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Published September 16th 2018
Get horsing around
Encore Equestrian Centre is owned and managed by experienced equestrian, Samantha Morgan. Encore is the perfect place to learn to ride, extend your horse skills, learn more about horses, keep your horse, learn how to train horses, or book a party or holiday program!
Encore offers many services, such as private, semi-private and group lessons, training, events, school holiday programs, education centre, agistment, equine breeding program and children's parties.
We recently had my daughter's ninth birthday party at Encore. I was impressed with the passion the staff had for their animals and also their commitment to safety. Encore Equestrian Centre offers pony parties on Sundays. The time slot allocated is either two or three hours (depending on a number of participants) and they take one booking per Sunday.
Upon booking of our pony party, we were emailed pony party invitations which could be sent to all invited guests.
They require a minimum booking of 6 riders per party booking. The cost was $70.00 per participant (at the time of publication). Food, cake and decorations are not included in the price, so we provided our own on the day (Encore is conveniently located not too far from Moorabbin Costco!). We were permitted to arrive half an hour prior to the party start time to set up decorations.
The party started with helmet fitting and introduction, then pony decorating with ribbons and coloured hair chalk (provided by Encore). While we had cake, in an open shelter near the ponies, the friendly staff tacked up ponies to be ridden. The guests then had about an hour of pony riding and pony games before home time. They even graciously accommodated a guest that was injured and unable to ride.
Each of our guests were given an Encore 'show bag' of their very own, a personalised photo card from the party and our birthday girl was given a special birthday gift from Encore.
Encore also has one-day holiday programs during the school holidays for children ages 6 - 16.
The holiday program, suited for riders of all levels from beginners to advanced, runs on selected days during the school holidays from 9am til 3pm and includes two riding sessions, one theory session and one activity session. Riding helmets provided. Lunch and snacks are not included. The price is $140.00 per rider, per day at time of publication.