Sunday 4th November 2018
QLD State Equestrian Centre
Caboolture QLD








British born Gareth Hughes spent much of his childhood competing in a variety of equine sports including Dressage, Showing, in hand and Western riding whilst living in Australia. He returned to England, aged 23, and worked initially at Broadstone Stud, Paradise Farm in Oxfordshire.

After six months Gareth moved to the North West of England where he began freelancing and in 1999 he was offered a horse to ride and introduced himself to Stephen Clarke, whom he then based himself with. Stephen has been one of Gareth’s main influences throughout his career.

In 2001 he first set up his own yard in Cheshire and in 2004 moved back to Paradise Farm in Oxfordshire to launch Aspen Grove Dressage with one of his owners Mrs Ann Newton. In 2011 Gareth, with his wife Rebecca, moved onto their own premises in Warwickshire and Hughes Dressage was born.

Over the past 10 years Gareth has amassed more than 30 National and International Titles including International wins at Small Tour and Grand Prix, both in the UK and abroad. He represented Great Britain at the Nations Cup in Rotterdam in 2012, was short listed for the 2011 European Championships and long listed for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The greatest accolade was to come when in 2013, Gareth was part of the Bronze Medal winning team at the FEI European Dressage Championships in Herning, capping off an already phenomenal year, where he was already the winner of two nation cup team competitions. He then represented Great Britain at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2014 putting in a great performance to help secure the team a Silver Medal.
Roger Fitzhardinge  is a highly acclaimed dressage trainer, coach and rider. He is an EA and BHS accredited coach who conducts clinics throughout Australia, and has trained numerous horses to FEI level, including Weltjohn and Amerigo. His Bachelor of Applied Science (Physio) gives him an added advantage of understanding the biomechanics of horse and rider.

With over 35 years of experience in the sport, as a former A level National Judge, Dressage Specialist coach, equestrian photographer  and as a motivational speaker, Roger is passionate about the sport, has a wonderful eye and is an excellent communicator. An honoured  Gow Gates Award recipient for Services to the Sport, we are very lucky to have Roger as a presenter at this year's, QLD Festival of Dressage - The Masterclass Series.
Double Dan Horsemanship was first founded in 2009 when Dan James an Dan and Pia Steers settled in North Arm Cove, NSW. Dan & Dan were at this stage running regular entertainment shows and horsemanship clinic bookings around the country.

To date they have performed at every major show and rodeo in Australia, USA, Canada and even some European performances. Some of their most notable performances include: Edinburgh Military Tatoo, National Dressage Championships, Spirit of the Horse, ALEC Openning Ceremony, Equitana Asia Pacific, 2010 World Equestrain Games Kentucky, PBR Newcastle, and 2011 Australias Got Talent!

They instruct horsemanship clinics and produce tools and equipment to simplify the training process, and they perform around the world entertaining crowds with electrifying liberty horse demonstrations displaying the ultimate partnership between horses and handlers. Dan James is now a resident in the U.S and from his base in Kentucky he travels throughout the States, Canada and Europe conducting clinics and shows. Dan Steers is in Kootingal, NSW from where he travels to host clinics and shows throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Dan Steers and Dan James are committed to inspiring other riders, no matter what their levels of expertise may be. They want to encourage and teach them to push the boundaries of horsemanship and to build, as they did, an extraordinary relationship with their horses.