I was born in Darwin in 1972, but relocated to Victoria after Cyclone Tracy devastated the city.
Rochester Pony club was my first foray into horses with a very naughty bay, followed by a beloved grey, Nebula. I enjoyed eventing the most with the discipline of dressage and the thrill of Cross country.
I studied at Monash University completing a Bachelor of Jewellery and Silversmithing. This was followed up with several years in Europe growing up and experiencing some amazing things before I enrolled in a Postgraduate Certificate in Jewellery at London Guildhall University.
Finally setting up home in the UK’s most northerly island of Shetland, I found my jewellery studio wasn’t fulfilling all my artistic needs and I began looking for another avenue to focus my energy on.
It was during my last 2 years on Shetland that I retrained as a bridlemaker with Master Saddler, Phillip Howard and his wife Karen, who is a Qualified Saddler. I thought that making bridles would give me a great sense of satisfaction, using a medium that was both flexible in design and production. Although I have a great appreciation for Saddlery, it is the bridle that I love the most. To see a well fitting and well made bridle or in-hand halter on a lovely head is to me…..heaven.
Our family relocated to WA in February 2008, where I have now set up a workshop and am working full time as a bridlemaker.
I first met Judaroo Pedlar, aka Max, when I arrived in WA with Lisa Hall asking me to come out and fit him up for a new bridle.
He was a tiddly, tiny steel grey and cute as a button.
Bred at Buttfield’s Judaroo Pony stud on the 23rd Sept 2004. He is by Judaroo Boston out of Judaroo Welsh Princess. Following the mare lines he needed a ‘P’ name and Pedlar it was.
Lisa tells her story…..
With having two daughters riding and sharing one pony, it was time to buy my youngest daughter, Jenna her own pony.
Judaroo Pony Stud was having an auction, so we all headed up the hill to the sale to see if there was anything that caught our eye.
It didn’t take long, as we drove up the drive and noticed a gorgeous little grey gelding. It was pretty much love at first sight. Jenna, then only 4 years old, climbed on to the fence to say hello and this gorgeous boy leant in for a kiss and that pretty much sealed the deal.
Now just to bid for him!!
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