Amber Cargill

Getting to know Amber


Amber was born into a very non-horsey family but after her cousin made her go to a horse riding lesson when she was 8 years old with her, she was hooked! 
After months of nagging, she got her first pony at 9 years old, a welsh pony called “Toffee”. This was followed up by a beautiful brumby called “Sheebee” who ignited her love for dressage. She was then lucky enough to lease an eventing schoolmaster “Shamrock” who took her around her first Grade 2 events at a young age. The next horse was one of the most influential, “Dermi”, who carried her around her first Melbourne 3 day event at age 14 whilst also winning at advanced level straight dressage. After this, she got her first Thoroughbred in “Sea Student” who would take her around her first bigger show jumping tracks up to 135cm as well and her first 3* starts. 

She would then produce her own TB “Trojan Warrior” to FEI eventing level amongst FEI catch rides at Melbourne 3 day event for the junior class. She would then go onto produce a number of upper level warmblood eventers over the years as she concentrated on her elite coaching and mentoring skills. 

Amber has a very strong passion for dressage which she is now enjoying with Ben’s 4* eventer Captain on track for an FEI dressage start in 2021, and an exceptional 4yo dressage horse “Caballero” as well as a champion 4yo dressage pony “Isaac” who are competing successfully at novice. She will continue to event on a couple of horses and help produce Ben’s elite eventers on the flat. 

Amber has a degree in psychology with a focus on sports mind set and loves to implement these skills in her intensive coaching and mentoring sessions with her regular students. She has an easy to follow approach to the basics and a very well developed eye for straightness, suppleness and engagement and how to help each rider manipulate their horses bodies in order to become truly through and harmonious. She tries to set each rider up to understand exactly what they are doing so they can develop feel and implement their training on other horses and in other circumstances.