Wayne has more than 30 years experience with horses, from starting young horses to training in all disciplines (including rodeo, Reining and Stockman's Challenge) and preparing show jumping and dressage horses for some of Australia's elite riders.
In 1989 Wayne started Natural Horsemanship workshops/clinics and has hosted these throughout Australia and overseas, offering training in natural horsemanship to all riders, at all levels and ages.
"I left school when I was 15 and shortly after I went and worked in the Northern Territory. I had a bit of a traumatic horse experience in the early hours of the stock camp one morning and it made me think there must be another way, so I went looking... and I found it. I learnt bits and piece from different people, but mostly it is the horse.
I've been fortunate to have had opportunities to successfully breed, start and train horses in Rodeo work, Stockman's Challenge work, Show Jumping, Campdraft, Dressage and Pleasure horses. I've enjoyed successfully competing in Rodeo, Show Jumping, Stockman's Challenge disciplines over the years too. I was a professional rodeo competitor for about twelve years and started doing horsemanship clinics in 1989.
I concentrate on early development clinics with the objective of creating a solid base, the most important part for any discipline.
Every winter “toughen up period”, I go to Ethel Creek Station in the Pilbera, WA and run the horse camp and have been doing so for the past 7 years.
Good horsemanship comes from good understanding and a good attitude, if there is an inbalance in the mental, physical or emotional being it will show up in the horses. This lead me to try and incorporate other activities in with the clinic, eg. Medical Qi Gong, Eastern well-being exercises, Tai Chi (when my instructor is available) because necessity influenced me towards these philosophies."