Name: Breanna Cook
Where are you from: Monto, Queensland
Your smile is your logo. Your personality is your business card. How you leave others feeling after having an experience with you becomes your trademark.
Favourite Song: ‘I Don’t Dance’ – Lee Brice
What is your story?
I am from a little town in Central Queensland. I grew up on a beef cattle property with my parents and fellow siblings. I have been on a horse since I was six months old. Being the youngest, my siblings called me spoilt, but I called it ‘well loved’.
My journey of working with horses began because of my brother. My brother didn’t enjoy school as much as he did his horses. So, on a family holiday, my mum booked him and I into trick riding lessons (not thinking I would take it up). In the beginning, my brother enjoyed it, and we both came home and trained our mustering horses to become fancy trick riding horses.
When performing at a trick-riding event, I saw another guy performing with his liberty horses. I was gobsmacked with what he could achieve with his horses.
For my Grade 11 work experience I got in contact with this guy. This was the start of my liberty training. After this, I came home and tried every horse on our property to see which one would fit the new discipline. The lucky horse was Scooter – who still performs with me today!
Through trial and error, and watching a lot of YouTube video’s – we eventually made it work. Learning from your horse, I believe, is one of the most important things to do. During this period, I came across a video of someone ‘Roman Riding’. I am a pretty determined person and once I saw this, I knew I had to give it a try. Scooter was only three at the time, and I had another horse that was about eight. I won’t lie, I did have some busters, and still do, but, absolutely love what I can achieve with my horses.
What brought you to Katherine Outback Experience?
There aren’t many jobs in Australia that give me the opportunity to do what I love; performing with, and training my horses. Initially, I was a little worried about moving the long distance from home. However this was an opportunity that I know I couldn’t miss. Especially being able to work in the new indoor arena!
What is your role at Katherine Outback Experience?
We all work together to do different jobs. At the moment, I am training some horses for liberty and performing in the shows, helping out with the setting-up, and looking after our guests.
What do you hope to get out of working at Katherine Outback Experience?
More experience – working with horses, talking in front of the public, teaching others, training working dogs, and learning about what goes on behind the scenes to make the business run.
What do you enjoy most about working at Katherine Outback Experience?
The team here is great to get along with, and I love being able to work with horses and dogs.
What do you want to do in the future?
I would like to grow my own business and continue to help children develop their relationship with horses. I was lucky enough to have this opportunity growing up.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
See where life takes me! Hopefully to have my own business working with horses and children.
Any parting words:
If you believe it… you can achieve it! Give it your best shot.
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