RICHMOND VALLEY RIDING SCHOOL offers students a unique equine experience.
We are an approved Horse Riding School within the Australian Government Department of Education and also approved by the Australian Government Department of Health & Human Services which allows us to teach eligible school students right through to administration staff at the University of Tasmania paid for by the Government.
Kimberly’s qualifications include but are not limited to (TAA40104) & (TAE40110) Certificate IV WORKPLACE TRAINER & ASSESSOR within the Department of Education, Australian Qualification Training Framework (A.Q.T.F), Vocational Education & Training (V.E.T.)
In 2012 Kimberly achieved her latest qualification (SIS40510) Certificate IV in Sport Coaching Equestrian, adding to and surpassing her other credentials below. A first aid certificate is always kept up to date by Kimberly. (You should make sure your instructor has appropriate qualifications and is insured wherever your children or yourself participate as horse riding is a high risk sport, but an un-regulated industry.
As recently as 2012 Kimberly was also employed as the Professional Equine Coaching Consultant by Wide Angle Tasmania to direct the actors involved in the equine scenes and the stunt riding on the movie set of “Little Lamb” due to premier on 29th November 2012. (A gothic thriller set in 1829 in Tasmania) A MUST SEE!!
KIMBERLY has achieved her accreditation Certificates as an Australian Sports Commission (A.S.C.) Nationally Accredited (N.C.A.S.) Equestrian Australia (E.A.) LEVEL 1 GENERAL COACH (Dressage, S/Jumping, Eventing) a National Official (N.O.A.S.) E.A. DRESSAGE JUDGE and E.A. SKILL SPECIFIC TRAINER & ASSESSOR (S.S.T.A.) as well as an Australian Pony Club (P.C.A.T.) Level 1 Coach.
Kim began riding at the age of 6 in the 1960’s. She attended her first agricultural shows (Brighton & Huon) at age 10, to progress to showjumping and eventing successfully at State Championships as an adult, also competing successfully at State Dressage Championships up to 2004. Kim and her last home bred/trained horse La Vita Bella were selected onto the STATE DRESSAGE ELITE SQUAD. Kim has also judged at State Championships & Royal Shows as recently as 2006. Kim achieved registration as a National Dressage Judge, judging officially at National Level up to 2010 until she choose to commit all her equine time to specialise in coaching and instructing one and all to pursue their own equine dreams be it trailing safely through your native bushland or aspiring for Olympic Gold.
Kim achieved her formal equestrian coaching & judging qualifications in 1995, passing both theoretical & practical exams first attempt (which on average only 5 out of the 10 trainee coaches achieved) competencies included both riding & officially competing and achieving set percentage marks in dressage tests with your own horse and demonstrating riding other random horses as well as teaching Dressage, Show jumping and Eventing in front of a panel of 4 Examiners, including the likes of Olympian Barry Roycroft, to achieve her Level 1 E.A. General Coach Qualification, the only one of its kind in Australia at the time to have an International recognition. (She now prefers the Australian Government approved V.E.T. Certificate Courses as they are far more readily accepted/acknowledged across the general community and are in general able to be mapped across other V.E.T. Educational Certificate courses and do not require yearly membership of any elite organisation (eg. E.A) to stay certified.
Kim instructed briefly at 7 Mile Beach Equestrian Centre, while still teaching casually at Richmond, along with enrolling in a study group & becoming a Pat Parelli student for two years to soak up and lean as much as she could about Natural Horsemanship, all of which she combines with her classical english teaching.
After selling her last fairly well known event horse “Black Adder” to N.S.W., the mid to late nineties and early 2000 saw Kim breed two more foals starting & training one (her last) (La Vita Bella) this time a Warmblood Holsteiner Sporthorse for her own dressage competition use, this saw the pair win their way onto the Tasmanian State Elite Dressage Squad along with travelling the globe with her equine interests, resulting in Kim coaching in the U.K. in 2004/5. Kim continued coaching when back in Tasmania and accumulated new riding school horses while living at Wybra Hall due to the friendship and generosity of Wybra’s owners Robert & Kerrie Goudsouzian before returning to Richmond in 2006 with her partner now husband Kenny White who has helped Kim build Richmond Valley Riding School (which, incidentally, was never purpose built (it just evolved!) to the unique equine experience you enjoy today.
Fiona Baihns credentials can be found on the Equestrian Australia website under coach search Tasmania.
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