We provide trained horses for beginners through to advanced riders, together with coaches who have a wide range of teaching and riding experience. Clients can choose a variety of ways to learn or improve their riding skills.
Private lessons allow for one-on-one tuition and are an excellent way to focus on acquiring or improving riding skills. The lessons cover the basics (getting on, getting off, correct seat in the saddle, walking, steering, rising trot, changing direction, cantering) or they can be used to refine existing skills and to work on more advanced movements. Lessons are held in one of the Centre’s arenas and run for either 1 hour or 30 minutes (including mounting, dismounting, warming up and cooling down time). Half hour sessions can be a good introduction, while building fitness and concentration, and are also excellent for children. They are, of course, limited in the amount of material that can be covered. While one-hour sessions allow to focus on multiple exercises, and to practise and therefore advance your skills. The material that can be covered in a lesson depends on the rider’s skills and abilities.
Shared lessons are a good way for two friends or siblings to share their riding experience and to learn with and from each other. These run for 1 hour to give each rider the possibility to practice and develop their riding skills. While shared lessons are suitable for all age classes, we don’t offer them to total beginners, as a certain level of riding skills need to pre-exist to get the most out of the lesson. Riders within a shared lesson should have similar riding abilities to guarantee both riders the best value from the lesson. Shared lessons can also be extended to a group lesson between 3-4 riders per coach. The riders in one group should all have a similar level of riding experience and should not be total beginners.
Escorted park rides can be a good way to practise some existing riding skills in a different environment. While the led park ride is also suitable for total beginners. The ride begins at the Stables and crosses Lang Road to Centennial Park, where we make a half or full circuit of the Park, using the horse track. Park rides go for 30 minutes or 1 hour, depending on your preference. The ride will be in walk, experienced Papillon clients might also be able to include some trotting.
Pony leads are suitable for children who are quite young or who would like to try riding for the very first time. This ride is held within the Equestrian Centre, where two laps of the stable grounds are done in 15 minutes.View more options Just For Kids