Experience the life-changing magic of equestrianism when you join Crystal Ridge Equestrian Centre. This wonderful centre will capture the heart of all horse lovers. Saddle up for the first time, expand your dressage skills or dive into show jumping classes – this full-service centre has something to offer all levels and ages of rider.
When you ride at Crystal Ridge, your experience will be overseen by the facility’s owner Melise and her fantastic team of talented instructors, trainers and grooms. Join the family when you ride at Crystal Ridge and feel confident knowing everyone is on hand to help, assist and make sure you have the ride of your life. Create memories you will cherish for a lifetime at Crystal Ridge.
Crystal Ridge Equestrian Centre has been owned and run by Melise Etheridge since 1993 and has been the training ground and equestrian retreat for many renowned equestrians during the years. Melise is a highly qualified level 3 EQASA and FEI instructor with 30 years of hands-on experience teaching and coaching hundreds of riders.
Melise has a wealth of knowledge to impart to all her students and throughout her career, she has received fantastic teaching and mentoring opportunities from huge names in the equestrian world. Before starting Crystal Ridge Equestrian Centre, Melise was instructed by the legendary Lesley Taylor who shaped her into the fantastic instructor she is today. Throughout her career and training, she has attended clinics hosted by the biggest names in the industry. Amongst these include Jorge Pereira, a renowned Grand Prix rider and Portuguese Horse Master famous for his winning dressage skills and horsemanship. Melise has also learnt from Nick Skelton, a two-time Olympic Gold medal winner in show jumping and world-renowned British equestrian.
Melise’s vast experience and knowledge makes her the perfect teacher for all equestrians. Many of Melise’s students start as beginners and under her wonderful guidance and instruction grow to become top equestrians, some even competing in the Paralympics for South Africa!
She is committed to the success of each one of her students whether they wish to compete or just want to saddle up for a canter once a week.
In addition to Melise’s excellent teaching, Crystal Ridge boasts dedicated and super talented instructors who excel at putting even the most nervous of beginner riders at ease! The team have an abundance of experience training young pony riders, children and adults to competitive levels. As well as general riding lessons, Crystal Ridge also offers coaching in all disciplines including show jumping, showing, equitation, dressage and vaulting.
Crystal Ridge is the hub of all things equestrian in South Africa. A horsey retreat for children and adults and a beautiful setting to nurture your love for horses and equestrian life. Purchase your first horse, attend regular shows and events and fill up your equestrian wardrobe from their on-site shop – this is the place to be to become the horse rider of your dreams!
Benoni, South Africa