Having found my first riding destination in a place called Peka Peka Beach just outside of Wellington on the North Island, we gently cruised across the beach which just goes on for miles and miles whilst completely randomly being surrounded by an international XC eventing grounds that were just amazing. The beach literally did not end and had a perfect accumulation of logs for popping as you went along. The riding was amazing and my guide was lovely and she even happened to previously work with one of my vets, how random! They say the horsey world all know eachother, well this was taking it to another level. If you find yourself near Wellington on New Zealand's North island, you have to go here: http://www.stablesonthepark.co.nz/contact.html
My second horse riding destination was at Lake Taupo, North Island, NZ - http://www.taupohorsetreks.co.nz/index.html. There is only one riding stables here and the guy that owns it is a true horseman. He has a large heard of varying levels of horse that can suit everyone, from newly broken youngsters for the more experienced to absolute steady Eddies for those who have never ridden before. The scenery was gorgeous and my guide, Baelei was super. She actually told me that despite a massive horse population, there are very few livery yards as most people own a postage stamp of 10 acres at the minimum, ahhhh, one can dream……….the horse in the front garden….one day perhaps!
Anywho, after rambling on, my next blog should be on my bareback riding endeavors, having been inspired by this young lady https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sz-m4kbgjS8 , I plan on getting back to my childhood skills and giving this a go, I’ll let you know how it goes ;)
And take a look at my Facebook Page - Pony Patters - for my first GoPro attempt at covering my day at Tweseldown yesterday in the pouring rain, still masses of fun !!!