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Sponsored Riders

QJ Riding Wear proudly supports a team of riders and ambassadors  for the 2020 year;  Elizabeth Sobecki, Rachelle Verma, Sophie Adams,  Megan Bryant and Lauren & Pauly Daniel. We also welcome Skye Liikanen, Robbie McKinnon & Emma Booth on board as QJ breech ambassadors.

Our sponsorship team for 2020 is currently FULL.

Hi, we are Pauly and Lauren Daniel, a husband and wife team who run a horse training business ‘Daniel-Tessari Horse Reflections’ in Mount Barker, South Australia and we are very proud to be a part of the QJ Team. 
I (Lauren) have been a ongoing supporter of QJ for many years, loving the versatile quality clothing QJ provides. We were honoured at the opportunity to support and work alongside another local small business with down to earth like-minded people who genuinely care. 

Pauly and Lauren’s background: 
Pauly’s connection and affinity with horses has been life-long. Born and raised on a family cattle station in the Flinders Ranges, he started his journey with horses as a child, inheriting his father’s love and respect for the animals. He has spent over 10 years working as a ringer, drover and horse breaker. He’s done it all – from bronc and bull riding, catching wild cattle to starting wild brumbies through to working as part of the cattle crew in the movie ‘Australia’. Lauren was a born and raised city girl who has loved horses from the moment she put her foot in the stirrup for the first time and has dedicated this passion to training her own horses. Based in the beautiful Adelaide Hills region together they established Daniel-Tessari Horse Reflections enabling them to pursue their dream of training soft and responsive horses that are always in a good state of mind, and sharing knowledge to help owners have the best relationship they can with their horse. 



Pauly being the primary trainer has a highly tuned sense of ‘feel’. It is this intuition that enables Pauly to produce calm and balanced horses, without the use of force or presence of fear. And he is supported by his wife Lauren. Their dedication to self-improvement through learning is proof of his unwavering commitment to true horsemanship.

Daniel-Tessari Horse Reflections specialises in starting young horses, working with problem horses and offer refinement training for all disciplines. Pauly believes that a good trainer produces a good horse, and therefore the education of the handler or rider is paramount – so Pauly and Lauren also travel the state teaching horsemanship clinics.

 

You can follow them via: 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DanielTessariHorseReflections/ 
Instagram: dthr_horsetraining


Sophie Adams
Eventer
28 years old
Central Coast, NSW
I have a team of event horses competing from EVA80 through to 3 star. I also ride track work at our race horse pre-training and rehabilitation center - Limitless Lodge. 
I began riding from the age of about 12 and have been addicted ever since! 
I have trained in Germany with show jumper Gilbert Boeckmann, been a stable jockey for William Fox-Pitt and competed in England for 2 seasons. 
It is a privileged to be part of the QJ team and to be able to represent an Australian brand that I love and wear daily.
I ride between 15 and 20 race horses every morning, then up to 10 eventers in the afternoon - so I spend a lot of hours in the saddle everyday. For that reason it is really important for me to wear quality breeches that are comfortable and durable. QJ breeches are not only all those things, but stylish and very affordable too! I wouldn't wear anything else. 

Elizabeth Sobecki.
Dressage.
24 years old.
Member of the National Elite Squad in Para-Equestrian. 

I'm just your average girl that fell in love with horses from a very young age. I first started riding at 9 years of age and then never looked back. I have competed up to Prix St George's in Dressage and also have represented Australia at the 2014 World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Para-Equestrian.
I was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis just a few short weeks after my 16th birthday. This disease has taught me to fight and stay strong, because after all; I have MS, MS doesn't have me!
My main goals are to compete at a Paralympic Games, and also at another WEG. Long term goal for me would be to compete at Grand Prix Level in Dressage.
Some of my most memorable achievements are:
- Placing top 10 at the 2014 World Equestrian Games.
- Reserve rider for the 2012 London Paralympic Games in Para-Equestrian
- Paralympic scholarship member with the South Australian Sports Institute.
- Winner of the Sports Award at the 2014 Channel 7 Community Achievement Awards.


Megan Bryant

Dressage

27yo

I grew up riding on my parents’ Lucerne hay farm, at Cowra, NSW, and now I am a professional rider and coach.  My main focus is Dressage, though I also compete in Show Riding and previously Eventing.  My career highlights would be representing Australia at the FEI World Cup Dressage Final for Young Riders in Germany, winning Champion Rider at Grand Nationals and being awarded Equestrian Australian Young Athlete of the Year.  I have competed multiple horse at FEI level Dressage two of which to Grand Prix.   I currently have a large team of horses ranging from Grand Prix to Young horses, most of which I have bred and trained myself.  I enjoy training horses through the levels and my aim to train the horses we have bred right up to Grand Prix and one day represent Australia.  My wardrobe is full of QJRW clothing, I love all the products which are so stylish, high quality but affordable. 



Rachelle Verma
25 years old Member of the SA state eventing squad.
I am based in the Adelaide Hills and run my business from the Schaeffer's lovely property. I have a team of talented eventers and am lucky enough to be able to ride full time as my occupation. I take on horses for training, campaigning or selling, as well as starting youngsters and am also doing an increasing amount of coaching. I have both my 1* eventers listed on the state squad and am excited about the future of these talented horses. Joining them I also have a number of up and coming young mares who I am sure will excel in either eventing or show jumping. I'm lucky to have the support of the Schaeffer's, which enables me to compete both locally and interstate. My long term goal is to one day successfully compete at 4* level. I'm feel very privilege to be apart of the QJ team. I am in QJ breeches from sunrise to sunset, 6 days a week. The most important thing to me is comfort, durability, adorability and of course looking good! QJ riding wear ticks all the boxes and I can't imagine wearing any other brand!

Knights Equestrian was co-founded in 2018 by Joshua Knight and Skye Liikanen. Skye and Josh recently spent the past three years overseas honing their skills working with some amazing horsemen and women, most of the time was spent working as assistant trainers to the incredibly talented Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship, who is based in the United States at the Australian Equine Performance Center in Kentucky.
Whilst working in the USA they competed successfully in various competitions. Skye was the winner of the Dressage in the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover and also placed fourth in the Freestyle. Josh competed in two Mustang Makeovers (Trainers have approx. 100 days to train a wild horse) and was the winner of the Lexington, Kentucky competition and placed fourth in the Fort Worth, Texas one.
Since opening Knights Equestrian in South East QLD in 2018 they have created a business that aims to provide a professional and well-rounded service to clients of the equestrian community, inclusive of all disciplines. Whether it be ridden training, starting under saddle, liberty and groundwork training, lessons, sales, clinics or performances.

 

Robbie Mckinnon
I’m a FEI dressage trainer and coach.
I live in the Southern Highlands NSW where my husband (David Mckinnon) and I run a dressage horse training and coaching business, Mckinnon Sport Horses.
I have always been surrounded by horses as I was brought up on a breeding, agistment and training facility called Robali Equestrian. I was very lucky to have a knowledgeable mum, who trained me and found me some lovely ponies and mentors to learn from over the years.
I competed successfully through Young Riders and interschools and after leaving school, began riding professionally and taking clients horses for training myself.

I have been successful in both the show horse ring and the dressage arena at a national level.
I trained and competed my horse Robali Razzamatazz to Grand Prix level and am now very fortunate to have wonderful clients who support me with some quality horses in my stable.

I am looking forward to being a breech ambassador for QJ riding wear. I use their breeches daily and find them very stylish, durable, affordable and comfortable. All of these qualities are very important when riding daily and a number of horses too. I’m not good with a washing machine but find these breeches always come out looking just perfect!
I’m looking forward to working with the team to promote a wonderful Australian owned brand that I believe in. 👍🏼

Emma Booth

I am an Australian Paralympian who competed at the 2016 Rio Paralympics and the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, US. 
In 2013 I was involved in a serious car accident where I suffered multiple injuries, the most significant of which was to my spine and spinal cord. I was left a complete L2 paraplegic. 
Despite being informed I would be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of my life, I was determined to ride horses again. Just 6 months after my accident I was back in the saddle, and competed in my first para equestrian competition only 3 months later in January of 2014. 
I now have my sights set on representing Australia at the Tokyo Paralympics.