Horse Riding Lessons for Beginners

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Learn to ride a horse with our sports courses in Sydney.

In partnership with Eastside Riding School, Sydney Community College is proud to present our new and improved beginners courses. This course will give students a broad overview of horses with part theory and majority practical riding experience, because we all know what you want most is time in the saddle! At the end of the course, students will understand how horses think, how to interpret their body language, what gear to use when riding and whether it is correctly fitted as well as the correct terminology around riding. It doesn’t matter if you’re brand new to horse riding, this course is aimed at the beginner, Eastside riding facility near Centennial Park has one of the best reputations in the country and prides itself on being fun, inclusive and welcoming to all.

If you want to learn to about horses and horse riding in Sydney, then this course is for you.


By the end of this course, you will have learned basic horsemanship skills including:

  • correctly saddle and tack the horse
  • can mount and dismount the horse correctly
  • can sit safely in the saddle
  • can walk and trot and steer the horse

Course content

  • Understand the horse’s perspective
  • Read the horse’s body language
  • Groom a horse
  • Get themselves and the horse ready to ride
  • Tack up a horse, recognise and name the gear needed
  • Get on the horse and sit safely in the saddle
  • Walk and steer a horse
  • Correctly dismount
  • Untack and take care of a horse after riding


Please go to Eastside Riding School, Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre, 114 Lang Road (in between Driver Avenue and Cook Road and next door to the Entertainment Quarter), in the suburb of Centennial Park. You drive in through a boom gate which opens automatically as you approach. Please note that there is a one-way traffic system. You must turn left after the boom gate and keep to the 10km per hour speed limit. There is free parking onsite, at the top of the property. Be careful if you use Google Maps as it tends to take you to the Entertainment Quarter, rather than the Equestrian Centre. Eastside Riding School is not located in Centennial Park, but in the suburb of that name.

The suburbs surrounding the Equestrian Centre can be very busy at traffic peak times, including evenings and weekends. Please ensure you allow plenty of time for travel, so that you don’t miss out on your course by being late.

Please wear

Eastside riding provides riding boots and riding helmets as part of the course fee. Bring or wear socks, so that the boots do not rub your feet. It is very important that you wear flexible pants, with some give and without stiff seams. Most jeans are too restrictive unless they are very old and soft. Thick tights, leggings, tracksuits or sweatpants, as well as khakis or chinos or similar, are all fine.

Other information

Please arrive 15mins early to be fitted with your boots, helmet and to complete paperwork.

  • There are toilets and showers on-site, as well as a drinks machine and coffee machine.
  • Sessions go ahead even when it is raining, as the Sydney Horse Stables are undercover and so are two of the riding arenas. The arenas and stables are lit in the evenings, so after-work classes are held all year around.
  • All sport/recreation classes are active and therefore you must bring to the attention of the tutor any physical or health-related impairment that may affect your safety.
  • For all courses involving physical activity you must arrive by the published course commencement time or the tutor may refuse to admit you into the session. The agenda for many courses involving physical activity starts with a workplace health and safety (WH&S) briefing and/or a warm-up and to miss either may create a hazard to you, which might exclude you from participation for the session.

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Course testimonials:

  • said: very interesting, hope will have more lessons to open in the future

  • said: Truly loved this course! I had lots of fun, met new people and learnt new skills. The staff were very helpful and experienced. I would love to see an intermediate course introduced to the community collage program, would definitely sign up!

  • said: Great course. Great instructor and riding school. Wish they offered a follow on course!

  • said: I loved it. Everyone were friendly and knowledgeable about the horses and riding etc. Learned new things which was great. The lessons however did start later than stated on the course times. But overall it was great experience. Would love to continue.

  • said: The basic learning about the horse and tack was good. For the riding part, I had some trouble as I have a scoliosis of the back. On the third class, I was in a lot of pain when learning to trot, and I decided not to attend the fourth class. The tutor called me after that class to discuss. In the 5th class, I was taken out of the mainstream and only walked with the horse, but with an assistant who helped me understand the horse, and how to work with the horse. This was fantastic. Overall, I learned a lot. To improve the course, the info sheet which is completed beforehand needs to be read thouroughly, and queried if there are potential problems.

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