Horse Riding Lessons



Yara Balba Stables has 8 riding horses ranging in size, from 10.2 hand ‘Dubbo’ the Shetland Pony through to 16.1 hand “Sebastian”, our gorgeous Fresian, or “Sam” the friendly Thoroughbred.  We run regular riding lessons at our boutique equestrian facilities in Mandalong just off the M1 Freeway near Morisset NSW. After School riding lessons run weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays* and Fridays, with specialist clinics and riding activities held held on some weekends. (*Seasonal)

Proudly, Yara Balba Stables is also a Nationally Accredited Delivery Centre for the combined Equestrian Australia, Australian Sports Commission and PCANSW “Ready Set Trot” innovative learn to ride program. For more info, go to  or

All lessons follow public school term dates, with 4 terms per year- Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring. Riders must book in for a full term of lessons at the start of each term. Limited numbers and horses are available. Lessons run for 75 minutes and always include tacking/ un-tacking/ grooming the horse/pony, with our focus on positive learning experiences. Lessons cost $55 group lesson for 75 minutes, $65 private lesson for up to 60 minutes (plus set-up, tacking etc).

Yara Balba Stables has a current complement of 8 riding horses, catering to all levels, ages and size of most riders. Adults are also welcome to join in with the fun and attend adult riding classes and specialist clinics. Our new covered arena caters to social riding groups as well.

As an EA Accredited Delivery Centre, Yara Balba Stables runs the ‘Ready Set Trot’ learn to ride and “Tort Canter Gallop” programs during most school holidays. Ready Set Trot (RST) programs run across 4 levels (Green- Beginner, Yellow, Red, Blue) throughout the year when riders are ready to advance. Trot Canter Gallop TCG is an open aged program designed for older riders wishing to start, refresh skills or advance in their riding. RST & TCG can also be offered as part of our regular riding lesson program, (minimum 4 riders/ class to run). Our Instructors are NCAS (Level 1 General) Equestrian Australia qualified and PCANSW accredited, with training qualifications in Working Equitation and Jumping Equitation,  plus skills in Dressage, Flat Work, Sporting, Harness Driving, Trails and Stock work.

PLEASE NOTE: Age and Weight restrictions apply.


Yara Balba Stables has a covered arena and stable complex with viewing deck for spectators. This new riding and teaching complex were opened in December 2015. Facilities also include a full show-jumping course in enclosed paddock, 1 km trotting track and large flat work areas, 20m x 60m covered arena,  cross country course (under development) and access to quiet, traffic free bush tracks with fabulous views of Lake Macquarie and the Watagan Mountains.


Ready Set Trot Poster


Young riders on Apollo and Huckleberry

Riding Level Categories- PLEASE NOTE: Age and Weight restrictions apply.

READY SET TROT – suitable for up to 12 years of age*
GREEN –    Ready Set Trot 
= new to riding, walk + trot learning*
YELLOW – Ready Set Trot= can walk, trot independently
RED  –        Ready Set Trot = can walk, trot, some beginning canter
BLUE –       Ready Set Trot = can walk, trot, some canter, basic poles, intro dressage

NOTE: We do not cater for riders generally under the age of 8 years old.
*Some younger riders in the GREEN classes may need adult/ parent helpers to lead riders.
Weight / fitness limitations may apply for horse/ rider combinations

TROT CANTER GALLOP – suitable for riders over 12 years and adults#
TROT –       Trot Canter Gallop
 = new to riding, walk + trot learning
CANTER –  Trot Canter Gallop = can walk, trot, some canter, basic poles, intro dressage
GALLOP –  Trot Canter Gallop = independently riding, jumping skills, dressage skills, competing
# TROT CANTER GALLOP is open to riders who have their own horse as well.
Weekend and holiday clinics are regularly held, residential stays also available.
Check our Facebook site for latest info.

Current Classes
Mondays = By Appointment Only
Tuesdays = CANTER/BLUE
Wednesdays = CANTER/BLUE
Thursdays =YELLOW/ RED
Fridays = GREEN
Saturdays = By Appointment Only

Term Dates 2019

Summer Term One (10 weeks) from

  1. Tuesday 5 February
  2. Tuesday 12 February
  3. Tuesday 19 February
  4. Tuesday 26 February
  5. Tuesday 5 March
  6. Tuesday 12 March
  7. Tuesday 19 March
  8. Tuesday 26 March
  9. Tuesday 2 April
  10. Tuesday 9 April

Autumn Term Two (10 weeks) from

  1. Tuesday 30 April
  2. Tuesday 7 May
  3. Tuesday 14 May
  4. Tuesday 21 May
  5. Tuesday 28 May
  6. Tuesday 4 June
  7. Tuesday 11 June
  8. Tuesday 18 June
  9. Tuesday 25 June
  10. Tuesday 2 July

Winter Term Three (10 weeks) from

  1. Tuesday 23 July
  2. Tuesday 30 July
  3. Tuesday 6 August
  4. Tuesday 13 August
  5. Tuesday 20 August
  6. Tuesday 27 August
  7. Tuesday 3 September
  8. Tuesday 10 September
  9. Tuesday 17 September
  10. Tuesday 24 September

Spring Term Four (10 weeks) from

    1. Tuesday 8 October
    2. Tuesday 15 October
    3. Tuesday 22 October
    4. Tuesday 29 October
    5. Tuesday 5 November
    6. Tuesday 12 November
    7. Tuesday 19 November
    8. Tuesday 26 November
    9. Tuesday 3 December
    10. Tuesday 10 December