Horses and Theater

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Jules was born in Australia and developed her ‘balanced seat’, riding bareback, show jumping, chasing cows and barrel racing.  She describes her early riding years:

"I was a pretty typical Aussie Pony Clubber.  As a teenager, I loved eventing and campaigned a brave thoroughbred gelding, Coppertop.  Together we were Champion and Reserve Champion in two National Pony Club Eventing Championships.  Coppertop was really honest to the jumps except when it came to water obstacles, so I knew I had to be far enough ahead in the dressage, that I could afford a possible stop.  So of course Coppertop’s dressage improved, in fact we also managed to place at the National Pony Club Dressage Championships."

Photo: Jules and Rivoli Majestic

Jules shifted to straight dressage when her Mother encouraged Jules to compete her Grand Prix horse, Rivoli Majestic, for the period of one year.  Rivoli was a handsome, black, Australian stock horse whose career, until he met Libby was as a polo pony and three years later he was one of Australia’s best Grand Prix horses.  So at the age of nineteen Jules became the youngest Grand Prix dressage competitor at that time to represent Australia.  Libby also saw that Jules and Rivoli had the opportunity to clinic and learn under international trainers; Rosemary Springer, Eric Lette, Christopher Bartle and Clemens Dierks.

The year after competing Rivoli Majestic, Jules focused her energies to completing her Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in theatre at the University of New England, Armidale, NSW.  Jules was already a qualified Speech and Drama teacher certification she earned while at high school where she was also the captain of the school debating team and a prefect.  Jules taught riding, theatre and speech to help off set her educational expenses and successfully juggled her two loves, horses and theatre for many years.

Photo: Jules and her first pony - Pepper

Following her Post Graduate degree earned in London at Mountview Theatre School Jules decided to round out her education with a Diploma of Education at Flinders University in South Australia.  It was in South Australia that Jules decided to place on permanent hold her career in the theatre and devote all of her time and energy to her first love, horses, specifically dressage.

While in South Australia Jules founded and was President of the Dressage Club of Reynella for three years, overseeing the club’s membership grow to over three hundred.  She quickly built up a large client base and officially became a dressage professional.  Jules also took her time in South Australia to pursue her equestrian education becoming an official dressage judge “B” level (PSG/Inter 1) and a Grand Prix “A” candidate judge, totaling nine years of study with the exams conducted under Olympic judges.  Jules was also certified to be a Level One Coach by the Equestrian Federation of Australia shortly before moving to the US to join her family.

Jules moved to the United States in 1996 to be in the same country as her parents Libby and Jock Anderson and her sister Dianne, who had been living in the US since 1990.  Dianne has been a U.S. citizen for many years and lives with her husband and two children in New Orleans. Jules is excited that in 2009, she too will become an American citizen.

Photo: Jules, Libby and Team

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