Horse Riding Lessons in Sydney

Riding Camps

Our popular three-day camps are suitable for young children (six years and older) or for those who would like an introduction to horses and riding.

Camps run Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am to 4pm. Each day involves a group riding lesson, a ride to Centennial Park (weather permitting), lessons in grooming, tacking up and general care of the horse, as well as horse handling tips.

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Private Lesson

Private lessons allow for one-on-one tuition and are an excellent way to focus on acquiring or improving riding skill.

Private lessons are held in one of the Centre’s arenas and can run for either an hour or half an hour (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.

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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.

Private Lessons

Private lessons allow for one-on-one tuition and are an excellent way to focus on acquiring or improving riding skill. Private lessons are held in one of the Centre’s arenas and can run for either an hour or half an hour (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 - one hour sessions provide more opportunity to practise and therefore advance. You can choose a specific coach (see Papillon coaches) or choose a time that suits you and we will match you with an available coach. Private lessons can cover the basics (getting on, getting off, sitting on a horse, walking, steering, rising trot, changing direction, cantering) or they can be used to refine existing skills and to work on more advanced movements. While we have coaches very experienced in general riding and teaching beginners, a number of our coaches are themselves experienced dressage riders and can also train others at this level.

Group Lessons

Shared or group lessons are for two riders, while group lessons are generally for a maximum three riders (to ensure each rider gets some attention during the lesson). These run for an hour and are held in one of the Centre’s arenas. They are good for riders who like their riding experience to be more sociable and can be shared by friends or partners. Shared/Group lessons are also less expensive per rider than private lessons.

Scenic walking tour of Centennial Park

Scenic walking tour of Centennial Park

Escorted park rides can be a good way to practise some existing riding skills in a different environment, or they can be suitable for beginners. The ride begins at the Stables and crosses Lang Road to Centennial Park, where we make a circuit of the Park, using the horse track. A circuit typically takes 45-60 mins and would usually involve walking and some trotting for experienced Papillon clients.

Pony Leads

These are suitable for children who are quite young or who do not have enough experience to ride on their own. Children are led by a Papillon staff member, either around the Centre (15 mins) or, depending on the weather and park closures, across to Centennial Park and back (30 mins). Pony leads can be shared by more than one child (depending on their size) ie: A 15 min pony lead could be shared by two children, each taking a turn at riding. A 30 min pony lead could be shared by two or three children. The price remains the same, even if children share. In our experience, a 15 minute pony lead is best suited to very young children – say 2-5 years, while the longer 30 minute session suits older children.

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Schedule of Fees

Private Lesson 1 hour $120 Mon-Fri / $130 Sat-Sun
Private Lesson 30 mins $85
Shared Lesson* (2 persons) 1 hour $100 per rider
Group Lesson* (3+ persons) 1 hour $90 per rider
Escorted Park Ride (Adult) 1 hour $90
Escorted Pony Ride 30 mins $65
Pony Party 1 hour $220 per hour, per pony and handler (helmets included)

*These rides are only available depending on rider ability (no complete beginners). All fees are inclusive of GST.

Cancellation policy: All cancellations and reschedules require a 24h notice or they will be subject to charges. Bookings cancelled or rescheduled with less than a 24h notice will result in a charge of $50.

Save with Riding Packages

Kids Package

Provide your child with the best introduction to horse care and horse riding with Papillon Riding Stables. This is a great gift option for kids' birthdays (and other special milestones) that they can continue to enjoy all year.

  • 3 x half hour park rides
  • 3 x half hour private lessons
  • 1 x half hour grooming session
  • 1 x 1 hour park ride
  • $400

Regular Rider Discounts

If you plan on riding regularly, whether it is once or twice a week, or every fortnight or even just once a month, you can get a block of 10 rides (private or shared lesson, park ride, pony lead) that you pay upfront, and you get the 11th ride for free.

  • 10 + 1 pony leads (15 min) = $300
  • 10 + 1 park ride (30 min) = $650
  • 10 + 1 park ride (1h) = $900
  • 10 + 1 private lesson (30 min) = $850