Coaching To Fit The Needs Of Every Rider


Owned and led by internationally certified coach, judge, and trainer Linda English, we proudly offer an exceptional team of professional and diverse coaches.
Serving the equestrian community in Vancouver and Richmond since 1979.

Linda English

  • Head Coach

As the daughter of diplomats, I discovered my passion for horses at the age of four when I saw two people riding horses down the road in Washington DC. I started riding at six and was inspired to focus on showjumping at the age of nine when I saw a young woman win a jumping competition in Vienna, Austria. I have had the privilege to receive riding experience in the United States, Austria, Italy, Israel, Canada, and England.

In 1979 I founded Riverside as a center for equestrian sport that included, coaching, horse training and breeding, and as a competition venue that also hosted an Equine Canada Symposium and the Paralympic Games.

Having acquired British and Canadian certification throughout my career I have had the pleasure to coach dozens of students who have earned provincial or national awards in hunter, jumper, and equitation competitions. Compelled to share my passion for horses with the next generation, I have volunteered at pony club as an instructor and was a coordinator for the BC Summer Games.

As a nationally certified Equine Canada judge, I continue to learn and share my knowledge and passion for horses and equestrian sport.

Stav Adler

  • Coach

As a second generation equestrian, horses and riding are in my blood. Growing up I taught and competed in hunter competitions and in jumper competitions to the Grand Prix level. Many of my students have won provincial or national championships or awards and I instructed a former member of the Hong Kong National Team.

No longer coaching and riding as a professional, I volunteer at Riverside and compete for fun. I am delighted to share my knowledge with developing riders and feel a great sense of satisfaction and pride by contributing to the growth and fulfillment of aspiring equestrians.

Natalie Nahirney

  • Coach

I’ve been riding since I was seven years old when I had my first lesson on a pony named Midget. Since graduating high school, I started riding for UBC on the intercollegiate (IHSA) circuit. I’ve competed at IHSA nationals winning two back-to-back Zone Championships and placed 4th in the Open Equitation Division at the 2018 Nationals.

Intercollegiate riding enhanced my horsemanship and team building skills and having the opportunity to work with the UBC Equestrian Team set a foundation for me to better share this passion with others.

At Riverside, I enjoy teaching riders of all ages, skills and aspirations. I am very excited to be a part of the Riverside team alongside some great instructors!

Paige Donaldson

  • Coach

I have been riding since I was 8 years old, and it has been my passion ever since. Starting in the hunter division at a young age my competition career progressed to be predominantly in the jumper arena, competing up to the 1.25m.

I am now enjoying sharing my knowledge and love for the sport with others in a positive environment.

Ally Rafter

  • Coach

Raised in Richmond just minutes from Riverside, I started riding at 4 years old. Believing in the value of lifelong learning, I continue to take advanced training and participate in competitions. I have proudly competed as a member of the Riverside show team at all the major competition venues across the lower mainland.

Having been at Riverside for many years I have built a strong bond with my colleagues, fellow riders, and especially my students. I seek to challenge my students at their own pace that is also fun and relaxing. It is very important for me that all my riders, both children and adults, develop a solid foundation in their skills as an equestrian.

Kimberlee Robertson

  • Coach

Equestrian activities has been a tradition in my family for as long as I can remember. In a lifetime of riding that included endurance riding, eventing, hunters & jumpers, I imagine a good life as one that is often spent on the back of a horse.

Having training in many disciplines and with many great professionals over the years, I am very pleased to be able to share my knowledge and experiences with new riders. We are all so fortunate to be able to work with these generous and sensitive creatures that can give our lives so much meaning.

Sarah Meltzer

  • Coach

Since I can remember, I have always had a passion for horse riding and horse care. I have been riding since I was 4 years old and have had some exceptional teachers. I have had 15 years of experience in many equestrian divisions (mainly dressage, hunter/jumper and vaulting).

Being a part of the UBC Equestrian Team, alongside some amazing teammates, has been a special part of my university experience. At UBC I am pursuing a degree in animal science, with my goal to become an equine veterinarian.

I am thrilled to be a part of Riverside’s team of instructors and am looking forward to encouraging the growth of physical stamina and emotional resiliency in my students, while having lots of fun along the way. My focus will be on helping riders of all ages learn to focus on their personal next steps, so learning will always be stimulating, enjoyable and confidence building for them.

Danielle Porritt

  • Coach

I always had a love of horses and had the good fortune to be surrounded by an inspiring set of coaches to introduce me to the equestrian world. These coaches have been great role models and have inspired me to model my own coaching style after them. I have had the privilege of riding a wide variety of horses, ranging from cheeky ponies to ex racehorses as well as drafts. Each horse has taught me a different lesson about what it means to be an equestrian.

I now study Psychology at the University of British Columbia and as a member of the UBC equestrian team have expanded my riding education further, in the study of Equitation.

With my lifelong passion for horses, I am thrilled to be able to share my love with my students and I am excited to be part of the Riverside coaching team.

Elli Koponen

  • Coach

For over 25 years I have had the great fortune to train as an equestrian rider in Finland, China, Brazil, USA, France, England and Canada.

Having advanced my training at Riverside Equestrian for the past 10 years and with my international experiences, I am now sharing my knowledge with students from a diverse international background. Fluent in four languages, I enjoy teaching in English, Finnish, Mandarin Chinese and French.

Eylul Kara

  • Coach

Drawn to horses from a young age I started riding at the age of six. Growing up, I continued my passion for horses and riding after moving to China and Thailand. Experiencing different cultures and forms of riding has been one of the biggest highlights of my life.

Being a proud member of the UBC Equestrian Team and riding at Riverside has allowed me to meet many wonderful people and take my skills to a new level. I am very excited to work at a top class equestrian facility with so many other high caliber instructors and to share my passion with students of all ages.

Faith Carswell

  • Coach

I’ve been riding since I was 11 years old when a friend took me along to a horse camp. Though a late starter, I never looked back as I knew I had found my life passion. Over the years I eventually became a camp wrangler where I had the pleasure of teaching riding and horsemanship to students of all ages and skill levels.

I have worked with many talented instructors, focusing on dressage, and hunt seat equitation since joining the UBC Equestrian team. As a psychology major, I aim to also enter the field of equine assisted therapy. I believe that learning to ride increases life skills, confidence, resiliency, and gifts us with a present mindset. I seek to help my students learn classical equestrian riding and appreciate the importance of enjoying the process and using the experience to also learn something about themselves.

Christine Reynolds

  • Coach

I have successfully competed as a show jumping rider for over two decades. With years of experience and a passion for horses it is my pleasure to take the time to help others on their own path to success.

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We are extremely fortunate and proud to have these dedicated individuals who bring a personal and caring touch to the daily care of our beloved horses.

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13751 Garden City Road
Richmond, BC V7A 2S5


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Saturday and Sunday: 8AM - 5PM

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