November 3, 2015

Continuing on from last weeks post which featured some great tips from riding coach Christine Johnson, this post we will focus on riding schools, coaches, local clubs and also details for the first ever Equine Lifestyle Festival held at the Hawkesbury Showground.

Schools and coaches

Johnson Equestrian Centre, Nelson

Lessons and school holiday camps for students of all ages and abilities, including coaching for competition. Also offers boarding facilities.
Contact Christine on 0412 405 079 or George on 0431 212 661, or see for more infomation.

Peter Haynes, North Richmond
Peter teaches all age groups, specialising in confidence for those returning to riding after an injury.
Contact Peter on 0417 653 371 or for more information.

Gillian Rogers-Cunneen
Gillian offers training in dressage, hacking and flatwork, for beginner to advanced riders, and can travel to your home. She also provides training for horses. Contact Gillian on 0411 485 145 for more infomation.

Glenworth Valley
Glenworth Valley’s riding camps give riders aged 5-18 a taste of what it is like to own their own horse. Camps cater for complete beginners through to advanced pony club riders, and include grooming, saddling and ground control as well as riding.
Call 02 4375 1222, or see for more information.

Local Clubs

Woodlands Park Pony Club
Sackville and King Road, Wilberforce. Activities include dressage, show jumping, cross country, mounted games, polocrosse and sporting.
See for more information.

The Vines Pony Club
Corner of Wolseley Road and Old Stock Route Road, Oakville. Meets for rally days on the first and third Sunday of the month. Potential members are always welcome. Offers camps, cross country, dressage and jumping. For more information, see

Hawkesbury Valley Pony Club
Boundary Reserve, Boundary Road, Glossodia. Meets on the first and third Sundays of the month. Visitors are welcome on rally days to see the grounds in action. Activities include polocrosse, horsemanship, dressage, jumping and mounted games.
See for more details.

Hills District Pony Club
Lot 224 Gilbert Road, Castle Hill. Meets for rally days on the first and third Sunday of the month. All levels of riders are welcome. Caters for all disciplines, including eventing, dressage, jumping, sporting and mounted games.
For more information, see

Hawkesbury Riding Club
Gate 5, Hawkesbury Showground, Clarendon. Meets on the second and fourth Sundays of every month for training days. Riders are placed into one of nine different groups based on their experience and discipline – dressage or jumping. Also hosts regular competitions, trivia nights and other family events.
For more information, see

Save the date

Equine Lifestyle Festival
13 – 15 November

Mark your diary – the first ever Equine Lifestyle Festival is coming to the Hawkesbury Showground.

With competitions spanning dressage, jumping, campdrafting and team sports, it’s a fun day out for all the family. Even the not-so-horse-inclined can enjoy musical performances, cooking demonstrations, leather working displays and food stalls.

The Festival will be held at the Hawkesbury Showground. Tickets start from $22 for adults, $8 for children and $52 for families. The event is organised by EQUITANA Australia and the New Zealand Farmlands Horse of the Year Show.

See for details.


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