Jim’s early years were spent on a large cattle property in Far North Queensland, with horses being an important part of everyday working life.
When Jim and his family moved to South East Queensland, he developed an interest in furthering his skills with horses, and started competing. Jim was fortunate enough, to have access to great trainers, like Ian Francis and Dave Christiansen, who helped him have success as a youth competitor and young adult. After driving logging trucks and owning his own portable saw mill for many years, Jim has come back into the horse industry. Jim drives interstate for Rudd’s Horse Transport and on weekends, enjoys his horses, alongside his wife, Vivian Wearing. Jim would like to see Western Dressage in Australia, become the recognized foundation training for all other western events, as well as its own destination.
Margaret Augerinos B.SW
STATES - VICTORIA: SECRETARY
Margaret Augerinos has formal qualifications in Social Work (B.SW) and has worked in the not for profit sector since 1987. Margaret is presently the CEO of the Centre for Non-Violence, which is based in Bendigo (Vic) and sits on a number of not for profit boards across Australia and internationally. Margaret is a keen equestrian enthusiast and has been involved in horses for many years. Margaret has had a wide variety of involvement in equestrian disciplines including time spent as an RDA coach, a riding instructor/sports counsellor and has experience as a dressage judge. Margaret is very interested in classical dressage and western breeds and joins WDA-AUS because of those two interests and with a genuine interest to see the discipline of western dressage develop in Australia. Margaret has a number of horses and her current riding prospect is a 4yo Appaloosa mare, whom she shows at breed/western shows and hopefully in western dressage classes in the near future!
Margaret and her partner live on a 40 acre property in central Victoria and have a 19 year old son.
STATES - WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Kim has 30 years experience as a hairdresser and has her own business. She also has an online marketing business that takes up much of her time.
She’s been involved with horses from the age of 5 and followed in the footsteps of her mother.
Her passion for showing started in the hacking world, then progressed to warmblood breed and low level dressage and jumping. She’s had success in the working hunters field, achieving Champion at local and Royal Show levels. Kim returned to the show ring after having her children, she attended breed shows and clinics with some youngsters that she had bred.
In 2017 Pam purchased a Quarter Horse and the love of western dressage blossomed. In the past year, she has competed in and attended all of the western dressage events and clinics in Perth and has absolutely loved every minute of it . Pam is currently the president of the Western Dressage Association of Western Australia and is honoured and proud to have that role.
STATES - WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Pam is retired and she lives on 10 acres in Oakford, Western Australia with her husband. She has two daughters that ride and have their own horses.
Pam belongs to an adult riding club and she has regular sessions with coaches. She enjoys being involved with horses and people and as such she helps in the management of a local equestrian centre. The centre is used by clubs to hold events such as pony club, adult riders, dressage and working equitation, all of which interest Pam.
She hopes to continue riding for as long as possible and after that, Pam feels that just owning a horse would be good.
STATES - QLD: Judges Portfolio
Paula has been working in the public service industry for 29 years, mainly in tropical Far North Queensland. She and her partner live on a small property in the Cairns Hinterlands, where they have bred Quarter Horses and run a few cattle. With a background in Western Performance, Paula is keen for Western Dressage to reach the regional areas of Australia with the aim of encouraging local Clubs to participate. She actively promotes Western Dressage and would like to see the discipline grow and develop as much as possible. Paula is also interested in developing opportunities for interested persons in becoming judges so as to actively support Australia’s regional equestrian communities.
STATES - QLD: Far North
Julie has worked for Queensland Health for 30 years from Accounts Payable and Finance and now clinical administration. Julie started her equestrian journey at a local riding school at the age of 15 learning Dressage and competing in Eventing and Hack classes, and then moved into the Pony club scene. Becoming an Instructor and then on to Chief Instructor and Judge for a number of years. With the purchase of her first QH/ASH Mare the journey in the Western and Stock horse events started and then continued with breeding her own horses. The last filly bred who is now 13 competes in Western Performance and Halter classes but really excels in Western Dressage with the local QH club. Julie lives with her family on a small acreage property west of Innisfail.
STATES - QLD: Far North
Stacey is a local resident of the North QLD town of Innisfail. She spent her younger years on the family farm dreaming of being a champion barrel racer. At 12 years of age her parents realised the horse craziness was there for life so gave in and put her in to pony club as a great start for learning to care for and ride horses. This led to a love of competing in showjumping and becoming a young coach. After marriage and children she became very involved in the pony club movement coaching and judging particularly in the Olympic disciplines, as her daughter campaigned heavily and regularly at state level. Returning to the saddle herself, seeking a western style of riding that she has always loved, she discovered Western Dressage through her local quarter horse club. Stacey quickly fell in love with the new modern, flexible and friendly sport of WD. Believing the sport is a solid foundation for anyone and any breed of horse, she is eager to see it grow in our country and bring many types of horses and riders together.