David has over 35 years of experience from starting young horses and dealing with horses with behavioural issues to teaching people the foundations of horsemanship. With a huge amount of experience working with horses and people all over the world, David has visited the continents of Australasia, North America, Europe, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates. This has involved helping amateurs, professionals, and professional organisations within the equestrian industry, enabling them to become safer and more competent around horses, giving them a foundation to build on.
Dave has a relaxed manner, comfortable presence, and ease in front of an audience. His expertise has been showcased throughout the world at international shows and events, including to the Dubai Royal Family, Burghley Horse Trials (4star, premier 3-day international event), Horse of the Year Show, Your Horse Live, The British Horse Society’s annual spring instructors conference in the UK and Equitana Asian Pacific.
In November 2003, David was part of the team invited to The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace, to demonstrate Natural Horsemanship to Her Majesty the Queen, which would be nerve racking for most. David impressed all involved with his relaxed manner and aptitude for horsemanship.
Over the years, David has had the opportunity to meet and train with some of the best horsemen in the world, such as Ray Hunt, Buck Brannaman, Mike Bridges, Craig Johnson, Martin Black, Pat Parelli.
Meeting Ray Hunt while attending Emerald Rural Training College was a pivotal point in David having a career with horses, as was the meeting of Pat Parelli while on an exchange programme to America, riding and training cutting horses. Riding cutting horses and the starting of young horses was one of the best ways to gain a lot of experience in a relatively short period of time.
Pat played an enormous role in the development of David’s horsemanship expertise, teaching methods and presentation abilities. Through an involvement with the Parelli organisation, over a time frame of 15 years, extensive focus and training was given in areas of horsemanship, horse training and the teaching of people.
In February 2010 David was included in a small, selected group of individuals from different countries to participate in the Ray Hunt memorial in Texas. David has also been involved in the Legacy of Legends both in Australia and the USA in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
David’s strengths are the beginnings and the development of a foundation with a horse. A solid foundation is about the preparation and building blocks for the future. It is about getting a good start in life to then going on and build a future, getting a horse to where they are self-confident and understanding of the task in hand.
Be it trailer loading, having their feet trimmed or shod, maybe it’s being saddled and ridden for the first time. The better the preparation and foundation the better the outcome. Laying a foundation for performance is the best preparation for success for both horse and rider.