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Closes to the heart of the Gold Coast, family run horse riding school. We help you be happy and healthy through horse experiences.

Personalised professional business that cares about you having some fun, gaining confidence and developing skills in a safe environment
Horse Care, Handling, Connection, Balance, Advancement.  Even unique day out experiences that is so much more than a trail ride!

* Over 10yrs established operation

* Highly experienced instructors with over 35yrs of knowledge and passion.

* Best horses as acknowledged by reviews.
* Quality facilities- Check out our pics
* Beautiful & peaceful location
* We know what you want- we welcome feedback!

Horse Riding is a very unique experience. Mastering our program at the Bonogin Valley Horse Retreat can provide you a great opportunity to boost your general confidence, develop your skills in coordination, concentration, improve your general wellbeing and provide an exhilarating feeling of freedom! 

**Responsibility and care, Strength & empowerment, Ownership & knowledge for the very basics in everything horses

**Connecting on an emotional level, Concentration,  Confidence development, Challenge & achievement, The perfect way to start your riding journey

**Discover the variety of equine disciplines you can learn, Ride, Relax, Enjoy

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Debbie Burgermeister (formally Debbie Kirsch)

Deb is your horse coach, mentor and friend during your visit.

Deb on Queenie

This country girl has grown up around horses and the farm all her life. She has competed in many different equestrian disciplines including Polocrosse, Pony Club, Showing & Dressage and has won literally hundreds of awards.

Highly experienced and qualified:
*Over 35years experience in horses
*CertIII in Sports Coaching Equestrian
*NCAS Level 2 Coach with the AIS
*Equestrian Australia Certified Coach
*Active After-school Community Coach
*Advanced Diploma of Customer Contact Management
*Certificate IV in Small Business Management, TAFE QLD
*Blue Card and First Aid

*TAE - CertIV Trainer & Assessor

Her most accomplished achievments include:

  • Sydney 2000 Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony performer.
    (Who can forget the amazing site of 120 horses opening the Olympics!!!)
  • Sydney Royal Easter show 'Stockman's ride' performer.
  • Reserve Forces Parade rider - Sydney City
  • National level Polocrosse competitor
  • Coach of winning club Juniors team
Debbie in Olympic GamesDebbie in Olympic GamesDebbie was in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games opening ceremony!! Share Deb's excitement by viewing some of her 'behind the scenes' pics and opening ceremony global telecast.
Miracle Twins (Page 1)Miracle Twins (Page 1)Debbie & Mark are proud of our beautiful miracle twins. They were born nearly 4 months early (i.e. just over half the normal pregnancy period), They had a very tough beginning to life. Today, they are thriving and beautiful. Click to have a look at this incredible story with some amazing pics.

Mark Burgermeister 

Director of the Bonogin Valley Horse Retreat.

My role is to ensure our customers receive an educational, enjoyable and relaxing experience. I also support Debbie's ventures.
After all, a happy wife is a happy life!

Mark & Casanova.      ...but which one is the Casanova?


Was broken in and trained by Deb, moved on to a showing performance home



Cascade Debbie's pride and joy. This gelding was bred out of Deb's teenage pony mare Cassie that won mountains of ribbons through pony club, shows & polocrosse.  Cascade was broken-in by Deb and trained to top state level Polocrosse. An impressive athlete frequently wowing spectators around the field.

His versatility so precious from walking down the streets of Sydney in the reserve forces parade to being a safe companion and best mate to Deb's father droving cattle on the side of the rode through the drought for over 6 months.

Cascade retired into a lovely riding school horse where it was  a priveledge to experience his talent. Now moved on to a lovely family to spend the rest of his life after losing one of his eyes to cancer. He holds a very special place in our heart

Cascade - Reserve Forces



Bella was our magnificent kids pony that helped start the riding school development and moved on to a lovely pony club show home in NSW

We always have a pony like this to be every girl's first love and every boy's best friend. The perfect 'L' plate pony for kids, friendly, responsive, huggable and lovable. 


Max was our faithful old gelding reaching the age of 34. His placid gentle nature and willngness to listen made him the ideal adults training horse. He is about the most gentle natured horse you could ever meet. Succeeded by many more wonderful old horses Doc, Milly, Asha & Lukah to educate, provide confidence and comfort to many

He has a very soft spot in all our hearts. We loved him dearly and he was our Santa's trusty steed for many years each christmas party



Buttons our shetland is more like a timid little teddy bear than a pony. She is great with the young ones to plod around on and hug.

A very safe pony indeed!Leo

Tanya Tucker

Affectionally known as "TT". A gentle nature, she has retired and was an amazing great horse for those wanting to develop their confidence. A lovely slow trot and canter when asked.  Lukah has come in to replace her and a beautiful gentleman to love as well

Tanya Tucker


Gus is our ever faithful big puppy.  He loves to say hello and is full of energy. He will play fetch with a stick for hours on end. (Its been done and tested!).
He is a real favourite with visitors and riders alike.

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