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: “Lead The Way” and for the last 25 years has worked with well over 7,000 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 gates.
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 approched to design a course teaching Communication, Relationship building and Leadership within a corporate framework. Over the last 14 years he has run these, powerful,highly sucessful courses to an increasingly impressive list of clients and simply cannot get better feedback or testimonials from past attendees.
In the sporting field, past clients such as All Blacks coach Steve Hanson,Black Caps coach Mike Hesan, The Super 15 Rugby coaches; Dave Rennie, Jamie Joseph, Chris Boyd, Scott Robinson, Scott Mcleod and recently the Hurricanes franchise, including players Matt Proctor and Brad shields. Virtually every NZ Rowing coach has been through the programme, the Silver Ferns Leadership Group, the NZ Basketball Coach, the NZ Rugby League Coach plus Soccor coach to name a few and Andrew is now into his tenth year working with High Performance Sport NZ in conjunction with their Elite Coach Accelerator Programme.
On the corporate front, companies include; Downer Construction, ASB Bank, Transpower, NZ Post, Ministry Of Health, Crown Law, Icebreaker, Wellington Zoo, The NZ Army and Kiwirail to name a few.
Andrew has worked troubleshooting problems with horses in Hong Kong, Singapore, Austrailia, England and Tonga and has won three Business awards for his work. The BBC in England sent a reporter out to NZ for two days to interview Andrew on his methods for a radio play called Being Brave that was broadcast to thouands back in the UK.
He has appeared on TV1, TV2 sports news, ASB Business breakfast, The BBCs Asia Business Report in Singapore and appeared in numerous magazines such as Singapore Tattler, Lightfoot Travel, The National Business Review, Life and Leaisure Magazine and the NZ Horse and Pony Magazine. He has appeared in numerous other newspapers, both local,and the Dominion Post, along with demonstrating to thousands of people Including Wellington and Queenstown Chambers of Commerce, Business Breakfasts and lots of Conferences such as Leadership NZ and the Human Resource Institute of NZ. Lead the Way also launced their leadership courses into Singapore a few years back, travelling back yearly to run courses out of the impressive Singapore Polo club along with bases in Wellington, Queenstown and Auckland. His goal over coming years is to offer these courses to College leaders and youth.
He also has a book published called The Horse Whisperer, sold throughout NZ and Australia and recently got married to his gorgeous wife Sam Froggatt and together they share four children .
They spend any free time developing their new property, north of Otaki, a beautiful eight and a half acres with a fabulous 117 year old farmhouse.