Meet our friendly and experienced team of instructors

Leanne - Senior Instructor

Leanne was one of the founding members of Arcadia Pony Club when it commenced.  She rode competitively in all disciplines.   In addition to riding to a high level within Pony Club she attained all of her Pony Club Certificates up to the highest, A Certificate.  She was the 10th person in Australia to achieve an A Certificate and the first person in Zone 23 to ever attain such a high level. 

 

Building on these successes she then trained as a Pony Club Instructor to the highest level available at the time – PC NSW Level 2 and spent 10 years coaching at Arcadia Pony Club, four of those as Chief Instructor. 

 

Outside Pony Club Leanne competes in Eventing and judges for dressage and hacking.

 

 She also has over 20 years of primary school teaching experience now holding an Assistant Principal role at a large Sydney Primary School.  She enjoys helping each child be the best they can and have fun with their ponies and one another at Pony Club

Paul - Instructor

Paul is a professional equestrian coach qualified  both as an EA Level 1 Coach as well as Enlightened Equitation (UK) Level III.  

 

Paul is a Pony Club NSW NCAS Coaching Mentor and is responsible for preparing the Arcadia Pony Club NCAS coaches for examination under the Pony Club NSW assessment and examination programme.

 

As well a working with the Arcadia Pony Club coaches as a mentor Paul provides instruction at Arcadia Pony Club for the more experienced members specialising in competition preparation.

 

Paul is a regular competitor in Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing and an experienced Show Jump Course Designer.

Joyce - Instructor

Joyce was a riding member of Pony Club in Tasmania competing in the many and varied disciplines throughout her youth.  Now that her own children are of Pony Club age she has been a member of Arcadia Pony Club for a number of years as a parent and coach.

 

During her teen years as well as Pony Club she worked and trained horses on her parents Arab Stud and competed in Endurance riding.

 

Outside Pony Club she trains carriage horses and competes up to State Level in carriage driving.  She also competes with her horses in Adult Riding Club events such as show jumping and sporting and enjoys trail riding in the local area with her daughters.

Anne - Instructor

Anne joined Pony Club when her daughters were of riding age in 2006.  She has 20 years of horse management and riding experience including competitive dressage. 

 

Her background and equestrian skills include organizing and volunteer roles at competitions including  penciling, marshalling, scoring and judge selection at dressage competitions and Pony Club events

 

Outside coaching at Pony Club and assisting her daughters with their riding Anne is schooling her young dressage horse in preparation for competition.

Lisa - Instructor

Lisa has a long association with Pony Club having been both a coach and administrator for Ryde Pony Club for many years prior to joining Arcadia Pony Club.  

 

Lisa has been riding since age 14 years and has retrained a number of ex-racehorses into successful eventers and dressage schoolmasters.  With her move to the Hills District she is  continuing her competitive riding in dressage as well as training and bringing on  a young horse.

 

In additon to her own riding and coaching she is a regular Dressage and Showjumping Judge for Pony Club events.

Mel - Instructor

Mel has been riding since age 11 and had a rural childhood which involved riding some trained and some not so trained ponies.

 

Her own childhood experience has made Mel keen to ensure our newest members, many of whom are just starting out in riding are given the safest instructional environment possible to build both their confidence and competence. 

 

In addition, Mel has strong horse care and horse management skills and is able to pass this knowledge on to the members in a fun and engaging manner. 

Alison - Instructor

Alison has equestrian experience in NZ, UK and Australia. Her experience includes Hunting as well as competitive show jumping and Eventing. 

 

She has been involved with Pony Club New Zealand as a riding member and Pony Club Australia as a parent and coach. She has been a member of Adult Riding Clubs for the past 20 years and has held committee as well as phase head positions.  She has experience in organization of events, penciling, marshalling and judging.

Helen - Instructor

As a child, Helen was an active member of pony club in the UK.  She also competed to a national level at show jumping (BSJA), competing on ponies and horses up to C grade and small open level on her horse.  She was short listed for the Scottish under 18’s young riders show jumping team in her last year of competitive riding in the UK.

 

Helen has ridden and competed to a high level in Australia.  Most of her competitive experience in Australia was in Eventing and she has completed the Melbourne, Sydney and Scone 1* international three day events.   

 

Helen was previously the treasurer of the Arcadia Pony Club

Celin - Instructor

Celin started riding at age 9 as a horse-mad kid and is still mad for horses today.  She competed extensively in equitation, show jumping and eventing in the USA.  She was lucky enough to be a working student at stud farm where she was mentored in starting young horses.

 

She became involved in Pony Club when her daughter Melia started riding.  Gaining her preliminary instructor qualification was a natural next step.  She also has experience with Riding for the Disabled, as well as pencilling and marshalling at events. She believes all ponies deserve a pat and a carrot after every ride!

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