Robbie began riding at 4 gaining confidence on a reliable little grey Shetland. At 7 she moved on to a super little 11.2 hh pony, Caringa Trinity with whom she had fun and success in everything from showing to show jumping. Next was Myall Glen Talisman on whom she had her first real taste of the pony dressage ring. Then came a time when she rode a variety of ponies and galloways, until along came Robali Irish Cream, nickname Louie.
Louie was given to Ali as payment for an agistment debt, and she gave him to Robbie to prepare for sale. However as the two began to form a partnership it became obvious that this little horse had a lot of talent, initially for junior eventing. Then, starting lessons with Miguel Tavora, Robbie got the dressage bug!
Their results over the next few years were extra-ordinary.
Galston Interschool Dressage Championships - Champion Yr 7 in 2002; Champion Yr 8 in 2003
Canberra Classic Dressage Championships - Junior Champion Under 14 2003
NSW State YR Championships - 2004 Elementary Champion
National Young Rider Championships, Werribee 2005 - Medium Champion
NSW State Open Dressage Championships, Taree 2005 -4th Overall at Medium level
CDI-Y PSG Tour competing with success in 2006, 2007 .
Robbie and Irish Cream were also awarded
• NSW State Scholarship Winner
• NSW State Dressage Squad
• NSW State Young Rider of the Year
• National Youth Development Squad
2007, 2008, 2009
Aware that Robali Irish Creams retirement was approaching and that Robbie was outgrowing him, a search began for a new, potential FEI mount .In July 2007, Robbie went to Germany with Jenny Carroll on a Young Rider Trip, a wonderful learning experience. She then spent time at various different studs, finishing up working with Susanne Miesner for a few months and returning late that year.
In January 2008 in partnership with Regina Brandt, Robbie acquired Razzamattaz, an imported Hanoverian gelding by Rotspon ,from Dr Kerry Mack at Mayfield Farm.
In June 2008, Regina also purchased Viviano, a gelding by Warkant.
On these 2 horses Robbie achieved much success as a Young Rider winning State and National Elementary, Medium and Advanced Champions in successive years on Razzamatazz, and winning the Cindarella award in 2009 on Viviano.
On these horses she maintained her position on the State and National Young Rider squads for 2010 and 2011.
In late 2008, Robbie was selected to represent Australia at the Australian Youth Olympics and in January, she was a Silver Medallist at the Australian Youth Olympics 2009.
In 2010 Robbie purchased Robali Razzamatazz outright and he is now training and competing at Grand Prix dressage, having his first start at this level in May 2014.
On another level Robbie has been showing and riding her own and clients horses in the show and Arabian show ring for many years.
Some of her major achievements in the Show ring:
National Capital Horse Show Winner Senior Challenge 2009
National Capital Horse Show Runner Up Senior Challenge 2010
East Coast Champion Ridden Anglo Arabian Gelding, SIEC 2009
National Champion Ridden Anglo Arabian Gelding, Werribee 2009
East Coast Cup Winner , SIEC 2010
SHC Grand National 2010 Champion Rider 17 and under 21
SHC Grand National 2011 Reserve Champion 17 and under 21
SHC Grand National 2013 Champion Rider 21 and under 30
Also Supreme Rider winning The Gary Collier Memorial Award
Winner Novice Lady Rider Sydney Royal 2013
Winner Champion Lady Rider Over 18 Canberra Royal 2014
Equestrian Australia NSW HOTY 2013 Champion Rider over 18
Equestrian Australia Nationals 2013 Senior Rider Over 18
Robbie has also been chosen to ride at Equitana in the Master Classes twice, once under Kyra Kirkland and again under Carl Hester.
Robbie is now running her own training and coaching business along side Ali Soster and husband David McKinnon.
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