Mitavite Partner Rider:
As a youngster growing up in Western Victoria Robert was surrounded by racehorses, including the family trained Cox Plate winner Tauto, but soon found his passion for horses extended to showjumping. A successful jumping career ensued which has included winning the National Showjumping Championships and representing Australia internationally. Robert now lives in the shadows of the beautiful and mysterious Hanging Rock in Victoria and divides his time between training and competing with his horses, and working as a farrier. Robert’s horses are maintained in peak condition on a diet of Xtra Cool, Munga and Performa 3 oil.
Introduce your horses:
My current performance horses are:
The Stig - a 16hh bay thoroughbred by Brief Truce. He's a friendly, cheeky horse, very tolerant of anything going on around him. Loves his carrots, but won't touch apples.
LH Beckham - a 16.2hh Australian Warmblood by Briar, out of an Inspiration mare. A beautiful horse, total gentleman to do anything with, but loves to chew things. He's a friendly, happy boy, who loves all foods. His favourite is carrots.
Where did your love of horse-riding begin and when did you get started within your discipline?
My love of horses was just a natural thing, my family always have had horses, and I've been riding all my life.
Did you have any horse-riding role-models as a beginner rider?
My favourite rider would have to be Raymond Thomas, one of Australia's best ever riders. Almost impossible to beat in a jump-off!
What have been some of your greatest achievements within your discipline?
My three most memorable wins are:
- Australian Senior Show-jumping Champion 2004 riding DP Envy
- Caboolture World Cup Winner 2004 riding Hero Quest
- Prince of Wales Cup Melbourne Royal 2000
To sum these three special wins up "there is no greater thrill than winning". Unforgettable
What are your aspirations for your riding career? Where do you see yourself in the future?
I would love to represent Australia again, riding in World Cup events. And to ride really nice horses. There is no greater joy than riding.
Which Mitavite feeds and/or supplements do you use?
I use Pro Sport, Xtra-Cool and Performa 3 Oil. My horses need to be fit, and in peak condition, so they can perform to the best of their abilities. These products are perfect. The horses hold their condition easily, and their coats are glowing.
What is your all-time favourite Mitavite product and why?
My favourite Mitavite product would be the Xtra-Cool. Keeps my horses fit but rideable without becoming 'hot'. LH Beckham and The Stig love it!
What has your experience as a Mitavite Partner Rider been like?
I've been proudly sponsored by Mitavite since 2003. Mitavite are a world class feed company, providing top quality feeds. My horses have been very successful, and a huge factor of that is what they are eating. Health comes from within.
Do you have any advice for beginner / aspiring riders?
My advice to any learner or aspiring rider, is to be kind to your horse, feed him well, and go out and enjoy yourself, cos surely that is what riding is all about.