Mustering, stunt riding and gymnastics on horseback – Kate Noller has spent much of her life learning the nuances and personality traits of her horses. Born and bred in Byron Bay, the gifted rider first saddled up as a four-year-old before competing on a national level in equestrian vaulting.
“Vaulting requires you to have skills in both gymnastics and horsemanship,” she explains. “Not only do you need to control your own strength and rhythm but also interpret and predict your horse’s abilities.”
“Droving on a remote pastoral station was an exhilarating experience,” Kate explains. “Our days would start early and end late. It was a challenging and, at times, exhausting experience but it taught me how to be observant and understand the local environment.”
It’s this incredible life experience that Kate brings to Zephyr Horses, a boutique riding school she owns and operates on a stunning ranch next door to Elements of Byron resort.
“Our amazing forest trails lead directly onto a beautiful stretch of beach managed by NSW Marine Parks, which means we abide by all the regulations that help protect this precious environment,” she says. “Guests not only get to ride along scenic forest tracks and fire trails but will also learn how to crack a Stockman’s whip while we sit around the campfire enjoying a billy tea.”
Zephyr horses are exceptionally well bred and trained, with a mix of ponies, Clydesdales, thoroughbreds and Australian stock breeds catering to everyone from small children to experienced riders.
“We are safe and personalised, keeping groups to a maximum of eight,” Kate explains. “We also use and regularly maintain top-of-the-range equipment, so guests can experience the comfort of a quality saddle and secure helmet throughout their ride.”
1. FOREST TO BEACH RIDE
Departing the horse stables located at Elements of Byron, we follow our wonderfully diverse forest trail before arriving at a spectacular beach entrance. We head North West along Belongil beach towards the Brunswick River.
Forest to Beach Price – $220 for approximately 2 hours (Monday to Friday only due to marine park regulations)
Private Forest to Beach Price – $599 (2 people) + 220 per extra person
Forest to Beach Sunrise/Sunset Price – $250 for approximately 2 hours (Monday to Friday only due to marine park regulations)
Private Forest to Beach Sunrise/Sunset Price – $649 (2 people) + 250 per extra person
No minimum booking. Maximum group size 8 people.
2. FOREST TRAIL RIDE
A great way to get a glimpse of Byron Bay’s diverse Flora and Fauna though our gorgeous forest trail. Ride through the native Tea Tree swamp, forest and water on some parts of the track.
Forest Trail Price – $120 for 1 hour
Private Forest Trail – $399 (2 people) + $120 per extra person
Extended Forest Trail with Beach View Price – $150 for 1.5 hour
Private Extended Forest Trail – $499 (2 people) + $150 per extra person
Available 6 days a week. No minimum booking. Maximum group size 10 people.
On-property at Elements of Byron resort. Meet at “The Zephyr Shack” which is located at the end of Bayshore Drive. Follow the signs.
Times vary according to tidal movements so ask the resorts receptionists about the next available time or call Elements on +61 2 6639 1500.
Bring long pants, enclosed shoes. Photos can be taken from your camera or the instructors, refreshments (incl. a campfire weather permitting) provided afterwards.
Zephyr also caters to private/corporate groups, lessons, photoshoots, and weddings.
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