To our valued members of the Riverside community,

Thank you so much for all of your lovely letters, flowers and messages of condolences on the passing of my beautiful mum, Liz White. It is comforting to know how many lives that she touched and enhanced during her 80 years. Mum and dad ran Riverside with passion and enthusiasm and together with our lovely staff and clients have built the centre in the wonderful place that it is today.

I co-founded the riding school with mum in 1990 and we ran the riding school together for 15 years. In 2005 I took a slight change in direction to focus on my own riding and competing and coach elite dressage riders. This is something that I wish to continue to pursue outside of my role as director of Riverside.

Since my dad, Andrew passed away in March I have been working behind the scenes to catch up on some areas of the business that had got left behind due to my parent’s failing health. There has been a lot of work for both Debbie (our office manager) and myself and I am so grateful to the Riverside coaches who have kept the standard of coaching and horse care to the highest level and guided the riding school through a very difficult time.

My career as a dressage coach and competitor involves a lot of travel. Due to covid I have had the time at home to care for mum and also to assess the viability of the riding school going forward as since dad passed away, I became a director. As the travel restrictions ease my time away will increase so with this in mind, I have asked Jo Street to take on the role of Manager of Riverside. Jo and our team of staff are like minded and share the passion for horses, coaching and Riverside.

I would like to take this opportunity to reassure you all that Riverside is going to continue to operate and will continue to be a place where dreams are made and realised. We are committed to upholding Mrs White’s ideals and standards, promoting a love of all things to do with horses and providing a positive and safe learning environment for coaching and riding students alike.

Covid has affected us all and has resulted in increased costs for the riding school. Over the last months it has become apparent that like other riding schools, we will have to make some changes including some changes to lesson structures and fees to make sure that the riding school stays financially viable in order to keep the gates open for generations of riders in the future.

Thank you for your understanding and for being a part of the Riverside community.
Jenny Gehrke
B. AG. Sci.
Managing Director Riverside Equestrian Centre EA level 1 General Coach
EA Level 2 Dressage specialist coach
Coach Educator

Pictured below is Jenny riding her’s and Rose Deo’s beautiful horse Senator.