Julie Middleton

Julie Middleton started riding  at the age of 6.  Lessons at Carbrook and Tooradin Estate, the renowned riding schools of Judy and Derry Francis, provided a start to a  lifetime with horses.  A member of the Mornington Peninsula Pony Club, Julie  competed in showing, dressage and eventing.  After completing school at  Toorak College,  the lure of horses proved irresistible. 15 years of primary school teaching were always intermingled with horses…training, breaking in, instructing, competing and judging. 

The turning point came with two seemingly disparate opportunities.  Firstly, the purchase of a little palomino horse, “Mac” had already been educated to FEI level dressage, but quickly made it clear that riding dressage is a lot more than just pushing buttons! Armed with determination and the conviction that nothing worth doing is easy, Julie and Mac progressed to giving demonstrations of Grand Prix dressage to Western District Pony Clubs.  An aim to produce top quality dressage ponies was born.

A childhood ambition to ride racehorses also came to fruition, and  school teaching hours were gradually replaced by commitments in the racing industry.  Julie became an amateur jockey, racing both thoroughbreds and quarter horses. She is now an experienced track work rider, having ridden many racehorses, from 2yo’s to Group 1 performers. She has jointly owned and managed a successful thoroughbred training, agistment and breeding operation.   


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