Denise Dawson - Stud Principal and NCAS EA Level 1 General Coach

Denise has had 50 years experience with horses and has been running Acacia Ridge Stud, including backing and educating our youngstock since 1990.

She has a wide range of experience - eventing (including Gawler 3 Day Event), National Ladies Tent Pegging Champion, hunted, showjumped, steeplechased and is currently competing in dressage. 

Denise is also the current Chief Instructor at Fleurieu Horse and Pony Club and was the President of Southern Vales Dressage Club for many years.

Denise is available for flat or jumping lessons on your own horse or on one of our school horses. 

Children are very welcome with lessons given from six years of age.

Don't hesitate to call or e-mail us if you need more info !

Have a good day!

ACACIA RIDGE STUD is a boutique horse stud on the Fleurieu Peninsula, situated 70km south of Adelaide on the hills above Yankalilla (see map). 

It is run by Denise Dawson who has been breeding a select number of foals each year since 1990. when the property was set up.  We concentrate on quality sporthorses using a mixture of imported warmblood lines and the top Australian thoroughbred lines.  Our aim is to produce youngsters with top temperaments, good conformation, expressive correct paces and trainability.

Our foals are all foal indented and are raised in large paddocks on improved pasture.  They have the best care, proper nutrition, feet trimmed and wormed regularly from day one.

We have quality youngstock available from weanlings to four year olds already under saddle.


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