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Week 2

Rachel Clarkson

Ridden Section: Professional Trainer


Growing up on a farm has seen Rachel involved in breeding and training horses from a young age for over 15 years.  It was here that her passion and talents for training horses developed at a very young age.  She quickly realised the importance of taking a natural approach to training her horses to achieve great results after spending many years competing successfully. Using natural horsemanship techniques Rachel has found that building a strong foundation on the ground first, then in the saddle to be crucial for success with any horse in any field of discipline, whether English or Western.


Over the years Rachel has had the privilege and honour to train with some of the world’s best horse men and women, enabling her to continually broaden and develop her horsemanship skills.  She has spent several years training and studying directly and indirectly with Pat and Linda Parelli at their ranch in the USA and continues to visit them regularly for her own professional development. She has also spent time riding with dressage master Walter Zettl from Czechoslovakia and traditional Vaquero horseman Martin Black. Rachel's passion for training and developing horses has seen her spend countless hours training and developing young and unhandled horses here in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.   

Rachel's goal is to be the best horsewoman she can, for any horse she trains so this challenge is one that excites her.  She is looking forward to being able to showcase how talented and adaptable all horses, but in particular Brumbies can be in the human world; when using a natural horsemanship training approach based on horse psychology and using Love, Language and Leadership in equal doses. When not busy starting and developing horses for clients Rachel can be found travelling around the country teaching Parelli Natural Horsemanship clinics and workshops.  


For more information please visit www.rachelclarkson.com

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VBA Maximus


Maximus is a nine year old, bay gelding who was caught with his mob of mares and foals from the Kosciuszko National Park in NSW in winter, 2015. Maximus was gelded shortly after his arrival at our Brumby Junction sanctuary and turned out while he got used to being a gelding on a farm. Maximus’s lead mare, VBA Zali (with trainer Kelly Wilson) and their foal, VBA Chance (with trainer Brooke Palmer) are both also in the Australian Brumby Challenge! Maximus’s trainer in the Australian Brumby Challenge is Rachel Clarkson.Type your paragraph here.