Paul Nixon 4 January 1956 - 29 October 2014
Paul was born 4 January 1956. At school Paul was a very popular guy. He was a champion sportsman achieving trophies in Cricket, Tennis and Rugby League. He was a NSW State Schoolboy Rugby League Representative touring QLD undefeated in1971. Paul could have gone on to play first grade rugby league but his passion for horses drew him away. Paul rode horses all his life starting as a young boy with wins in many sporting horse activities. Paul broke in horses from a very young age and was noted for his riding of bucking horses. Paul's passion was for the training of cutting horses, learning the trade from Dave Little one of the old time best who offered Paul his first cutting training position at the age of 24 after Dave seen the unmistakable riding skills that Paul possessed. Paul was then offered a job training cutting horses in Taupo New Zealand by Ed Cowdray after Ed witnessed Paul's talents riding and training cutting horses when on a trip in Australia. Paul took on the position becoming the top trainer in NZ winning many futurities, Derbies and Open events and holding training clinics between 1981 to 1986. Paul also won the first Reining Futurity in NZ judged by Robert Baldwin who had just arrived from the USA reining futurity and Robert announced to the spectators that Paul was equal to the trainers that he had seen over there. Paul returned to Australia in 1986 and due to family commitments was unable to stay in the cutting horse game. After Paul raised his children Paul got back into cutting only in a small way by starting his own horses on the mechanical cow then sending them to be trained due to lack of cattle access. Paul then competed in some competitions. Paul's horse passion then changed to helping people with their horses and developing their horsemanship skills which gave him a lot of pleasure. Paul came into MWWHA in 2009 helping run our events and helping people develop skills with their horses. Paul took the time out for every training day held to better people's horse handling skills on cattle and mechanical cow. Without Paul's help over the years MWWHA would not be where it is today.
Sadly Paul left us 29 October 2014. A great horseman taken too soon.
Rest in piece my friend
A TRUE HORSEMAN DOES NOT LOOK AT THE HORSE WITH HIS EYES, HE LOOKS AT THE HORSE WITH HIS HEART