How did I get involved with horses & Paints?
My involvement with horses began as a small child, my first pony being a tobiano pinto pony, competing at Pony Club which is the equivalent of 4H. As my experience developed I went on to compete in Dressage and One Day Eventing, by my early 20’s I had taken a liking to “western breeds” and my interests grew in that direction. For almost 10 years I was an employee of the Paint Horse Assn of Australia (PHAA), at least 6 as the Office Manager. After purchasing 2 Paints in the USA and flying them to Australia it was an ethical decision to leave my much loved job and establish our now well known HMF Paint Horse breeding program. My involvement with Paints has many facets – an active and very successful competitor, a qualified (Australian) judge, 7 x Ring Steward at APHA World Show, successful breeder and promoter of Paints in Australia and the South Pacific.
What APHA & other equine related experience have I?
I have been a staunch supporter of APHA for at least 15 years. Whilst an employee of the PHAA, I was involved in meetings with APHA Presidents / Past Presidents and staff over several years to establish and refine the International Appendix Registry. Travelling to New Caledonia frequently to judge, I assisted in the formation of their APHA regional club and many new registrations and memberships, I was on the formative committee of the APHA regional club in Australia. Working for the PHAA gave me a good grounding on the day to day operations of a Breed Association, I took time to visit and work in the APHA office for a week in order to improve the processes of the PHAA. Being a business owner and operator for 25 years I have an understanding of the pressures of running a professional business. Until recently my available time was limited, but after selling our transport business and establishing an Equine Reproduction Centre I now have the time to dedicate to APHA. Over the past 11 years I have attended 6 APHA Conventions and have had involvement on several committees. I have been a 4 times team coach for the Australian Youth Team and put forward many suggestions regarding the previous Youth Teams Tournament and the transformation into the Youth World Games.
APHAs biggest challenges – APHA, as with any breed associations, will always face challenges and hurdles. Continued growth of membership and registrations – the core business of the association are of utmost importance. Past members need to be enticed back into APHA. Growing the APHA globally and making “Paint Horses” recognisable and desired in as many countries as it is possible. All important issues to be addressed.
How can I contribute?
Being located in the South Pacific – Australasia region I am in a position to be a driving force behind growth in these areas as well as being an integral part of a great team of USA based Committee members. My depth of knowledge with Paint Horses and ability to network with many international contacts & equine organisations can only be of benefit to the APHA and its members worldwide.
What aspects am I most passionate about?
The continued success of the APHA is reliant on so many issues, my passion is with the breed itself however there are some things that are closer to my heart –growth of the association globally, recognition of Paint Horses around the world, increased competition participation and education of judges and competitors worldwide. Whilst we all love the Paint Horse shows, to have the breed recognised in many countries requires acceptance of and rewarding those that compete in the myriad of disciplines our wonderful horses are capable of performing in. Look beyond the horizon and you will be amazed what there is to discover.