About Phillips Equine

We are a family of horse riders: Phillips Equine currently has 5 regular qualified instructors to cater for everyone.

Hidden away, we have an awesome 50 acres of our own to play in plus access to neighbouring farms.

We have specially built facilities for horses including stables, all weather arenas (including lights), 1000m sand training track, and cross country jumps.

We are a family based riding school that has been in the horse industry for the past 3 generations.

Phillips family Jay Phillips Ellé Phillips Lorraine Phillips Dean Phillips
From Left: Jay Phillips, Ellé Phillips, Lorraine Phillips, Dean Phillips

Lorraine Phillips

Lorraine Phillips is the managing director and has been operating the riding school since 2006. With a love of horses and a passion for sharing that enjoyment Lorraine is considered the events co-ordinator, spending hours organising and preparing events and lessons to ensure that all riders not only learn new skills but have varied and regular opportunities to put their skills into practice.

Lorraine is

  • Vice-President of Waikato Area Pony Club
  • District Commissioner of Parenga Pony Club
  • New Zealand Pony Club B Examiner
  • Equestrian Sports New Zealand Coach Educator
  • Training For You - field officer
  • Equestrian Coaches Training Programme Assessor

Dean Phillips

Dean Phillips was a professional jockey, riding in many races from the age of 12.

Dean is renowned and respected for his horsemanship skills in particular training young horses.

He is a New Zealand Racing Approved Employer and has trained many apprentices.

As part of our continuing commitment to provide and pass on life rewarding skills, he regularly teaches horsemanship skills – both on and off the ground.

Dean often gives demonstrations with horses, including educating young horses, shoeing, and equine dentistry.

Dean can often be seen at our event days helping the beginner riders in their first competition over the jumps!

Ellé Phillips

Our daughter Ellé Phillips (27 years old), has a very exciting season ahead, with training and bringing on a team of horses.

Her aims are to compete in both young rider and horse grand prix classes this coming season, along with the age series classes in which she’s bringing up horses through the grades. Ellé moved on from very successful seasons on ponies, finishing 2nd in Pony of the Year 2012 on Fruitalishas, and 2nd in North Island Pony Grand Prix on Guess Once More, and numerous other wins and placings.

Her goal is to ride for New Zealand, and she is currently seeking additional support for the up and coming season to allow her to get exposure at top competitions in New Zealand and abroad.

More About Ellé Phillips

Equine Services by Ellé Phillips

Jay Phillips

Our son Jay Phillips at 25 years is a keen horseman and the speed devil of the family.

He has a particular fondness for riding all sizes of ponies and horses and can be often called upon to do bare back jumping demonstrations!

As experienced rider, Jay has taken over, his father's role of riding all our "breakers" and young horses giving them sound education from the ground up. Jay is also gaining valuable experience working under race horse trainers in Cambridge.

Aged 13 Jay was the main actor for Walt Disney "What a life".

Jay assists in many of the horse activities that we run and runs the "Boy's Only" riding lessons.

Both Ellé and Jay will be bringing out several young horses, with the aim of competing in the Young Horse Show Jumping series classes.