Melanie Byrne, who owns Heritage Riding, is an Equestrian Federation of Australia Level 2 General and British Horse Society Intermediate Instructor and holds a Diploma of Equine Management VCAH Glenormiston.
Melanie did her instructor coaching training in the UK for three years and on her return established Heritage Riding. Melanie trains and rides at Grand Prix Level Dressage, and teaches a select number of clients in Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing. She has been working in the horse Industry for 41 years and Coaching for 36 years.
Her vast experience ranges from:
Melanie did not come from a 'horsey' family but was horse mad from 2 years old and her parents thought if by the age of 5 they did not do something about her pony addiction she would follow the next horse and never come home again. As a result Melanie got her first pony at the age of 6 and the rest is history. The same all consuming passion and love for horses as a little girl still fuels what she does today in her coaching and riding. Horses are simply a way of life!!
Melanie trained with Edgar and Marianne Lichtwark for 20 years and now trains with Spanish Olympian Rafael Soto. Her own interest is now in Dressage, but having previously Evented, she enjoys teaching both the skills required in dressage and jumping disciplines.
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