0800 TREKS R US (0800 8735 7787) info@wrrc-ltd.com


Have you always dreamed of owning your very own horse or pony? 🦄
Live the dream without the day to day care and maintenance, allowing you to continue your current work and lifestyle. The horse/pony remains in our care at our premises, but can be taken to pony club/competitions or events as the Riding Centre deems appropriate (transport, subscriptions and/or fees to be paid by the lessee).
We have several horses and ponies available for lease.  Rocky, Syd, Jag, Art, Dory are our Standardbred horses. Have a look on our “Meet the Trekhorses” page to find out about their history and personalities.  There are ponies available as in Archie, Charlie, Magic, Higgs, Smartie, and Breeze, see “Meet the riding school horses and ponies” 

Currently all other available horses & ponies are being leased.

Potential lesee’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!

Phone: (03) 323-9064
Email: info@waimakriverridingcentre.com

Reviews and experiences

Ceridwen Parbery

Ceridwen Parbery

Leasing Tonne

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

Amber Allott

Amber Allott

Leasing Nimo

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 would highly recommend leasing to anyone who doesn’t have the time or money for their own horse, but wants to take their riding to the next level. The programme really lets you create a special bond with your horse, and grow together.
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