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About Bonogin Valley Horse Retreat



A mission for beginner horse lovers to have a safer start to their horse riding journey to reduce risks of getting hurt. To enjoy learning, grow in confidence and have foundation knowledge for horse ownership. Supporting beginner horse enthusiasts with access to the very basics needed for horse riding education and easy booking of lessons.

Bonogin Valley Horse Retreat is also the supplier of facilities and services for Giddy Up Gold Coast Charity supporting grass roots horse riding and horses’ mental health.


To provide the best education pathway for beginner horse lovers to start their learning journey.


  • Equestrian Australia coach
  • CertIII Sports Coaching Equestrian
  • NCAS Level 2 Coach
  • CertIV Trainer & Assessor
  • First Aid, Mental Health First Aid
  • Blue Card
  • CertIV in Small Business Management
  • Advanced Diploma of Customer Contact Management
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Debbie Burgermeister, Author, Coach and Horsepreneur.
Head Coach and Owner/Operator of Bonogin Valley Horse Retreat since 2006. Also Founder of Horse Riding Hub and Giddy Up Gold Coast Charity. Deb has an intense passion for what we offer, dedicated to utilize her privilege of horses to connect with people and work with our community to make a difference. To share the benefits of our horse world, and help others experience the love, passion, energy and amazing feeling of freedom that horses can bring into your life!…check out her unique story below….


Below are just a few of many horses Deb has been blessed with to muster around the cattle at home and take to pony club, shows, dressage, campdrafting, jumping and polocrosse: Beauty the little white shetland at 2yrs old, Gidget, Cassie, Talisa, Prince, Kit, Mooney, Cascade, Casanova, Cassette, PK, Ruby, Magic, Judge and many lovely riding school ponies over the last decade.

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First foal from Deb’s pony Cassie she had from 9yrs old

Broken in and trained by Deb. Played polocrosse to state level for South Australia and Queensland. Later getting eye cancer with his eye removed then became a retired best friend of our lovely student.

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First foal from her fathers polocrosse horse Jenny

Broken in and trained by Deb. Injured at 6 months became handled alot so did some clicker training and she became the show trick horse at Bonogin Valley Horse Retreat. Moved on to a polocrosse horse and now a broodmare.

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Super star performer in the 2000 Olympics Opening Ceremony

PK was an exceptionally talented polocrosse horse and versatile to do anything with. Eventually becoming a very special students best friend and pony club horse.