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Jenn Bothwell
88 Inwoods Road, Southbridge, New Zealand
021 292 8926
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About Us & The Team

Jenn & Ellen

I have over 33 years of equestrian experience in both english and western disciplines, Passion for western riding at age 14, I was a qualified NZ western riding judge for 16 years. I have
numerous years instructing at Pony Club and training western horses and riders. My daughter Ellen is 15, a member of Bangor Pony Club, a competitive Mounted Games rider. Ellen takes on and retrains ponies with problems, saddle starts standardbreds, and educates green horses and ponies for other people.


We also enjoy trekking with our horses and friends in the High Country.

Our horses are our own private mounts, they are very well cared for and also very well mannered, we have well fitted gear and choose a mount suited for your level, they will provide you a safe and comfortable ride.


15hh Dark Bay Clydesdale/Pony cross gelding, Jimmy is my own personal mount, we have done a lot of trekking into the high country, we also compete in Mounted Games, hes a carfeul jumper and a safe fun ride.


15hh Chestnut Quarterhorse cross gelding, JJ is a retired trekking horse who prior to that was used for mustering, he is a safe ride for beach treks, and for kids to ride, super safe on the road in groups or by himself, a go anywhere type horse.


15hh Buckskin Quarterhorse mare, Conner is the perfect school master for all ages learning to ride, she is fully western trained and totally bombproof, we are very lucky to have her here to provide safe paddock lessons for total beginners.


14.1hh Cremello Quartehorse/Pony cross gelding, Dwight is my daughters own

personal mount, she competes on Dwight in Mounted Games, they have been to Horse of the Year 2018 and 2019. He is an extremely quiet good natured pony, he is calm and caring for all his riders, we are lucky enough to get to ride him in our paddock lessons and road rides.


33 inches/8.1hh Brown Miniature Horse, Star has been with us since he was 2, he was my daughters first pony, he has taught numerous little girls the love of riding ponies, he is well mannered and most suitable for the real little ones to groom, lead and ride. Star will be broken to cart soon, another fun thing to learn, how to drive a pony in cart.


16.1hh Liver Chestnut Standardbred gelding, Davey is also a fantastic experienced

retired trekking horse, he is a very quiet gelding and is perfect for smaller riders wanting to have a safe fun beach trek. Davey loves going back into harness and taking cart rides. Davey belongs to my friend and we can use him in the school holidays if needed.


Quarterhorse mare, fully western trained, lovely mare who has come here for her
retirement, such a sweet heart with the kids, Coco is worth her weight in gold, so safe and reliable.


17.1hh Bright Bay Clydesdale cross gelding, Frank is sometimes loaned to us by his owner during school holiday sessions and busy beach trek weekends, Frank is as awesome in nature as he is in looks!


11.1hh Bay Welsh Pony gelding, even at his young age Dexta is very experienced, he was started by my daughter as a 3 yr old and has done a bit of everything in his time, barrel racing, mounted games, pony club, trekking and jumping, we are lucky that his owner sometimes lets us use him in lessons.


Our founding member of the team, sadly Sparky is now resident under the poplar tree in the front paddock watching over us all.

15hh Bright Chestnut Quarterhorse mare, Sparky is a beautiful golden chestnut

colour and equally worth her weight in gold, she has been the most fantastic school master western trained show horse and was enjoying her well-deserved full retirement here, eating and relaxing.


Fly is a 13.1hh riding pony, a lovely geriatric old lady, perfect for beginners, very slow, everything in slow motion! Delightful pony to have around! Fly has been an amazing pony in her past, doing everything from eventing to mounted games, teaching numerous riders.