Brisbane Valley Retreat

HORSE ENCOUNTERS

Your Not The Only Ones Happy Excited Delighted About Horses...

Our horses are part of the family, they all get very well looked after and have a great temperament.

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We Supply
the Horse

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The Tack

& Helmet

So You Can Start Riding!

Fun for the whole family

Are you looking for a special unique experience? Our Horses are friendly and therapeutic each having their own character and personality. They are affectionate and intelligent gentle and will enjoy interacting with you.

Meet Charlie

Hello,  I am Charlie!

I am one of the smartest horses in the pack. I am great at dressage and I love jumping! I try my hardest at everything I do and I am an awesome performer.

Meet Frosty

Hello, I'm Frosty!

I am the alpha of the pack but very sweet and I just love all of the attention.

I love food! I am the first one that is at the feed shed, ready to eat!

Meet Dewey

Hello, my name is Dewey!

A lot of people think I'm scary because I'm so big but I'm actually a gentle giant and get the most compliments in all of the paddock!

I enjoy cuddles and will dribbling my yummy food all over you. 

Meet Rainy

Hey I am Rainy!

I am the resident Stallion, I run my own pack with my girlfriend Ruby!

I might be small but I have a lot of personality!

Meet Midnight

Hello I am Midnight!

I am cheeky and stubborn the youngest one in my pack. I get bossed around all the time but still manage to cause mayhem. I am very sweet and love to get a good scratch!

Meet Storm

Hi, I'm Storm!

I am a wild Brumby that got saved. I love scratches and going for swims in the damn!

I am getting trained to be a kids pony!

Meet Ruby

Hi there, I am Ruby!

I am the princess of the paddock that everyone fights over! I am very sweet and love attention, I am quite small which means I can get into all the sheds and even the house.

What Our Clients Say

5/5
Sophie is amazing and has really helped me regain my confidence around horses. Sophie has also been teaching my 14 year old daughter to ride and we are so happy with her progress 🙂 she is fairly priced and will teach you everything from catching, grooming to riding.
Carly Valois
5/5
Sophie is a great teacher! Sophie helps all different ages and experience levels feel comfortable and confident!
Jake Peirano
5.0
Out of 5
5/5
5/5
Sophie is amazing! She runs a riding school like no other I have been to. I have found in the past that other places have not much interest in showing you anything other than getting on their horse to ride and even the interest they show in your riding Is not much better. Her bubbly and witty personality makes the experience with her great too 😁 you not only learn but you have fun! She not only will teach you how to ride, she will teach you basically anything you ask about. I have learnt so much already off her! Keep up the great work sophie and keep being the awesome you! Amy 💕
Steven vogelsang
Owner/Instructor

Meet Sophie Ruzicka

Sophie has owned Sophie Ruzicka Equestrian for the last 3 years and recently rebranded into a retreat offering many more options such as agistment, horse training and holiday camps. Sophie has a lot of experience and is amazing to all the horses. In this time Sophie has learnt to deal with the general public in a courteous and professional manner. Nothing is ever too much trouble for her, clients from all walks of life and all animals great and small are her passion. Sophie’s clients include children and adults with various mental health and physical disabilities, also anyone wanting a new experience and lots of fun

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  • Sophie has been riding since she was 12 and competing in Equestrian Eventing which includes; cross country, dressage and jumping.
  • Sophie has broken in and trained most of her horses.
  • Sophie has an interest in breeding and training Palouse Ponies which has started with Rainy the Stallion and Ruby the Mare.
  • Sophie has completed Certificate II in Horsemanship and currently studying Certificate III in Horsemanship.
  • Sophie volunteers at Riding with the Disabled and is currently studying to be a volunteer coach.