ROGER: What is it like to organise competition entries and does Equestrian Australia (EA) help?
MAREE: Yes, Brett Davey is the newly appointed High Performance Dressage Manager and he is so good. He calls, and I discuss the CDI competitions I want to go to and he does the rest. He is friendly and on our side, and it’s so refreshing to have him in EA. He really understands the process as he too was a rider of high regard. It’s up to me to get organised with the national classes, and Ton (de Ridder) aids in this selection.
ROGER: What do you want to achieve whilst you are overseas?
MAREE: I want to give my horses the chance to become the best they can and to enjoy the journey to that place with enthusiastic owners who really are also enjoying the ride.
ROGER: Who is your greatest supporter?
MAREE: I have to say my parents, Kathleen and Paul. Though my father has passed away, his attitude and dedication and determination to pursuing being the best possible person I can be stays with me every day and I think how lucky I was to have him on my side, as he still is. Of course, Kathleen is never far away and an absolute wonderfully positive person in my life and totally unselfish and encouraging for me to pursue my ambitions. I am lucky!
Without my wonderful owners of the horses – Lyn Sultan, Susan Gorst and Deb McNicol – where the hell would I be? They are truly inspiring and my greatest supporters and nothing gives my heart and soul more pleasure than to see them side by side with me and the horses on our way to being the best we can be!
ROGER: What do you do in your spare time?
MAREE: Well, what spare time really! I love to watch other horses, and if I have time I go and watch Mary or Tayla at a competition. I love that. I love to compare and contrast and that is what makes the world go around. I love the horse and the welfare aspect. I love the camaraderie and to help out to make the work lighter whenever I get time, that makes me feel good.
I am not here to socialise, shop and swan around. I am on a mission to make the most of every day, to learn and help and be helped. I don’t worry what others are up to; I only think of my horses and the pursuit to become better.
Now I have a little two-horse truck, we are free to get to competitions and get out there and experience the sport at its best. I can’t wait to be a part of that mix and pursue the horses’ best abilities with great riding, training and management. EQ
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