Currently all other available horses & ponies are being leased.
Potential leasee’s must be competent in catching, tying, grooming and tacking up independently or with competent parental assistance and supervision. At least one, 1 hour assessment lesson must be undertaken in order to determine current capability. Ongoing lessons, at additional cost, are required to ensure the use of correct aides and that the horse/pony is ridden with empathy that meets the Riding Centre standards.
All you need to do to make an enquiry is send us an email or give us a call!
Reviews and experiences
I first came to the Waimak for a trek back in 2010, I enjoyed it so much I decided to take some adult riding lessons. I wanted to take things a step further, and started leasing, as I was working shifts and also travelling overseas every year, this worked out really well. Erika paired me with a horse to suit my confidence levels and riding ability (not great)
I was so lucky to be paired with Tonne one of the standardbred trek horses, as the staff all know, I am besotted with him! Over the past 9 years I have leased this amazing horse and my confidence has improved, also due to some excellent tuition from the riding instructors. I am now 60yrs old and plan to continue for many years to come. Although Tonne also takes out other riders on treks, I feel we have a special bond, as we do, and have spent a lot of time together over the years. The WRRC is a great place to be, we enjoy great rides out, we have open fields and for hot days we enjoy the forest and Waimak River. My horse particularly loves the river and splashes around a lot, ensuring I get as wet as he does. Tonne is extremely calm and reliant, as are many of the other horses and ponies. I am so glad I am doing this, even at a later stage in life. Leasing gives you the feeling of owning and bonding with your own horse.
Ceridwen Parbery & Tonne
I started leasing Nimo in December 2020, after taking lessons at Waimak River Riding Centre for over a year. It’s been a fantastic experience, especially as a bit of a nervous rider, and has really helped build my confidence both in and out of the saddle. The Waimak team is excellent, and have been so helpful and supportive. They helped match me with Nimo, who has been the perfect mount for me.
Nimo is a real character who loves his carrots and rump-scratches, and even knows how to ‘smile’ on command. We are always learning, and it’s so much fun challenging myself, and finding new things to work on together. I’ve made real progress with my riding, and have lots of plans for what we will try next.
I live and work in the city, so being able to come out to such a beautiful place on the weekends and spend time with the horses is so refreshing. The trekking trails are stunning, you can spend time riding alongside one of Canterbury’s most unique braided rivers, just you, your horse, and the friendly fantails.
I have had the privilege of leasing at Waimak for the last three years (since 2017) and during this time I’ve gained so much confidence and experience. I love being able to go down and ride when I like, and choose what I feel like doing, whether that be trekking down to the river, doing games or jumping. The best part though is the pony or horse you get to lease. I have been lucky enough to lease Kasper, and now Breeze in my time here, and they have both taught me so much.
A highlight for me is also the incredible people I have met, everybody is super friendly and made me feel comfortable right from the start.
I would recommend leasing to anyone able to as it gives you such an amazing opportunity to have heaps of fun with one of the amazing horses and ponies and improve in all areas of your riding.
Caitlin & Breeze