About me

45 years old (eek), wife, mother of two, full time job working in our state’s agriculture department as a veterinary officer. Hell, no wonder I have bags under my eyes.

I grew up on a dairy farm in the UK, knew from the age of 9 that I wanted to be a vet, and set about making that happen. In 1996 after 4 years working in the UK I moved to a TINY  by UK standards (2,000 people) town in the middle of freaking nowhere in Western Australia, intending to be there 12 months. About 6 months in, I met my husband and have been here ever since. I spent 12 years (!!) in private practice doing everything from orthopaedic surgery on working dogs to pregnancy testing cattle and treating horses for colic. However the demands of 2 small children and a 1 in 2 after hours rota became increasingly impossible and in 2007 I moved across to government work. It’s 9 to 5 and no weekends and I have since gone about rediscovering the joys of horse riding.

There have always been horses in my life: I grew up in the UK Pony Club system and eventing was my main love. I wasn’t too bad at it either. When I restarted riding in Australia it didn’t take long to work out I didn’t have the time or money to get back into eventing and so for a few years I just had horses in the back yard, went trail riding and that was it. Then some kind (scheming) friend persuaded me to do some vetting for the WA Endurance Riders’ Association ( http://www.waera.asn.au/)  and from about – ooh – the first 20 minutes I was hooked. Wear what you like, ride who you like, go as far or as fast as you like, and have a few beers afterwards. I was in! I did my first LD in 2007 on a mad Arab X who I got for free, and took 4 and a half hours. I can still remember being told by Ian Symington (Symo) at the end that “hey, it’s all endurance”…

I bought Joe as a rising 2 year old in 2006, with the LOOONG term aim of completing a 100 miler. By happy coincidence the Tom Quilty Gold Cup (Australia’s most prestigious 100 mile ride) is coming to a town near me in 2014! So there’s the target… Bummer being we have to fit a 100 miler in before then (to compete, the RIDER has to have done at least one 100 miler beforehand).

We shall see. meanwhile, I shall chronicle the ups and downs of our chaotic life with 2 kids, multiple chickens, 2 dogs, 2 cats and five horses in the back yard…

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