EQUINE STUD MANAGER
Uncompromising in her commitment and pursuit of excellence,
Amanda’s passion for OSO Arabians knows no bounds.
Born in the UK, Amanda came to Australia in 2008 to manage the OSO Arabian Stud for Linda Mars as her Equine Stud Manager; and with more than 30 years’ extensive equine experience, she provides OSO Arabians with a clear vision for the future.
From overseeing all breeding and training, as well as riding herself, Amanda’s role incorporates managing the entire stud, guiding and inspiring all of our team and, caring for all our horses living on the farm.
Amanda's equine background began at local pony club on her part bred Arab ponies Jasmia and Muffin. Following a period working in the racing industry, she went on to study at Berkshire Agriculture College, England where she qualified in Equestrian Business Management and as a BHS riding instructor. As well as teaching, Amanda’s love of Endurance, Performance, Eventing and Show Jumping continued to grow and saw her representing her riding club at national level.
Since coming to Australia, Amanda has gradually built an exceptional and driven team; one that is not only fully committed to achieving OSO Arabian’s long term goals, but all of whom are equally passionate about becoming the very best at what they do.
Testament to her successful formula is winning the 50th Anniversary Tom Quilty endurance ride in 2015 (Ben Hudson & Cap Braveheart), together with a growing number of significant accolades in various disciplines on both the national and international stage.
Believing that every day is a new day of learning, Amanda continues to hone her skills and master her craft as an exceptional horsewoman.
Her ultimate goal is to take OSO to the next step by becoming a renown international Centre of Excellence; not just in breeding and training horses, but by working closely with young people from all walks of life, to provide them not only with a core foundation and understanding of the equestrian world and educating them in excellent horsemanship, but also to equip them with the fundamental life skills they will need for their future.
Amanda’s other passion is providing a loving home and being devoted super mum to her two beautiful children, Poppy and Jack.
Following in her mother’s footsteps and a chip off the old block, Poppy is very much an aspiring young horsewoman in her own right. Having successfully competed in numerous Endurance rides and, having already achieved 2018 Australian Junior Champion One Horse (OSO Nicholas) One Rider (Poppy Kettlewell), 2019 NSW Junior State Champion, she is very much an integral part of TEAM OSO.
Meanwhile, younger brother Jack is also fully embracing the stud farm way of life, as well as emulating the Kettlewell family career path having begun to formally learn to ride, whilst maintaining the mantle of loyal Team OSO mascot at all our Endurance Ride competitions.