Cathryn Herbert started here at Ryans in April 2016. Initially Cathryn started riding under the watchful eye of her dad Michael (Mick) Herbert who is also a race horse trainer. Cathryn and her dad were seriously into speed and of course Cathryn's career initially kicked off in the mounted games arena where she was very very fast. From there Cathryn graduated on to Tetrathlon. Cathryn was selected on a Pony Club team to represent Australia in England and Ireland in tetrathlon in 2011 when she was 17 years of age. From there Cathryn graduated to Eventing. Cathryn is from Western Australia and managed to work her way up to 2* Eventing between herself, her dad, her first serious horse Giselle and Australian (ageing) icon WA Eventer and instructor Anne Taylor. Before coming East to join the Ryans program Cathryn studied Engineering at Curtin University where she Graduated with first class honours.
With the encouragement of Anne Taylor, Cathryn packed her bags and headed over East to base at Ryans. Cathryn has two horses in Giselle who had found her way into the 2* class before coming east and Belle who was very confident at 1*.
Since starting here at Ryans both mares were initially started at 1* however 12 months on and both mares are now solidly on the eventing circuit at 2* level. Cathryn has also become heavily involved with the breaking in program here at Ryans and also now has a very fancy thoroughbred broodmare by Quest for Fame out of a Grovesnor mare who she has plans to breed an Olympic Eventing gold medallist from! Cathryn has also been very fortunate in picking up the ride on the wonderful schoolmaster Greenoaks Weltman (Mendy). With Mendy Cathryn has competed at Advanced level dressage and providing Mendy does not sell Cathryn will have her first Prix St George start very shortly and if possible her first Grand Prix start this year.
2017 is indeed a big year for Cathryn and Tokyo 2020 is clearly targeted with both Eventers.
- Femme de Renaissance (Giselle) is a bay mare standing 16.3hh, 13 years of age, by Statford Grimaldi out of a thoroughbred mare called Renaissance Lady. This is a big scopey mare who does have the potential to do a beautiful dressage test, she is very bold and fast cross country and is certainly becoming more and more agile in the show jumping arena. We would expect this mare to start 3* before the end of this year.
- Karizmah Tiara (Belle) is chestnut mare standing 15.3hh, 12 years of age by Jaybee Excellent out of Bokandara Germani. This is a little pocket rocket who is a brilliant jumper, very careful and who has the most explosive scopey jump. Belle is like a cat coming into a fence and very agile. With Cathryn in the saddle they do make cross country time easily without appearing to hustle. In the dressage arena Belle is a hot little number but again a pure athlete and she is one of those horses that is very competition compatible and the dressage judges do tend to like her and score her very well. Belle has only just started 2* at the end of 2016 and we do expect to take the rest of 2017 in 2* developing confidence and knowledge. Off the record I am suspicious this mare will flourish quickly and come the end of 2017 she to may be 3*. We will let Belle be the decider of that.
- Greenoaks Weltman (Mendy) bay gelding standing 16.2hh, 16 years of age by Man about Town out of a Weltmeyer mare called Weserfee. Mendy belongs to Pam Lloyd who wants to sell him. We have actually produced a video which can be seen on Youtube. And there is a write up on this horse with extended pedigree on the AOS Website here. In the mean time Cathryn considers this a serious contribution to her campaign towards the Tokyo Olympics. Mendy is a fabulous ride and is pretty well ready for Grand Prix. Cathryn is on the fast track but we do have to be sensible as well.