qualifications in Animal Science (Management).
Rachel has had horses since she was 11 years old, first learning to ride on a friend’s cattle property at 10. She grew up attending pony club with all the disciplines it encompasses and competing in the hack ring. Rachel and husband Adrian began breeding 20 years ago and after some research, decided to solely breed Hanoverians. In more recent years Rachel has been a dressage rider and a supporter of Adrian’s competitions on the eventing circuit.
Rachel and Adrian have a small broodmare stock including mares that they have been importing from Germany over the last few years. Matavia Performance Horses overlooks the floodplains of the Hunter River at Lochinvar, NSW. Rachel’s previous experience on the committee gives her a strong understanding of what is needed to continue to grow the organisation and provide a good service to members.
Also detailed is a list of nominations for general committee positions. 8 positions are normally available, and we have nine nominations listed below. Nominations can be called from the floor at the AGM only if a nominee does not accept their nomination.
Detailed below is a list of nominees for general management committee positions, listed in alphabetical order.
- BEATTY, Andrea
- BRADLEY, Peta
- BUCZAC, Callum
- COLLESS, Kaitlin
- HEDBERG, Madonna
- McKINNON, Linda
- NEWTON, Craig
- SHOOBRIDGE, David
Andrea is passionate about her horses and is dedicated to finding the best horses and trainers to succeed in sport.
SPH Dante was bred by his owner, Andrea Beatty, who had great success in Young Horse Classes in Australia with rider Rodney Martin before being sold to the PSI stables in Germany, consequently being given an entrance to the 2014 World Young Horse Dressage Championships in Verden.
She has earned an Honours law degree from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Cambridge. Andrea has more than 20 years experience practicing legal issues.
Donner Carina, Donner Meyer, Weekend Feeling and PSI Oktavia bless the Saffron Performance Horse mare band with import quality and strong genetics for breeding in Australia.
Peta Bradley owns and operates Stella Stud, based in Ellangowan, South East Queensland. The focus of the breeding program is to produce Hanoverian sport horses with world-class pedigrees. The stud is home to a select number of elite quality Hanoverian studbook mares, as well as ‘new generation’ fillies produced via frozen semen from Germany out of imported and/or elite mares.
Peta also enjoys handling and training her Hanoverian horses using a ‘soft feel’ method, with Master trainer Nuno Oliveira being of special interest. Recently Peta has begun studying equine biomechanics and the art of horsemanship with Belinda Bolsenbroek, who is now based in Australia but was originally from the Netherlands. Peta’s ultimate goal is to develop a force free partnership between herself and her horse/s that brings pleasure and fulfilment – enabling two individuals to become like one.
Currently, Peta’s focus in working with the HHSA is to help build the profile of the organisation to ensure its successful growth into the future. Projects undertaken in the past twelve months include the design and development of the Hanoverian Horse Sales catalogue, Silent Auction brochure and A4 Presentation folder, as well as working in conjunction with web designers to produce online and printable forms. Other HHSA publications, such as the Breeding Guidelines and the Mare Performance Testing Guidelines, have also been re-formatted to achieve a more contemporary layout.
Peta will continue to manage the Hanoverian Horse Sales Catalogue with regular editions to further support HHSA members in 2016.
Callum is a keen young eventer currently competing at 2* level whilst completing a double Business Degree at Monash University.
He is particularly interested in furthering the involvement of the HHSA in Australian show jumping and eventing. He feels he can bring a fresh perspective to the committee and help expand the membership base beyond the traditionally strong dressage roots.
HHSA looks forward to Callum supporting members interested in jumping and eventing in Victoria.
I have been on the HHSA Committee for the past two years and have thoroughly enjoyed working with a hard working and passionate team. In that time I have held a couple of roles, including Registrar, and now look after all the change of ownerships. I am also a member of the QLD Young Horse sub-committee, and I look forward to the HHSA running a top quality young horse event for QLD early next year.
I began breeding 8 years ago with my first foal Sevenoaks Fabiana becoming an elite mare, and from that point forward I had the breeding bug. I might be biased, but I think Hanoverians are the most impressive, athletic and diverse breed, and I am proud to base our breeding program around one of the most successful breeds in the world.
In 2008 I travelled to Germany and spent several months working at Hof Bruening, where my knowledge of breeding and all things Hanoverians expanded greatly. I came home with an enhanced appreciation for the breed, which has since seen our number of Hanoverians dramatically increase. Since then I’ve completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Queensland, with majors in criminology and sociology, and my skills include excellent organisational and computer skills.
I then returned to Germany and spent some time working for Aussie Olympian Hayley Beresford. I took this opportunity to attend more than ten breeding farms and stallion stations to improve my knowledge of Hanoverians and breeding.
I currently work full time on our property Sevenoaks Farm, located in South East QLD, as manager and rider.
Madonna and Lars Hedberg are the owners of Arnage Warmblood Stud in the beautiful, fertile Mary Valley in Queensland. The farm is based on 150 acres of improved pasture where barley and lucerne for the livestock are grown on the farm.
Madonna has been breeding Hanoverians since 1997 and very keen to find those at the top in their field to support her pursuit for perfection. She has developed close ties with breeders and trainers in Germany to maintain the Hanoverian Horse traditions and expectations. The Hedberg family has imported the licensed and performance tested stallions Fiderfurst and Premonition after completing their training in Germany. Seven foals and mares have also been purchased in Germany to improve breeding and performance stock in Australia.
Through Saddleworld in Gympie, Madonna has supported a number of equine events and classes as well as helped many to find the right saddle and tack for the job. Madonna is very familiar with working with staff, and maintaining happy teams to accomplish agreed upon goals.
Cooloola Dressage Group has benefitted from having Madonna work as President and Treasurer in the recent past.
An infatuation with horses was in Linda’s blood from an early age, she started riding at 3 and did everything from show jumping, eventing, dressage and showing to stock work. After finishing an Education degree, dressage became Linda’s passion and the Hanoverian horse was her choice for their trainability, elegant conformation and beautiful movement. An obsession with breeding also possessed Linda from a young age as her mother bred Hereford cattle. Linda has built Regal Warmblood Stud and Russell Pocket Lodge around a goal to breed a sound, sane, trainable, beautiful horse to be a rider’s true partner and a joy to ride. At this point Linda feels her life’s work is her group of broodmares and young horses, having now bred up to three generations of IFS or imported Hanoverian bloodlines.
Volunteering time and effort to the HHSA committee is part of Linda’s interest in the future of the breed in Australia, enjoying being part of the positive guiding influence that the committee is. Linda believes that Australia now breeds Hanoverians that are competitive with the best in Europe and is very excited to be a part of this ever changing process.
Craig Newton is Director of Operations of Rockford Services Pty Ltd, a company based at Ormeau, Queensland providing telecommunication network installation services. Three years ago Craig set up, as a hobby, Belrock Equestrian, a small warmblood breeding program at Tamborine, where he has been producing quality dressage, show jumping and eventing horses. His chosen bloodlines include Argentinus, Contender, Calido, Grannus II and Fishermans Friend, with which he employs modern stallions to improve the progeny, generation after generation.
Belrock Equestrian has sponsored the Six Year Old Young Horse class at the Brisbane CDI and the HHSA Four Year Old Young Horse class. Craig believes that good handling and firm discipline can produce offspring possessing truly remarkable temperaments and enjoyable personalities.
As a problem solving man, Craig can help promote the horses he loves, the Hanoverian, with creative ideas and ways to implement those ideas. The hobby has become much, much more and now includes a passion for supporting HHSA in the future as part of an exciting team.
Revelwood Stud is located on the Central Coast of NSW and managed by David and Amanda Shoobridge. They have developed a top reproduction program using embryo transfers from their imported mares.
David has competed for many years and has settled on the art of dressage. He has developed strong bonds with his riding partners, especially OO Seven and Agent De Jeu, and offers his knowledge to others through clinics around Australia.
The stud has expanded to providing frozen semen via their business, Waterview Park, where their clients are provided access to the world’s leading sires.
David will continue to build up dressage enthusiasts amongst New South Wales HHSA members and offer his forward thinking ideas concerning breeding to all who express interest.