Thank you for the Lindy Wright Memorial Foundation for $400 sponsorship towards the Tom Roberts Legacy Project. Visit the Foundation’s Facebook page:

An update on the progress of the work: The manuscript has been completed by Dr Andrew McLean and Nicki Stuart, assisted by volunteers for tasks such as research, interviews, transcript typing, photography, scanning and loan of Tom’s items. The manuscript has been edited and had the first proof read. We are now at the stage of having meetings associated with design and layout. Once the design has been decided on, the next step is a website, with some similar design features to the book. The launch of the book is scheduled for Friday, September 15 in The Heritage Room, Hahndorf Old Mill where Dr Andrew McLean will be the special guest. Thank you again for your support and we look forward to the launch of this project


Our Story:

It’s not every day an opportunity comes along to celebrate the contribution that one man, Tom Roberts, made towards the betterment of equestrianism and horse care in Australia.

Discussing Tom’s visionary approach, Dr Andrew McLean of the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre says “He was the first person I have ever known who correctly described negative reinforcement in user-friendly terms of ‘profit’ and ‘profit you not’, as an integral part of his horse training principles.”

During his lifetime, Roberts produced a priceless body of work about horse training that includes four ground breaking books, photographs, films, articles and lecture notes. On the passing of Tom’s wife, Pat, a number of these items were donated to the non-profit organisation Horse SA.


How the funds will be used

The funds will be utilised to prepare the book for publishing e.g. graphic design and a short print run of extra books, not yet covered by sponsorship. Dr McLean and Nicki Stuart have finished writing the book titled ‘Go forward, my dear’, and Portland Jones has kindly volunteered editing services.

I am so lucky to have had a sneak peek at the Tom Roberts book. I love it! It’s going to be a really valuable part of any horse lover’s library; you’re in for a treat.” Portland Jones


The Challenges

The book is being produced by a small non-profit organisation ‘Horse SA’ (The Horse Federation of South Australia). Tom’s family donated a number of items from Tom’s lecture room to Horse SA, including the famous bit collection, so that his educative work can continued to be shared with all horse owners and riders into the future.

I had many cups of tea with Pat in her twilight years, and it was always her great wish that Tom’s work would be shared with horse owners and riders into the future.” Julie Fiedler, Executive Officer, Horse SA. “This book will shine a light on the importance of Tom’s contribution.”

And horses will benefit from being trained using a kinder, more thoughtful approach.








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Left:  Dr Andrew McLean and Nicki Stuart writing bootcamp
Middle: Historian and author Glenda Couch-Keen at the Tom Roberts Cataloge day, The Old Mill, Hahndorf
Right: Georgina Downey, Catalogue day.



Dr Andrew McLean talks about the Tom Roberts Legacy Project


Audio file:   (Starts after 9 seconds)

How you can sponsor this project You can sponsor this project by sponsoring at one of the levels below, or the amount of your choice:

  • Request an invoice from
  • Direct deposits (please email to let us know you made the deposit) to:  ANZ  HORSE FEDERATION OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA INC  BSB   015-367           A/c  015367 181319933
  • Cheques written out to: The Horse Federation of SA Inc. Posted to: 105 King William St, Kent Town SA 5067


$10 The “THANK YOU” A shout out on the Horse SA Facebook page to THANK YOU for helping us to share the kinder techniques of horse training and preserve the legacy of a visionary horseman, bringing it to new generation of horse trainers and owners


$20 The E-book! The THANK YOU + be one of the first to receive a personal link to the  E-book!


$25  The Shout Out Loud! The THANK YOU, the E-book plus a shout out in our Horse SA E-news on the week.


$50 Now You’re Talkin’ Bonus! The THANK YOU, the E-book plus a shout out in our e-news, AND free Business or Club Membership of Horse SA with all that that includes – promo on website, listing in online directory and a Certificate of Appreciation to display (NOW EXTENDED Until Dec 2016). Have your business or club name linked to this worthwhile project!


$80 Double Book Bonus! Two books! A signed hard copy (printed) version of the book signed by Dr Andrew McLean and the E-book! Plus the THANK YOU , the Shout Out Loud and a Horse SA membership  until Dec 2017


$200 Promo Pledge A THANKYOU, a Shout Out! An E-book, a signed hard copy book, Horse SA membership AND promotion! All the benefits of a Horse SA sponsor for 2 months: (NOW EXTENDED UNTIL JAN 2016)  Click through logo on web and E-news link, online directory listing AND have you/your business/club name included in the book as a financial contributor. Sponsor benefits:


$770   We’re All Ears! 12 months promo benefit! Click through logo on web and E-news link, online directory listing AND have you/your business/club name included in the book as a financial contributor. A THANKYOU, a Shout Out! An E-book, 2 signed hard copies of the book, Horse SA membership AND promotion!  SPONSORSHIP GOES THROUGH TO DEC 2017!


SPONSORSHIP LIST ($50 and over)  

Mt Crawford Dressage Club
• Jacqueline Raphael
• Fiona Heyson
• Ruth Schneeberger
• Penny Stewart

Four Oaks Farm
• Sharon Hackney
• Deb Ophof
• Renee Neubauer
Carinya Park
• Helen Colerio
Nick Creaton Saddles
• Christine Drodge
Chalani Australian Stock Horses



** Note: If you have selected a sponsorship level that includes a membership of Horse SA, and you are a new member, please complete our membership form found here