Jason Dins is a professional dressage rider, trainer and coach. From his base in Kyneton, Victoria, he coaches state wide and takes horses in for training from young horses starting right up to FEI.
He started riding when he nagged his parents for a pony at age 9. This nagging resulted in his parents relenting to present him with his first pony called “Lace’’. Little did he know the pony only came with a bridle! For a year or two he would ride her with only a bridle and a towel over her back. Jason joined Riddell’s Creek Pony Club in 2000 and was a member until 2007. Throughout his time there, he rode in every discipline, although he was the only child that would be excited for a dressage lesson!
In the years following, Jason completed Certificate II in Equine Industry at school. In school holidays, he spent time working with David Simons, one of Victoria’s most respected horse trainers and clinicians.
After school, he began his work life in a retail management role for 3 years but decided instead to become a full-time horse trainer and coach. He joined his coach, Glennis Barrey, at her property in NSW for three months and ended up staying for twelve months. During this time, he put a lot of training into his young horse at the time, Final Banjo, and purchased the 19yo Grand Prix schoolmaster Argentille Shamada. During his stay there, he competed on several of Glennis’ young horses and broke in GB Freckle (Ferrero Rocher) and Sebago(IMP) (Sir Donnerhall), a colt at the time.
Moving back to Victoria in May 2011, he based his business out of Kookaburra Park in Kyneton, owned by Sue and Neil Adams. In the succeeding years, he has set up a very successful and reputable horse training and dressage tutorial business. This business offers services such as breaking and training of horses of all ages and breeds. As an NCAS Introductory Certified Coach with Equestrian Australia, Jason coaches all levels of riders. He teaches at several pony clubs and Adult riding clubs in the area most weekends of the month. Private lessons and training is offered on and off site, so this sees him travelling the Macedon Ranges and across Victoria on regular occasions. He also competes at least one to two weekends a month on either his own or clients’ horses, at a variety of levels from young horse classes, through to FEI level dressage. These competitions are all over the state from Werribee to Yarrambat and Elmore, to name a few.
His goals for the future are to continue gaining knowledge in training horses and riders and passing this on to his pupils. He also wants to continue training horses up to Grand Prix and compete at a national level. On top of this, his main goal however is to set up his own boutique training property and continue to grow the business with his long-time partner Lisa.