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Andrea Hegmann

Owner, Instructor, Equine Assisted Learning Practitioner

Andrea, with her extensive teaching background, has trained at Melbourne and La Trobe Universities.

With a Bachelor in Education, Andrea loves to work with children and leads a very fulfilling life that centres around what she is most passionate about; teaching and horses!

Her aim is to produce efficient, confident riders and confident horses that work well for us.

Qualifications and experiences:

  • EA Level 1 (Show jumping, dressage, x-country)

  • RDA Level 1

  • EA Judge

  • EA competitor

  • International experience

  • Certified Equine Assisted Learning Practitioner at The Equine Psychotherapy Institute (March 2020)

  • Graduate Diploma of Counselling

  • Bachelor of Art (Hon.)

  • Bachelor of Education

Carolyn Hall

Instructor, Equine Assisted Learning Practitioner (in training)

Carolyn has been with us for many years, having been a big part of Unicorn Valley as we have evolved.

Her knowledge, solid teaching technique and feel for horses and children is evident in the every lesson she teaches. Carolyn combines instructing with the warmth and understanding of a mother to enable her to train horse and rider to a high standard.

Most recently Carolyn has taken on a leading role with the local Pony Club of about 70 members, a mammoth task requiring a lot of knowledge, patience and remarkable people skills.


Lars Hegmann


Lars also got involved with horses at the age of 4, with many hours spent on trail rides with him eventually falling asleep hugging the neck of his pony. Through the years Lars has developed a balance in the saddle and feel for horses that can only come from a lifetime spent surrounded by horses.

With the help of his German Grand Prix level coach, Lars has excelled in dressage, show jumping and cross country; participating in various EA development squads and competing successfully at Pony Club and EA level competitions.

Now studying full-time at RMIT (Masters in Architecture), Lars devotes whatever spare time he has to instructing at Pony Club and Unicorn Valley and is a much-loved part of our team.

Claire Amsellem

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Practitioner

Claire has been involved with Unicorn Valley over the past few years. With over 14 years of experience teaching, she is a devoted and enthusiastic local Primary School Teacher.

Claire has been able to combine her passion for horses with her desire to provide young people with invaluable and exciting learning experiences beyond the classroom. 

Unicorn Valley reflects Claire's sincere belief that working with horses helps to build invaluable communication skills, and develop the emotional intelligence required to cultivate, and maintain healthy relationships.

Along with her Bachelor's Degree in Education from Latrobe University, Claire is a certified Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Practitioner, having completed her studies at The Equine Psychotherapy Institute in March 2020.

"Claire, from day one, has been an incredibly knowledgeable and exciting extension to our dedicated group of teachers and instructors. Her deep-seated love for children and horses has added many new facets to our ‘ family feel’ at Unicorn Valley".

Andrea Hegmann, Owner Unicorn Valley Equestrian Centre

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