Sam’s heritage goes back to Ireland, which his ancestors left in 1833 for Australia. In 1928, Sam’s grandfather had the first horse to jump 6 feet at a horse show in Australia. Sam’s mother used to ride six miles roundtrip bareback to school, and Sam’s father was a member of the renowned Australian Light Horse Brigade during World War II. In the late 1940’s, Sam’s parents were instrumental in starting the Pony Club movement in Tamworth, NSW, Australia, which to this day is one of the strongest Pony Club organizations in the world.
Sam progressed through Pony Club and was, amongst other things. the champion Junior rider on the flat at the Sydney Royal Easter Horse Show. He also represented NSW, Australia at the Inter Pacific Horse Trials in Potamac, MD, USA.
Sam won the New South Wales Showjumping Title, the Australian Showjumping Title, and represented Australia in Show Jumping at the Olympic Games. Sam was the leading International Jumper rider in Hannover, Germany and won the German Grand Prix in Dortmund, Germany. He was also the Winner of AIT’s in England, which was donated back to charity. He was second in the richest Grand Prix in the world at the time (Dublin, Ireland). He jumped three clean rounds and was beaten by 1/100 of a second by Raimondo D’Inzeo of Italy on the same day the Americans landed on the moon. He was also a member of Australia's Nations Cup Team.
IN THE STATES
Sam has trained riders and horses for sale in the USA since 1979. His students included Pan American Games Riders, World Cup Jumper Riders, World Championship Event / Olympic Riders, and National Champion Marshall and Sterling Adult Amateur Jumper Riders, most of whom were very successful. He has owned, trained or ridden competively five horses who went to the Olympics to represent four different nations.
Sam and Gai Campbell have owned Outback Farm USA since 1983.Sam's daughter, Gina, and granddaughter, Taylor, also play an intricate part in the day to day activities of the farm, riding and handling most of marketing and advertising for the farm.
If you know Sam, visit the farm or view our website, you may find the occasional Warmblood, Quarter Horse or Paint, but for the past 30 years Outback Farm has taken great pride in their experience and specialization with Thoroughbreds, particularly Off The Track. Long before Thoroughbreds garnered their well-deserved respect in the States, Sam was riding this athletic, smart breed at the big shows and doing well with them. With Sam's good eye and decades long relationships with track trainers, he is able to get the good looking, young TB prospects everyone is searching for. Sam's knowledge and expertise with the breed provides the necessary foundation for these athletes to successfully transition from the track to their next career whether it is as a Hunter/Jumper/Eventer or any other discipline.
Outback Farm USA 7769 Main Street, Bangor, PA 18013 USA