Accredited Horse Riding Lessons


Yara Balba Stables has a small number of riding horses ranging in size.  We run regular accredited programmed, riding lessons at our boutique equestrian facilities in Mandalong (just off the M1 Freeway near Morisset NSW). After School riding lessons run weekly on Tuesday, to Friday and some Saturdays. We also hold occasional specialist clinics and riding activities on some weekends.

Proudly, Yara Balba Stables is one of Pony Club Australia’s Foundation Accredited Riding Centres, delivering the new PCA World Renown Equitation Science based Syllabus (2020). Yara Balba Stables is also a Nationally Accredited Delivery Centre for the combined Equestrian Australia, Australian Sports Commission and PCANSW “Ready Set Trot”  and “Trot Canter Gallop” innovative learn to ride programs. 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 run for around 75 minutes, plus set-up, tacking etc. For information about current fees please contact us by email or phone.

Yara Balba Stables has a current complement of safe riding horses, catering to all levels, age and size of most riders. All students are strongly encouraged to join the Accredited Programs, which can keep riders engaged for years! Adults are also welcome to join in via the PCA Centre Rider Program (up to 70 years of age) or the “Trot Canter Gallop” open program.  Our covered arena keeps us dry or our of the sun when required and can also cater to social riding groups as well (see Equestrian Facilities)

As an Accredited Delivery Centre, Yara Balba Stables runs the PCA Centre Rider World Renown Syllabus of instruction, based upon Equitation Science and 80 years of Pony Club History in Australia. Alternate programs available are the  ‘Ready Set Trot’ learn to ride and “Trot Canter Gallop” programs  PCA Centre Riders can work across 8 levels of Certificate Manuals, from the complete beginner up to Elite level. Ready Set Trot (RST) programs run across 4 levels (Green- Beginner, Yellow, Red, Blue). Trot Canter Gallop TCG is an open aged program designed for riders 12yrs + wishing to start, refresh skills or advance in their riding. PCA Centre Riders, RST & TCG are integrated within our riding lesson program. Our Instructors are NCAS (EA Level 1 General) Equestrian Australia qualified and PCANSW (Level 1 & Preliminary) accredited, with training qualifications in Working Equitation, Jumping Equitation, plus skills in Dressage, Flat Work, Sporting, simple Harness Driving, Trails and more.

We are a registered Covid 19 Safe Business with Covid 19 Safe Certificate, all coaches have current Working With Children Check Certificates and have current 1st Aid Certificates, we are also a registered Active Kids Provider for riders that register for Full Terms only or join as a PCA Centre Rider.

PLEASE NOTE: WE are a MICRO Business and only have several riding school horses. Groups are small and very limited spots are available. New riders may be placed on a WAIT LIST for when current riders are not available or move on. All new riders must undertake a Safety Induction Lesson prior to joining in with regular lessons. Waiver Forms, Application Forms, Equipment Checks are also undertaken. We do not cater for casual riders nor do trail rides.

PLEASE NOTE: Age and Weight restrictions apply to all riders. We also do not cater for casual riders nor do trail rides.


Yara Balba Stables has a covered arena and stable complex, with viewing deck for spectators. This riding and teaching complex were opened in December 2015 and complies with current Australian Workplace Health & Safety Standards. Facilities also include a full show-jumping course in an enclosed paddock, 500m trotting track/ track riding course 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

10551002_608650432587122_8629417473886369771_nNOTE: We do not cater for riders generally under the age of 8 years old, however, short 30 minute introductory lessons are available for very young riders. *Some younger riders in Beginner classes may need adult/ parent helpers to lead riders in the early stages.
Weight / fitness limitations may apply for ALL horse/ rider combinations

Current Classes
Mondays = By Appointment Only
Tuesdays = Intermediate Riders
Wednesdays = Intermediate Riders
*Thursdays = By Appointment Only
*Fridays = Beginner Riders
*Saturdays = By Appointment Only *When available and running

Term Dates 2021 (dates may be subject to change)

We generally follow the public school term dates, starting 1 week after students return to school (unless otherwise indicated). Additional lessons are often offered during the school holiday breaks- enquire directly for more details.