About Will Zillman
William Zillman is a professional rugby league player, public speaker, and horse trainer. His rugby league career spans over 13 years in the NRL, where he has played for the Canberra Raiders and Gold Coast Titans. He has held numerous leadership roles throughout his career, including as Vice Captain and Captain of the Titans. He has been recognised for his leadership off the field as well, where in 2014 he won the prestigious Preston Campbell Award, and in 2016 was a finalist for the Ken Stephen Medal presented at the Dally M Awards.
In 2012, Will embarked upon his equine career by turning his life long interest in horses into a full service horsemanship business. Growing up spending much of his childhood on his family’s cattle station in North Queensland, Will developed a love for animals and the outdoors. This led him to couple his passions and talents and begin building his post-rugby league career in the equine industry. Since its inception, Will Zillman Horsemanship has provided clients with a full range of horsemanship services, including children and adult riding lessons, beach and trail riding experiences, and horse starting and training. While Will provides an array of services, his expertise lies within horsemanship training. He specialises in horse starting, training, and rider-horse synchronicity. In particular, his skills in this area encompass ground work, and how transferring these fundamental skills under saddle can allow the rider and horse to become wholly in tune with each other. Will’s approach to horsemanship has been shaped by studying and training with some of the world’s most respected horsemen. He pairs this knowledge and his client-centric methodology to training throughout all his work.
In addition to his dual careers, Will is an avid philanthropist and public speaker. He has served as an official ambassador for anti-domestic violence charity White Ribbon Australia, and has been honoured for his commitment to using his horsemanship skills to work with disabled people as a volunteer at Riding for the Disabled in the Gold Coast. His public speaking engagements draw upon his experiences as a professional sportsman, and serve to inspire others of the rewards that can come from hard work, dedication and overcoming adversity. Will currently resides in the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.