Sponsored Rider - Lynda Hayes
I started my riding career at the age of 12 – with no concept at the time – of the challenges and successes that would befall me in my equestrian life throughout the years ahead.
I learnt the basics of horsemanship after purchasing my first pony and attending the Eltham pony club.
I worked my way through all levels of riding in all equestrian disciplines – including show jumping, eventing, dressage, novelty riding and harness. I competed in ‘A’ grade show jumping after which I discovered show riding.
Show riding became my passion and I have been fortunate enough to have been able to commercialise my love of show riding and I now run a successful training stable competing my own horses and those of my loyal and longstanding clients.
I have been fortunate enough to ride top quality ponies, galloways and hacks and have won numerous State, National and Grand National titles.
My competition career has included 40 Royal Show titles with both led and ridden horses and I have won Barastoc Horse of the Year 27 times.
I was the winner of the prestigious Garryowen turnout event in 2009 with this accolade presenting me with opportunities for public speaking and teaching – Australia wide.
My formal qualifications include being an EA accredited judge – adjudicating in Australia and New Zealand at open and breed shows and inter-school competitions. I also have a Diploma in Horse Management and a Workplace Trainer and Assessor – Certificate 4.
Recently added to my repertoire are the Lynda Hayes Finishing School seminars which cover all aspects of horsemanship but specialising in competition preparation and presentation. Bespoke packages can be tailored according to individual requirements.
I share my property with my two teenage sons and my constant companions – Scooby Doo the Jack Russell and Dazi – the Boston Terrier.
I value my sponsors and proudly represent these companies both at home and the highest level of competition in Australia and New Zealand.
Thank you to all my sponsors for this wonderful opportunity.