By delivering courses in equitation science, ESI is building a worldwide data-base of trainers and coaches who can assist you with your horse. Here are a list of trainers in Australia who are endorsed by ESI as equitation science practitioners.

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New South Wales
Queensland
South Australia
Tasmania
Victoria
Western Australia

ESI Nominated Coaches

If a graduate is listed as an ESI Nominated Coach, they have the skills and knowledge to guide and train students of the Diploma of Equitation Science through the practical training components of the course, and through their observations we are able to assess the competency of the student working with horses. Students can also attend the practical workshops in Victoria. We have a select few ESI Nominated Coaches in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK.

New South Wales

Alex Bader, Gooloongong, NSW

Qualifications

Diploma of Equitation Science, German trainers license

Bio

In my childhood I started off learning how to train my dog correctly in a dog school using a lot of positive reinforcement and clear signals. The fun and passion I found in our relationship were soon transferred to the horse world.

Always following the idea of breaking cues down to make them easier to understand and using reinforcement rather than punishment, it finally took me overseas looking for something ´more´ than riding school riding.

Travelling all over NZ, training and learning from people like Jody Hartstone- who follows the McLean method and Tina Fagan gave me solid experiences with different breeds and young stock, stallions etc while studying online for the ES course.

When I came to AEBC to complete my practical training to achieve the Diploma of Equitation Science, it gave me solutions for any problem issues and offered a plausible understanding of the equine behaviour.

Seeing all sorts of conflict behaviors in the stables of Germany drive my inspiration to seek stress free training as well as the wish to help people and their animals.

Teaching and training according to the horse and rider’s ability is my aim.  First, I work on establishing easy and clear communication between horse and rider, and then develop a plan to help the rider achieve their goals.

Contact

P   0473 113 105

E  www.alexbader@gmx.de

Andrew Kelly, Yass, NSW

Qualifications

Diploma of Equitation Science, EA NCAS Level 1 General

Bio

Andrew’s journey with horses started with an ambition to simply ride a horse. This journey has now extended for almost 20 years. During this time, he has achieved his ambition to ride a horse, become an owner of numerous horses, saw involvement with Pony Club through his son, and has maintained a long association with the Australian Light Horse Association. In recent years his daughters drew him to a small riding school where his interests expanded into coaching and participating in Eventing.

His journey provided broad formative experiences about how to train and ride horses; however, there was always some level of conflict between those experiences or gaps in his understanding for reasons ‘why’. Completing the Diploma of Equitation Science has provided a clarity in the training of his horses and in his ability to interpret various training methods. Andrew has also found a significant relationship between the learning obtained through the study of Equitation Science and how it applies to his coaching.

He now provides coaching services at his home and other locations around the Yass and Canberra regions. Andrew is also happy for anyone thinking about studying Equitation Science to contact him about what he considers are the benefits of undertaking the learning.

Andrew also maintains a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and is studying Equine Science at Charles Sturt University.

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 Susan Turner-Davis, Manton, NSW

Qualifications

Diploma of Equitation Science, NCAS Level 1 – General, Riding for Disabled Coach, Australian Sports Commission General Principals Coach Level III

Bio

Susan Turner-Davis was ‘literally’ born in the saddle.

As soon as she was tall enough she was taken to the race track by her father who would put her on one of the families racehorses and it was led onto the track and off it would go around the track until the family thought there had been a training effect and then they would run out onto the track and wave the horse down to stop it.   Speed was then imprinted into Susan.

As a Pony club member, she represented her Club at State level in dressage and eventing and then became a Pony Club Coach.  Coaching for Pony Club took Susan to King Island where she met Andrew and Johnna McLean.   Susan then continued coaching in pony club’s and adult riding clubs throughout Tasmania and Western Australia.

After a short but successful time as a racehorse trainer, she left the racing industry disillusioned with the handling and training of racehorses which led her to search for training principals which could be applied to all horse training regardless of discipiline.

In Western Australia, Susan became a qualified Equestrian Australian coach and started her own freelance coaching business and breeding Trakehner horses.

Susan takes a holistic approach to her coaching and training, developing training programs that are within the skill sets of both the riders and their horses she works with.

Susan’s training and coaching is based on Equitation Science principals so the training is ethical and sustainable.

This increases the safety for riders and helps to reduce the wastage in the horse industry.

Hand in glove with her horse training and coaching riders, Susan has a successful pet dog training and behavioural modification business where her passion is working with families who have a behavioural problem living with their dog.

Susan has a very successful small riding school and freelance coaching and training business in Manton, NSW which is near Canberra.

Susan coaches all levels and ages of riders and provides behavioural modification for horses along with educating the horse’s handlers and or riders.

 

Susan’s coaching qualifications include

Equitation Science Diploma

Equestrian Australian Coach Level I General

Riding for Disabled Coach

Australian Sports Commission General Principals Coach Level III

 

Susan has successfully competed in

B Grade Show Jumping

Novice Eventing

Prix St George Dressage

 

Additionally, Susan is a

National Dressage Judge

Skills Specific Trainer and Assessor for EA

National Dog Trainers Federation qualified Dog Behaviour and Training Trainer

 

And holds a Work Place Assessment & Training Cert IV qualification.

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Sascha Yeomans, Albury Wodonga, NSW

Qualifications

Ass. Dip ES

Bio

Sascha Yeomans has been passionate about horses since she was three years old and has been teaching horse riding for decades.

In 2008 she spent time learning about training birds of prey. This experience triggered a long journey of questioning everything she had been doing with horses. As her understanding of learning theory grew, so did her dissatisfaction with the techniques, systems and explanations given for behavioural responses amongst traditional as well as new-age trainers.  Sascha’s continued research inevitably led her to clicker training and she began to practice with many different species, achieving complex trained behaviours with fish, guinea pigs, dogs, chickens and cats.

Seeking a new way to apply her training skills to horses, Sascha began her own study in Equitation Science at AEBC.  Dr Andrew McLean had logical explanations for many puzzles and he opened her eyes to other scientific disciplines and advancements related to horse training.

Sascha has thoroughly enjoyed training in Equitation Science, taking it to the highest current level of achievement.  She continues to research and loves building on her understanding.  Sascha is thrilled to be part of this worldwide change as ES is inspiring trainers, riders, managers, vets and competitors to think and behave in new ways with the horses in their care.

Sascha currently lives near Albury/Wodonga with her three children and many animals. She loves working with children and teenagers as well as adults.

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Queensland

Anjanette McClean, Brisbane, QLD

Qualifications

Ass. Dip ES

Bio

Anjanette Harten is a full time Equestrian Coach, operating the long established and well regarded Tooloom Equestrian Centre in the Brisbane Bayside suburb of Thornlands. The Tooloom Equestrian Centre has been in operation for the last 18yrs where Anjanette coaches riders, takes horses for retraining, specialising in rehabilitating horses with problem behaviours and hosts clinics with visiting National and International trainers.

Anjanette and her current horse UQG Alladin are competing at Grand Prix with huge success placing Top 10 in their first year of competition at International CDI competitions. UQG Alladin is one of only a few Grand Prix horses currently in the Australian Top 10 solely trained and owned by one rider and bred in Australia.

Anjanette is committed to coaching riders of all levels. In addition to her regular clients, she also conducts clinics throughout Qld.  Anjanette believes in a training system which is based on the welfare of the horses and sustainable and ethical training practices.

Anjanette is a current member of the Qld Elite Dressage Squad a position she has held on 4 different horses over a 14 yr period.

Anjanette has trained 4 horses to FEI level, taking them from the very beginning of their education through to being successful FEI horses at State and National level.

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Jen Davy, Brisbane, QLD

Qualifications

Diploma of Equitation Science

Bio

Jen is the owner of Purely Positive Animal Training and works with people, horses and dogs. Her passion is enhancing the human/animal bond. Jen’s daily work is varied, from coaching riders, training horses and Equine Assisted Therapy to working with behavioural issues with horses and dogs.  Jen enjoys the variety her work offers her and her philosophy is to enhance the lives of others through education and building understanding.

Her commitment to animals is shown by the ethical training methods she advocates.  Jen believes that when working with conflict behaviours, we must address the causes with a solid basis in science combined with understanding and compassion

A few years ago, Jen rescued a three year old Thoroughbred straight off the race track and met Andrew McLean at a clinic. This was a life changer – both for the horse and her!  Andrew made the science of training horses accessible and ‘user-friendly’ and it made perfect sense.  Equitation Science gave her a deeper understanding and changed the relationship she had with her horses and she has never looked back.

Jen works from her home at Ocean View, from UQ Vets in Dayboro and will also travel to see clients.

Jen has a Dip. Equitation Science International, a Cert IV with Delta Behavioural Training and is currently studying a Counselling Diploma. With over thirty years’ experience in coaching, training and helping others, Jen is a passionate advocate of ESI and the role it plays in our everyday interactions with our horses.

Contact

jendavy09@gmail.com

P 0424 513262

Melanie Boot, Sunshine Coast , QLD

Qualifications

CPA, ACA, BSc (Hons), Ass. Dip ES

Bio

Mel has owned and trained her own dressage horses for the past 20 years. She adopts the AEBC system for her training as it is based on learning theory and is clear, consistent, ethical and fully transparent in terms of every training step.  Mel is currently doing a research PhD at Sydney University in the area of Equitation Science and Welfare, supervised by Professor Paul McGreevy and Dr Andrew Mclean.

Mel is based on the Sunshine Coast, QLD and is available for lessons and clinics in the area.

Please e-mail Mel to discuss any requirements you may have, to discuss any problems you may be having with your horse, or for more information on the AEBC system or ESI.

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Nila Latimer, Central Coast, NSW

Qualifications

Diploma of Equitation Science, BSc (Hons), Dip Ed, MAcc, CA

Bio

I have been involved with horses for 40 years starting one of the first adult riding clubs in Victoria. My passion is dressage and progress using traditional methods alluded me for many years. Meeting Dr Andrew McLean changed all that. Andrew’s training methods appealed greatly to my scientific background and now I have trained with Andrew for approximately 15 years. The evidence based application of learning theory to horse training and the logical and systematic methodology developed by Andrew and Manuela McLean is empowering and has enabled me to take several young unstarted horses to medium advanced level dressage.

I am currently competing medium and advanced dressage on horses I have trained exclusively using the ESI training methods.

Most of my professional life has involved teaching including at pony club, young and adult riders and teaching and training horses from foundation training to high level dressage.

I am based on the Central Coast NSW and am available for lessons.

Contact

P 0404 057 203

nilalatimer@gmail.com

Sandra Trott, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Qualifications

Diploma of Equitation Science, Certificate in Equine Sports Massage, Diploma Horse Business Management

Bio

The quintessential ‘bush kid’ Sandra grew up on the back of a horse, and she credits the beginnings of her unique ability with animals to the countless hours she was able to chalk up with horses, dogs and cattle as a child. Sandra rode ‘D’ graders as a pre-teen and won a Darling Down’s Individual Interschools Combined Training title in her senior year for Fairholme College. At 18 she went on the win the 2004 equestrian scholarship to Marcus Oldham College and graduated at Distinction level.

In her adult years she was worked for multiple international showjumping, eventing and dressage riders both in Australia and Germany and also ran her own stud and stable for 10 years breeding, starting and competing her own young stock and both stallions, with the focus on selling young competition proven performance horses. Sandra completed the ESI Diploma in 2015 and it revolutionised her training system, improving her relationships and results with both her horses and her students.

In 2019 Sandra stepped back from a career as a full-time professional rider, trainer and coach and is fostering her interest in Organisational Psychology at the University of Southern Queensland whilst still mentoring and coaching those who are interested in pursuing the training of horses and coaching of riders via the lens of Equitation Science. She plans to continue riding at an elite level, albeit on a part-time basis now 😉

Contact

F. www.facebook.com/sandratrott

I. www.instagram.com/sandratrott/

P. 0447589249

E. sandratrott@bigpond.com

South Australia

Nicki Stuart, Kersbrook SA

ESI Nominated Coach

Qualifications

Diploma of Equitation Science, EA 1 (G)

Bio

After being introduced to Equitation Science in 2000, Nicki Stuart found how positively its theory and techniques enabled her training and assisted her clients to produce reliable, relaxed horses. She has found immense benefit in being able to assess training methods and equine behaviour through the filter of learning theory.

Nicki owns Kersbrook Equestrian Centre in South Australia where she is the principal trainer, specialising in rider development and horse behaviour. She gained her EA Coaching qualification in 1996 and has always been an active competitor; currently campaigning her gelding, Kersbrook Kosmic, at Medium level dressage.

In 2008, Nicki produced the McLean’s DVD training package in Equitation Science and she has facilitated their SA clinics for more than a decade. She is a full member of the International Society for Equitation Science.

Her holistic approach to training encompasses a keen interest in developing organised, effective, independent riders whose training is enhanced by evidence based techniques. Nicki is dedicated to improving horse welfare and fostering harmonious relationships between humans and horses.

Nicki is based in Perthshire, Scotland, for the northern hemisphere summer months and is available then for clinics or individual instruction.

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Sandy Doig, Adelaide Hills SA

Qualifications

Diploma of Equitation Science, PCA Level 1 Coach

Bio

I grew up in a completely non-horsey family.  However, always had the passion for horses, but didn’t really get into it until our daughter joined Pony Club.  It was a fantastic club with genuine horse owners and riders as parents.  I learnt much from them at that time as well as making all the mistakes under the sun!  It was a very steep learning curve.   Went on to become a ‘C’ instructor and examiner then subsequently chief instructor for 5 years.  Completed a 3 year Equine Studies course at TAFE during this time.  Also went on to become a Level 1 RDA coach.  During this time discovered competition and competed in ODE’s, dressage and show jumping.  Then followed over 7 years at the TAFE Vocational Jockey Course at Cheltenham as the riding instructor and lecturer.  It was during this period that I first met Andrew and Manu.  This would have been in the early 90’s.  After many years of listening to various teachers and ‘knowledgeable’ horse people, everything that Andrew said really made it all fall into place and make sense.  Not only that, I was able to take this new knowledge home and apply it to my own and other horses.  It was a revelation which set me onto a new lifelong path.  Always wanting to learn more and improve my knowledge, I then went on to complete the Diploma in Equitation Science. Also recently gained Pony Club Level 1 Coach certification.

Because ES highlights how training is guided by how horses learn, this understanding enables the trainer to more accurately recognise where a horse is at in his training and thus be able to focus/improve/adjust his behaviour accordingly.  Ultimately the horse’s welfare is benefitted by this knowledge.  Every horse is different and challenging in his own way, but it is seeing those improvements in behaviour, some amazing, some more modest, that keeps my passion alive.

Contact

E sandydoig@yahoo.com

P 0467 028 640

Pam Reid, Flaxley SA

Qualifications

Diploma of Equitation Science, MTeach(EC), BSc(Hons) Psychology

Bio

The love of horses began for Pam riding across Dartmoor in the UK, where her curiosity about behaviour and training eventually led her to Equitation Science. Pam has now combined her teaching qualifications and experience with the Diploma of ES to set up ‘Equitation Science for Children’. Although teaching all age groups, Pam specialises in teaching children. Pam is a big advocate for children to go beyond riding and care of their horses – teaching them to train their horses and ponies. Breaking down the principles of ES and making it accessible to all riders is a challenge Pam enjoys. Ensuring riders question the welfare of their horse as a priority from a young age can only increase the outcome for horses in the future.

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Tasmania

Allannah Turner-Hughes, Hobart, TAS

Qualifications

Diploma of Equitation Science, BA Pol Science & Pub Policy, Cert Admin TAFE, EA Coach (studying)

Bio

I began stealing horses at aged 9.  My parents sent me for weekends to a riding school to curb the danger! After high school I worked pacers to barter a paddock and/or feed for my horse.  I held licences in both Pacing and Racing and I rode professionally as a track work rider in the latter. I moved on to ride Western which was an eventual segway into Natural Horsemanship.  After a horse riding hiatus I wound up working in a riding school where I met Jonna McLean who introduced me to ESI training.  Those lessons changed my life and I wanted to learn to train and ride correctly.  This wish was shortly granted after my previous dressage coach matched me with a classical Andalusian who was way smarter than me. I realised that I needed a tool box to survive this new experience.  ESI has taught me to train clearly and accurately and my horse is all the better for it.

Training and learning is a life-long pursuit and I continue with my own equestrian education including regular dressage lessons with a Level 2 coach/ A Level judge.  If that all sounds like your fit, feel free reach out during business hours.

Contact

P  0497 546 473

Victoria

Alistair McLean & Rikke Andreasen, AEBC, Clonbinane

Qualifications

Ass. Dip ES

Bio

Alistair McLean and Rikke Andreasen manage the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre (AEBC) in Clonbinane, Victoria. AEBC offer training and coaching to a diverse range of horses and riders – from foundation training and children’s riding lessons, right up to FEI level Dressage, Western, Show Jumping, Race Training and Problem Solving.

The training principles used by the AEBC are easily understood and can be applied by professionals and horse enthusiasts of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, making the AEBC and its staff recognised leaders in the theoretical and practical application of equitation science.

Contact

W    www.aebc.com.au

E     admin@aebc.com.au

P     (03) 57878 1374

Jonathan McLean, Clonbinane, VIC

Qualifications

NCAS Level 1, Ass. Dip ES

Bio

Jonathan’s first riding experience was in King Island as a young boy of seven, following closely in the footsteps of his father who was a distinguished show jump rider and his mother, a very successful coach and dressage rider.

With his younger brother, he began pony club and loved to ride around the coastal hills of King Island, jumping and galloping over this rough terrain.

In 1986, Jonna became interested in equine training in Tasmania. He then helped begin the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre (AEBC) with his brother Andrew Mclean and Andrew’s wife Manuela for 10 years in Clonbinane, Victoria. These training principles, which have been backed by extensive research, to successfully train and retrain horses in Australia and internationally, enabled him to create his own opportunities in 1997.

Jonna was contracted to work at Morningside Pastoral Co, managed by Peter Clarke between 1997-2000. He was responsible for breaking in and training local and international stock, and managing the horses’ transport to Hong Kong for international sales. In addition, Jonna managed the arrival and care of stock from Hong Kong to breeze-up and point of sale, including habituation to the different environment, and education of track riders and ground staff.

In 2001, Jonna established his farm called Landsend, a beautiful property tucked away in the bushland of Clonbinane, Victoria, where he lives with his partner Caroline Bentley, a highly successful coach and dog trainer in her own right.

Here, he has produced elite performance horses from introductory to advanced international level. Breaking in and educating horses for eventing, dressage and racing for clients and conducting lessons, clinics and workshops in riding and equitation science.

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Victoria Condon, Hamilton, Sth West VIC

Qualifications

BAppSc, Cert III Sports Coaching (Equestrian), NCAS PC, Ass. Dip ES

Bio

Victoria has been involved with horses for over 20 years through coaching, training, breeding and competing.  Her passion is dressage but she trains all types of horse and rider combinations including the novice, the weekend trail rider and those with competitive aspirations.

With a science background, Victoria recognized the lack of behaviour science and learning theory in the application of traditional horse training methodologies and sought a more sustainable, ethical, evidence-based approach.  She found that approach in Equitation Science and since 2010 has trained exclusively with AEBC.

She specializes in assisting students to achieve their goals, whether it be riding competitively or just for pleasure, in a relaxed, safe manner using clear, effective training.

Victoria owns and manages a training centre near Hamilton, in South West Victoria and is available for lessons, training and clinics.

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Western Australia

Portland Jones, Perth WA

ESI Nominated Coach

Qualifications

Diploma of Equitation Science, PhD, MA (Lit), NCAS Level 1

Bio

Dr Portland Jones is a horse trainer, coach and writer with a particular interest in welfare. She has been working with Dr Andrew McLean for many years and is passionate about the application of evidence based training methods. She has written widely for the equestrian press and has also published two books – a novel and Horses Hate Surprise Parties: Equitation Science for young riders. Portland lectures in equine behaviour at Murdoch University and, with her partner Sophie, runs a training  and coaching facility in Western Australia’s Swan Valley. Portland is also interested in the application of evidence based training methods to other species and is on the board of Human Elephant Learning Programs (H-ELP).

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