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 HillsdonCheif 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
Hayley Hillsdon
Hayley HillsdonTrainer
Hayley Hillsdon is a level 1 coach who joined the Riverside team as a coach in 2013. Hayley has previously worked at various riding centers around QLD and was able to bring to us expertise and enthusiasm as well as a love for jumping and eventing. Hayley’s role at Riverside not only includes coaching private and group lessons, but also looking after the welfare of our horses. 
 

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
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