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Norwich Park Equestrian Centre

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by Jeni Wilson (subscribe)
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Published September 30th 2018
Fancy a horse ride through the bush?
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Source: Norwich Park Equestrian website


Norwich Park Equestrian run by Karen and her family is a new horse riding business on 14 acres in Warrandyte. The property borders on the Warrandyte State Forest and the views are stunning. Sounds idyllic doesn't it?

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Fun for all ages


My son has an affinity with horses (unlike me). I'm not super nervous but I was doing a little bit of self-talk, such as 'You can do it for your son.' Much to my surprise, it took less than five minutes to feel relaxed on the horse. As an inexperienced rider, I didn't expect that and despite my semi reluctance, I am now keen to return. This is largely due to Karen's friendly and respectful manner.

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Karen and Nicola


Karen is a woman with many talents. For example, she is a trained teacher with psych qualifications and is currently an ambulance attendant. She is only admitting to 30 years riding experience. She is now turning her hands to her area of passion - riding - by starting her own riding school. It's only three months old but is gaining a lot of interest and regular clientele.

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Time to get on


The horses we rode were Molly (17 years old) and Siena (6 years old). They are lovely gentle souls but unable to compete any more so Karen and her husband wanted to keep them but decided that they would have to work for their keep. Karen and her daughters are now operating led trail back rides and riding lessons.

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You're in good hands with Karen and her family
Despite my scepticism, Karen told me that anyone can ride. The youngest rider they've had was just three years old. No pressure on me! Now that I've been there and met Karen and Nicola, it's not surprising to me that the school holiday program is almost booked out. They reminded me how important personalised and friendly service is.

Nicola was the escort for my son and she told me favourite thing to do was to ride horses. She was beaming and chatting all the way. Karen said she also prefers one on one rides. Our first stop was the professional arena area where we had a quick safety lesson to learn how to stop and steer.

 

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Beautiful bush rides

Norwich Park Equestrian currently has four horses but they plan to add two more in the future and they are toying with the idea of agistment. They obviously work a 24 hour day because Karen told me that in their spare time they are renovating a two bedroom house on the property for overnight stays. The spot is high on the hill, quiet and peaceful. What a great idea for a weekend away for horse lovers. They also have two dogs named Zoe and Pippa. They are friendly and part of the entertainment. I've never seen happier dogs running around and chasing rabbits.

 
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so much fun!

Lots to do at Norwich Park Equestrian - Fees

The school holiday program is only $95 for four hours (half a day). The trail rides are only $75 for an hour and lessons $75 an hour. This is cheaper than the other horse riding schools in the region. In addition, they bend over backwards to cater to individuals. See more information on their website.

Please don't be offended that the weight limit is 65 to 70 kg. This is due to the weight that the horses can take.

So if you like the idea of a led trail ride through the bush at a beautiful new boutique equestrian facility in Warrandyte, just on the edge of Melbourne, give Karen a call. I'm sure you will be thrilled with the experience.

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Why? Try something new or relax in the bush
When: Ring for an appointment
Phone: 0433 473 302
Where: 428 Ringwood-Warrandyte Rd, Warrandyte
Cost: About $75 per hour depending on the service
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