Richard grew up in the Snowy Mountains and southern NSW, training in farm management, and as a farrier specialising in remedial shoeing. He spent nearly 38 years in the Kimberley in Western Australia’s far north, working with horses on remote stations, in the mining industry, and in the tourism industry, taking passengers through the Horizontal Waterfalls and as a naturalist on Kimberley charter boats, showing guests the wonders of the Kimberley coast. Together, Richard and Annabelle ran Kimberley Whale Watching, taking passengers on whale watching and wildlife trips up the Kimberley coast, to gather data for citizen science projects.
Richard has a passion for exploring wilderness, and is a talented photographer and film-maker, filming and producing two wilderness and wildlife documentaries, “The Kimberley’s Wildwater Country” and “Birds of Paradise”.
In 2015 Richard and Annabelle moved to Tasmania, where Richard is working again as a specialist farrier, after cooking delicious hot breakfasts for our guests.
Annabelle grew up in Sydney, and trained in Fine Arts at Sydney University and Plant and Wildlife Illustration at the University of Newcastle. After uni she worked as an auctioneer and valuer at Lawsons in Sydney, before moving to The Kimberley, where she ran Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge on the Gibb River Road, catering to up to 30 overnight guests and cooking for fly-in visitors on daily scenic flights. After Mt Hart she worked in the pearl industry in Broome, and together with Richard ran Kimberley Media, specialising in stock photography of the Kimberley, and Kimberley Whale Watching.
Annabelle and Richard moved to The Racecourse Inn in 2015 and have enjoyed exploring this beautiful state. With a background in hospitality and tourism, and a longstanding fascination with Georgian architecture, Annabelle delights in welcoming guests to The Racecourse Inn, and in her spare time paints watercolours and oils of native flora, wildlife and domestic animals. She has exhibited in Sydney, Melbourne and Broome, and is also a keen photographer.
Pippin the Tasmanian Smithfield Collie is our resident class clown. Pippin’s jobs include collecting the newspapers, bringing wood in for the fire, meeting and greeting guests, and chook and sheep wrangling. Pippin LOVES people and is quite partial to having her ears stroked. She also loves walks, swimming in winter, exploring the countryside and rides in the car with her family. She has serious addiction to Schmakos and Anzac biscuits.
Delphine, our beautiful little black smoke cat is CEO , housekeeping and barnyard supervisor, and guest relations manager. In semi-retirement, she has a very relaxed approach to management, preferring to supervise from a spot beside the fire. Delphine and Pippin, her deputy, have an interesting working relationship. She has a desperate addiction to prawns.
Stormy and Dolly are Border Leicester, Corriedale, Dorper cross sheep. Their only jobs are to keep the grass down and be cuddled. Stormy has a passion for food (especially chook grain and apples), and loves a scratch behind the ears.
Dolly, Stormy’s sister, is a lovely gentle soul, who also loves a good ear scratch. Dolly and Storm winter with their friends, the Wiltipols, on a historic farm near Evandale.