Our Riding Clinics and Camps at Chester Farm
As well as ongoing
private and group lessons, 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 and make memories that last
(See the Events Calendar page to view
coming Events including Clinics and Camps.)
Camp life at
Chester Farm horse riding clinics and camps
Rider Empowerment Camp Feb 2017
& riders cooling off in the river after lessons during one of
our summer riding clinics and camps.
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
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
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
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!
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
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.
PONY CLUB CAMPS, PRIVATE / INDIVIDUAL CAMPS AND HIREAGE OF FACILITIES.
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
the Hire Our Facilities page for
including permanent wooden yards for the horse to stay in.
Social BBQ and
swims at our summer camps.
and Horsemanship Groundwork Lessons at the Chester Farm all weather
Having fun going around the awesome Derby course!
arena surrounded by native bush, farmland and river makes for a
very scenic lesson and camp location.
FEW LESSON, CLINIC & CAMP TESTIMONIALS...
so much for the wonderful time our club members and ponies had last
week. Your facilities, activities and lessons were fantastic and
everyone is still buzzing from the experience! "
Cambridge East Pony Club Camp, Jan 2018
facilities, lovely waterhole. Everyone absolutely loved the lessons.
Thoroughly recommend Chester Farm for your next pony club camp."
Pony Club, Jan 2018
for a great clinic and for breaking the learning down to a level
we can all understand and go practise."
- "What can I say but thankyou! The way you explained things
rang so true for me and I feel I have progressed so much for just
two days. The clinic was so professional, fun and encouraging. Thanks
- "Amazing. Inspiring. Life changing!"
- "Thankyou Diana for being such a huge part of my confidence
with riding and getting my life going forward again".
- "Fantastic patience and actionable advice. Have a great way
of explaining concepts in a simple way."
clinic was amazing, I have come away with so much new knowledge
and exercises to work on. I can't wait to get practising and come
back for more. Thanks so much to you both for a fantastic weekend."
A few recent
Adult Rider Empowerment Camp Testimonials
and I so enjoyed it. I am particularly ecstatic about Emily's progress.
(Beginner rider just coming off lead-rein.) We had hit one
of those dreaded brick walls. With your kind encouragement Emily's
confidence blossomed. The certificate really made her weekend. She
struggles with confidence in a lot of areas so to have her determination
to give it another go and her progress recognised has given her
a real boost. Thanks again for all your hard work in making sure
everyone had a lovely weekend."
Paula Vernon, Autumn 3 Day Clinic
just wanted to say thanks for an awesome weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed
all three lessons and it has given me a huge confidence boost with
the new horse. I felt like we got better and better, and I feel
like we are getting a good partnership going. Thanks so much to
the both of you for the way you push us just enough to achieve more
without scaring us to death!! Which means we come away with a great
sense of achievement at the end of the lessons. Canít wait to come
Diane Mumford, January Lesson Weekend
a blast and none of us wanted to come home, horses all resting and
enjoying their paddock space, lots to go onwards with at home and
look forward to coming back in April."
Katie & Briar Bayes, New Year January 3 Day Clinic
to let you know how much I appreciated the weekend. I loved the
lessons, Diana, and Iíve got the poles set out in the paddock to
try out my newly learned exercises and to work on my position. Itís
been a long time since Iíve had a group lesson; usually feel too
self-conscious about my age and riding to bother. Your non-judgemental
and positive coaching style meant that I didnít feel that way at
all and created a wonderful learning environment. The welcoming
and supportive attitude prevailed throughout the camp and everyone
was just so friendly and fun. It made the camping a great experience.
Well done on a great team effort. I can hardly wait for the next
Carolyn Mincham, January 2 Day Lesson Weekend
for such an awesome camp. Sylvester had a fantastic time and I am
thrilled with our progress - from only ever having jumped a little
crossbar once before to a whole course of fillers and walls within
a couple of days was beyond my expectations. So much fun!"
Coral Morrison, January 3 Day Clinic
so much. Piper and I had a awesome time and have come away buzzing.
We learnt heaps and are looking forward to coming to the camp in
April to learn more. The kids loved having the river so close to
cool off and swim with the horses. Thanks again."
Tania & Piper Gargan, January 3 Day Clinic
enjoyed my flatwork lesson with you Diana, you have a lovely manner,
and are so clear."
Anne Collumbell, January 3 Day Clinic
great clinic. Connie appreciated getting out of the dressage arena
and who would have thought she hadnt seen a jump in 4 months! Emma
had a blast and really enjoyed the encouragement and company from
the other riders. She learnt so much just watching the others at
play not to mention her actual lessons. She was most proud of jumping
the picket fence. Thanks for making a facility like this available.
Its a real asset to you both and all that attend."
Diane & Emma Tetley-Jones, January 3 Day Clinic
you so much for another wonderful clinic and warm hospitality. I
have learnt so much, enjoyed watching other people having their
lessons and also had a great time chatting to other like-minded
people and chewing over the successes and problems that horse ownership
Ali Peacock, January 2 Day Lesson Weekend
awesome way to see in the New Year - thankyou Greg and Diana!"
Sharon Cousins-O'Donnell, January 3 Day Clinic
soooo much!! Had a great time and have now gained alot of confidence
in my new horse!"
Stacey Raynes, January 3 Day Clinic
so much for the great 3 day weekend. It was a really good way to
start the season. My horses are in such good spirits today, you'd
think they'd been on an enjoyable holiday break....with great scenery,
people and lots of other horses... which of course they were. Thanks
Cherie Jaques, Spring
3 Day Clinic
great weekend and made loads of progress. It all seemed to run so
Paula Vernon, October 3 Day Clinic
you for the awesome clinic, and great photos thanks!"
Mandy Bryers, October 3 Day Clinic
very much for our weekend with you, it was a very enlightening weekend
for both Donna and myself. Was an awesome way to get confidence.
We loved your manner Diana, thanks again."
Alison Rawson, October 3 Day Clinic
and I had a fantastic weekend - thank you so much!"
Pauline Litherland, October 3 Day Clinic
an awesome clinic! Highly recommended to anyone who has lost their
confidence or has a green horse etc. Great instructors and great
company, well worth the 5 hours drive for us to get there! We will
be heading down for the next one in October...thanks guys!
Geraldine Butler, April
3 Day Clinic
great clinic thanks guys!! Really enjoyed it and such a great place
to start with the new horse."
Diane Tetley-Jones, Autumn April 3 Day Clinic
FAB camp. An amazing learning atmosphere and very professional.
Both Diana and Greg deal with all aspects of riding and horses.
We will be back again for the October camp. Thankyou to you both
for all your amazing help and advice."
Kathie Brooks, April 3 Day Clinic
FEW IMAGES TAKEN DURING SOME OF OUR PREVIOUS RIDING CLINICS, CAMPS
AND RIDING LESSONS AT CHESTER FARM...
more clinic photos on our Facebook page : www.Facebook.com/chesterfarm)
Adult's confidence booster lessons
Practical horsemanship lessons are fun and inspiring!
setup for the start of the Spring October 2013 clinic.
of young riders on first ponies having fun together, while
Laura shows great style on the last day. October 2013
a watchful eye during a jumping lesson, April 2012.
wait their turn for a lesson in the yards beside the arena,
good form over the sunshine wall, April 2012
and young horse Luey, April 2012
and Gypsy doing polework exercises during a flatwork lesson
with Diana, April 2012
and Renee confidently jump over the red wall,
exercises for a Young Horse / Confidence Builder group, April
onsite during our riding clinics makes for a fun holiday with
colours surround during our Autumn clinic and camp held over
easter weekend, April 2012
the finer points of riding technical lines with Cherie, April
cool off in the river next to the camp site, great swimming
hole and shallows for all ages to enjoy.
of similar ages and levels make for fun lessons.
the river after lessons.
lessons to help get you and your horse working confidently
the boxer just loves making new friends!