Meet the Byron Equestrian team.
Owner, Manager & Head Coach
Tesse Ferguson is the owner and Manager of Byron Equestrian. Jesse has trained and competed extensively in eventing, dressage and vaulting. Read more…
Alex (Morley) Brown is a former international 3-day event rider and accredited Equestrian Australia NCAS Level 1 coach. Read more…
Alex is currently completing her EA Level accreditation at Byron Equestrian and teaches our junior riders and jumping classes. Read more…
Owner/Manager, Dressage & Vaulting Coach
Tesse’s passion for horses developed early in life and she has been working with and riding horses since the age of 5.
From ages 7-25 she was a committed Pony Club member and achieved up to her B level of competency with the Pony Club Association of Victoria. She also took on teaching young students to ride from age 17.
Tesse competed in the sport of Eventing, up until age 22 and was a part of the Pony Club A Grade (1) state team and also had begun to event in EA Pre- Novice levels in 1 and 2 days events in Victoria before deciding to take a break from competitive riding at age 23 to pursue a career in Dance and Aerial/Circus Arts.
Tesse has been lucky to have had consistent coaching from the likes of Andrew Hoy, Vikki Roycroft, Tony Utendale and Sharon Howell/Ridgeway.
At age 21 Tesse completed a full-time certificate in Dance and performing Arts and also completed her Certificate 3 & 4 in Fitness, along with undertaking coaching with some of Australia’s best known Circus artists to develop her skills as both a Dance/Fitness/Aerial Coach and performer. She went on to perform Nationally and internationally as an Aerialist and continues to teach Dance, Aerial and Fitness on a weekly basis on the Gold Coast.
Tesse then combined her passion for horses and physical arts when introduced to the sport of Vaulting in 2009 at Kamilaroi equestrian. She quickly picked up the basics and spent the next 3 years working, teaching and performing at Kamilaroi.
In 2012 Tesse had an opportunity to take over the management of the Byron Bay Equestrian Centre and made a decision to make teaching both riding and Vaulting at the centre a career. She has been very lucky to have some great mentors and assistance in the development of a small team at Byron bay whom have also assisted with the development of her knowledge as a coach and lunger. Tesse has completed her Official Lunger’s certification and looks forward to completing her Vaulting Coach accreditation in 2016.
She also currently competes personally in dressage and has regular tuition under Nicole Tough, Gold Coast.
Accreditation & Achievements
- Official Lunger certification
- Vaulter Trainer
- Pony Club A Grade State Team
- EA Pre-Novice Level 1 and 2 competitor
Expertise & Training
Alex (Morley) Brown is a former international 3-day event rider and accredited Equestrian Australia NCAS Level 1 coach.
Having started riding her parent’s horses at the tender age of 4, Alex grew up with horses in her home town in Cheshire in England.
She started competing in pony club, riding club, British Show jumping Association events from the age of 6, excelling across all disciplines. In her teens, Alex developed a focus and passion for eventing and over the following years her successes included National Riding Club Champion, BHS Novice Eventing National Champion and Great Britain Universities National Champion.
After completing a dual honours BSc in Biochemistry and Physiology at University, Alex decided to take a year out to focus full time on eventing. The year turned into another five! During this time Alex competed at international level and ran her own eventing yard, competing and training both her own and clients’ horses as well as teaching and bringing on young horses to be future competition stars. Alex has successfully competed on a wide range of different horses at all levels from Novice to Advanced and at 3-day events from CCI1* to CCI4*.
During this time Alex competed at the very highest level, representing Great Britain at home and abroad and was regularly ranked on the international eventing leader board.
The pinnacle of her career was completing the prestigious CCI4* Badminton International 3-Day Event on 5 consecutive years and receiving an ‘Armada dish’ from the Queen in recognition of this achievement.
After retiring from high level competition, Alex took a change of direction and focused on a “proper career”. During this time, she emigrated to Australia and following an initial break from horses, has now reignited her passion for riding and training. A move to the Byron Bay hinterland in late 2016 has helped cement this, and Alex is once again enjoying riding and teaching.
- Equestrian Australia NCAS Level 1 coach
- Equestrian Australia NCAS Level 2 riding
Expertise & Training
- Show jumping
Alex’s love for horses developed at a very young age after having a pony ride when the carnival came to town – she then made her father take her to the carnival every night for the next week so she could ride the ponies. From that moment the love never left.
Alex began taking riding lessons at the age of 7 and jumped at any opportunity to ride and learn about horses. At age 12 she got her first horse, Ricky, who she still has to this day.
Throughout her teens Alex regularly competed in a range of disciplines and found a real passion for showjumping. Alex attended and competed at Pony Club and reached B Grade in showjumping. As a teenager Alex also competed at Interschool competitions, local Ag shows and official EA competitions in showjumping.
Whilst in high school Alex worked at Coomba Saddle Club as a stable hand and mentor to younger riders.
After high school Alex took a break from competitive riding to attend university.
Alex moved to Byron Bay in 2016 to return to horse riding and begin official training to become an Equestrian Australia qualified coach. Alex has been at Byron Bay Equestrian Centre since March 2016 where she has worked as a stable hand and coach.
- EA Introduction to Coaching,
- EA Level 1 Horse Management
- EA Level 1 General Riding