Do horse riding instructors/coaches have to be qualified or certified? NO, but all instructors at Richmond Valley Riding School are qualified (for safety of you or your child be wary of “backyarders”) filling in waivers does not mean they are insured or qualified and thereby acting in the best interest of you or your child.
What does Certified Mean? A Certificate I, II, III, IV are all recognised by the Australian Government Qualifications Scheme. eg. TAFE or Registered Training Organisation (RTO) as officially meeting an Australian standard. All coaches at Richmond Valley Riding School are Cert. III or higher.
What does qualified mean? Industry recognised only, it does not have the same Australian standard benchmarks as Certified Courses. No validation of meeting any particular standard and is not in the Australian Governments recognition of learning outcomes.
Can I just turn up for a look around or to pat/feed a pony? NO, (sorry) as we need to allow the time for an induction for W.H.&.S. Un-announced visitors are a safety hazard to themself and others when on our business site. Bookings are Essential
Can I bring spectators to watch my lesson? YES, however they will be required to attend an induction prior to your lesson commencing, outdoor country foot attire is required for all guests. Bookings are essential
How young can children be for pat, play and lead ride options? 3 years
Can you cater to N.D.I. S self managed clients? Yes, based on individual circumstances and assessments. However we do not have the ramps/facilities to assist mobility impaired riders who we advise to contact RDA. To discuss your needs please phone to discuss.
Do we offer Pony Parties? Not any longer, but we do offer 1 hr pony experiences for 4 riders sharing one pony and Certified, qualified coach, variations available , please phone to discuss.
What do riders have to wear? Long comfy preferably stretch trousers or jodhpurs, long sleeve tops preferable. standard riding helmet and horse riding boots. Quiet fabric, eg non-rustly clothing and puffer jackets not suitable>
Do you have helmet & riding boots available? yes for a $5 hire fee (smallest riding boot here is childs size 7) your footwear should have a fairly smooth sole with an average heel. Australian Safety Standard helmet ASNZ 3838 or European EN 1384 VG1 or USA ASTM F116 acceptable. Date of manufacture must be less than 5 years.
Do you supply gift vouchers? Yes, available via email or hard glossy copy, just phone or email us to discuss options. Payment can be made through direct deposit to Kimberly White BSB 017 318 A/C 5064 476 43 or cash onsite.
What courses do you offer? In-house courses for children.
Kimberly is also considered an Equine Industry Expert with Online Horse College and has been approached for interview with www.Horsechats.com in 2019.
Enquiries very welcome Lessons/visits strictly by appointment