- LEWIS, Janette – President
- IZZARD, Dean ‐ Vice President
- KULPER, Kim – Secretary
- MULLER, Clare – Treasurer
- WHITING, Rachel – Registrar
President – Janette Lewis
Janette, along with her husband Kevin, operate Benchmark Hanoverians, a small Hanoverian stud in South East Queensland which produces two or three foals each season.
After eight years as Secretary Janette moved into the President’s position at the last AGM, embracing the challenge of the new role. Juggling the duties of real estate agent, President and helping Kev on the property does cause time constraints but the phone is never far from her ear and she is always available to assist members.
The past year has seen the HHSA take on a more global perspective with the acceptance of the HHSA into the WBFSH and issuing foals with international passports via VIT, the database used by many European Horse Societies including the Hannoveraner Verband. Offering high quality service to the members and long-term growth for the Society are firm objectives in Janette’s mind – adapt, change and prosper. There is still a lot more work to be done.
Vice President – Dean Izzard
Dean has been actively involved in the horse industry for in excess of 25 years breeding, riding and training horses. He owns and runs a boutique Dressage property in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, EQuest Dressage. Dean has competed with success to Grand Prix level Dressage on his Australian bred Hanoverian gelding and currently competes his imported Hanoverian gelding in addition to other horses for clients. He frequently travels to Germany for riding, training and to continue his education whilst expanding his knowledge and understanding of the Hanoverian breed. Time spent pursuing his equestrian goals has enabled Dean to develop strong relationships and networks within Germany.
Dean has been an HHSA committee member for five years and was Vice President 2014.
Dean has assisted the HHSA in organising training clinics here in Australia. He was instrumental in securing Anna – Sophie Fiebelkorn as test rider for the 2011, 2013 and 2014 Hanoverian sponsored Sydney CDI Young Dressage Horse final and subsequent clinics. He presently looks after the Hanoverian Website and Facebook page. The new website is appealing, modern and user friendly. It now includes a ‘shop’ for selling merchandise and horses advertised for sale by members.
Secretary – Kim Kulper
Kim started breeding using Kinnordy bloodlines perhaps 15 years ago. The interest in breeding caused the family to leave Tamborine Mountain and seek out more land to raise horses. The Oaky Creek property, Harrier Hill, has been developed over the last 10 years for raising young Hanoverians in a healthy environment.
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.
Harrier Hill Hanoverians has an Australian herd that consists of ten mares and fillies with bloodlines that include Wolkenstein II, Weltmeyer, Prince Noir, Fishermans Friend, Showdown and Prestige VDL.
In her first two years on the committee, Kim collated and produced the HHSA Newsletter, then took on the role of Secretary 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 new team to support and strengthen Hanoverian breeders and riders in Australia and worldwide.
Treasurer – Clare Muller
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 commit
ments 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.
Registrar – Rachel Whiting
Rachel has been CEO of a not-for-profit offering business advice and information for the last 4 years and previously held the position of HHSA Registrar for 6 years. 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 19 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 good service to members.
General Management Committee positions (in alphabetical order)
- BARTRAM, Jane
- BEATTY, Andrea
- BRADLEY, Peta
- COLLESS, Kaitlin
- FALLON, Adelyn
- MAULE, Gayle
- McKINNON, Linda
- NEERGAARD, Steffi
- PROCTER, Michael
Hi – my name is Jane Bartram and I am the owner of Hollands Bend Warmbloods. I have been involved with horse breeding for over 40 years. My involvement with warmbloods started in 1995 with AI-ing using frozen semen. I first visited Germany and began importing Hanoverian mares in 2005. I now visit Germany at least once a year and I have a fantastic network of contacts established now.
Hollands Bend Warmbloods is our small stud in north-east Victoria where we breed up to 10 frozen semen foals each year. We have 5 imported mares in our breeding and riding program.I breed a number of Hanoverian foals each year and have been fortunate enough to achieve several top ten places on the foal inspections, held at our stud, over the years. I also own several females in Germany and have been privileged to have one of these selected for the Herwart von der Deckenshow in 2010 where she received 1b. This mare’s 2yo colt, by Desperados, was selected for the 2013 Hanoverian Main Licensing.
I also run Elite Frozen Foals, an AI facility for visiting mares from all over Australia, along with a successful frozen semen importing business. We have been importing frozen semen from Germany for Australian breeders since 2005.
I have made many friends in the horse industry through my businesses and through breeding. I have an extensive range of friends and contacts in Germany who help keep me informed on current developments in Hanoverian breeding. I feel that I am now able to give some of my knowledge and time back to the growing group of Hanoverian breeders in Australia.
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. In the past few years, the methods of Ken Faulkner (AUS) and Buck Brannaman (USA) have been employed to achieve happier, more emotionally balanced horses.
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 2015.
I grew up in a horsey family, with both my parents involved in the thoroughbred industry, so there was never any doubt that I too would take the horsey road! Growing up I was a keen eventer, until I met Cheryl and Mike O’Brien and decided that I wanted to breed a dressage horse of my own. The resulting filly, EM Sevenoaks Fabiana, was the start of a wonderful journey for my Mum and I, as we now own a business and share a passion for working with horses and breeding Hanoverians.
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.
Last year I 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 near Laidley in South East QLD. We are boutique breeders, currently with three Hanoverian mares, young stock and my two beautiful Hanoverian geldings whom I compete in dressage. Being a breeder and rider will assist me in promoting the Hanoverian Society on a broader scale, to increase our member base. Earlier this year I helped the society with the database entry and organization of the tour, which I really enjoyed, and I have worked as Registrar during the 2014 committee year.
Adelyn is a 19 year old young rider with a love for show jumping, and a passion for breeding. She keeps in close contact with the international studs, making many trips over to view their young stock and sit on some of their up and coming horses to get a feel of what the new stallions are producing. Although Adelyn loves her riding, her heart lies in the breeding scene, and she aims to raise the standard of jumping horses in Australia by importing top bloodlines and crossing them with international stallions. The goal is to produce foals of a European standard to be campaigned in Australia. She hopes this results in raising the Australian profile of producing top jumping horses that have been carefully bred to be capable of navigating the most difficult and technical of jumping courses.
Gayle Maule started her career in a large Melbourne accountancy firm followed by years working for companies associated with the Building Services and Manufacturing Sectors as the accountant before retiring a few years ago.
She has been involved on and off with horses for the past 40 years firstly as a rider then as a small breeder and owner of a Hanoverian dressage horse. Gayle is enjoying being able to spend more time with the horses both hands on and via the involvement with the Hanoverian Society that retirement has allowed.
Gayle has been a member of the society for 12 years and held the position of treasurer for the last 7. She has worked tirelessly and is a very valuable member of the committee.
As a born and bred horse person, Linda lives and breathes the seasons on Russell Pocket Lodge, from the stress and exhilaration of selecting the sires and breeding the mares to the sheer joy of producing some wonderful youngsters. Her business aims to produce the best quality horses available in Australia that have been carefully produced and given every opportunity to be super successful.
Linda aims to breed a young horse that will be a joy for anyone to ride, sound and sane for international hopefuls to riders wanting to share the dream.
I am interested in seeing the dressage sport grow and expand in Australia and believe this can only be achieved with breeding programmes that are as competitive as the rest of the world.
I had been competing for years as a Young Rider and Interschool and decided to spend some time in Germany under Leonie Bramall and in Denmark under Andreas Helgstrand in 2009/2010. After returning to Australia and completing a Bachelor of Business (International Business/ Sales & Marketing), as well as my EA NCAS Coaching certificate, I now work for the leading SAP, Sage and Microsoft partner in the South-Asian region in a Sales & Account Management capacity on weekdays, and coach young riders on the weekend. I’m also proud to have been part of the QLD Festival of Dressage Committee since 2010 by pulling together the Fashion Parade earlier on, and from 2012, implementing and completing a number of marketing strategies (mainly around social media). Any assistance I can provide the HHSA in achieving their 2015 objectives, whether from a corporate relations, social media or marketing capacity, I am more than happy to do.
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, 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 the breeding game. Over recent years Michael has imported 2 State Premium mares and the licensed and performance tested Hanoverian stallion Showdown. The business has grown further to now including the importation of frozen semen.
Michael has a strong interest in the Hanoverian breed and travels to Germany at least 2 to 3 times per year and has strong contacts within the German Verband. Michael looks forward to playing a more active role in the development and promotion of the Australian Hanoverian Society.