Roger and Heather MacKenzie Owners and Managers
11 years’ MAF training (Health and Safety with Animals and People)
Heather and Roger have been sharing their love of horses and New Zealand farm life for over 20 years. Coming from a teaching background, Heather has home-schooled several children, including their own five children, over a nine year period. She and her husband Roger have had considerable experience with children of all ages and abilities through the activities they provide on their farm. They have catered for individuals and large groups of overseas riders (including students) and have worked with people with disabilities and special needs. Heather, Roger and senior guides have current work place First Aid Certificates.
There is a horse to suit your child’s riding experience and ability (and a horse for you too!)
The horses are gentle and calm and the staff encouraging and patient. Their specialty is matching a horse or pony to the needs of each rider.
They cater for experienced and competent riders, as well as beginners and nervous people, helping those who are anxious to overcome their fear and develop confidence around horses. Children with limited English, those who are nervous or have a disability will be well looked after. Heather has a great rapport with young people which is evident in her enthusiasm and the way she makes every child feel special.
A horse camp (one day or several days) provides the chance for your child to experience life on a working farm and to build a ‘friendship’ with a pony, through intensive riding sessions and learning how to care for a pony in a safe environment. This opportunity to look after an animal is a valuable part of a child’s life, especially if your child has a love of horses.
The benefits of learning to ride
Heather, Roger and the staff have seen many children grow in confidence through learning to ride - this can be transferred to other areas of their lives, as they encounter new experiences.
What do you need to bring along?
Cameras! There will be lots of fun moments to capture. Camera bags are available, so that cameras can be safely carried while riding. Safety helmets are provided and if needed, rain jackets and gumboots.
Where are they located?
You will find Horse Riding Warkworth at 42 Kaipara Flats Road, on farmland just 3km north of Warkworth. It is a working farm, comprising of 40 horses, 70 sheep and 50 goats, along with lots of bird life and wild rabbits. The horse treks will take you through scenic farmland and forest, with spectacular views of the countryside.