Coaching And Lessons at Chester Farm
the Events Calendar page to view
coming Events including Clinics and Camps.
and lessons are available all year round (for riders with their
own horses), and can be based either here at Chester Farm or at
other locations by arrangement.
As well as one-off or regular private or group lessons, we also
hold popular 2 and 3 day riding clinics and camps here each year
through the spring, summer and autumn suitable for riders and horses
of all ages and levels. (See Clinics
& Camps page for further details on these.)
at the Chester Farm all weather sand arena.
With a focus
on building a strong foundation, we support and encourage riders
to improve both their handling skills and riding skills to create
clearer communication and a better relationship with their horse,
thereby resulting in improved confidence, safety and performance.
Whether you are a beginner rider just starting out, an adult returning
to riding or seeking confidence, a pleasure rider, an advanced competition
rider from any discipline or anyone else in-between, consolidating
a strong foundation is the essential path to success.
Greg's pupils all enjoy his easy-going, professional, approachable
coaching manner, excellent training methods and step by step approach
that make his jumping and flatwork lessons suitable for children
and adults, beginners through to serious advanced competitors from
positive, calm and encouraging approach is popular with riders of
all ages and levels with her lessons
incorporating a wide range of horsemanship groundwork, flatwork
and jumping exercises from a unique "awareness" perspective
that improves confidence, position and skill for any discipline.
few words from recent lesson and clinic riders:
clinic was amazing, I have come away with so much new knowledge
and exercises to work on. I can't wait to get practising and come
back for more. Thanks so much to you both for a fantastic weekend."
- "Thanks Greg for the great clinic and for breaking
the learning down to a level we can all understand and go practise."
- "Thankyou so much to you both for your fantastic ongoing
support and coaching, my competition results over the past season
speak for themselves!"
- "We had a blast and none of us wanted to come home, lots
to go onwards with at home and look forward to coming back in April."
- "What can I say but thankyou! The way you explained things
rang so true for me and I feel I have progressed so much for just
two days. The clinic was so professional, fun and encouraging. Thanks
- "Thankyou Diana for being such a huge part of my confidence
with riding and getting my life going forward again".
"Thanks for such an awesome camp. We had a fantastic time and
I am thrilled with our progress - from only ever having jumped a
little crossbar once before to a whole course of fillers and walls
within a couple of days was beyond my expectations. So much fun!"
- "Fantastic patience and actionable advice. Have a great way
of explaining concepts in a simple way."
arena surrounded by native bush, farmland and river makes for a
very scenic lesson and camp location.
Greg is available
for jumping lessons and clinics throughout New Zealand, with his
professional knowledge and experience ranging from introducing young
horses to jumping for the first time right through to top level
Grand Prix competition. (See About Us
for more info.)
you and/or your horse are just learning to jump though to advanced
horses and riders, Greg's very popular jumping lessons are based
on establishing confidence of both horse and rider using a steady
progression of exercises as they progress through the levels - covering
everything from flatwork and ringcraft, polework and rider position
through to higher level jumping exercises, and are suitable to help
both showjumping, showhunter, eventing, pony club, hunting and pleasure
Diana also enjoys
working with jumping riders including horses/riders learning to
jump and is a popular showhunter coach having spent much time and
success in this sport producing her own young horses. Her jumping
lessons usually include a good portion of gymnastic pole work /
small jump exercises to help riders and horses of all levels work
on their ringcraft, athleticism and control between fences.
As well as
the arena and showjumps for training over, we also have a fun low-level
Derby/X-Country course featuring logs, natural obstacles and fun
cross-country jumps in a gently rolling paddock.
We hold regular
one-off private jumping lessons as well as regular multi-day jumping
clinics, specific showhunter clinics and intensive Showjumping Development
camps throughout the year.
We both enjoy helping adults and young riders gain confidence and
progress through simple yet effective riding exercises helping to
improve your position, focus, feel and general riding skills.
Diana's flatwork lessons provide a unique mix of dressage, horsemanship
and creative thinking techniques to encourage riders of all ages
to help develop more feel, control and confidence - "Awareness
and Connection" is Diana's motto!
are an adult returning to riding and looking for assistance to get
your confidence back, have a young horse ready to start progressing
in basic flatwork, or you simply want to brush up on your dressage
and flatwork skills for gaining better control, position or purpose
to your pleasure riding or perhaps to help improve you and your
horse prior to competition, these lessons are an excellent place
to get you going and help you progress with confidence.
Young riders such as those coming off the lead-rein also welcome.
Lessons are also a great way to improve your jumping by focusing
on your postition, focus, rhythm, accuracy and ring-craft that all
help greatly when riding around a course of jumps and Diana often
uses poles to create fun, effective exercises useful for imprpving
both your flatwork and your control for jumping.
Lessons can take place either in our arena or roundyard if required.
We hold regular
one-off private lessons as well as regular flatwork clinics, young
horse lessons and intensive Adult Rider Empowerment Camps throughout
to improve your general riding skills, position, control and confidence.
Group and private
flatwork lessons available, ideal for young horses and adults returning
to riding / confidence building etc.
PRACTICAL HORSEMANSHIP LESSONS
Are you wanting to improve your general handling skills, bond, communication,
control, respect and safety with horses, both on the ground and
- Do you own a young horse and want to get it started on the right
- Are you having problems with your horse - inhand or ridden - and
need some help?
- Looking for a new approach to understand how to get the best out
of your horse?
Horsemanship Groundwork lessons instill respect,
communication, safety and a better bond with your horse.
Diana's background and interest in horsemanship methods sees her
Practical Horsemanship lessons bring forward a common sense, practical
approach to various horsemanship exercises which will help enhance
your overall horse handling skills on the ground and then progress
to producing a calm, responsive, thinking horse under saddle that
you can take on to enjoy for everyday pleasure riding or competition.
Most problems with horses can be solved by going back to basics
and using groundwork exercises. Plus it can be very addictive and
lots of fun!
For anyone wanting
to improve their everyday handling and riding techniques to create
a better bond, communication and safety with horses, these lessons
offer valuable advice for every horse owner and rider.
Lessons can take place either in our round yard or arena.
On-Off Lessons at Chester Farm: NZ$75+GST (approx 1 hour)
* Group Lessons (2 - 5 people): NZ$65+GST per person (1 -
1.5 hours depending on numbers)
* Regular Private Lessons: Discounted, please enquire.
a lesson please contact us via phone: 07 862 4567 (evenings - leave
a message!) or email us: Info@ChesterFarm.co.nz
also available to travel and provide instruction at your location.
Note: Chester Farm Clinics & Camps may have different fees as
noted on the booking forms.
Also visit our
Events Calendar page where you can view
the current list of scheduled events as well as download booking