Our Team at Port Macquarie Horse Riding Centre
Port Macquarie Horse Riding Centre is owned and operated by Angela Keating and Daniel Provost. Angela is an Equestrian Australia Accredited Level One General Coach. Our dedicated team of staff are also Accredited or working towards their accreditation.
Accredited Equestrian Australia Level One General Coach.
Interest: Eventing, retraining and Riding for fun.
Angela is originally from Port Macquarie. She spent her childhood on horseback, riding on Lighthouse Beach, participating in local Pony Club and competing in local shows. In recent years, she has worked with Livestock for film’s owner/operator/horse trainer Grahame Ware Jnr where she coached Actors with their riding and trained horses for a television show. She has also established and managed a horse riding centre in Sydney's South West and has also been employed as a riding double during the filming of A Place To Call Home.
"We established the Riding School in Port Macquarie in 2013. It has been a labor of love. We opened to a warm welcome from our local community and have never looked back. We continue to improve our systems, our facilities, our staff training and our services. We are very passionate about our business and our community.
We understand it’s not feasible for a lot of families to own a horse and know what it’s like to so desperately want one. We can now share this fulfilling, challenging, and character building experience with you all. It's not just the kids we cater for either. Whether you're seven, or seventy seven, Port Macquarie Horse Riding Centre has something to offer you. We are able to start complete beginners right through to preparing riders for competition and schooling horses.
You don't need to be an expert to enjoy a ride or a lesson here, we want everyone to feel welcome and have the opportunity to get up close, have a ride and learn a little bit about horses along the way.”
Currently working towards EA NCAS Intro Coaching
Interest: Reeducating and training, competing and coaching.
This is short bio of my past experiences and some adventures in the equine world.
Starting as a young child I was fortunate to have a very good riding school nearby where I took weekly lessons for a period of 2 years. This was the beginnings of a life time of riding ,
learning and experiences that gave me the kick start to a life long passion .
My teen years were spent riding a beautiful tb called Captain . We traveled ,rode , showed and explored our teen years together. Also working as a Jilleroo, riding polo ponies, reigning, mustering and working in the racing industry.
After a move to a remote farm is country NSW with my family, I took to dressage and jumping with my eye on eventing. After many years of training TB s and a move to the Hawkesbury, I started competing around the outskirts of Sydney. Every month a different comp. meanwhile my daughter was attending Kurrajong PC . Where I was instructor 2 Sunday’s a month.
My best Comp horse was called Rajupe, a Big chestnut gelding. Many years competing around the Hawkesbury in dressage, jumping and training. Another twist, I moved to Norfolk Island for a period of 10 years where I kept 2 horses a TB mare and a local chestnut gelding. Every year Norfolk has its own AG show, so we all scrubbed up our horses and competed.
Back to oz my riding career took another turn where I became a trail guide taking many families and kids out riding in the bush and on the beach. Once again reschooling TBs and other breeds to become nice quiet riding horses along with Regular Riding lessons with adults and children to arrive here in port Macquarie in 2018 where I live with my son and his 2 boys. I am continuing to compete locally, retrain off the track thoroughbreds as well as working with young warmbloods while coaching at PMHRC. Certainly a lifelong passion that I am very happy to share with as many people as possible.
EA NCAS Intro Coach
Interests: Hacking, Stock horses, pleasure riding.
Horses have been an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember. My passion being in the presence of these beautiful animals started when I was only 4 years old. After a year of both riding and dressage lessons, and while most of my friends were learning to ride a bike, I was ready to compete in my first dressage test, aged 5. With no training wheels or fear in sight I was hooked and continued to get lessons where all disciplines were covered over the following 13 years.
A pivotal point in my riding life came when I was 8 years old. I received Flame, a timid, frightened and clearly uneducated mare who would flee from any noise or movement. She was also severely traumatized from an injury she sustained after running through a barbed wire fence after the previous owner attempted to put a rug on her. Fortunately, at the time I was under the guidance of an amazing coach and together, with a lot of hard work and patience we saw a little bit of hope and progress. After 12 months I had gained enough trust to place a rug on her and miraculously only 4 years later I would compete in my very first Hack Show on her.
I believe horses like her are once in a lifetime if you’re lucky. Although I taught her so much, the gift and lessons she taught me were immeasurable. Flame was quiet, gentle and trustworthy and she ignited my love and passion for shows. I am absolutely certain that she is responsible for my chosen vocation and my level of riding today, along with my passion for breaking, training and re-educating horses. The job satisfaction I feel when I see positive results being produced from consistent hard work and patience is unparalleled which is why I have gone on to train and re-educate numerous horses since then.
In 2018 I purchased an Australian stock horse. At the time, Dusty, a 3yr old stallion had been broken in a year earlier and had had very little work done with him until I started training him in late 2018. I have thoroughly enjoyed the process and have found he has been by far the easiest to work with. Results have come quickly and together we have achieved great success competing in Hack and Stock Horse classes since 2019.
My job at PMHRC is extremely fulfilling. I consider myself fortunate to be able to do something I love in an environment where I feel supported and stimulated. Our team of coaches and volunteers support each other and regularly partake in workplace training to ensure our clients receive coaching that is second to none.
Horse riding is great for both physical and mental health and well-being. Introducing clients to the benefits of horses and riding and witnessing the transition from nervous smiles and laughter to a laughter of happiness and confidence makes my day and is an honor to be a part of.
Above all, my favourite part of the job is working with our NDIS clients. It's wonderful to see them push fear and doubt aside and achieve something they didn't believe they could. Their day to day world can be so different to ours, but they soon learn that they are capable of riding and achieving just as much as anyone else can. Any achievement is worth celebrating, no matter how big or small and one thing is for certain. No one ever goes home from PMHRC without a happy heart and smile on their face, including me.