After two years working under Australian Grand Prix dressage rider Gitte Donvig, Naomi made the move to Germany. Here she spent 3 years working at world renowned, Hof Kasselmann/PSI (Performance Sales International). At Hof Kasselmann, Naomi was lucky enough to learn from some of Germany and the world’s top riders. Gaining invaluable knowledge and experience in the training of 3yo’s through to Grand Prix. During this time she rode and trained many FEI and GP horses, as well as young horses.
Since returning home to Australia, Naomi has continued to train 3yo through to FEI horses, helping to prepare them for sale. She recently secured the ride on AEA Tuschinski, an imported Dutch stallion that is already well known in the Australian Dressage world. Naomi has been teaching at pony clubs, adult riding clubs and here at Wallington Park. She is invested in her pupils and loves to help them achieve their goals.
Although predominantly training dressage horses these days, Naomi’s background was originally eventing. Having trained many horses up to pre-novice and 1 star level, Naomi was competing at 1 star and preparing for 2 star, before making the decision to head to Germany. She is looking to make a come back into the eventing scene soon, as well as continuing with high level dressage. With her experience alone, she is a great Coach and role model for the aspiring horse riders.
Nikki was horse riding before she could walk! She has been involved in the industry for as long as she can remember and has owned and competed many horses of her own. Nikki has a very special talent of understanding and nurturing her clients. She is dedicated and extremely passionate, and has helped so many complete beginner riders develop their skill and confidence, eventually purchasing their own horse and moving up the pony club ranks. Nikki has worked extensively with special needs clients, both adults and children, including autism, anxiety and PTSD. We love seeing the progress, both emotionally, psychologically and as riders that these clients make when working regularly with Nikki.
Charlotte Burns is our all round horse expert. She has competed in all riding disciplines at a very high level. She started her professional riding career at age 16 and has achieved many incredible things, notable completing the prestigious Australian International 3 day event, and taking her beautiful horse Masterful all the way from an unbroken baby Warmblood to currently competing at Pre Saint George level Dressage. She has successfully broken in many horses and also won the best all-rounder Champions Young horse competition on her horse Williow who she broke in and trained herself , this is the most prestigious breeders and trainers competition in Australia. Charlotte has her NCAS Level One coaching qualifications and over 15 years experience coaching beginners to experienced and seasoned competitors. Charlotte has taken a number of riders through from total beginner to state level winners.
Tim comes from a natural horsemanship background and now specializes in dressage. Tim has a great rapport with clients of all ages and abilities, and he tailors his lessons around his clients needs and ambitions. Tim is a dedicated coach with high ambitions of his own, particularly in training and riding to a high level of competition dressage. Tim has successfully broken in and started young horses here at Wallington Park and loves to work with training both horse and rider.
Kelsey is our upcoming superstar instructor and rider, who started volunteering at her local riding school when she was 13 and has been working with horses ever since. Kelsey fell in love with dressage when she was 16 and is currently training her young warmblood and preparing her for the competition environment. She has been instructing since she was 16 years old, teaching dressage, show jumping and cross country to people of all ages. Kelsey works very well with young horses making sure she is kind yet firm with a patient and consistent work ethic. All the Wallington Park students love to learn from Kelsey, as she has a fun, energetic approach to her teaching and her student’s progress quickly under her guidance, whilst maintaining their passion for all things horsey.