Our Team

Our Board Members

Shannon Durrant

Shannon was a Pony Club rider at Wyong Pony Club from the age of 9 until her late teens and has very fond memories of those years. Pony Club provided Shannon with very valuable horse management, riding and life skills. She is still involved with horses and still rides. She is very passionate about Pony Club and the contribution it makes to communities. Professionally Shannon has over 18 years’ experience in financial services including holding positions as senior executive -Head of Compliance, Risk & Advice at a national financial services company. Shannon’s skills extend to strategic planning, project management, marketing and communications including social media and corporate governance. Shannon has a Master's Degree in Applied Finance (Financial Planning), a Certificate IV in Marketing (Distinction) and an MBA. Shannon is a Member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Pony Club Australia.

Melanie Woodward

Melanie was a Pony Club rider at Moggill Pony Club Queensland from the age of 5 until her late teens. During those years Melanie competed in Dressage, Show Jumping and One Day Events, representing Queensland in Dressage on 3 separate occasions. Now Melanie is teaching her own children to ride. Melanie has over 21 years’ experience in the financial services industry in both Australia and the United Kingdom, with expertise in governance, risk management and compliance. Melanie is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of both CPA Australia and the Governance Institute of Australia. Melanie is a Member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Pony Club Australia.

Sonia Murphy

Sonia has been involved with Pony Club for the last 37 years and was a riding member at Hastings Pony Club from 9 - 21yrs, representing Hastings Pony Club and Southern Metro Zone at Zone and State level. Sonia is a long term Pony Club coach and active member of the DCI/ZA panel. Sonia is now Zone Examining secretary for Southern Metro Zone. Outside of Pony Club Sonia manages a logistics business. 

Michelle Harper

Michelle has been involved in Pony Club as a rider, instructor, parent, grandparent and committee member.  In the early 70s, she joined Doongala Pony Club and soon gravitated towards the newly formed Junior Committee.   Later as a full time working and studying (and riding and competing) mother, her extra-curricular Pony Club activities included committee roles and various volunteer duties including being the host family for the Japanese team in the 2003 Inter-Pacifics.  Michelle became the President at Yarra Glen Pony Club and the grounds burnt down 3 days later in the Black Saturday bushfire with 75% of its membership directly affected by that disaster.  She spent a very rewarding 3 years making grant applications and, along with the committee, rebuilding the club.     Michelle believes that Pony Club cultivates such positive attributes, including determination and resilience, in young people.  Michelle brings a professional background in law to development of good governance as a key factor in enabling Pony Club to secure a bright future.

Carol Paterson

Carol joined Pony Club as a rider in 1954 and this joy of riding still continues.  Carol has progressed through as a parent, now grandparent, instructor and administrator at all levels and is still active within her local Club.  Carol has represented Australian Pony Clubs as a team manager of Inter-Pacific Exchange teams and at International Pony Club meetings in Canada and USA.  She has organized events for Pony Club at a State, National and International level.  Carol worked for the Australian Government for 20 years and run her own business for the last 50 years.  Carol is passionate about seeing children and horses having fun together.

Juliet Skinner

Juliet has been actively involved in Pony Club in Australia since 2009, when she and her daughter joined Mareeba Pony Club, in Far North Queensland. However, her experience with Pony Club started as a child in the UK, where she competed in various disciplines and taught at her family’s riding school.   She has attended 5 Queensland State championships with her daughter and the 2017 National Championships in Toowoomba. Juliet has a particular interest in promoting the less well-known disciplines and advocating for smaller clubs and their members in rural areas. Juliet trained as a doctor at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London and has practiced as a rural and remote GP in Queensland for over 20 years. Her experience includes working as an outreach women’s health GP with the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Indigenous health and family medicine as well as numerous voluntary duties at equestrian and other events. She hopes to give a Northern insight into some of the issues facing Pony Club, as well as adding medical expertise to the board.

Andrew McLean

Dr Andrew McLean is recognised across the world for his work on equine behaviour. Andrew holds a PhD in equine cognition and learning, has been an accredited horse riding coach for over 30 years and has written 5 books (including an International Best Seller) and authored 35 peer-reviewed journal articles. Andrew is a past winner of the Eureka Prize, which is the highest science award in Australia. As a rider Andrew is a past winner of the Gawler 3-day event, has competed nationally in showjumping and held a racehorse owner-trainer’s license.  He established and is currently the director of the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre. He is in great demand and delivers lectures and workshops across the world on the optimal use of learning theory for improved performance and improved welfare of the trained horse.  

Judy Pitt

Judy has been a member of Pony Club for 35 years, starting as a parent of 2 very committed daughters who both achieved their A Certificates and represented Tasmania in many PCA National Championships in all disciplines. Judy has held many positions throughout her time with Pony Club from Club Catering Co-Ordinator, Club Secretary, Club District Commissioner and Club Chief Coach, Zone Treasurer and State President and State Delegate to Pony Club Australia.  Judy has received life membership of the Tasmanian Pony & Riding Club, the Northern Zone of Pony Club Tasmania and Pony Club Tasmania. She values and enjoys her time with Pony Club and feels it is important to put back into an organisation that supports, develops and trains our young budding equestrians. 

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