Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to be one of the leading riding centres in New Zealand catering for and encouraging riders of all levels, from first timers to those who wish to pursue a competitive career or those who just ride for pleasure. With a strict focus on safety first which goes hand-in-hand with enjoyment of the activity, we want to offer a relaxed and friendly learning environment. This will enable us to maintain and grow a profitable business capable of offering a number of employment opportunities.
To achieve this we are committed to supporting local supplier products where possible (which includes environmentally friendly products that we can reasonably source) as well as extending our social and community relations through regular participation in local community group gatherings, social media presence, and networking with other local tourism operators.
Hi I’m Erika. I had my first horse when I was 17 and taught myself how to ride. I gave up riding for 20 years and once I got back into it I never looked back. I ride mostly in Dressage with my gorgeous big boy Boon who steals the hearts of all who meet him. My role is one of managing the horses, staff and helpers as well as marketing and some administration, but mostly instructing. It has always been my dream to own and manage a riding centre like ours and I am so happy and proud of our achievements here. My greatest pleasure is to see the smiles on peoples’ faces during and after their rides!
Hi, I’m Stan and I am a builder by trade (these skills have been put to use a lot around here as there was nothing on the land when we started) but I had my first pony “Flash” at 7 years old and have always messed around with horses since then. In the past I have trained and breed my own Thoroughbred race horses and have always taken a keen interest in both harness and galloping racing. Apart from new building and maintenance around the farm I take an active part in the business through our pick up and return service, greeting the customers and getting the treks underway as well being responsible for the horses health and welfare.
Hi! I’m Charlotte. I started riding when I was 3 years old and have never looked back. Since then I have ridden and owned a variety of horses. I have immersed myself in many aspects of the horse industry and obtained my bachelors in veterinary technology specialising in horses, of course. I have also been a rider groom for top level Eventers. I have successfully competed in mainly eventing so I do a bit of it all. I love teaching and thoroughly enjoy sharing the knowledge I have gained so far and continue to gain with everyone I teach.
Hi I’m Jean Harris, I have worked with Erika for many years now both as her personal coach and also with the School Holiday Riding Program. I have had many years training and teaching in England and France and I have also worked some years in Austria for Johanne Riegler of the Spanish Riding School. My passion is Dressage however I can also coach in Show Jumping and Cross Country.
Hey! I’m Paige. I’m a classic kiwi girl originating from the deep south of the south Island. I’ve been riding since I could walk and I’ve always loved horses. My favourite horse is Chip and you can usually find me giving him all of my attention. I was a full time employee prior to the earthquakes but I am currently a volunteer and I work a few days a week taking out treks. Now I live in Lyttleton and I focus on my paintings which is my second passion besides horses, of course!