paradise valley

horse centre

Paradise Valley Horse Centre is an affordable, safe and friendly equestrian centre. Run by Lynn Brown it is located 10km from Rotorua on the slopes of the picturesque Mt Ngongotaha.
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We have been teaching riding enthusiasts to ride for over 30 years. 


We start young horses and ponies and provide their early education.


We offer great quality round the clock care for sick or injured equines.


A unique equine experience for all ages and experience levels.

"Horses and riding have been a lifelong passion and I wanted a pony as soon as I could talk. I finally owned my first pony when I was 8 years old and I have been riding and learning about horses ever since."

Lynn Brown

about lynn

I believe in teaching the basics first and love teaching and watching as riders progress. I enjoy the challenge of breaking in and re-schooling horses with issues, working with the horse until it responds and understands what I want it to do. 

Whatever your Equestrian needs I am confident with my knowledge and experience I will be able to help you to achieve your goals.

Experience & Training

  • After leaving school I worked in racing stables and rode track work for an Uncle, Brian Deacon who was a top New Zealand trainer
  • Attended the International Pony Club Competition in the United States of America
  • Trained at Talland School of Equitation in England
  • Worked as a groom for Judy Bradwell, a successful Eventer who was UK junior champion and won Burleigh Horse Trials. Judy is now a noted trainer
  • Worked for a Junior Show Jumper in Belgium.
  • Worked with Polo ponies in the Australian outback
  • Bred Thoroughbreds and Sporthorses for about 30 years and have homebred almost all of the horses I have ridden since I returned from the UK
  • Bred Thoroughbreds and Sporthorses for about 30 years and have homebred almost all of the horses I have ridden since I returned from the UK
  • I bred, broke in competed and bred from my own stallion. I competed him up to Medium Level Dressage, and in hand where he won several Championships, This was at a time when it wasn't common for stallions to be out competing
  • Attended the International Pony Club Competition in the United States of America
  • Agisted broodmares, foals and, youngstock
  • Spelled and pre-trained racehorses
  • Worked for a Junior Show Jumper in Belgium.
  • Broke in youngsters and retrained racehorses and problem horses
  • Have been teaching riders and training horses for most of my adult life
  • Have been Judging Dressage for 20 years
  • Running Equine Clinics and School Holiday Camps since 1996 when I founded the Paradise Valley Horse Centre


  • BHSAI, "A" Cert + Honours
  • CNZ Level 2
  • List 2 Dressage Judge
  • Owner trainers licence


"I have known Lynn Brown for 20 odd years. During that time she has been a power of knowledge for me and has given me direction with young horses and old. Her instruction is so easy to understand and whatever she teaches she explains why it's done that way, which makes learning and understanding a vital part to connect our horses. I would recommend her training techniques to anyone who has a passion for these wonderful animals."

Tina - Rotorua, NZ

"I am not a confident rider and wasn't doing my green horse any favours by riding him out in situations which neither of us were confident in dealing with. It got to the stage where I didn't ride him at all for 12 months. Lynn took him and with consistent, patient training he has become a different horse, with impeccable manners, confidence and a relaxed approach to new situations. All the gaps in his training have been filled in and he is now a pleasure to ride.”

Sandra - Mamaku, NZ

I had the pleasure of being a working pupil for Lynn Brown of Paradise Valley Horse Centre in 2007. I highly recommend her working pupil programme for those who are serious about gaining the required skill and knowledge to enable them to pursue a career in the equestrian industry. She is committed to teaching everything correctly from the start, for both horse and rider. Lynn has successfully integrated up to date, scientific methods with natural horsemanship and traditional training techniques which sets her apart from the rest. ”

Marianna Belina - Auckland, NZ

"Because of this, I now have the "tools" I need to confidently work with and train different types of horses, which is now my job. The variety was great - from breaking in and re-training horses to working with clients to competing on weekends, I never felt like I was missing out on anything! I particularly enjoyed the horsemanship clinics Lynn runs monthly as I got to be involved in helping owners work with and understand their horses.”