Gold Coast Equestrian Centre is a family owned riding school located in Clagiraba (Gold Coast, South East Queensland).
Our goal is to teach people of all ages and levels of experience how to ride in a safe, respectful, and fun environment.
We have more than 40 horses, including 30 well trained school horses for riders of all levels.
We also offer trail rides on our beautiful 50 acre property.
GCEC is the only equestrian centre in South East Queensland that has a full size covered arena. So rain, hail or shine, we ride!
We teach beginners from the age of 3 all the way through to advanced riders.
Our horses and ponies are professionally trained and cared for. 
Our coaching team hold European professional coaching qualifications and their collective experience in dressage and showjumping is unparalleled.
At GCEC, we host the most amazing birthday trail rides you will see on the Gold Coast, please see our "Birthday" page for more details and photos.
We organise great Holiday Camps during public school holidays ( see EVENTS - CAMPS ).


Tuesdays to Fridays :
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 3:00 - 6:30 PM
Saturdays : 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sundays : We host events ( no lessons )


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 for 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


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

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 DO NOT CALL, thank you.


212 Stewart Rd, Clagiraba QLD 4211, Australia

Our Terms and Conditions

Bookings and enquiries0499 099 901 

Head Coach (horses for sale only): 0449 294 729