The

Centaur Connection Experience

As the Heart of Equestrian & Leadership Development, we offer coaching, educational resources and hands-on training to help you achieve the ultimate connection with your horse and to your Ultimate Self in a scenic, private and healing environment.   Conveniently located in South Cairns, we offer a unique experience to horse enthusiasts with our Lipizzaner horses.

Privately owned and operated, we offer professional training programs in Horsemanship and communication utilising our method, The Centaur Connection Method™, designed to help you connect with horses and boost your confidence and competence.  Training is available with our horses or your horse. Some of our services include:

  • Professional Coaching for riding, performance, fears
  • Confident Horsemanship courses
  • Horse training for rehabilitation & behaviour issues
  • Equine Assisted Team Building for businesses
  • Video recording of your riding

The natural attributes of Lipizzaner horses create a useful medium to assist people to feel grounded, develop assertiveness, and overcome low self-esteem.  Lipizzaner horses are a highly curious horse breed that enjoy connecting with people. They are extreme intelligent and have a strong sense of justice in which they will question what you are asking of them if they believe it is incorrect and they are hence less submissive than many modern breeds.   You cannot force a Lipizzaner to do something that disempowers them such as tying them down as they will fight you because they are highly cooperative with a willingness to please and learn with a strong work ethic so if you work out of fear and restraint you will get a battle.   Breeding and training these horses has taught us a tremendous amount about connecting with horses in a way that does not suppress their individuality.  To us, the Lipizzaner horse epitomises the Centaur ‘Chiron’ and it is our vision here at Centaur Connection to share the spirit and essence of the Lipizzaner horse with others and to utilise this to help people not only understand horses, but to understand themselves in the process.

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I am loving the lessons with Tracy and I am seeing improvements in my ability to connect with Whizz who has been a challenging horse.  Tracy’s method and style is so different as she really gets to the core of not only my horse’s behaviours and how to handle them but she is also showing me how I indirectly affect my horse and what to do about it. Somehow she manages to bridge the gap between our communication without oppressing Whizz’s or my own nature. Tracy is fun and easy to connect with. She explains everything in a way that I can utilise to find my own style too. I am learning so much and Whizz and I look forward to every lesson. 10 out of 10
I am loving the lessons with Tracy and I am seeing improvements in my ability to connect with Whizz who has been a challenging horse.  Tracy’s method and style is so different as she really gets to the core of not only my horse’s behaviours and how to handle them but she is also showing me how I indirectly affect my horse and what to do about it. Somehow she manages to bridge the gap between our communication without oppressing Whizz’s or my own nature. Tracy is fun and easy to connect with. She explains everything in a way that I can utilise to find my own style too. I am learning so much and Whizz and I look forward to every lesson. 10 out of 10
Just after one lesson I can tell my daughter is going to get the best education about horses from you Tracy... and not just riding, but how to care, bond and enjoy every aspect of being with horses, even mucking out the stable! Your way with your horses and your ethic is pure and genuine. Thanks Tracy, my daughter thought her first lesson "WAS AMAZING!!!" She loves that she is going to learn more than just riding all while doing this on her favourite coloured horse... she has not stopped smiling ?.
Belinda Newman Praise
Just after one lesson I can tell my daughter is going to get the best education about horses from you Tracy... and not just riding, but how to care, bond and enjoy every aspect of being with horses, even mucking out the stable! Your way with your horses and your ethic is pure and genuine. Thanks Tracy, my daughter thought her first lesson "WAS AMAZING!!!" She loves that she is going to learn more than just riding all while doing this on her favourite coloured horse... she has not stopped smiling ?.
My daughter is thoroughly enjoying her lessons, she has learnt so much about horse behaviour and body language. She has also learnt how to groom, saddle, lunge and also how to safely handle a horse. Now that she and the horse are comfortable with each other and she has more confidence, she is currently learning how to ride. I have found such a change in my daughter, she seems happier and more confident in her self. Tracy’s teaching technique and understanding of animal and human behaviour is outstanding. The venue and the atmosphere are amazing, it’s such a beautiful well kept and structured place. The horses are beautiful and good natured, Zen the horse my daughter is learning with is just so gentle and affectionate. After every lesson, my daughter feels so refreshed and happy and is constantly learning something new... even I enjoy taking her as it’s just such a positive and refreshing environment! Thank you Tracy!
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My daughter is thoroughly enjoying her lessons, she has learnt so much about horse behaviour and body language. She has also learnt how to groom, saddle, lunge and also how to safely handle a horse. Now that she and the horse are comfortable with each other and she has more confidence, she is currently learning how to ride. I have found such a change in my daughter, she seems happier and more confident in her self. Tracy’s teaching technique and understanding of animal and human behaviour is outstanding. The venue and the atmosphere are amazing, it’s such a beautiful well kept and structured place. The horses are beautiful and good natured, Zen the horse my daughter is learning with is just so gentle and affectionate. After every lesson, my daughter feels so refreshed and happy and is constantly learning something new... even I enjoy taking her as it’s just such a positive and refreshing environment! Thank you Tracy!
I would highly recommend coaching with Tracy. After our first session I knew she had the ability to listen closely and breakdown the stress and anxiety I had unknowingly created. Tracy has supported me in creating inner change and I am now confidently embracing all aspects of my nature so I can pursue areas I was not confident in changing in my life. Every session achieved every outcome we discussed while being extremely relaxed and comfortable.
I would highly recommend coaching with Tracy. After our first session I knew she had the ability to listen closely and breakdown the stress and anxiety I had unknowingly created. Tracy has supported me in creating inner change and I am now confidently embracing all aspects of my nature so I can pursue areas I was not confident in changing in my life. Every session achieved every outcome we discussed while being extremely relaxed and comfortable.
Tracy is a gifted communicator and coach. She has such a nice way about her, it was easy to relax and go through her process. Tracy was able to help me make sense of my life experience and change of career direction, and how the two could be consolidated to help me move my business forward with certainty, and clarity of purpose. She was able to help me begin to understand my target market, their motivations and what would appeal to them. My time with Tracy was well worth my investment.
Praise_Matt Patterson
Tracy is a gifted communicator and coach. She has such a nice way about her, it was easy to relax and go through her process. Tracy was able to help me make sense of my life experience and change of career direction, and how the two could be consolidated to help me move my business forward with certainty, and clarity of purpose. She was able to help me begin to understand my target market, their motivations and what would appeal to them. My time with Tracy was well worth my investment.
I have had only six lessons at Centaur Connection, and already I have learnt so much about horses, other people and myself. My name is Ella and I have loved horses all my life, they are such majestic and beautiful creatures, the first time I ever rode a horse by myself was for my tenth birthday when my mum bought me lessons at a local riding stables where we were living at the time. I loved it so much that I was able to continue fortnightly lessons for the past couple years, just a few months ago we moved up to Innisfail due to my Dad’s job and our mission was to find a stable to ride at and to actually learn how to look after a horse, so we would be able to hopefully buy one in the near future, my Mum and I stumbled upon Centaur Connection and we set up our first lesson almost straight away. I was so excited and became ecstatic when I saw the beautiful grounds, (as well as Mocha and the horses!) When Tracy introduced herself I immediately became comfortable and felt at home, she was so nice and kind. Then Tracy brought me over to Zen, the beautiful gelding that I ride! He is so kind-hearted and sweet, I spent my first lesson grooming Zen and building a connection. Over the next couple weeks, we progressed to lunging and two lessons ago, riding. We only used a monkey grip and kept on the lunge line, but it was amazing nonetheless and I enjoyed it so very much! My last lesson I had been going through a few problems at school and Tracy sensed that and instead of riding Zen and I played games all around the arena and just plain cuddling! Tracy is an amazing instructor, she is easy to talk to, fun and most of all she doesn’t feel the need to put pressure on you and will allow you to progress at your own speed, shaping each lesson to fit your abilities and comforts.
Praise_Ella Newman
I have had only six lessons at Centaur Connection, and already I have learnt so much about horses, other people and myself. My name is Ella and I have loved horses all my life, they are such majestic and beautiful creatures, the first time I ever rode a horse by myself was for my tenth birthday when my mum bought me lessons at a local riding stables where we were living at the time. I loved it so much that I was able to continue fortnightly lessons for the past couple years, just a few months ago we moved up to Innisfail due to my Dad’s job and our mission was to find a stable to ride at and to actually learn how to look after a horse, so we would be able to hopefully buy one in the near future, my Mum and I stumbled upon Centaur Connection and we set up our first lesson almost straight away. I was so excited and became ecstatic when I saw the beautiful grounds, (as well as Mocha and the horses!) When Tracy introduced herself I immediately became comfortable and felt at home, she was so nice and kind. Then Tracy brought me over to Zen, the beautiful gelding that I ride! He is so kind-hearted and sweet, I spent my first lesson grooming Zen and building a connection. Over the next couple weeks, we progressed to lunging and two lessons ago, riding. We only used a monkey grip and kept on the lunge line, but it was amazing nonetheless and I enjoyed it so very much! My last lesson I had been going through a few problems at school and Tracy sensed that and instead of riding Zen and I played games all around the arena and just plain cuddling! Tracy is an amazing instructor, she is easy to talk to, fun and most of all she doesn’t feel the need to put pressure on you and will allow you to progress at your own speed, shaping each lesson to fit your abilities and comforts.
Tracy is a professional coach who helped me identify core motivations within myself that helped me gain clarity and moved me forward in my entrepreneurial direction.
Tracy is a professional coach who helped me identify core motivations within myself that helped me gain clarity and moved me forward in my entrepreneurial direction.
Tracy is a very kind and caring coach. She really cares about her clients and is able to delve deep to understand the core issues. She sticks with her clients until they reach a resolution and is a pleasure to work with.
Tracy is a very kind and caring coach. She really cares about her clients and is able to delve deep to understand the core issues. She sticks with her clients until they reach a resolution and is a pleasure to work with.
As a result of working with Tracy, I now feel that I have more confidence and trust in my own abilities and would highly recommend Tracy to anyone who wants to have a shift in mindset that enables you to move forward in a positive direction.
As a result of working with Tracy, I now feel that I have more confidence and trust in my own abilities and would highly recommend Tracy to anyone who wants to have a shift in mindset that enables you to move forward in a positive direction.

Training Programs at Centaur Connection

We love to train, educate and coach enthusiastic horse clients in horsemanship training, behaviour, proper horse care, and communication.  We also love utilising our method to boost leadership development, communication and engagement within corporate teams.  We have online training programs and the following hands-on programs are available at our facilities:

Horse Connection Programs with Lipizzaner Horses

Hands-on training in Foundational and Advanced horsemanship skills with our Lipizzaner horses. Provided in structured and supportive programs to boost your confidence in understanding and training horses compassionately.

Advanced Horse Connection Training with Your Horse

Advanced troubleshooting sessions with you and your horse that utilises coaching methods, in-hand training and ridden work to get to the core of behavioural and communication setbacks blockages between you and your horse

Fear and Phobia Coaching

Professional coaching utilising a combination of practical skills and neurological reprogramming techniques to help you overcome fears, phobias and performance anxiety that are holding you back.  This can be with or without your horse depending on the issue you’re experiencing

Alpha Leadership for Team Engagement

Motivating your Team, balancing conflicts and maintaining team engagement can be a challenge for any business owner. Spare your staff for a day and send them here for Team Building with a Difference. It’s proven that team building activities in an environment that is unfamiliar to your staff aids in boosting team morale and as a behaviour specialist we can identify communication, power play and confidence behaviours exhibited by individuals that may be affecting your overall team performance.

Our Method

Our method, The Centaur Connection Method™ successfully blends principles from horsemanship, leadership, behavioural science, psychology, physiology, and communication tools in a way that helps people understand how to be more empathetic. Our method also translates into corporate environments where it is utilised to get to the core of underlying behaviours, enhance motivation, refine communication and boost team engagement.

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Rider Membership

Enjoy our facilities to ride and train your horse with peace of mind knowing an experienced horse person is on site if you need assistance.

We’re conveniently located in South Cairns, and our facilities are optimised for peace and privacy as well as yours and your horse’s safety and enjoyment. Enjoy the cool and shady undercover fenced arena, clubhouse with kitchen / toilet / shower and equestrian library, outdoor arena, horse wash bay and open areas and trails.

Membership is only $160/year for over $1200 in value. Make the most of your training progress this year, beat the heat and keep training with your horse with this value membership offer. Contact us today for a Rider Membership Application form and details.

* commercial hire to insured trainers and coaches also available

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