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STAY, PLAY, EAT, DRINK & EXPLORE

Chafing at the bit to saddle up? Try out some of these local riding opportunities, perfect for the young, and young at heart.Giddy up!

Rosthwaite Farm, Moss Vale
At Rosthwaite Farm, showjumping champion James Arkins has top competing and teaching form. James, who is chief instructor on this 48 hectare property, lives here with parents Michelle and Peter. In 2016, James was shortlisted as second reserve for the Rio Olympics, and qualified for the World Cup Final. He now has his eyes firmly on the FEI World Cup Final in 2022 and the World Equestrian Games in Herning, Denmark and Paris 2024 Olympics when his stallions, Rosthwaite Eurostar 1 and Joevaro R, will be eligible to compete. When not breeding champions or competing, James coaches and mentors’ junior riders up to Grand Prix level including Anneliese Wansey, recent Young Rider winner at the Summer Classic. Rosthwaite Farm also offers lessons from beginners to advanced including tiny tots, such as the grandchildren of fellow local and renowned horsewoman and trainer Gai Waterhouse. It also runs day-long holiday camps, farm rides and after-school programs at Tudor House and Frensham schools. Ladies’ social lessons and gift vouchers are also available. rosthwaitefarm.com.au

Fitzroy Equestrian Centre, Fitzroy Falls
Looking to give your kids a true taste of Highlands country life, riding boots and all? Accredited riders and horse-loving coaches Angus and Neatie Malcolm have been running their school holiday riding camps for years. Situated on the edge of the Morton National Park at Fitzroy Falls, the five day boarding and horse camps are for school-aged kids. The Sunday to Friday camp includes morning and afternoon rides as well as lessons, trail rides across paddocks, horseback games and obstacle courses. There are also daily lessons in feeding, rugging, grooming, saddling up and general horse gear. Riders can choose to be assigned a pony or horse, according to ability, or bring their own. Fitzroy Equestrian Centre is also the local home of Moss Vale’s Riding for the Disabled. Lessons for adults and children on offer too. fitzroyequestriancentre.com.au

Equestrian Connection at Ashton Park, Moss Vale
Owner and horse-lover Sarah Spence offers riding lessons, group riding lessons, pony picnics and trail rides as well as horse agistment. Also, if you have a horse-loving little-un, the Unicorn birthday parties and recently launched Cowboy pony parties are great fun at next door Ashton Park farm. Kids get to meet and groom the tame unicorn or cowboy steed (a very patient horse in fancy dress) and to share rides with friends. Catering is available for rainbow or cowboythemed parties. Facebook: equestrianconnectionau ashtonparkmossvale.com.au

Shibumi Equestrian Centre, Bundanoon
Sheryl and Kim Leibowitz offer tuition Tuesday to Saturday for riders from two and a half to 75. There is a new cross-country training course on their 38 hectares near Bundanoon. Get along to their regular Dressage and Showjumping Fun Day for beginners to advanced riders and keep an eye on their website for their regular clinics and events, too. shibumi.net.au

Berrima and Moss Vale pony clubs
If you’ve got a horse-mad kid desperate to learn to ride, a great place to get them started in the saddle is at one of our local pony clubs. They are always fun, sociable, sporting and a great place to begin a lifelong love affair with horses. Both Moss Vale Pony Club and Berrima District Pony Club welcome new members with details to Berrima on its website. Membership is open to Moss Vale Pony Club throughout the year, although it is presently looking for a new home. BYO pony. Berrima: bdpc.org.au Moss Vale: Facebook.com/Moss-Vale-Pony-Club-Page

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