The Dressage Arena Marker Announcer idea was originally brought forward by Sue-Ellen Lovett . It has been Designed and Developed by Andrew Burfitt from Uneek LEDs and Bec Griffin.
From humble beginnings growing up on a farm near Mudgee, two time Paralympian, Sue -Ellen Lovett, had visions of representing her country. She knew what she needed to do, and how she needed to go about doing it. The journey however, turned out to be more incredible than even she imagined. Along the way, Sue-Ellen has been involved in raising millions of dollars for Australian organisations, and has inspired and motivated others by what she has achieved.
Since the highs of the representing Australia at the Sydney Paralympics, Sue-Ellen has turned her focus to able bodied competition, while at the same time coaching and mentoring successful junior riders.
A string of top horses and accomplishments at the highest national levels are testament to Sue-Ellens’ drive, focus and determination to make her dreams a reality.
Sue-Ellens’ ability to energise others has seen her travel the country for speaking engagements and demonstrations.
“if I can just help one person achieve their potential then it is all worth it…”
Some of Sue-Ellen’s many remarkable achievements include;
Nine long distance horse rides covering 16 000 km and raising over $3million for organisations such as Guide Dogs NSW, the Sydney Paralympic Organising Committee, Riding for the Disabled, the Childrens’ Cancer Unit and the Lions’ Save Sight Project (Australia).
- 1996 Representing Australia at the Atlanta Paralympics
- 1999 Represented Australia in Danmark World Dressage championships for riders with a disability. Ranked 3rd and 4th in the world and a member of the Australian Bronze medal team
- 1995-2000 National RDA Grade 4 Champion
- 2000 Represented Australia at the Sydney Paralympics, placing 5th Freestyle to Music and 6th in the Championship event
- 2009-12 Qualified Sydney CDI at FEI Level. Australias’ highest level competition
- 2013 Qualified Sydney CDI at Advanced Level.
- Level 1 Specialist Dressage Coach, coaching two Junior riders to National Level and one adult to FEI Level.
- Sue-Ellen has been recognised publicly for many of her community involvements. The list is long, however the more memorable moments include;
- 1991 Nominated as “Australian of the Year” for her outstanding achievements in fundraising and community work
- 1996-2000 Director, Sydney Paralympic Organising Committee
- 2000 Awarded Life membership of Equestrian Australia
- 2000 Ministerial Sports Awarrd for outstanding achievement in Paralympic Equestrian Sports
- 2000 Australian Sports Medal awarded by the Queen
Bec has had a lifelong love and passion for all things equine. She has been riding since a very early age progressing throughout the years from pony club through to state and national level, competing around the countryside with too many highlights to mention.
As a competitive eventer and showjumper she has passed on her jumping passion to her daughter Tayor, who is a dedicated Victorian squad showjump rider. Her communication skills bring out the best in both horse and riders throughout the various stages of training and goal setting. Rebecca’s Psychology background specialising in Sport, particularly equestrian, daily assists in the overall complexities that we all face in our riding pursuits. Regular competitions, particularly in the field of showjumping and training young horses, keeps Rebecca up to date with the exciting sport of equestrian and all it has to offer. She is an NCAS L1 G coach and has completed the horsemanship/dressage riding component towards her Full NCAS L2 Dr coaching certificate. Rebecca also has a Diploma of Performance Horse Management and Degree – Sports Psychology Background, her passion for the equestrian industry and sharing equestrian skills is enormous.
Being a mother to two beautiful girls and wife to Wayne Lording will always take priority for Rebecca, however her lifelong pursuit of training, experience and knowledge of all things equine have created a burning desire to put back into the equestrian world.
Along with coaching and training of horse and riders at Elite Equestrian Academy, run by both herself and daughter Tayor, Rebecca works in the family equestrian business “Lording Estate “, helping in all aspects of the business, from building and erecting stables, arena lighting etc to the bookwork.
Andrew has been working in the Electronic Engineering field for the last 20 years. He started his career in Avionics working on Aircraft Communication systems.
Andrew performed workshop repairs down to component level on all avionic equipment and later in his Career performed installations in Aircraft as well.
Andrew then moved across into Healthcare where he worked as a Service Engineer on both Research and Pathology Instruments used to diagnose illness and improve patient health. He specialized in high end Automation products as well as being a certified instructor running training courses for local and international engineers.
In 2013 Andrew started Uneek LEDs.
During a family camping trip Andrew identified a real lack of quality LED products on the market so decided to start making his own. Using his Engineering background he was
able to design and develop a range of LED lighting solutions that quickly became
A few years down the track Uneek LEDs is now leading the way in Smart Solar LED
solutions for the Outdoors.
Uneek LEDs Specialize in Solar LED Flood Lighting for Horse Arenas, Round Yards, Cattle Yards as well as Solar LED lighting for Horse Stables, Barns and Shipping Containers to name just a few.
Uneek LEDs are also able to customize a lighting solution depending on the needs of their customers.
In Early 2017 Uneek LEDs was asked to design and develop another special project that we call the DAMA. Working closely with Sue-Allen Lovett and the team from Lording Estate the DAMA was born.
This is just the start of an exciting new range of products that are on the way from Uneek LEDs.