Kids Riding Lessons
Why is Anstead Acres a great place to learn to ride?
Whether your child wants to learn to ride or already has some experience, we offer riding lessons to suit beginners to advanced from 8 years and up.
Pam Andrew is a Senior Instructor, with the nationally recognised body Horse Safety Australia. She has been working with horses for over 40 years, and teaching riders of all abilities for many years.
If you would like to organise an introductory lesson please call us to arrange your lesson.
What can you expect from your child’s lessons?
Because of our broad experience and knowledge, we are able to customise each lesson to best suit the individual abilities and desires of your child. We keep a record log of your child’s progress.
Your child’s coordination will develop as they learn to move with the horse in walk, trot and eventually canter, developing their confidence and balance. These initial lessons cover steering, stop and go, with emphasis on good technique and safety. These may be conducted on a lead line, or in our enclosed round-yard.
The lessons progress from the round-yard to the arena, when the rider is comfortable to do so. Due to the high quality of our horses, all lessons from beginner to advanced are greatly sought after. The high level of education of our horses provides opportunity for riders to advance their skill levels in many areas from groundwork, horsemanship, and English and Western riding techniques.
Pam is happy to have a chat to help you decide where would best suit your child to start their horse journey. The best way to get started is to enquire about a lesson.
Group Riding Lessons
Riding is always more fun with friends! A group lesson is a great way to improve your child's skills and have fun at the same time.
Groups lessons are offered in the afternoons on specific days of the week. Once we have assessed your child's riding level in a one-on-one lesson, we can slot them into an appropriate group.
For more beginner focused group lessons, we prioritise riding safely in a group and further your child's education with fun exercises to improve the stability of their seat, their communication with their horse and their technique to stop, go and steer with more finesse and feel.
For groups of more advanced riders we aim to take their riding to the next level, giving them more detailed information and exercises. Some areas we focus on include improving seat and balance, control at different gaits and understanding the techniques involved in achieving softness and clear communication with their horse.
$95 Anstead Acres horse
$85 your horse
Kids Farm Camps
During school holidays we offer a range of full-day and half-day farm camps for kids aged 6 and upwards. These action-packed camps include two horse riding sessions, as well as a broad range of activities which changes on a daily basis. We alter the program to suit the age, experience and interest of the children attending.
Some activities include learning about horse care and safety, hands on grooming, feeding calves and our resident jersey cow Clarabelle. The kids love the gully trail adventures and picnics by the riverbank.
Dates for the next holidays are coming soon.
Kids Horse Riding Camps
During the school holidays we offer riding camps for kids aged from 6 to 16 years old. In these general horse riding and horsemanship camps many topics are covered, from safety, groundwork, conformation, basic anatomy and riding techniques.
The emphasis is on having a fun-filled day, where your child will be improving their knowledge and skills without even knowing. The group atmosphere is fantastic, as riding with friends always makes the experience better.
We find having our instructors on horseback, riding with the kids, makes the visual aid of learning much more engaging. The games they play with the instructors are a highlight of the camps.
Our kids horse riding camps cater for kids of all ages and abilities, including first-timers and experienced kids!
These riding camps are available only on our school horses.
See the dates for our September holiday riding camps below!
Bareback Games Day
Monday 20th September
9am to 12pm
Anstead Acres horses only.
Obstacle Race Day
Friday 24th September
9am to 12pm
Anstead Acres horses only.
Developing Rider Camps
During the school holidays we offer riding camps for our developing riders who come to us for regular lessons. Our developing riders can walk, trot and canter confidently. These riding camps focus on more advanced skills and activities to allow the riders to build on their foundations.
Some activities include:
- Cattle work basics
- All-terrain riding
- Working equitation
A spot in these camps is by invitation only.