Committee WAHC 2022
Western Australian Horse Council committee member Jenni Bowman grew up in the Perth hills and although she did not come from a ‘horsey’ family, began riding at the age of 6 years old.
In 1964 her family became foundation members of Eastern Hills Pony Club. Initially rallies were held either at Val Forbes property in Glen Forest or at Wattie Watsons place in Stoneville. There were no horse floats so their ponies were walked down and back along the railway track from Stoneville to Glen Forrest. Through her years at EHPC she attended rallies and competed in all pony club disciplines. Pony Club activities included overnight trail rides, rodeo riding and mustering sheep, cattle and horses, Jenni particularly enjoyed eventing, show jumping and games, which included rescue race barrel racing and competition was fierce.
Jenni also obtained her Pony Club B certificate. At the age of 12 Jenni broke in and trained her first pony ‘Borana’ who arrived on a truck from Mardathoona Station.
Studying at university saw an end to horse riding after nearly failing due to being at a Pony Club A certificate camp at Muresk, instead of the university library studying. After graduating as a dentist, she moved to Kununurra in the East Kimberley working firstly for the WA Health Dept and then as a private practitioner. Spare time was spent on water skiing, occasionally mustering cattle and training stock horses. Jenni then spent more than a decade working and travelling throughout Europe and in 1992 embarked on a 35000km bicycle journey from the north coast of Alaska to the southern coast of South America.
Jenni’s children embraced the equine lifestyle and borrowed a pony or 2 and joined the Gidgegannup Pony Club. Then transferred to Swan Valley HPC where Jenni developed a keen interest in Tetrathlon. She joined the Pony Club WA Tetrathlon committee and soon became Chair. The new and enthusiastic committee aligned WA rules with the PCA national Rules and introduced laser pistols. Exemptions for the National Championships in Sydney 2019 were allowed for the first time, allowing 17 WA Tetrathlete competitors to ride borrowed horses at the Pony Club championships. A first ever achievement.
Jenni remains an active supporter of Swan Valley HPC and is her twin daughters most enthusiastic groom and support crew. She is also a volunteer bush fire fighter with East Swan BFS
Jenni has a keen interest in animal welfare and in 2018 qualified in Emergency ‘Technical Large Animal Rescue’ courses run by WA Horse Council. Her ambition is to be part of a team of qualified volunteers who are well equipped and able to be deployed when needed.
Jenni currently lives in Broome filling her spare time walking on Cable Beach rescuing sea snakes and baby turtles and supporting Kimberley Wild Horses.