A relentless problem solver, Andrew is dedicated to making a difference where it matters most.
As OSO Arabians Farm Manager, Andrew’s role involves him managing our cattle stud and overseeing the day to day operations of our impressive 4000 acre farm that comprises four properties – Kelkette Park, Longerenong, Sunrise Park and Eastgate – which together make up Mintor LLC.
Born and bred on the Jerilderie plains, educated at Scots School Albury and Marcus Oldham College and following a five-year stint working in the UK, Andrew returned to Australia in 2008 to join Amanda in managing Linda Mars’ OSO Arabian Stud as her Farm Manager.
With over 25 years’ in agriculture, Andrew contributes a wealth of knowledge and experience in both farming and endurance riding to the business; which is further highlighted by OSO’s continued successes on the national and international stage, not least by winning the 50th anniversary of the Tom Quilty endurance ride in 2015 (Ben Hudson & Cap Braveheart), together with numerous other accolades in various disciplines.
Very much a dedicated and hardworking team player, one of the most valuable contributions Andrew brings to his role is loyalty and a driving passion for the continued long-term success of OSO Arabians. He has exceptionally high standards, tremendous attention to detail, a cool head when under pressure and, an enthusiastic willingness to embrace change by learning new skills and technologies.
Andrew has long-held a passion for all things ‘Australian’ and our Australian representative teams, no matter the discipline. To this day, one of his proudest moments was as a crew member of the Australian Endurance Equestrian Team at the 2014 Alltech FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale) World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy – inspiring him to go on to become Chef d’Equipe for the Australian Equestrian Endurance Team - a role he was honoured to fulfill for 4 years from 2015 – 2019.
Meanwhile, Andrew is also a devoted family man and awesome dad to his two amazing children, Poppy and Jack.
Daughter Poppy continues to be an aspiring young horsewoman in her own right and, having successfully competed in numerous Endurance rides, with the 2018 Australian Junior Champion One Horse (OSO Nicholas) One Rider (Poppy Kettlewell), 2019 NSW Junior State Champion under her belt, she is very much a significant part of TEAM OSO.
In the meantime, Jack is also fully embracing the stud farm way of life by enthusiastically learning as much as he can on the farm as well as emulating the Kettlewell family career path having begun formally learning to ride – all this whilst maintaining the mantle of loyal Team OSO mascot at all our Endurance Ride competitions.