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Welcome To Riverside Equestrian Centre

Riverside Equestrian Centre is located at Moggill in a park-like setting on the banks of the Brisbane River. At Riverside riders can enjoy the experience of riding in a country atmosphere just a half hour drive from the centre of Brisbane. Riverside offers group and private riding lessons for junior and senior riders. Although the emphasis is on dressage, we teach the basic riding skills required for all horse sports and pleasure riding. Group riding lessons last 45 minutes, although students are encouraged to come a least 30 minutes prior to their lessons, as they can learn to groom and tack up their horses. This training in horsemanship is invaluable for those riders who dream of owning their own horse.
Weekly pupils, who are 10 and over, are invited to come for additional time as helpers once they can groom and saddle a horse and control it at walk, trot and canter. These helpers assist beginner riders groom their horses and also help in the lessons under close supervision by an experienced senior instructor. Helpers also may be given extra riding time in special helper rides. School horses, which are the real schoolmasters, range in size from 17hh warmbloods, down to 11 hh welsh ponies. Riders can also bring their own horses or ponies for group or individual lessons. Lessons are held even when it rains as our riding areas include a small indoor arena, two 20m x 60m sand arenas, one of which has a 10m mirror at one end, and various paddocks with hills and small cross country jumps. For children who want to ride casually we have Saddle Club on the weekends, which involves a half an hour ride as well as a theory lesson to gain basic knowledge about horses. Riverside holds full and half day riding camps during all state school holidays. Jenny Gehrke also offers advanced dressage lessons to selected riders on their own horses.

Meet Our Team

Jenny Gehrke
Jenny GehrkeFEI Dressage Competitor, EFA/NCAS Level II Dressage Coach, Coach Educator and Coach Examiner, B. AG. SCI. (University of Adelaide).
Jenny is one of Queensland’s leading Dressage Riders. She is also an EFA NCAS level 2 Dressage specialist coach, a coach educator and a coach examiner. Jenny and her husband Shane have a son Jason who rides as well. Over the years, Jenny’s students have won at QISEA State championships, State and National Young Rider Championships and Open State Dressage Championships.
Elizabeth (Liz) Macarthur White
Elizabeth (Liz) Macarthur WhiteB.Ag.Eco. (UNE) AHRC/NCAS Level 1
Liz White is the Director of Riverside Equestrian Centre which was set up in 1988 with support from her husband Andrew. Liz still manages Riverside and rides several times a week often with our helpers or to demonstrate a point of balance, or to show the rider how to maintain control over the horse through the use of “balancing and connecting” half halts. She has recently launched her book – Riding The Magic Horse .
Hayley Hillsdon
Hayley HillsdonChief Coach
Hayley is our EA Level 1 (completing her level 2) Chief Instructor here at Riverside. She’s been with us for four years now but previously worked in various riding schools across QLD. Hayley has bought with her, extensive knowledge, professionalism and enthusiasm for her love of horses, coaching and eventing. She is the heart to our close knit community of students and staff here at Riverside. With her fun personality, eagerness to help and strong passion for riding, you’ll be sure not to miss her when your come out for your ride.
Maddy
MaddyCoach
Maddy is one of our Certificate 3 coaches here at Riverside. Maddy first started riding here when she was young and has transformed from a beginner student through to trainee and now a knowledgable and fully qualified coach. She has become a vital part of our weekend and holiday lessons as well as our Saturday Saddle Club. Between her coaching she is also currently studying full time at University.
Lorraine
LorraineSafety Instructor & Maintenance
Lorraine has been with us for quite some time. She is a fully qualified coach who has been working with us part-time helping teach our coaches and students with the basics of riding and horse care. Between lessons, Lorraine will be found keeping Riverside clean and maintaining our horses and equipment.
Libby
LibbyStable Manager
Libby is one of our newest members, starting in September 2017. She has become our Stable Manager and is enjoying every minute. Libby has ridden horses her whole life and has competed in a variety of disciplines including camp drafting, polocrosse and her favourite, hacking. Libby has a lot of experience in working with horses and loves sharing that with us at Riverside.
Debbie
DebbieOffice Administrator
Debbie is our Office Manager, she loves working with computers. She is currently completing her Certificate 4 in book keeping. Debbie has proudly announced she wishes to only commit herself to the office and will leave the stable duties to the rest of the team. Debbie’s sense of humour is one of the many things that makes Riverside a positive environment.
Ava
AvaStable Hand
Ava has been part of the Riverside team since she was 5 years old, and has since become one of our regular staff members. You’ll often see Ava looking after all of our Riverside horses or enjoying a ride on Bandit in her spare time. Ava also studies Secondary Education Full time at University.
Zoë
ZoëCoach/Stable Hand
Zoë has been a Riverside staff member for 5 years now, and has completed her Certificate 111 in Equestrian Coaching. She is now a fully qualified coach and enjoys teaching as well as looking after all the horses and ponies at Riverside. Zoë will be studying Veterinary Technology at University in 2019. She is a valuable member of our team and you will always see her sneaking Jai some carrots.
Annika
AnnikaCoach
Annika has been a member of the Riverside team since January 2017 and is currently completing her EA coaching qualifications. She has been riding and competing in Eventing, Show Jumping and Dressage her whole life. Annika is also studying Geographical Science full time at University whilst coaching on Wednesdays at Riverside.
Harriet
HarrietCoach
Harriet is one of our Certificate 111 coaches here Riverside. She has been a part of our team since 2013, but started riding with us in 2005. Harriet is an important member of our team, as she is extremely enthusiastic and has a very strong work ethic. Harriet’s favourite part about working here is the opportunity to improve the kids (and adults!!!) riding skills in a fun and positive way. You’ll often find Harriet stealing kisses from the ponies noses in her famous straw hat!
Kloe
KloeStable Hand
Kloe has been working here at Riverside for 7 years now. She has completed her Certificates 11 and 111 in Sports Coaching and has finished her Traineeship here in 2017. Kloe is a vital member of our team with a huge amount of knowledge about horses which she has gained from Riverside and her own horses at home. Kloe has a huge work ethic and no job is too big!

 

 

 

 

 

Our Aims & Objectives

  • To provide a beautiful, safe setting with a happy, friendly atmosphere where people of all ages can come to learn to ride and train horses.
  • To train horse riding coaches in all aspects of managing a riding school and competition stables.
  • To provide top standard dressage lessons at all levels from beginner to Grand Prix.
  • To provide full horse care and paddock adjistment for selected clients.
  • To promote and support the equestrian community

Testimonials

Totally Wild - Channel Ten
Network Ten had the pleasure of working with Jenny Gehrke, Liz White and their fabulous team of horse instructors and helpers at Riverside Equestrian Centre for Totally Wild. Over the course of a day, our chosen children were put through their paces, learning horse riding, horse management and participating in team building activities. We were wholly impressed by Riverside Equestrian Centre’s professionalism, manner with the children and teaching prowess. They completely understood the needs of our production and were very organised yet flexible with their schedule. Network Ten even received feedback from parents who all expressed how much their child enjoyed the experience. We can’t recommend Riverside Equestrian Centre enough for all the horse riding and management skills any child would need!
Possum Richards - Senior Riding Instructor HKJC, NCAS Coach, FEI Level 1 Coach, International Event Rider
Zoe R
Harriet E
Anne Staines