Avoca Park hosts one of Australia’s most experienced coaches and riders, we take pride in our beautiful property, designed with the idea “to want for nothing” in mind. We offer you a covered arena for your lessons, gardens to walk and relax in, animals to entertain you and best of all, amazing and experienced school horses to learn on.
This 5 day holiday includes your evening of arrival and your morning of checkout. The 3 days in between will indulge you with dressage training from Leanne Williams who has dedicated her life to understanding horses and developing a respectful way of training them with kindness and lightness. Instead of forcing the horse into conforming into the ideal position, she will teach you the correct tools on how to school your horse with technique and kindness to achieve a trusting bond and beautiful movements. Her previous competition experience as a Grand Prix rider enables her to deliver her lessons from a position of wealth and knowledge, this combined with her Classical learnings is priceless.
This holiday package also includes learning Australian horsemanship, partaking in some liberty sessions with Australian horseman, Jason McInnes. We will introduce you to the wonder of connection with your equine partner. The skills you use during these lessons will guide you in your approach to horses for the rest of your life, forming bonds using trust exercises with your horse.
Each full day during your stay will include a visit to one of our amazing local attractions, carefully thought out and delicious meals and riding lessons. We hope to wow you with our beautiful area and wonderful horses. This is the holiday you need for a truly indulgent and educational equine retreat.
We take riders of all skill levels from beginners to advanced. This five-day package is designed to develop a rider’s understanding of the classical way to train and ride Dressage with the basis being developed from good horsemanship skills.
5 Night Package includes:
2 Dressage lessons per day
Approximate daily riding time: 6 hours
A tourist outing each day over lunchtime
Lessons in Cavesson, In Hand, and Ridden
Horsemanship lessons in Liberty and Groundwork
All daily meals provided by a qualified chef
Social activities in the evening
4 nights accommodation
Day 1: Monday (Arrival Day)
Settle in and have a wander around the property, this is an opportunity to meet all the horses, dogs, cats, cocky, and, of course, their beloved donkey. There will be a fully catered Australian welcome barbecue dinner.
Day 2: Tuesday
In the morning, Avoca Park will have you arising and preparing for your first lesson in In-Hand work, this will be a group session, this way, the conversations run a little deeper. You will then be taken off to the local native sanctuary for the afternoon with a homemade picnic lunch. Upon returning to Avoca Park, your horses will be saddled for you and be ready for your private lesson with Leanne.
Afterward, this will be followed up with a lovely local glass of wine with matching cheese and crackers. Dinner will be prepared for you by the in-house chef.
Day 3: Wednesday
In the morning, Avoca Park will have you up and at it, early enough to take over your already prepared horses for your second In-Hand session. There will be an outing for lunch** at a beautiful local restaurant, Elevation; followed by a rejuvenation session of your choice at a local day spa, Skin Renaissance.
Alternatively, you may choose to have an outing to the local chocolaterie for lunch where you can experience anything and everything chocolate! Full of food and relaxation, you will come home for your private riding lesson to continue developing your riding skills. At 6 p.m., Avoca Park will bring on the happy hour followed by another wonderfully prepared dinner.
Day 4: Thursday
In the morning, Avoca Park will have you out and about for your group/semi-lesson, then the activity of the day is a trip on Puffing Billy from Belgrave to Emerald. A picnic lunch at Emerald lake will be supplied and you can ride the paddle boats if you desire. Once you return home from your fun afternoon, you will have your final private lesson with Jason.
This will be a Liberty Session where you will discover the beauty of connection. Wine and snacks will be waiting for you when you finish this amazing experience. Your final dinner with Avoca Park will be beautifully prepared and there will be a time to discuss your future riding plans.
Day 5: Friday
You can sleep all morning followed by your final breakfast with Avoca Park; it will be time to pack up and Avoca Park will wave you goodbye to take on the next part of your journey.
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