The staff here at RDA Alice Springs are always out to make sure that everything runs smoothly. We work all day and sometimes into the night to make sure all goes to plan.
Jodie Grant comes from an equestrian background, having spent most of her younger years around riding schools and pony club. A lot of her training has come from Olympic short-listed event rider Will Enzinger. Jodie continued with her passion in eventing and teaching young riders in pony club and local riding schools.
Jodie is a fully trained vet nurse and has worked as an equine nurse on thoroughbred studs as well as in the harness racehorse industry. She has completed Certificate 2 in horse studies, Certificate 3 in outdoor recreation equine, has completed show judge and show jump course designing courses, hoof care courses and is a qualified equine Bowen therapist.
Jodie has a passion for helping young riders gain confidence, as well as training horses through knowledge of their natural behaviour in the wild. She has gained this through natural horsemanship studies and experiences like moving onto a cattle station in which there was a large brumby population. Catching and working with untouched brumbies Jodie recalls as a once in a lifetime opportunity that has given her experiences that she would never have gained elsewhere.
Jodie is excited to start the next chapter of her life at RDA and share her passion with others and the benefits that horses bring to everyone’s lives.
Dusty Grant has joined the RDA team after spending most of his life in remote Australia.
Living and working on stations, first as a station hand then to head stockman, Dusty has most recently spent the last five years managing stations up to 5.5 million acres in size.
With a team of over 15 horses mustering 40,000 head of cattle, animal welfare has been a big part of his life and he is proficient in all aspects of horse care including barefoot trimming.
Living so far from town, Dusty has had to become proficient in welding, building, repairs to fences, waters and troughs. Whilst managing one of Australia’s most remote cattle stations in WA, Dusty began a 'trap and train' brumby program to minimise the need for culling and to relocate the trained horses to working homes.
Dusty has experience training staff in station and horsemanship skills and will bring an abundance of knowledge to RDA AS. He is a great mentor for anyone keen on moving into or learning about station life, stock work and horsemastership. He has also forged excellent relationships with the RDA and able-bodied riders at RDA AS.
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