Station Clinic 2
10 - 15 Jan, 2022
Station Clinic: Mon 10 - Sat 15 Jan 2022
For the 3rd year in a row – Ben is taking 2 groups for a special clinic on a high country station in the South Island of New Zealand! Both clinic dates for 2020 & 2021 were fully booked…so don’t miss out in 2022!
If you are interested in advancing your horsemanship but also looking for an adventurous getaway with some like-minded people passionate about horses – then our Station Clinic is for you!!!
Bring your horse and join Ben for a very special week of Horsemanship & Stockmanship Clinics. You will get to stay on the stunning Mt Arrowsmith Station in Canterbury. You will get to advance your understanding of horsemanship and ability to communicate in the mornings with clinic style education. Practical lessons out on the trail enjoying the exceptional scenery while strengthening your partnership with your horse. Accomodation & meals are included in this package. Participants will be strictly limited to 10.
We will be travelling to the stunning Mt Arrowsmith Station, a 35,000 acre station located 1hrs drive from Ashburton in the South Island of New Zealand.
We have locked in 2 different dates (as our first Station Clinic last year was fully booked in 2 days). Arrival is on the Station is between 3-4pm on Monday with departure after lunch on Saturday
Monday 3rd – Saturday 8th, January 2020 (click here for info on these dates)
Monday 10th – Saturday 15th, January 2020.
You will have the opportunity to advance your riding skills to the next level with Ben – both in a clinic environment (horsemanship & stockmanship) in the mornings and learning while out on the trail in the afternoons with the possibility of helping out with some cattle work if the station requires.
The emphasis in Horsemanship is always on learning to communicate more effectively through “feel”, timing, and balance, building a working relationship based on respect and trust between horse & rider. Ben will also teach Stockmanship – which is the art of handling cattle horseback in a low stress and humane manner.
As you will be ‘in the saddle’ for most of the week – and the majority of guests will not be used to this, this trip is not designed for green horses or beginner riders.
For those who have ropes you can bring them along – or if you would like to learn we will bring some spare ropes. Our roping dummy (known as Bruce) will be available for some lessons and games enjoying the summer evening – extra helping of dessert if you can beat Ben!
The lodge is newly renovated with views over the lake less than 20m away and the mountains beyond.
Because the building was originally the shearers’ quarters, the sleeping areas are not huge. However clever design has resulted in bedrooms that are not only functional, but extremely comfortable. The beds are not your standard bunk beds, but solid built and wider than usual with top quality mattresses, linen and bedding. There are 6 sets of bunks (sleeping 12) in 3 rooms. There are 2 full bathrooms.
The lodge also comes with some creature comforts, including wifi, leather couches overlooking the lake, 42 inch television and Sky TV, spa pool, and kayaks you may use on the lake (BYO fishing pole).
During the week all main meals are provided. Continental breakfasts at the lodge, lunches served either at the lodge or packed out on the trail and a tasty dinner followed by dessert served family style. Feel free to bring snacks for in between. Special dietary requirements (within reason) may be catered for with prior notification.
Because of the specialized contract the Station has with one of their buyers – every horse must be wormed and up to date on standard equine vaccinations (proof may be required) before arriving at the Station. You are required to bring all weed free hay and feed for the week and animal welfare is a top priority.
Horses Shod or Boots:
Because of the rocky nature of the terrain on the Station and some of the rides, your horses will need to be shod or have boots (we don’t want any horse becoming lame day 1 and the owner having to sit out the week of riding)
Group Size & Age Restriction:
We have a minimum of 8 guests on the trip and a maximum group size of 10. The trip is designed for those 16 years and over.
Alcohol is BYO – please keep in mind that we are guests on the station (and would like to be invited back) – so behaviour should be reflected with this in mind. No alcohol is permitted prior to or during riding activities.
No smoking inside buildings or around animals & kids.
Feel free to book your own travel insurance (this price is not included in the package price). Please make sure you are covered for horse riding! All payments for this trip are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend for some reason and would like a refund – it is your responsibility to find a replacement rider to take your spot – we also may have someone on the waiting list willing to take it.
NZ$1850 per person [incl gst/food/accommodation/activities]
A $400 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot on the trip – which you may book and pay on the form below. Final payment of $1450 is due November 15th.
All payments are non-refundable. You are more than welcome to book travel insurance once you have decided to come. If you are unable to attend for some reason and would like a refund – it is your responsibility to find a replacement rider to take your spot or we also may have someone on the waiting list willing to take it.
So… are you coming with us?
We have been working hard to make this an amazing opportunity for those who are interested in advancing their horsemanship but also looking for an adventourous getaway with their horse and some like minded people passionate about horses!
Station Clinic: 10-15 Jan 2022
Our Station Clinic is now fully booked! Please fill out the form below to go onto our waiting list if anyone needs to cancel (especially as we have some participants booked from the North Island who may not be able to come due to lockdown levels)