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This package is designed to develop riders' understanding of the classical way to train and ride Dressage. You will have two lessons per day. You will also work in liberty with the horses plus some horsemanship as well. Avoca Park has been created over the last 28 years as an educational facility in all facets of horses.
The teachers have a variety of qualifications, up to and including Level 3 Equestrian Australia and Level 1 Licensed Teacher of the School of Légèreté. Leanne also has competition experience up to and including Grand Prix, all with horsemanship depth. All school horses have been trained in the way of the School of Légèreté and are suitable for all levels of riders.
Surrounded by manicured gardens all year round, Avoca Park has something to offer everyone.
The apartment, which is situated within the covered arena, gives couples a perfect view of the day to day Classical training activities of the horses at Avoca Park. You will also have the opportunity to sit in on many lessons, if you would like, outside your own. This peaceful environment enables guests to prepare for their own training sessions.
Within the apartment, you will find an extraordinarily comfortable double bed with a flat-screen TV and a DVD player, all supplied with DVDs. This room has a recently renovated en-suite bathroom with a shower and hand basin but a communal toilet is outside the room.
The bunkhouse is fully self-contained and has everything you may need like a kitchen, lounge with a flat-screen TV and DVD player, and a variety of DVDs supplied. It has a single bedroom with a double bed and a bunk room with four bunk beds (8 beds all set up with amazing mattresses, doonas, and pillows). This option is perfect for families or groups of friends.
Settle in and have a wander around the property, this is an opportunity to meet all horses, dogs, cats, cocky, and, of course, Avoca Park's beloved donkey. There will be a fully catered Australian welcome barbecue dinner.
A little sleep-in will be allowed on your first morning, you can follow this with your first working introduction to the horses. You will then be taken on an outing to a beautiful, local sparkling wine winery for some wine tasting and lunch. Come back in the afternoon for your first private lesson with Leanne where you will get to discuss your goals for the week. Following your lessons, there will be a happy hour and you can have your prepared dinner.
Tuesday morning will have you arising and preparing for your second lesson in In-hand work, this will be a group session, this way, the conversations will run a little deeper. Avoca Park will then take you off to the local native sanctuary for the afternoon with one of their homemade picnic lunches.
Upon returning to Avoca Park, your horses will be saddled for you and be ready for your private lesson with Leanne, this is followed up with a lovely local glass of wine with matching cheese and crackers. Dinner will be prepared for you by the in-house chef
Wednesday morning will have you up and at it early enough to take over your already prepared horses for your semi or group-ridden lesson. There will be an outing for lunch at a beautiful local restaurant, Elevation, followed by a rejuvenation session of your choice at the local Day Spa, Skin Renaissance.
Alternatively, you may choose to have an outing to the local chocolaterie for lunch, where you can experience anything and everything CHOCOLATE! Full of food and relaxation, you will come home for your private riding lesson to continue to develop your riding skills. 6 p.m. will bring on happy hour followed by another wonderfully prepared dinner.
Thursday morning will have you out and about for your group/semi lesson. Then the activity of the day is a trip on Puffing Billy from Belgrave to Emerald Lake. Picnic lunch at Emerald Lake will be supplied and you can ride the paddle boats if you so desired. Once you return home from your fun afternoon, you will have your first private lesson with Jason, this will be a Liberty session where you will discover the beauty of connection. Wine and snacks will be waiting for you when you finish this amazing experience.
Friday morning you will have again have a lesson with Jason, this time, using those newly learned connection skills and putting them into the ridden work. The outing this day will be to one of the local national parks where you can have a walk up the 1000 steps where there is a chance of meeting an Australian Lyre Bird. Alternatively, you can have a quiet look around the park while Avoca Park prepares your picnic lunch.
Your final afternoon's private lesson will be with Leanne where you will consolidate all the information you have received of the days you have been with Avoca Park. For your final dinner, Avoca Park will take you to a local winery called Wild Cattle Creek, where you can sit on the deck amongst the grapevines and watch the sunset with a cocktail, this will be followed by a wonderful dinner to remember in the main restaurant.
Saturday can be a sleep-in followed by your last breakfast with Avoca Park, then, it will be time to pack up and they will wave you goodbye to take on the next part of your journey.
Once Leanne has made an assessment of your skills, she will design a program that will rapidly aid you in the development of the proper grounding necessary to educate your horse through the training process. Avoca Park will talk of what you would like to achieve during the days you are with them and they will customize an individual program for your riding objectives.
There will be a combination of semi-private/group and private riding lessons each day with all the amazing instructors and their combined talents. The topics that can/will be covered are:
Group classes are conducted when it is beneficial for the riders or if riders come in pairs or groups. Group lessons are tailored to the goals of each rider just as with an individual lesson. Even though a rider is part of a group, each rider is still treated as an individual and will experience individual instruction during the program.
Avoca Park has helmets of all sizes available for use. All horses have their own handmade leather dressage saddles fitted to them; their individual bridles are all fitted and maintained.
Leanne's desire to put the beauty of Classical Dressage into the competition arena is of utmost importance to her and her understanding of the Equine Bio-Mechanics is a huge asset to this. She can help all riders educate their horse in a clear and respectful manner. She is one of the three Level 1 School of Légèreté Licensed teachers within Australia. She is also an Equestrian Australia Level 3 Dressage Coach and Level 1 General Coach. She has completed a variety of her homebred horses from Novice through to the Grand Prix and loves to share her knowledge and experiences.
For the first 20 years of Jason's studies, he worked with some of the great horsemen around, Buck Brannaman, Pat Parelli, and John Lyons. He has now developed a system of working with horses that keeps the horses' values at the forefront of his training. His Liberty work develops the connection followed by the groundwork for balance and energy, then onto the ridden. This is what lead him to the School of Légèreté where he is now developing the skills for the finishing touches to the overall beaty of the ridden horse.
Avoca Park is situated between the beautiful Yarra Valley, the wine district of Victoria and the Dandenong Ranges, with beautiful bush and tree-fern surroundings. It has a huge variety of tourist sites such as:
All meals on site and picnics are included in the package. Please let us know any dietary requirements and we will let you know if we can cater to your needs.
Please note meals bought when we visit restaurants or wineries, are not included in the package, (Monday's lunch at a local winery, Wednesday lunch at Elevation Restaurant and final dinner at Wild Cattle Creek Winery).
Each evening, Avoca Park supplies an array of pre-dinner cheese, crackers, and antipasto
Avoca Park has amazing local experiences, some of the things they can offer you are:
This is Australia’s favorite steam train and is one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world. This century-old steam train is still running on its original 24-kilometer mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook, through the beautiful forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges.
Wander through the tranquil tracks and meet over 200 species of Australian animals, including the iconic koalas, kangaroos, platypus, dingoes, wombats, and emus, in their natural surrounds. It is internationally renowned for its work saving endangered Australian species at the Australian Wildlife Center. Visit the center, which treats more than 2000 sick and injured native animals every year.
Situated in the heart of Emerald, Victoria, nestled in the forests of the Dandenong Ranges, it offers complete health, wellness, anti-aging, and beauty experience combining natural treatments with the latest cutting-edge therapies from Europe. Relax, refresh, and rejuvenate as you experience their luxurious facial, body, and massage therapies in a tranquil environment.
Be revived and replenished with one of their pamper packages or they can tailor a package to suit your individual needs. This a place to immerse yourself and indulge in treatments that are therapeutic and restorative for your total well being.
Set on 16 hectares, it combines striking architecture with a unique food experience amidst picturesque valley views. The Chocolaterie welcomes you with free entry and abundant free chocolate tastings, displays of thousands of premium chocolates, and large viewing windows where you can see European chocolatiers at work handcrafting creations.
Transfer available for additional US$116 per person
Please arrange your flight to arrive at Melbourne Airport (MEL). Transfers are not yet included in the package but are available at an additional cost of 150 AUD. If you're coming via public transport:
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