Olympic Equestrian, trainer, competitor, husband, father, NBC Commentator and marketing consultant for several equine companies, Imtiaz Anees knows a thing or two about the Equine world.
Born in India, studied in Australia and previously based in the United States, Imtiaz has had the opportunity to work with Three Day Event, Dressage, Show Jumping and Race horses. Having travelled nearly half the globe, Imtiaz has been very fortunate to have worked and trained with some of the best riders in Australia, England, France, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United States.
NEGS has been very lucky in securing his services as Head Coach and many students and external clients have benefited from his vast equestrian knowledge in just a short time.
Qualified NCAS Level 2 Instructor
Competed at the Sydney Olympics Games in 2000
Competed at the World Equestrian Games in Spain in 2002
Placed and several Three Star Three Day Events
Bronze medallist at the Asian Games
Bronze Medallist at the Asia Pacific Games
Tara has become a valued member of the NEGS Equestrian staff since joining the team in 2015. Born and bred in Camden NSW, Tara developed a love for both horses and sports in general starting from a very young age. During her schooling years Tara represented at a national level in both Hockey and Athletics and in 2003 was a recipient of the Australian Olympic Committee’s Pierre De Coubertin Award for Sporting Excellence.
Tara went on to complete her Tertiary studies focusing on equine reproduction, nutrition, stud management, industry-structure, functions and operations as well as animal health and welfare. After having completed a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science majoring in Equine studies at the University of Western Sydney in 2007, Tara went on to work as part of the emergency response team for the Department of Primary Industries during the control and eradication of Equine Influenza. Further developing her interest in the Equine Industry Tara worked in genetics services for the Australian Quarter Horse Association for several years before going on to pursue a career in fitness.
Tara completed her certificate III and IV in Fitness to become a Level One Fitness Professional and in 2014 was a nominee for the Tamworth Quality Business Awards for her personal training business. For the past 8 years Tara has played competitive Polocrosse and has gained valuable experience in equine breeding, training and education. Tara has ridden in several equine entertainment productions including the Electric Horseman in the opening ceremony of the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre, a Flaming Torch Rider in the closing ceremony of Australian Idol at the Sydney Opera House and a Mounted Flag Bearer in the Sydney Royal Easter show production ‘Bluey’.
In 2010 Tara began playing Horseball. She went on to represent Australia in 2013 in the Tri-Series against Great Britain and in the same year was awarded most Outstanding Female Horse and Rider Combination in the Australian Championship Series on her beloved grey mare Indy.
Tara is a well accomplished horsewoman and role model who has a genuine passion for helping young women with big sporting dreams achieve their goals. Tara is currently completing a Bachelors Degree in Secondary Teaching through Charles Sturt University as well as her Introductory Level Equestrian Coaching through Equestrian Australia with the aim of pursuing a new and rewarding career in Education.
“My aim is to be a positive role model for the students at NEGS by encouraging a high level of sportsmanship, teamwork and etiquette. I gain a lot of satisfaction from seeing the girls excel in their sport and feel very honoured to be working with such talented and inspiring young horsewomen”
We welcome in 2015 Rachelle who prior to commencing with NEGS, worked in varying professional performance stables and warmblood studs. Mentored by Tarsha Hammond and Andrew Barnett the committed coach is extremely focused and driven to train and compete in dressage and eventing at an elite level. In 2014 Rachelle had the opportunity to ride in Germany at a showjumping and dressage stable.
She is looking forward to continuing to improve her results and develop her team of horses. Rachelle is very proud of her horses and students and is passionate about creating a future of elite riding in Australia through good training foundations, nutrition and a high level of horse-management.
Hayden Turnbull was born and grew up in Quirindi. Hayden and his wife Jody and their 2 young girls live at Upper Horton in Northern NSW. Both Hayden’s father and grandfather played polocrosse with his father Ross representing Australia in 2000 so you could say that Polocrosse is in Hayden’s blood. Hayden has been playing since he was a child. He has represented his State in junior’s, intermediate and open levels before moving on to represented Australia three times.
Hayden oversees the NEGS Polocrosse Academy Programs and is mentoring the girls towards achieving their goals to become the best player that they can be.
Camilla has been a valued member of the NEGS Equestrian Team since 2012. The passionate rider is currently following on in the footsteps of her mother who was a highly respected coach at NEGS for many years.
During her younger years, Camilla competed with great success in Show Riding, Australian stock horse classes and show jumping however her focus is now Dressage, where she is currently a strong competitor at FEI level.
Camilla has achieved three levels of German riding Accreditation whilst training in Germany and attained silver in Dressage and Show Jumping, which qualifies her to compete as an International Rider in Europe.
Henry is another much loved member of the NEGS Equestrian team and has been part of the crew for over 5 years. Now in his third year of a Bachelor of Early Childhood/Primary teaching at UNE, Henry enjoys training and educating horses for the show ring, and also enjoys riding with friends, sporting, campdrafting and a bit of jumping.
Grant is a professional cutting horse trainer who with his fiancé Dru have established a beautiful training complex at Loomberah via Tamworth NSW. Grant worked in the USA for Kathy Daughn, a 2 time NCHA Futurity Champion as assistant trainer for 8 years. During Grant’s time in America he was fortunate enough to work with other leading cutting horse trainers such as Faron Hightower, Craig Thompson, Lloyd Cox as well as Joe Wolter, fine tuning his horsemanship skills. Grant’s greatest attribute is his approach to positive coaching and the ability to prepare clients for the show pen with his mental conditioning program. On Grant’s return from the States he worked for Extreme Quarter Horses for 12 months training and showing. In the 12 months Grant took his horse to win a national title. On leaving Extreme Quarter Horses Grant has established himself as one of the top trainers making the futurity finals every year.
Gloria McCormack, the new coach of the NEGS Campdrafting Academy, grew up on a 10,000-acre cattle property in NSW and from an early age has had an affinity with horses.
Childhood memories include being sat on the front of the saddle while her mother was mustering and by the age of 7 she had her first pony and was attending Pony Club in Grafton.
While Gloria loved jumping and eventing as a child, her parents were keen campdrafters and it was a natural progression for Gloria to take the sport up as well.
A NEGS Old Girl, Gloria is delighted to be back at NEGS to share her vast knowledge with our passionate campdrafting students.
“Campdraft is Australia’s fastest growing equestrian sport because it is an event where the whole family can compete together at the same venue in their respective categories/events and in a lot of instances are able to share their horses,” she said. “There is a wonderful social side for both adults and children where they can enjoy the company of fellow competitors and make lasting friendships. There is no entry level requirement so people can start competing and there is a huge network of coaches and clinicians to help them improve and advance.”
Gloria is excited about taking the reins at the NEGS Campdrafting Academy and said it was a very unique experience that can provide girls, especially those from Campdraft families, with the opportunity to keep advancing within their sport while living away from home and attending an excellent school.
“During my life I have been shown a lot of methods and techniques by outstanding horsemen and horsewomen that have made me a better trainer
and competitor and I am happy to be able to share this knowledge with the girls who join the academy.”
Just some of Gloria’s past successes include winning the Condamine Bell Ladies draft, placing 5th in the Warwick Gold Cup Ladies and in 2013 being awarded the High Point Lady Rider in the NSW ACA as well as in the North East NSW zone.
Gloria and her Clearchoice stock horses have also had considerable success in the show arena.