Lights Hands Instructor Team


Steve Halfpenny: Blanchetown, South Australia

Steve is a renowned Australian horseman and dressage trainer known for his expertise in natural horsemanship and the Light Hands Equitation (LHE) method. He focuses on creating a partnership between horse and rider through gentle and effective communication. His approach blends traditional dressage principles with natural horsemanship techniques, aiming to achieve softness, lightness, and harmony in horse training. Steve conducts clinics, offers online courses, and has a strong following in the equestrian community for his compassionate and effective training methods.

Are you looking to elevate your skills and develop a deeper connection with your horse? Discover the transformative power of Steve Halfpenny’s training programs. With decades of experience in natural horsemanship and dressage, Steve’s unique Light Hands Equitation (LHE) method emphasises gentle, effective communication that fosters trust and harmony between you and your horse.

Join thousands of riders who have revolutionised their riding experience through Steve’s clinics and online courses. Whether you're a beginner or an advanced rider, Steve’s compassionate and proven techniques will help you achieve lightness, softness, and unparalleled partnership with your horse. Don’t miss the opportunity to train with one of the industry’s most respected horsemen and unlock the full potential of your equestrian journey. 

For bookings, contact Irena [email protected] or phone (08) 8540 5096


Annemarie Keijser: Riverland and Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Annemarie was our only instructor in Holland and now resides in South Australia. Annie has taken over the saddle starting horses from Steve as he focuses on other areas. Available at our centre in Blanchetown or to visit you in the Riverland, Adelaide Plains and Adelaide Hills regions, Annie likes to support people with their horsemanship and is available for lessons in groundwork and riding, taking in horses for training and trailer loading.

Silversand Horsemanship Centre, Blanchetown SA 

0444 509421


New Zealand

Craig McDonough: Wellington

Craig is our most recent addition to our instructor team.

Home: +64 (0) 4 564 1566
Mobile: +64 (0) 21 027 78635




Lisa Bruin: Cambridgeshire

Lisa has been working with horses all her life and has vast experience in teaching people as well as training horses. She and her husband Mark share our goals in the area of teaching people good horsemanship principles. Lisa is also an experienced young horse starter. Lisa teaches private lessons as well as courses, horse starting and training

Wings Farm Equestrian centre
Rands Drove
Marshland St James Cambridgeshire PE14 8HA

Phone +44 1945 430848

Mobile +44 7789 990129



Tanja Penders: Monchegladbach

Specialising in Young horse starting, Coaching and Problem horses.

Tanja came out to our Centre in 2003 and has been back many times since. Tanja has started horses with Steve over the years and is an enthusiastic student and teacher of good horsemanship.

Contact Tanja by email


Kurt Blickensdörfer: South Germany

Specialising in Young horse Starting and Trailer Loading

My goal is to build a relationship based on partnership between horse and rider and to start my work based on their horsemanship level.
I enjoy sharing my knowledge and horse handling skills with other people in order to help them also improve on the wonderful journey with their horses.

Contact Kurt by email


Isabell Brenner: West Germany

Isabell lives in Gross Umstadt (Germany) on her parents property with an agistment centre and about 50 horses. Isabell is the newest member of our German team and is busy teaching students and helping them with their horsemanship. She has been to Australia several times to spend time with Steve developing her horsemanship.

Isabell Brenner Horsemanship Centre Raibacher Tal 71 64823 Gross Umstadt (Germany)
Phone: 01705750549 E-Mail: [email protected]



Monika Damec: Warsaw area

Monika spent time riding stunt horses and has also spent time with Steve in Australia. Monika teaches private lessons in Warsaw area as well as courses all around Poland. She starts young horses and helps in problem solving. We are happy to have Monika representing us in Poland along with Justyna Mitka our associate in Cracow.

Monika Damec
Lipiny k. Ciechanowa, Poland, [email protected] mobile +48601963146



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