Andrew’s passion for horses started at age 10 where he would spend every available moment on his grandfathers’ farm 6 kms away. If his parents were busy or thought the weather too bad to give him a ride out to his beloved horses, he would simply disappear and walk the 12km round trip over the hills to spend time with them.
10 years later he graduated from the prestigious Marcus Oldham College in Melbourne having obtained an Advanced Certificate in Horse Business Management. Andrew then spent time on a Cambridge thoroughbred stud, taking yearlings through to the Karaka Sales before accepting a job offer back in Australia working with a lot of Melbourne’s serious problem horses.
He then started a business: “Talking Horses” and for the last 20 years has worked with well over 6,000 horses. He built the reputation; “If Andrew can’t fix it, nobody can”, in being the last resort for a lot of New Zealand’s major problem horses. His experience covers a wide range; including wild, untouched horses, pony club ponies, riding for the disabled horses, through to top level show horses, jumpers and racehorses, especially ones that don’t like the starting gate.
Over time, Andrew has developed a system that consistently works to fix problems and bring out the very best in all horses. He is a master at building relationships, establishing trust, respect and creating the right environment, turning rogues into winners. But he also has the skill to relate/translate what he is doing to make it relevant and easy to understand for us.
Andrew has used these skills in obtaining fantastic results in working with troubled youth, in conjunction with Child, Youth and Family, the Epuni Care & Protection Residence and individual families. Andrew has also seen great results with a programme run by the SPCA, which involves troubled kids working alongside dogs and horses. One particular outcome was with a 16 year old autistic boy who had never spoken before! He started talking for the first time after working with Andrew and the horses.
Through his work on these causes, Andrew was approached to design a course teaching communication, relationships and leadership within a corporate framework. Over the last 9 years he has run these powerful, highly successful courses for an increasingly impressive list of clients; from All Black coach, Steve Hanson, the Super 15 rugby coaches in the sporting field, to corporate companies Downer Construction, ASB Bank, Crown Law, Wellington Zoo, Transpower NZ, NZ Post, KiwiRail and the NZ Army to name a few. (see the testimonial page)
Andrew has worked troubleshooting problems with horses in Hong Kong, England, Australia & Tonga and has won three business awards for his work. The BBC in England sent a reporter to New Zealand for two days to interview him, where his methods were the basis for a radio play called “Being Brave”, which was broadcast to thousands.
He has appeared on TV One, TV3 News & ASB business Breakfast for his corporate work. He has appeared in numerous publications such as the Dominion Post, local newspapers and The National Business review. He has written articles for NZ Horse & Pony & the Organic Equine regarding his method. He has demonstrated his approach to thousands of people from local chamber of commerce, The Human Resource Institute of NZ, Leadership NZ and spoken at numerous business breakfasts.
Andrew relocated to Queenstown & teamed up with Sam Glazebrook, forming “Lead the Way” 4 years ago and is excited to be offering these life changing courses in the beautiful Southern Alps.