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About Our Riding Clinics and Camps at Chester Farm

As well as ongoing private and group lessons for you and your horse, we also hold popular 2 and 3 day horse riding clinics and camps here each year through the spring, summer and autumn months suitable for riders and horses of all ages and levels. Bring your own horse or pony, come with some friends and make memories that last a lifetime!
(See the Events Calendar page to view coming Events including Clinics and Camps.)

Camp life at Chester Farm horse riding clinics and camps

Above: Adult Rider Empowerment Camp Feb 2017
Above: Horses & riders cooling off in the river after lessons during one of our summer riding clinics and camps.

Regular clinics and camps are open to everyone - children and adults, beginners to advanced - and involve riders being placed into small groups of 2 - 6 riders of similar level and participating in a lesson each day. Flatwork, Jumping and Horsemanship lessons are available at most clinics.
Camping onsite is welcome in our large camping paddock surrounded by farmland, native bush and river. Onsite facilities include toilets, showers, picnic area shelter, and permanent yards for horses to stay in.

Outside of lesson time people enjoy relaxing around the campsite and river, having fun riding around the Derby course, learning from watching other lessons, exploring local activities like bush walks and the bike rail-trail, and meeting other like-minded people! Non-riding family members and friends are also welcome to camp onsite with you or come to watch you ride.
These 2 and 3 day clinics offer fantastic opportunity for horses and riders to progress from consecutive lessons while also getting to enjoy a fun holiday away with your horse in a beautiful setting.

We have also developed two very unique 2 day clinics that are usually both run once or twice a year - a "Young Rider Showjumping Development Camp" aimed at aspiring young riders keen to progress in showjumping competition, and our "Adult Rider Empowerment Camp" which is a fantastic confidence building and personal discovery clinic for enthusiastic adult riders. These special camps involve two intensive full days including riding lessons, off-horse exercises, fun group activities, discussion groups, personalised workbooks and more. Both of these camps can also be held at any other location - please contact us if you would like to run one in your area!

NOTE: All lessons, clinics and camps at Chester Farm require you to bring your own horse or pony to ride. We DO NOT have horses here for people to ride.

Bookings are required for all clinics and camps as places are limited, information and booking forms from all up and coming clinics are listed on our Events Calendar page.


Enquiries are welcome from Pony Clubs, Riding Clubs, groups of friends or individuals interested in either holding one-off rallies/riding days here, holding your own private club camp here or coming to stay for a few nights, having lessons if you wish and using our facilities. See the Hire Our Facilities page for details.

Excellent facilities including permanent wooden yards for the horse to stay in.

Social BBQ and swims at our summer camps.

Riding Lessons and Horsemanship Groundwork Lessons at the Chester Farm all weather sand arena.

Having fun going around the awesome Derby course!

Chester Farm arena
Chester Farm arena surrounded by native bush, farmland and river makes for a very scenic lesson and camp location.

Adult's confidence booster lessons

Practical horsemanship lessons are fun and inspiring!

Camp life

Left: Young horse learning to jump. Right: Early morning scene at Chester Farm camp

Rriver fun making lifetime memories.

Jumping and flatwork lessons working on the basics to make great progress.

Adults returning to riding, gaining confidence and having a great time.

Log jumping and swimming in the river for something different outside of lesson times!

Arena all setup for the start of the Spring October 2013 clinic.

A group of young riders on first ponies having fun together, while Laura shows great style on the last day. October 2013

Greg keeps a watchful eye during a jumping lesson, April 2012.

Horses wait their turn for a lesson in the yards beside the arena, April 2012

Sonia in good form over the sunshine wall, April 2012

Melaney and young horse Luey, April 2012

Kathie and Gypsy doing polework exercises during a flatwork lesson with Diana, April 2012

Domino and Renee confidently jump over the red wall,
April 2012

Flatwork exercises for a Young Horse / Confidence Builder group, April 2012
Riding clinic and camp
Camping onsite during our riding clinics makes for a fun holiday with your horses!
Horse yards beside arena
Autumn colours surround during our Autumn clinic and camp held over easter weekend, April 2012
Advanced jumping lessons with Greg Jamieson
Greg discusses the finer points of riding technical lines with Cherie, April 2012

Enjoy a cool off in the river next to the camp site, great swimming hole and shallows for all ages to enjoy.

Groups of similar ages and levels make for fun lessons.

Fun in the river after lessons.

Flatwork lessons to help get you and your horse working confidently together.

Barney the boxer just loves making new friends!

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