07 825 5808 waitetuna@hotmail.com

Quality Riding Lessons

Private lessons for children and adults of all ages and abilities.

The private setting and one-on-one teaching on well schooled horses assures safe confidence building.

We also offer adult confidence sessions for those people who haven’t ridden a horse for a while and would like to slowly get back into their favourite sport with the guidance of an experienced instructor.

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Holiday programmes for Children

for children ages 5-15 years.

The children learn to care for a horse or pony, grooming, feeding, equipment, ground work, horse massage and hoof trimming basics.

A fun way of learning responsibility, empathy, communication and team building skills.

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Equine Yoga


Equine Yoga is new in New Zealand at SpiritRides!

If you are interested in yoga sessions for children or for families wanting to start this journey together, you are at the right address.

Experience yoga practise in nature, at the beach, at home or anywhere you dream of. Contact Stephanie for more information today!

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Overnight Camps for Children

These camps range from 1-2 nights and full days, including all meals.

Children learn horse care, feeding, grooming, tacking up, ground-work exercises, floating, horse massage, and hoof trimming basics.

They also get to explore our protected bush, the beach and glow-worms at night.

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Pony Parties

A fun and affordable alternative to celebrate your child’s birthday.

Surrounded by their friends and their biggest passion, the ponies, it is an occasion for connection, learning, joy and friendship.

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About SpiritRides

Stephanie Kennedy, Owner of SpiritRides

My aim is to make you feel comfortable, gain confidence and work with your own abilities and at your own pace in a peaceful and private setting.

Stephanie learned to walk and ride horses simultaniously growing up in Germany.

Her family has always owned, bred and competed horses, and at the age of 11 she got her first job working in a Trakehner Stud after school and in holidays.

She started teaching at the age of 17, moved to New Zealand permanently in 1996, to Raglan and her current property in 2000 and has been operating SpiritRides since 2011.

Stephanie says: “Our horses are well schooled and handled and worked in both Natural Horsemanship as well as European methods.

This ensures you to ride a sensible and responsive horse.

What makes SpiritRides special and unique is the one-on-one lessons and time you will be having with the horse and instructor.

Our setting is most peaceful and surrounded by forest, farms and native bush.

It is about you and the horse – in your own time without pressure from others.

Privacy assures you to feel comfortable and connect and work with the horse in your own time.

I am very flexible with hours and happy to move at your own pace to get back the confidence you may have lost, or to give you that first time connection you have always wanted with a horse or pony.

Not only am I an experienced horse person, but have got a lot of life experience and know the important role horses play in re-gaining confidence and healing.”

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Horse Riding School - Equine Connection

in Raglan by the Sea (Waikato) and only 28 kms to Hamilton

Riding lessons available for adults and children one-on-one or in a group environment.

  • Riding lessons: $50 per hour, ($60 casual) and $30 for half an hour ($40 casual)
  • Hack: $50 for 1.5 hrs ($60 casual); road, forest, farm plus groom and tack-up
  • Pony Leads: $25 for half an hour on horse or pony
  • Equine Connection: $20 per hour, $40 per hour with support; grooming, leading
  • Adult Confidence Clinics $80 including riding lesson

Holiday Programmes for Children

Fun, Laughter, Learning - and Peace of Mind for You

Holiday Programs for children 5-9

A 4-day programme, taking place every holidays.

Horse care, hoof care basics, grooming, vaulting, horse back riding, horse feeding and horse connection.

We create a community with our holiday guests of learning, entertainment, friendship and horse riding. Limited spaces available.

Enrol your children now for the time of their life!

Senior Camps for children aged 9-15

Three exciting days full of learning: All about horse and pony care, equipment, horsemanship, barefoot trimming.

We also include horse massage, ground-work, vaulting, improve your riding or beginners (all welcome), individual daily lessons (jumping or dressage), beach ride, floating, ground-work, show preparation and much more!

Horse Connection and Partnership

In our fantastic holiday programmes the children learn how to care for a horse or pony, grooming, feeding, equipment, ground work, horse massage and hoof trimming basics.

Communication with the horse are of the utmost importance and team activities.

Balanced Horse Riding Training

Riding on the horse is done using a vaulting girth which is gymnastics on horse-back.

Vaulting (gymnastics on horse back) is not only fun, but also ensures the children develop a better body awareness and improves listening skills and balance.

Enrolments for the Holiday Programme and Senior Camp are being taken now!

Be quick and book your child's best holidays ever today!

Equine Yoga

Now in New Zealand!

Equine Yoga

Stephanie who runs SpiritRides is excited to offer you the benefits of bringing your yoga practise outside and into nature.

Regular classes for children and families will commence in February 2018, so please get in touch to indicate your interest in joining.

Stephanie is available to teach private yoga for children and families in your own time. In your home or at our space. The beach, a forest, a park, with or without horses. The possibilities in nature are endless.

Stephanie is a certified Rainhow Kids Yoga Instructor with two years of voluntary yoga experience in the local community and has been practising yoga for more than eight years. SpiritRides Riding School has been a successful place for horse riding lessons, holiday programmes, camps and the home of Waikato Equestrian Vaulting for many years.

Please contact Stephanie if you are interested in booking a private session, are a school or day care centre that want to experience yoga in nature or a family wanting to start your yoga journey together. 

All our Events, Lessons, Childrens' Camps, Equine Yoga Information are listed here

Check out our Facebook events page for the complete list of exciting activities for adults and children.

From birthday parties to yoga classes with or without horses, holiday programmes, vaulting intensive camps, etc.

Chances are you find something suitable for you or your child.

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Bookmark this link for easy reference!

Where we are

Conveniently located in Waitetuna (between Hamilton and Raglan)

We are located in Waitetuna, between the city of Hamilton and the lovely beach township of Raglan.

Conveniently located about 18 km from Raglan township and 28 km to Hamilton.

Both Te Awamutu and Cambridge (Waikato) are only around 50 km from our equestrian centre, which makes it close enough to book your child into our holiday programmes.

To the parents who bring their children to our holiday camp, we also suggest to plan in a few days holiday for yourself by visiting the beautiful beach town Raglan.

A trip well worth making to truly relax and unwind.

Friendship, laughter, learning, adventure, nature, partnership - and simply FUN experiences!

Contact Spiritrides today!

Contact us to find out more about SpiritRides

4 + 12 =


Stephanie Kennedy

Cogwell Road

Waitetuna, Raglan


(07) 825 5808

or when calling from overseas:

+64 7-825 5808