See bottom of this page for info about Setve’s upcoming clinic on 14-17 Nov 2019 at Gidgegannup and application form.

Steve Halfpenny

Steve’s Background and Philosophy

Steve Halfpenny is the founder of Light Hands Horsemanship, the principal trainer for horses that come to the Silversand Centre to be started or for re-training and also delivers the Light Hands Horsemanship Program. He travels extensively delivering clinics in Australia, NZ, UK and Germany.

Watch the Steve Halfpenny Light Hands Equitation Short Documentary here.

Steve’s specialist style of training is not discipline specific and can easily be applied to any form of riding.  As one of Equitana Australia’s successful trainers in the “Way of the Horse, Australian Horsemanship Challenge 2010” and last year, as one of the six trainers who took on a wild Waler from Central Australia as part of Equitana’s “Waler Legacy Program”, Steve has proven that with the right training, any horse can be a relaxed and willing riding partner.

In the creation of “Light Hands Horsemanship”, Steve has combined the knowledge gained from the many great horsemen who have provided him with inspiration, with his own experience and intuitive feel for the horse.  His key focus has been to find an easier way for the horse and rider to communicate, creating simpler ways of explaining horsemanship to people,  so that they can better understand the horse’s intrinsic nature rather than simply delivering a rote training program.

In recent years, Steve has identified that his training methods are extremely successful in helping dressage and competition riders achieve their goals. His training emphasis on a much lighter contact and responsiveness between horse and rider has initiated a new component to his training system, “Light Hands Dressage”. This technique is not only effective for dressage and high level competition, but is also highly beneficial for anyone looking to build their horse’s gymnastic ability, create softness in their horse and improve communication between themselves and their equine partners.

Steve is very approachable and happy to help students with their horsemanship though the Silversands online education system.

Steve’s next clinic in WA will be on 14-17 November 2019

Fill out the form at the bottom of this page to register for Steve’s clinic. 

What to expect from a Steve Halfpenny clinic

Steve’s clinics attract riders from many disciplines, from beginners through to advanced riders and horses. There are a maximum of 12 riders and riders are split into two groups, each group participating for a morning and afternoon session.

Steve’s clinics begin with ground work, which is beneficial not only for young or green horses but also for more experienced horses to check if the horse’s foundation training is solid and to help horses carry themselves in a healthy posture.

‘With a suggestion from AMT Equestrian I made the best decision of my equine life to date – to participate in a Steve Halfpenny clinic. To use a cliche “it changed my life”! The patience and understanding of Steve, along with his techniques, gave me the tools to give my horse confidence, and better educate him on his journey from racetrack to riding.

The difference in my horse in just a few days with Steve was indescribable! The potential for my horse, the blossoming horse and rider bond, and the grounded approach of his clinic opened a window into my personal psyche highlighting some areas that could benefit from a review!

My appreciation of both Steve Halfpenny, and Andrew and Maike from AMT Equestrian is enormous, and I look forward to the new direction of my equine future.’

Keryn & Mack

Steve Halfpenny 4 Day Horsemanship Clinic 14-17 November 2019 at Gidgegannup, WA

Join us for a 4 Day Clinic with Steve in Western Australia.

The clinic structure is 12 riders who will be split into two groups. Each group rides for a 2 hour morning and afternoon session. The clinic will run from approxiamtely 8.30am to 5pm each day. 

For pre-requisites and information about attending Steve’s clinic please see here

The clinic fee is $600. Yards and accommodation options available.

To book a ridden place please complete the from below. When your form is received we will send you an invoice for the clinic fee. A $300 deposit is required to secure your place and full payment is due on 14 October 2019. Your place can only be refunded if you are unable to attend the clinic if your place can be filled by another rider. 

If you have any questions feel free to contact us at or call 0413038232.


Auditors are welcome during the clinic and tickets are available here.

The auditor fee is $35 per day or $110 for all 4 days


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