Coaching To Fit The Needs Of Every Rider


Owned by internationally certified coach, judge, and trainer Linda English, and led by her son Stav Adler, we proudly offer an exceptional team of competition coaches and instructors.
As a multi-generational equestrian landmark, we have been serving the equestrian community in Vancouver and Richmond since 1979.

Linda English

  • Owner

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 and national awards in hunter, jumper, and equitation competitions.

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

Stav Adler

  • Head Coach

As a second generation equestrian, horses and riding are in my blood. Dedicating myself to the art and science of equestrian sport, I taught and competed in hunter competitions and in jumper competitions to the Grand Prix level. Many of my students have won provincial and national championships/awards, including a former member of the Hong Kong National Team.

I am delighted to share my knowledge with a select group of ambitious equestrians and contribute to their growth and success.

Paige Donaldson

  • Competition Coach

Riding has been my life's passion. Initially competing in the hunter divisions as a young child, I later progressed to completing in the jumper divisions to the 1.25m level. Knowing from an early age that this would be my career, I focused on every detail of horsemanship, training, and peak performance.

Coaching junior and amateur riders in hunter and jumper competitions, I am committed to the skill development, competitive success and wellbeing of horse and rider.

Natalie Nahirney

  • Manager / Instructor

I’ve been riding since I was seven years old when I had my first lesson on a pony named Midget. Riding for UBC on the intercollegiate (IHSA) circuit, I 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.

As the general manager I ensure that our horses receive top care and that we provide consistent quality service to our students. I also enjoy part-time teaching, which I am very excited to be doing alongside top coaches and great instructors!

Kristine Hoelzle

  • Manager / Instructor

For over 30 years I have had the great fortune to train as an equestrian rider, including with the iconic Olympic trainer, Tommy Gayford. But my passion for horses started from a much younger age.

At seven years old my grandfather signed me up for my first horseback riding camp and I was hooked! By the time I was nine years old, I was competing on the jumping circuit in Ontario and the rest is history!

After university, I worked at an Equine Surgery Hospital and since moving to British Columbia, have studied Equine Facilitated Wellness. I believe that making a personal connection between horse and rider is vital to the equestrian experience.

As a Riding Instructor I help my students tune-in to the horses body language. By appreciating their message, you will turn your riding experience into a true partnership between horse and rider.

Ally Rafter

  • Instructor

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.

Belle Messier

  • Instructor

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Danielle Porritt

  • Instructor

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.

Kimberlee Robertson

  • Instructor

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.

Amy Perna

  • Instructor

Riding is a passion I share with my mother and I have been around horses my entire life. I began taking lessons at age 6 and for the last 15 years, every weekend has been spent at the barn learning and absorbing as many things as I can. I grew up competing in my local hunter jumper circuit as well as a part of my high school’s equestrian team. Additionally, I have spent every summer beginning in high school as working student for my trainer in Simi Valley, California which has allowed me to grow immensely in both my riding and horsemanship.

Moving from Southern California to Vancouver to study at UBC, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to continue riding and competing as a part of the UBC equestrian team. Through the team, I have met some of my closest friends and found an amazing community at Riverside where I can now share my passion for horses with my students.

My goal as an instructor is to share the knowledge I have gained from my own experiences as well as the exceptional teachers I have had throughout my riding career. I am so excited to be a part of each of my students’ journey, helping them build their partnership with their horse and become skilled and effective riders with an open mind for all the lessons this incredible sport has to offer.

Mary Roncarelli

  • Instructor

I have spent many years working with horses and for the last 13 years teaching students how to ride with ease and confidence. I believe the foundation of becoming a strong rider comes from taking a ‘team approach’. Understanding what the horse needs from you as a rider can help build a strong partnership.

With patience, consistency and a commitment to continued learning, I believe all riders are able to develop the skills they need to ride with confidence, ease and proficiency.

Amanda Weiss

  • Instructor

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Stella Baerhing

  • Instructor

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Honor Miller

  • Groom

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Peter Derkach

  • Groom

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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


Monday to Friday: 12PM - 9PM
Saturday and Sunday: 8AM - 5PM

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