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VBA playboy

VBA Playboy is an approximately 14.1hh flaxen chestnut gelding who was caught as a nine year old from the Kosciuszko National Park in 2017. Playboy was a bachelor and came in with his friend VBA Cooper who he has remained firm friends with ever since.    


VBA Playboy's trainer in the McDowells Australian Brumby Challenge is April Harvey


April Harvey

From Baddaginnie, Victoria: Professional Trainer


April Harvey began riding before she could walk, starting her first pony at the age of 10 and following a lineage of generations of family deeply involved in the equestrian world. She draws from decades of experience and a devotion to continually advance her horsemanship.

April has trained and competed with her own horses, winning numerous State and National titles and represented Australia in Italy and the USA – riding at the W-H ranch in Kansas and was recipient of the AQHA Bill Verdugo International Internship to train in Texas.

Her unique approach to starting horses is borne of 3 decades of experience in the equine world, taking cues from pioneering horsemen including Tom Dorrance and Ray Hunt and inspiration from the mindfulness practices of meditation and yogic philosophies.

April is now based in the family equine facility near Benalla, North East Victoria, applying her vast talent to working with riders and starting horses with a robust understanding of equine psychology and horse/ human behaviours.

April's passion for developing a solid foundation of a soft, confident, willing and versatile horse that has all the necessary tools for the future regardless of discipline.


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