Clear Sky Performance Horses (CSPH) is a family owned stud run by the Morrissey family in Western Australia. Since 2013, it has been based in the scenic location of Benger, near Harvey, in the south west of WA. Located 175km south of Perth with access off the South West Highway, our focus is on the breeding, training and all round education of horses in an environment where horse welfare is the prime consideration.
Our training facilities cater for all breeds/disciplines with staff residing on site. The stud stands two quality performance stallions to outside mares as well as offering our own young stock for sale.
Rhys Morrissey is the manager/ head trainer here at Clear Sky Performance Horses. Growing up on a large station in Western Australia, horses were always around and Rhys learnt to ride at the age of 5 years old on his Dad’s old station bred gelding ‘Nibbler’, named for his ability to chew anything and everything. In 2003 Rhys went to Queensland for a year and worked on a station for one of Australia’s largest cattle companies where riding horses for mustering was part of the daily work schedule. He spent hundreds of hours in the saddle that year away, on a variety of horses ranging from exceptionally good through to ‘challenging’. It was also at this time that Rhys got his first taste for the sport of campdrafting and rodeo, both of which he has continued to compete in.
Returning to WA in 2004, Rhys completed a Bachelor of Agriculture – Business and Equine Management degree through Curtin University. Upon completion of his degree he spent time working with some very talented horsemen and while working with them began starting horses under saddle as part of his daily work. This led to him being introduced to the methods of the late Ray Hunt. Rhys was fortunate enough to participate in a Ray Hunt clinic in 2008 and was asked by Ray and his wife Caroline to go to America the following year and spend a month in Texas with other horsemen and women learning each day from Ray.
Many of the CSPH clientele are those wanting starting of horses under saddle which is something that Rhys truly enjoys and has a huge passion for, basing his style on the methods and techniques of Ray Hunt and in later years, Buck Brannaman. No matter the intended future career of the horse, the starting process is always the same. As Rhys often explains to people, ‘I went to school with people who became doctors, plumbers, lawyers and everything in between. While we all specialised more in our chosen fields in our later years of education, we all learnt to read, write and finger paint the same way in pre-primary.’