EQUITANA Auckland is pleased to present an exciting and innovative Education Program in 2019.

Watch as local and international experts present displays, seminars, interactive question and answer sessions and training demonstrations which cover a range of disciplines and topics such as English and Western sports, equine health and care, natural therapies and horsemanship.

With more than 35 educators and 25 sessions a day across the event, there will be something for everybody!

Download the EQUITANA Auckland 2019 Timetable
Educator Line Up

Larissa Bilston (B.AgrSc – Hons 1) has worked as an animal nutritionist and feed advisor, working with feed mills, farmers, trainers and owners to provide dairy and beef cattle, horses, poultry and alpacas with cost-effective, well-balanced rations.

Born and raised on a large farm Western Victoria, Australia, Leigh has been exposed to horses from a young age. He attended Massey University and majored in equine studies in his final year. After graduation Leigh worked at Ballarat Veterinary Practice, in Australia, a specialist equine referral clinic for 3 years.

Al Dunning is an all-round talent and one of the world’s greatest horse trainers. Most would associate him with the sport of Reining, having achieved over 48 World Champion and Reserve titles individually and with his students.

Amanda Edwards is passionate about horses and helping them heal when things go wrong. Owner and founder of the Equine Care Clinic and the Equine Recovery Care Practitioner Program she is dedicated to giving horses best of care following injury or illness and teaching horse owners and others how to do this well.

Four-time Olympian Bruce Goodin is one of New Zealand’s most successful sportsmen. His father is the legendary eventing and showjumper David Goodin and the love for horses came early.

Jody Hartstone started her riding career as a regular Pony Club rider – going right through the Pony Club system and gaining her A and H Certificates. She was lucky enough to ride for the NZPCA in Japan in 1995 which gave her the confidence to pursue riding as a career.

Jane is an expert in authentic leadership development, combining her lifelong passion for, understanding of and extensive training in everything horses with her long history of corporate experience both in Australia and internationally.

Carole Herder is an integral member of the horse industry. Since 1993, her company, Cavallo Horse & Rider Inc., develops, manufactures and distributes horse products in 26 countries worldwide.

Being fortunate enough to grow up on a farm where his parents had formerly operated a horse trekking business, horses were always around and a part of Russell’s life from an early age.

A saddler and saddle fitter for 40 years, Peter Horobin has spent many years educating himself on saddle fitting and equine biomechanics to then incorporate this knowledge into cutting edge technology in the saddle manufacturing industry.

Growing up around a large horse community, Fiona was able to join her parents in starting young horses, and spending hours riding in the bush and experiencing harness outings.

Dr. Peter Huntington received a veterinary degree from the University of Melbourne in 1981 and then worked in equine vet practice in Berwick, Victoria. He joined the Department of Agriculture (Victoria) as the horse specialist veterinary officer.

Dr Lacy Kamm went to Vet school at Colorado State University and then did an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Kentucky amidst racehorses and breeding farms.

Carol Layton B.Sc M.Ed (Balanced Equine) is an Australian independent equine nutritionist with a science background with a passion for the optimal feeding of horses based on research.

Leonie Lee has ridden and trained horses most of her life. She is a qualified architect and has lectured in design at Deakin University, and wrote the first equine facilities design course in Australia which she has taught in Equine Management at Marcus Oldham College in Geelong for over 12 years.

No one would buy Ann-Maree a horse when she was a child. No one would pay for riding lessons. Daughter of a RAAF sergeant, there were no equestrian dreams coming true as she moved town every two years and attended 11 different schools.

Hayley-Jane Malcolmson comes from both a practical and academic background when it comes to feeding horses. Hayley-Jane holds a Bachelor in Applied Science, as well as Post Graduate Certificate in Science from Massey University with a focus on Performance Horse Nutrition.

Jim Masterson is an equine bodywork therapist and founder of the Masterson Method® of Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork®, and is head of the certification program for students of the Masterson Method techniques.

The New Zealand Cutting Horse Association was established in 1979 and is the national body for the sport of “Cutting” in New Zealand, and is affiliated to the National Cutting Horse Association in both America and Australia.

Christine is a Society of Master Saddlers Registered Qualified Saddle Fitter having trained with Josephine Dancy (founder of NSC) and travelled to England for training and examinations in saddle fitting and reflocking.

Dr Nerida Richards B Rur. Sc (Hon1) PhD RAnNutr Nerida graduated from the University of New England with a degree in Rural Science in 1999 and a PhD in Equine Nutrition in 2004. Nerida is a registered animal nutritionist (equine) with the Nutrition Society of Australia.

Dr Michael Robinson (BVSc, PhD) has worked fulltime in the horse industry for nearly 45 years and been an equine veterinarian for over 30 years. For most of his veterinary career Michael worked in an internationally renowned equine performance horse practice in Sydney, Australia.

Belinda Rodriguez is a vaulting coach and Jasmyn Rodriguez is an accomplished New Zealand Vaulter. Together they will demonstrate a beginner vaulting lesson where you will see how to develop coordination and body control skills while having fun.

Maureen Rogers is a pioneer and leading expert in the field of Equine CranioSacral therapy work. She is the founder of Equine CranioSacral Workshops – an international education program that offers the most extensive program of study world wide.

Jenny is originally from a small town in the northeastern United States, just outside of Boston. She attended the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Growing up with horses, Nikita knew they were something she wanted to take further and make into a career, from a young age. From the moment she took her first Equine paper at Massey University she was sure that Equine Nutrition was something she wanted to pursue.

Sir Mark Todd has won two Olympic gold medals, has competed at seven Olympic Games, is a three-time medallist at the World Equestrian Games and has five Burghley Horse Trials wins and four Badminton Horse Trials wins to his credit.

Claire has worked in the equestrian industry for nearly 20 years firstly as Chief Executive and then Executive Director of the British Equestrian Trade Association.