Amanda grew up on a 12,000 acre cattle station near Goondiwindi in Queensland. From a very young age mustering cattle on horseback was a part of her way of life. She and her younger sister and brother attended the local pony clubs on the weekends and camps during the school holidays. Amanda continued to ride during the holidays while she was away at boarding school for 6 years. A highlight during this time was being part of the Queensland eventing team and travelling to the NSW Pony Club Eventing Championships every January.
Amanda then took a gap year after leaving school to pursue her true love, eventing! She was lucky to have 3 talented horses to campaign at this time. Charles had been her 16th birthday present from her parents. He had done a small amount of show jumping and pony club with his previous owner and proved to be an extremely talented horse. Within the year he had moved up to Advanced (Three Star) level and Amanda was lucky to have some amazing successes with him despite her young age and inexperience. Dazzle was Amanda’s first ex race horse purchase and he was also an amazing horse. The third horse was Otis who was another ex race horse but he had already done some show jumping.
Amanda’s parents agreed to support her eventing obsession if she went to university and completed a degree so she could get a ‘normal’ job … one day! Amanda studied journalism but continued to compete all over the East Coast at the same time and also represented Australia as a young rider in the Trans Tasman competition in New Zealand. By the end of Amanda’s first year at uni all 3 horses were competing at Advanced level. They were 3 very special horses. Otis was then sold to Belgium to fund a horse truck and he went on to win the individual silver medal with his new owner at the Atlanta Olympics.
Upon completing her degree Amanda moved to the Hunter Valley to train with Prue and Craig Barrett and in 2000 moved to the Hills District in Sydney to set up business and be closer to all the competitions.
During her competition career Amanda sourced, produced and sold many ex racehorses for herself and clients. Many were successful with their new owners in Australia and others had success overseas. After winning the Qld Three Day Event championships on Poet’s Corner Amanda sold him to Japan. He then won Japan’s first ever three day event with Bettina Hoy on board. Comedy was a successful grand prix show jumper in Korea and after winning the Two Star at Berrima Three Day event on Mulberry Amanda sold him to Europe. Dotcom was sold locally to Emma Dougall who had great success with him at Three Star level.
In 2008 Amanda was fortunate to be able to purchase the beautiful property in Arcadia where she is based today.
Over the years Amanda gradually spent less time away competing and more time coaching which she absolutely loves. Now with two young children, Toby who is 4 and Daisy who is 1, Amanda has put her competition career on hold and is focusing on coaching and running the agistment business. Amanda’s partner Brett is a qualified builder and carpenter and as well as running his own business he is the farm’s ‘maintenance man’. Amanda’s list of jobs is very long though and he never seems to get to the end!