Rosthwaite Farm
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The Riders


James Arkins

Rosthwaite Farm Manager, Rider and Trainor

James Arkins who is one of Australia’s leading Showjumping riders is head trainer and manager at Rosthwaite Farm. James was shortlisted for the Rio Olympics and has competed with great success all over the world, having a wealth of knowledge and experience that he passes on to his students. James has coached students to the highest level but caters students of all ages and experience.

History: James grew up in the eastern suburbs of Sydney with not a lot of exposure to horses. It wasn’t until his mother took him for a trail ride at Malabar riding school that he fell in love with horses. After that, there was no stopping him, much to his parent’s dismay! After a lot of convincing James finally managed to get his parents to buy him his first horse. This horse was to be named ‘Dreamtime Invader’ ‘aka’ Todd. Todd was purchased for a grand total of $2500. James hated him to begin with, but was happy just to have a horse. Soon the two built an unstoppable partnership. With James’ persistent training Todd became a champion and took James to success from interschools right through to World cup level and an international campaign. James would say “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for Todd”


Elliot Reeves

Showjumping rider, trainer and coach.

Elliott recently hopped the pond over to Australia from England to continue his showjumping career in a slightly nice climate. Elliott has competed internationally up to 1.50m level at some of the nicest shows England has to offer. One of his best results would have to be clear and 6th in the 4* Hickstead speed derby and still holds the title for being the youngest ever clear round.

Elliott’s first encounter with horses was at the young age of 5 when his mother Veronica took him to riding lessons in the beautiful area of East-Sussex in the UK. Veronica has always had a love of horses but didn’t quite know what she was letting herself in for when she first signed him up! He was loaned his first horse at the age of 10 who taught him how to deal with very difficult yet talented ponies. Over the years Elliott progressed and the time came to make the step and buy a horse. He got very lucky with an ‘average horse’ who just so happened to turn out to be a very talented and successful horse of which Elliott made his debuted at 1.50m level on! Elliott has worked for and trained with some of the best riders in the world such as William and Pippa Funnell where he picked up a huge amount of knowledge and experience produces and training horses.

Rosthwaite Farm Riding School

Christine Persson

Chrissy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. She is an EA NCAS Level One General Coach, with a bachelor of Equine Business Management from the University of Sydney, Orange. Chrissy has 10 years of coaching experience, coaching riders of varied abilities, ranging from children with disabilities to beginners to more competent riders.

History: Chrissy grew up and did her schooling in Sydney. Her family had a farm in Crookwell and there was a pony there who she used to ride, that’s where she fell in love with the country. It wasn’t until she went out to Pitt Town to begin riding lessons, that she realized her passion for horses, mostly in eventing.


Chrissy had managed and taught at Riding Schools in Sydney and the Southern Highlands before she started her own agistment and coaching business in Bowral in 2013. The business grew and Chrissy went from 11 acres to 30 acres in Burradoo. Many of her students were succeeding at shows from dressage days, jump club and Interschools. Her passion is developing the beginner student into a competent rider through a system she has developed over the last 10 years.


In May 2018 James rang Chrissy about her interest in developing the riding school at Rosthwaite Farm ……… and the rest is history. Chrissy now teaches up to 30 students per week and runs the Tudor House Equestrian Program. Many of her students that she taught from the beginning are now succeeding at State level which is extremely rewarding!

The Grooms – Past and Present

Meike Naujoks

Found by coincidence through our former groom Chloe, she had no intention of finding a grooming job abroad. We were lucky enough that Meike’s love for travelling, exploring new places and horses made her decide to leave her home in Germany and come to work in Australia for half a year. More than a year later now Meike is a solid member of the Rosthwaite Farm team.
With years of experience in showjumping. She first starting working for a successful national show jumper close by her school when she was fourteen, this ended with a year of traveling to shows in Europe with an international show jumper and even spending a few months in America, she handles our lovely team of show jumpers with ease. And you know what they say about Germans: efficient, organised, hard working and pure perfectionists..
Meike serves all these stereotypes which makes her a perfect fit.

Chole Spencer

Maybe You?

2nd Year Working Holiday Visa’s, Grooms and Riders – Do you think you have what it takes to join the Rosthwaite team? Scroll down to see what positions we have available.

The Biggest Supporters

Michelle Arkins

Accounts and Team Supporter

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Peter Arkins

General Manager – Farm Management

With 35 years of accounting and banking skills, Peter is responsible for managing financial decisions that take place at Rosthwaite Farm, including funding and procurement. As a frustrated farmer, he spends most of his weekends attending to the maintenance demands around the property. This extends to building projects, landscaping and gardening, fencing and pasture maintenance.



We are lucky enough to be within the 2nd Year Working Holiday Visa zone. We often take individuals and couples with the following skills set(s). Feel free to send us an email if you fit this criterion.

  • Experienced with horses
  • Experience with property maintenance
  • Good organizational skills
  • A great attitude

We are always on the lookout for grooms to join our ever growing show team. Feel free to send us an email if you fit the following criteria.

  • Experienced
  • Self-motivated and able to work with a team
  • Confident handling young horses and fit performance horses
  • Ability to turn a horse out to the highest standard
  • Good organizational skills
  • A great attitude

Occasionally we have placement for a young horse rider. Send us an email if you have the following experience:

  • Handling young stock
  • Breaking in performance horses
  •  Working with and handling stallions
  • Empathy
  • Ability to work in a team under the guidance of head riders