Horses have always been a part of Donals life; learning to ride was out of necessity, the way work got done on the remote cattle station that he called home. But it was his hunger to learn more about the true capability of the horse and the opportunity to work with some of the best horse men and women in the world that has made Donal the horseman he is today.
Double Dan Horsemanship offered Donal the opportunity of a lifetime, taking him on as an apprentice and allowing him the chance to travel and work in America. It was this time that led Donal to specialising in liberty and theatrical equine performance.
Donal endeavoured to spend time working with experts in a variety of disciplines and specialities such as liberty, reining, camp drafting, cutting and dressage; this has helped him to develop a well-rounded idea of horsemanship.
Upon returning to Australia, Donal founded Hancock Horsemanship; amongst colt starting and restarting and excelling the education of horses, Donal has been involved in multiple equine entertainment shows, TV appearances, and music videos as well as competing in several colt start and liberty competitions.
Over the past ten years, Donal has continued to further his own knowledge and experiences and has prided himself on becoming the best that he can be, for himself, his clients, and the horses he trains.
ACHIEVEMENTS & COMPETION HISTORY
2017 – TEQ Trainers Challenge: Champion
2019 – NZ Equitana “Way of the Horse”: Team Australia – win
2021 – Cowgirls Gathering Liberty Competition: Champion
2023 – Man from Snowy River Colt Start: competitor