My name is… Janine Kirkham

Job Title… Senior Horse Instructor and Stable Manager

Original Country… I am a Kiwi born and bred and live nearby in Te Kauwhata

Specialising in… I am the Lakewood Stable Manager and Senior Horse Instructor and have been at Lakewood Lodge since July 2020.

Previous Experience… I am a NZ registered teacher and have taught all levels of Primary school as well as Early Childhood for over 18 years, plus some time spent teaching adults.  At Lakewood Lodge, I am able to combine my teaching experience and love of animals, especially horses. I’ve been around horses most of my life, being part of the Hamilton Pony Club when I was a teenager and have ridden up to B certificate level. I have experience in schooling green horses and training them for eventing and dressage. As an adult and when my own children were small, I Instructed at Pony Club and have been the Head Instructor of two clubs in different parts of New Zealand. I ran my own riding school for a period of time, when living in Taranaki, and have a passion for helping others, particularly children, to become passionate and confident horsemen or women. There are many of my former students who have shared their horse passion with siblings and parents and the whole family has grown to love and ride horses too! Some of my young students have gone on to represent New Zealand in Equestrian Sport.

I have my own horses at home and regularly head out with friends to ride in the local Forest, beach, or on Farms. I am part of the local Adult riding club, and its current Treasurer… a Club I was instrumental in setting up in 2010.

Why I love Lakewood… I love working at Lakewood lodge with its peaceful farm environment and enjoy meeting all sorts of people. I can usually be found at the stables or in the arena. I look forward to helping you on your journey of discovery and fun at Lakewood Lodge and introducing you to the horses that we have at Lakewood Lodge.

My Favourite Movie… Black Beauty (of course!)

Favourite Lakewood Lodge Animal… Brittney the horse

Favourite Food at the lodge… Mac and cheese

Favourite Lakewood Lodge Disco song… Old Town Road by Lil Nas and Billy Ray Cyrus

Favourite Activity to Instruct… HORSE ANYTHING!!