Kathleen Caden, Founder
Kathleen volunteered with Riding for the Disabled in Kellyville in the 1980’s and had her first riding lessons there. She then trained and worked as a volunteer coach with RDA for a number of years. In 2014, she was a volunteer coach with the Arcadia Pony Club.
Kathleen has a Master’s degree in English and a Graduate Diploma in Administration and has held an NCAS Introductory Coach qualification. Her vision is for Sydney Horse to be a place where horse lovers feel welcome and where horses are treated really well.
Natalie Innes, Horse Manager and Head Coach
From Lanarkshire in Scotland, Natalie has been involved with horses since she was four years old. She began her working career as a jockey, then moved into working with show horses for a number of years. Natalie went on to manage her own livery and training yard, focusing on starting young horses.
Natalie has ridden and competed in a variety of disciplines including show jumping, working hunter, dressage and showing and has competed internationally with British Eventing. Natalie has British Horse Society Stage Three qualifications in Riding and Horse Care and has held her BHS Preliminary Teaching Certificate since 2007. She now also holds an NCAS Level One Coaching Certificate and has her eyes on Level Two!
Sabrina Paisley, Stables Manager
Before joining Sydney Horse in 2016, Sabrina owned and trained her own horses, as well as riding for other owners. She also volunteered at a trail riding centre and a riding school.
Sabrina holds her HSC, a Certificate II in Business plus NCAS Introductory Certificates in Riding and Stable Management. She is studying for her Introductory Coaching Certificate, as well as the NCAS Level One Certificate in Horse Management.
Alice Scotts, Coach
Alice grew up in London and has always been passionate about horses. She loves teaching children (having three herself) and helping beginners overcome their nerves.
Alice has an NCAS Introductory Coaching Certificate. She was a magazine Art Director for many years and holds a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design. Alice also models and has appeared in several television and print advertisements.
Allison Halse, Coach
Allison has been around or owned horses most of her life, competing at riding club level in most disciplines. Originally from the UK, she coached her daughter through her early career in BSJA show jumping. She has considerable experience preparing both horse and rider for competition.
After moving to Australia, Allison gained an NCAS Level One Coaching Certificate to continue her passion for coaching. She enjoys teaching recreational riders who like working on their aids and improving harmony with their horse. Allison’s other focus is teaching riders beginning or improving their competition career.
Amber Kenny, Coach
Amber grew up in the Blue Mountains and was hooked on horses once she got her first (chestnut) pony at the age of nine. Amber did all her early riding in the Megalong Valley, kept her horse on a 1,500 acre property, and learned about horses from the men working the property, especially about the partnership it’s possible to have with a horse.
Amber is an NCAS Level One Coach, specialising in dressage. She loves to teach, thinks dressage is fundamental to good riding and is interested in rider biomechanics. She admires Carl Hester for his approach to his horses and horsemanship and Sylvia Loch for her understanding of the horse and how it works and moves.
Amber particularly likes helping first timers or the nervous person feel confident in the saddle. Having made the journey herself she’s particularly understanding of mums getting back in the saddle.
Bonnie Moorfield, Coach
Bonnie grew up on a property near Wagga Wagga, NSW. She started riding when she was six years old and got her first pony when she was nine. Bonnie enjoyed pony club and trail riding before discovering a passion for jumping and eventing, competing in local competitions. She has an interest in horsemanship and enjoys training horses.
Bonnie holds an NCAS Introductory Coaching Certificate and studies Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney.
Chloe Veron, Coach
Originally from Tahiti, Chloe started riding when she was six. In 2010, she moved to New-Zealand, riding and competing horses for owners. Chloe has competed in Show Jumping up to amateur level (120cm) and in Eventing, including a 1* start before moving to Australia in 2016.
Chloe holds an NCAS Introductory Coaching Certificate and is working on her Level One Riding Certificate. She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (NZ) and a Diploma of Patisserie from Le Cordon Bleu in London.
Fatemeh Arbabshirani, Coach
Fatemeh worked with horses in her native Iran and also studied and worked in the UK for a number of years. Fatemeh holds a British Horse Society PTT and has a particular interest in showjumping and teaching.
Fatemeh also does a lot of groundwork schooling with our horses, including lunging, long reining and equiband training. She is currently studying for a Diploma in Childcare.
Jade Wearen, Coach
From Ireland, Jade started riding when she was five and got her first horse at 15, from a racing yard where she was a volunteer. She also did pony club and spent time with horses every chance she got. She’s always had a passion for jumping, doing her first lead rein clear round when she was seven. 😊
Jade holds a British Horse Society PTT which she completed in Ireland in 2012 and an Australian NCAS Introductory Coaching Certificate. She also holds a Diploma in Childcare and is studying for her Level One Riding Certificate.
Jenny Goodwin, Coach
Jenny started horse riding in Victoria when she was ten. She joined pony club and especially enjoyed mounted games and show jumping. As a teenager her family moved to Sydney and she spent many happy hours trail riding in nearby Kuringai Chase National Park. Jenny began show riding in her twenties and competed consistently including at Royal and Horse of the Year Shows, riding ex-racehorses which she had re-educated. She is also a Show Hunter judge.
Jenny is a NCAS Level 1 General Coach and has taught horse riding lessons for several years. She is now enjoying the challenges of dressage, has recently bought a young warmblood and has begun work on her NCAS Level 2 Dressage qualification. When she’s not working with Sydney Horse, Jenny has a full time Human Resources role in the racing industry.
Kristen Mueller, Coach
Kristen was introduced to ponies when very young by an Auntie and subsequently spent long summer holidays at pony camps. As a teenager, Kristen started formal riding lessons and volunteered with a trail riding centre. Kristin joined Sydney Horse in early 2016 and manages Sunday Stables and the Young Riders’ Program for us. Kristen holds an NCAS Introductory Coaching Certificate, is part way through an Animal Science degree at UWS and is a Queen’s Scout (the highest youth award achievable in the Scouting movement).
Natalia Kataeva, Coach
Natalia is from Perm, a city in the European part of Russia, on the Kama River near the Ural Mountains. She originally studied IT and Mathematics at Perm University, worked in securities for a time and went on to make a career in real estate for several years. Natalia had nothing to do with horses until one day, twelve years ago, when she went for a ride with a friend and was instantly hooked! She had her own horse in Russia and was particularly interested in jumping.
Natalia holds an NCAS Introductory Coaching Certificate and is working on her Level One Riding Certificate.
Rachael Pawley, Coach
A Queenslander originally, Rachael started her career working at a horse stud in Toowoomba. She has 15 years’ experience working as a stable hand, strapper and track work rider for a variety of racehorse trainers at
Flemington, Rosehill and Warwick Farm.
Rachael holds her NCAS Introductory Coaching Certificate and is a particular favourite with children and adult beginners. Before working with Sydney Horse, Rachael trained as a Veterinary Nurse in a small animal practice, completing Year One of a two-year Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She missed horses, however, which is lucky for us!
Rose Taylor, Coach
Rose Taylor began her horse career with riding lessons in South Africa when she was seven years old. She was originally a show jumper but these days focusses on dressage.
She has two horses. Balledor Debut (Junior) is a Riding Pony Thoroughbred cross, which Rose has trained to elementary/medium level. She is working at novice/elementary level with her warmblood, AP Caracella (Ozzie).
Rose qualified as an NCAS Introductory Coach in 2011. She is also a qualified H level judge and can frequently be found judging at competitions or working with clients who are competing. She is multi-skilled: coaching; riding; driving and plaiting for competitions and has been described as a pageant mother!
Sarah Dodd, Coach
Sarah started horse riding when she was 10. Before that she was a competitive gymnast. Sarah regularly competes in showjumping competitions, initially in Young Rider classes (up to 1.35m) and now in amateur classes (up to 1.20m). She also has a young warmblood who started competition in 2018.
Sarah has experience teaching all levels of riders up to competition. Her focus is on the fundamentals of riding and classical training. She has trained young warmblood horses, off the track thoroughbreds and ponies.
Sarah is an NCAS Level One Coach and is working towards gaining her Level Two Horse Management certificate. She is currently coached by Alison Rowland. Her idols are George Morris and Beezie Madden and of course, Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander. Sarah also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Journalism from UNSW. She trains in Pilates twice a week and is a film and TV extra.
Sara Miller, Coach
Sara grew up on the Far South Coast of NSW and began riding the family ponies almost as soon as she could walk. Sara was initially interested in showjumping but developed a passion for dressage when training her ASH gelding Blue Zorro to elementary level.
As well as working at Sydney Horse, Sara is undertaking Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Sydney. She also exercises a number of our horses and has a particular soft spot for Cody Grey. Sara holds an NCAS Introductory Riding Certificate and is preparing for her Introductory Stable Management Certificate.
AND SPECIAL THANKS TO
Christine Johnson, Coach Educator and Specialist Consultant, Equine
We were very lucky to have had Christine Johnson’s expertise in setting up Sydney Horse, sourcing our first fourteen horses and running assessment clients for staff.
An NCAS Level 2 coach and Coach Educator, Chrissie is also an experienced show jumping and eventing competition rider, who was short listed for the World Championships in 1976. She trained race horses for over 16 years before teaching Horse Management at Richmond TAFE and Marcus Oldham College. Chrissie set up her own riding centre, Johnson Equestrian, in 2001, which is at Nelson and which we heartily recommend.