Hout Bay

Riding Centre

Equestrian activities including, lessons for riders of all ages and abilities, pony rides, vaulting, livery, leasing and birthday parties. Our aim is to provide a safe, friendly environment for all to enjoy horses.

About Us

Since 1986

The facilities at the Riding Centre include a barn type stable block with plenty of paddocks, 2 jumping arenas, dressage arena, Lunging ring, small cross country course and has easy access to outrides around the reed bed, beach and the dunes. Check out our activities!

A unique experience

Stable Shop

The Riding Centre Stable Shop offers snacks, refreshments and light meals as well as a variety of basic tack and riding equipment. Everyone is welcome to pop in for a light meal or coffee and meet Riley the pig, Henry the sheep, Lola the goat, the chickens, bunnies and the rest of the family. Our playground is open to all visitors.

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What we do

Activities

Riding Lessons

Riding lessons are suitable for all ages and abilities. All the various riding disciplines are incorporated into lessons such as showjumping, dressage, equitation, cross country and vaulting. 

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Riding Lessons

Groups are kept small with plenty of personal attention.

Great care is taken to ensure correct riding principles, respect and care for the horse in a safe and friendly environment.

The Riding Centre has produced a number of successful competitive riders in various disciplines and a huge number of people who learnt to ride at the Centre continue to ride competitively or socially and have an ingrained love of the horse.

Our schooling facilities include:
* 2 sand jumping arenas
* Smaller schooling area
* Dressage Arena
* Lunging Arena
* Cross Country course
* Easy access to safe outrides

 Our family of school horses vary from welsh ponies, various cross breeds, boerperd and percheron Cross.

Birthday Parties

The Riding Centre offers a choice of 2 spacious, rustic locations as a venue for your child’s birthday party. 

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Birthday Parties

We can provide you with various options from simply hiring the venue to decorate and utilize as you wish – to providing you with a variety of party planning ideas and services.

THE VENUE

The Garden Playground  – a lovely grassy playground with plenty of swings, slides and equipment suitable for younger children as it is fenced in. There is a Bedouin Tent offering plenty of shade, tables, chairs etc and close to The Stable Shop

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The Adventure Playground  – a more adventurous play area with plenty of space, monkey ropes, tree house, balancing poles, cargo nets, climbing wall etc. The lovely big deck with a Bedouin tent is comfortable with plenty of tables, chairs, outdoor benches etc, gas braai and shelter if the weather is not 100%.

PARTY OPTIONS 9.30am to 1.00pm OR 2.00pm to 5.30pm

Option 1

Venue as is:

* Hire of the venue for either a morning or afternoon party
* Use of party area, tent and playground equipment

Option 2

Set up and Clean up – Multi color or Pink; Purple:

Venue hire (as above) including set up and décor of the party area including the following:

* Welcome board and décor balloons
* Bunting to decorate the trees and tent
* Table clothes, bowls, cups, paper plates, serviettes
* Glass wear (glasses and champagne glasses), cooler box and ice for adult use
* Clear up after party – (please make sure that all flowers and décor are NOT TAKEN HOME)

All that is needed is your own snacks, drinks and cake.

The party will be set up 30 minutes prior to the start of the party and will be cleared away after the end of the party.

Option 3

Themed Set up and Clean up
Venue hire including:

Theme specific set up (themed plates, serviettes etc –(additional charge if more than 20 children) and clear up. (Option 1; 2 plus themed décor)

Available themes

* Cowboys and Cowgirls (straw bales, cowboy hats, harness, tack etc)
* My Little Pony (Straw bales, pony pictures, horse shoes, My Little Pony figurines)
* Pirates (swords, eye patches, Pirate hats etc)
* A Pony Party (straw bales, horsey décor, pony jumps, etc)
* Unicorns; Fairies (Unicorn ponies, fairies, décor, etc)
* Cars ( cars, track, fun décor)
* A soccer party ( a mini soccer field, some training and a game)

GAMES AND ENTERTAINMENT

All of the equipment for the games detailed below will be organized and set up before the party starts with parents to supervise. (Alternatively, please see details of our Party Supervisor options below).

* Pin the Tail on the Donkey 
* Horse Shoe Throwing 
* Horseshoe decorating 

Each child receives a spray painted genuine horseshoe and has the opportunity to bedazzle and decorate their horseshoe with beads, glitter and assorted embellishments. A great time-filler and unique memorabilia to take home. All materials included.

 * Treasure Hunt

We set up various Treasure Hunts depending on the age of the children. These vary from a hunt for younger children who collect goodies hidden around the party area to an adventurous supervised search for treasure along a trail through the beautiful forest and around the grounds. Exciting goodies and treasures provided to all children; prizes given to all participants who complete the Hunt.

* Obstacle course

An obstacle course is set up through the playground making use of barrels, tyres, jumps, swing ropes etc so that all children can participate and enjoy it with their friends. On completion each child receives a personalized rosette to take home.

* Jumping Castle and water slide

​*  Pony Rides.
 2 or 4 ponies led for 30 mins.

Ponies are led by Riding Centre Staff and parents to supervise children, allocate helmets and help onto ponies.

CATERING

Party Packs cellophane bag and/or party box.

Each party pack to include for e.g. chips, fizzer, lollipop, sweets as well as some fun goodies relevant to the age group. For e.g bouncy balls, slinky’s, stickers, hair clips etc.

Full catering for children and adults. Our party menu is attached and has a variety of savory and sweet options.

Sandwich platters, mini hot dogs, stunning birthday cakes etc.

 ADDITIONAL PARTY SERVICES

Party photographer available for the afternoon to capture your special memories. Price on request

Party supervisor – our party supervisor can join you for the afternoon and guide and help supervise the children, co ordinate the activities and make sure that your party runs smoothly.

All parties are personalized and activities can be tailor-made to your budget and preferences.

Please e-mail Kim at ridingcentre@iafrica.com
or call 083 2828 366 to arrange a time when we can discuss your child’s birthday party and don’t hesitate to give me a call if you require further info.

The Date for your party will be confirmed on receipt of the deposit and Booking Form.

R500 deposit required to secure your booking.

Bank Account Details:
Riding Centre Events, Nedbank, Hout Bay,
Acc no 1034932721

Pony Rides

Pony Rides are available for younger riders on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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Pony Rides

Times: Monday to Friday between 14:30 -16.00.

Saturday between 9:30 – 11am and 14.30 – 16.00.

Last rides at 10:45 and 3:45.

Cost: R70 per pony per ride.

Details: Ponies must be led by an adult at all times and stay on the lead rein.

Ponies to only walk and riders must wear a riding hat (available at the stables).

Please book your pony ride at the stables shop when you arrive.

Pony Play

Pony Play runs in conjunction with the termly lesson structure, and is a perfect introduction to riding for younger children.

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Pony Play

Pony Play sessions include grooming, crafts and getting to know ponies as well as learning the basics of riding (all on the lead rein at the walk), picnic rides, games etc.

Holiday Camps

The Riding Centre is the place to be during school holidays with plenty of exciting activities for all ages and riding abilities. 

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Holiday Camps

The programme for each holiday is available approximately 4 weeks before the school holidays are due to start.

* Leasing of school horses
* Holiday Club and riding courses
* Family rides
* Champagne Breakfast rides for the adult riders
* Full and Half Day Riding Courses and Camp outs

SUMMER CAMP

 Every summer holiday the Riding Centre runs a summer camp children come and camp out at the stables for 4 days, 3 nights and have an action packed week which includes riding, mountain biking, swimming, surfing, games on the beach, sand boarding etc as well as team games, camping fun and loads more.

Even if your child has never ridden before summer camp is for everyone.

Please check out our Facebook page for regular updates on when the various camps will be.

Livery

Our livery includes – all feed, bedding, stabling and paddocks with plenty of supervision by our knowledgeable and caring staff.

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Livery

Our barn type stable building has lovely airy brick stables which makes it a perfect home for happy horses.

The facilities include a tack room with a locker per horse, feed rooms, wash bay as well as plenty of grass and sand paddocks.

We have three arenas, one dressage and two jumping as well as a few cross country jumps and access to outrides on the Dunes and the Beach.

We offer qualified instructors for lessons in all disciplines and show assistance.

Leasing

There are various leasing options available at the Riding Centre and care is taken to find the best match of horse and rider.

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Leasing

Some of the school horses are available for leasing during the weekends and a number of the livery horses are also available for private leasing.

Vaulting

Vaulting has been part of the Riding Centre for more than 20 years. Lots of South African Champions have been produced over the years at the Hout Bay Riding Centre and plenty of medals have been collected.

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Vaulting

Equestrian Vaulting is a competitive discipline and often described as gymnastics to music on the back of a moving horse. It requires good physical condition from the vaulter and a harmonious relationship with the horse to make it work. Even though vaulting is its own discipline, it is also good for riders as it improves fitness levels and their seat drastically.

We have regular competitions at the Riding Center with judges flying in from all over the country. We have for many years been the most successful club in the Western Cape and are very proud of this achievement.

It takes a very special kind of horse to become a vaulting horse; good character and temperament being essential. We are blessed with our gentle giant Clynelish Swordsman, also called Mini, who has carried many kids safely and always reliable through training and competitions. Our new horse Boston is coming on well and will for sure be a good, reliable horse in the future. Not to forget all of our retired vaulting horses, who are now enjoying their time off on the farms.

If you are keen to come join our vaulting lessons, you are welcome to try out and see if you would like to give it a go. We offer vaulting lessons twice a week and have beginner and advanced groups.

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Date - Event to be announced

Please keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for regular updates on shows and events.

Meet

The Team

Kim Wallace

Kim Wallace

I  started riding at 8yrs old  on a really cheeky pony (who my Mom bought for R50) called Selene who we kept on the most beautiful farm, Strawberry Hill, just outside George.

Riding, loving and looking after our horses and taking part in plenty of riding activities was a huge part of my upbringing.  We rode out in the mountains around the farm,  played polo x,  rode in gymkhana’s, Paper Chase as well as all of the regular equestrian disciplines – all the on the same horse or pony!

I became more competitive in show jumping and eventing  as I grew older with Eventing being my definite favourite.  I represented both Eastern Cape and the Western Province on a number of occasions with my highlight being winning the Sappi Eventing Champs on my wonderful Eldoret.

Riding and introducing the love of horses has been my passion since I started the riding school at The George Riding Club when I finished school.  Riding correctly, safely and having fun is incredibly important to me and it gives me huge joy knowing that the Riding Centre has been and continues to be a special place for so many children and adults.

Lara Wallace

Lara Wallace

I am Lara.  My mom Kim started the Riding Centre before I was born so I have been fortunate enough to be riding my entire life.

As a child rider I had a pony called Maltara and he loved to be cheeky and challenge me on a daily basis.  As a junior, I rode Swordsman, a Clydesdale cross thoroughbred who is also our vaulting horse and a Thoroughbred called Saratoga. We went on to represent the equitation team, show jumping and vaulting teams.

I am currently studying my Equine studies through an Australian University as well as working at the Centre.

My passion is teaching children to ride and I love seeing the joy horses bring them.

Haley Kawalsky

Haley Kawalsky

I’m Hayley Kawalsky. I have been riding at the Riding Centre for almost 24 years and have been teaching here for 12.

My passsion has always involved horses, teaching and riding but most importantly the love of the horse and horsemanship.

I have a diploma in Business Management and Entrepreneurship , in the process of almost completing my SANIP Module 1 as well as being aqualified a first aider.

I have had the privilege of owning 3 horses but I currently own my 4th who is my soul mate… Midas Touch Belgravia or better known as Billy.

Megan Jane Hart

Megan Jane Hart

Hi am Megan, my first ever riding lesson was a birthday present from my Aunt’s for my 6th Birthday at the Riding Centre and from that day I was hooked.

I eventually persuaded my parents to get me my own pony. My second pony was bought off the farm but by the end of our career together we had represented Western Province in Equiation, Showjumping, Dressage and Eventing in 2004/5/6/7.

In Juniors I was fortunate enough to get the ride on a few different horses, on which I competed successfully and again represented the Western Cape in Equitation and Showjumping. My biggest achievement was winning 2008 South African Equiation Championship and in 2009 coming 2nd in the Phillip Smith Invitational Memorial show.

I have been working at the riding centre for seven years, and the goal I have for my clients is for them to appreciate their equine partner as a team mate and for them to acknowledge that sportmanship comes before rosettes.

Katie Griffiths

Katie Griffiths

Hi I am Katie. I have been riding for over 25 years, and have competed in Showjumping, Eventing and a little bit of Dressage.

I orginally studied a National Diploma in equine management at Merrist Wood College in the UK. I completed National Vocational Qaulifications level 1 and 2 and British Horse Society Level 1, 2, 3 and AI.

I have teaching for over 18 years in the UK, Dubai and here in South Africa.

Gordon Duncan

Gordon Duncan

Hi I am Gordon Duncan.

I learnt to ride as a child and have ridden for most of my life. My wife is able to ride and both of my children learned to ride at a very young age.

As a family we rode, and I therefore decided to take my knowledge further and to qualify as a Riding Instructor. I did the course in 1999 and qualified as a SANEF Level 1 instructor. I have taught various ages, levels and abilities at the Riding Centre since that time.

I find it very satisfying to see that many of the pupils I have taught continue to ride, either leasing or buying their own horses and riding competitively or recreationally.

I also qualified as a Vaulting Judge and was very involved with vaulting for a number of years.

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Phone & Email

021 790 5286 (Riding Centre)
info@theridingcentre.com

Address

Main Road
Hout Bay 7806
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Open Hours

Monday to Friday:
13.30 – 17.30

Saturday:
9.30 – 11.00 and 14.30 – 16.00

Sunday: Closed

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