Stablehand Needed – Casual Role

We are a small team of three and currently caring for up to 20 horses.

We are now looking for an additional helper for 2 – 3 mornings per week. The work entails cleaning of 6 yards and 4 stables, feeding, watering and other basic stable/yard duties. It is physically demanding work where a “good enough” attitude is simply not enough.

You will require:

1 good basic horse knowledge and experience
2 excellent attention to detail skills
3 a fit and healthy body
4 a “can do” attitude
5 a realistic understanding of what the work entails
6 good solid common sense
7 a pleasant, polite disposition
8 an awareness and commitment to safety around horses

Wage is above award.

Please submit your resume to if you are interested and think you might be a suitable candidate.

Thomas Muehlenbeck Clinic June 2-4 2017

Thomas Muehlenbeck – Pferdewirtschaftsmeister, EA Level 3 Dressage Specialist, EA QLD and National Coach of the year 2014, brings his unique and passionate coaching style to the Newcastle area.

Thomas trained as a professional in his field in Germany and after many successful years, decided to relocate to Australia, which has now been his home for the past 18 years. Thomas has the ability to work with all levels of horse/rider combination and has brought countless riders though the levels to Grand Prix.

Thomas has a classical approach to dressage, concentrating on suppleness and harmony and effective communication between horse and rider. If you would like to take your riding to the next level Southern Stars Dressage and Eque-Fitt Australia suggest you consider this clinic.

Open to all riders of all levels and disciplines

** SPECTATORS WELCOME at nominated times **

Clinic Cost: $190.00 per 45min lesson

Clinic venue: Hunter Valley Equestrian Centre, end of M1 Blackhill

Maree Tompkinson Clinic July 25 and 26

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SSD /¬†Eque-Fitt Australia will be attending both days of the Maree Tompkinson clinic held at Australian Equine Institute at Hunter Valley with three horses, Southern Gem, Southern WorldStern and Rivendell Whispering ūüôā

Breaking NEWS!

Commencing May 14th  2015

Small Animal Acupuncture Clinic every Friday                                                              

Contact: Cooks Hill Veterinary Clinic           

292 Darby Street, Cooks Hill, NSW 2300                                Ph: 02 4925 2999

Why not – Acupuncture for Animals!




Acupuncture and TCM can benefit all life stages (juvenile, adult, and senior) and a variety of conditions. Determining and resolving the underlying reasons illness are occurring is one of the aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s approach that can reduce the cumulative effect of chronic illness. Since most pets’ health problems are diagnosed once illness has become very advanced, it’s vital to strive to prevent disease from occurring.

What Can Acupuncture Do for My Horse, Dog or Cat?

  1. Acupuncture stimulates the release of the body’s own pain relieving and anti-inflammatory substances.
  2. Relaxation of muscles at the site of needle insertion and more distant locations body is achieved with acupuncture treatment, creating both a local and generalized pain relieving effect.
  3. Acupuncture improves tissue blood flow, oxygenation, and removal of metabolic wastes and toxins.
  4. Unlike prescription and over the counter pain medications, acupuncture lacks potential adverse side effects for your pet’s internal organs.
  5. Your pet’s medications or supplements will not adversely interact with acupuncture treatment; therefore it can safely be used to treat a variety of illnesses.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

The goal of acupuncture is to promote the body to heal itself. From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, acupuncture encourages healing by correcting energy imbalances in the body. Acupuncture enhances blood circulation, nervous system stimulation, and the release of anti-inflammatory and pain relieving hormones.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into body tissue where nerve bundles and blood vessels come together. These collections of nervous and vascular tissue are termed acupuncture points, which course over all aspects of the body’s surface on meridians (energy channels). The meridians permit a cycle of energy to occur throughout the entire body over the course of the day’s 24 hours.

Besides needle insertion, other acupuncture treatments include:


Administration of pressure to acupuncture points to elect an effect comparable to needle insertion. This is great for hard to reach locations, behaviorally challenging pets, and for circumstances needle treatment may not be available.


Application of a heated Chinese herbal compound to needles. Heat is very beneficial to pets that are older or suffering from conditions involving joint stiffness and/or muscular soreness.

Electrostimulation (Estim)

Coursing electric current into the body between needles inserted into acupuncture points. Estim relaxes spasming muscles and can aid the body in reestablishing nervous impulses when nerve damage has occurred (nerve root or spinal cord damage from a ruptured intervertebral disc, etc).


Using laser energy to stimulate acupuncture points. This “hot” topic in physical rehabilitation is actually very “cool,” as most lasers don‚Äôt generate significant heat that burns hair or skin. Lasers are great for providing “needle-less” acupuncture treatments especially on patients that don‚Äôt¬†readily tolerate needle insertion.

Horse training spot currently available!

If you have been considering training for a while, why not do so now. We currently have available one place for horse training. (please remember we are always available for horse/rider combo, rider training on our school horse or equine/canine acupuncture sessions)
Training is gentle but assertive and biomechanically correct coming from the angle of the horse, knowledgeable and professional in a safe, stress free environment.
Please contact us to discuss your requirements

Fb: SouthernStarsDressage

Ph: Training: 0428 973543 or Acupuncture: 0409 338518


EqueFitt Australia Clinic – Raymond Terrace, Newcastle, NSW


For anyone interested in working on ridden posture and improving their “body to horse” communication there are two¬†spots still available in the clinic being held at the Raymond Terrace RDA on Saturday March 28.

If a rider is tight or uneven through their body they can influence their horse to move or act differently without realising.

Your horse may be displaying such things as:

– Holding unnecessary tension through his body
– Moving unevenly in one direction
– Finding bend to one direction difficult
– Difficult to slow down
– Difficult to move forward
– Inconsistent into the contact
– Finding canter transitions difficult
– Not striding correctly in walk, trot and canter
– Carrying his hindquarters to one side

There will also be a qualified equine acupuncture therapist who works in with Tanase at the RDA on the day of the clinic for anyone who would like an assessment or treatment done on their horse.

Please contact:
Tanase at or
Deb at

Lessons are $65 and will run for 50 minutes.

Acupuncture sessions are $60.00

Eques-Fitt Australia clinic and Central Coast Competition

What a busy weekend!
Saturday: held a mini Eque-Fitt Aust clinic at our local RDA arena and had a photo session happening at the same time. Saturday evening was preparation time for Southern Gem and Mystic Keisha for Sunday Dressage comp on the central coast.

Southern Gem managed a blue ribbon in his first ever official Medium start today …good boy. However, we had a slight discussion during the second test that did not bode well for a good score. Mystic Keisha’s tests …¬†One was very sweet, the other not so much…..¬†however her¬†scores¬†were quite¬†pleasing – Novice level tests¬†2nd place 73.35%!!! and 5th 66.89%

Both horses achieved qualifying scores for the larger competitions later in the year. Not bad for the first official comp following¬†the rider’s¬†Baby Break ūüôā

Live In Groom/Working Pupil Opportunity

Working pupil/horse hand required for FEI dressage rider and Bio mechanics & fitness coach.

Two positions available to start April 2015. Suit an international person with a willingness and hunger to learn.
The role involves the day to day care of a team of dressag horses and clients horses in for training. Tasks include tacking up for 4-9 horses, feeding and watering for a maximum of 15¬†horses, cleaning¬†of 4 boxes and 7 day yards and all aspects of operation management – ¬†garden maintenance/grading arena/mowing (ride-on mower and whipper snipper) / handling young horses if capable. There is the opportunity for regular coaching sessions and if you are a capable enough rider a horse will be allocated for you to train and compete on during your stay.¬†Travel to, and grooming at, Australia’s top dressage competitions is also a possibility. Small weekly wage¬†plus live in, shared 2 bedroom accommodation is offered.¬†This is an excellent opportunity to be part of a friendly, knowledgeable¬†team in a small boutique equestrian¬†environment.

A roster system will allow ample time to explore the surrounding tourist area and beaches.
Please note: we are unable to support a second year working visa applicant.
Please email your expression of interest to