With Christmas fast approaching, there’s a heap of exciting events and plenty of opportunity for family adventure at The Outlook Riding Academy in Terrigal over the coming weeks. Whether you’re fast on the hunt for the perfect Christmas gift for your horse-mad youngster, or you’re already planning a fun-filled six weeks of school holiday escapades, the horse riding experiences at The Outlook Riding Academy have got you covered. Read on to check out what’s on this summer. ↓

Family Christmas Special Horse Ride + Christmas Picnic + Treasure Hunt

Looking for a fun day out with family or friends in the lead-up to Christmas? With The Outlook Riding Academy, you can book a trail ride or horse riding lesson AND one of their decadent picnic packages to enjoy amidst their 18 acres of stunning coastal countryside!

The super special “Christmas Picnic for Family and Friends” package allows for up to six riders and includes horse riding, a mouth-watering Christmas hamper, and a treasure hunt to top it off! There are a bunch of other packages to choose from too which can all be found on The Outlook Riding Academy website.

PLUS, they also do gift cards so if you’re not sure what to get for that special horse-loving person in your life this year, this is a fantastic option!

Mums, Dads & Bubs Ride & Giggle

Want to do an activity with your little ones where you can make new friends too? The gorgeous “Mums, Dads & Bubs Ride & Giggle” sessions are designed for parents, guardians, and grandparents of young horse enthusiasts who want to get outside and meet other families living on the Central Coast. During these sessions, you’ll all spend an hour on horseback together, on a ride that may include an obstacle course, treasure hunt, trail ride, or horseback games!

When: Available 9am and 10am Mondays and Thursdays.
Where: The Outlook Riding Academy, Terrigal.
Cost: $77 per rider.

Summer School Holiday Camps

Do you have a little equine-enthusiast on your hands? The Outlook Riding Academy in Terrigal will be running a series of awesome horse riding camps these summer school holidays – perfect for little horse lovers looking for some adventure!

Camps will run throughout the summer break (see specific dates below), with the first starting on Thursday 9 December – a great option for working parents whose children break up from school early.

During these fantastic camps, kids will get to:
+ Saddle up for an unforgettable horse riding experience which may include a trail, bareback, dressage, mounted games, or six-bar show jumping.
+ Meet the horses, learn how to clean the stables, groom a horse, and feed them.
+ Play games and take part in horse-themed activities.
+ Finish the day with fun in the sprinkler and icy poles to cool off.

When: 9-10 December, 13-17 December, 20-22 December 2021 and 17-21 January 2022.
Where: The Outlook Riding Academy.
Who: Ages: Camps are for kids aged 4-16 years.
Cost: Half-day camp (8.30am-12noon) $200 | Full-day camp (8.30am – 3.30pm) $350.
Contact: To book, contact Sam on 0427 189 567 or [email protected] or books via the link below.

Tiny Tots ABC Riding Program

Got a toddler or preschool-aged child who simply adores horses and just can’t wait to get in the saddle? Sign them up for the “Tiny Tots ABC Riding Program” at The Outlook Riding Academy in Terrigal!

During these hour-long lessons, horse-crazed youngsters aged 2-5 will transition from a rocking horse to a real horse as they learn valuable riding techniques from a team of professionals in a safe and nurturing environment.

And what’s more, parents, guardians, and grandparents are encouraged to attend! So you can bring along your coffee and some morning tea and settle in to watch your little one as they embark on their exciting equestrian journey!

Tiny Tots ABC Riding Program | Image supplied by The Outlook Riding Academy

Little riding adventurers can expect to learn:

+ The art of effective horsemanship, as opposed to simply experiencing lead pony rides.
+ Attitude, balance, control, and confidence (mind-body skills) that will serve your child for years to come.
+ The same program used when teaching small children in The Outlook Academy’s professional lessons – all in a fun, loving environment.

The added bonus? Research has shown that kids who grow up in a safe environment and who have positive early learning experiences go on to become physically, emotionally, and socially healthy adults!

Tiny Tots ABC Riding Program | Image supplied by The Outlook Riding Academy

Higher Needs Groups

The Outlook Riding Academy regularly hosts groups and individuals with higher needs. If you require assistance with tailoring your child’s experience according to capability, get in touch with Sam on 0427 189 567.

Class Times: Classes are usually held at 10-11am every Thursday morning.
Cost: Private riding lessons are available for $99, or groundwork lessons for $55 (no riding). Groundwork lessons cover horsemanship, horse care, and stable/yard skills. Both offer an invaluable introduction to riding.

Tiny Tots ABC Riding Program | Image supplied by The Outlook Riding Academy


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