PCA Team

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Pony Club Australia business is run day-to-day by a small team of specialists. Meet the team here:

Dr CATHERINE AINSWORTH, CEO

Catherine has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Veterinary Science. Her postgraduate study was in equine reproduction which led to many years in equine stud practice. With an interest in a corporate career, Catherine worked in the veterinary pharmaceutical industry in marketing and technical support roles and then agribusiness, whilst completing a MBA part time at the Melbourne Business School (University of Melbourne). Catherine went on to be the director of the Victorian state veterinary laboratory for 10 years, managing animal health diagnostics and research from 1999 – 2010. She then led the development of the new agricultural science centre in Victoria and investment programs in animal and plant biosecurity and biotechnology for 5 years. Catherine is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the AICD Mastering the Boardroom program. Catherine has been CEO of Pony Club Australia since 2016 and has led the organisation through major initiatives with a sharp focus on connecting with and delivering benefits to club members.

Catherine comes from a non-horsey family and joined Narrandera Pony Club in NSW only after she could convince her father she could look after her horse herself.

MONIL SHAH, Sports Development Officer

Monil joined the team in 2020. He has a Masters of Sports Management with a strong interest in developing sports from grassroots level and a passion for youth development, increasing participation, and community sports engagement.

He has experience in designing, developing, and managing sports and recreation events for children and young adults along with management experience in Sports Administration, Sports Development, and Sponsorship.

Monil is helping develop the new PCA Participation Strategy and manages the extensive PCA member database which is being upgraded.

SALLY WISEMAN, Participation and Development Manager

Sally Wiseman joined the team in 2021. She has over 20 years’ experience in senior leadership roles within large, consumer-facing multi-national retail, travel, sporting and government organisations. She was the campaign manager for the Gold Coast 2008 Commonwealth Games. She has an undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Business and is part-way through her MBA at Griffith University.

Her passion for horses started in 1984, when Sally joined Mudgeeraba Pony Club in Queensland at eight years of age, riding over an hour each way with her friends to and from each rally day through the local farms. She is a PCANCAS coach and now the Chief Instructor of Mudgeeraba Pony Club. Her two daughters enjoy Pony Club too, mostly riding in gymkhanas, combined training, showjumping and eventing – like their mother who loved eventing too.

Sally is passionate about encouraging children from all backgrounds to enjoy equestrian sport through joining like-minded friends in the grass roots organisation of Pony Club, and sharing the benefits to riders, parents, carers and volunteers.

MICHELLE NEWHAM, Member Services Officer

Michelle joined the team in 2021. Her background is customer service and event management. She has previously worked in the retail equine industry and the racing industry.

She is an NCAS level 1 coach. Michelle is a life member of Londonderry Pony Club where she says she ‘had a go at everything’. An experienced mounted games coach, Michelle managed the NSW Mounted games team for seven years whilst her husband Anthony was the coach. Their four children have grown up with Pony Club ® and competed successfully at State, National and International level and three now work in the horse industry. Michelle took a team of young riders to China Pony Club and traveled to China Pony Club to coach. 

She is passionate about Pony Club ® and the values it instills in members, plus the opportunities  it provides through learning skills, and the friendships.

BRONWYN WHEATLEY, Marketing and Development Officer

Bronwyn Wheatley joined the team in 2019. She has a background in secondary school English teaching, followed by 15 years as a journalist for her regional town’s newspaper and contributing writer for several magazines. She became Public Relations Manager for Bendigo’s public then private hospitals, handling their communications, public relations, event planning and marketing.

She had her first pony by age 13 and joined Preston Pony Club in Melbourne as a founding member, competing to state level in eventing. Her early riding years involved riding several kilometres to Pony Club and, to get to shows, sharing a Chapman’s Horse Transport with other members who kept their ponies at the same riding school. She also competed in EFA (now EA) dressage and eventing.

She is a life member of Kilmore and District Pony Club where her daughters attended and she was Chief Instructor for several years.

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