This time next year - Adam Brand

 
 

At the age of just six, Golden Guitar Award winner Adam Brand had an experience with horses that quite understandably saw him develop a phobia of them ever since.

“I jumped on the horse, it reared up and bucked me off and I whacked my nose, there was blood everywhere and that was it – that day I decided I was not going to be friends with horses because horses weren’t friends with me,” he said.

A few weeks ago I had the chance to work with Adam to help him overcome this phobia. From simply being around horses to grooming and when a light canter.

Was great to see the progress Adam made during the time Timba & I spent with him. Hopefully he'll manage a gallop in the not to distance future.

This Time Next Year - Adam Brand - Courier Mail

The Snowy's with Land Rover

Brumbies are imbedded in Australian country folklore as much as the bloke that caught a mob of them back in 1890, so when Land Rover provided the opportunity to head to the Snowy Mountains for some time in the saddle searching for this majestic creatures at their wildest, who was I to refuse.

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The population of the Brumby in the region is a hot topic at the moment, with proposal to drop the numbers in the area from 3000 to 500 over the next 20 years. These numbers certainly need to be managed, along with considerations of other species in the region and their impact. 

I still struggle to put words to the experience, but it was certainly an unforgettable one.To see more of this stunning part of the world and journey, head over to Land Rover's Adventure Passport.

Land Rover Adventure Passport - Horse Riding Adventure with Will Zillman

Working with the APRDA

Back in May 2017, while sidelined from training with an injury, I had the pleasure of beginning to work with Arundel Park Riding for Disabled Inc on a weekly basis.

APRDA are a Not for Profit Charity Organisation that was founded in 1981. The amazing team there are focused on providing horse riding experiences for those with disability, regardless of age.

For over three decades people have volunteered their time to this organisation to make this happen. Along with incredible efforts of volunteers, staff and committee, APRDA has received support from Government and Non-Government Organisations alike. This has been supported by a range range of sponsors and donors.

To find out more about the organisation and ways that you can get involved, do not hesitate to head across to their website to show your support like so many others have.

Arundel Park Riding for Disabled Inc Website