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.

Erika McStay

Erika McStay

Owner/Instructor

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!

Stan McStay

Stan McStay

Owner

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.

Charlotte Thompson

Charlotte Thompson

Instructor

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.

Jean Harris

Jean Harris

Guest Coach

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.

Paige Officer

Paige Officer

Trek Guide/Volunteer

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!

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info@waimakriverridingcentre.com
0800 TREKS R US (0800 8735 7787)

Location

219 Coutts Island Rd Belfast, Christchurch 7670
Canterbury, New Zealand
PH: 0800 TREKS R US (0800 8735 7787)

Operating Hours

7 days a week every day of the year except Christmas Day

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  • Meet syd. He loves to ‘pose’ for the camera. #funnyhorse #christchurchactivity #horsetrekking #standardbred #horseofinsta #tonguesout

    waimakridingcentre: "Meet syd. He loves to ‘pose’ for the camera. #funnyhorse #christchurchactivity #horsetrekking #standardbred #horseofinsta #tonguesout"
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  • Our school holiday program starts next week. They are still spaces so if your looking for some fun come and join us. Ride one of our ponies or bring your own. Prices from only $60 a day. Give us a call or book online #christchurch #ridinglesson #horsenz #schoolholidaysnz #showjumping #fancydress #dressage #fun #games

    waimakridingcentre: "Our school holiday program starts next week. They are still spaces so if your looking for some fun come and join us. Ride one of our ponies or bring your own. Prices from only $60 a day. Give us a call or book online #christchurch #ridinglesson #horsenz #schoolholidaysnz #showjumping #fancydress #dressage #fun #games"
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  • Chiquita😍 with Caitlyn now leasing magic he currently isn’t for sale but we can’t keep them all so chicky is looking for a new home. She is a 10yr 15.1hh crossbred mare. Get in touch for more details#horseriding #horseforsale #palamino #dressage #canterbury #nzhorses

    waimakridingcentre: "Chiquita😍 with Caitlyn now leasing magic he currently isn’t for sale but we can’t keep them all so chicky is looking for a new home. She is a 10yr 15.1hh crossbred mare. Get in touch for more details#horseriding #horseforsale #palamino #dressage #canterbury #nzhorses"
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  • Hello my name is Monique and I have been leasing for one year and it is so much fun. Charlie is the best thing the world and I love him with all my heart. If I could ride I don't know what I would do. My lessons are great and I learn heaps. Lessons have started up again so give us a call to book in. #leasepony #waimackriver #horseriding #nzhorses #horseriding #ridinglesson #horsetrekking

    waimakridingcentre: "Hello my name is Monique and I have been leasing for one year and it is so much fun. Charlie is the best thing the world and I love him with all my heart. If I could ride I don't know what I would do. My lessons are great and I learn heaps.  Lessons have started up again so give us a call to book in. #leasepony #waimackriver #horseriding #nzhorses #horseriding #ridinglesson #horsetrekking"
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  • Finally some sunny weather. So of course a fun day in the sun. Pictures are the two full brothers Charlie and Monique (top) and Diesel and Kimberley (bottom) in their lessons this morning. We will be starting up lessons again after the holidays are finished so get in touch to book yourself in :) #ponybros #nzkids #waimakariririver #christchurch #showjumping #sunny #nzfuntimes #ridinglesson

    waimakridingcentre: "Finally some sunny weather. So of course a fun day in the sun. Pictures are the two full brothers Charlie and Monique (top) and Diesel and Kimberley (bottom) in their lessons this morning. We will be starting up lessons again after the holidays are finished so get in touch to book yourself in :) #ponybros #nzkids #waimakariririver #christchurch #showjumping #sunny #nzfuntimes #ridinglesson"
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  • Another fun day of the school holiday program. Lots of learning and fun had by all. We still have spaces available for all remaining days Monday- Friday. Come and join in on the fun with one of our ponies or your own😁 So book now!!! Photo credit @lilybennettphotography for any of these photos and more flick her a message #nzschoolholidays #nzkids #christchurch #nzhorses #horseriding

    waimakridingcentre: "Another fun day of the school holiday program. Lots of learning and fun had by all. We still have spaces available for all remaining days Monday- Friday. Come and join in on the fun with one of our ponies or your own😁  So book now!!! Photo credit @lilybennettphotography for any of these photos and more flick her a message  #nzschoolholidays #nzkids #christchurch #nzhorses #horseriding"
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  • It was a fantastic weekend with two waimak ponies going to their first ever ode. Both behaving fantastically. And it was our student Caitlyn's first Ode on her lease pony Chesney. She did super placing 4th after dressage and 5th overall. Connie also did well to with Charlotte on board. Placing 1st after dressage and 3rd overall. Hopefully we will be able to get all the ponies out and about more now that the weather is picking up :) #Eventingnz#horseriding#chesnutponies#horsesofinstagram

    waimakridingcentre: "It was a fantastic weekend with two waimak ponies going to their first ever ode. Both behaving fantastically. And it was our student Caitlyn's first Ode on her lease pony Chesney. She did super placing 4th after dressage and 5th overall. Connie also did well to with Charlotte on board. Placing 1st after dressage and 3rd overall. 
Hopefully we will be able to get all the ponies out and about more now that the weather is picking up :) #Eventingnz#horseriding#chesnutponies#horsesofinstagram"
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  • Hello, my name is Holly and I leasing at Waimak for just over 2 years. This photo is from one of the fantastic holiday programs they offer here. Since the first time I rode at Waimak I never rode anywhere else. It's an amazing friendly environment and I don't know what I'd do without it. Click the link in the bio to learn more Don't forget our school holiday program starts tomorrow :) #christchurchactivity #schoolholidaysnz #horseriding • Photograph - Nina Hauf

    waimakridingcentre: "Hello, my name is Holly and I leasing at Waimak for just over 2 years. This photo is from one of the fantastic holiday programs they offer here. Since the first time I rode at Waimak I never rode anywhere else. It's an amazing friendly environment and I don't know what I'd do without it. Click the link in the bio to learn more
Don't forget our school holiday program starts tomorrow :) #christchurchactivity #schoolholidaysnz #horseriding •
Photograph - Nina Hauf"
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  • Hi guys charlotte here, this is Magic one of our talented ponies jumping with one of our students Caitlyn he is for sale if any one is looking for a cute pony #ponyforsale#newzealand#englishridingpony

    waimakridingcentre: "Hi guys charlotte here, this is Magic one of our talented ponies jumping with one of our students Caitlyn he is for sale if any one is looking for a cute pony #ponyforsale#newzealand#englishridingpony"
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  • One of pur lovely lesson ponies. Her name is Connie. I hope everyone is having an amazing new year!!! Also remember that the riding schools holiday programme is starting on the 9th of January comment below if you are coming!!!

    waimakridingcentre: "One of pur lovely lesson ponies. Her name is Connie.
I hope everyone is having an amazing new year!!!
Also remember that the riding schools holiday programme is starting on the 9th of January comment below if you are coming!!!"
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