Meet #TeamGP : Brittany Heycox

At Gooromon Park, we love our team of instructors and stablehands. Every member of #TeamGP is passionate about equestrian, is highly skilled, and absolutely loves supporting you on your riding journey.

We’ll be introducing you to the team through our blog – today, meet Brittany Heycox!

20561703_1617317081632542_509062747_nWhen did you first start horse riding?

I first got sat on a horse when I was about 4 and from that moment I loved it! So when I turned 6 I started horse riding lessons at GP and now 12 years on I’m still apart of the GP team and I love it!

What’s one thing you love about working at Gooromon Park?

One of my favourite things about working at GP is the environment everyone is so kind and caring! The staff are all so amazing and the clients are so lovely and everyone really makes it a great environment to work in! 

Who is your favourite GP horse/pony?

Well, I love all our GP horses and ponies but if I had to pick a favourite it would be Zep my favourite pony and Jamokea my favourite horse!

What music gets you motivated for the day?

Something that is loud and I can dance and sing along to always gets me motivated for the day!

What do you feel is your best attribute that you bring to #TeamGP? 

I’d say my best attribute would be my hardworking attitude and my motivation to get the job done right.

What is something special about you most people don’t know?

I am the youngest sibling of 7, 4 brothers and 2 sisters!

What is one of your fondest horse riding memories?

I have many wonderful horse riding memories, but one of my fondest would have to be when I got my first horse – although I didn’t get as much time with him as I would’ve liked he was still a great first horse!

20561768_1617317091632541_1101202863_nWhat’s one thing you’d like to achieve in your riding or coaching in the next year?

In my coaching I wold like to become more confident and with my riding I want to keep progressing with my little three year old and maybe take her on her first outing.

What’s one tip or insight you’ve learnt on your horsey journey that you’d like to share?

There is a quote I like and I like it because it teaches you that when you fall you must get back up, because falling is all apart of riding.

It is not enough for a person to know how to ride, they must know how to fall.”

List three great qualities you admire in a GREAT coach?

I think a great coach is someone who motivates you to be the best you can be, someone who is patient and someone who is honest.

Meet #TeamGP : Amanda Clark

At Gooromon Park, we love our team of instructors and stablehands. Every member of #TeamGP is passionate about equestrian, is highly skilled, and absolutely loves supporting you on your riding journey.

We’ll be introducing you to the team through our blog – today, meet Business Manager and instructor, Amanda Clark!

17966580_1483659421709351_6228262274402828434_oWhen did you first start horse riding?

I  started horse riding when I was about 7 at Fassifern Equestrian Centre out near what is now Dunlop.

What’s one thing you love about working at Gooromon Park?

I love being able to transfer my knowledge onto others and watch all the riders progress and enjoy riding. We have a good team of staff and it is great share our horse knowledge with each other.

Who is your favourite GP horse/pony?

My favourite horse at GP is Jamokea, she is very easy going and able to work for the beginner to advanced level rider, and Candy is my favourite pony, because she used to be my pony, hehe.

What music gets you motivated for the day?

I am into pop music, I love the latest Island sound of pop tracks.

What is one of your fondest horse riding memories?

I have a lot of great memories, probably riding the Prix St George at the Sydney CDI on my horse at the time “Coldstream Donatello”.

1495747_10152171193017189_2017080606_oWhat’s one thing you’d like to achieve in your riding or coaching in the next year?

I would like to get my level 1 and 2 instructors certificate, and continue taking my own horse up through the levels in dressage. We would like to try to get to Dressage With the Stars next year with James and Izzie.

What’s one tip or insight you’ve learnt on your horsey journey that you’d like to share?

“You can never be too rich, too skinny or ride too many transitions” – Judy Dierks.

List three great qualities you admire in a GREAT coach?

I admire coaches who are inspiring, supportive and provide constructive criticism that can help you to learn.

Meet #TeamGP : Hannah Klep

At Gooromon Park, we love our team of instructors and stablehands. Every member of #TeamGP is passionate about equestrian, is highly skilled, and absolutely loves supporting you on your riding journey.

We’ll be introducing you to the team through our blog – today, meet Hannah Klep!

I began riding at Gooromon Park in 2007 when my parents bought me 5 private lessons for my 8th birthday and it all started from there!

unnamedWhat’s one thing you love about working at Gooromon Park?

I love working at Gooromon Park as it allows me to express and share my passion with horses and be actively involved in developing better riders. Teaching is the optimal way for me to transform my experiences in the equestrian world into value for others.

Who is your favourite GP Horse/Pony?

Cinnamon, she was the first pony I rode.

What music gets you motivated for the day?

Justin Bieber obviously!

What do you feel is your best attribute that you bring to #TeamGP?

I feel that I bring real passion and energy to the team. I have a strong desire to help others and develop them as an all round equestrian athlete. With the background I have competing and training my own horse, I feel that I have the ability to really develop riders and help them achieve their goals.

What is something special about you most people don’t know?

I was born with a heart condition and horses aren’t my favourite animal, cats are. :)

Completing my first 1* event this year has definitely been a highlight, it’s been my goal since I was 12 years old.

unnamed2What’s one thing you’d like to achieve in your riding or coaching in the next year?

I would like to qualify and compete in my first CCI International 3 day event with my horse Reprieve.

What’s one tip or insight you’ve learnt on your horsey journey that you’d like to share?

Planning, goal setting and hard work is the formula for success.

List three great qualities you admire in a GREAT coach?

Someone who has knowledge and experience of the sport, someone who sets goals and someone who encourages their athletes to believe in themselves.

Meet #TeamGP: Katy Doak

At Gooromon Park, we love our team of instructors and stablehands. Every member of #TeamGP is passionate about equestrian, is highly skilled, and absolutely loves supporting you on your riding journey.

We’ll be introducing you to the team through our blog – today, meet instructor and Jump Club leader, Katy Doak!

Picture1KD2When did you first start horse riding?

I was riding horses before I was walking!

What’s one thing you love about working at Gooromon Park?

I love watching other riders progress and learn. I was in their position 15 years ago, so it is great to see what they are going through from another angle. I have also loved building the friendships between other staff and riders at Gooromon Park, there is a nonjudgmental feel and a supportive vibe from everyone.

Who is your favourite GP horse/pony?

My favourite horse at GP is Subi, and Zep is my favourite pony!

What music gets you motivated for the day?

Whatever is on the radio at the time!

What do you feel is your best attribute that you bring to #TeamGP?

I feel that I am a focused and responsible natural leader, who likes to bring out the best in others.

What is something special about you most people don’t know?

I’m an Eventer with a secret love for dressage!

What is one of your fondest horse riding memories?

That’s a hard one, I have too many! My current horse Codie winning 3 of his first few eventing starts would have to be up there.

Picture2What’s one thing you’d like to achieve in your riding or coaching in the next year?

I would like to get my level 1 instructors certificate, and continue taking my own horse up through the grades of eventing. Hopefully make a EvA105 start in the next 12 months if I am brave enough!!

 What’s one tip or insight you’ve learnt on your horsey journey that you’d like to share?

“Distances are like men, never grab the first one you see; it’s never the best one and more will come along” – George Morris. My all-time favourite quote from the master of show jumping!

List three great qualities you admire in a GREAT coach?

I admire coaches who are motivating, constructively critical and patient.

Meet #TeamGP : Kayla Smith

At Gooromon Park, we love our team of instructors and stablehands. Every member of #TeamGP is passionate about equestrian, is highly skilled, and absolutely loves supporting you on your riding journey.

We’ll be introducing you to the team through our blog – first up, meet Kayla Smith!

Kayla Photo2When did you first start horse riding?

I started when I was quite young, probably around 5 or 6. I was first sat on a horse at 7 months old thanks to my mum, who had horses all her life and has passed her passion on to me!

What’s one thing you love about working at Gooromon Park?

The environment/atmosphere. The clients are wonderful, the staff are all fantastic, and I love coming into work  to see what each day holds for me.

Who is your favourite GP horse/pony?

My absolute favourite has to be Doc. I’ve been part of the coaches lessons, and have been riding Doc. I’ve improved my riding so much thanks to him!

What music gets you motivated for the day?

Anything that is loud and fun to sing along to!

What do you feel is your best attribute that you bring to #TeamGP?

My can-do attitude. If there’s something that needs to be done, you can always rely on the fact that I’m on to it.

What is something special about you most people don’t know?

Not really all that special, but everyone knows me with my curly hair. In actual fact, my natural hair is dead straight. I’ve been getting it permed/curled since I was in year 10.

What is one of your fondest horse riding memories?

Those early morning trail rides, where it’s just me and my horse, watching the sun rise and relaxing. Those are my favourite rides.

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve in your riding or coaching in the next year?

To be more confident, and not second guess myself all the time.

Kayla Photo1What’s one tip or insight you’ve learnt on your horsey journey that you’d like to share?

When riding a horse, you not only have to be the boss, but you have to work as a team.

List three great qualities you admire in a GREAT coach?

Honesty, a sense of humour, and confidence.

Do you know how horse riding can benefit your child?

Every parent knows that there may come a time when your child develops a love – maybe even an obsession! – for horses. As former horsey-kids ourselves, Gooromon Park’s instructors know first hand that a love of horses is for life.

What parents may not know, however, is that horse riding can have many benefits to their child’s growth, emotional intelligence, compassion and concentration. We’ve put together some of the key benefits horse riding can have, so you can see just how much your child can get out of this exciting sport!

Horse riding is…

Wholesome FUN!
Horses make wonderful buddies, and children are naturally attracted to them as companions, friends and partners in the sport. Isn’t it great to see your child having an amazing time without a TV screen or iPad involved? Riding is great for your child’s physical health, and is a fantastic way to get them outdoors and learning something new.

Character BUILDING!
Handling, riding and caring for horses can develop a host of positive traits in children, including responsibility, accountability, patience, level-headedness, empathy, kindness, confidence and self-discipline.

Full of health BENEFITS!
Horse riding is terrific exercise.  People who think the horse does all the work have never really ridden – just ask anyone who wakes up the morning after a trail ride to discover all of the little muscles in their core and legs they didn’t know about! Riding is an anaerobic exercise, and can improve your child’s strength, balance, and flexibility.

And all of these benefits are nothing compared to the sheer joy that so many children get out of riding.

‘Over the years, I have seen so many children benefit from the relationships they have established with horses in their riding,’ says Danielle Ffrench, Gooromon Park Chief Instructor. ‘The sense of pride the kids feel when they achieve something with their horses enhances their confidence, and gives them reasons to stay on course’.  I’ve seen first hand a child’s focus improve through riding – you can’t let your mind wander when you’re on a horse! Parents have been very proud to report how this concentration later shows up in their children’s school work.’

OKAY, but aren’t horses EXPENSIVE?  
They don’t have to be. You don’t need to own a horse to involve your children with one. Riding regularly at a horse riding school, under the instruction of qualified coaches is a great way to enjoy the benefits of riding without having to take on the costs and full-time care of a horse. Our staff know first hand how wonderful riding has been for them – they love horses, and can’t wait to share their knowledge!

Start your horse riding journey today by booking in at Gooromon Park.

Introductory lessons are available Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4pm, and all day Saturday.

Contact us today to secure a place on (02) 6230 2230.