Our Instructors are constantly learning and have been attending various courses and clinics over the past few months to ensure that they stay up to date with the latest teaching methods. This, together with them attending regular weekly lessons with some of SA’s top riders, ensures that only the highest level of tuition is given at Farnham.
All Farnham’s instructors receive their own top-class instruction from Tamar, Barry and Lorette. By receiving this coaching, we can ensure that our instructor team remains at the forefront of all the latest riding techniques and innovations.
Owner / Head Instructor
Tamar has had a love for horses her whole life.
Spending her childhood years in a busy and competitive stable yard, taught her all she needed to know about running a yard of her own. Receiving tuition from one of South Africa’s top ranking riders - Barry Taylor, Tamar opened Farnham Riding School & Livery Yard with the plan in mind to offer only top quality tuition and livery service.
Tamar is a SANEF level 1 and 2 qualified instructor and received the highly recognised qualification of FEI level 1 coach in 2009. Tamar specialises in competitive riders and teaches with great enthusiasm, with the focus being on horse and rider being a team to achieve their personal goals. The success of Tamar’s pupils speaks for itself and her dedication and passion for the sport and her clients is obvious in the consistent results they achieve.
Tamar competes at 1m50 level and has had a very successful career on her horses Toko & Chin Chin (Chuckles). Tamar has competed in the South African Derby, as well as most World Cup Qualifier shows around South Africa, Her highlight to date is winning the very prestigious Nissan 6-Bar Event in 2014, clearing the jump at 1m77 on her pride and joy, Toko.
Petrus discovered his love for horses when working as a groom at the yard where Dayle and Tamar started riding.
Starting at a very young age amongst a much older groom staff, Petrus made sure he learned as much as he could about the sport and his favourite animal.
On arriving and working at Farnham, Tamar noticed Petrus’ obvious passion for his job and offered to teach him to ride and coach. Taking to the saddle like a duck to water, and taking to the arena with great enthusiam, Petrus proved very early on that he had chosen the right career. Not only has Petrus got a natural talent in the saddle, but his patience and love for his clients of all ages is obvious.
Petrus also coaches toddlers at Broadacres Farm School. Petrus’ equine dream is to one day compete at top level in show-jumping.
Seb recently joined Farnham Riding School, and he has a great passion and love for horses, feels like he's been here forever.
Seb started riding when he was 2 years old, grew up with horses at home with the whole family riding. He had several competitive ponies and horses and traveled all over South Africa competing in all discipline and representing his province several times. Seb has recently finished up overall second place in the Hilmar Meyer series. With all the travelling and tours he has participated in, in 2016 has filled him with so much knowledge for the sport.
Seb's passion lies in showjumping and is inspired everyday by his coach and role model, Barry Taylor. He's currently riding in the 1.40 classes and aspires to jump in the 1.50 SA Derby.
He is a patient thorough and passionate instructor that loves to pass on his experience and knowledge to clients.
Vicky has been riding for 26 years and is a dressage enthusiast. Vicky got her first pony at 2 and started competing in showjumping and eventing as a child rider. Vicky shifted her focus to dressage in her early 20's and is now a passionate and highly competitive dressage rider, well known in the dressage circles. Vicky has competed internationally in both the para and able-bodied classes. The highlight of Vicky's career to date was riding for the South African Equestrian Team and competing at the World Equestrian Games in 2014. Vicky is an enthusiastic and passionate coach and loves emparting knowledge to all her riders and watching them grow and understand the sport.
For as long as I Can remember I have been in love with horses. I wish to share this love with every person I teach. At 4 years old my dad put me on a pony at a nursery and that was it, a passion was born. I started lessons and at age 9 I got my first pony. As a child rider I was offered the opportunity to compete in showing for a welsh pony stud and as a junior I was given some fantastic horses to do showjumping on and competed them up to 1.10m. When they were sold on I took to schooling up your horses of all breeds and was involved with both an Arabian and Appaloosa stud,breeding, schooling, showing and jumping their horses. As an adult I bought myself a young Warm-blood stallion off a stud farm and backed and schooled him. We competed in Showjumping and he was sold to a breeder. I was left with his foal who I backed and schooled myself and who I've recently started eventing. My love of schooling stretches to my pupils as I thrive on seeing people and horses excel and grow. I have years of knowledge across all disciplines to pass on and am a firm believer that we can all learn something everyday.