australia’s national treasure & ambassador of the outback
Aired January 11, 2019
Guy McLean was born in, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, the youngest of five strapping boys in an inner city suburb, thousands of miles from where and who he is today.
Guy often jokes that if his family stayed in Melbourne, he would have been a very ordinary footballer and he is forever thankful that, as a one-year-old, his family packed up all their belongings to start a brand-new life in the country. They moved to Hervey Bay, Queensland, where they purchased a 1600-acre property and, over the next two, years formed Susan River Homestead Holiday Ranch resort. It was here on the banks of the lazy Susan River that Guy sat on his first horse as a 16-month-old.
Guy truly believes that the best tools in horsemanship are Knowledge, Compassion, Patience, and Imagination. Since 1999, Guy and his equine team (led by Nugget for 12 years) performed all over Australia at every major equine event or agricultural show. In 2002 and 2006 Guy received the great honor of being named an official Ambassador of the Outback and, through his performances of Horsemanship, Bush poetry, and whip cracking, he has helped to keep the traditions of the bush and the true Aussie Stockman, alive.
In 2005, Guy was the inaugural winner of Equitana’s “Way of the Horse” young horse starting competition and it was the methods he learned in the Queensland bush that brought him victory.
Guy and his horses have achieved national acclaim in Australia over the past 15 years and his talented horses (especially Nugget) have had their names chanted in front of 20,000 people at Royal shows such as Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide, as well as Guy’s favorite: The Brisbane Ekka, where for the last nine years, Guy and his team have performed in front of well over a million people.
Guy has been acclaimed by his fans and Australian dignitaries alike as a National Treasure and Living Legend, and although this humble Australian still blushes at such remarks, it is the kind words and stories of inspiration that keep him in the frame of mind to succeed and continue to spread his message.
Now an international sensation, Guy makes his base in the United States… although his beloved homeland of Australia is where his heart resides.