Danielle French

Chief Instructor

Danielle has been coaching aspiring young riders for over 20 years and has herself been riding for 33 years.  Danielle has trained a number of horses to the FEI ranks including, Hazelwoode Tennesse, WF Kool Alibi and more recently Hallo Special.  Today she trains a team of young potential superstar young horses headed by the stunning HB Skyfall, who in April this year finished Top 3 at the prestigious Australian Young Horse Championships.  Danielle has been training under the guidance of Dianne Jenkyns, Australian Squad Rider and Grand Prix Trainer for over a decade and is today also trained and mentored by 5 time Bundeschampion, Anna Sophie Fiebelkorn. 

Danielle started riding as a 7 yr old at the local riding school and has been riding ever since. She started competing at the age of 10 yrs showing horses at local agricultural shows, including Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne. Danielle’s and her horses have won many Supreme Champion exhibits & countless Rider & Lady Rider classes. At the age of sixteen Danielle started teaching other young aspiring competition riders. At eighteen Danielle moved to Canada to train and compete young warmbloods for Southern Warmblood Stud where she rode and trained young horses for 12 months, upon returning to Australia she turned her focus to Dressage. At twenty three Danielle moved to Brisbane to ride and train with Australian Squad Rider and Grand Prix trainer Dianne Jenkyns, were she trained and competed young horses for 3 years and in 2003 was awarded Queensland State Novice Champion with WF Kool Alibi (Ray). Danielle trained and competed Ray to FEI level dressage before he retired abruptly due to injury. 

Danielle is an Equestrian Australia (EA) Level 1 coach, Level 2 dressage specialist rider and is currently working towards obtaining her EA Level II Dressage Specialist Coaching  and Skills Specific Training Assessor qualifications

Danielle says she loves all our horses but two of her favourites are Mardi and Savannah. 

Amanda Clark

Business Manager/Senior Instructor

Amanda Clark: Riding Instructor. Amanda has been riding horses for as long as she can remember she joined her horse mad sister and commenced riding at the young age of 9 years old. Amanda started competing at shows from a young age and has been riding and competing in the dressage arena since the age of fourteen. In 1996 shortly after graduating from college. Amanda travelled interstate to complete her Certificate IV studies in Horse Management and today holds her Australian Horse Riding Centre qualifications, Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment and Certificate IV in Horse Management. In 2005 Amanda travelled aboard working with horses in Germany at the world renowned Kasselmans Sport Horses International/Performance Sales International (PSI) in Hagen, Germany. At twenty seven Amanda returned to Australia to train other riders and compete her self trained young Warmblood, Coldstream Donatello (Donnie). Today Amanda and Donnie are competing at NSW State and Nationals at Prix St George/Intermediate 1 level, they were named the ACT Dressage Association FEI horse of the year for 2014-2015.

Amanda's favourite riding school horse is Zeke.

Katy Doak

Instructor

Katy was riding horses before she was walking! Katy started competing at local pony club competitions at the age of 6 and has been in the open competition circuit ever since. When Katy was in primary school she used to undertake riding lessons at Gooromon Park! Katy has represented NSW at the National Interschool Championships and often travels around New South Wales and Victoria to compete at her preferred discipline of eventing, but also dressage and show jumping. Katy is currently working on bringing her young horse Mon'Rieve Cottrell (aka. Codie/the favourite child) up through the levels and he seems to be giving the professionals a run for their money!! 

Katy's favourite riding school horse is Subi.

 

Kayla Smith

Instructor - Stable Manager 

Kayla started riding when she was  6. She first sat on a horse at 7 months old thanks to mum, who had horses all her life and passed on the passion.

Kayla tells us she 'loves working at Gooromon Park for 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.'  Her absolute favourite horse is Doc. Kayla says, 'I’ve been part of the coaches lessons, and have been riding Doc. I’ve improved my riding so much thanks to him!'

 

 

Brittany Heycox

Stable Assistant 

Brittany first sat on a horse when she was about 4 and from that moment on loved it! So when she turned 6,  she started horse riding lessons at GP and now 12 years on is still a part of the GP team and loves it!

Brittany tells us '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'  

While she says she loves all the GP horses and ponies if she had to pick a favourite it would be Zep her favourite pony, but struggling to decide so also Jamokea her favourite horse.