HORSE AND RIDER TRAINING
All training is conducted under approved protocols to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission. Your contact details will be recorded in case contact tracing is required.
We request that anyone feeling unwell DOES NOT attend any training.
A combination of years of experience in both Australia and NZ has become the cornerstone of how we train our horses.
It’s a team experience. Karen focuses on the foundation for training, Keith focuses on the energy forward for training in many categories, including cattle events.
Keith has spent many years in western riding, playing polocrosse, hunting and jumping and campdrafting in Australia. He has trained all his own horses from newcomers and taking them on to open competition horses.
Karen has spent just as long learning the craft of dressage and was extremely fortunate to have had six years of coaching in Australia with a respected Victorian coach.
Other fields are western riding, Australian Stock Horse competition and many years teaching at Pony Clubs.
Karen has trained all her own horses to Royal level in Australia, and prepared yearlings for sales at Tamworth.
Karen is also a qualified Australian Stock Horse judge.
'Everyone was so happy with the day you ran for us... they all want you back!'
'At our last Committee we discussed how great the training days with you both are going and how the progression of your program is going so well.'
'I came away with more tools and confidence.'
-- RWRC training day
Our Training Methods
Our own training has been significantly influenced by Ian Francis (Australia). We do not use artificial aids to train, we do not use any other trainers’ methods, we do not ask riders - or their horses - to do more than they are comfortable doing.
What we teach riders is to ask for and receive respect from their horses in a kind and firm way, to achieve the most natural outcome for the partnership; trust, respect and obedience from the horse.