Whether you’re channelling your inner Saddle Club or can visualise yourself on a horse singing Daryl Braithwaite’s ‘The Horses’ with your hair blowing in the wind, listen in. We’ve done the dirty work for you and have gathered a list of the perfect places to saddle up in Sydney.
You’ll be ready to hit the hay (sorry) afterward, but for now leave your thongs at home and whip on your jodhpurs ‘cos we are going on one hell of a ride. Here are the best places to ride horses in Sydney.
Sydney Trail Riding Centre
If you’ve only dreamt of horse riding or if you consider yourself a full-blown professional, Sydney Trail Riding Centre has a horse for you. On the grounds of the prestigious Sydney Polo Club, there are supervised trail rides with qualified instructors and you can even ride ‘The Horses of Showbiz’! As in, you can actually meet horses from our favourite shows like The Saddle Club, McLeod’s Daughters and movies like The Great Gatsby, Thor and Pirates of the Caribbean (picks up jaw off floor).
One of the few parks in the world to offer inner-city horse riding, Equestrian Centre in Sydney’s famous Centennial Park offers horse rides, riding lessons and pony rides for the little ones. There are also horse rides at dusk for those looking for something a little more romantic. Equestrian Centre at Centennial Park is the true OG.
Sugarloaf Horse Centre
Spreading across 600 acres in south-western Sydney, Sugarloaf Mountain Farm in Campbelltown is just as sweet as its name. No riding experience is necessary and even if you are a little nervy, they have a horse to suit you. Why not make a day of it and use the BBQ facilities to make some bangers and sangers afterwards? For more details and pricing, head here.
What makes us most excited about Sydney Horse in Centennial Park is the horse-themed gifts and gear available. There’s a 3.8km riding trail as well as electronic and mechanical horses to help you build your confidence before you go out for the real deal. With friendly coaches and friendly horses to boot, you’re in for a guaranteed good time here.
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