Amanda is one of New Zealand’s leading coaches and showjumpers, having competed to World Cup level. She has a passion for starting and producing young horses up the levels and has earned a reputation for her keen eye for a good horse and her gentle yet effective approach in developing horses for top-level competition.
Amanda started riding at two years old and credited older sisters Vicki and Kelly for the huge influence they had on her jumping career, starting at just thirteen years old, on a pony her sisters produced called Nip 'n' Tuck that was purchased for $2000.
Learning to produce her own ponies to top-level, Showtym Viking first brought Amanda into the public eye by winning the 2010 Show Jumping Pony of the Year, before measuring up to a horse at the height of 149cm and going on to win many Young Rider and Grand Prix classes to 1.50m.
"After ponies, I thought that I would give up competitive riding, but after moving Viking up to a horse and competing to the highest level including major wins in Young Rider classes, Seven-Year-old classes (including the Horse of the Year title) and Grand Prix classes, I turned it into a profession and have enjoyed great success on many other horses to Grand Prix level," says Amanda.