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.
I started riding when I was 2 years old and got my first pony at 4.
My passion has always been in show jumping, over the years I have competed in Show jumping, Eventing and dressage. But my love for show jumping has always stuck with me. I studied at Elsenburg Agricultural Collage in Stellenbosch where I obtained my SANEF Level one in Coaching. At the moment I am busy with my Level two wanting to specialize in Show Jumping. I started my Coaching career in Knysna at Ashgrove Equestrian Centre, teaching all different levels of Show Jumping and Dressage, also hVE. Few clients interested in Eventing. Having been around horses my entire life I have the utmost respect for them. I loved every bit of my studying learning and broadening my knowledge about them. I love teaching the sport and sharing my knowledge and love for the horse. I love teaching all levels from beginner to advance and just seeing the look on pupils faces when they have achieved their goal, is more then enough for me.
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.
Donna recently joined the Farnham stable, and with a passion and love for horses, feels like she's been here forever.
Donna's passion for Farnham is obvious and she is always willing to go the extra mile for the clients. Donna loves working in an yard surrounded by dogs and horses and is most commonly seen being followed by her labroador (a firm favourite at the yard).
Donna’s love for the sport lies in sharing her knowledge with all levels of riders. From novice adults to competitive children and juniors, Donna always puts 100% into the riders and is at her happiest when the clients and their horses are achieving their goals.
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.