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Meet Crown Lodge - Courtney Gibson

Name: Crown Lodge - Courtney Gibson
Occupation: Stay at Home Mum!!
Town & State: Box Hill, NSW
Equestrain Discipline: Showing

Crown Lodge - Courtney Gibson

What is the name of your horse(s) at the moment?
I have an Arabian Stallion 'Gold N Wings', Australian Arabian Pony 'Koorana Centre Stage', an Anglo Arabian 'Crown Lodge Girlfriend' (which is my homebred Anglo Arabian by my stallion out my TB mare) and riding pony, Daisy Patch Chorus Girl who is my breeding mare.

Name of your first horse?
My first horse was Soxie that I shared with my sisters. We had a few horses come and go over the years but he was my favorite pony.

When did you start riding?
I started riding at an early age, as soon as I could walk and was very lucky to have a mum who loved horses. She would have to padlock the ponies in the stables so I couldn't ride as I was wearing my horses shoes out within 3 weeks of it being shoed.

What have been the highlights in your riding career so far?
My career highlights started early when showing my mother’s Purebred Arabian Burren Dah Desert Fire and twice winning Champion Rider at the Saddle Horse Championships followed by winning the senior rider championships with The Meadows Protege (who I rode for a couple of years for the Gilbert Family). I also won the East Coast Cup at the East Cost Championships in 2007 with The Meadows Protege, she then later went on to win many Supremes and Challenges through the years I had with her, prior to retiring.

Then came along Gold N Wings in 2009, my intention was to use him for only one season at halter then he was to become a saddle horse! Well we took out Champion at the Australian National Championships in 2010 which was my biggest win and I still can’t believe we won! In the first season he took out everything he went in! Supreme Ridden Arabian at East Coast Championships, Champion Ridden stallion at Nationals and State and also bringing home 2 Garlands from Jess Greenhalgh and Ridden Challenge for any breed at state titles and even taking home Triple Crown 2010/2011 (champion from state, national and EC). Recently he won Champion at the Australian Nationals Championships in the Stallion led by an Amateur category.

All my hard work is starting to pay off which very rewarding.

What other interest besides horses do you have?
My other interest I have is my kids. My kids are very hands on with all of our horses and dogs!! We do a bit of water skiing through summer and motor bike riding throughout the year. There is never dull moment here at Crown Lodge Arabians.

What is the one item in your tack room you just can’t live without?
The item that I can’t live without I would say Mum!! But she isn’t an item is she, lol! It would have to be my curry combers! That’s all I seem to do every day is brush brush brush! Making sure there is no hair on them!

What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
The best advice I received was after my accident back in 2005, 'Cherish every moment while you’re here' and go out there and enjoy your horse.

What advice would you give to young riders?
My advice would be set a goal and work hard till you’ve achieved it! Remember they are only horses, they will have a bad day sometime so just enjoy what you have as there are many people out there who can’t have them!!

What is the most important aspect of your horse’s health for your sport?
The most important aspect is to make sure they are happy and content, which makes for a 'Happy Horse, Happy Rider!'

What is your favourite Virbac product and why?
Most favorite Virbac product would be Recharge. At every show my horses get Recharge! I also make ice blocks with Recharge, apples and carrots particularly if it’s a hot day. It’s always good knowing they are going to get their electrolyte requirements met after long hot days and showing days!

Future goals?
My Future goals are to win the Purebred East Coast Cup and a National Championship under Saddle. And to make Koorana Centre Stage aka Monkey, a super kids pony for my daughter so they can compete in the Lead Rein when old enough. I’m also planning to make some interstate trip towards the start of next year to compete with the team!