Like many equestrians, Ellie grew up with the love of horses from an early age. Although she didn’t own a pony of her own, there were no shortages of riding opportunities and horse exposure at the local stables where her Mum’s horse was kept in the UK.
Ellie had a love for the problem horse and when she finally moved to NZ in her early 20’s she was introduced to Baby, a horse who could be described back then as a firey anglo arab who had a few issues (Ellie’s perfect horse). It soon became apparent however that although she had a good seat and could ride most horses, she realised she didn’t have the skills to train her new horse and consequently the dream of being able to go on endless adventures was interrupted by Baby’s under confidence.
After spending the night at Muriwai beach when Baby would not load on the float to come home, Ellie decided she needed to learn some more skills and has dedicated the last decade to developing her horsemanship knowledge. Ellie’s horsemanship journey has seen her study with some top horse men and women from all around the world and consequently, she has fused together a unique style of traditional horsemanship with positive reinforcement.
Kaimanawa Stallion Challenge
Ellie is also competing in this years Kaimanawa Stallion Challenge where she hopes to show a journey of trust and compassion whilst setting up her Kaimanawa Mars for a successful transition into domestication. Through documenting her journey on her social media channels Mars has now got quite a following and may be assisting Ellie with her demonstrations.