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Susan Turner-Davis

Susan Turner-Davis is the owner of Yass Riding School and principal coach.

For many years Susan has been traumatised when observing the manner in which many horses
were being treated and trained - actually that includes all animals, which in part lead her into coaching and training horses.

Over the last couple of years many equestrian stakeholders have released statistics on horse accidents, causes and, rates. After studying these statistics it became clear to Susan that as a coach and horse trainer, what we were doing with our coaching and training was sadly lacking and we need to do it better!

By giving riders a clear knowledge of equine learning capabilities, you instantly allow horse handlers (of any ages) to handle and ride their equines with a much higher degree of accuracy of timing, skill, and safety. By this the wastage rate of horses (being sent to the knackery) can be reduced.

After studying Equitation Science, the biomechanics and mental requirements of horse riding combining that with the latest research on horse care and welfare, Susan developed her own program of progress training for horse enthusiastic people incorporating horse handling, riding (some folks do not undertake riding) and horse care.

As a junior member of Mersey Valley Pony Club (in Tasmania) she represented her club in eventing at State level, gained her B and pony club instructor's certificates and held the position of District Commissioner for three years.She has competed successfully in all Olympic disciplines, "B" Grade show jumping, official Novice Eventing and Prix St George dressage. She is a qualified EA, R DA, CAD Level 1., General Principals National Coach Level II, on the official National dressage judges panel, and an EA Horse Trials Technical Delegate.

Susan also holds her Certificate IV in Workplace assessment and training. Although Susan started in pony club, she has also successfully held her racehorse's trainers license in Tasmania including riding in amateur races and hunt races. Susan was lucky enough to train with Franz Meringa, Numo Olivera, Ginny Holgate, Martin Plewar Christopher Bartle plus many other wonderful coaches giving her a broad spectrum of knowledge, but probably the most influential trainer Susan has worked with, is one of her ex-pupils from the King Island Pony Club - Dr Andrew McLean.(


2015 for ANDREW KELLY is a very busy one - working full time in Canberra for defence and studying Equine Science a Wagga university, we wish Andrew our best for his work and studies and look forward to him having time to coach regularly with YRS again.

Andrew has been involved in equestrian activities for more than 12 years. His equestrian riding and training experiences started after many years of playing and/or coaching in a range of sports including Rugby, Touch Football, Australian Rules, Soccer and Netball. Andrew's training background comes as a result of his Service in the Australian Army where he was employed on a number of occasions as an Instructor. Through this Service he gained his Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

The motivator for Andrew's decision to learn to ride came from the Australian Light Horse's participation in the Centenary of the Australian Army held in Canberra in 2001. Andrew learned to ride through the National Equestrian Centre Kerrabee. He participated as a "mature aged student" learning the basics before moving into the world of horse ownership. Simultaneously Andrew supported his son's involvement in Pony Club including a period as Kambah Pony Club's Training Officer while developing his knowledge of horses through his own reading and association with local stockman. Andrew has been involved in Australian Light Horse remembrance activities throughout the region since he started riding. Of note is his ongoing involvement in ANZAC Day at the RSL's National Ceremony conducted in the foregrounds of the Australian War Memorial and his participation in the mounted escort for the Governor of New South Wales attendance at Reserve Forces Day in Macquarie Street Sydney.

Andrew is an Equestrian Australia trainee Introductory Coach and is working towards his Equestrian Australia Level I (General) coaching qualification. He is also studying Equitation Science through the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre and competes in dressage and horse trials on his horse Tex.

Andrew Kelly



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Address Info

Yass Riding School
138 Manton Road
Yass NSW 2582

Contact details
Mobile: 0402 596 252