Horse Riding Lessons and Experiences

April -October | Katherine, Northern Territory

Katherine Outback Experience offers Horse Riding Experiences including Individual (one-on-one) and Group (2-4 riders) half hour and 1 hour rides for beginners through to advanced riders. Riders are welcome to ride one of our horses that will be matched to your skill level, or bring your own horse.

Not only are these Lessons/ Experiences educational, but they are great for fitness, leisure and building confidence. It is proven that animals can help alleviate stress, anxiety, depression and feelings of loneliness and social isolation.

See our FAQs below for further information including minimum age/ maximum weight, or contact us regarding special requests and tailored Lessons or Experiences.

1/2 hour

Recommended for our beginner riders or those wanting a leisure experience.

1 hour

A more in depth session tailored to the rider's ability, confidence level and goals. suited for those wanting to work on a specific issue with their own horse.

Tailored

Tailored to meet special requests. Please contact us direct.

Forms

All Riders or Legal Guardians (if participant is under the age of 18 years) are to complete the Risk Waiver and Medical Form prior to your first session.

Our Team, Skills & Expertise

Tom Curtain has over 30 years’ experience in training horses and has started over 2,000 horses in numerous disciplines including Campdrafting, Showing, Eventing, Racing and Pacing.

Tom has won numerous Campdrafts and Challenges including the 2013 Ultimate Colt Starting Championship.

Anyone who has seen Tom work with horses or dogs will know he has an affinity with animals. He has spent years studying their body language and behaviour.

Tom has a particular passion for teaching kids and adults to ride. He knows the impact animals can have on mental health and wellbeing as well as building confidence and independence.

Tom is accredited as a Senior Instructor with Horse Safety Australia.

Annabel Curtain

Annabel competed in her first one day event at just six years old and won her first camdpdraft when she was eight. She is an Open Campdraft Competitor and has won a number of WA Campdraft Rider State Titles. She is a Senior Instructor under Horse Safety Australia and Trial Campdraft Judge.

Lisa Bennett

Lisa has a lifetime of working with horses and cattle and is passionate about horsemanship and advancing herself and her horses to the next level. Lisa enjoys Campdrafting and Challenges.

Our venue

We are based just 6 km from the Katherine Town Centre. We have a large 65 x 40 metre insulated undercover Arena and a second larger outdoor Campdraft Arena.

Horse Riding Options & Rates

Due to our busy show schedule Horse Riding Experiences are available outside of show times.

We offer both Experiences and Lessons including Group, Individual one-on-one and Tailored sessions. Our Group sessions are currently restricted to a maximum of four participants unless special requests are made.

 

Bookings and availability

Please call us for availability about horse riding lessons.

Group horse riding options

1/2 Hour Group Horse Ride Options

1x Group Ride

$67
1/2 Hour Ride (pp, min 2 riders)
One 1/2 Hour Group Ride

Block of 5x Group Rides

$318
5x 1/2 Hour Rides (pp)
Buy 5x 1/2 Hour Group Sessions now at a discounted rate and book later with your Unique Booking Code

Block of 10x Group Rides

$603
10x 1/2 Hour Group Rides (pp)
Buy 10x 1/2 Hour Group Sessions now at a discounted rate and book later with a Unique Booking Code

Group horse riding options

1 Hour Group Horse Ride Options

1x Group Ride

$130
1 Hour Ride (pp, min 2 riders)
One 1/2 Hour Group Ride

Block of 5x Group Rides

$617
5x 1 Hour Group Sessions (pp)
Buy 5x 1 Hour Group Horse Ride sessions now at a discounted rate and book later with your Unique Booking Code

Block of 10x Group Rides

$1170
10x 1 Hour Group Sessions (pp)
Buy 10x Group Sessions now at a discounted rate and book later with a Unique Booking Code

Individual horse riding options

1/2 Hour Individual Horse Ride Options

1x Individual Lesson

$90
1/2 Hour
One Individual 1/2 Hour Session (pp)

Block of 5x Individual Sessions

$427
5x 1/2 Hour Sessions
Buy 5x 1/2 Hour Group Sessions now at a discounted rate and book later with your Unique Booking Code

Block of 10x 1/2 Hour Individual Sessions

$810
10x 1/2 Hour Sessions
Buy 10x 1/2 Hour Group Sessions now at a discounted rate and book later with a Unique Booking Code

Individual horse riding options

1 Hour Individual Horse Ride Options

1x 1 Hour Individual Session

$150
1 Hour Ride
One 1h individual session

Block of 5x 1 Hour Individual Sessions

$712
5x 1 Hour Individual Sessions
Buy 5x 1 Hour Individual Sessions now at a discounted rate and book later with your Unique Booking Code

Block of 10x 1 Hour Individual Sessions

$1350
10x 1 Hour Sessions
Buy 10x Sessions now at a discounted rate and book later with a Unique Booking Code

Tailored lessons and experiences

Please contact contact us directly by email or phone to discuss tailored options for you and/ or your horse.

 
Harrison absolutely loved his riding lesson with tom, he learnt so much and is keen to ride with him again. Tom made harry feel safe and at ease with him. We would, without hesitation, recommend Katherine Outback Experience horse riding lessons to anyone. It’s wonderful for young boys to have such a fantastic male role model within our community in a predominantly female-dominated field. 

Harry

May 2023

Are there age and weight restrictions?

We offer horse riding for participants as young as 3 years old through to 60+ years of age.

Weight restrictions are limited to around 100kgs. If you are 100kgs, please let us know in the comments section when making your booking so we can match you to the best suited horse and maximise the time in which you are riding. This information remains confidential within our team. It also helps significantly if you include your height so we can match you to the right horse.

What do I wear?

Closed-in shoes are essential.

Although not essential, we do recommend the following:

  • Sun smart attire including long pants and a long sleeved collared shirt is encouraged. Despite having an undercover arena, we often ride in the open paddock outdoor arena and bush tracks
  • Helmet if available provided it meets national standards. We do have helmets on hand that meet Australian Standards and are cleaned following every lesson. Bike helmets unfortunately do not meet these standards
  • Avoid large/ long jewellery that can get caught like rings, long necklaces and dangly earrings for added safety.

Do I need to sign forms for horse riding?

Prior to the first lesson/ experience, all participants or legal guardians (if participant is under the age of 18 years) are required to complete the digital risk waiver and medical form.

Forms are only required to be signed prior to the first session unless your medical/ contact circumstances change or management requests otherwise.

No one is allowed to ride without completing the form and refunds/ vouchers will not be issued in a situation where a rider/ guardian refuses to sign the form where this occurs outside of cancellation/ amendment timeframes. forms completed on arrival during your allocated time-slot will not result in a longer horse ride.

NT sports voucher

We accept NT Sport Vouchers for Horse Riding Lessons!

To use your Sports Voucher to make a booking you need to email your voucher to [email protected].

We will then either:

  • Book you into the preferred date/ time and issue you a gift voucher with a booking code for you to redeem any remaining credit through our online booking system prior to the cut-off date of the voucher; or
  • Issue you a gift voucher with a booking code for the full value of the voucher for you to redeem via our online booking system prior to the cut-off date of the voucher.

Please note, if this is your first lesson, you will need to book a private lesson (as opposed to group lesson). We would also recommend the 1/2 hour lesson for your first lesson.

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