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The Stable Staff of Avoca Park

We are blessed to have a small but very hard working team. We all play huge roles in the running of this equestrian center. The stable staff are such hard workers, putting lots of love and care into our equine friends while working quite a physically demanding job, let us introduce you to our stable hands.

Jodie

Jodie joined us in the Winter of 2019. Jodie is the backbone of our stable team, with a lifetime of experience and a real passion for horses she truly feels at home when surrounded by these noble animals.

Jodie assists Leanne in managing the general care of all the Avoca Park horses. Her daily tasks include grooming and tacking all of Leannes horses for the work morning as well as working with and training all new staff. She maintains the records and written training progress for all horses in for training, backing, education & agistment.

With her own horse experience, she is often riding and exercising the school horses helping with their continued education and fitness. She helps manage the stable block in all aspects and the feeding of the horses.

We asked Jodie who her favourite horse was and she just couldn’t decide, she loved them ALL, big and small because “they teach me something new everyday. How can you not feel warm and fuzzy when a horse sees you and whinnies out for you,then runs to the fence to greet you.”

Jodie’s motto is “LOOK – LISTEN – LEARN – APPLY be open to change, enjoy the adventure.” Jodie works incredibly hard and her passion for the Avoca Park team is huge.

Jodie is such a star, she even got mentioned as a review on our facebook business page:

“Jodie is a great asset to this place. You can really tell she has great standards and cares for her horses and customers. Well done” – Lyle Plumb

The Juniors

The juniors are our casuals that work weekends and their school holidays. Working hard while they learn more about their passion of horses. During their shifts they make up and feed the horses their breakfast and dinner, clean out the stables, prepare the horses and ponies for their lessons and make sure the stables and yards are clean.

Danya

Danya has been a junior stable hand with us here since May 2019. She completed her EA Introduction to Horse Management Course early 2020 and is currently studying her EA Introductory Riding Course. An incredibly smart girl with a quiet and gentle approach.

Her favourite part of the job is working with the horses, whether that be bringing them in to get them ready for their lessons or feeding them.

Her favourite pony would be Vegemite, “I like Vegemite because he is the smallest pony we have at Avoca park, though he has only been here for a 4-5 months, he has come a long way and where he didn’t like being handled or caught, he now bathes in the attention” and her favourite horse would be Clancy (One of Leanne’s competition horses) “I like Clancy because though he used to be a difficult horse to work with, since an injury he obtained, he’s become much easier to work with and won’t jump at everything that’s around him, he has become more fond of people and doesn’t mind being caught or having a scratch, he’s learnt to trust people has come a long way since when I first met him.”

We asked Danya what was something she has learnt during her time working at Avoca Park and her response shows the maturity and wisdom she has: “that working faster isn’t always best, you could miss something or forget to do something, so it’s better to work harder- as a simple mistake could lead to something fatal”.

Her fondest memory while working at Avoca Park…. ” would be when we first got Felix, he was such an affectionate horse and loved a good scratch. When I first met him, he was standing in a yard next to the school horses and all he wanted was affection. He was put in a paddock with Stormy, and every time I went out to bring Stormy in for a lesson, Felix would be the first one to greet me at the gate and would follow me all to catch Stormy and follow us back to the gate. Though Stormy didn’t enjoy his company too much, I loved seeing just how fond of people and attention Felix was”

Danya describes Avoca Park “as a well-organized work environment where we are all a happy family. We cherish what each other does and can rely on one another for support. No one’s there to bring you down, instead help you to improve and build you up”.

 

Dakota

Dakota has also been with us since July 2020, she has just completed her EA Introduction to Horse Management qualification. Learning to ride at 11, she now owns her own off the track thoroughbred that she has retrained and competed on. She has work experience working as a stable hand in a few eventing and showjumping stables.

Dakota is currently finishing school and hoping to move full-time into the equine industry, she loves working with people and animals.

“I adore everything about working at Avoca! Already I’ve learnt so much and I can see myself staying and progressing here, Leanne and the whole team are incredibly educated and kind. Leanne really cares about her clients, horses and team which I love to see. My favourite thing is definitely interacting with clients and getting horses ready for their lessons. I have such a massive soft spot for Clancy and Felix !!  They’re both so kind and loveable.”

Dallas

Dallas has been with us since July 2020, she has enrolled in both our EA Introduction to Horse Management and our EA Introductory Riding courses. A keen rider, she has had lessons on her arabian pony Cas with Leanne prior to applying for our junior position.  Dallas has completed the FEI Campus Courses on The Musculoskeletal System Basics, Housing of Horses, General Conformation, Basic Management and Care. Keen to learn more Dallas has jumped into her role of a junior and is learning the our methods and procedures quickly.  We plan to ask Dallas more questions about how she feels in the coming months once she has settled in.