Riding lesson FAQ's
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.
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. A 5% discount is also offered to weekly Term clients, subject to terms and conditions. Term bookings 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 types of lessons do you offer?
Children’s group lessons are available for beginners up to intermediate riders. Lessons run Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm and on the hour* on weekends. *subject to change.
Children’s group lessons run for 2 hours and consist of 30 minutes to helmet and boot up, groom and practical handling, followed by 1-hour riding in the arena. The lesson wraps up with 30 minutes of theory and practical handling.
There are several adult group lessons available during the week. These lessons run for 1 hour and 15 minutes, which includes 15 minutes of grooming and helmet/boot up time and 1 hour of riding time in the arena. These groups have a maximum number of 6 students riding at a time.
NOTE: If you are placed into a group but are the only student in attendance, private lesson rates will apply.
Private lessons – children and adults
We offer private lessons for all ages and riding abilities. Private lessons can be arranged any time between 8.00am and 9.00pm Monday to Friday, and on weekends from 8.30am – 5.00pm depending on instructor availability. Our private lessons run for 1 hour and consist of 15 minutes helmet/boot up time and 45 minutes of riding time in the arena.
Semi-Private lessons – children and adults
We offer semi-private lessons for both children and adults with the duration of the lesson depending on the number of riders in the group.
2 riders = 15 minutes of grooming/helmet and boot up time and 1 hour of riding in the arena.
3 riders = 30 minutes of grooming/helmet and boot up time and 1 hour of riding time in the arena.
Kindy group lessons (for 4-5 year olds)
Our kindy lessons are for children aged 4-5 years who are still in pre-school. These groups are slightly smaller than our childrens groups and are designed for a group size of 2. Our kindy lessons consist of 15 minutes of grooming/helmet and boot up time, with 30 minutes of riding in the arena both during the week and on weekends.
Should you wish to organise a slightly larger group, please speak with our office staff and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Kindy private lessons (for 4-5 year olds)
Private kindy lessons are ideal for young riders wanting one-on-one tuition as they begin their riding career. These lessons can be arranged between 10.00am-midday during the week, and on weekends between 8.30am-5.00pm depending on instructor availability. Kindy private lessons consist of 15 minutes of grooming/helmet and boot up time with 30 minutes of riding time in the arena.
Pony rides (for 3-5 year olds)
VPRS offers short pony rides around the property throughout the week and on weekends, subject to instructor availability. Our pony rides consist of 15 minutes of grooming/helmet and boot up time and 15 minutes of riding time. Please ensure you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
VPRS offers private, 30 minute ‘groundwork sessions’, where those who are unable to take riding lessons, but wish to spend time with horses have the opportunity to do so. Under the close supervision of one of our experienced staff members, you will get to know the horse, understand his body language, groom, and generally enjoy the calming experience of spending time with these gentle creatures. Our instructors will guide you throughout your time, answering any and all questions you may have.
How do I make a booking?
Send an email to email@example.com or call us on 0475 00 00 88.
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.
Your shoes must be fully enclosed with a small heel. Riding boots or gumboots are ideal. NO sneakers. We have a small number of riding boots available should you not have suitable footwear at home.
In winter please bring a waterproof jacket – we still ride in the rain!
What does VPRS provide?
We provide helmets to all riders and have a small number of riding boots available to borrow – we cannot guarantee the availability of all sizes so please endeavour to wear suitable footwear. You are welcome to bring your own riding helmet providing that it is currently in compliance with Australian Standard 3838.
VPRS has a wide range of merchandise available for purchase including helmets, boots, jodhpurs and safety vests from our office.
What should I bring?
The most important thing that you need to bring with you is a completed VPRS Consent & Indemnity form. This would have been sent to you in an email confirming your booking.
Apart from your form, we suggest you bring:
A labelled water bottle
Sunscreen and hat (in warmer months)
Waterproof jacket (in cooler weather)
Snacks – 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.