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Critter is 7 years old


13.2hh Northland breed. He has a calm nature and loves to play games.

Used for Therapeutic Riding and lead rein and walking riding lessons.



Toby is 14yrs old


Toby is used for ground work and grooming sessions. He is the right height for small children to work with. Loves attention



Gregory is 8 years old.


He is a good all rounder and is used for Riding Lessons and Therapeutic Riding.



Nero is 7yrs old



Clydesdale/Thoroughbred cross. Attended Pony Club, Ribbon Days, Dressage and more. He has a calm nature and loves to play games.

Used for Therapeutic Riding, mother and daughter sessions.



Jimmy is 7 years old



Used for Lead rein Riding Lessons and Therapeutic Riding sessions and off lead confident riders.



Chilli is 8 yrs old



Northland Bred pony. Spent time at Riding Camps and teaching children to ride. 

Used for Riding Lessons and Therapeutic Riding.


Charilie is 14 years old



Miniture Gelding, used for lead rein rides and Therapeutic Riding. Loves cuddles



Toi Toi is 7 years old



Used for riding lessons

Therapeutic Riding


To provide a safe a encouraging environment where children with mild disabilities can improve their overall health and well-being through the use of horses.

Riding Lessons


To provide the foundation, guidance and instruction for children to learn, improve and maintain skills in their chosen area of the equestrian sport.


Shelley Thomson has been involved with horses for over 20 years either riding, competing, schooling or jugding at local dressage and ribbon days. Over the last 10 years Shelley has been teaching riders of  all levels, ages and abilities. She has completed beginner to senior coaches courses with New Zealand Pony Club Association (D, C, C+ and above riding and theory). In November 2015 she completed a Hippotherapy Level One course in WA, Perth.


In December 2013 Shelley graduated as an Occupational Therapist at Auckland University of Technology.  Following this worked with older adults in the community assessing their needs and spending time volunteering to assist children with Autism, Down Syndrome and Developmental Delays, has attended workshops in Framework for Autism in New Zealand, Equine Assisted Learning, Manual Handling and St Johns First Aid for Children in January 2016.


Shelley is a compassionate person dedicated to doing the best work possible to better the lives of individuals who experience daily challenges. She strongly believes that all individuals are entitled to have the best tools and guidance available giving them the same opportunities as others so they can engage with family and friends within their community. It is very rewarding to be part of their journey to be more relaxed, confident and to improve their physical capabilities.


Headway Equestrian is set on 10 acres in Jackson Way, Silverdale.

Shed with attached tack room/feed room

3m x 4m covered yard 

3.6 x 3.6 m concrete yard

2 small holding paddocks

20m x 40m cushionride dressage arena, flat paddock for jumping and games

Cross country jumps intro to pre-training and show jumps available

4 large paddocks with different gradients for riding and all year round grazing



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