April lives in Benalla VIC and began riding before she could walk. She started her first pony at the age of ten following a lineage of generations of family deeply involved in the horse world.
April has trained and competed with her own horses, winning numerous State and National titles and representing Australia in Italy and the USA – riding at the W-H ranch in Kansas, was recipient of the AQHA Bill Verdugo International Internship to train in Texas April trained VBA Playboy for the 2018 Australian Brumby Challenge.
April is devoted to continually advance her horsemanship.
Her approach to starting horses is borne of three decades experience in the equine world, along inspiration from the mindfulness practices of meditation and yogic philosophies.
April is now based on the family equine facility near Benalla, North East Victoria, starting horses and assisting riders with her understanding of equine psychology and horse/ human behaviours.
April's passion is developing a solid foundation of a soft, confident, willing and versatile horse that has all of the necessary tools for their future regardless of discipline.
April's Brumby is VBA Onyx and we are looking forward to reading about their progress
You can follow along with their journey here:
VBA Onyx is a stunning jet black mare.
She was caught from the Kosciuszko National Park in July 2017.
After she arrived at our Brumby Junction sanctuary, she gave birth to a colt foal, VBA Titanium.
After Titanium had been weaned, Onyx went back to our larger paddocks to grow strong and healthy prior to coming in for the McDowell's Australian Brumby Challenge