An Introduction to Horses
Sue’s equestrian life began as a 10yr old on a wheatbelt farm in Western Australia. She was
desperate for a horse so her non-horsey parents obliged and found one – a 15.3hh standardbred mare, who she rode bareback, hacked all over the salt lake
country and jumped over hay bales and logs. Throughout her childhood Sue rode ponies and thoroughbreds in Pony Club, livestock mustering and everything in between.
Sue climbed the ranks in all equestrian disciplines and competed on State teams at Gawler 3 Day Event several times on an off the track thoroughbred.
She became known for her ability to educate young horses, training and breaking in thoroughbreds and crossbreds to competing in Dressage at Prix St George level.
Equine Management Career
Her academic career began when she completed the first ever Horse Stud Management course in Australia that ran at Muresk Agricultural College in Western Australia. This lead her and husband, Dr John Stewart, to take on positions in Horse Management at Marcus Oldham College. Dr John was the course director and Sue ran the practical skills program for 11 years.
Hillcrest Christian College where I am a trainer in the VET Equine Studies course and an instructor in elective riding and after school riding classes.
Sue worked for many years as a level 2 equestrian coach and now shares her knowledge and expertise as a trainer in VET Equine Studies at Hillcrest Christian College.
Sue still competes two young horses and advocates the lifelong learning journey that equestrian sport provides. She loves learning new things and passing on her own knowledge of over 40 years working with horses.