He and his wife Cathy decided to move to scone with their daughters Hannah and Sarah a few years ago for a change in lifestyle, pace and more family time.
Knowing little of the equine industry to start with, David became the GM of the Australian Stock Horse Society (ASHS) and within a couple of years moved into his position as CEO. Having their HQ in Scone, the Horse Capital of Australia makes sense for the ASHS.
Upon moving to Scone, Cathy toured the Scone Grammar School (SGS) where her daughters are now students and commented to the Head of Primary on the gorgeous yellow building behind the school. That gorgeous yellow building turned out to be The Yellow Cottage, a brand new preschool within the SGS. The Yellow Cottage was looking for educators. Cathy began her new role, which she loves, as one of the preschool educators at the beginning of the following year, next door to Hannah and Sarah starting school.
David’s office is walking distance from the school, preschool and nearby sporting fields where he and Cathy can both duck out to watch the girls in sporting carnivals, horse riding, vaulting, assembly at school or the school musical that Hannah has been involved in.
David has thrown himself into the Scone community being involved in the White Park Development Group and President of the Scone Horse Festival. Like many of his Scone counterparts, he’s not there to babysit the Scone Horse Festival Committee either. He wants to make changes to make the festival bigger and better.
Cathy has done the same, supporting the launch of Sense Rugby in Scone as a volunteer, following along her interest and educator focus of children with special needs and also coordinating merchandise for the Scone & District Netball Association.
According to Cathy, “I hadn’t come across the Young Endeavour Scheme until this year. David and I both sponsor this and it feels like a wonderful opportunity and privilege for our teenagers.”
Another is the stalls that both the girls ran at the SGS Home Grown markets. They created product to sell – Hannah baking and Sarah sewing hair scrunchies, set up their own market stall each and ran them at the markets, selling out, just in time for summer holiday pocket money.