Horse riding lessons or trail riding

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Horse riding lessons

An equestrian centre is a private business that provides horse riding coaching/teaching services. This is ideal for people learning to ride, returning to riding after a break or refreshing skills before trying out a new type of equestrian sport or recreation.

Typically, an instructional horse riding lesson will also include the provision of an equipped horse and some equipment for the rider e.g. a helmet. Riding sessions are usually provided within a fenced area set up for the purpose of teaching riding. Some riding centres or freelance coaches only provide services to people with their own horse, so you will need to check out what is offered.

If you are new to horse riding, take some time to visit the equestrian centre website. The centre should promote aspects related to safety & the type of instruction to be provided; including suitable horses, qualified coaches and use of helmets. Some centres may have restrictions related to age, weight or experience and opening hours.

It may also be possible to make a time to visit the centre first and talk to your potential coach before learning to ride.

Trail Riding 

Horse Trail Riding Centres are businesses that provide a horse ride through a natural environment, such as along the beach, through a forest or farmland. The horses and equipment is provided.

Rides are led by a “Trail Boss” or ride leader, who regulates the pace of the ride to suit the experience of the riders, terrain, weather and fitness of horses. Some horse trail rides will also have a rider who keeps to the side or rear of the group, to help keep everyone together.

If you are new to booking a trail ride, take some time to visit the website of the business. It should advertise aspects related to safety including suitable, well-cared for horses, any trail leader qualifications and provision of riding helmets. Some centres may have restrictions related to rider age or weight.

You may also take the opportunity to see the trail rides operate through making an appointment prior to booking your own ride.

** Note that the businesses listed on this page are for promotional purposes only, as business members of HorseSA. Horse SA does not accredit coaches or enterprises.

HorseSafetyAustralia has information on their site relating to choosing a riding centre

 

Academy of Dressage

 http://www.academyofdressage.com.au/

Academy of Dressage

International Riding Masters Barrie & Sarita Stratton care deeply for horses and their welfare.They are passionate about Modern & Classical Equitation, are Dressage Specialists, and have spread their Pegasus wings into the realms of Working Equitation, Horse Agility and Intelligent Trick Horse Training. We are different from anywhere else so please come and see for yourself. •Barrie Stratton – National ‘A’ Level Dressage Judge & Judge Educator •Sarita Stratton – Senior & Clinic Instructor with Horse Safety Australia •Horses & Riders Trained from Preliminary to Grand Prix Dressage & For the Show Ring •Lessons at your place with your horse or ours •Our personal horses are available •Pre & Post-Purchase Horse Assessments •Lunging, Long Reining, Work in Hand & Side-saddle training available •Both Barrie & Sarita are available for Clinics, Seminars & Workshops •Horse Safety Accredited. Enquiries: 08 8370 9809 Barrie: 0400 639 909 Sarita: 0408 084 777 Mount George, S.A.

Bay Horse Care

 http://www.bayhorsecare.com


Bay Horse Care

Kay Sullivan is a fully qualified Equestrian Australia NCAS Horse Riding Coach. With over 34 years of horse experience and 14 years of teaching experience she offers the following service: Mobile Horse Riding Coach, Coaching Beginner riders to more experienced riders, Therapeutic riding lessons, Horse Training, Equine Consultancy. Kay Sullivan is available for Clinics, Rally’s, Workshops and School Presentations. For all inquiries please contact Kay Email bayhorsecare@hotmail.com or LIKE on Facebook

Benson Park

 http://www.bensonpark.net/

Benson Park is located on the Sturt Highway in Waikerie, South Australia. Benson Park is a great place to go back in time and experience a different lifestyle. The 500-acre property, owned by Ken and Bev Nitschke, offers: Trail Rides, Twilight Rides, Hay Rides, Bush Walking, Kids Birthday Parties, Bush Banquet Barn, Weddings and Horse Agistment. Catering for the Novice to the Experienced.

Four Oaks Farm

 http://www.fouroaksfarm.com.au/

Four Oaks Farm

Four Oaks Farm is a niche Tourism business operating at Littlehampton in the beautiful Adelaide Hills, just 30 minutes from the CBD. Four Oaks Farm incorporates 5 aspects of horse related activities, including Ponies Love Parties, a Horse Riding School, Trail Rides for those people with any level of riding skill, “Time for Tots” and Farm Visits. “Ponies Love Parties” provides specialised parties just for kids. One of the unique features is that the business is mobile. This provides the opportunity to host your child’s birthday party in your own home, or another location – the choice is yours. Ph: (08) 8388 6361 Balhannah

Horse Safety Australia

 http://www.horsesafetyaustralia.com.au/

 0411 685 211

Horse Safety Australia

Horse Safety Australia is interested in excellence in horse activities: safety, good management and an enjoyable outcome. Horse Safety Australia covers all disciplines and types of horse activities and the organisation provides qualifications for instructors in a variety of horse riding and handling areas including Western riding, natural horsemanship, horse handling clinics, trail riding and other areas.

Kersbrook Equestrian Centre

 http://www.kersbrookequestrian.com.au/lessons.php

Kersbrook Equestrian Centre

At Kersbrook Equestrian Centre our aim is to provide our clients with constructive training opportunities in a safe and professional environment. We can help you start your young horse, solve problem behaviours, develop your riding and competition skills; we also provide extended training opportunities with seminars and riding clinics. Prospective clients are invited to inspect our Centre by appointment. Riders, from beginners to elite competitors, are always welcome. We trust you’ll enjoy your time with us and we look forward to meeting you soon. nicki@kersbrookequestrian.com.au Mob: 0407 559690

Koolyangarra Equestrian Centre

 http://www.koolyangarraequestriancentre.com/

Koolyangarra Equestrian Centre

Koolyangarra Equestrian Centre is situated in the beautiful Adelaide Hills, 5 minutes from Stirling and 15 minutes from the Toll Gate at the foot of the SE freeway. From beginner children at 3 years or a beginner adult, Koolyangarra will provide a safe and nurturing environment to teach you the skills needed for a partnership with a horse or pony. The student is taught to recognise the horse’s body language so any conflict is dealt with quickly and calmly. It is important to have the rider relaxed in order for the horse to be relaxed. We offer school holiday riding classes. Lisa Finn Equestrian Australia Level 1 Coach.

Little Paddocks

 http://horseridinginstructormareemcleod.strikingly.com/

Little Paddocks

Little Paddocks is a thirty five acre equestrian center located in Upper Sturt which is 20mins from the bottom of the freeway. For the past twenty years, owner and level 1 NCAS Dressage specialist coach Maree McLeod has been instructing riding and horse management. Student ages range from 5yrs to 68yrs, from beginners to competent. Little Paddocks has school holiday clinics and is now a proud provider of Equestrian Australia’s Ready Set Trot program. Enquiries: Maree McLeod email: littlepaddocks1@hotmail.com Mob: 0403 064 148

Megan Jones Equestrian Training

 http://www.kirbypark.com/

Megan Jones Equestrian Training

Megan Jones Equestrian Training offers first class Horseback Riding lessons. We cater for Beginners to experienced riders. Why not come and try our Ready Set Trot sessions, it’s a great way to learn everything about horses. Ready Set Trot is endorsed by Equestrian Australia EA and the Australian Sports Commission. Our Instructors are qualified and our horses are all well trained and real Schoolmasters. We also run 1-hour Trail Rides through the picturesque Kirby Park property. Our School holiday program is very popular with young Equestrians. Megan Jones Olympian Beijing 2008. For all inquiries please call 0435 831304

Northern Riding & Horsemanship

Helen Barnes is an EA Level 1 Dressage Coach and also an EA Dressage Judge. She has coached for over 25 years and has many clients competing successfully, on a regular basis. She is more than happy to teach riders of all levels and disciplines. She happily travels far and wide to assist her clients. Her philosophy of riding and training revolves around improving communication between horse and rider with the result being lightness and engagement and a horse and rider working together as a happy and successful team. Helen can be contacted by Ph. on 0408 834 143 or by email hjbarnes@internode.on.net for private, group or club bookings.

The Riding Patch

 http://www.theridingpatch.com.au/about

The Riding Patch

More than just horse riding lessons …whether you are just starting, regaining confidence, or have a particular goal to achieve- The Riding Patch can help you realise your dreams with quality horse riding lessons by experienced and qualified instructors. We are affordable place for learning to ride with confidence and enjoy the social atmosphere of the regular events we hold at our well-equipped facility. We cater for all ages and abilities and all equestrian pursuits. There is a wealth of experience to pass on to eager students with our unique teaching style that will help you succeed with your personal equine passion. Whether it be dressage, show jumping or evening, and with a love of the Aussie heritage stockman traditions you can learn whip cracking, bareback riding and obstacles. Email: info@theridingpatch.com.au

William Park Stud Equestrian Centre

 http://www.williamparkstud.com/

William Park Stud located in the Picturesque Adelaide hills in Carey Gully. We are conveniently 10 minutes away from Burnside, Stirling, Bridgewater, Crafers, Hahndorf and Balhannah. William Park offers Riding lessons on our schooled horses and can instruct at pony club, adult riding clubs and privately. William Park Stud teaches natural horsemanship, high level dressage and jumping. Chari-lee has experience of over 15 years successfully competing and winning in disciplines of eventing, National FEI dressage, showjumping and National level Australian stock horse showing. Chari-lee has a great understanding of the horses mind and help riders achieve beyond there level of expectations. Chari-lee Hoad trains in Spain each year learning from Vivi and Rafael Soto the Director of the Royal Riding School of Jerez.

Wirraway Homestead

 http://www.wirraway.org/
Wirraway Homestead

Wirraway Homestead (near Strathalbyn – overnight camps) is a nondenominational, not-for-profit holiday camp, which runs throughout the year for young people 10 years and over. It offers an opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities on 70 ha of countryside, staying in buildings arranged in a beautiful ‘old world’ setting, and to hear what Christians believe in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Experienced staff organise the activities, cater, and run all aspects of the programme. ‘Musters’ held every school holidays.

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