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About Us

Kevin McNab

Kevin was born into a non-horsey family in Cairns QLD, where his parents were farmers, first concentrating on dairy and then growing herbs.
However, at the age of two-years-old he asked for his first pony which his parents dutifully purchased, and the rest, as they say, is history!
Being a typical young aussie boy from a farm, Kevin was his own first instructor. He was inseparable from his pony so he had a go at everything on offer, Pony Club, show jumping, rally days, hacking, dressage – whatever was available.
His competitive nature showed at an early stage and if there was anything happening to do with horses, Kevin was there. From a young age Kevin realised he had a knack for producing horses and selling them on. He regularly had four or five horses on the farm that he would bring on and then sell.
His first introduction to Eventing actually came through reading the ‘Horse Magazine’, the Australian equivalent of Horse&Hound.
The two most influential figures in Kevin’s early riding career were Italian event rider Tony Manca, who Kevin was based with during the end of his secondary school years, and Australian Olympic rider Heath Ryan.
When his time at school was complete there was only ever one career path and Kevin flatly refused to fill out any application forms for university. Now was the time for Kevin to relocate to the Heath’s equestrian centre in NSW where he stayed for four years.
At that time it was the hub of eventing in Australia and Kevin rode as a professional, making a living by selling his good horses to enable him to progress in the sport. He would have as many as 18 horses at any time and just one groom to help. Without doubt Tony and Heath set the foundations of Kevin’s style of riding and riding philosophy.
Kevin eventually moved back to Queensland where he set up his own equestrian business, Kelecyn Equestrian Services, producing and competing event horses. Many top horses that were produced at Kelecyn went on to great things with other riders while Kevin focussed on producing horses and training students.
Kevin was long listed for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney with his first 4* horse, Taj Mirage, and was regularly listed on the Australian National squads. He finished 10th in the World Cup final at Deauville, France, in 2008 and won the National Eventing points leader board two years running.

As well as being one of Australia’s leading riders, Kevin is one of the country’s best trainers of riders but while doing this he was not able to focus on his own horses until 2012 when he moved to the UK to focus on his own riding career.
Bringing three horses, Kevin was originally based with Jock Paget in Dunsfold, Surrey, before moving to Brookfield Equestrian with his wife and fellow event rider, Emma McNab.
The five horses they had between them when they moved to Brookfield rapidly increased as Kevin and Emma decided to stay in the UK to compete and further their eventing careers.
The move to Coneycroft Farm in 2014 allowed them to expand their eventing operation and at last they had their own yard.
Kevin and Emma now have a very exciting team of horses going into the start of 2017.

Career Highlights

Adelaide 4* 5th, 4th and 7th in consecutive years with Taj Mirage
2008 – Deauville World Cup Final, 10th with Game Play
2013 – Luhmuhlen 4*, 5th with Clifton Pinot
2013 – Houghton Hall Nations Cup, 10th individually and Team Bronze
2013 – WEG Test Event, Normandy, 5th, riding Casperelli
2014 – Boekelo 3* Nations Cup, Team Bronze with Casperelli
2014 – Pau 4*, 10th with Fernhill Quality Street

Emma McNab

Emma was born into a family steeped in equestrianism and sport. Her mother is English and used to event and her father played Polocross for Australia, so riding was always going to be a major part of her life from a young age. The oldest of three, Emma was lucky enough to have her first pony when she was just three-years-old and she went on to do Pony Club and inter school riding competitions.
In 2006 Emma was a member of the winning Australian Young Rider Trans Tasmin eventing team and also claimed individual third riding Dotcom, who would go on to become her first 3*** horse.
Emma was a weekly boarder at school but every weekend she would go home to ride or go to competitions. Her mother, Julia, was a good rider and encouraged Emma to compete, driving her all over to competitions, giving support and keeping the horses going while Emma was at school.
Emma was first introduced to Kevin at an Eventing clinic in 2004.On finishing her education, Emma based herself with Kevin at Kelecyn Eventing and she has been training with him ever since. On the dressage front, Linda Schmerglatt was also influential as her trainer in Australia.
At Adelade in 2011, Emma finished tenth riding Kelecyn Ice Age, her first 4* horse. It was this horse that prompted her move to the UK. He was the most special horse that Emma had ever ridden so she had to seize the opportunity to ride at the world’s best events while she had him.
Initially the plan was come over to England and compete at Badminton Horse Trials, but both Emma and Kevin realised that to be at their best they needed to be based in the heart of the sport and compete with the best. Hence they decided to stay on permanently and make the UK their competition home.
Emma was initially based with Bryony Holloway and Kevin arrived in the UK shortly afterwards with the pair basing themselves at Brookfield Equestrian for a year. Looking to expand their Eventing business, they then moved to the idyllic Coneycroft Farm in 2014.
Emma has been a member of the Australian State Elite Squad on a number of horses and is currently on the Australian National Squad with Belcam Bear and Fernhill Tabasco.

Initially the plan was come over to England and compete at Badminton Horse Trials, but both Emma and Kevin realised that to be at their best they needed to be based in the heart of the sport and compete with the best. Hence they decided to stay on permanently and make the UK their competition home.
Emma was initially based with Bryony Holloway and Kevin arrived in the UK shortly afterwards with the pair basing themselves at Brookfield Equestrian for a year. Looking to expand their Eventing business, they then moved to the idyllic Coneycroft Farm in 2014.
Emma has been a member of the Australian State Elite Squad on a number of horses and is currently on the Australian National Squad with Belcam Bear and Fernhill Tabasco.

Career Highlights

2005 – Winner of Adelaide 2* with Dotcom, at 17 years old Emma was the youngest in the class
2006 – Trans Tasmin YR Team, Team 1st and 3rd individually with Dotcom
2011 – Adelaide 4*, 10th with Kelecyn Ice Age
2013 – Lumuhlen 4*, 12th with Kelecyn Ice Age
2014 – Blenheim 8/9 yr old CIC3*, 7th with Belcam Bear
2014 – Boekelo 3* Nations Cub, 4th individual with Belcam Bear
2016 – Blenheim 8/9 yr old CIC3*, 4th with Fernhill Tabasco
2016 – Camphire CIC3*, 2nd with Fernhill Tabasco