Shaping the future of animal health

Meet Deon Stokes

Name: Deon Stokes
Occupation: Rider/ Coach
Town & State: Darling Downs WA
Equestrain Discipline: Dressage and Eventing

Dean Stokes

What is the name of your horse(s) at the moment?
My Main horses for Dressage are Royal Oak II, Bellario, Don Dancier, Evenfall Capulet and Quantador.

For Eventing it is Silver Force, Master Delight and Koyuna Levi.

Name of your first horse?
El Gretto

What have been the highlights in your riding career so far?
I have many highlights from winning YH National Championships to winning open National and State Championships. The highlights of 2013 were winning Medium, Advanced and Small Tour at the WA State Dressage Championships with 3 different horses. Winning WA Small Tour horse of the Year and WA Open Eventing Leaderboard.

What other interest besides horses do you have?
I love anything outdoors.

What is the one item in your tack room you just can’t live without?
Still my truck and my support team!!

What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
No-one ever said it was easy…it’s the hard that makes it great.

What advice would you give to young riders?
Take your time…cause in the end, the race is only with yourself.

What is the most important aspect of your horse’s health for your sport?
The entire health really, their mental and physical wellbeing is crucial in High performance of both Eventing and Dressage horses. 

What is your favourite Virbac product and why?
Megavite-B simply because it is an amazing product and is useful in many situations!!

Closely followed by Flyaway (for obvious reasons in this sunburnt country), and of course the Equimax range (supported by the help of the 3D worming website)

Future goals?
For 2014, I hope to travel to compete at the 2014 National Dressage Championships with multiple horses and if I can make it happen, also compete at Australian International 3 Day event in Adelaide in November as it has been a while since I have been able to make it to that penultimate eventing competition.

Otherwise, I want to continue to develop my team of horses to the top levels of competition and encourage my students to reach their goals and ambitions.

Visit Stokes Sporthorses website to read more on what has been happening.