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.
"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.”
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.
Prudence (Prue) Reid
Horse Safe Australia Accredited
Interests: Western Riding
Prue has owned two horse riding businesses in Far North Queensland for the past 20 years whereupon she taught and took rainforest trail rides in the tourism industry. Her business consisted of Working Equitation, Western Horse Riding and basic riding skills.
Prue comes with a wealth of knowledge for both horse care and rider and hopes to continue riding for many years to come. Prue is coaching western, general riding, returning to riding, kids and adults. She has a very keen following of regular clients. Prue offers western riding on her own schoolmaster "Arnie".
Prue is also mentoring our junior coaches and assisting with lesson content and riding goals.
Eligible for EA Accreditation
Interests: General Riding, Dressage and Hacking.
Calliope is our Centre Supervisor and Riding Coach. Calliope has worked in our business since 2017 and has a deep understanding of our our ethos and values. Calliope's role is to coordinate staff, manage our diary and ensure the horses are cared for with the gold star treatment.
Calliope has studied her EA coaching workbooks and is eligible for accreditation. She is also studying vet nursing and aspires to become a Veterinarian. Calliope is excellent at focussing her attention to the rider's strengths while motivating them to push outside the comfort zone in a safe and controlled setting to achieve their goals.
Counsellor & Equine Assisted Therapist
Kody-Leigh is a registered mental health worker and will be joining us on Fridays to deliver counselling services.
Qualifications include a Bachelor of Psychological Science, Bachelor of Communications, and Graduate Diploma in counselling. Having studied with the Equine Psychotherapy Institute, I’m a fully trained practitioner in equine assisted psychotherapy.
Currently working in mental health locally as a Psychosocial Recovery Coach. Kody-Leigh likes to take a trauma informed, client centred approach, believing the client is the expert in their own story.
Riding Coach & Horse Welfare Guru
Working towards EA accreditation
Interests: Groundwork, Eventing & Dressage.
Felicity has owned and ridden horses since a young age. She grew up in Pony Club, from riding to competing, to instructing and giving back to the community. She has extensive experience in a variety or equine industries including racing, agistment, and high end performance stables.
Felicity is particularly passionate about groundwork and join up, having attended a multitude of horsemanship clinics. She is also interested in evening and promoting versatility in the horse and rider.
Felicity has also studied equine massage and starting horses under saddle.
Riding Coach & Assistant Coordinator
Eligible for EA accreditation
Interests: Dressage, Jumping & Connection.
Milla has been working at PMHRC since November of 2020, she started as a junior assistant during her final years of school and has since studied her EA coaching workbooks and is eligible for accreditation.
Milla is currently studying Certificate 3 in Animal care and uses her free time to ride her own horse Pierre and is gaining experience at a local Veterinary clinic.
Milla is currently available for lessons, and she has a great ability to ensure riders are feeling safe and comfortable through each new riding experience.
Milla has a positive and optimistic attitude which helps riders to handle any challenges that they may encounter.
Interests: flat-work and show jumping
Nicole has been around horses and riding from a young age. She has a passion for show jumping but has also ridden in other disciplines including show riding, sporting and dressage, being the main ones. She has attended and competed in pony club, inter-schools, local shows and at showjumping clubs.
Nicole has a strong focus on ensuring riders learn the fundamentals, so they have the best foundation before the next step is taken. She also enjoys encouraging the love of the animal, not just the love for the sport, so will also focus on other important aspects of horsemanship aside from riding.