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. My passion is dressage and teaching both youngsters and adults how to ride. My role is one of managing the horses, staff and helpers as well as marketing and administration, but mostly instructing. It has always been my dream to own and manage a riding centre like this 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, whether they be treks or riding lessons.

 

 

 

Jean Harris

Jean Harris

Guest Coach/Mentor

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.

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.

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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  • Looking for a fun way to spend your holidays??? At Waimak River Riding Centre we offer a school holiday programme for those who love horses, want to learn to ride and be around like minded children. Bookings can be made on our website now for January 2020. Prices and more information is also available at www.waimakriverridingcentre.com feel free to share.

    waimakridingcentre: "Looking for a fun way to spend your holidays??? At Waimak River Riding Centre we offer a school holiday programme for those who love horses,  want to learn to ride and be around like minded children. Bookings can be made on our website now for January 2020. Prices and more information is also available at www.waimakriverridingcentre.com feel free to share."
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  • Keep hydrated, use sunscreen and be mindful - it's Hot Hot Hot

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  • Our resident foal Woody.... such a cutie.

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  • Meet Bug, one of our youngest trek horses 💕💕 he's in training at the moment, but unfortunately he's had an accident in the paddock and is off work for now😔

    waimakridingcentre: "Meet Bug, one of our youngest trek horses 💕💕 he's in training at the moment, but unfortunately he's had an accident in the paddock and is off work for now😔"
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  • Introducing some of our trekkie horses! Jag, Rocky, Bill, Syd and Tonne! Their all standardbred geldings with the youngest being Syd(6) and the oldest being Jag(23)😀 . They're all ex-race horses that we take in, re-train and are able to take on treks. These guys take 30 minute treks to half days, prices vary for how long you wish to go. For inquiries about booking treks check out the link in our bio, or call us at 033239064

    waimakridingcentre: "Introducing some of our trekkie horses! Jag, Rocky, Bill, Syd and Tonne! Their all standardbred geldings with the youngest being Syd(6) and the oldest being Jag(23)😀 . They're all ex-race horses that we take in, re-train and are able to take on treks.

These guys take 30 minute treks to half days, prices vary for how long you wish to go. For inquiries about booking treks check out the link in our bio, or call us at 033239064"
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  • Another fantastic day of the holiday program with jumping day today. We still having spaces available for next week at only $60 a day. Come and join in on the fun. On another note I will try to be more active on this account now I got locked out of it for a while. Well done everyone today. If anyone wants some photos of today's competition flick me a message. Cheers @char_o_te Photo credit: @the.gingerninja.pony #horsesofinstagram#showjumping #schoolholidayfun #ponyjumper #canterburykids #horsemad #christchurch #holidayprogram

    waimakridingcentre: "Another fantastic day of the holiday program with jumping day today. We still having spaces available for next week at only $60 a day. Come and join in on the fun. 
On another note I will try to be more active on this account now I got locked out of it for a while.

Well done everyone today. If anyone wants some photos of today's competition flick me a message. Cheers @char_o_te

Photo credit: @the.gingerninja.pony

#horsesofinstagram#showjumping
#schoolholidayfun #ponyjumper #canterburykids #horsemad #christchurch #holidayprogram"
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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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