From Regional Pony Club to International Competition...
In her early years, Trish Braithwaite was a mad keen "pony clubber" from the age of three; progressing from gymkhanas and sports days to competing as a “hackie”... Eventually moving to the more exciting worlds of dressage and eventing.
Living and working in Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta from 1998, Trish gained her EA NCAS Level 1 (General) certification through the Malaysian Equine Council. She then spent the next few years in the active competition scene. Coaching, training and managing horses for Eventing, Showjumping and Dressage in Malaysia and Indonesia.
A highlight from this time was winning Malaysia’s 2006 National Eventing 1* Championship with her personally-trained French Thoroughbred “Krystallos”, and grooming for a month with the Malaysian Eventing Team that same year at the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar.
Trish returned to Australia early 2009, keen to explore the equestrian scene and coaching opportunities.
As part of her commitment to her own professional education, in 2012 Trish trained on Lusitano stallions in Portugal with Don Francisco De Braganca at Quinta do Archino (http://bit.ly/XQBGjt) and also Rodrigo da Costa Matos, who was the principal Rider of the Escola Portuguesa d’Arte Equestre and head instructor of Morgado Lusitano Training Centre (http://www.morgadolusitano.pt/).
In 2014, Trish travelled to Orlando, Florida to train with FEI 5* Level judge and Grand Prix trainer, Ms Anne Gribbons. An intense, exciting month of riding Prix St George on the cutest Swedish warmblood!
Trish's professional development in 2016 continued, training in Germany with Ms Nicole Weinauge www.nicoleweinauge.de. Nicole's approach to and understanding of equine biomechanics, classical training and horsemanship knits perfectly with Trish's equestrian philosophies, inspiring her to follow up a clinic with Nicole in Australia with a visit to her home base in Hamburg!
Trish is currently an Equestrian Australia-qualified D Level (Australian National medium/advanced) dressage judge and regularly trains to upgrade. As a full-time free-lance coach, Trish travels daily around the greater Brisbane area coaching at private and club facilities.
Her careful attention to riders’ position, management of the horse and training the combination of horse and rider as a whole appeals to her broad base of discerning students.