Having been closed since 30th March in the interest of helping prevent the spread of corona virus, We are very happy to announce that we  RE-OPENED on Wednesday 20th May 2020 for lessons. Booking are now being taken.  Please phone between 10am and 9pm.

Hello and welcome, we hope you are all well.  We would like to thank YOU for using your time to learn more about Richmond Valley Riding School & Equine & Sanctuary Est. 1992.  We are situated in HISTORIC RICHMOND, Tasmania, Australia.  We SPECIALISE in teaching you to RIDE, CARE for and TRAIN horses/ponies with evidence based learning procedures.


    Our Motto: FUN-FRIENDS-FITNESS  sharing a common interest ! 

 We are an  established INSURED riding school with QUALIFIED, CERTIFIED & EXPERIENCED  INSTRUCTORS.  (All adult assistants have a current  ”WORKING with VULNERABLE PEOPLE, child related activity” registration card)    
Says it all!
First time riders,  nervous riders or experienced competitors,  students enrolled in equine courses,  young or just  “young hearted”  your own horse or “horseless!”   we have an instructor to help you reach your horsing goals. 

We offer casual Pony Pat, Play & Lead-ride experiences and  also provide many other options  for those wishing for more to achieve a high level of education in the field of equine studies.  

Practical hands on and theory ensure that you as a dedicated student can become highly skilled and proficient in horse care, riding and training. We are able to assist with (training & assessment) in many nationally certified equine courses  or our own ”In House”  early learning programs in both horse care studies and riding skills .(click Equine coach courses tab top of  page)

On average we are home to twelve  trained experienced school horses/ponies which allow us to care for their hoof trimming, worming, dental requirements and tune ups! All our ponies and horses have their own grooming kit,  child and or adult size saddle with toe stoppers, saddle blanket, bridle,  neck strap, halter and rope, a variety of pyjamas (horse rugs) and their own purpose built yard or stable to allow appropriate interaction    (click Horses/Ponies tab top of page) They vary in size, breed and temperament to cater for the differing ages & experience of  you the rider.  We DO NOT USE off the Track (OTT) thoroughbred race horses to teach children or learners of any kind to ride.

                             DRESSAGE     SHOWING     JUMPING    TRAILING   HORSEMANSHIP   GAMES    COACH TRAINING   FLOAT SELF LOADING  and  MORE,  can all be learnt here.     We understand that each of you have individual needs, and goals within the equestrian discipline, the aim of our school is to offer individual care and consideration with a commitment to help each of you reach your full potential.  We strive to offer you flexible options using developed lesson plans and services in  private, shared or group situations to encompass your needs in a fun, educational and safe environment,  always taking into account that horse riding is a high risk sport with inherent risk.

       EXERCISE:  You know it is important to  undertake thirty minutes of exercise daily, however it can become difficult to find varied exercise to ensure you stay motivated.  Horse riding helps DEVELOP your MUSCLES,  CARDIOVASCULAR FITNESS and BALANCE including co-ordination of fine & gross MOTOR SKILLS.  

       Looking after horses involves lots of time, understanding, patience and commitment.  We believe horse management sessions are every bit as important  in learning how to care for horses safely and correctly as is learning how to ride and train, all for the ultimate purpose of further enjoyment and safer fun at whatever level. Equines are wonderful therapy.

HORSE MANAGEMENT:   When the Tasmanian weather is not so kind to us and the conditions are not so suitable for riding it is a wonderful opportunity to participate undercover in the stables or indoor study area,  learning how to develop harmony with horses while learning how to care for them.

 Practical & theoretical horsemanship include subjects such as:-  safely  fit a halter,  catching,  leading,  securing,  grooming,  saddling, bridling,  other equipment, booting, bandages, feeding, rugging, equine first aid, to name but a few. 


PRE-SCHOOL PONY PAT & PLAY  is a very popular activity for those youngsters not yet at school, and for those slightly older or less confident about riding to still have the opportunity for  hands on fun with a pony.  We have little ponies and little gear specifically for little riders where required.  For safety sake  (We DO NOT put little riders on big horses and tuck their feet into stirrup leathers  because their legs are not long enough to reach adult size stirrups anyway.)  HOME SCHOOL students can  also enjoy mid- week lessons  (click on Prices tab at top of page) for more information on packages.  

            CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES or PONY PARTIES: From 30 minutes to 2 hours, one pony to three ponies, from one child to 14 children. (click Children’s Activities/Pony Parties tab at top of page for more information and prices)





  • LIMITED PRIVATE PADDOCK AGISTMENT for students having lessons
  • New VIPA I, II or III BODY PROTECTORS Discounted to $285 each for riding school clients.   RRP $370  (some available to try)  

For AGISTMENT PHONE:  Kenny 0418 594 812 or email:   kennywhite1@hotmail.com      or KENNY  can also be booked for DJ work,  60′s and  Rock Music a specialty but all music an option.  All equipment provided.                                  

Find us approximatly:-  2  minutes from  HISTORIC RICHMOND, in the COAL RIVER VALLEY WINE REGION

  • 25 minutes from Hobart
  • 20 minutes from  Glenorchy, Bellerive, Mornington, Lindisfarne, Brighton etc.
  • 15 minutes from Hobart Int Airport, Cambridge, Midway Point or Sorell

Important Information:  Horse riding is  classed as a HIGH RISK SPORT, so regardless of where you or your children participate with equine lessons BE AWARE the industry is UN-REGULATED which means ANYONE, qualified  or NOT, insured or NOT, with a first aid certificate or NOT , can open/operate a riding school or give lessons.  YOU WOULD NOT CONSIDER HAVING SCUBA DIVING LESSONS WITH A NON CERTIFIED DIVING INSTRUCTOR, WHY WOULD YOU SEND YOURSELF OR YOUR CHILDREN TO A NON CERTIFIED RIDING INSTRUCTOR!!!?????      FOR  SAFETY SAKE,  THINK TWICE check credentials  (fancy facilities & or signing a waiver does not mean your instructor is insured, qualified experienced  or even first aid trained.) Saddles and helmets come in tiny to very large sizes to suit 4 year olds or 40 year olds etc, Is the helmet your using current Australian standard or equivalent and fits without falling over your eye brows when given a shake.  Sneakers are dangerous to ride in as feet can get caught in stirrups without a heel to help prevent this. Are you learning on a young  or just off the track (OTT) ex racehorse, usually only suitable for experienced riders?  Ask why.

Current AS/NZ or Equivalent Riding Helmets are compulsory & available to hire for lessons for $5   Riding boots are also compulsory and available free of hire charge.  Some body protectors are available for free use and recommended.


We know your time is valuable, so thank you very much for using your time to look at our website, we hope it has been of  assistance.   

Enquiries very welcome -  lessons/visits by appointment for  W.H.& S. purposes

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