Private Riding Lessons for half an hour with a Professional Instructor for children from 3 years to 6 years.
Our focus is on achieving an Empathetic Balanced Rider. Helping children to develop empathy, respect, gratitude and a love for ponies. We take care in encouraging but not over facing your child. Our lessons are kept private so that your child has the focus and attention they deserve.
From learning to ride for the simple pleasure or with a dream of competing, developing a correct position while enjoying time with the ponies is our aim.
We love to encourage and prepare children for the competitive disciplines of Show Hunter, Showing, Dressage, One Day Eventing and Show Jumping.
Our Schoolmaster ponies are safe, well-handled ex-competition ponies. Our ponies are perfect for shy or nervous children, children with disabilities or children who have suffered a loss. The ponies are the perfect size for teaching children to ride, your child will feel safe and not over-horsed. You will see your child grow in confidence as achievements are celebrated each lesson. Our Riding School Ribbon Days give the children an opportunity to compete against other riders. This teaches the children skills on how to manage themselves and a pony for competitive riding, plus a taste of winning ribbons.
Safety is our highest priority for the children and our ponies. We start in the grass arena, then progress to the paddocks when it is safe for your child.
Preschool Lessons are our Specialty. Teaching preschool children to ride is our bliss. If your child loves ponies and has shown an interest for a while, this could be the beginning of a great passion. Your child will learn to focus, communicate clearly and in time establish a correct, balanced position. This is so important for the children's safety and for the well being of all ponies.
Our little riders have beautiful positions, it is easy for them to learn the correct way from the beginning. Having fun at this age is important so we keep the lesson to 20 minutes with 10 minutes brushing and being with the pony. If your child has had enough riding in their lesson, we will return to the Barn to teach about brushing and handling the pony.
Pony Play Group is a good place to start if you not sure about your child's commitment to riding.
Our 9 year old daughter started riding lessons with Kathryn Morgan in February 2016. I was hesitant about her taking lessons, as we had previously had a bad experience with a riding school. Word of mouth lead us to Kathryn and we were not disappointed.
Kathryn has a beautiful way with children. They trust her implicitly and our daughter who is often shy talks easily with Kathryn and asks questions when she is unsure. I have been so impressed by the way Kathryn works with the child to connect with the animal first and foremost. She has a calm, beautiful manner which children and animals respond to.
Kathryn puts safety first which was my biggest priority as a parent. She ensures the children work through each stage in their own time and instills correct riding techniques to enable them to have good
lifelong riding habits. I have enjoyed watching the process and learning how children can have fun on a
horse while learning to ride correctly.
In 9 short months we have watched our daughter become a confident, safe rider. She is horse crazy, but when asked who she loves more the horses or Kathryn she always chooses Kathryn!
I cannot recommend Kathryn highly enough. She is a wonderful instructor who has a teaching style that children respond to. She is teaching our daughter to be a sensible, conscious rider who can be confident in her ability to keep herself and her horse safe.
Our thanks to Kathryn for her time, effort and kindness. We will continue lessons with Kathryn indefinitely. She is simply fantastic! Karen Geer Te Pahu
My daughter has been riding with Kathryn for three years. She was very shy when she started her lessons. Kathryn is wonderful in the way she talks to the children and has a natural ability to gain children's trust. There was an amazing improvement in my daughters riding ability and confidence from very early on. Kathryn's ponies are wonderful, safe and well looked after. My daughter has her own ponies and constantly receives comments on what a stylish, balanced rider she is.
I love to tell them you can thank Kathryn for that! Rachelle Collings Hamilton
Our Lily has some extra challenges in life, and pony riding was suggested as a potential way of providing her with additional physical therapy. Like many children, Lily has a number of excellent strategies for avoiding things she finds difficult. She finds physical tasks in particular very hard to manage, and in group settings her non-participation is often overlooked. This means that individual riding lessons in a calm, uncluttered environment are ideal for encouraging her to participate and for increasing her confidence and physical ability.
When Lily first started pony riding lessons at Pony Tales, she was utterly overwhelmed. Whenever Star the pony would move, Lily would be absolutely terrified. Despite wanting very much to be there, she would spend much of the lesson in tears and struggling to cope. I was worried that it was an absolute disaster, but Miss Kathryn was consistently kind and patient, gently reassuring Lily each time and showing her how to approach, pat, and groom the always tolerant Star. Within the space of a school term, Miss Kathryn had transformed a very skittish young girl into a confident wee pony rider who was able to independently groom and lead Star, and who now spent all of her lesson time in the saddle and grinning ear-to-ear.
Lily continues to thoroughly enjoy pony riding lessons with Star and Miss Kathryn at Pony Tales. It has been wonderful to see her confidence and ability improve each week. The physicality of being in the saddle has been excellent for developing her core strength and for strengthening her large muscle groups, leading to improved muscular control over her body. The activities in the ring work to improve Lily's hand-eye co-ordination and depth perception. Miss Kathryn's gentle and reassuring manner gives Lily the confidence she needs to try new things and to continue developing in her riding. In conjunction with this, the calm, semi-rural atmosphere at Pony Tales means that Lily leaves each lesson calm and ready to face the day's challenges. Rebekah Graham
Private Riding Tuition Fees
Term Lessons to be paid in full before commencing 9 - 11 weeks depending on the term.