Giddy-up! Where to take the kids horse riding


It’s no secret that kids (and many adults!) adore horse riding, but it’s tricky to find somewhere local where everyone from beginners to pony-mad teenagers can saddle up! Here’s our picks for places to take a ride. 

1. Sydney Horse, Centennial Stables at Centennial Park

The Equestrian Centre at Centennial Park houses numerous riding schools, so whether you are an experienced rider or you’ve never sat on a horse in your life, come to the Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre to appreciate one of life’s truly joyful experiences. There’s classes for all ages and experience plus guided pony rides for kids after a casual afternoon adventure!

NSM mums say: “Sydney Horse at Centennial Park are great. They offer led trail rides around the park.”

The Equestrian Centre at Centennial Park houses numerous riding schools


2. Palomino Riding School, Belrose

Palomino Riding School has been operating for over 50 years offering trail rides, holiday programs and lessons for beginners to advanced riders. The school is situated in Sydney’s northern beaches and backs onto local bushland which is where many of the rail rides take place.

NSM mums say: “I used to do gentle trail rides at Palomino, it’s still there! Can’t wait to take my kids there when they’re older!”

Palomino Riding School has been operating for over 50 years


3. Patchwork Ponies, Dural

The real drawcard at Patchwork Ponies is the amazing pony parties for 3 to 10 year olds. They include grooming and patting, pony rides, games and activities plus party food and cake served on the gorgeous property. The company also offer pony rides and unicorn rides, which are rides on a beautifully decorated pony complete with unicorn horn.

NSM mums say: “Patchwork Ponies is so lovely!”

Patchwork Ponies lets kids experience grooming and patting, pony rides, games and more


4. Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures, Glenworth Valley

Gorgeous Glenworth Valley is the picture-perfect backdrop for a trail ride. The guided horse riding is suitable for all abilities. You’ll receive instruction on how to control and manage your horse and the experienced and friendly horse riding guides will accompany you on your ride.

NSM mums say: “It’s set amongst gorgeous rolling hills and caters to every level of rider. Highly recommend!”

Gorgeous Glenworth Valley is the picture-perfect backdrop for a trail ride


5. Riding for the Disabled Association, Ryde

The RDA NSW is a volunteer organisation providing equine assisted activities for people with disabilities to develop and enhance abilities. The program enables children and adults with disabilities to enjoy and achieve physical, social, psychological and educational progress through participation in therapeutic horse riding programs and horse related activities.

NSM mums say: “Inclusive classes and friendly staff who become family.”

The RDA NSW is a volunteer organisation providing activities for people with disabilities


Want more things to do with the family? Check out the NSM What’s On: Weekend section… we’re always adding new local events around the North Shore!


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