IT'S YOUR STORY
Have an equestrian dream? We'd love to help open that door. No pressure. No judgement. Just professionally schooled horses & professional, supportive coaches.
WHAT WE DO
The Parklands Stables offers quality lessons for horse riders in Berrima, Southern Highlands, NSW. Horse welfare and rider safety is at the centre of everything we do. You'll find us client focused and down to earth.
Our riders join us as members which means fewer hands on our horses and healthier relationships between horses and riders. Choose how often you want to ride and sign up, just like joining the gym. You can dial your membership level up or down as your needs change.
We invite you to be part of our community in the way that works best for you.
You're welcome to enjoy lessons on our horses as part of a group or individually. Our horses can support riders to build skills for general riding, show jumping to 80cm, medium dressage and eventing to novice level.
Our team are professionally schooled and enjoy their work. They give no more than two lessons per day, rest on Mondays and live in paddocks together where they're able to socialise. Read about three of our much loved team below.
We offer lessons for riders who can walk, trot and canter independently through to riders of intermediate level. Lessons are conducted in groups of up to four, with individual lessons for riders working towards specific goals. Riders coming back after a break or loss of confidence are very welcome.
Each rider taking group lessons receives a booklet with learning outcomes for riding, groundwork and horse management. When completed these outcomes unlock the opportunity to participate in a range of enrichment experiences. Our lessons cover the following areas in ways that support riders own goals:
We deliver comprehensive lessons covering all techniques necessary for dressage, jumping, eventing and recreational riding. We also teach riders to school the horses they ride, which is vital for any rider's safety and progress. To live and work successfully with horses, we need to establish positive behaviour through boundaries and a common language. As a rider you need to be an active participant in your horse's training, which must be constant and consistent.
Groundwork is the foundation for many aspects of riding. It helps maintain a stable bond between you and your horse. It also enables you to learn how to be a leader to your horse should challenging situations. arise.
Participating in the management of the horse you ride deepens the bond you share. It's also an opportunity to gain more insight into the horse's nature and physique. Such insights will help you communicate more effectively with the horse and thus grow your partnership.
OUR ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
Our enrichment program for Members will begin in June 2022. There'll be regular opportunities to ride local trails, ride at the beach, in shows, and fun competitions. We'll also offer a range of clinics and workshops to enrich our members learning including biomechanics for riders, workshops on how to fall, dressage and jumping clinics
Membership based riding schools are not as common in Australia as they are in other countries. We chose this model because it enables us to keep the integrity and quality of our brand. Here's how:
1. Our group lessons are fun and effective because Members attend regularly.
2. Our horses spend enough time with each Member to become engaged, active partners in every riders learning
3. Our horses are never put under pressure or over worked because of the continuity the Membership model provides.
4. Memberships enable us to invest in a connected community of riders and offer an enriched learning and social
HOW OFTEN DO I HAVE TO RIDE?
The minimum Membership is one lesson per week, however you're welcome to ride as many times as you like.
HOW OFTEN DO I PAY AND CAN I CANCEL?
Membership payments are monthly, just like your gym fees. Services attached to a Membership can be increased where there is availability (if not we'll wait list you) or decreased or terminated with 4 weeks notice.
Fees are paid monthly.
Prices are GST inclusive.
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ON OUR HORSES
Weekly 2 hour group lesson
Weekly 1 hour individual lesson
ON YOUR HORSE
Weekly 2 hour group lesson
Weekly 1 hour individual lesson
We ride on a professional 60 x 20m dressage arena set among trees .
COVERED ROUND YARD
Our all weather round yard supports beginners through to advanced students to progress their riding technique safely.
CROSS COUNTRY JUMPS
Our small selection of cross country jumps afford the opportunity for our riders to prepare for fun eventing competitions up to 60cm.
Our first order of Jump 4
Joy jumps has arrived! Our second order is due in July.
Our selection of show jumps prepares our riders for competitions up to 80 cm. We only use FEI Safety Cups.
NATALIE INNES Head Riding Coach
Natalie’ is an NCAS Level 1 qualified coach. She completed all 3 levels of the British Horse Society Qualifications in horse management, riding and coaching and is a BHS Accredited Professional Coach .
Since arriving in Australia Natalie has been undertaking Australian equivalent qualifications and to date has attained Equestrian Australia Introductory and Level 1 Rider, Coach and Management Certificates and Level 2 Rider. She is currently completing EA Level 2 Management and Coaching.
Her equestrian experience includes showing, show jumping, dressage and her passion, eventing. She competed extensively in the United Kingdom.
As a coach Natalie's strengths lie in matching horses and riders, building rider confidence and her willingness to be flexible in the ways she supports riders to achieve their goals. Her passion for equestrian sports inspires everyone she teaches.
JACQUELINE COSGROVE Managing Director
Jacqueline's passion is the creation of sustainable business models that facilitate innovation and community building.
Through The Parklands Stables she hopes to challenge existing equestrian business models to offer safe experiences that align with the needs of communities today. Jacqueline is committed to the integrity of this model and to ensuring that our members get the quality service they deserve every time they visit us.
With thirty years experience in media, education and business development, Jacqueline brings a wealth of experience to The Parklands Stables team.