John Saint Ryan Australia Visit 2019

Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales

March 2019

John has a reputation as a truly talented, kind & gentle horseman. Whether it is working with championship show equestrians or dedicated recreational riders, his focus in teaching is the same: “to help students develop a deeper level of communication with their horses & unlock the potential that each horse has to offer.” JSR

John will be coming to Australia in March 2019 and teaching 5 clinics and private lessons in Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.

For clinic info and booking details scroll to the end of this page.

About John

John Saint Ryan works with horses & riders in every discipline, & at all levels, with a focus on bridging natural horsemanship techniques with the principles of classical riding. He draws from his experience working under the guidance of Tom Dorrance & from his work with Master Horseman Jose Manuel Martin de Leon of Spain, & Rodrigo de Costa Mattos, of Portugal.

Unlike many established Clinicians who are happy to work at the level they have achieved, John continues to strive to improve himself in the study of advanced horsemanship. John will help each rider improve by directing them toward a deeper understanding of their horse, & ultimately working toward riding skills that incorporate the feel, timing & balance necessary to lead to a light & responsive horse. He has a reputation as a truly talented, kind & gentle horseman.

Whether he is working with Championship Show Equestrians or dedicated recreational riders, his focus in teaching is the same: “I want to help the student develop a deeper level of communication with their horses & unlock the incredible potential that each horse has to offer.

For more information about John visit: www.johnsaintryan.com and www.domavaquerainstruction.com

John’s Horsemanship Clinics

Participants will be helped to develop a clearer understanding with their equine partner through school exercises which will be designed on the day, dependent on the abilities of the riders taking part. At all times John will try to challenge your skills by encouraging you & opening up new ideas & ways to develop your communication with a view to helping your horse become healthier & stronger physically, while at the same time building confidence in both you & your horse so that you can become more ‘together’.


John’s horsemanship clinics cater for novice riders &/or beginner horses through to more advanced riders and their horses. For John’s Horsemanship clinics participants should be able to control their horse in a group situation at walk, trot & canter. The central philosophy of Feel, Timing and Balance will be explained using school exercises to develop the connection between you & your horse.
For the more advanced riders and horses, class participants will have the opportunity to try and practice various exercises taken from the truly classical way and make sense of why they would be of value to the rider and the horse. Incorporated into this will be the philosophy of how we should present these movements and exercises to the horse without force and in the true spirit of good horsemanship. John will invite questions from the group in an effort to de-mystify what may at first seem too ‘difficult’ or ‘complex’.


Participants booking in to John’s clinic should have a serious interest in the overall approach to educating the horse and rider. If you are looking for specific help for yourself and your horse on a particular project then private lessons is your best option. Before attending John’s clinic spend some time identifying your hopes and wishes for your particular discipline and your horsemanship journey.

John’s Working Equitation & Garrocha Clinics

John’s Working Equitation clinics involve an overall look at the 4 phases. Working Dressage, Obstacle Test, Speed Test and cattle with regard to how we can best prepare our horse for each phase.

The clinic will involve an examination of what riders perceive as their horses weaknesses and their strong points and examine the various movements and learning to avoid common mistakes for each movement, for example, bending the neck too much in counter canter.

John will explain how using the Dressage test as a benchmark for the Obstacles is important, recognizing that the horse’s confidence in overcoming the obstacles is so dependent on their education via the fundamental movements within the Dressage test. Again, the clinic will examine the various movements within the Obstacle Test and learning to avoid common mistakes such as anticipating obstacles and ’taking over’ in a way that is detrimental.

John emphasis the understanding that speed only comes through correct presentation and understanding of the cues/signals we have taught. The horse may often get the blame for ‘poor performance’ when the human is in fact not allowing enough time for the horse to understand what is required.

Each rider will have time to ask specific questions relating to their horse and what they are hoping to achieve.  Again all riders are encouraged to stay focused as John helps another, simply because many times the way of working is far more important than the particular method of ‘fixing’ a problem.

For the Garrocha component of the clinics, these will depend on the experience of participants and horses and may include Garrocha handling & exercises on the ground, getting your horse used to the Garrocha, Garrocha work from horseback and working on techniques.

Testimonial’s  from John’s students:

“John has a unique ability to communicate freely with horses. He understands them and they him. He provides a safe learning environment and works to instill confidence in both the horse and the rider. Working with John has been a pleasure in every instance. His methods are sound and provide a firm foundation for continuous success while training. John is a suitable trainer for young and old horses and riders alike. Your horse will love John Saint Ryan.”Amie

“John Ryan’s ability to size up a horse, understand the situation from the horse’s point of view, and work with the owner/rider to allow them to learn is tremendous. His patience and calm manner has rubbed off on me, and significantly increased my ability to use his teaching methods and ‘tips’ to better work with and improve my horses and riding abilities. He is a complete trainer: from the ground, in the saddle, recommending and offering advice with respect to tack and training aids, and building confidence in the owner/rider through knowledge and understanding. He’s the best!!!”Danny

“…Being able to read the emotions of both (horse and rider) and encouraging them to proceed at a pace not so slow as to be boring, but not so quick as to scare both parties concerned is a delicate process. To let someone guide you there takes faith. I have complete faith in John Saint Ryan and his love for people and for horses.”Laurie

Australian Clinic Dates and Venues

John will be coming to Australia in March 2019 and teaching 5 clinics and private lessons in Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.

For all WA clinic bookings and venue information contact:

AMT Equestrian Services
info@amtequestrian.com.au
Phone: 0413038232

For all Vic and NSW clinic bookings contact:

Brenda Millott
FB:  Molyullah Mountain Trail
E: brenda@molyullahmountaintrail.com.au
P: 0357666459
M: 0417713275

For Vic and NSW Venue information (Accommodation, Camping, O/N  Agistment and Stable hire) plese contact individual venues (see below)

For general questions about John and his teaching please contact AMT Equestrian Services at info@amtequestrian.com.au or call 0413038232 or 0477655650.

Western Australia Clinics

3 Day Horsemanship Clinic

3 Day Horsemanship Clinic

9 to 11 March 2019

Venue: AMT Equestrian Services, Gidgegannup, W
Cost: $590 rider (12 rider limit)
Auditors: $50 per day
Bookings & Venue: info@amtequestrian.com.au or 0413038232

2 Day Working Equitation & Garrocha Clinic

2 Day Working Equitation & Garrocha Clinic

13 and 14 March 2019

Venue: Brookleigh Equestrian Estate, Swan Valley, WA
Cost: $450 rider (12 rider limit)
Auditors: $50 per day
Bookings & Venue: info@amtequestrian.com.au or 041303823

Victoria Clinics

2 Day Horsemanship & Garrocha Clinic

2 Day Horsemanship & Garrocha Clinic

16 and 17 March 2019

Venue: Mayflower Ridge, Rokeby, Vic
Cost: $420 rider (12 rider limit)  Auditors: $50 per day
Bookings Contact: Brenda Millott  0357666459 or 0417713275 brenda@molyullahmountaintrail.com.au
Venue Contact: Sue McKibben (Mayflower Ridge) (03)5626 8226
Accommodation available (limited)

2 Day Working Equitation Clinic

2 Day Working Equitation Clinic

19 and 20 March 2019

Venue: Rimni Park, 5510 Great Alpine Rd, Ovens Valley, Vic.
Cost: $420 rider (12 rider limit)
Auditors: $50 per day

Bookings Contact: Brenda Millott  0357666459 or 0417713275 brenda@molyullahmountaintrail.com.au

Venue Contact: Nadine O’Sullivan (Rimini Park Performance Horses) at riminipark@gmail.com or 0427 511 571

Accommodation available
Camping available

Private Lessons with John Saint Ryan

Private Lessons with John Saint Ryan

21 March 2019

Venue: Rimni Park, 5510 Great Alpine Rd, Ovens Valley, Vic
Cost: $140 per rider – 2 hr lesson – group of three
Auditors: $50 per day
Bookings Contact: Brenda Millott  0357666459 or 0417713275 brenda@molyullahmountaintrail.com.au
Venue Contact: Nadine O’Sullivan (Rimini Park Performance Horses) at riminipark@gmail.com or 0427 511 571

New South Wales Clinics

3 Day Horsemanship & Garrocha Clinic

3 Day Horsemanship & Garrocha Clinic

25 to 27 March 2019

Venue: Banyandah, Howlong,  N.S.W.
Cost: $590 rider (12 rider limit)
Auditors: $50 per day

Bookings Contact: Brenda Millott  0357666459 or 0417713275 brenda@molyullahmountaintrail.com.au

Venue Contact: Jane Reid (Banyandah Naturally) at banyandahnaturally@bigpond.com.au or (02)60268800

Accommodation available

Camping available

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