PROFILE

PROFILE

Do you need a speaker to empower your people?
My name is Leigh Woodgate and I’m an inspiring, honest goal-orientated public speaker.

Tom Burlinson, who played the lead role in The Man From Snowy River, introduced me in the ABC’s Australian Story, as follows:

“…A fearless horsewoman who grew up just down the road from the Snowy, who beat the men at their own game. They breed them tough in those mountains, and Leigh Woodgate’s experiences have been epic.”

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My name is Leigh Woodgate and I’m an inspiring, honest goal-orientated public speaker.

Tom Burlinson, who played the lead role in The Man From Snowy River, introduced me in the ABC’s Australian Story, as follows:

“…A fearless horsewoman who grew up just down the road from the Snowy, who beat the men at their own game. They breed them tough in those mountains, and Leigh Woodgate’s experiences have been epic.”

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Do your people hesitate at hurdles? Do they struggle to get back on the horse after setbacks?
I might just have the story and the old-fashioned, pigheadedness to help them overcome anything!

Growing up, riding was my life. I was a natural rider and from a young age I developed into a champion; a proud and proficient professional jockey. One race changed all that. I had a horrific fall, broadcast on national TV. With the racing world watching and fearing the worst, I survived. It took me 15 years to repair my shattered body and mind – 15 years of perserverence and dedication – to get back on the horse.

I’ve spent the last 5 years riding track work as well as sharing my story with corporate and community audiences. I’ve harnessed this experience to share my story and inspire audiences around the world.

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I might just have the story and the old-fashioned, pigheadedness to help them overcome anything!

Growing up, riding was my life. I was a natural rider and from a young age I developed into a champion; a proud and proficient professional jockey. One race changed all that. I had a horrific fall, broadcast on national TV. With the racing world watching and fearing the worst, I survived. It took me 15 years to repair my shattered body and mind – 15 years of perserverence and dedication – to get back on the horse.

I’ve spent the last 5 years riding track work as well as sharing my story with corporate and community audiences. I’ve harnessed this experience to share my story and inspire audiences around the world.

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The story of the only woman ever to win the Great Mountain Race at Mansfield  is one of determination.
The accident changed the course of my life forever.

At the 2nd last jump my horse stumbled and fell. The rest of the field was unable to avoid my body on the track. The resultant injuries were almost fatal; hardly a bone in my body was left unbroken.

I lay in a coma for 17 days, then in hospital for 6 months. The whole time I believed passionately that I would ride again. I had to learn how to eat, talk and walk again. Step by step, I strengthened my body and my resolve.

I’ve received great support overcoming profound hurdles. 15 years after my accident, I finally received clearance from doctors to ride again, and I do so professionally 2 mornings a week for the trainer Eric Musgrove. In 2012 I was recognized as the National Jockeys’ Celebration Day Ambassador, and was featured in an episode-long story on Australian Story.

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The accident changed the course of my life forever.

At the 2nd last jump my horse stumbled and fell. The rest of the field was unable to avoid my body on the track. The resultant injuries were almost fatal; hardly a bone in my body was left unbroken.

I lay in a coma for 17 days, then in hospital for 6 months. The whole time I believed passionately that I would ride again. I had to learn how to eat, talk and walk again. Step by step, I strengthened my body and my resolve.

I’ve received great support overcoming profound hurdles. 15 years after my accident, I finally received clearance from doctors to ride again, and I do so professionally 2 mornings a week for the trainer Eric Musgrove. In 2012 I was recognized as the National Jockeys’ Celebration Day Ambassador, and was featured in an episode-long story on Australian Story.

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My will and determination to get back on the horse have got me through daunting adversity, and I know I can inspire others to overcome the obstacles they come up against in their own lives and careers.