Kathleen Mullan was born into a harness racing family and began her equestrian career in the pony trots before taking on a variety of disciplines as a teenager and finally deciding that the lure of a beautiful horse meant her heart ultimately belonged in the show ring.
Kathleen is probably best known for her history making turn in the prestigious Garryowen Equestrienne Turnout in 2013. She mounted an unprecedented campaign to become the first person to ride a Standardbred in the time honoured event aboard the popular chestnut gelding MF Hollywood which her family bred and raced prior to his show ring success.
Kathleen is a successful State and National competitor and judge with many royal show wins to her credit including the 2014 Royal Melbourne Hack Championship, the Esquire Turnout and the 2019 FL Crane Trophy and Best Thoroughbred Exhibit at Sydney Royal. She is a fierce advocate of Off The Track horses, both Thoroughbred and Standardbred, and loves nothing more than polishing up a rough diamond to shine in the ring.
“I am a total horse feed fanatic and am always on the lookout for a quality, cost effective product that’s going to help me condition my horses to the rigorous standard I require.
I trialed the Olympus range of feed and the first thing I was immediately struck by was how fresh they smelled when I opened the bag, the feed looks great as well, there’s no dust, it’s really palatable and the horse are doing so well on it that one of them has actually needed to be cut back slightly, so it’s extremely economical as well!’
Kathleen is also the Equine Health and Welfare Manager for Harness Racing Australia, the peak governing body for Standardbreds in Australia. Since joining HRA in January 2017 Kathleen has been hard at work gathering and analysing data around the now compulsory deregistration of retired Standardbreds along with the planning and implementation of further initiatives for Standardbred health, welfare and biosecurity.