Horse Riding Lessons and Experiences

Founder Deb & Bonogin Valley Horse Retreat

Gold Coast Horse Riding at Bonogin Valley Horse Retreat

Debbie Burgermeister, Head Coach, Founder of Bonogin Valley Horse Retreat and Giddy Up Gold Coast Charity
Deb has an intense passion for what we offer, dedicated to utilize our privilege of horses to connect with people and work with our community to make a difference…check out her unique story 



To become the central hub for anyone starting out with horses. For young horse enthusiasts and horse riding schools across the world to have access to the very basics needed to start in education and booking lessons.

OUR MISSION: Encouraging learning safely, starting out with the core fundamentals to support the future of sensible, confident, and capable horse handlers and riders.

– Debbie Burgermeister
Inspired by her parents that have given her with a wonderful life of growing up with horses and farm life! Also blessed with a family of her own and loving husband to establish the balance between country and city living.

A rare upbringing these days to be given the broad exposure of working with sheep, cattle, cropping and farm equipment that school cannot educate on the practical expertise gained growing up in this way. Responsibilities away from technology and being able to appreciate the outdoors and everything it has to offer.

Now with twins, running her own business, managing a household, fitness and involved in a sport unique to all others (horses and polocrosse)!
Starting her horse riding school business to be a stay-at-home mum and to have a business that would support family and hobby lifestyle. Her passion is horses and educating people to start with horses safely and confidently. Giving people a unique stress free, sense of freedom activity.

Blessed with a loving family upbringing on a farm to learn practical life skills and many great horsemanship skills from a very talented horseman, her father, teaching her to break in horses over 30 years ago in the natural way and being able to ride horses to compete up to state level championships.  

Debbie is Your Horse Riding Coach With A Difference through her ability to achieve a high focus on development with strong attention to body technique from exposure to both Western and English riding. Starting with pony club and moving into the show ring, dressage, jumping, camp-drafting, barrel racing and polocrosse.

One of Deb's most memorable moments (apart from marrying her husband Mark of course), was performing in the breathtaking 2000 Olympics Opening Ceremony on the 15th of September with 120 musical riders.  Experience the excitement with this video...

Credited with an established riding school for over 10 years and has many coaching qualifications, but her unique qualities come from her down to earth, friendly positive attitude and ability to relate to all ages.  Experienced in being a parent of twins and the high expectations of child development in recreational activities.


Equestrian Australia coach / CertIII Sports Coaching Equestrian / NCAS Level 2 Coach with Aust. Institute of Sport / CertIV Trainer & Assessor / First Aid, Mental Health First Aid & Blue Card / CertIV in Small Business Management / Advanced Diploma of Customer Contact Management

Deb’s life is now completely dedicated to her family, her horses and the charity that Deb & her husband Mark founded called Giddy Up Gold Coast. A not for profit venture aimed at the grassroots of the sport but more passionate in the healing aspects of horses for the community. Development in confidence, non-verbal communication techniques and emotional control along with an escape from technology and back to nature to unplug and unwind, mental & physical strength to handle life’s challenges and to experience the energy, love and freedom horses can provide.  Through their Giddy Up Kids programs run by Bonogin Valley Horse Retreat, Gold Coast Australia and the amazing Horse Day Out - Ride and Relax programs on offer. For more information please Contact Us or check out realtime availability and pricing at our Bookings Hub

Written by Deb a short story of thanks:

“THESE HANDS” Can your hands tell stories?

As I look at my so-called "lady" hands I often wonder how horse girls can have nails or non-marked skin. I look at my dented bruised finger from the stable door and laugh, or I think about the sadness of the 9yr old boy that died 20yrs ago after I did CPR.....OR....I think about the joy of holding my twins for the first time 4 weeks after they were born 3mths early just 560g............ BUT when I think hard about my 43yr old hands I think of what these hands have done on a farm with horses, sheep, cattle, chooks, cooking, cleaning, lifting, cutting, campfires, rivers, old cars and fixing fences...... the life of a country Australian that so many young people do not appreciate that I have had the blessing to experience - a farmer, a wife, a mother, a labourer, a mechanic, a factory worker and a horseman. These are all skills I cherish and I would not trade my hands for anything in the world as the stories are in my mind and my heart forever.
I thank my family, my friends and my employers for the experiences of life to help me learn and grow in mind & body! I pray our youth continue to be educated away from the computer with hands on reality and stories to cherish of their own

For a little deeper into Deb’s life story: LIFE CHALLENGES and HORSES TO SAVE THE DAY: deep into the life of Deborah Burgermeister

Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals of improving grassroots horse riding education and delivering equine programs for mental health. Your generous donation will fund our mission to enable more community and school groups to access our horse programs. Positive outcomes in CONFIDENCE, CARE for others, emotional CONTROL, COMMUNICATION skills, COORDINATION
Through our unique programs, participants develop emotional intelligence & life skills such as empathy, responsibility and dealing with challenges in a non-threatening, therapeutic, non-judgemental environment.

A lovely story was featured on channel 10 about horses for mental health

All donations made through the Australian Sports Foundation are tax deductable.


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