Bekker Equestrian Academy offers horse riding lessons in all disciplines. These disciplines include dressage, show jumping, equitation, eventing, and mounted archery. We cater for riders of all ages and levels of experience. Individual, as well as group lessons, are offered. Competitive and non - competitive riders are welcome. Our instructors are also available to travel to yards in Pretoria and surrounds for lessons and clinics.
Lessons are between 45 minutes and an hour-long, which includes saddling up and grooming. Those that are confident and able can saddle up on their own before the start of their lesson. The same applies to those that would like to groom on their own.
Deon is a recognised SANEF Module 5 Instructor, experienced in Prix St George Dressage and 1.20m Show Jumping. Trained by Olympic riders, he has competed in various disciplines, including dressage, show jumping, and eventing (as well as shows for specific breeds).
He coaches all level riders for SANESA and graded shows. One of his former students, an Olympic British dressage rider, commended him on having a unique teaching method. Deon has produced many great riders, achieving their provincial and national placings in dressage, equitation, show jumping, and eventing. His students include 1.40m show jumpers and Prix St George dressage riders that have achieved successful placings and winning national classes.
He also takes horses of varying levels in training, from the backing of youngsters to older horses with more particular problems to correct. His background includes being a working rider at the Callaho Stud, where he backed and trained Warmbloods.
Jenna is busy studying towards her EQASA qualification and is our trainer for beginner riders. She was introduced to horses at the age of four and has been enthusiastically involved ever since.
She has competed in many disciplines including show jumping, dressage, equitation, showing and eventing. All this has given her a very broad spectrum of knowledge which she passes on to her students. She competes as often as she can, mainly in show jumping. She is also involved with the schooling of young horses.
She has successfully competed in SANESA shows, acquiring National status in show jumping, dressage, and eventing.
Currently ranked in the top three Mounted Archer Seniors in South Africa, Deirdre is also ranked as the Top Female Senior Mounted Archer in South Africa. She has:
President of the Mounted Archery Association of South Africa (MAASA), Deirdre is also a passionate and dedicated coach and specialises in taking beginner and intermediate archers to advanced levels. She believes that the key to a good archer is good horsemanship - a solid relationship, and an understanding of your horse, will lead to a confident and focused archer.