AHIC Secretariat & Directorate
The AHIC Directors and Trustees are volunteers who are committed to serving the Australian Horse Industry.
Mark Burnell (Vic)
Mark with his Thoroughbred racehorse "Wammo.”
Mark has ridden horses all his life and grew up attending Kangaroo Ground Pony Club and is now a licensed racehorse trainer and hobby breeder.
Mark been working as an Equine Dental Technician since 1985 and is one of only 35 horse dentists that hold accreditation under the Equine Dental Associations Certificate IV in Work Practices for Equine Dental Technicians. His profession has provided him with the opportunity to travel and work in different countries and with some of the most experienced horse dentists in the world.
Mark is a past President of the Equine Dental Association of Australia and the Victorian Horse Council. Both of these roles have given him the opportunity to keep in touch with all sectors of the horse community from racehorses, performance horses, pleasure horses and service providers, all of whose opinions are important to the future of the Horse Industry.
During EI, Mark worked as a Horse Industry Liaison Officer with DPI Victoria at their Attwood premises. He was also instrumental in organizing a meeting that brought together all sectors of the Victorian Horse Community in an endeavour to co-ordinate the relief effort for horse owners during the Victorian Bushfires in early 2008.
Mark has represented AHIC at various Government and Industry meetings and forums and brings to the table the all important aspect of the “small business and service” part of the horse industry.
Julia has had over 40 years of experience in the horse industry, beginning with Pony Club as a child. She is still currently an active dressage competitor and runs her own successful equestrian business, incorporating a riding school, agistment and training centre (Balmoral Equestrian Centre). She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Melbourne, majoring in Neuroscience and Zoology, plus a Diploma in Education from Victoria College. She is also a NCAS Level 3 Dressage Specialist Coach and Coach Educator.
Julia has been involved with Riding for the Disabled for many years then with Equestrian Australia as Head Coach for the para equestrian program from 2009 – 2012, and National Performance Director 2012 – 2016.
Julia has been responsible for program design for both pathways and High Performance squads, planning, budget, reporting and logistics for nine international campaigns, including two Paralympic Games, two World Equestrian Games and one Olympics Games. As the founder of the charity “Equine Pathways Australia” Julia is heavily involved in preparing athletes with Disabilities for International Teams and Balmoral is an accredited Centre of Excellence for Paralympic Preparation, certified by Paralympics Australia.
Julia is passionate about developing cooperative and collaborative relationships within and outside of the equestrian industry and looks forward to working with all members of the equestrian industry.
Jamie Dowling (Vic)
Jamie has had 14 years’ experience as a Director on the Board of Southern Campdrafting Association. During this time he has served a number of terms as Vice President and Senior Vice President and one term as President in 2012/2013.
He has been a delegate to the National Campdraft Council of Australia for twelve years.
During the past 30 years he has held positions on a number of community groups and farmer representative bodies as well as a 15 year term as President of the Yarrawonga and District Agricultural Show Society.
His tenure within these organisations has given him good insight into the competitive and leisure aspects of the horse industry, especially in respect to animal welfare and the public perception of various horse related activities.
He has been an AHIC Board member for 6 years and is a current financial and competitive member of the Southern Campdrafting Association.
Katya Ellis is a strategic consultant and business mentor. She assists organisations in achieving growth through the development of cost-effective digital marketing campaigns and implementation of information systems and processes.
Katya has experience in diverse industries:
· In the public sector, she focused on technology research and innovation, Government relations, community engagement and outreach.
· Venture capital investment and startup marketing
· Retail operations and marketing, including product development
· Events and promotions.
This experience allows Katya to deliver innovative marketing ideas and strategies for the organisations that she works with. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Small Business Mentoring Service and Australian Fashion Film Awards.
Katya graduated with a double degree in Information Systems and Business (Management) from Swinburne University of Technology. She guest lectures at RMIT University, Australian Institute of Music and provides vocational internships to tertiary students. She is passionate about integrating education and industry to achieve positive outcomes for organisations by providing practical experience to students.
Larry is a fifth generation Horseman and Cattleman. He and his family run a small Australian Stock Horse Stud in the foothills of the Mt. Baw Baw ranges at Tanjil South. They also run the Karraba Park cattle operation of both stud and commercial Red Angus and composite cattle.
currently the Chairman of the Board of the Australian Stock Horse Society.
in his 2nd year on the Board of the AHIC.
President of the West Gippsland ASH Branch.
National Judging Assessor for the ASH.
National Youth Director.
Ex Chairman of the Trafalgar Equestrian Park incorporating Campdrafting, Pony Club, Adult Riding Club, Polocrosse Club and home ground of West Gippsland ASH and Rodeo Clubs.
He has always had horses in his life and has been successful as a breeder, breaker and trainer, campdrafter, polocrosse player and show ring competitor winning at State, Royal and National levels.
He enjoys doing the PA at shows and campdrafts and judging Nationally and Internationally. He is also an experienced campdraft judge.
Linda Bracken - GAICD
Linda Bracken with one of her horses, “Bluey”, a solid Paint Horse
Joining the Board of the Australian Horse Industry Council brings together Linda’s lifelong passion and involvement with horses and successful career as a senior executive.
Linda is regarded as one of Australia’s leading Digital and Content Strategists.
Linda has had a diverse career in media and digital ranging from working as a radio producer, reporter, presenter and Content Director to being the Manager of triple j where she created triplejunearthed.com and reinvigorated triple j to develop it into a multi-faceted digital brand.
She then went on to manage the 170 strong Radio Multiplatform and Content Development Team – a multi-disciplinary team covering design, development and digital content making in over 50 locations across Australia. This included the establishment of ABC Open, an ambitious UGC project supporting regional communities to bring their stories to life across digital platforms.
Linda’s most recent position in the ABC was as Head of Audience Strategy and Digital and Service Design. Her team led the UX and UI across a range of ABC products including iView, ABC News, triple j and ABC Listen.
Her remit also included International Strategy, the ABC’s R+D area and the Great Ideas Grant – a $20 million content development project for the ABC.
Since leaving the ABC, Linda has launched her own consultancy business - focussing on digital strategy, creative leadership and how to build great teams. She is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Graduate of their internationally recognised Company Directors course.
Linda has ridden all her life - beginning as a Pony Club kid at Toronto Pony Club in Lake Macquarie NSW and was a successful show and dressage competitor. She lives on her horse property in the Macdonald Valley in the Hawkesbury area of NSW. The area is renowned for endurance riding (being the home of the 400km Shazada competition) and Linda, although new to the sport is a keen endurance competitor.
Mark is an experienced private and public Company Director with more than 40 years’ experience as a chartered accountant in professional, commercial and finance organisations in Australia, Asia, UK and the US. He specialises in the provision of corporate advice to SME’s and small listed companies, due diligence, capital raisings and business sales. In the past 15 years, he has been actively involved in the racing industry having served on the Racing Victoria Limited Board, Geelong Racing Club Board and as a Consultant to Proride, a major supplier of synthetic surfaces and maintenance to the industry.
Mark is currently Chairman of Connect International Capital, which is an integrated provider of accounting, audit, business advisory, capital finance, legal, taxation and training to the Australian and Asian markets through one connected team. He is also deputy Chairman of TTA Holdings Ltd, an ASX listed company with interests in consumer electronics.
Michael established HorseForce Legal in 1998 to offer advice and representation to equestrian businesses, individuals and organisations Australia wide. HorseForce Legal retails standard horse contracts on-line [horseforce.com.au] to help Australian equestrian businesses and enthusiasts protect themselves in many types of horse related transactions.
He was a guest educator at Equitana Asia Pacific in 2005, 2008 and 2010 regarding legal issues with horses.
He is the regular, monthly legal columnist with Horse Deals magazine, updating the equestrian community on legal topics of interest, a role he began in 2003 and continues to this day.
Michael is a past breeder of Warmblood performance horses, a current owner of local and imported dressage horses, has been involved on the ground with his own competition horses in the UK and is a regular spectator at horse events and competitions. He owns an equestrian property in Harkaway, Victoria with his partner, Clinton Rich, who competes their 2 current Victorian 2019 dressage squad horses, Sonfire and Coldstream Quartertime.
Before commencing HorseForce Legal, Michael was a Senior Associate at Australian law firm, Minter Ellison.
Michael grew up on ‘Marida Yallock’ a large rural property in the Western District of Victoria which his great, great grandfather, Daniel Mackinnon, acquired in 1852. For the last 167 years, Michael’s family and his ancestors have engaged with horses for work, sport and pleasure.
Rachael has over twenty years’ experience in international marketing, sales, exporting and brand building in both the domestic and global market. She has extensive experience travelling overseas developing relationships, establishing new markets, growing businesses, developing and implementing strategies and negotiating contracts.
Rachael has been successful with continual growth in both sales and markets, exceeding stakeholder’s targets. Last year Rachael launched her newest project – Houndztooth Pty Ltd, a natural pet company focussed on a dog’s wellbeing.
Her experience developing new business practices, sales and marketing programs will enhance the Board’s current skill set enormously.
From a young age Rachael has enjoyed a great love of horses, has owned and ridden horses for many years both in Australia and internationally. Rachael has been very successful competing and judging at the highest level within the Australian equestrian show ring and is very keen to contribute to the horse industry through the AHIC.
Australian Horse Industry Council
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