About Us

It is our Heart that everyone understands the responsibilities of owning a horse and how to care for them. This is why we incorporate this in our lessons so… your learning much more than riding! Everyone starts fresh at Wollemi Hills, there is no judgment on what you do and do not know, all we ask is that you come with a heart to learn, learn from us and from your horse. Everyone is always learning on their horse journey – we are still learning!  and you can only start with what you have. We’ll assist you with natural horsemanship methods and help you to understand the way your horse thinks.  Horses have so much to teach us if we choose to listen.

 

The property has been in the Riley family for the last 3 decades nestled in the beautiful mountains of the Wollemi National Park. We ventured on a journey to start a riding school in March 2018 which has grown more than we could’ve anticipated.

Learning not just how to ride but how to work with your horse on the ground, overcome problems, build confidence and create a true understanding of how horses work is crucial to your adventure with horses. I (Aleana) have experienced first hand the frustrations that can come with owning a horse, learning to ride and growing through confidence issues. After having a minor fall in my early years of riding, it taught me the importance of knowing how horses work, to respect their strength and work with their energy instead of against it. It encouraged me to slow down and take more notice of horses and their movements, personality and behaviour patterns. Patience grows and you become more self-aware as you realise you have more of an effect on horses then you may think.

We commend you on taking the first step in your journey and seeking out experienced hands to help you on your way. Hopefully we can help connect the dots, fill in the gaps and get you well on your way to enjoying this privileged gift of horsemanship.

 

Senior Instructor – Aleana Riley

Hi! I’m Aleana – I’ll be the one providing most of the lessons. I grew up on a property riding out on trails from a young age. During this time I had a lot of experiences with the likes of cheeky ponies and runaway horses. This allowed me to experience all types of behaviors in horses and challenge myself in overcoming obstacles and fears.

When I was only7 I decided to canter on my dad 15hh Appaloosa x Stock Horse without permission and I met the ground not just physically but my pride as well. I then went on a long journey to rebuild my confidence as a rider. I believe this experience helped me to very aware of my surroundings and has made me a cautious rider, staying in tune with where the horse is at all the time.  It is my absolute passion to help people rebuild their confidence and enjoy their horses. It doesn’t all have to be about training regimes or competition but simply getting along with your horse and feeling safe around them again.

In case you need the paper…
I’m a qualified Riding Instructor with

– Horse Safety Australia Instructor and Trail guide

– PCA Preliminary Instructor

– Certificate III in Performance Horse with TAFE NSW

– A saddle fitting statement of attainment

On top of this, I have worked in the horse industry in areas such as trail riding, school riding, endurance riding, classical, pony club, etc.

Competing for a little fun in Team Penning and Show Jumping

 


Assistant Instructor – Lydia Riley

Lydia, has been riding since she was knee-high. She is an experienced rider competing in show jumping and other various events with her horse Dakota and will be assisting with Group lessons on most occasions. Her latest big achievement was winning the NSW State Show Jumping C Grade division at Pony Club in 2019. She had big hopes for 2020 in B Grade but unfortunately, it came to halt with all the covid-19 restrictions but she hasn’t let that stop her. She’s currently taken on an off the track standardbred to reeducate and then rehome. She is determined and focused and this helps her in all her training. She like to have fun with her training gymnastising the horses through grids and testing their athletic ability. She definitely has something to teach all of us.

 

 


We’d like to give a special thank you to Clear Light Photography who are responsible for most of our amazing photos! https://clearlightphotography.com.au/