Rob Leach Equine
A solid foundation is the key to success

Rob Leach Story

Rob Leach is a master horse trainer with firm views on how things should be done. His versatility in achievements as a horseman are testament to his belief that a solid foundation is the key to success in any discipline. But it hasn’t been through lack of pure determination and hard work that he has come this far since his humble beginnings in the horse industry.

Rob Leach & Jon Templeteon, Katherine Show 2000.
Rob Leach & Jon Templeton, Katherine Show presentation with Pauline Hansen, 2000.

Raised on a small property near Mansfield, Victoria, Rob competed in Pony Club, mountain racing and campdrafting. His passion for horses, but limited “horse-power,” evoked Rob’s determination to have better horses, igniting a keen interest in training.

Rob left school at age 15 with the idea of becoming a horse trainer, but no idea how to go about it. Fortune intervened and he moved in with Jimmy Mathews to start his working life. He worked for Jimmy and son, Raymond, breaking in thoroughbreds for the track and helping with cattle work.

Rob and Jimmy forged an instant bond and the iconic cattleman was to shape Rob’s life. When he was 18, Jimmy directed Rob to the Northern Territory where he ended up running stockcamps at Newry and Argyle Stations whilst doing their breakers in the wet season.

Full-time breaking was next for Rob, and at 21, he had already broken in over 300 horses for large pastoral companies in the N.T., including CPC, Tejas and Heytesbury.

Rob then enlisted the assistance of Tom Curtain and together they Broke in 60 horses in six weeks at Mt Sanford before Rob took a position managing Welltree Station for his future father-in-law, John Quintana.

Rob Leach and future father-in-law John Quintana, Killarney 2001.
Rob Leach & future father-in-law John Quintana, Killarney 2001.

In 2004, Rob and his wife Lee took a trip to the States where they stayed for the next seven years. Rob became involved in the cow horse industry through his job at the Twissleman Ranch in California, starting and training horses for The Ranch’s annual production sale, specialising in Team Roping, Cutting and Working Cow Horses. He then spent time with NRCHA Champion Jake Gorrell, and started competing in the NRCHA. Straight off the mark, he won a world championship at his debut Limited Open Snaffle-Bit Futurity in Reno, NV, with Pep N Coda Lena, a mare Rob started himself and purchased for a mere $3,000.

Quickly becoming one of the most recognised 2 yo trainers on the west coast, Rob and Lee decided to go out on their own and leased a training facility in Central California where Rob spent the next three years training Reined Cow Horses, averaging 25 client-horses and regularly finalling at the NRCHA aged events.

With California hit hard by the global financial crisis, the couple then decided to move to Texas where Rob ran 2 yo programs for clinician Chris Cox and Cutting Horse Trainer Roger Wagner.

Rob Leach & Pep N Coda Lena
Photo by Primo. Rob Leach & Pep N Coda Lena, Open Limited Snafflebit Futurity Champions

In 2011, Rob, Lee and new son Grant, returned to Australia for family reasons and Rob found work for three years as the trainer and stud manager for SDM Quarter Horses.  During this time, he played an integral role in the purchase of One Time Royalty by SDM. A difficult time then commenced with Lee’s father passing away, followed by the loss also of SDM Owner Susan Marchant.

With time for a change, Rob and Lee moved to Tamworth. Rob took a breaking in contract at Tamarang for Richard Bull, where he had the privilege of starting “Salute,” Richard’s Smart Little Lena cloned stallion, who was an unbroken 8 yo at the time, along with a number of 2 yo’s by him.

He prepared Richard’s three horses for the Landmark Classic Sale, including the Wolf of Wall Street, a 2 yo Conman colt who made $65,000. He immediately liked the Landmark concept and wanted to specialise in preparing quality horses for vendors with a solid foundation for campdrafting, cutting and challenge events.

Rob, Lee & Grant Leach.
Rob, Lee & Grant Leach.

Terry and Chris Hall then entrusted Rob to prepare their Hall’s Stockhorses sale horses the following year and his connection with Landmark has grown from there with the highlight being the presentation of 2 yo stallion, “One Moore Metallic,” in 2017 for the record top sale price of $210,000. In 2018, he presented 11 horses for an average of over $50,000, and topped the sale with another 2 yo stallion, “Yavin Spinacat.”

Again in 2019 Rob presented the sale topper and set another Landmark record 2 yo filly “Yaven Smooth Spin” selling for $230,000

The long term future for Rob is to be competitive and be a better horseman. Over the last few years, he has been able to again fulfil his competitive ambitions through successes in campdrafting and stockman’s challenges. He believes he brings a different dimension to the usual campdraft training programs for young 2, 3 or 4 yo horses due to his reined cow horse background which demands more polish and professionalism.

He has trained many great horses, but is most proud of his mare, Pep N Coda Lena, whom he brought back to Australia with him. Not only has she won multiple NRCHA aged events in the U.S., but has now won open campdrafts, stockman’s challenges, reinings and also the occasional team roping.

Rob and Lee have recently purchased their own property at Attunga, north of  Tamworth, where they are building excellent facilities and already have a large undercover arena, stables and day yards to ensure the welfare of clients’ horses.

The Landmark Classic Sale will continue to be Rob’s main annual focus, while he will keep pursuing selected bigger drafts, stockman’s challenges and cuttings.


Rob has had a very successful show career to date, and is continually getting high caliber horses to compete across a variety of events.   Career highlights include:

  • Set Australian record twice.  Topped 2017 Landmark Classic Sale with 2 yo stallion, trained by Rob, selling for $210K. This record was broken in 2019 when 2 yo filly Yaven Smooth Spin sold for a new record price of $230K.
  • Leading trainer for Landmark Classic Sale with highest averages for last 4 years.
  • 2013 Emerald Ag-Grow Colt-starting Competition
  • 2017 Real Deal Colt-starting Competition (Sydney)

Rob continually achieves in multi disciplines events and has won a multitude of Open, Novice and Maiden drafts since he started campdrafting again in 2015.

Achievements include:


ASHS National Finals with Hazelwood Congressman

  • Phillip Kirkby Memorial Stallion draft winner (89 89)
  • Open – 2nd (91)

AQHA National Show Working Cow Horse

  • Champion with Destiny Too Suen
  • Reserve Champion with Hells Destiny


  • Inaugural Australia’s Greatest Horseman Champion – Shirley Shiney
  • ARBC Classic Challenge Champion – Hells Destiny
  • Australia’s Greatest Horseman Finalist (2nd in the AGR going in to the final)


AQHA Show – Q19

  • Open Working Cow horse – 1st with Shirley Shiney
  • Open Working Cow Horse – Reserve with Smooth Like Cactus
  • Open Working Cow Horse – 5th with Chisa Duck
  • Cattle & Timed Event High-Point Horse – Smooth Like Cactus

Australian Reining Breeders Classic (ARBC), Dalby

  • CLASSIC CHALLENGE – 1st with Shirley Shiney
  • OPEN WORKING COWHORSE – 1st with Shirley Shiney
  • OPEN CAMPDRAFT – 1st with Hazelwood Congressman

ASHS Nationals

  • Stallion Campdraft Winner with Hazelwood Congressman


  • Winner Equitana Reined Cow Horse Masters with Smooth Like Cactus.
  • Warwick Stallion draft winner on Hazelwood Congressman
  • Flinders Classic Challenge & Draft
    • Winner of the Classic on Smooth Like Cactus
    • Winner of the Futurity on Chisa Duck
  • ASHS Nationals Open Campdraft Champion on Hazelwood Congressman (93)
  • Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge – 4th & 5th
  • Winner Toowoomba Landmark Open Draft on Hazelwood Congressman.
  • Winner Q18 Open Cow Horse on 4-year-old Smooth Like Cactus



Winner of 5 out of 8 open campdrafts in 2017 and multiple novice and maiden wins.

  • Warwick Gold Cup Stallion Draft Finalist
  • Condamine Bell Open Draft – 5th
  • NCHA Limited Open Futurity – 4th place on Smooth Like Cactus
  • AQHA Reserve Champion High Point Campdraft Horse
  • AQHA Reserve Champion High Point Performance Horse
  • ARBC Mitsubishi Big Show Team Roping – Top 10 Heeler
  • ASHS Nationals Open Campdraft Champion on Hazelwood Congressman
  • Walcha Golden Gate Open Draft Champion – Pep N Coda Lena

2015 - 2016


  • AQHA Champion High Point Reining Horse
  • AQHA High Point Cow Horse
  • Q-16 Working Cow Horse Champion, Senior Reining Champion, Novice Campdraft (3rd), Team Roping (2nd)
  • ARBC Mitsubishi Big Show Team Roping – Top 10 Heeler
  • Koobah Novice Draft Champion – Hazelwood Congressman
  • Two-Handed Cutting Champion Paradise Lagoons – Pep N Coda Lena
  • Paradise Lagoons Futurity Draft, 3rd – Hazelwood Congressman
  • Grass Hut open Challenge Champion – Pep N Coda Lena
  • Manilla Open Draft Champion


  • Winner Abbey Dynasty Novice Draft on Darma Acres of Passion
  • ARBC Stockman’s Challenge Champion on Pep N Coda Lena
  • ARBC Stockman’s Challenge Reserve Champion on Terminator Whiz

National Reined Cow Horse (US) Highlights

Mulitple NRCHA Futurity Finalist


  • Horseman’s Reunion Participant (Invitation-Only Colt-starting demonstration)


  • SRCHA Intermediate Open Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion (TX)
  • Colors of the Sun Junior Ranch Horse Champion


  • Cow Palace Open Hackamore Champion & Reserve Champion
  • NSHA Limited Open Hackamore Champion (Paso Robles, CA)
  • National Stockhorse Association Year-End Champion Limited Open Hackamore
  • National Stockhorse Association Top Ten Open Hackamore


  • Limited Open Futurity Champion (Reno, NV)

Landmark Sale Averages

2018 Sale:

  • 16 horses sold for a total of $562k
  • Overall average: $35,125k
  • 7 mares averaged $25,285 for a total of $177k
  • 6 stallions averaged $57,166 for a total of $343k
  • 3 geldings averaged $14k for a total of $42k
  • High Seller – YAVEN SPINACAT – $130k

2017 Sale:

Of 10 horses entered:

  • 8 Sold for a total of $434,000
  • Average: $54,250.
  • High Seller – ONE MOORE METALLIC – $210k

Facilities include:

  • Large undercover arena
  • Stables and day yards to ensure the welfare of clients’ horses.
Rob Leach Equine facilities
Photo by Ken Anderson Equine Photography.
Clinics & Training


Rob Leach teaching the foundationsRob’s training program emphasises the importance of building a solid foundation. He believes support, preparation and repetition, in the early stages of training, are all critical in the development of a confident, reliable and disciplined horse.

With a straight-forward approach, Rob discourages resistance while encouraging the horse to seek relief through positive reinforcement. He aims to teach horses to think, instead of react, under pressure.

Consistency, feel and timing are essential elements to his technique and respect is reciprocal. Rob’s goal is to build horses to excel in any discipline with the firm belief that ‘a solid foundation is the key to success.


Rob has conducted clinics and demonstrations in the U.S., Australia and even the Philippines. He has a passion for helping people with their horses and encouraging their success. His clinics specialise in horsemanship fundamentals, cow horse control, cutting foundations and reining manoeuvres.

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Video Gallery



  • ARBC Classic Challenge Wet Work final with winner Hells Destiny.  [View Video]
  • ARBC Australia’s Greatest Horseman.  [View Video]


Enjoy Rob’s interview with Ninety or Nothing Podcast team Paxton Pulford & Kylie Barnett.


  • Australian Reining Breeders Classic (ARBC)
    • Open Challenge Champion with Shirley Shiney.  [View Video]
    • Open campdraft Winner with Hazelwood Congressman.  [View Video]
  • ASHS National Show Stallion draft winner  with Hazelwood Congressman (90).  [View Video]
  • Landmark Stallion draft with Hazelwood Congressman (90).  [View Video]
  • Landmark Classic Rd1 with Smooth Like Cactus (87).  [View Video]


  • Glen Innes Novice A winner with Smooth Like Cactus.  [View Video]
  • Winner Equitana Reined Cow Horse Masters with Smooth Like Cactus.  [View Video]
  • Warwick Stallion draft winner.  Hazelwood Congressman.  [View Video]
  • ASHS National Show Stallion draft winner.  Hazelwood Congressman.
  • Round 2 – 93.  [View Video]
  • Final – 87.  [View Video]

Sale Horses


  • Landmark Classic Sale – Lot 262 – Yaven Smooth Spin. Sold $230,000.  [View Video]


  • Landmark Classic – Lot 283 – Yaven Spinacat – Sold $130,000.  [View Video]


  • Landmark Classic – Lot 413 – One Moore Metallic – Sold $210,000.  [View Video]



2019 Landmark Classic Horse Sale
  • 12 horses sold for a total of $431K
  • Average: $36K
  • High Seller – Yaven Smooth Spin – $230K
Rob Leach Equine 2019 Landmark Classic Sale Horses
Ad by Show Pony Graphics for Australian Campdrafting Magazine.
2020 Nutrien Classic Horse Sale
  • Lot 179 – EBS Bluetoonz on a/o Fiona Caban – P
  • Lot 216 – Chisums Gift (by (RS Chisum) on a/o Richard & Georgia Chugg – $25,000.  [View Video]
  • Lot 219 – Metal As Anything on a/o Maggie Mason – P
  • Lot 310 – Kneipps Destinys Playgirl (by One Moore Playboy) on a/o Atomic PH P/L – $30,000
  • Lot 341 – Girlwiththedragontatto on a/o Lloyd & Carlee Neilsen – $47,500. [View Video]
  • Lot 380 – Hardly Playin on a/o Fiona Caban – $18,000
  • Lot 412 – Ducktallic (o/o Duck Downunder) on a/o Est John Brekelmens – $60,000.  [View Video]
  • Lot 430 – Pink Pumpkin on a/o Rob Leach Equine – $17,000
  • Lot 450 – Bitta Bing Bitta Boon on a/o Wally Rea – $30,000
  • Lot 459 – Yaven Spin Too Suen on a/o John & Jenn Corbett – $24,000
  • Lot 503 – Lynbrook Con This (by Hazelwood Conman) on a/o Richard & Jane Pfingst – $30,000. [View Video]
  • Lot 508 – Rosa Del Rey (by RS Chisum) on a/o Norman Stagg – $28,000.   [View Video]
  • Lot 569 – Yulgilbar Keep The Style on a/o Anneliese Blair – $19,000


Attunga  NSW

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