Selection of recent conferences, seminars & courses attended:
ISES 7th International Conference: 2011 Holland
Dorset Wildlife Trust: Managing Grazing Animals for Conservation (course), 2011,
RSPCA Australian Scientific Seminar: All work and no play, 2011 Canberra, Aus
ISES 6th International Conference: 2010 Uppsala, Sweden
British Grassland Society - Managing Grass for Horses, (seminar) 2010, UK
ABA Fertility Control for Wild Horses (seminar): 2009 Brisbane, Aus
RSPCA QLD World Farm Animal Day: 2009 Brisbane, Aus
ISES 5th International Conference: 2009 Sydney, Aus
ISES 1st International Symposium: 2005 Melbourne, Aus
RSPCA Equine Welfare Conference: 2002 Canberra, Aus
That’s my formal qualifications and experiences. I have been horse mad (obsessed)
since very young. At around the age of 10 I set out to wear my parents down and eventually
managed to get my first pony at age 11. This first pony was shared with my best friend
and we paid for her upkeep by working at the stables where she was kept (we lived
in the suburbs of a large industrial city in the north of England) and by doing paper
I was born with a seventy per cent hearing loss and went through school without hearing
aids. Consequently I didn’t do very well at school - I only learned to read properly
at the age of eight. Throughout school I sat at the back of the class and day-dreamed
about horses for pretty much most of the time. I was classed as a ‘slow learner’
and was in remedial classes for most subjects. By secondary school I had perfected
the art of being invisible - pretty good for a very tall uncoordinated adolescent
- and so I was able to carry on with my daydreams about horses uninterrupted. My
school did not mind if you did not apply yourself - as long as you did not cause
trouble - so I managed to attend the final three years without putting pen to paper
- literally. Every minute that I was not at school I was with my horse or working
to pay for the upkeep of my horse.
I left school at sixteen without a single exam pass result and started my first job
with horses. After several years of very hard labour for very little pay I decided
that I need some qualifications. I met Stuart when I was sixteen while doing that
first job with horses and he (having had a far better education than myself) encouraged
me to go to college to obtain a degree and eventually University where I obtained
a Masters degree (in Equine Science). Those two years during the Masters were incredible
and I will always be immensely grateful for being given that opportunity for further
education. Stuart also needed to obtain a degree as we wanted to emigrate from England
where we were both born. Stuart obtained a degree in Community Studies and eventually
worked in Youth Services both in England and later in Australia after we emigrated.
We now spend part of each year in Australia and part in the UK.
Finally getting a good education was the best thing I have ever done and I now firmly
believe that education is the key to almost everything that is important in life.
I believe that anyone can learn more, at any stage in their life, if they have the
desire to learn.
Recent update to my story. In July 2012 I was diagnosed with Cancer (in my throat).
I have a good chance of recovery but I will have to take things a bit slower than
usual for a time. Join us on Facebook (see below) or read my blog on the news and
new stuff page for more information.
Jane Myers MSc Equine Studies, BA (Hons)
I have been involved in the Horse Industry for over 35 years (both here in Australia
and in the UK) and I am the author of two books published by CSIRO called: Managing
Horses on Small Properties and Horse Safe: A Complete Guide to Equine Safety. I am
also a co-author of Horse Sense - The Guide to Horse Care in Australia and New Zealand(2nd edition) and I am co-author (along with Stuart Myers) of the new Sustainable
Horsekeeping series (2011). See Our bookshop for more details.
I am a recipient of a Churchill Fellowship (2011) from the The Winston Churchill
Memorial Trust and travelled to the USA in April 2012 to study sustainable horsekeeping
management systems with a view to minimising the environmental impact of horse properties
I hold an MSc (Masters degree) in Equine Studies from The University of Wales (UK)
which I completed in the early nineties before migrating from the UK to Australia
along with Stuart - my husband. The curriculum covered subjects such as horse behaviour,
horse nutrition, horse health and disease, horse anatomy and physiology and horse
business management. I also undertook a period of research at the Royal Edinburgh
Veterinary School for my thesis on the grazing behaviour of horses.
I have taught riding and horse management for more than 25 years including seven
years at Glenormiston College (Melbourne University) to students on Equine Studies
courses. I am a rider and have competed in various disciplines including endurance,
dressage, carriage driving, show jumping and competitive trail riding.
I am qualified as an instructor with Horse Safety Australia and am also an executive
board member of this organisation.
As a former board member of the AHIC, I was a working group member (representing
horses) of AAWS (Australian Animal Welfare Strategy) a government initiative overseen
by DAFF (Dept of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food).
I am a member of the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) and attend
international conferences held by this organisation (see below).
I was employed as an Industry Liaison Officer by the Queensland Department of Primary
Industries (DPI) during the Australian Equine Influenza outbreak.
We (Stuart and I) provide a one day workshop about sustainable horse property management.
These seminars are usually hosted by groups such as Landcare, water catchment groups
(i.e. SEQ Catchments and Melbourne Water) and local councils. We also provide a workshop
on horse property planning, and we provide a workshop and training for natural resource
managers (i.e. Landcare officers, water catchment organisation employees, local council
workers) on the subject of horses in the community, the environmental issues of horses,
understanding horse owners etc.
We provide a consultation service for horse property owners on horse property design
I am a speaker at conferences on the subject of sustainable horse properties, equine
We have written numerous horse magazine articles and are a freelance writers of books,
booklets and equine courses on subjects such as riding, behaviour, horse training
and property/pasture management.
I provide a one day riding clinic and lessons on the subject of the ‘Independent
Seat’ and I teach (via lessons/clinics/seminars) and advise on a variety of subjects
including handling and riding instruction, feeding, horse behaviour, float training,
positive reinforcement (clicker) training, property and pasture management, horse
safety and horse management.
Conferences and expos presented at:
Horses + Climate Impacts Workshop, Adelaide, June 2012
Ethical Equine Extravaganza June 2011 UK
Equitana Melbourne 2010 Australia
EquineX Canberra 2010 Australia
Equus Inspirations Expo TAS 2010 Australia
Sustainable Living Expo 2009 Armidale Australia
Equitana Melbourne 2008 Australia
Eumundi Sustainable Living Expo 2009 Australia
Beaudesert Horse Expo 2008 Australia
Quest Maryborough 2007 Australia
Beaudesert Horse Expo 2007 Australia
We travel (between Australia and Europe) permanently therefore the best way to contact
us is by email.
We aim to answer all emails promptly but we are unable to answer individual questions
relating to personal circumstances due to the volume of mail we receive.