We love our team of school horses and ponies, each and every one of them get treated like all of our performance horses, whether that be the competition horses, the racehorses or the old retirees.
Their job is unique and incredibly special- “To teach humans how to ride”, we are very privileged that they help us to do this.
We hope you have enjoy this insight into our little group and hope we meet you soon for a lesson or two.
Vegemite is the smallest member of our team, standing at 11.2h, he is a black gelding, born in 2000 who is quite the character. He has recently joined us after the riding school that he was in closed.
He is perfect for our youngest riders, up to 6 years. Vegemite is super for the lunge lessons and also great once the riders develop their skills to be ridden independently both in a group and by himself.
Santa is a 12.2hh flashy chestnut little man with a lovely blaze and cream socks. He was born in 1994, and although he may sound old he is young at heart. On loan to us from a longstanding client, he has been thoroughly loved and enjoyed for 15 years by all of her daughters. He is a good fit for riders that feel that they need a well-educated pony to extend their knowledge. He went to Grade 3 Pony club and competed up to State Champs for Jumping and Dressage. He is a forward moving, kind little lad that appreciates light hands and instruction from his rider. Ideal for our confident but petite riders.
Mostly called Roxie, she is a 13.1hh pocket rocket, Roxie is a grey mare, born 2006.
We love our Rox, as you never not know what is going on in her mind. Leanne met Roxie many years ago now when a client was looking for a bigger pony for their daughter. At the time she was quite young and spent many years training her through the Pony Club levels up to Grade 3 dressage and Grade 4 eventing,
When it was time for Roxie to move on, selling was not an option so into our school she came. She is perfect for our more experienced riders riding independently but is also perfect for us to give our lunge lessons on.
Hermione is the matriarch of our pony paddock, she is a 14hh bay mare, born 1996.
Hermione came to us from a client after the children had grown too large for her. She has done many years Pony Club, up to and including Grade 3 dressage and eventing.
She is a wonderful asset to the school, teaching our beginner children right through to our more experienced. No child is ever disappointed with their lesson on Hermione
Stormy, how do we describe our Stormy, the only word that immediately comes to mind is PERFECT. He is a 15hh, bay gelding who is Clydesdale x Stock Horse and born 2006.
He came to us from a long-time client who was having a sea change up North and wanted him to come and finish off his career in our school. How lucky we are. 😊
Stormy has competed up to and including Grade 2 dressage and Grade 3 eventing. He has trained many of the lateral movements such as shoulder in, travers, renvers and half pass. He is competent at counter canter but does feel that riders should be capable of asking these things of him.
Being of a medium size Stormy aids us in the development of the older kids plus the smaller adults, and he has this wonderful temperament where he can work with beginner riders plus the more advanced.
Billy joined the Avoca Park school early 2021. He belongs to a beloved client who didnt want him going to waste in the paddock. With his kind and quiet temperament they believed he could be an asset to us and he has turned into a little rockstar. Born in 2008, he is a Clydie cross gelding. He loves company and adores getting cuddles and pats.
Felix is a newer member to our team, he is a 16hh warmblood gelding, born in 2007. He is a lovely gentleman who is suited well to our intermediate riders. Prior to his time with us he had had extensive Dressage training and carries this into his lessons now. Felix is patient, kind and wants to please, he is easy to get along with in every manner.
We just LOVE having him part of our team!!!
More photos coming soon!!!
Born at Avoca Park, she was named Louise on sight. She is a 17.2hh, brown mare, ¼ Clydesdale x ¾ TB and born 1996.
Louise was born to compete and that she did. Leanne and Louise were unstoppable for many years competing in State and National Dressage championships from all levels from Preliminary to FEI.
She was a success story right from the word go, winning many Championships. Louise was retired from competition in 2008 and in 2010 she had her one and only foal, Delilah. In 2011 she became part of our school to aid in the development of our more advanced riders. Being a sensitive mare, she teaches our students how to ride lightly.
Louise’s half-brother on her sire side was Avoca Black Saint, a Champion Grand Prix horse whilst partnering Leanne in their competition career. Winning many Championships, competing at State and National Level and being on the Australian Team in the World Dressage Challenge in 2000.
Sweet Holly came from one of our wonderful clients. After building her confidence back up with Avoca Park horses and now confidentaly excelling in riding her own horse now, Bel knew the importance of a large, kind and gentle mare so when we lost our beloved Oke to colic she saw we were at a loss of how it would ever be possible to find anything as grand as our Oke to take up the adult riders for our riding school.
Bel asked us if we would be interested in using her clydie cross mare Holly who had been given to her and her husband as a wedding gift. Unfortunately due to life circumstances such as injuries, having children and work… Holly turned into the most glorious of lawn ornements. With the kindest nature, she had a forever home but seeing our predicament Bel asked us if we would like to see how Holly would go.
Her experience in life has been used as a safe trail ride horse. However after having an 8 year holiday, she came to Avoca Park not knowing what an arena is. She has had 3 months training with Leanne and her apprentice Shannon and we are proud to launch her into our riding school.
Edoras Jazmine or Jazmine for short, is wonderful addition to our school horse team, she is a Dutch Warmblood born in 2004, who stands at 17.3hh.
Jaz has spent her whole life training dressage prior to being retired from official competition in 2019 to have a foal. On retirement she was a small tour champion having travelled extensively through NSW and into Queensland. Winning and placing in all competitions she was presented in with wonderful percentages.
We will be presenting Jazmine to aid riders in developing the feel for the higher level exercises, inclusive of the sideways movements such as shoulder in, traver, renver & half pass. She will also aid riders in the feel for walk/canter, canter/walk, counter canter and flying changes.
Jazmine will be able to give our riders a feel for piaffe and some passage also.
Riders wanting to experience some lessons on Jaz will need to have a minimum of Elementary or Grade 2 HRCAV / PCAV riding experience. We would like to remind riders that the higher level movements are very personal and based on the relationship between horse and rider, to do them well and with feel takes time, and then the experience is priceless. All riders wishing to ride Jaz will need an assessment lesson on Louise prior.