WHAT SORT OF RIDING LESSONS ARE AVAILABLE?
We cater for all rider types and ages and lessons are tailored to suit your level of riding experience. If you are a complete beginner, we will work with you on the basics of riding. However, if your riding is at more of an intermediate level, we can work on Show Jumping, Dressage and even Cross Country. Our Instructors at Valley Park Riding School have experience in most disciplines.
If you would like more detail on what we have to offer, please go to our services page.
TERM OR CASUAL RIDING – WHICH ONE SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?
We offer riding lessons on a casual basis and a block Term booking (weekly or fortnightly attendance). The Term follows regular school term dates.
If you would like to secure a place for the Term, payment in full is required prior to the commencement of the Term. This will secure your place for the Term (as group bookings fill quickly). We also try to accommodate your pony preference for the entire Term (subject to the pony remaining in work during the period).
We do recommend, however, that you ride different horses/ponies so as to gain more riding experience.
We also offer block bookings to adult regular riders wishing to make advanced block bookings.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO MY LESSON?
Please wear long pants such as jodhpurs or tracksuit pants. We kindly request that you avoid wearing jeans as the thick seams damage our leather saddles.
Please wear a long or short sleeved top that is appropriate for the weather. We suggest a collared polo shirt in summer – NO singlets or dresses.
Your shoes must be fully enclosed with a small heel. Riding boots or gumboots are ideal, but please, no sneakers.
In winter please bring a waterproof jacket – we still ride in the rain!
WHAT DOES VPRS PROVIDE?
VPRS have helmets and boots for hire. These can be hired each ride, or paid for as part of your term booking. All helmets are in compliance with Australian Standard 3838, if you wish to bring your own, they must be up to standard.
If you wish to purchase your own helmet, boots, jodhpurs, safety vests or VPRS clothing, please visit our online store or send us an email.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
We suggest you bring:
- A labelled water bottle
- Sunscreen and hat (in warmer months)
- Waterproof jacket (in cooler weather)
- Snacks if required – please ensure that you follow school protocol regarding allergens
WHERE DO I PARK?
There is very limited parking available at the top of the property in O’Briens Lane. Motor vehicles are NOT permitted to enter the property unless prior authorisation is received from Trish Boys (Proprietor). We suggest car pooling with your group buddies where possible.
WHERE DO I GO TO CHECK INTO MY LESSON?
Please walk down the driveway and make your presence known at the office. If our office staff are with other clients, you can make yourself known to one of our yard staff, or simply wait and our office staff will attend to you as quickly as possible.
Once you are checked in, our yard staff will assist you in getting ready for your lesson. If you are coming for your first lesson, please arrive 15 minutes early to ensure all the correct paperwork has been filled out and that we can take the time to give you a quick rundown of how your lesson will proceed.
CAN I WATCH MY CHILDS LESSON?
Of course! We have an undercover seating area near the main arenas, and a small viewing area and bench by the lower arena.
CAN I BRING MY OWN HORSE TO LESSONS?
At this time, we do not allow horses that do not reside on the Valley Park property to enter for lessons. This is for the health and safety of all horses and riders at Valley Park.
HOW MUCH WILL A RIDE COST ME?
DO YOU HAVE COVID-SAFE MEASURES IN PLACE?
HOW DO I BOOK MY LESSON?
Absolutely. VPRS is determined to protect both students and staff while they are at Valley Park so it is important you follow the instructions laid out at the property. Some measures below include:
QR code checkin at the front gate
Social distancing is practised at all times
Drop & go for parents/carers where possible. Only riders who require assistance and care should be accompanied onto the property
Masks are required on the property at all times except when riding
We no longer offer hire equipment (boots & helmets), instead, these are now available for purchase. Saddles and bridles are sanitised between use
All patrons and staff of VPRS (over 16) are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and we reserve the right to ask for your vaccination certificate
You will need to set up a profile in our booking system which you can find by clicking this link. Once you have completed your rider profile, we will then be able to grade you and only appropriate lessons will show up in your booking system. Please note, some options such as equine therapy and pony parties must be manually booked by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Click Register/Login on valleyparkridng.ecpro.co.uk.
2. Click to register if you don’t already have an account and fill in the information asked. For any riders under the age of 18, we require that parents/legal guardians create and fill in the information requested.
3. On dashboard select manage riders, then select ‘add rider’.
4. Fill in the required fields for each rider that will be booking into Valley Park.
5. Please note that on this page you can also upload your COVID-19 Certificate. This is required for all VPRS patrons 16+.
6. If you haven’t ridden with VPRS previously, once you have created a rider profile a message may appear saying you cannot book until you have been graded by us. Please note that only lessons suitable for ungraded riders will be shown. Once you're graded after your first lesson, more lessons will show up.
7. Lessons will not be shown within a 6 hour window of start time.
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.