Our History


Brenda McDonough established the company in 1990 because she saw an opportunity for providing services that were not available or poorly provided in the Australian Equine industry. Initially the business was run on a part time basis until Brenda was able to make it a full time position in 1996.

For the first six years the company offered 2 services, the first was the recruitment agency and the second was the two-day stable management-training course. The course was conducted on a bi-monthly basis and was aimed at applicants who were keen to pursue a career with horses either in Australia or the UK, as a groom.

The major turning point for the company occurred in May 1996 when Brenda bought an around the world air ticket and travelled to four major countries to investigate the possibility of establishing a worldwide network of International Equine Exchange Programs.

From 1996 until the current time TEP has successfully negotiated with 22 international country partners all over the world. These partners market the services of TEP in their own country or region as specified by agreement.

In 2001 Brenda McDonough successfully undertook training as a migration agent.

Brenda's knowledge of the equine industry allowed the company in 2002 to successfully negotiate an agreement with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) recognising them as an approved program under the 416 visas subclass. This allows the company to bring to Australia, visitors for fixed periods to undergo equine training.

Due to the company’s forward planning and focus on internal training and education a number of key employees were put through their Diploma in workplace training and assessment. Since then the company has grown with the migration service, training program and the exchange program being key drivers of that growth. 

The quality of our services have been recognised by other industries, facilitating our diversification into areas such as mining.

17 Aug 2010
TEP (formerly Stablemate) closes its recruitment section and expands the migration section
Our company has operated a recruitment agency for 20 years, commencing business in July 1990. However, since Equine Influenza and the Economic Downturn the recruitment section has declined, so the final decision has been made to shut the recruitment agency.
17 Aug 2010
New salary requirement for 457
From July 1, 2010 the TSMIT (Temporary Sponsored Migration Income Threshold) has been increased from $45,220 to $47,480. The five percent increase is based on the annual seasonally adjusted wage change for all Australians.
17 Aug 2010
New ENS (Employer Nomination Scheme) minimum salary
The minimum salary for applications under ENS has increased from $45,220 to $47,480.
17 Aug 2010
Monitoring and compliance of 457 sponsors
Employers are being monitored much more closely than ever before. Employers continue to receive site visits and phone calls from DIAC officers, sometimes without warning.
17 Aug 2010
Update on visa processing times
457 – Turnaround continues to be inconsistent, however complete sponsorship applications, particularly in Sydney and Parramatta, are being turned around in approximately 4 weeks.