Our People

Maria Cooper E4E Head Coach

Head Coach

Maria Cooper

Maria started with us in Sept 2016. She has a wealth of experience both with horses, and with supported riding. Maria trained as an instructor with PATH Intl (the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International), and worked as an Instructor, equine manager, and volunteer with Gallop NYC, a dedicated therapy organisation serving both children and adults with disabilities.

*2018 - Maria is back with us from Term 3, after being on maternity leave.

Maria Cooper Head Coach

Brigid Newton

  • Brigid joined us at the end of 2017. She has been working with horses for most of her life, and her many qualifications and achievements include:Helped train Police horses and riders during this time for Millennium celebrations
  • General Animal Science diploma from UNITEC
  • Centred RIding lvl 2
  • Positive Reinforcement
  • BHSAI training & exam


Brigid Newton

Laura Judd

Laura Judd is another highly qualified equestrian and disabilities coach. Laura has a degree in psychology, has a long work history as a support worker in the health and therapeutic sector, and is training to be EAGALA certified.

Hasanka Perera

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Rayna Toseva - Special Olympics Coach

Rayna has been an instructor at RDA, and has a bachelors in equestrian studies.

Joann Bevens

We've been very lucky to find yet another excellent educator, trained in the USA. Joann has eleven years of experience teaching students with diverse learning profiles, and a strong knowledge of childhood development

Joann is a certified Structured Language Teacher (SLT), and has Masters of Science, Special Education from Texas A&M University, Joann is also a keen horse woman.

Joann Bevens
Inge Rickards

Inge Rickards Coach, Volunteer

Inge Rickards is one of our most reliable and hard working volunteers. Her positive attitude and boundless energy are a huge asset to the team and our clients.

Inge now also coaches on a casual basis for us.

Our Board Trustees

We have a Board of volunteers, who also perform most (if not all) our management tasks as well.

Sarah Sharp Board Chair

Sarah Sharp is our Board Chair, Treasurer ,and Client Program manager.

Adrienne Croad

Adrienne Croad provides invaluable expertise in grants and funding for us.

Cushla Walsh

Cushla Walsh is the Trust Secretary, and can often be seen volunteering with our weekly equestrian programs, or helping with farm work.

Vivien Dostine

Viv Dostine has spent 20 years in the IT industry, and owns and trains her own horses. She looks after IT, PR & Comms for the Trust.

Our Founders

Kay Harrison E4E Founder

Kay was a volunteer with NZRDA for 3 years, and worked as a regional co-ordinator for Special Olympics New Zealand. It was through these roles that she came to the realisation that there was a significant gap in the supported riding sector.

Equestrian 4 Everyone is here to help fill that gap through years of hard work and dedication of Kay, and fellow founder Gina.

Kay Harrison, Founder

Gina Smith E4E Founder

Along with Kay, Gina Smith founded Equestrian 4 Everyone, and worked on the founding Board to set up the charity and it's services