About Us

Werakata Farm is found on Majors Lane in Keinbah in the lovely Hunter Valley.  Keinbah is little known but it’s neighbouring suburb “Lovedale” home of the famous lovedale long lunch, is well known by wine buffs.  Werakata Farm was one of the original vineyards in the Valley and was known then as Portion 63.    It operated as a vineyard until 2005 when we began the transformation to a performance horse facility.

Our 60 acres backs on to the Werakata National Park, which is home to many of the guest kangaroos, wallabies, deer and two goats who wander through our farm and provides great tracks for fitness for the horses.

We are 15 minutes to Maitland and Cessnock, 45 minutes to Newcastle airport and 2 and a half hours to Sydney and a stones throw from some of the best vineyards in Australia.

Tarsha Hammond

Tarsha was a professional rider, NCAS Level 3 Eventing Coach and Level 2 Dressage Coach and Coach Educator.  She is now a full time Mum, part-rider, part-coach and occasional coach educator!  She has represented Australia Internationally on her horse “Fuzzy Logic” in the Trans Tasman Challenge in 2003.  She was short-listed for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and the World Equestrian Games in 2002.  She now gets pretty excited if she gets to the occasional One Day Event and lives vicariously through Andrew:)

Tarsha passion has always been eventing, closely followed by dressage. She has been fortunate to have had some very nice dressage horses over the years which she has competed with success.

In 1997 she won the NSW State Dressage Championships Novice level on Argentille Lariat and again in 2004 on Messiah. These two horses really inspired a love of Dressage and the plants to get back to that one day too!

Tarsha has coached professionally for 25 years.

Andrew Barnett

Andrew is a professional rider, NCAS Level 2 Showjumping and Eventing Coach and Coach Educator. He was a Grand Prix showjumper before a successful conversion to 3* Eventer, and will be occasionally seen at the dressage under a degree of duress.  He has started a multitude of young horses in all three disciplines with excellent results.

Andrew has had a wonderful team of horses and owners over the last couple of years and has had great success.

Andrews results, to mention a few:

  • Adelaide International CCI 2* in 2016 on Bradgate Park Dante.
  • Sydney International CIC 2* in 2016 on Bradgate Park Dante and in 2017 on APH Sparky.
  • National Eventing Championships 2* 2017 on APH Sparky
  • Tamworth International CIC 2* 2017 on Bradgate Park Fonzie

Andrew has coached since 2004.

It’s a real team effort here at Werakata Farm.  Both Andrew and Tarsha are very motivated coaches and really enjoy developing riders in all disciplines and levels.  Having the facilities to train riders in all three phases provides a continuity to the training that is extremely beneficial.

Tarsha and Andrew have two children, Henry born in 2012 and Phoebe born in 2014.

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Taylor Foley

Taylor started with us in December 2012. A standard working pupil position has morphed into part horses, part babies, part Andrew manager! Taylor some how managed a full time uni degree this year, part horses, part babies and Andrew can look after himself 🙂 Her horse Tuna who is by Fishermans Friend is a serious talent competing at elementary level with a medium start on the near horizon. In 2016 Tuna was the reserve champion, Amateur Owner Novice horse at the NSW State Dressage Championships.

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Ron and Anne-Marie Sorrenson

Anne-Marie and her husband Ron have their own beautiful property at Luskintyre where we based for a few years and they have both been generous advisors and supporters.  Anne-Marie has had great success with her very special horse Moonshine (Lizzie), competing Prix St George.  She now competes the talented Bradgate Park Dior very successfully with a win at the 2015 State Dressage Champs in the Amateur Preliminary devision, and a 4th place in the Novice at the 2016 States.  It’s impossible to overstate how valuable Ron and Ann-Marie are to us here at Werakata Farm and the terrible news is that they are about to move to Old!!

Gwenda and Ron Hammond (aka Mum and Dad)

Werakata Farm is a family affair and it keeps them very busy.  They both contribute an enormous amount to the running of Werakata Farm and we could not do it without them. With the addition of Henry and Phoebe, Mum and Dad have become even more essential! Every little thing is made so much better when you have family to share and enjoy.

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