For Jody Challacombe working with horses, cattle and a team of dogs are all part of her life. Having been brought up on grazing properties across the Central Queensland area it’s not surprising she is continuing to live the lifestyle while sharing her knowledge and helping others to build their horsemanship skills.
Jody spent 10 years contract mustering, breaking in the odd horse and training a lot of her own along the way. She started competing in Campdrafts and Stockman’s Challenges when she was 21 and quickly became hooked. It was from here that people quickly realised Jody had a true natural talent when it came to horses and riders and started asking her to take on their horses for training and helping them to improve their riding skills. What started out as something small into one of Jody’s main roles and since moving back to her parents property in January 2017, which has great horse training facilities, she has started taking on horses full time.
Jody shares her knowledge in conducting regular horsemanship clinics enabling her to teach people how to improve their riding. Jody is a true people’s person as well and can relate well with even the most challenging clients whether they be human or horse. Jody has a motivational style of teaching which considers that every person and horse is different and requires an individual approach. Jody takes her own motivation from her clients’ learning and progressing. Jody says: “Seeing someone out competing and winning ribbons on a horse you’ve helped to train is one of the best feelings ever.”
Most of Jody’s clients are women who need to build their confidence. “I’ve been in their position so I know how they feel and I have a huge desire to help people who ‘want’ to learn.” She also teaches a lot of children and teenagers which is always very rewarding to see them excel so quickly, while watching them discover and form a love for horses and the sport.
As Jody’s upbringing involved a lot of mustering it’s always been something she has wanted to ensure was part of her life. Even though a day out mustering now is like a day out of the office for her, its something she believes is very refreshing and she will never tire of. Jody considers herself extremely lucky to be able to combine her love for animals and the outdoors into her daily job and mixing that with the wonderful social weekends that Campdraft’s and Stockman’s Challenge’s offer is an extra bonus and a great way to put hours in the saddle on each horse.