A few photos of our place, "Stanley Cottage"...
Brooke has been riding since the age of 18 months old; her show career began on a relaible shetland called Big Poke. Progressing to her first pony, Marnic Merrymaid, Brooke proceeded to win her Riding Class at Sydney and Canberra Royals as well as winning Reserve Champion Girl Rider under 13yrs at 9 yrs of age at Canberra Royal, and 1999 SHC NSW HOTY Champion Senior Rider of the Year (12-17yrs) at 14 yrs of age.
Through the years, Brooke has ridden many ponies for other people, notably Jill and Robert Grant (Bamborough Pony Stud), Judtith Penfold-Hyland (Mentmore Stud), the McDowall Family, the Walker Family (Marena Stud), Ausbain Partnership and the Duncan Family (New Zealand). Brooke has picked up many major Championship and Supreme awards at Royal, State, National and International level, in both Open and Breed classes.
Brooke has worked for Bamborough Pony Stud in Cowra (NSW), Leanne McDowall in Mackay (QLD), Jan Langly in Benalla (VIC), and Shona Duncan in Rotorua, New Zealand (for 6 months). These experiences provided Brooke with valuable knowledge that have proved very useful with her own show team, partnered with a wealth of knowledge from her mother Christinne and father Alex.
Of late, Brooke has been preparing and showing (with her family) Bamborough ponies for Jill and Robert Grant; dear friends for many years. In 2008, Brooke became a judge on the Show Horse Council of Australasia Judge's Panel, the APSB and ASP Panel. In 2009 Brooke became a General Show Hunter Judge on the Australian Hunter Horse Association Judgin Panel. Judging credentials since August 2008 include Australian Saddle Pony Nationals, Canberra Royal Show, Wagga Wagga and Crookwell Ag shows, and the 2009 APSB Sydney Regional Show. All this, plus managing the new AHHA NSW/ACT Sub-Branch website and Bamborough Pony Stud website, whilst juggling Univeristy in Canberra! Brooke would someday love to judge at Sydney Royal, HOTY and New Zealand.
Judging at 2012 SHC Pacific Coast Championships (GN Qualifier). Photo: SWD Images
Brooke and Christinne judging at the 2011 Southern WP&CS RPG Feature Show at Moss Vale.
Judging at 2009 Sydney Royal Show (Photo: Narelle Wockner)
Redcoating at Canberra Royal Show on the faithful "Angel" (Photo: Julie Wilson)