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 for two hours rather than just the 45 minutes of riding time, as riders are taught to catch, saddle and care for their horses in addition to riding. 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 school, 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 Bridle Club and Saddle Club on the weekends. Riverside holds full and half day riding camps during all state school holidays. Jenny Gehrke 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.
Liz Macarthur White
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. Currently painting watercolour pictures of horses and riders for illustrating the books she is writing on horse psychology.
Hayley Hillsdon
Hayley HillsdonChief Coach
Hayley is our EA Level 1 (staring 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 passion for riding, you’ll be sure not to miss her when your come out for your ride.
Cathy
CathyCoach
Cathy is a qualified EA Level 1 (General) coach with a special interest in coaching nervous students and riders with a disability. She did all her coach training with Jenny Gherke at Riverside Equestrian Centre(more years ago than she wants to admit to). Cathy has over 10 years experience coaching riders with a disability at the McIntyre Centre. Outside coaching, Cathy’s interest are competing with her own horses, organising the State Dressage Championships and for a change of pace, breeding fancy goldfish.
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 full 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
LorraineAssistant Coach & Maintenance
Lorraine has been with us for a while now. She is a fully qualified coach who has been working with us part-time helping teach our coaches and students with the basics or 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 one of our two Stable Managers and is enjoying every minute. Libby has ridden horses her whole life and has competed in a variety of disciplines including camp drafting, polo crosse and her favourite, showing.
Katie
KatieStable Manager
Katie is one of our newest returning members after a few years. She brings with her, expertise in running an online business and we are looking forward to her input in Riverside’s online presence. She has become one of our two Stable Managers. Katie is a competitive show jumper who has also starter her intro coaching to allow herself to teach other with the same passion for riding.
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 t 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.
Trainee's
Trainee'sCoaches in training
Riverside participates in the training of school based apprenticeships. The students partake in Certificate 3 in Sport Coaching (Equestrian). Our current trainees are Ella, Kloe and Zoe. As well as being valued trainees, they also volunteer their weekends and holidays to help with lessons, holiday camps and saddle club Saturdays.

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