At Riverside we promote intuitive learning, and aim to create a positive atmosphere where people feel confident developing new skills.
We hope to inspire our riders to develop compassion and to be thoughtful, honest and caring towards not only our horses but to other riders. We aim to produce not only good riders, but thoughtful, conscientious and responsible students with initiative and drive. We create a positive environment where students can forge friendships and connection with a broader community of like minded people. Aside from riding lessons, Riverside offers many different opportunities for riders to gain more experience and knowledge in all aspects of riding and equestrian life. Our helper program at Riverside is designed not only to encourage our older riders to develop their skills as riders and handlers, but to develop personal skills and friendships. Our riders aged 10 years and older are encouraged to come along and help on any other day. This can include leading younger riders, helping tack and untack, groom, clean stables, mixing feeds and feeding horses. We feel these are vital skills to learn along with riding, for anyone wanting to possibly own their own horse in the future. Helpers are also encouraged to ride in our supervised “helper rides”, which gives riders an opportunity to practice skills learnt in lessons. Riverside also offers placement positions for school based trainees to study and obtain a certificate 111 in Sports Coaching. These places are limited to pupils at Riverside who have shown enthusiasm and a sound work ethic here in the past. The Cert 111 qualification is recognized Australia wide which gives graduating students an opportunity to boost their horse and coaching knowledge, opening doors at both university and in the Equestrian industry. A number of our students have also been given the opportunity to take part in our Riverside Equestrian Centre competition team, on our school horses. Along with our coaches, several of our students have taken part in both dressage and show horse competitions over the last 2 years. This team gives many of our students the chance to experience all levels riding, and also gives us an opportunity to expose our riders to all levels of riding outside the school. Helpers are also encouraged to come along with the Riverside coaches to EA level shows as “strappers” to gain knowledge and experience of both riding and competing at a higher level.