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Equine Courses

Equine courses at the National Trade Academy have been developed to meet the needs of the equine industry in New Zealand and abroad. Demand is high for stable-hands and grooms in the racing industry, as well as opportunities existing in a variety of equine related fields such as competitive sport, saddleries, breeding studs, riding schools and trekking guides in the tourism industry. Our courses also offer a great opportunity for riders who want to further their own knowledge and riding ability for personal development.

Turn your passion into a career. Experience the thrill of working with horses.

A qualification in Equine studies will launch your career with horses and open doors to international travel and work in this exciting industry.

Equine coaches at NTA

We take pride in the calibre of our coaching team here at the NTA.

Lee Lyon

NZQA Level 4 Grade One Coach, ESNZ development Coach, Level 4 National Certificate in Equine (Sporthorse). Former coach at Claremont Riding Centre, Australia, worked with racehorses in Perth and coached Equine at Telford for 2 years. Lee is manager of Arion Riding Centre.

Jess Shaab

National Certificate Community Coach Level 3, Level 4 National Certificate in Equine (Sporthorse), Telford Certificate in Equine Studies Level 3. An active competition rider , 2012 achievements included New Zealand Champion Purebred Arabian Mare with Raeward Priscilla and New Zealand Reserve Champion Amateur Rider at the National Arabian Championships.

Hina Martin

Started at Telford where she gained her Level 3 and Level 4 New Zealand Certificates in Equine. On completion Hina started working with Arion Riding Centre as the yard manager in the weekends which soon became full time coaching. Hina is very popular with our younger clients as she has a natural ability to explain with patience and caring. She has been with Arion since 2014 and has built up a loyal and strong client base. Hina also educates the students from National Trade Academy, helping them to gain their qualifications in Equine Skills.

Christian Edmunds

Arrived in New Zealand in 2015 from Worcestershire, England where he grew up at his parents riding school, learning to ride and then coach from a very young age. He has been with Arion since arriving in New Zealand and is a very popular and skilled coach with a style that follows the 'less is more'. Christian has many qualifications including his BHS stage 2, ABRS exams and gaining his NVQ in horsemanship with more on the way. His background knowledge on all disciplines and enjoys sharing this passion with others. Christian is currently enjoying bringing on his young horse with many successes in the Dressage arena. You can book in for either private or group lessons, Christian also runs the Arion Riding Centre Pony Club where you can join and experience all aspects of pony club while using our horses.

For more information on our facilities and instructors please see our page on Arion Riding Centre

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