Shannon Durrant

Shannon was a Pony Club rider at Wyong Pony Club from the age of 9 until her late teens and has very fond memories of those years. Pony Club provided Shannon with very valuable horse management, riding and life skills. She is still involved with horses and still rides. She is very passionate about Pony Club and the contribution it makes to communities.
Professionally, Shannon has over 16 years’ experience in financial services including holding positions as senior executive -Head of Compliance, Risk & Advice at a national financial services company. Shannon’s skills extend to strategic planning, project management, marketing and communications including social media and corporate governance.
Shannon has a Master's Degree in Applied Finance (Financial Planning), a Certificate IV in Marketing (Distinction) and is about to complete an MBA.


Michelle Harper, Secretary

Michelle has been involved in Pony Club as a rider, instructor, parent, grandparent and committee member.
In the early 70s, she joined Doongala Pony Club and soon gravitated towards the newly formed Junior Committee. Later as a full time working and studying (and riding and competing) mother, her extra-curricular Pony Club activities included committee roles and various volunteer duties including being the host family for the Japanese team in the 2003 Inter-Pacifics.
Michelle became the President at Yarra Glen Pony Club and the grounds burnt down 3 days later in the Black Saturday bushfire with 75% of its membership directly affected by that disaster. She spent a very rewarding 3 years making grant applications and, along with the committee, rebuilding the club. Michelle believes that Pony Club cultivates such positive attributes, including determination and resilience, in young people.

Michelle brings a professional background in law to development of good governance as a key factor in enabling Pony Club to secure a bright future.



Andrew McLean

Dr Andrew McLean is recognised across the world for his work on equine behaviour. Andrew holds a PhD in equine cognition and learning, has been an accredited horse riding coach for over 30 years and has written 5 books (including an International Best Seller) and authored 35 peer-reviewed journal articles. Andrew is a past winner of the Eureka Prize, which is the highest science award in Australia. As a rider Andrew is a past winner of the Gawler 3-day event, has competed nationally in showjumping and held a racehorse owner-trainer’s license.  He established and is currently the director of the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre. He is in great demand and delivers lectures and workshops across the world on the optimal use of learning theory for improved performance and improved welfare of the trained horse.  


Carol Paterson, Chair

Carol joined Pony Club as a rider in 1954 and this joy of riding still continues. Carol has progressed through as a parent, now grandparent, instructor and administrator at all levels and is still active within her local Club. Carol has represented Australian Pony Clubs as a team manager of Inter-Pacific Exchange teams and at International Pony Club meetings in Canada and USA. She has organized events for Pony Club at a State, National and International level. Carol worked for the Australian Government for 20 years and run her own business for the last 50 years. Carol is passionate about seeing children and horses having fun together. 


Judy Pitt

Judy has been a member of Pony Club for 33 years, starting as a parent of 2 very committed daughters who both achieved their A Certificates and represented Tasmania in many PCA National Championships in all disciplines. Judy has held many positions throughout her time with Pony Club from Club Catering Co-Ordinator, Club Secretary, Club District Commissioner and Club Chief Coach, Zone Treasurer and State President and State Delegate to Pony Club Australia. Judy has received life membership of the Tasmanian Pony & Riding Club, the Northern Zone of Pony Club Tasmania and Pony Club Tasmania. She values and enjoys her time with Pony Club and feels it is important to put back into an organisation that supports, develops and trains our young budding equestrians.


Jacinta Withoud

Jacinta is a current PCAWA and EA Level 1 Eventing TD, PCAWA and EA Level 1 Showjumping Judge, PCAWA Course Design / Builder and PCAWA Gear Checking Chair (and Accredited Gear Checker).
Officiating at events across WA for 5 years now, she is passionate about bringing in positive change and improvements to Pony Club at both the National and State level. Especially bringing in professional risk management, structured development for officials and elevating the brand of Pony Club.
Jacinta brings to the PCA Board experience in marketing, communication and event management. A graduate of Curtin University (Bachelor Commerce – Marketing/Accounting) and Universiteit van Amsterdam (Master Business Studies – Marketing Research/Entrepreneurship), her qualifications are complimented by her skills as an equestrian official and experience as a Pony Club member since she was 9 years old.
She has her own marketing consultancy and is contracted to provide business development to a global logistics company. 


Melanie Woodward, Treasurer

Melanie was a Pony Club rider at Moggill Pony Club Queensland from the age of 5 until her late teens. During those years Melanie competed in Dressage, Show Jumping and One Day Events, representing Queensland in Dressage on 3 separate occasions. Now Melanie is teaching her own children to ride.
Melanie has over 21 years’ experience in the financial services industry in both Australia and the United Kingdom, with expertise in governance, risk management and compliance.
Melanie is a Fellow of both CPA Australia and the Governance Institute of Australia.