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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Book at your convenience
info@waimakriverridingcentre.com
0800 TREKS R US (0800 8735 7787)

Location

219 Coutts Island Rd Belfast, Christchurch 7670
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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  • . Hey guys it's @daretobediesel here! . I hope everyone is having a nice new year 😍🎉! . Who's excited for the holiday program?, the holiday program is starting on the 9th of January!😍

    waimakridingcentre: ".
Hey guys it's @daretobediesel here!
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I hope everyone is having a nice new year 😍🎉!
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Who's excited for the holiday program?, the holiday program is starting on the 9th of January!😍"
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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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  • . Hello everyone! . . My name is Grace (@fear.the.flame ) and I'm a leaser at Waimak Riding Centre its so fun I always have a lot of fun there! . This is me and my lease pony, her name is Flame she is also used in lessons.

    waimakridingcentre: ".
Hello everyone! .
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My name is Grace (@fear.the.flame ) and I'm a leaser at Waimak Riding Centre its so fun I always have a lot of fun there!
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This is me and my lease pony, her name is Flame she is also used in lessons."
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  • ⠀⠀⠀ If anyone is stuck for school holiday plans for the kids come and have some fun with us!!!🐴☀️ ⠀⠀⠀ We run a school holiday program for kids aged 8-16yrs. Heaps of fun riding ponies twice a day, supervised swimming in the river with the ponies, learning to care for ponies and their gear, fun games and competitions, ribbon days and our annual mini show, plus heaps more ⠀⠀⠀ ❌contact for more info❌ ⠀⠀⠀ Spaces fill quick for the summer holiday program, it runs for three weeks, so get in early. ⠀⠀⠀ Also, this year we are organising an OVERNIGHT CAMPOUT on site with the ponies!More details to come about that soon, so keep an eye out for information on our page in the next couple of weeks. ⠀⠀⠀ ❌Prices❌ are $60 per child, per day. AND we offer a $55 per day discount if you come for five days or more!!! For more info, feel free to email us at waimakriverridingcentre@gmail.com Ph: 03 323 9064 Website: www.gohorsetrekking.co.nz

    waimakridingcentre: "⠀⠀⠀
If anyone is stuck for school holiday plans for the kids come and have some fun with us!!!🐴☀️
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We run a school holiday program for kids aged 8-16yrs. Heaps of fun riding ponies twice a day, supervised swimming in the river with the ponies, learning to care for ponies and their gear, fun games and competitions, ribbon days and our annual mini show, plus heaps more
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❌contact for more info❌
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Spaces fill quick for the summer holiday program, it runs for three weeks, so get in early.
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Also, this year we are organising an OVERNIGHT CAMPOUT on site with the ponies!More details to come about that soon, so keep an eye out for information on our page in the next couple of weeks.
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❌Prices❌
are $60 per child, per day. AND we offer a $55 per day discount if you come for five days or more!!! For more info, feel free to email us at 
waimakriverridingcentre@gmail.com
Ph: 03 323 9064
Website: www.gohorsetrekking.co.nz"
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  • ⠀⠀⠀ A few of the waimak ponies having a great time at the Belfast pony club games day yesterday☺️☀️ ⠀⠀⠀ Thank you Emily @emilyy.showjumping for all the awesome photos! ⠀⠀⠀ -@daretobediesel (Laura)

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A few of the waimak ponies having a great time at the Belfast pony club games day yesterday☺️☀️
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Thank you Emily @emilyy.showjumping for all the awesome photos!
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  • . Did everyone have an amazing horsey holidays?😍😱 . At waimak we had a super fun holiday program! Which included equitation classes with Sarah Blackburn! Thank you to everyone who joined us these holidays! . #QOTP -How were your most recent holidays? . -@daretobediesel

    waimakridingcentre: ".
Did everyone have an amazing horsey holidays?😍😱
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At waimak we had a super fun holiday program! Which included equitation classes with Sarah Blackburn! Thank you to everyone who joined us these holidays!
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#QOTP -How were your most recent holidays?
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-@daretobediesel"
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  • ⠀⠀⠀ Hey its @my.little.chestnutt here, ⠀⠀⠀ I lease this amazing pony Chesney 😍 waimak is so amazing and we get to do heaps of cool things! ⠀⠀⠀ If you want more info go to the link in the bio!!

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Hey its @my.little.chestnutt here,
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I lease this amazing pony Chesney 😍 waimak is so amazing and we get to do heaps of cool things!
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If you want more info go to the link in the bio!!"
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  • ⠀⠀⠀ Diesel❤️ ⠀⠀⠀ Diesel coat is at that awkward stage😂! Atm all the horses and ponies are losing all their winter coats! Meaning a great deal of brushing😋! ⠀⠀⠀ #QOTD -how do you get your horses winter coats out? ⠀⠀⠀ Check our website for business inquires ⠀⠀⠀ -@daretobediesel

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Diesel❤️
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Diesel coat is at that awkward stage😂! Atm all the horses and ponies are losing all their winter coats! Meaning a great deal of brushing😋! ⠀⠀⠀
#QOTD -how do you get your horses winter coats out?
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Check our website for business inquires
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-@daretobediesel"
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  • ⠀⠀⠀ Hey! ⠀⠀⠀ So in the weekend Laura ( @daretobediesel ) and I went and had a Spring Photoshoot! We went down to the river with the ponies and here is one of the photos we got! We are so lucky to have the river so close!😍💕 ⠀⠀⠀ -@nina_hauf_

    waimakridingcentre: "⠀⠀⠀
Hey! ⠀⠀⠀
So in the weekend Laura ( @daretobediesel ) and I went and had a Spring Photoshoot! We went down to the river with the ponies and here is one of the photos we got! We are so lucky to have the river so close!😍💕
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  • ⠀⠀⠀⠀ Rex one of our incredible trek horses,having a nice snooze! ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ All of the trek horses have been rescued! As they are ex trace horses (Standardbreds) they are such sweet horses! And care for riders of all abilities! ⠀⠀⠀⠀ -@daretobediesel

    waimakridingcentre: "⠀⠀⠀⠀
Rex one of our incredible trek horses,having a nice snooze! ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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All of the trek horses have been rescued! As they are ex trace horses (Standardbreds) they are such sweet horses! And care for riders of all abilities!
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-@daretobediesel"
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