Megan Jones Riding School
(All bookings: call Margaret Jones on 0435 831 304)
A Message from Megan Jones (Team silver medal at Beijing Olympics)
All our horses are kitted out in quality saddles and equipment from Bonnetts Saddleworld to make your ride safe and comfortable. We want to make your whole experience of learning to ride fun, safe and educational.
The workshops let you get your hands dirty and really feel what it’s like to own your own horse for a day.
I have been teaching and coaching over 20 years now and I have a passion for it.
I now coach competition riders, but I still have a passion for seeing children and adults learning the wonders of riding a horse and the amazing feeling you get when you connect with another animal. This is why I decided to open the gates to Kirby Park and my rider training system so everyone could feel what it is like to ride and connect with a horse.
When you come for your lesson might see me riding one of my high level competition horse or one of our young horses starting out their education.
Megan Jones Riding School
We are in the Adelaide Hills at beautiful Hahndorf, less than 30 minutes up the freeway from Adelaide CBD.
The Riding School is part of Megan’s 100 acre personal training facility and horse breeding stud – Kirby Park Stud.
We have a team of 14 gorgeous horses and ponies which will suit all levels of rider from beginner to advanced riders.
Our qualified horse riding instructors will find a horse or pony which is perfectly matched to your riding experience. Beginners especially are sure to fall in love with their horses soon after they get to know each other!
We want you to be confident and relaxed with your horse so that your riding lessons will give you the best chance to learn to ride quickly, improve your riding skills and gain confidence on horseback.
Remember, our team of horses are experienced and well educated as school mounts and are handpicked for their gentle nature and rideability.
Of course if you have your own horse and would like to ride with an instructor or trainer, we can accommodate you.
If you have never ridden a horse before or if you want to get back on horseback after a break or even if you are an experienced rider wanting to improve your horse riding skills or begin your dressage or jumping training – it is time to pull on your riding boots, get in the saddle and take the reins!
At the Kirby Park Stud property we have three well surfaced arenas and a full show jump course.
The Riding School offers:
- Semi private and private horse riding lessons,
- Group horse riding lessons
- Trail rides through the 100 acre property,
- School holiday program and weekend saddle club,
- Fun Gymkhanas,
- Birthday parties and other special occasion equestrian themed events,
- A range of trained and experienced horses and ponies,
- Three arenas and a full show jumping course,
- A team of experienced riding instructors directed by Olympic Silver Medallist Megan Jones who has 20 years experience teaching and training riders
Details & Prices (all prices include GST)
Group Lesson: (3 or more riders) $60 per rider. Duration 1 hour.
Semi-Private Lesson: (2 Riders Only) $70 per rider. Duration 1 hour.
Private lesson: $88. Duration 45 minutes.
Saddle Club: $80. Duration 2 hours of riding and horse management education.
School Holiday Program: $160 per day. 9am to 4pm.
Trail Rides: $90 per person.
Lessons must be prepaid after an initial assessment / trial lesson. Lessons may be bought in blocks of 5 and are valid for up to 12 months.
24 hours notice or a doctors certificate is required for cancellations to qualify for an alternate lesson.
Riders must be 5 years or older to begin lessons.
Students must not exceed 100kg.
More Than a Riding School – Workshops, Trail Rides, Gymkhanas, Corporate Days
The Riding School offers more than just learn to ride classes. Apart from group or private horse riding lessons the school also offers school holiday workshops, saddle club and trail rides.
The Megan Jones Riding School also offers equestrian Birthday Parties or other special occasion equestrian events , even corporate team building can be accommodated for.
All our riding school lessons, trail rides and other equestrian events are held at the glorious Kirby Park facility in rolling hills surrounded by beautiful gum trees at this 100 acre property.
Our facilities for horseback riding, riding lessons, cross country riding, trail rides and horse jumping are unmatched in Adelaide and South Australia.
The Horses at Megan Jones Riding School
Dee Dee: 20 years old, bay mare 16hh she loves teaching people to become capable riders and is an especially great teacher for jumping. She has been a riding school mistress for many years and loves her job.
Bubbles: 18 year old Grey gelding 12.1hh. Previously was a children’s eventing pony with great success and is now a very safe and versatile beginners mount. He is great for teaching kids to use their legs as going fast is not his strong point!
Duchess: 17 year old Grey 11hh mare. Previously a children’s pony club mount used for all disciplines and now part of the grey pony brigade here at Kirby Park. She may be pint sized but she still keeps up with the group so don’t let those short legs fool you, those legs can trot!
Nymph: Dark brown 18 year old mare 15.1hh. Previously a successful pre-novice eventing horse she is now a solid member of the MJET School Team. She is a soft and responsive ride and a bold and honest jumper.
Ben: 18 years old, flea bitten grey gelding 16.1hh. Has previously done pre-novice eventing and is a fantastic horse to learn to jump on. Don’t let the size deter you, he really is a true gentle giant.
Vee: 20 year old bay mare 16hh, previously an advanced dressage horse, she has also had a foal and has now returned to work. She is pleasure to take out on the cross country course for a stroll around or for doing light work in the arena.
Missy:18 year old chestnut mare 14.3hh, previously evented to level 1* and is one of our most trust worthy school mounts. Whether you are 8 or 80 this mare will take care of you and teach you all the fundamentals of being a ‘rider’.
Fancy: 8 year old 12.2hh grey mare. A true mothers dream! This is a pony who is truly one of a kind. She is safe and comfortable with the smoothest trot on any pony I’ve seen. A fantastic pony to learn to ride bare back and safe out on the trail.
Big Rusty: 14 year old 16.2hh Chestnut gelding. One of the sweetest horses on the planet, is a very forgiving and truely kind horse.
Kenny:13.3hh True Black gelding 15 year old. A versatile pony who has done it all, pony club, hacking, show jumping and eventing, and has now joined our school. A forward moving pony who loves to jump and is a great step between pony and horse.
Vinnie: 14hh 23 year old chestnut gelding. Previously owned by Grace Bowmen (Paralympian) who used him for pony club. He is one of MJET’s super star school horses as he is easy to stop, start AND steer! A real beginners dream and loves attention.
Little Rusty: 15hh 19yo chestnut gelding. Previously evented to pre novice and is now a irreplaceable member of the MJET Riding School. A fantastic ride for any discipline and a great mount to learn to jump on.
Flicka: 13hh 20 year old grey mare. Another new member to the grey pony brigade, Flicka is a lovely (very round!) and responsive, soft mouthed pony that is a fantastic for your first canter.
About Megan Jones
Megan Jones is one of Australia’s top event riders. She was a Silver Medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and was chosen for the London Olympic Games. Unfortunately her horse was unable to compete due to an injury.
Megan began riding at the age of 5. She broke into international competition in 2003 appearing at the World Cup Final. In 2005 she won the Melbourne International Three Day Event riding three star on her horse Kirby Park Irish Jester.
She won the four star at the 2005 Adelaide Horse Trials on Kirby Park Irish Jester. She took second in the two star competition on another mount.
Megan then competed at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. The Australian Event Team took the bronze medal and Megan finished 16th individually.
Megan won a team silver medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 riding Kirby Park Irish Jester alongside Clayton Fredericks, Lucinda Fredericks, Shane Rose and Sonja Johnson.
In 2010 Megan and Jester were chosen to represent Australia at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, USA. Jester suffered from travel sickness during travel to the event and was unable to compete.
Megan continues to work towards Olympic selection for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016.