At age 18, with an offer from Murdoch University Veterinary School in one hand and La Trobe University Physiotherapy School in the other, Kate took a gamble and chose to pursue physiotherapy with a view to one day practising on horses.
at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games,
3 x World Cup Champion show jumper.
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During her university years she did a stint as a ‘jillaroo’, mustering cattle on horseback in the outback region of the Kimberley on a million-acre station. Regardless of formal riding lessons since, Kate still insists her most valuable horsemanship skills were gleaned from the stockmen of Meda (cattle) Station. Media & Published Material
Nowadays Kate happily splits her time between her racehorse physiotherapy practice, PhysiOptima in Newmarket, and her role as an officer in the Army Reserve. She was mobilised into full-time Regular Army service on Op BROADSHARE as a staff officer at Permanent Joint Headquarters in London in November 2021. It is a 6 month deployment in the role of SO2 COVID Plans.