Media kit

At A Glance

Equestrian 4 Everyone is a registered charitable trust, established in 2012. The organisation started with 2 borrowed ponies, 1 instructor and worked from grounds hired by the hour


As of Dec 2016

  • Staff of 4, including Head Coach Maria Cooper who trained in America with PATH Intl, and worked at Gallop NYC,
  • A loyal team of around 30 volunteers. We actively recruit from the local community and through Massey Career Hub volunteering
  • We now own 2 horses, 3 ponies, and 3 miniature ponies
  • operate from leased land in Stanmore Bay, Whangaparaoa.
  • Board Trustees are non-paid, and all volunteer in management roles
  • We provide lessons for children (from 3 years up), and adults of any ability.
  • Operate 5 days per week, and are constantly increasing our hours due to demand.

We charge fees to ensure we can cover basic operating expenses, and fundraise (grants, donations and sponsorships) for the rest.

We hold 2 public "Ribbon Days" per year (min) for our clients to compete in, showing their achievements to friends, whanau, and carers.

Our lessons may focus on providing life skills, such as communication, or socialisation, physical or mental wellbeing through interactions with horses, or they may provide a basic introduction to horses, and horse riding and a pathway to equestrian sport and recreation.

How are we different from Riding for the Disabled?

First, and foremost, we are for everyone. We believe there is a huge benefit in running our programs based on the needs of the client, rather than focusing on their different abilities. Participation in our pathways program is open to all, and sees great benefits from having interaction between riders treated as equals. We aim to connect with other equestrian organisations, and facilities, and help our clients take then next step on their equestrian journey.

Riders who need support to mount, to stay in the saddle, or to participate in any of the activities are not limited to a set number of sessions, nor do we have an age cut off. While we have a few practical limitations for wheelchair access (we do not have lifting equipment, and some of our outdoor areas are not practical for unassisted wheel chair access), we do not have strict parameters for participants; we try to fit our customers, not make them fit us. We often cater for people who are 'too disabled', 'not disabled enough', 'too young', or 'too old' to attend other programs.

Our Press Coverage

Wednesday, 21 December 2016, 3:00 pm | Equestrian 4 Everyone

Equestrian 4 Everyone was one of six successful charities this year to be given a "Grace Gives" grant from Grace Removals New Zealand. The $1000 grant will be used to buy materials for the charity's current priority, a new mounting ramp ... More >>

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 2:01 pm | Equestrian 4 Everyone

Equestrian 4 Everyone will be celebrating the end of another successful year at their annual Christmas Ribbon Day on Sunday 18th December. The charity event will host special guest Hibiscus & Bays Local Board Deputy Chair Janet Fitzgerald, along ... More >>

Monday, 2 February 2015, 11:57 am | Equestrian 4 Everyone

Equestrian for Everyone is expanding! They are now offering an opportunity for under fives to spend time interacting with miniature horses. Based in a peaceful outdoor setting, this is a social and learning activity for the children as there is a maximum ... More >>
Rodney Times
Rodney Times Article

Donation of tack overwhelms equestrian charity |

Oct 28, 2016 ... Equestrian 4 Everyone. UK master saddler Katie Harrowell with her donation of tack for Equestrian 4 Everyone. A generous donation has given ...


Monday, 20 February 2017


Whangaparaoa Charity Goes from Strength to Strength NORTH SHORE CITY — Whangaparaoa Charity Equestrian 4 Everyone has only just started term one of 2017, but while their clients may have been on holiday, the Board and some volunteers have been busy improving and expanding their capabilities.


Wednesday, 21 December 2016


Grant Helps Equestrian Charity Make Mounting Up More GracefulAUCKLAND — Equestrian 4 Everyone was one of six successful charities this year to be given a "Grace Gives" grant from Grace Removals New Zealand.