Founder and Program Executive Manager, Julia’s role with Equine Pathways Australia, Julia is involved with the initial assessment of every client to ensure the most successful plan for their future engagement, Julia is passionate about Paralympic Sport and therefore specialises in the development of clients with an interest in this sector, with respect to on and off horse training, horse selection, training plans etc. However Julia also has a great interest in assisting people to re-engage with the equine industry through being involved in the busy and vibrant environment of Balmoral Equestrian Centre.
Julia’s academic background is a Bachelor of Science degree at University of Melbourne and a Diploma of Education. In her personal sporting career, Julia is an FEI level dressage competitor and has educated many horses through to FEI level. She is an NCAS Level 3 Dressage Specialist coach and Coach Educator, and is a graduate of both the AIS Performance Coach and Podium Coach programs.
Julia was the National Performance Director for Equestrian Australia in the disciplines of Dressage and Para Equestrian from 2009 until 2016. In this role Julia worked with State and National Squad athletes from their daily training environment planning through to the logistics and management of Australia teams at Kentucky WEG 2010, London Paralympics 2012, WEG Normandy 2014 and Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016.
One of Julia’s individual strengths is the ability to be flexible and seek options to solve specific programs. This combined with the ability to see the big picture and plan towards it allows her to create innovative solutions to issues clients may face. The “Can Do – now let’s work out How” attitude is one that many of her clients are already familiar with, and one that brings a unique strength to the Equine Pathways Australia picture.