Our passion at Tayside Sport Horses is working with horses and the riders who love them. Our mission is to inspire clients to reach their highest potential and achieve their personal goals.
We promote learning and showing in a fun, safe environment that is respectful of the welfare of both horse and rider. If you are looking to compete at a higher level, need help setting personal goals, or have a problem horse, we can help. We welcome all ages and skill level.
John Robertson is part owner and one of the head trainers at Tayside. John teaches lessons as well as rides and oversees the training program for every horse. He is a United States Hunter/Jumper Association Certified Trainer as well as an Australian National Coaching Accreditation Scheme Level One Instructor. He has been teaching lessons for over 50 years and has been a clinician in 15 different US cities. He was also a Pony Club Chief Instructor and Instructor Examiner in Australia.
John trained full time in the UK for 2 years with World Championship and Olympic rider Barbara Hammond, who successfully represented her country in the disciplines of 3 Day Eventing, Dressage, and Show Jumping. He also has trained with Franz Maringa, head of the Spanish Riding School.
John has trained and competed in Australia, Europe, and the USA. He has worked with multiple international competitors including Barbara Hammond in the UK and Franz Mairinger in Australia. He competed at the Grand Prix level in both Dressage and Show Jumping, as well as Advanced level Eventing in Australia.
Kelly Schwisow is part-owner and the other head trainer of Tayside. Kelly spends a majority of her time riding and training horses, but also assists John in teaching lessons. Kelly has been working full time and learning from John for four years. She has also ridden in lessons and clinics with Eventing Olympians David O'Connor and Gina Miles.
Kelly started riding in 2009 and has since explored riding in over seven different disciplines. These included English, Western, Saddle Seat, Driving, Showmanship, Bareback, and Gaming.
She found her love for Eventing on the cross country field in 2015, and has been pursuing competition at the upper levels ever since. In 2019, she placed 9th in the American Eventing Championship in the Beginner Novice Adult division.