“My philosophy is that riding is above all a sport to enjoy and my training techniques are tailored to enhance this. After all we do it for the love of horses first and foremost.

Of course the horse comes first, his welfare is paramount, and because of this of no less importance is correct methodical training following classical principals and with no short cuts. I try to teach using correct training principals that are matched to your ability, while maintaining a fun and realistic outlook.

I was fortunate to have had my early training in England, and feel this has given me a strong background in the correct management of performance horses. I feel cross training is essential for all horses and riders. You need a good solid foundation of the basics plus the added versatility of cross training to gain a well rounded education. This cannot be achieved in the dressage arena alone. All my riders are encouraged to do some low level jumping or poles and cavaletti work regardless of their preferred discipline. This coupled with hacking out and work on different terrain makes for a well balanced horse and rider who can then go on to specialise in their chosen discipline.

I also value highly the ongoing training I have received here in Australia. In this sport constant regular training and updating is required. We as a nation are extremely fortunate to have top riders and coaches accessible and affordable to the average rider. I certainly make the most of this training and feel this also benefits my own students. A coach who is coached themselves stays current and enthusiastic" “

Aims and expectations

It is natural for you to have aims and expectations,and these will change as your progress as a rider. Students are encouraged to discuss their needs and set goals to help measure their progress. Communication between coach and student is an important part of the learning process. Whether your aim is competing for the first time, improving your current scores, progressing up to higher levels or simply to improve your riding style and relationship with your horse, all are given as much support and help with communication that is open and honest.


At Maybelle Farm Equestrian Centre we are usually available to teach every day of the week except Sunday.

We offer:

  • Private or group lessons on students own horses in Dressage, jumping and cross country;
  • Weekend ’live-in’ courses. An intensive training weekend with your horse which can be combined with entry to a local competition to add to the experience
  • Training packages including Agistment
  • Warm up and support at competitions
  • Monthly pole/cavaletti training clinics - fun, encouraging and social!
  • Dressage lessons on our school horses - not your typical riding school horses, these are competition horses trained to various levels up to and including Prix St Georges. Not suitable for beginners rather for refining an already basically competent rider.


Clinics for groups and riding clubs can be arranged at Maybelle Farm including bunkhouse accommodation, or at your own venue. Sally has taught for most of the Pony Clubs in the area and clinics can be arranged anywhere in Australia.

Past locations include: Canberra, Sutherland Shire, Central West NSW, Centennial Park Equestrian Centre in Sydney and even as far as Mt Isa in Central Queensland!


Horse Education

From time to time, students may need extra help with the training of their horses. We can help with training and/or campaigning to bring your horse up to the next level or keep him refreshed as you learn the ropes. Training packages, including agistment and lessons, are available for short or long term arrangements and can include help at competitions.


Sally riding J.Merity’s Pride of Branagh at Sydney ODE


Sally with J. Wonsacs Northern Tresco II at Central West Dressage Champs.


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