with courses most weekend's throughout the year, low cost, shuttle from Christchurch* and quality instruction, no wonder so many people choose to ride regularly at Kowhai.
Regular riders can join Pony Club, sit certificates, go to competitions and enjoy riding quality horses in a safe country environment.
All instruction follows Pony Club lines and is overseen by Liz Thomas ESNZ grade II coach and Rebecca Thomas NZPCA A & H certificate & NZPCA 2017 coach of the year. All senior staff hold current work place first aid certificates.
Kowhai's weekend and Holiday courses usually book out well in advance and are limited to 30 riders, you can check available course dates here
Courses run most weekend's and during School Holidays we run weekend, 5 & 7 day courses. (you can join 1 or more courses together)
We usually run three groups so there is a 'beginner' group, 'intermediate' group and 'experienced' group.
Yes you can bring your own horse or pony to Kowhai.
All riding is fully supervised at all times and both adults and unaccompanied children from age 8 are welcome.
Riders enjoy learning everything from the correct way to catch a horse, to grooming, saddling, bridling, mounting and basic control of the horse to Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross Country for experienced riders.
These courses run like a school camp so some help with meal preparation, cleaning, sweeping or teams jobs will be required. All riders clean their own gear, yard area and room.
Comprehensive Health and Safety Plan in place.
Kowhai offers a special one day / one night package if you play Saturday sport. Drop off Saturday afternoon. Includes dinner, accommodation, breakfast, lunch and a full day riding on Sunday for $90. (does not include any riding on Saturday afternoon)
Typical daily schedule for courses at Kowhai.
(please note: this schedule is to be used as a guide only and WILL change due to weather, riders ability and number of guests staying,)
0800 Breakfast eaten in the dining area.
When staying on a 5 day course Wednesday is usually a sleep in for both horses and riders – with riding in the afternoon only.
All riding is subject to fine weather and safe operating conditions, in high winds or heavy rain we teach horsemastership inside.
It's also possible for children to stay outside School Holiday time, we farmstay many overseas children every year.
Heated bunkrooms with boys and girls separate, similar age children or friends will be in the same room.
Kowhai's bunkrooms have a current council building warrant of fitness and fire evacuation scheme in place.
Courses include all meals. (except dinner on the night of arrival)
Kowhai has a current Food Safety Plan WMR000209/1
Kowhai has a private shuttle that runs Friday & Sunday evenings 6:30pm from 100 Straven Rd in Riccarton.
Kowhai's shuttle is a fully licenced small passenger service vehicle running on COF
Horse riding is only available
subject to fine weather and safe operating conditions - We reserve the right
to cancel any horse riding on days where circumstances beyond our control
would affect the safety of horses and riders, there is no reduction in cost
should this take place. Guests staying on the 5 day course usually rest on
Wednesday morning so riding is only available on Wednesday afternoon. Some help with meal preparation or cleaning
required in return for the low price.
All bookings must be pre-paid and are not refundable. Shuttle costs $25.00 (child) return and departs from
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