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IMPORTANT NOTE:

The horses, ponies and staff are currently taking a well deserved break and we are therefore unavailable for bookings at this time.


As we do not want to be ruled by the clock, we have not scheduled exact dates for our return. We do, however, appreciate you custom and would like to invite you to register for our mailing list, in order to be the first in line when booking times become available.


Simply click the link below and email us to request membership :)





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Welcome to Horse Riding Auckland: Home of Pony Rides

"...The wonderous pony paradise, envisioned once upon a time, in a little person's dream. A fairy tale land of ponies, where they can courageously conquer unchartered territories of the Wild West as the brave hero in an epic adventure. In a time where there was always a happy ending, and the goodies always won...."

Want to create some precious childhood memories? We have only but a fleeting time with our children.  Come and have some quality time with your children, having some good old fashioned county fun with our adorable ponies.

We provide a one off and regular lessons, on or off site, we also provide awesome birthday parties, school holiday programmes and the occassional coffee group.

We have horses and ponies of all shapes and size, and can provide awesome experiences the whole family can enjoy.

For those who are wanting more formal lessons, we also specialise in teaching all three Olympic disciplines.  Use the following button to book an initial consultation over the phone or onsite where we can assist you best with coming up with a suitable plan to suit your ability and requirements.  
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Testimonials

".My kids loved the experience, the smile on my the face on my child is priceless. The crew are very good and take good care of my kids. Keep up the good work."
R Sy
31 October 2016
"Our 4 year oid daughter loved Little Ben who was compliant and patient with a new rider and Eloise was amazing as an instructor, truly gifted with engaging and encouraging young riders. We will be back soon."

J Baxter
27 September 2016  
"A huge thank you to Ben the Pony! Our daughter Zoe absolutely loved the experience and what an amazing teacher Pearl was - super friendly and instantly made us all feel at home. We will definitely be back."

J Whiting
8 May 2016 
"...Was fantastic. Ash loved her surprise pony ride and a excellent teacher. Was a fun afternoon for all. She is asking to come back which we will be doing. Thank you so much!.."
R Pearce
​7 October 2015
"Highly rated, they go the extra mile, my young daughter was so happy with the 2 hours she spent there"
D J Young
​12 July 2015
"...Had a wonderful morning with my 3,5 year old and I having a lesson each with Eloise, she is wonderful with kids and made me feel very at ease after bit being on a horse for 20 years! Highly recommended!..."
M McKelvie
​3 January 2015
"Thank you for a wonderful afternoon. All the children enojoyed the riding lesson, specially Lucia and Scarlett. Even the two who said they were scared of 
horses enjoyed
themselves."
P Dawson
Thanks for yesterday. It was a great experience for Dylan and he loved it!!!"
S Benzitoun
"...Thank you for the lesson yesterday, Mikayla was very excited and kept asking me when she can do it again..."
R Carlyle
"...Thanks so much for the lesson. Cameron and Jade love it and the smiles for the whole hour are testament to this. They talked about it for ages. It was well worth the drive from Papatoetoe. Again thanks so much for the experience..."
C K Nicholson
"...Lucy adored her lesson with Ariana during the holidays. Thanks so much - we will definitely be back!..."
J Hagan
"...Cassandra is loving her riding lessons and I'm thoroughly enjoying the experience as well..."
L Michael
​"...Our girls had a wonderful time. I loved the attention they received from their tutors and all aspections of the session. Very positive, even Zigi had a blast chasing your dog around the yard. Thank you all...​"
Zigi and family
"Thank you. You made Shay's week!"
K Cowan

PONY RIDES FOUNDER:

Ponyrides is the dream child of Eloise Greene. Eloise has been riding for over 30 years, she has competed in dressage, show jumping, showing, eventing and endurance. She trained under great competition riders like 3 times Lady Rider of the Year winner Leanne Chambers, Errol O'Brien and NZ Olympic representative Colin McIntosh.

"For as far back as I can remember, it was my dream to have a pony." It felt like an eternity until I finally had that opportunity with a sweet natured mare named Lady Jane." It was only five months before she outgrew this pony and purchased her dear pony Mascot. A thoroughbred, who had been deemed "too nuts" for racing, flipping over in the starting barrier.

However, after popping over a few small jumps, with only five months of consistent riding under her belt, she naively decided to enter a Horse Society Show Jumping competition. On arrival, she found that the jumps were huge and she was the only child competing. Her mother thought they should just drive back home. Yet she was determined to give it a go. To her amazement, and everybody else's, she won every event of the day. By the end of the week she was jumping 4ft and went on to win every trial for the North Island Show Jumping Championships and be shortlisted for the Olympic training squad at only 14.

Eloise saw a long and prosperous journey with horses, however sometimes life throws you curve balls, and by the time she was 15 years old she was homeless. It would not be until many years later that she would rekindle this passion, buying a sweet little mare Ariana for her daughter. It was during this time that Eloise studied for the Bachelor of Applied Science (Equine Studies).

Years later, as a solo mother of five children (now 6), emerging from a domestically violent marriage, Eloise would start her equestrian business. 
Her children were convinced they were going to starve. Everyone thought she had lost her marbles, that she was a "dreamer". She had no money, and no plan. She simply made a split second decision to quit her job. Realising that there was never going to be an ideal time. And it was now or never to pursue her dream. All she had to start the business was her daughter's now aged pony, that had not been ridden in years. However she managed to scrape somehow up enough money for a sign and a do it yourself website. And, after two weeks of handing in her notice, she was in business.

These days, Eloise enjoys training and schooling clients horses, as well as teaching both children and adults. She is passionate about developing inspiring ways of teaching riding. As well as how horses and ponies can help children, both physically, emotionally and behaviourally. She also has a special interest in horse therapy, with reports of sometimes with miraculous results, she would like to see more research into the area, and one day, develop a holistic programmes for children and their families.

As someone who yearned for a pony over her childhood and many of her adult years. Eloise would like to see pony experiences to children who might otherwise not experience her passion. After hearing many children come to the farm saying "all there dreams had come true!", this has become the Pony Rides motto. After all Eloise longed for a pony and now she has several!

Eloise is looking forward to experience many more great adventures and dreams come true, as she aims to revolutionise what can be achieved for both horses and riders, far beyond the scope of traditional 'riding lessons'. Yes she will be called a "dreamer" as she has many, many times before. However I would watch this space. With the obstacles she has overcome and an over-riding passion and commitment who knows what amazing things the future may hold. After all, who ever achieved anything great proportion without having a 'dream' that everybody thought was 'ludicrous.' After all it is Pony Rides, and dreams really do come true!
ELOISE EVE GREENE
Director
Horse Riding Auckland Limited:
The home of ponyrides.co.nz
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