|Pavel was born in
Moscow, Russia and raised in Singapore where his
family migrated to when he was eight. Pavel was
always drawn to horses from a very young age, and
just as he finished his military service where he
trained K-9 dogs, an opportunity to work in a
small riding school presented itself.
the riding school closed it's doors a mere six
months later, he continued working with horses
and riding at various riding establishments
around Malaysia until, in 2006, he secured a
scholarship to Marcus Oldham College in Australia.
It was a challenge of sorts to not only try and
gain more knowledge, but also to prove to himself
that he can hold his own against people who have
grown up with horses and were ahead of him by
more than a decade in riding, lesson and horse
experience. A year later, having specific
interest in horse training philosophies and
techniques, and spending work experience working
for Steve Jefferys, he graduated with distinction.
From then on, Pavel went to America, where he
spent a number of months working with difficult
and problem horses, before finally moving to New
Zealand in the late 2007. Although his initial
job consisted of breaking in horses and training
youngstock at Kyrewood Equestrian Centre in
Palmerston North, it evolved into teaching both
riding school and full time students studying
NZQA equine courses offered by the centre, as
Equinestart started off as a minor sole-operation,
using the facilities provided by Panorama
Equestrian near Masterton in Wairarapa in 2015.
This has now grown into a full time business for
Pavel, covering South Wairarapa and offering the
convenience of working with your horse at your
own property. Pavel's philosophy relies on a
quiet, 'no drama', and common sense approach,
working with each horse as an individual, and
towards that individual horse's future role in
their owner's life.