Horse Handling Course

When handling horses, the safety of the horse and the person handling them is of utmost safety. In this course you will learn the correct techniques for handling horses to minimise the risk of injury to the horse and to humans. Even if you think you know how to do these skills,  you will still learn something new from each of these experts.

This course includes the Learning Modules:

1. The Horse’s Blind Spots
2. Catching Horses & Letting Them Go
3. How To Lead A Horse
4. Feeding & Observing Horses In The Paddock
5. How To Rug A Horse
6. Holding The Horse For The Farrier
7. Holding The Horse For The Vet
8. Transporting Horses: Loading & Unloading 
9. Pressure & Release

Accreditation: TBA Horse Handling Course Certificate Of Completion 

Meet The Experts

Cameron Bond
Owner of Kenmore Lodge

Cameron Bond and his wife Kellie Bond own and operate Kenmore Lodge outside of Toowoomba, Queensland.

They offer clients full-time and seasonal broodmare agistment, yearling &  sales prep. They also break in horses, do pre-training and prep  two-year-olds for the horses in training sales.

Graduates from their ridden  program include G1 Stradbroke winner, Tyzone and G1 Queensland Oaks winner Winning Ways.

Cameron and Kellie both grew up working with horses at the track and with cattle. They are both National champions in campdrafting and rodeo.

Mick Malone
Owner of North

Mick Malone says he doesn’t know what his life would have been like without horses in it.

After growing up on the Upper North Shore of Sydney, Mick went jackarooing on cattle stations where he developed a love of the horse. From there Mick went to work at Arrowfield, in New South Wales’s Hunter Valley. Mick began at Kitchwin Hills in 2000 until purchasing his own operation, North in 2023.  

Mick prides himself on teaching his staff how to handle horses safely.
Angus & Scott McAlpine 
Stud Managers at Eureka Stud 

Angus McAlpine and his father Scott McAlpine both grew up on Eureka Stud located on Queensland's Darling Downs.

Eureka was founded by Scott's grandfather in 1935 and remains under family management. Today, Scott is the stud manager and Angus is the assistant manager.

Angus has completed the Breeding Management Course at the Irish National Stud and has worked at various studs in the Hunter Valley and in Europe. 
David White
Stud Manager at Vinery Stud

Dave White is the stud manager of Vinery Stud in Scone, New South Wales. 

Originally from Ireland, Dave grew up with horses and loved show jumping and watching legendary trainers like Vincent O’Brien. 

Working in the thoroughbred industry was an obvious choice for Dave who grew up 40 minutes from Coolmore. 
He first came to Australia in the late 1980’s and has travelled with history-making stallions like Danehill, Fairy King, Thunder Gulch and Last Tycoon. 
Dave worked at Ra Ora Stud in New Zealand before moving permanently to Australia to work for Coolmore again in 1996. 

Dave loves the health and vibrancy of Australian racing and particularly enjoys watching progeny of Vinery stallions go on to be winners. He believes that even though work on a stud can be tiring and the hours are long, that the rewards are worth it.
Kellie McCarthy
Assistant Manager of Mill Park Stud

Kellie McCarthy is the assistant manager of Mill Park Stud in Meningie, South Australia.  

Kellie holds a Diploma of Horse Breeding & Training. In 2017 she was awarded the Horsemanship Award at the Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards.  

Kellie has been at Mill Park since 2011. Prior to that she worked in New Zealand on a breeding farm. She started her career in Ireland where she rode trackwork, worked in a National Hunt yard and led horses at yearling sales.
James Balfe
Master Farrier

James Balfe is a farrier with over 40 years’ experience in the thoroughbred industry. 

Originally from County Mayo in the western part of Ireland, Balfe first came to Australia in 1996 to work for Coolmore. He now calls Australia home. 

Together with Sarah Wills, Balfe breeds thoroughbreds for racing and Connemara ponies for jumping and performance sports at their stud Killeenfarna Connemara In Scone, New South Wales.

Ross Fuller
Stud Manager of Cornerstone Stud 

Born in Zimbabwe, Ross Fuller went through the Thoroughbred Management and Equine Science course in West Oxford, England where he also worked at Britton House Stud.

Ross spent 20 years in South Africa, first at Wilgerbosdrift Stud Farm followed by 18 years with Drakenstein Stud and two at Ridgemont.

Ross and his wife, Carla, an equine veterinarian, moved to Cornerstone Stud at the end of 2019 where Ross was the stud manager there for four years. 
Barley Ward-Thomas
Stud Manager of Darley Kelvinside 

Born in England, Barley’s family were involved in jumps racing. They raced horses and his father was a steward.

Upon leaving school, Barley worked for Coolmore Ireland which gave him the opportunity to travel extensively in both hemispheres.

Barley moved to Australia in 1989 and has held senior positions at many of the leading farms in the Hunter Valley. He joined Godolphin in 2005.

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