Determined, single-minded, a winner, elegant and eloquent, bold, forward, a great thinker and one who never takes a step back. Maree is not one to take no for an answer when she believes her thinking is correct. She is blunt and to the point. She is a kind and considerate friend but does not suffer fools. She runs her own race and strives always to be the best of the best and is driven by a fire that burns within to always move forward to be anything but mediocre.
Despite many knockbacks in her life, she manages to continue to strive to better herself and her horses and is always building on her experience to be better prepared for the next step. Maree is never one to hold back on an opportunity and to travel horses all over the world seems to be another day at the office for her. Never slow to make a decision and then stick to its conclusion is a trait that leaves many dumbfounded. Her boundless energy and inspiration continue to push her to her limits, always searching for the next piece of life’s jigsaw! The final picture will be a masterpiece for sure! Colourful, diverse, frantic yet calm, and above all respected, she is looked upon by so many with inquisitiveness, curiosity and wonder.
Maree was born in Melbourne, the second of four – Andrea, Maree, Justina and Paul. When she was just six weeks old, her father, Paul, a surveyor, moved his family to New Guinea where he had an amazing four years of work surveying the country in the days when it was a dangerous job running into many tribespeople. On returning to Australia, they settled in Bendigo and Maree was pony mad, as any young, dreamy girl was – but at the age of six that dreamy girl was determined to lobby for a pony.
Her father said that if she was to go, every Sunday without fail, to the local riding school to learn to ride, no matter what other things may be attractive on a Sunday, then she could have a pony. So, of course, little Maree never missed a day for a full 12 months. So Paul bought Maree a young, spirited pony with plenty of get up and go! He was kept in the back yard, with Maree admitting that she hated the riding school but knowing “you have to do what you do and see it to completion”… a bit of a trend that has carved its path with Maree.
Of course, with no member of the family remotely interested or having any involvement in horses, a string of inappropriate ponies were acquired – and Maree was falling off incessantly. Paul would take Maree to Pony Club shows as Kathleen, her mother, wouldn’t drive with the float. The whole family was sport orientated; snow skiing was high on the agenda and Paul was also a great football and cricket follower. Maree would spend the whole day at Pony Club with a roll of tickets that Paul got her for the day’s events, participating in every activity and gathering huge numbers of green ribbons for the children that never placed.