Due to the popularity of this section (we have no idea why!!) we've jazzed up our staff profiles so you can learn more about what makes us all tick.
Name: Antoinette Foster
Few of my favourite things...
Horse breed: Quarter horse/TB cross
Something most people wouldn’t know: I sang in a band once and love singing, and some say I am not so bad?
An average day in the life of: Usually get up about 7.30 and take Bella for a walk, then have breakfast, I have to start the day with a good breakfast, then I head off to the office. My day at the office normally begins with book work and then more book work; I then attend to any customer enquiries/profiles/phone calls/emails. This is the part I enjoy the most, I have never lost the enjoyment and pleasure of helping horse owners with their horses and assisting in finding the best way to feed and provide increased health and well being.
Animals in the family: My gorgeous paint, Forrest, our German Shepherd Bella and our cat Mocha. Antoinette also just purchased the lovely 17 year old Warmblood Dressage gelding Corylis or 'Ludo'.
Name: Nicci Foster
Few of my favourite things…
Horse breed: Quarter Horse
Currently on my Ipod is: I’m loving Fall Out Boy at the minute, the album has so many gems but I particularly like the duet with Brendon Urie on ’20 Dollar Nose Bleed
Something most people wouldn’t know: I worked in the music industry for 8 years and lived in England for over 4 years.
An average day in the life of: Currently I am enjoying my last few weeks before I start stabling my three show horses for winter. So, I get up at 6ish, let the dogs out and wander down to the feed room. I am working one horse a day at the moment so after I have prepared the morning's food (12 hard feeds!) I catch which ever horse I am working and ride or lunge for 30-40 minutes. After I have popped that horse back in their paddock I feed up. I also rug/unrug at this time depending on the weather. Then I feed and water the chickens and dogs and then it is inside for a shower and to get ready for work. I leave at around 9am. At work my day is rarely mapped out unless I am working on a campaign. I take care of all the Marketing and Advertising, oversee general operations and return our endless Free Advice Forms! At the moment I am re-jigging the website and adding some info to the profile you are currently enjoying! Most days I have ads, brochures, websites or flyers to design so 70% of my day is spent coming up with marketing and brand ideas. I love my job, it is creative and varied. When I get home at around 5pm I throw hay to the horses that get it, check over all the horses, unrug and rug and then feed the cats, dogs and then head inside for a relaxing evening with my boyfriend John. Of course during breeding season I also have to fit in teasing, scanning, ai ing and all sorts of things but luckily it is April and I don't have to think about any of that for a while!
Animals in the family: Mega, Elmo, Diamond, Muffin, Cheeky, Shine, Tully, Norman and Topaz currently make up the horse herd and I have Marli and Tenille on lease to breed with currently too. Lewis and Otto are our cats, Gus and Jett are our dogs, then there is Bert and Ernie our Peking ducks, Cassidy and Sundance our Sufflolk Cross Sheep and our 4 Rhode Island Cross Chickens! Phew!
Name: Sharyn McConchie
Few of my favourite things…
Food: Chicken, avocado or Sticky Date Pudding
Something most people wouldn’t know: I don’t keep much a secret!
An average life in the day of: The alarm goes off, I snooze it at least 3 times by 7:45am, then I awake and get myself ready, my children get ready, we all have Weetbix for breakfast, do our hair, teeth etc pack our bags and leave for school. I normally go into class and help with reading for 15 minutes then take Joel to mum’s and then head to work for a 10am start. At work I dispatch orders, invoice customers, stock take and work on office management. I finish at 2pm head home to mum’s to pick up Joel then to school to pick up Nathan and Jessica. We then have afternoon tea and depending on what day it is we go to what sport we have to. My kids play basketball, do swimming and Nathan is starting football when cricket finishes. We then all arrive home about the same time as my husband Scott, we cook dinner, feed the animals and the kids do their homework and readers. Then it is time to get ready for bath, bed and story time. Nathan, Jessica and Joel go to bed at about 8:30pm and I sit down about 9:30pm watch TV and then start all over in the morning after hopefully a great nights sleep. Nathan is in Grade 4 and 9 years old, Jessica is in Grade 2 and is 7 years old and Joel is 2 ½.
Animals in the family: Holly our 8 year old black Labrador and Jackson is our 3 year old black DSH cat. Sadly we recently lost our beautiful 2 year old Kelpie/Lab to cancer.