Respect  . Trust  .  Relationship  .  Safety  .  Community

Danièle Nixon Urbain 

Pascal Urbain

Founders & Directors


Daniele and Pascal have owned and operated professional riding schools for the past 20 years, both in France and Australia. They started operating Gold Coast Equestrian Centre in 2009. It then took them years to source, breed and train the best possible school horses and ponies we have now at GCEC. This is the key to the safest possible riding lessons. Daniele and Pascal are happily married, have 3 children, who have grown up in riding schools.

Both Pascal and Daniele have years of experience in coaching and riding but now focus on keeping both business and facilities to the best standards. Daniele works closely with her Team of coaches, passing on the experience she has gained over the years.

They have sought to create not only a world-class riding school at GCEC with facilities unlike any other in South East Queensland, but most importantly a school with strong safety procedures in place; very well-bred and trained horses / ponies and a qualified and experienced team.

Their direct email is gcequest@gmail.com


Head Coach


Melanie is our Head Coach at GCEC, and works closely with our director and founder Daniele, making sure horses and coaches are well prepared to offer the best tuition at GCEC.  She has the highest coaching qualification; Level 3  F.E.I Instructor ( Federation Equestrian International ), has many years of international coaching experience ( France and UAE ).

Melanie has competed in France, showjumping at an international level.

Melanie's passion for horses and for teaching others to ride makes her a world class asset at GCEC.

Melanie teaches riders of all levels and disciplines and her knowledge, positivity and encouragement brings out the best in all who ride with her.

Her email is gcequestinfo@gmail.com

Positions available 

Long term positions open for experienced coaches who are permanent residents or who could qualify for a Sponsored Visa.

Must be a motivated, well presented, qualified coach, speak good English ( min 6 at the IELTS ), experienced ( at least 3 years of paid coaching ) to apply and able to train horses from handling young ones to be ridden in lessons.

Please send full application ( resume, photos and videos of you riding, references ) to gcequestjobs@gmail.com. DO NOT CALL, thank you.


It is a very good idea to wear long pants and boots, if you have them, every time you are onsite at GCEC. Even if you are not riding closed in shoes are a great idea. If you don't have boots, sneakers or other similar closed shoes will suffice. Helmets will be provided by the school if you are riding.

Plan to arrive 15 mins earlier than your scheduled appointment or lesson.

Please note that bookings are non-refundable, no cancellations due to bad weather as we have an undercover arena. 

Get in touch

Our Business Hours

Tuesday - Friday 7:00am - 12.30pm / 2:30pm - 6:00pm

Saturday 7:00am - 1.30am

Send text messages to: 0499 099 901

Send emails to:  gcequestinfo@gmail.com 

Your inquiries are important to us. As our site team and coaches are typically hard at work during business hours and cell phones are not permitted in the equestrian areas of the centre we can't always take your call.  To ensure your inquiry doesn't get missed, we prefer you contact us by text message or email rather than phone call as we aren't always able to receive voice calls.  Better still, use our online booking service to secure your spot.

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0499 099 901 


212 Stewart Road, Clagiraba, QLD 4211, Australia

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