Here at Horse Riding Tasmania, we live off the grid, surrounded by State Forest and typical Tassie Wildlife. Such as Echidnas, Green Rosellas, Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos and of course Wallabies!! We are practically right underneath Mt Hobbs where we suspect most of our spring water starts its descent and a few kilometres from Bluff River Gorge with its strikingly beautiful sandstone cliffs and caves.
Our Bush rides vary from 1.5-3.5 hours and suit riders from 8 years of age and up….
We can take beginners on all of our rides. However depending on fitness level, some may find Mt Hobbs a bit too long.
Our Head Trail Guide is also a Riding Instructor with 30plus years experience.
We specialise in nervous beginners, adult riders restarting their riding career and children.
All of our rides start with a demonstration and a lesson unless the whole group has a reasonable level of experience.
Allow an extra 1.5 hours on top of the ride time for paperwork, helmet and boot fit and photo swap at the finish.
Food and Beverages can be organised.
All rides have the option of being Exclusive to your group.
Your Instructor and Trail Guide: As an equestrian mentor, Sharon Brennan has the unusual ability to explain complex equestrian concepts in a way everyone can understand. She combines this with her ability to think laterally and considerable knowledge of the equestrian world through her own riding experiences.
Over the last 30 years, Sharon has competed in and won numerous championships in Eventing, Showjumping and Dressage. She was also selected for the Australian Olympic Dressage Training B Squad with ‘Gilbachtal Marmion’ in 1990. At the same time, Sharon has been teaching horse
riding and horsemanship, qualifying with Horse Safety Australia as a Senior Instructor and Trail guide in 2004. She has successfully trained pupils who have reached state level in dressage and showjumping. Her involvement in the equine industry has also included being the secretary and committee member of the State Show Jumping and Dressage Associations as well as an advanced dressage judge.
From as early as 1990, due to the injury of her dressage horse ‘Gilbachtal Marmion’, Sharon became determined to learn about Equine Rehabilitation. In response to Marmion’s injuries she begged Margie Amster-Herr, who is regarded as the world’s leading Equine Trigger Point Myotherapy trainer, to come to Tasmania to work with her Olympic hopeful’s leg. This then led to her fascination in finding solutions to horse injuries and behavioural problems.
In 1996 Sharon won the National Dressage Championship with her Warmblood stallion Northern Aslan, thanks in most part to the invaluable work of Dr. Andrew McLean of the Australian Equine Behavioural Centre in re-training Aslan after Sharon inadvertently trained him to rear! Sharon’s next few years were spent creating the Natural Equine Rehabilitation and Warmblood Stud at ‘Aslans Run’ in Copping, Tasmania. Sharon successfully bred horses that are now winning at Grand Prix level dressage and Hack classes at National level. However, rehabilitating horses remained her passion.
In 1998, Sharon gained her NATPM certification as an Equine Trigger Point Myotherapist while studying with Margie Amster-Herr. In fact, Margie came back to Australia to train Sharon to teach her curriculum. Since then, Sharon has trained other Australians who also went on to qualify as certified Equine Trigger Point Myotherapists.
Since then, Sharon has continued to teach both children and adults how to ride while constantly developing her communication style which allows even the rank beginner to learn difficult equine concepts simply. At the same time Sharon continued to expand her knowledge in natural horse management methods such as herbal feeding and homeopathic care. As part of her desire to learn, Sharon has been proactive over the years, hosting equine specialists such as Pat Parelli, Andrew McLean and others. From hosting these clinics, Sharon has developed strong business contacts with various equine experts such as Jane Myers who is an author and clinician teaching sustainable equine property management and Dr Gaynor Ross, a leading chiropractor who wrote the Equine Chiropractic Course for Australian veterinarians and animal chiropractors. Andrew and Manuela McLean, Jona McLean, Kath Hastings and Steve Rochford have also been invaluable in sharing their knowledge and expanding Sharon’s viewpoint regarding the holistic treatment of horses.
2011– Horse Solutions
2000 – 2012 AAA Horse Riding Tasmania (www.horseridingtasmania.com)
1992 – 2000 Natural Equine Rehabilitation and Warmblood Stud
2012 – Cert IV Small Business Management
2008 – Selected units from Cert IV Business Marketing
2008 – The Sedona Method Course www.sedona.com
2008 – Jack Canfield’s Break Thru to Success Home Study Course www.JackCanfield.com
2007 – Executive Committee Member Horse Safety Australia www.horsesafetyaustralia.com.au
2007 – Cert IV Small Business Management
2006 – The Healing Codes LT3 www.thehealingcodes.com
2006 – Equus Muscle Management Certificate 3
2005 – Curriculum for Living [Landmark Education (Coaching in Excellence)]
2005 – The Advanced Communication Course.
2004 – Senior Instructor and Trail Guide – Horse Safety Australia
Certificate 111 Outdoor Recreation (Equine Studies)
1999 – Inventor of The Bracken Controller (a method of controlling Bracken Fern)