Changes at Tinney Eventing

       Competing at Championship level is the focus for Tinney Eventing


Tinney Eventing is welcoming in a new phase and a new business at their property at Maraylya, NSW in conjunction with Stephanie Bender

4* eventer Stephanie Bender, who has been a long-time student of the Tinneys but more recently has spent four years working and competing in Germany, will be leasing the Tinney’s property as the base for her agistment, horse training and coaching facility.

The 30-acre property will be leased to Steph but the Tinney horses and Tinney family are staying put on the property. Stuart, Karen and Gemma will continue to live in their home and their team of horses will be agisted there in Steph’s care

“We’re really excited about the restructure here at Tinney Eventing” says Karen Tinney “Our focus is to compete at World Championships and Olympic Games on world class horses and we’ve found that managing a property of this size while we travel so much is counter-productive”

“It’s the perfect partnership as we have total trust in Steph’s abilities to look after our horses on a daily basis while we focus on high level competition and bringing on elite level horses. We don’t run a huge team – about 10 horses on average for Stuart and Gemma to compete – so we can really put all of our energy into this side of our business now rather than worrying about staff, property management and wondering how we juggle all the balls in the air!”

20 year old Gemma Tinney joined the ‘family firm’ last year as a professional eventing rider and topped off a good year with a win in the CCI2* Bates Australian Young Rider Championship in Adelaide. While she is just starting out on her eventing career, her father Stuart is one of the most experienced international riders with two Olympic medals from Sydney and Rio to his name

“Stuart and Gemma are at different phases in their careers but their goals are very much the same; to compete at the highest level and produce the best possible eventing horses capable of competing on the world stage. Hopefully we’ll be able to bring home some more medals in the future!”

Steph takes over the property on July 1st and brings 15 years of coaching experience to her new business as well as two horses she intends to compete. As a Level 1 NCAS coach and German Trainer B Eventing coach, Steph certainly has all the boxes ticked in providing coaching and training while the facilities at Maraylya will enable her to look after her clients and their horses in the perfect environment

“It’s a beautiful peaceful place that has produced some amazing horses over the past 25 years” says Steph who is not only a 4* eventing rider but also an Advanced level dressage rider and high level showjumper “I’m really aiming to providing a quality service for a small number of horse owners agisting on the property and helping riders of all disciplines. I’ve learned a lot from my time in Germany but it’s lovely to be back in Australia and exciting to start this new business”

Karen and Stuart will still be available for individual lessons at Maraylya and clinics around Australia by appointment