Above All Else Learning Must Be Fun
The Riding School
For all at Farmhill Riding School it is important that everyone enjoys their time with horses, which is one of the most rewarding experiences anyone can have. Our instructors keep this at the forefront of all their teaching, and with our indoor school even the bad weather we’re all used to can’t put a damper on things!
It’s great to see the nervous looks replaced by smiles as our beginners start to relax and trust their horse or pony, and to see their confidence grow as they progress through the lessons.
At Farmhill we have high hopes for all our pupils – with a background in High Performance Sport we can’t wait to see some of our pupils competing at high level!
The Riding School is available for children from 4 years old and up, and we also teach adults too! – you’re never too old to learn.
Horse riding has numerous benefits for those with Autism:
‘Riding horses is fun, and even people with severe autism can do well at riding. Horses calm riders with autism, allowing them to focus, think and accept training. The desire to ride also allows us to encourage positive behaviours and gently discourage negative behaviours.’
Meet the Team
Our Riding School Instructors
Natasha Lowry has always had a strong passion for animals, especially horses and dogs. She started riding and being around horses in 2013, when she started taking lessons at her local riding school.
From then she has had lots of different experiences with horses – working with youngsters to the schoolmasters and oldies. Natasha aims to instill this knowledge and experience into her pupils.
In the last 10 years Natasha has achieved her British Horse Society (BHS) Stage 1 and Stage 2, and also has Preliminary Teaching Test, as well First Aid Qualification.
Katie is from the Newtownabbey area and has always had a keen interest in horses.
Katie starting riding and participating in pony club from the age of 4, progressing through to bringing on and competing her own horse. Katie is currently working towards achieving her British Horse Society (BHS) stage 3 teach qualification, having already achieved up to stage 3 horse management and riding and stage 2 teach by the age of 18.
Currently Katie is studying for her BSc (Hons) in Equine Management. Also Katie has qualified for first aid qualification through the BHS and child safeguarding through pony club.