Rosemary and Charley met in December of 2009 and have barely spent time apart since then. They now live together at Charley's magnificent dedicated horse breedingproperty, Bannister Springs, Bannister (via Crookwell), New South Wales, Australia.
Bannister, unlike other areas of Australia, rarely experiences drought. It has an average rainfall of 40 inches per year and some of the best red basalt soil in Australia.
Rosemary is from Kent, England. Rosemary had an idyllic childhood growing up on a farm riding ponies and horses in Kent. Riding at three, going to gymkhanas at eight, hunting and show jumping at twelve; Rosemary has been an active involved rider all her life.
And she's not going to stop now.
Rosemary spent her professional career as a Public Servant for the Federal Government where she commenced working in the Office of Taxation in Adelaide and was later transferred to Canberra where she has worked in approximately 25 different portfolios, her favourite being in the agricultural area. Rosemary raised two children who were educated in Canberra and now has three beautiful grandchildren.
Rosemary hunted, show jumped in England and migrated as the last of the ten pound POMS to Australia in 1970 intending to spend only two years here.
She has bred and worked saddlebreds for 20 years and is now concentrating on training the horses for sport disciplines including endurance riding.
“Bannister Springs” is the ideal farm for the maintenance of sport horses and growing out young stock. It has both flats and hills.
Rosemary has been responsible for the upgrading of the stock handling facilities at “Bannister Springs” to ensure the safest possible environment for horses and handlers.
Charley is from Rhode Island, USA and attended the University of Notre Dame where he wishes he paid more attention. Charley migrated to Australia in the 70s after commencing his teaching career in Southampton, New York. He spent his teaching career at Mulwaree High School in Goulburn retiring as the head of English, History and Drama.
Charley and his deceased wife, Julie, bred Arabian horses for 30 years as the owner of Peoria Arabians in Goulburn. Julie was a top flight dressage rider. Sadly, Julie died in 2004 of a malignant brain tumour.
Charley's stallion, Abu Sayeid, spent a number of years with Phil Ryan and Phil Wild at Hideaway Farm, Sunshine, Tasmania.
Charley doesn't ride but he is an excellent horse handler and his building of yards is brilliant. Unlike Rosemary, Charley has an excellent knowledge of dressage and has, from time to time, judged breed and riding classes at local shows. Charley has shown his Arabian horses in hand and has won many championships.