I love to be outdoors and surrounded by animals.
Horses captured my imagination when I was very young and possess me still. I began breeding horses in the Southern Highlands in 2003 and later established Australia’s first Shagya-Araber sport horse stud, at Wingello. Together with my husband, Darren, we travelled to the home of the breed at Babolna National Stud in Hungary before embarking on a journey of rapid learning and ups and downs to import the foundation of our stud. We were thrilled in 2019 to receive the Assessors Award for Best Breeding Program on the 2019 Australian All Breeds Tour, awarded by visiting International Sport Horse Judge Frank Weisskirchen.
My love of horses and the outdoors led me to the sport of horse endurance riding and subsequently to found the Wingello Forest Endurance Ride. This event has grown over the 12 years it has been running to become the largest endurance ride held annually in Australia, bringing International riders and sponsors to our home village of Wingello. Through the endurance ride association, I negotiated with Forestry to establish a network of permanently marked horse-riding trails within the Wingello State Forest to assist others who love horses and the outdoors to further explore and enjoy our Highlands region. I was invited to be part of the organising committee for the 50th Anniversary of Australia’s National Endurance Championships – the Tom Quilty Gold Cup. This was an exciting opportunity to work alongside legends of the sport, including members of the original organising committee set up by RM Williams.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science (environmental biology) degree in 1996 and have worked professionally as an ecological consultant throughout greater Sydney and south-eastern NSW for the past 25 years, providing specialist advice and biodiversity assessments for farmers and developers. I have served as a Councillor for the Ecological Consultants Association of NSW through several terms. I have also served as a community representative on the South Coast Advisory Committee for the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service.
Whilst a student, my interests and travels led me to short work stints at Tom Groggin Station in the Victorian High Country, a country vet practice in Coonabarabran, wildlife rescue and foster care, and eight years of voluntary work with Riding for the Disabled.
I am a member of the Exeter Branch of the Country Women’s Association, where I have thoroughly enjoyed the role of Branch Agricultural & Environment Officer over the last four years. I am also currently the Agricultural & Environment Officer for CWA Wollondilly Group, supporting sixteen branches across the Wingecarribee Shire and South Coast.
I am committed to serving the community and have extensive experience working as part of a team within a wide variety of community
I actively pursue knowledge within the agricultural sphere, attending courses and participating in workshops such as dung beetles, beekeeping, home dairy cow management, the DPI Prograze and Landscan courses, and vertebrate pest control.
I believe the Bowral Co-op can provide invaluable support to members to further their enjoyment of the Highlands lifestyle through co-operative buying power and communication of farming know-how. I whole-heartedly bring my knowledge and energy to the Board to further the interests of members and promote the Co-op to the broader community.