HR Fisken
The Gift Horse

Riding lessons are available on our well-schooled horses and ponies or yours. Horses and ponies to suit each rider's abilities.

Lessons are available in one hour sessions, individually or in groups, usually on a weekly basis. Set in beautiful, sunny Golden Bay with backdrops of quiet beaches, perfectly suited for swimming in during high-tide, or open sandy beach during low-tides. We also have an enclosed area for lessons on flatwork as well as jumping.

The Gift Horse specializes in a coaching aproach to the Equestrian sport. We are goal-orientated and focused on encouraging riders in their abilites in a fun, safe environment.

Lessons available for various levels and abilities, from the beginner on the lead-rein, up to the competative rider.


Specialising in:

Lead Rein

First Ridden


Show Jumping

 Cross Country

Harness driving.

We also have ponies who drive in harness. Learn to drive a pony.

Also available:

Cart Rides on the beach

Pony Rides for children's parties

Parties and special events.

Pam Schinkel has achieved NZQA qualification (Level 3) Community Coach which is an internationally recognised level of coaching. She is also registered with ESNZ (Equestrian Sport of New Zealand) and continues to study and upskill. She is currently working on achieving her Development Coach certificate.

Her passion lies with the psychology of horses and how they think and act. Getting into the mind of the horse helps to understand why they respond the way they do. This is invaluable not only in the training of horses, but also in the rider's choices in how they can better communicate with their horse, thus creating a special bond, or unity.

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