Copabella was established in 1997 following the Hargreaves family's return to Australia after living abroad for almost 20 years. The initial aim was to create an equestrian facility of international standard, which would successfully combine training programmes for all the Olympic disciplines.
Along the way, other aims developed, including establishing a small but highly evolved breeding programme, using only the best bloodlines, top-quality mares and outstanding sires. This soon translated into sourcing our own stallion, and so Visage moved to Australia in 2003.
Our aim has always been to produce, train and compete talented and also rideable horses in all the Olympic disciplines. The effort began at grass-roots level with attention to detail: safe environments and handling procedures, comprehensive pasture-improvement programmes, top-quality feed, strict maintenance schedules for worming, farrier, dentist and vaccinations.
Our successful competition teams in showjumping, eventing and dressage have been a testament to our standards, culminating in daughter Julia representing Australia in showjumping at London Olympics in 2012. Julia continues to live in Europe with her husband and Irish Olympian Denis Lynch.
A comprehensive range of services continues to be offered, but we have handed the management of the stables over to Bronte Webb of BJW Equine. She supplies full board and training in dressage as well as showjumping, lessons for visitors on their own or one of our horses, beginning at the beginning with basic lunge training, sourcing the right horse, show preparation, transport and supervision.