Manager and Instructor – Shaun France

Shaun France is an EA Level III Dressage Specialist and a Coach Educator

After completing school in Sydney the pursuit of dressage riding began. Shaun attended Agricultural College, before travelling overseas to England and Austria in 1982. The first month was spent at Catherston Stud with Jennie Loriston‑Clarke, following this she spent the next nine months in Austria with Hans Reigler of the Spanish Riding School Vienna.

In 1984, Shaun worked in Germany for the Bahlsen family of Hannover and Claus Husenbeth of Sottrum Nth Germany (International Grand Prix Rider and German Team Gold Medallist – Jerez Spain 2002).

On returning to Australia, the goal setting began.  Shaun settled in the Hunter Valley and established a small Equestrian Centre called Horse Quarters at East Maitland, teaching Horse Management at TAFE, and working towards the goal of EA Level III Dressage Coach.

Horse Quarters however, was soon to be outgrown. The dream continued when Hunter Valley Equestrian Centre was established in partnership with Shaun’s parents, Bruce & Joyce Doyle in 1995. HVEC is 100 acres of beautiful land, conveniently positioned between Maitland and Newcastle.  The centre provides professional training facilities for the enthusiastic and dedicated competition rider.

Shaun purchased Barrington Ock Tedi, training him to Grand Prix level where she remained for 6 years. Ocki competed in every major Grand Prix event in Australia with Shaun over a 4yr period, going on to represent Australia at the European Dressage Championships with Rozzie Ryan (EA Level III coach/rider).

In 2001, Shaun achieved a major goal becoming qualified as a Level III Dressage Coach under the EA scheme.


Shaun’s current competition horses are:
Rubenesque – “Rudy”,a black gelding born 2001 by Regardez Moi, 16.2 hh, purchased at 8 months of age. Trained by Shaun to Grand Prix level.
Rionnarc – “Rhannarr”, a 17.3hh black mare born 2008 by Regardez Moi out of Jato (Jazz), bred and trained by Shaun to F.E.I level.
Hunter Valley Equestrian Centre Pty Ltd
ABN 85 100 967 057
2 Blackhill Road, Black Hill NSW 2322
Ph: (02) 49663331 Mobile: 0407200907