Michael Archer has been involved with the OC’s events since NSW Jumping Championships in Gundagai in 2010.
Mark’s family was thoroughly into horses – his father Thoroughbred racing and his mother – Harness Racing – horses were always going to be part of Mark’s life. Mark’s father and his uncle, brought reject racehorses home – and plonked the kids on to ride them – which taught Mark to hang on -for dear life!
Mark started in Pony Club and continued from there to eventing – but decided to change to Showjumping in around 2000. In 2003 Mark decided to give course designing a go – and Bob Brook was a wonderful mentor. Mark greatly admired Bob Brook – and feels he owes a great debt to Bob for the inspiration and assistance Bob provided over many years.
Mark has been helped over the years by many people – and he freely admits to loving course designing and all the challenges it brings. Mark is proud of his achievement of FEI Level 3 – gained in 2018 with the help of EA, Jumping NSW and SSJC – of which he was a Committee member for many years – and is still an active member of Australia’s largest jump club.
Steward FEI 2 (NZ - Steward General Jumping)
Judy’s passion has always been horses in one way or another – and Judy counts herself lucky that her passion has become her career.
Judy has worked in several countries over the years, settling in Kenya, where she stayed for 20 years. Judy established and ran her own Equestrian Centre, teaching, schooling, breaking, training racehorses and competing her own small team in showjumping in South Africa. Judy represented Kenya in Team Jumping in South Africa. The highlight of Judy’s career was winning all bar one of the HOY Title classes in Kenya with her three horses – at the same show!
Judy returned to NZ in 2000 and is happily married to a very tolerant Stephen.
Judy started stewarding to give back to the sport that has given her so much .
With a paternal history of farming and a maternal history of gamekeeping - Sue was destined to have a love of all animals great and small.
Growing up in England the family did not have the funds for Sue to own a ponytherefore Sue did anything to get a catch ride from the age of 8, then going into hunt service as a groom for 6 years after leaving school.
After coming to Australia, she by chance met this bloke across the back paddock called Mark Atkins, and they spent many years eventing together, before changing disciplines to Show jumping.
Sue still competes at low levels, but her great love is training.
Mark and Sue live in the Hawkesbury district on five acres ,but they would dearly love it to be 20!
Sue was also for many years on the SSJC committee – and she like Mark whilst they have retired from the committee – are still very active for the club.
Michael is a mathematician, author, and educationalist. His family company Haese Mathematics publishes high quality maths text books – which now include online learning platforms; courses for the International Baccalaureate and the UK GCE (A Levels). Haese Mathematics text books are found in over 150 countries.
Michael’s enjoyment of course design comes from the balance of science, art and the progressive development of jumping horses.
Michael began designing in 2000, and he is primarily European trained. Michael’s main influences are Peter Gillespie (UK) and Olaf Peterson Jnr (GER). Michael designed for six years at the Scope Festival of Showjumping, numerous British National Championship classes and designed for the first two Waratah Showjumping in 2017 & 2018. A fortunate confluence of events occurred when Michael was secured to design for Waratah that first year.
Michael was a designer at the 2019 Aquis Champions Tour in Queensland recently – and is also designing for the Caboolture WC qualifier in July – also in Queensland.
Michael comes from Adelaide in SA – his older sister rode –and Michael evented – but turned his considerable talents to showjumping course design.
Megan became involved in show jumping through her daughter and the North and North West Show Jumping Club, where after many years of pencilling she was encouraged to pursue judging. According to Megan, the highlight of her judging career has been working as the Associate Show Jump Judge at the 2018 Sydney Royal Easter Show alongside Singapore’s Mr Nai Yue Ho and German Course Designer Werner Deeg.
Megan lives with her husband on 620 acres in the New England region of NSW where they breed Angus and Charolais cattle. They have three children Mitch 21, Emily 19 and Austin 16.
Megan is a freelance graphic designer – and dabbles in photography.
Megan has been involved with the OC since 2013 Tamworth NSW Jumping Championships – as a pencillor, and the OC has encouraged Megan in her judging career – Megan will be in the Judges’ Box for the WC on Saturday 24 August.
Steward FEI 2 (NZ)
Carol lives on a small block out of Feilding, a small town in the south of the North Island. Carol has ridden since she was 10 years old, starting out at Pony Club. Carol rode for pleasure – but did play polocrosse with her family early on.
After a serious leg injury, Carol restrained her riding to lower level Eventing and Showjumping – she continued to hunt for many years.
Carol started judging (showjumping) over 25 years ago (as her family left her nest) – and that developed into Stewarding over the years. Carol totally enjoys the involvement with the sport – and the ability to watch at close range talented horses and riders.
Carol enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, gardening and recycling furniture.
Kevin has been judging since 2002 – his involvement with showjumping was through his [now grown up] childrens’ interests. He is now one of Australia’s highest level judges, FEI Level 3.
Kevin has been mentored by Anne Garner from the start and she remains one of Kevin’s good friends and a close colleague – and he now returns that favour by mentoring “junior” officials.
Kevin has judged at the Australian Jumping Championships for the past six years, including President of the Ground Jury in 2018. He has also judged numerous WC’s in both Victoria and NSW and recent state championships in Vic, NSW and SA.
Kevin’s style of judging is relaxed but fair – he expects respect from riders but believes that this works both ways – and is always happy to answer questions from competitors (at the appropriate time).
Kevin Taranto is the first to admit that he absolutely revels in the “show atmosphere” – and enjoys as much the socialising after the job is done – as the job!
2019 is the first year of Kevin’s involvement in WS – it won’t be the last!
Edwena’s involvement in showjumping (like so many in these pages) started with her daughter’s riding career. Beginning with Pony Club, Edwena has been always been deeply involved with the organisation and administration of such groups, including many years on Jumping NSW and now a committee member of Sydney Jump Club.
Edwena’s first event was Jump Over The Mountains in Orange (in 2008) – and progressed 2 short years later to hosting NSW Jumping Championships – for 6 years – 2 years in Gundagai, 2 in Tamworth and in 2015 and 2016 at SIEC. In 2011 Edwena hosted the 2011 Australian Jumping Championships in Dubbo.
Edwena is a cook – and has been catering in and around the Central West of NSW for nearly 30 years. Based in Cudal, 45km west of Orange, she is married with two [grown up] children, Jennifer (a professional rider, trainer and coach) and Edward (a miner living in WA) – and two granddaughters – Lucy aged 3 and Ella who has her first birthday on WC day – 24 August. Happy Birthday Ella.
Others who have not supplied the short bio and pic requested – who will be at WS are: David Johnson, Manual Sant, Merindah Thomson, Margot Meredith, Annette Maunder, Cheryl Backhouse, Ashleigh O’Neil, Jen Carraro, Karinda Alpert, Rusty Alpert, JV, Jane Frankum, Kerry Payne, Graham Carney, Katrina Dukats, Jen Smith and Jamie Kelly.
The OC acknowledges that Bec, Ann & Em (I think it was Wellington who said that an army runs on it's stomach...) and Kath and her team of arena crew may not actually have been asked for the bio & pic!