Horse riding is not a phase; unfortunately for our wallet, it's for life. Most of us who get into horses, never get back out.
Pandora Equestrian Centre was started to indulge my passion. It was created for ‘horse people’. For those who need our horses; finding the space to ride, breed and care for them can be challenging.
Pandora is located in Tarago, in New South Wales Southern Tablelands. We have space and opportunity for equestrians to work together and build a fun and supportive network. It's a place that will grow with the people in it, and spend quality time with the animals that make us complete.
I moved from Europe to Australia in 1998 when I was 11 years old with my parents and sister. When I started high school, horse riding was offered as a sport.
Riding on a daily basis from the age of 12, and owning my first horse Baley by the age of 14. . I also worked as a volunteer at a riding school on the weekends. Looking after 30 horses and taking customers out on trail rides allowed me to ride 6 to 7 different horses a day including some accelerated learning by riding more difficult horses. My passion grew towards rehabilitating and training young horses.
Every school holidays, I would work from 7am to 5pm everyday as a volunteer at the riding school. Giving lessons, taking out trail rides and preparing all horses for their rides.
Over the next five years I would ride at least 25 hours a week, included assisting with starting horses under saddle and teaching customers how to ride.
After high school I worked to purchase my first colt, (the 6 months old, Basil). I raised him and started him under saddle; learning through experience, making mistakes and learning how to correct them. I was drawn to the concept of natural horsemanship, learning the importance of listening to the horses. I was inspired by the work of Monty Roberts and Warwick Schiller. I have been competing in dressage ever since.
I now own eight horses ranging from foals, competition horses and stallions. I am a holistic body worker and will always put the horses needs first.
Devils Diamond "Basil"
16.3 hh Andalusian cross Clydesdale, born 2005. Raised and trained to compete in Dressage. Basil can do several horse tricks as well.
Saltwater Creek "Angus"
17hh Clydesdale cross TB/Friesian, born in 2015, still growing and has started his training under saddle. He is half Brother to "Saltwater Creek Jo Jo". Angus is showing Dressage and Show jumping potential.
Mr Gatsby "Sebastian"
17.1hh Thoroughbred gelding Born 2009. Sebastian is a gentle giant. Anyone who meets this great horse will fall in love with him. Sebastian has a great big stride and is very smooth to ride. He is also the best nanny horse.
Pandora Jewel "Cammille"
15.3hh from immaculate blood lines. Currently in work and on lease, in training for Competition and general riding. Cammille has never raced and is learinging how to be a show horse very quickly.
Pandora "Miss Maysie"
Miss Maysie is a Friesian cross Clydesdale. Born November 1st 2016. Will be pandoras upcoming Dressage horse and hopefully a potential broodmare later on in life.
Pandora's George is a Shire cross Clydesdale and he is our stallion at stud. He is still growing and learning but already proving to be a gentle giant.
15.3hh Thoroughbred mare, born 2014, never raced. Agnes is being rehabilitated and is working very slowly though desensitisation. She is finding that she can trust humans and is becoming a very sweet affectionate mare.
Saltwater Creek "Get back Jo Jo"
"Jo Jo" is our stallion at stud. He is black with one blue eye. Half brother to Saltwater Creek Angus, he is already showing the Freisian grandparents genetics they both share.