I was born a Cornish boy in Cornwall England, and soon after emigrated to Australia with my parents in the pursuit of a better lifestyle and greater opportunities. I grew up with horses from the influence of my mother and grandfather. I was always by my mum’s side at the racing stables where she worked. I came up through the pony club as a novelty, jumping and eventing rider, and moved on to track work with racehorses and driving trotting horses in the sulky.
Importance of horsemanship
I first travelled to Europe in the end of 1999 where I met my long time trainer Morten Thomsen, who inspired me further in his way of thinking and approach to teaching horses. Morten had introduced me to both the classical ways of training and riding but also to the mysterious way of the circus trainers.
On my return home I finished my University education with an Arts degree and then began my own business training horses. I wanted to learn from whoever I could that could do something good with horses. While working with horsemanship gurus from the Australian horse culture, I started to realize the importance of horsemanship and really understanding a horse.
At my own stable near Melbourne Australia, I was starting up to 100 horses a year from all different breeds and disciplines. It was a time period to which I credit alot of my knowledge from. As much of a cliché it may be, the horses were my biggest mentors.
Moving to Europe
In 2009, I moved back to Europe to work for Morten Thomsen in search of further inspiration and to put more focus on my goal as a dressage rider. In the meantime, the demand for training horses, teaching and giving clinics across Europe and the USA grew quickly.
In 2011 I began to travel to the Netherlands for training on my Grand Prix horse, at that time, Gronskovlunds Marquis. In 2012, I moved permanently to the the Netherlands to be more central in Europe. I now own my own stable in Langenboom (Noord-Brabant) in the Netherlands.
At my stable, I train horses from the beginning to Grand Prix, teach students who are competing at international level and give demonstrations and clinics all over the world about my own developed TRT method.
Due to the overwhelming demand for training and clinics worldwide, I have launched the online program TRT method in September 2015 with Dutch co-founder Conny Loonstra (Paard&Lifestyle). This way, I can teach ambitious riders from all over the world the TRT method so that they can enjoy the equestrian sport more and that their horses can feel more confident and relaxed.