Special Offer for Territorians

It’s time to be a Territorian and head down the track to the real outback! 

From 1 July 2020 Territorian’s can grab a Tourism Voucher to go towards a show or horse riding experience or both! Every dollar spent up to $200 will be matched! Click here for more information on how to register and redeem your Territory Tourism Voucher. 

We are happy to reserve horse riding experiences and show reservations until the vouchers are released and redeemed. Contact us by email now!

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Horse Riding Lessons & Experiences

You asked and we listened!

Katherine Outback Experience is excited to now be providing private and group 1/2 Hour and 1 Hour Horse Riding Lessons and Experiences 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. Animals may very well be the medicine we all need to get us through the current times.

Please contact us regarding special requests and tailored lessons or experiences.

Annabel Curtain

1/2 Hour

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

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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.

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Tailored

Tailored to meet special requests such as half day or whole day clinics with multiple horses. Please contact us direct.

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.

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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.

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Breanna Cook

Owner of Breanna Jayne Horsemanship, Breanna has trained under some of Australia’s best horseman and woman. Breanna has a passion for working with kids and has performed her liberty shows nationwide.

Elle Woodgate

Elle Woodgate

Elle grew up riding horses in Victoria’s High Country. While in high school, Elle worked at a riding school and was responsible for guiding mounted tours.

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. We also offer off-farm rides down local roads and bush tracks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horse Riding Options and Rates

We are open Monday to Saturday from 10:00am to 6:00pm for Horse Riding Experiences. We offer both Lessons and Experiences including Private one-on-one, Group and Tailored Lessons or Experiences. Our Group sessions are currently restricted to a maximum of four participants unless special requests are made.

Bookings can be made online by clicking the ‘Book Now’ buttons below.

* Please note the booking system we use applies a small booking fee that we are unable to absorb into the show price. This fee has been taken into consideration in pricing the lessons. This fee covers costs for the third party booking system.

Private Horse Riding Options

1/2 Hour Private Sessions

1x Private Session

$60* / 1/2 Hour Ride

  • One 1/2 Hour private session

Block of 5x Private Sessions

290* / 5x 1/2 Hour Sessions

  • Buy 5x sessions now at a discounted rate and book later with your unique booking code

Block of 10x Private Sessions

$550* / 10x 1/2 Hour Sessions

  • Buy 10x sessions now at a discounted rate and book later with a unique booking code

1 Hour Private Sessions

1x Private Session

$95* / 1 Hour Ride

  • One 1 Hour private session

Block of 5x Private Sessions

465* / 5x 1 Hour Sessions

  • Buy 5x sessions now at a discounted rate and book later with your unique booking code

Block of 10x Private Sessions

$900* / 10x 1 hour sessions

  • Buy 10x sessions now at a discounted rate and book later with a unique booking code

Group Horse Riding Options

1/2 Hour Group Horse Riding

1x Group Ride

$50* / 1/2 Hour Ride

  • One 1/2 Hour Group Ride

Block of 5x Group Sessions

240* / 5x 1/2 Hour Sessions

  • Buy 5x Group Sessions now at a discounted rate and book later with your unique booking code

Block of 10x Group Sessions

$450* / 10x 1/2 Hour Sessions

  • Buy 10x Group Sessons now at a discounted rate and book later with a unique booking code

1 Hour Group Sessions

1x Group Session

$80* / 1 Hour Ride

  • 1 Hour Group Session

Block of 5x Sessions

390* / 5x 1 Hour Group Sessions

  • Buy 5x Group Sessions now at a discounted rate and book later with your unique booking code

Block of 10x Group Sessions

$750* / 10x 1 Hour Sessions

  • Buy 10x Group 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.

Forms

All Participants 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.

Digital Risk Waiver & Medical Form

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there restrictions due to Coronavirus? Expand

Yes!

We are taking Coronavirus very seriously and are monitoring Government advice daily. We continue to alter our policies in response to restrictions. We are taking all measures to minimise risk to participants and staff. This includes:

  • Limiting group sessions to a maximum of 4 participants unless agreed otherwise with management
  • Maintaining a 1.5 metre separation at all times where guests are from different social cohorts
  • Daily cleaning of seating, toilets and equipment
  • Cashless transactions
  • Cleaning of helmets, saddles and bridles following every lesson
  • Availability of hand wash and sanitiser onsite

Please respect the health of our Team and do not enter our property under the following circumstances:

  • If you or someone in your family has returned from overseas or knowingly come in contact with someone who has returned from overseas or had the virus within 14 days
  • If you or someone in your family has been or felt unwell in the last 14 days
  • If you have travelled interstate or been in close contact with someone who has travelled interstate in the last 14 days.

We will happily reschedule your lesson should any of the above circumstances occur. There will be ramifications should it be found the above requests are ignored.

Are there age and weight restrictions? Expand

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

Weight restrictions is limited to around 120kgs. If you are over 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.

What do I wear? Expand

Closed-in shoes are essential.

Although not required, we would recommend:

  • Long pants are encourages but not essential
  • Helmet if available. We do have helmets on hand that meet Australian standards and are cleaned following every lesson. Bike helmets unfortunately do not meet these standards.
  • Long sleeve shirt with a collar is encouraged for sun smart purposes. Despite having an undercover arena, we often ride in the open paddock outdoor arena and bush tracks
  • Avoid large jewellery that can get caught like rings, long necklaces and dangly earrings for added safety
NT Sports Voucher Expand

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 admin@katherineoutback.com.au.

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.

How do I book using a Unique Booking Code? Expand

When you book a lesson/ experience, you have the option to book:

  • 1x session
  • A package of 5x sessions
  • A package of 10x sessions

The following outlines how to book a package:

  1. Click ‘Book Now’ (all Book Now buttons take you to the same page)
  2. Choose between the following options:
    • 1/2 Hour Horse Riding session
    • 1 Hour Horse Riding session
  3. Choose the Date
  4. Choose the Time
  5. Choose either:
    • 5x Horse Riding sessions
    • 10x Horse Riding sessions
  6. Fill in the required information and pay
  7. You will receive a confirmation email for the 1st lesson that will include a Unique Booking Code. You can then use this code to book the remaining 4x lessons or 9x sessions depending which package you chose.

To book lessons using your Unique Booking Code:

  1. Click ‘Book Now’ (all Book Now buttons take you to the same page)
  2. Choose the applicable lesson option relevant to the package you previously booked:
    • 1/2 Hour Horse Riding session
    • 1 Hour Horse Riding session
  3. Choose the Date
  4. Choose the Time
  5. Choose 1x Horse Riding Session (not 5x or 10x as you did previously)
  6. Complete the requested information
  7. An additional information box will appear asking for your “Gift Certificate or Lesson Package Code“. Enter the code here. You will see the payment box will disappear.
  8. Click ‘Complete Your Booking’
  9. Repeat process for remaining lessons as required.
Do I need to sign Forms? Expand

Prior to the first lesson, 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

Can I bring my own horse? Expand

Absolutely!

When making your online booking, please note you will be bringing your own horse in the comments and let us know of any specific issues you would like to work on so we can prepare accordingly. The more information you can provide, the easier it will be for our Team to identify the cause of the issues and possible solutions.

Group Horse Riding Sessions Expand

We are now offering Group Horse Riding Sessions

Group sessions can be booked through the same process as private sessions as follows:

  1. Click ‘Book Now’ (all Book Now buttons take you to the same page)
  2. Choose between the following options:
    • 1/2 Hour Group Horse Riding
    • 1 Hour Group Horse Riding
  3. Choose the Date
  4. Choose the Time
  5. Choose between:
    • 1x Horse Riding Session
    • 5x Horse Riding Sessions
    • 10x Horse Riding Sessions
  6. Fill in the required information and pay
Do you offer Clinics? Expand

Absolutely!

We can now offer tailored clinics of up to twelve participants to match your goals and issue points. This may include a 1/2 day, full day, 2-day and 3-days clinics. We do have to work these around our Tourism Schedule.

Please contact us at admin@katherineoutback.com.au or on 1300 818 612 to discuss further.

Why is there an additional Booking Fee? Expand

The booking system we use applies a small booking fee that we are unable to absorb into the price. This fee was taken into consideration in pricing the Horse Riding Sessions.

The online booking system allows instant bookings at any time of the day or night without the need to phone or email Katherine Outback Experience Staff and await a reply. Unfortunately our small team does not have the current capacity to be in the office full time around meetings, feeding and training animals, running shows and lessons, and raising a young family.

Some of the many benefits of this booking system include:

  • Providing instructors with live manifests so they can match horses to every rider’s ability and ensure they are aware of specific rider needs
  • Prevents double bookings
  • Allows automated lesson reminders
  • Allows instant re-bookings, cancellations and refunds
How do I buy or redeem a Gift Certificate? Expand

The following outlines how to buy a Gift Certificate:

  1. Click ‘Book Now’ (all Book Now buttons take you to the same page)
  2. Choose ‘Gift Card’ 
  3. Select number of Gift Cards you wish to buy
  4. Choose one of the listed values or enter a custom value
  5. Enter the requested details

The Gift Card will be emailed to you and will include a Unique Booking Code/ Gift Card Number. 

How to redeem a Gift Card/ Certificate:

  1. Click ‘Book Now’ (all Book Now buttons take you to the same page)
  2. Choose an activity:
    • Standard Outback Show (1.5 hr)
    • Extended Outback Show (2.5hr)
    • 1/2 Hour Horse Riding Session
    • 1 Hour Horse Riding Session
  3. Choose the Date
  4. Choose the Time
  5. If you booked for a horse riding lesson you will need to choose:
    • 1x Session
    • Package of 5x Sessions
    • Package of 10x Sessions
  6. Fill in the contact details
  7. Under ‘Contact & Payment‘ select ‘Apply Gift Card’ and enter the Gift Card Number.
  8. Click ‘Complete Your Booking’
  9. Repeat process for any remaining credit on the Gift Card.
What is your payment and Cancellation Policy? Expand

We require payment at the time of booking unless agreed otherwise with Management.

We understand that plans change. We are happy to rebook your lesson at an alternative time and/ or date, issue a voucher to be used at a later date or provide a full refund for cancellations made at least 24 hour prior to 9am on the day of the Horse Riding Session.

For cancellations made within 24 hours prior to 9am on the day of the Booking, refunds will not be issued unless in extenuating circumstances.

Lessons are booked back-to-back. If you are running late, please contact us on 1300818612. Although it cannot be guaranteed, we will do our best to fit you in subject to existing bookings.

What if I am running late for my Horse Ride? Expand

As you can appreciate, our time is valuable and often Horse Riding Sessions are booked back-to-back.

We will do our best to fit you in however this will not always be possible. Should you be running late, we request you phone ahead to let us know on 1300 818 612.

Unless in extenuating circumstances, you will not be eligible for a refund.

Testimonials

April 2020: 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. 

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  • 115 Collins Road, Uralla, Katherine, NT 0852
  • 1300 818 612
  • admin@katherineoutback.com.au
  • PO Box 2100 Katherine NT 0850