John G. Robertson, Head Trainer

John Robertson has been working with horses for over forty years.  A native of Queensland, Australia, John brings a wealth of international experience to his role as Head Trainer at Tayside Sport Horses. He has competed in eventing at advanced levels in the UK and Australia, and competed to Grand Prix level in dressage and show jumping.  He is currently training horses and riders to Advanced level in the US, and still actively competes himself, particularly bringing on young or less experienced horses.  In the 1970s, John trained in the UK with Olympian Barbara Hammond, who was recognized as having one of the top eventing yards in the country, and who competed internationally in dressage (including as part of the UK squad at the Seoul Olympics in 1988), show jumping and eventing.   During that period, he also trained hunters and rode to hounds with the Heythrop Hunt, coached a member of the UK’s Junior Dressage Team, and trained with a master of the Spanish Riding School in dressage to Grand Prix level.

Back in Australia during the 1980s, John was privileged to be the main rider for Domo Cavallo Praize, a much beloved Connemara stallion owned by Glenormiston Connemaras of Fernvale, Queensland.  He developed a love for Connemaras that has never gone away.

John also has extensive experience as a show judge, course designer, equitation coach, and clinician for dressage, show jumping, and cross country. John has been a racehorse trainer, a senior instructor and examiner for the Pony Club of Queensland, a member of the Queensland State Eventing squad and, more recently, an instructor for the Woodside and Portola Valley Pony Clubs.  He loves to work with riders of any age who are committed to improving their skills in dressage, jumping and cross country riding.  John has a positive, constructive style of instruction, with a keen regard for rider safety and animal welfare.  He has helped many former racehorses find a new career in eventing, and is always willing to help with a problem or project horse!