Horse  Management

Stable Hand

Anna Visnovsky

Anna is one of our amazing Stable Hands at Oakwood. She is always found busy with rugging, caring and cleaning up after our amazing school horses as well as agisted horses!

How long have you worked for Oakwood?
What does a typical day look like for you at Oakwood Riding School?
What about your horses?
What do you do outside of your work at Oakwood?
What do you like most about Oakwood?

Stable Hand

Leanne Smith

Leanne is a valued Stable Hand at Oakwood who brings along her knowledge, experience and passion for horse care.

Lee is also super talented in repairing rugs and making them look good as new!

How long have you worked for Oakwood?

​A few weeks but I worked here and the old Oakwood for a few years roughly 14 years ago!

What does a typical day look like for you at Oakwood Riding School?

​Feeding and rugging all our beautiful agistees horses, getting our amazing schoolies ready for lessons and keeping the paddocks and stables clean :)

What about your horses?

I have 2 horses, Zane who is retired is a 16.3 TB Gelding and Charlie who lives at Oakwood is a 17hh TB Gelding. He is currently rehabbing after having surgery to remove a bone chip from his knee.

What do you do outside of your work at Oakwood?

​I enjoy drawing, painting and anything crafty, I have recently got into refurbishing old furniture. I love playing piano and guitar and singing at open mic nights. I also do Rug and leather repairs.

What do you like most about Oakwood?

 I love the people, the horses and amazing facilities! 

Stable Hand

Abby Plant

Abby is a dedicated member of our Stable Hand team. Abby is a competitive eventer who still manages to dedicate her time to caring for Oakwood's school and agisted horses.

How long have you worked for Oakwood?

I have been working at Oakwood for over a year now. I first started in January 2019. 

What does a typical day look like for you at Oakwood Riding School?

I generally work weekend shifts, so I get to feed and rug all the agistee’s horses. I also clean out paddocks, make up feeds for the next shift and clean up around the stable area. Occasionally I will work the Saturday shift where I catch, feed and tack up the school horses for lessons. 

What about your horses?

At home, we have 7 horses who I feed and rug twice daily. I have two of my own ridden horses, an OTTB gelding and a WBxTB mare. I predominately event, but occasionally do some straight SJing. I also have a foal which was born at the start of this year, purpose bred for eventing. I have previously competed at CCI-L 2*J at Melbourne Three Day and hope to be back at that level soon. 

What do you do outside of your work at Oakwood?

Currently I am completing Year 12 at Haileybury College. After school, I plan on going to Uni, I’m just not sure on what I want to study. I also ride my own horses everyday, before or after school. 

What do you like most about Oakwood?

At Oakwood, I really enjoy working with the horses, of course, but the team at Oakwood have always been so encouraging and friendly towards me, so I enjoy working with them all. Additionally, I love helping out our clients who come in for lessons and seeing how much fun they have whilst riding our schoolies.