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.
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.
Welcome To Riverside Equestrian Centre
Meet Our Team
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 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 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.
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.
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 is 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. Maddy graduated from Bachelor of Equine Science in 2018 and currently started my Honours in Equine Science.
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.
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.
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.
Debbie is our Office Manager, she loves working with computers. 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.
Jemma has been a students at Riverside for 5 years and have now enrolled in Cert 3 in equestrian coaching. She enjoys spending her weekends with her friends and the horses at Riverside.
Issy is busy completing her Cert 2 in Rural Studies. On the weekends she enjoys riding her horse Eli,playing netball and looking after her sisters.
Sarah has enrolled in Cert 3 Equestrian Coaching. She loves spending her Saturdays and Holidays as a helper at Riverside and her favorite hose is Jai.
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
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
I have known Jenny Gehrke for 10 years. In this time I have been privileged enough to train and watch her both as a coach and a competitor. I did my final training for NCAS Level 1 in 2005 with Jenny and owe her a debt of gratitude for this period. Her diligence, professionalism, knowledge and support to all the candidates at this time was over whelming. I can honestly say that I would not have passed if it had not been for Jenny. On the competition side, I have watched Jenny with admiration. In my time as a professional event rider, I have witnessed many in the competition routine and I am not always impressed. The way she handles her horses, her competition duties and the training of her own students is totally professional. She does all this with a smile on her face as if it is the easiest, most fun thing in the world. To her it is!! Jenny’s horses are always immaculately presented. They are a credit to her training and dedication and to watch her with them, it is apparent that she genuinely loves.. She has a wonderful ability to strike up that essential “partnership” element with any horse she works with. This is particularly evident with APH Magma who, in my opinion, wouldn’t have reached Grand Prix with any other rider. I don’t need to wish Jenny every success as she has all the necessary elements to succeed. She is an absolute hero of mine.
I’ve never ridden at any other riding school, because I have no reason to!! I’ve been riding at Riverside for quite a while now and throughout those years I have gained so much confidence in my riding as well as basic skills. Recently I started a school based trainee ship there and have enjoyed every second of it with the help of the best horses and totally awesome coaches. One of my favourite things about Riverside is the fact that you get involved in all the aspects of riding and caring for horses. You get the opportunity to be a helper and to be thrown straight into the action of grooming and taking up horses, cleaning stables, leading horses, feeding the horses etc. To me Riverside is like my second home. I don’t just ride and work there, I recover there.
I have been at Riverside going on 5 years now! This place is honestly incredible! The friendships I have made both with pupils and the instructors are ones I will keep forever. I love getting up early on weekend mornings to get ready for shows or just a day spent helping as the days spent with everyone are so much fun! The atmosphere at Riverside is just lovely! Everyone is friendly and makes you feel welcome straight away! The knowledge I have gained since starting at the riding school stands me in good stead for the rest of my life! The instructors at Riverside have given me such a large sense of self-worth! I feel at my most appreciated when in their company. Riding and working at Riverside has instilled in me three things that I will take on throughout my whole life, a healthy work ethic, a very high self confidence and an incredibly strong urge to incorporate horses into all aspects of my life!
I joined the riverside community in 1993 at 11yrs old. It was such a positive influence on my child/teenage years where I made great friendships, gained confidence and an invaluable work ethic! 21 yrs on and I’m still part if this amazing place and what they have to offer is better than ever. Do yourself and your kids a favour and come check riverside out. Liz white and the team have developed such a positive environment that will teach your children life skills they won’t learn in school while also having a fabulous time!