Hello, I am Vicki Conroy, welcome to the
world of Waiiri Ė Breeding and Positive training for Horses
Iíve always been an animal person, from
farmyard animal toys instead of dolls as an 8 year old, to
showjumping courses with our Corgi as an 11 year old, to my
first pony at 14, to leaving home as a young adult so I
could get my first two cattle dogs. These were my hobbies and my passion, and yes
you can guess, my career also. Starting work in my first
Veterinary Clinic at 15 after school, full time when I left
school, and thatís what Iíve done ever since, as animals are
where my heart is.
I have owned, bred, trained and sometimes
trialled cattle dogs for 25 years, completing my first Dog
Club Instructors Course 25 yrs ago. I have ridden horses for
32 years, breeding Warmbloods for 20 yrs, and competing
successfully at Dressage for 15 years. I am currently
undertaking my EFA Dressage Level 1 Coaching.
With my animals, my interests have always been the whole show
Ė not just the competing but the training to get there in
the first place. The selection of the right sire to produce
the best that I can, and the right homes for the young
stock. As all the horses and dogs are friends first,
and breeding and competition second, I have always tried to
find the best training methods, which ultimately led me to
positive reward based training, and clicker training.
To this end, I regularly attend positive dog
training clinics and seminars by overseas speakers to keep
myself up to date. I also attend equine clinics of other
disciplines to help get the whole picture, and I will host
or conduct both dog and horse positive training clinics to
help spread the word about a better way of training for our
four legged friends.
I have completed level 1 and 2
should be undertaking my level 3 or practitioner
level course and examination November 2006.
I have completed both Bach Flower and Australian
Bush Flower practitioner courses, but use these
modalities for treating animals only, along with
an introduction to herbal medicine, and the
beginnings of a diploma in homoeopathy; this
will probably remain unfinished though due to
too many animals and not enough time!!
I currently conduct puppy preschool classes,
and together with Maureen McDonald (CGC instructor) and
Karen West (Wangara Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs)
conduct positive dog training courses at Singleton, NSW.
personal front I am interested in ecology and a
sustainable environment, with a special concern about
warming; I'm currently iving on solar power in the
middle of a coal mining community and I sometimes wonder
if my neighbours think I'm very strange!
have non animal spare time I regularly attend yoga
classes to help keep my body mind and soul balanced and supple, and as flexible as the effects of
age will allow!