We are blessed to have a small but very hard working team. We all play huge roles in the running of this equestrian center. We love our horses and the pets of Avoca Park. Let us introduce you to our Admin team.
Mandy joined us at the beginning of 2020. After over a decade working with racehorses, she wanted to get into an administrative role to create a better work-home life balance for her and her young family. Mandy worked in a riding school for 5 years before she moved to Australia so understands the opportunity equestrian centres give to young riders. However she was in awe when she came for her interview and found out how much Avoca Park has to offer!
Mandy works both as ‘the office lady’ and as a personal assistant to Leanne, helping her develop and deliver the initiatives thought up by Avoca Park’s entrepreneur Leanne Williams. She does a bit of everything that you would expect in the office; from taking and organizing bookings, updating the website and contacting clients. With her equine experience she can often understand the needs and wants of our clients when they contact us for the various aspects our business offers.
If Mandy had a motto it would be “Always try your best and be honest, you can never go wrong.”
Mandy’s favourite pony at Avoca Park is Vegemite because Mandy joined Leanne when she went to see if Vegemite would be the right fit for Avoca Park. Mandy’s son played a marvellous test pilot, bouncing about wailing (mostly in delight!) at the trot, all while this happy little Vegemite was more than happy doing whatever was asked of him. He was completely unphased by her novice son. Mandy’s kids are now coming to Avoca Park often for cuddles with him and to play with all the other amazing Avoca Park animals!
Mandy adores her job, she loves the responsibility and trust given to her by Leanne and enjoys working on projects and ideas for Avoca Park. She believes in the Avoca Park purpose and is a very proud member of the team.
Gail started for us in late March 2020. She applied for our cleaning position but we were blown away with her hardwork and extra effort. Gail has worked her way into an integral role at Avoca Park. Her role has grown to include being in charge of our Pony Parties, catering and she even dabbles with our social media. Her infectious positive attitude makes us all feel looked after as she completes all her tasks in a thorough manner.
Avoca Park is Gails first experience working with horses and she’s loving every second of it. Her favourite part of the job is managing the pony parties as she adores watching the kids faces light up when they’re near the ponies. She can’t wait to bring her grand kids during the next school holidays.
We asked Gail what she has learnt at Avoca Park since she started working here and her response was “Patience, trust, and that doing a job you enjoy makes getting up in the morning easy, working for and with good people makes communication easier” and her motto would be “Enjoy today, tomorrow is not promised”
We affectionately call Gail “Nanna Gail” sometimes, as she always checks up on us all, makes us a warm tea or coffee if she’s near the kettle and brings in the most amazing lemon slices to spoil us all- shes also not afraid to call us an idiot if she thinks we’re being a fool. Gail is not shy to tell the truth but there is always love in what she has to say.
Teresa is our bookkeeper and we would be lost without her. She studied Agricultural Science and Business (accounting) and has loved working with numbers, assisting business owners with their financial management and improving their businesses. She has an impressive work history which has left all previous workplaces beaming reviewsm wishing she would return! (we can now understand why!)
Not only has Teresa got the financial experience, she has the equine touch which has helped her gel into our Avoca Park family. She has always had a passion for horses since childhood. After convincing her non horsey parents to finally got a horse, she spent many years enjoying competing in eventing, show jumping and dressage. She loved developing her riding skills with Capt Harry Sanna, Debbie Warne and David Quick over the years and has instructed and been District Commissioner at a couple of Pony Clubs.
Although she is not riding any more she enjoys helping her daughter with her warmblood foals and assisting her at shows with her showjumpers.
Teresa currently have 2 paddock ornaments – her retired dressage mare and her daughter.