Our horses can carry weights between 10kg and 90kg.
Angus (Centaur Eureka)
Angus is a beautiful ten year old Thoroughbred Clydesdale gelding. He stands 16h high and his grey dapples
and black forelock certainly catch the eye. Sydney Horse found Angus in the Hunter Valley where he had been used mainly for pleasure riding.
While we love his looks, we’re even more in love with Angus’ kind and sensible
temperament, not to mention his smooth paces. He is a very honest horse and ideal for horse riding lessons when you’ve a bit more experience under your belt.
A 14.1h seven year old Haflinger gelding, Argos is a striking boy. He was also the last pony we bought for
Sydney Horse and we think he is a lucky last. Argos comes from the Central Coast and has an eventing and
jumping background. He combines his beautiful looks with a very calm nature. Argos is also a Greek City,
birthplace of the mythological hero Perseus.
The greek word ‘argos’ means ‘glistening, shining’ which certainly describes our pony! Argos does horse riding lessons for more experienced riders and loves Centennial Park horse riding and jumping.
Born in 1995, Bambi is the oldest equine member of Sydney Horse. An approx. 12.2h chestnut Riding Pony, Bambi is on loan from the Clark family. Bambi had an illustrious showing career and produces beautiful work for the capable child rider. He is also incredibly calm and is a great choice to take young children, particularly nervous ones, for rides around the Centre or in Centennial Park. Since he arrived in early 2017, he has become a firm favourite of many girls and boys.
Belle is our palomino Equicizer or horse riding simulator, who came to Sydney Horse all the way from Ohio in the United States. The Equicizer was designed by Frankie Lovato, an award-winning American jockey, to help him rehabilitate after an accident.
Sydney Horse uses Belle to help beginners learn how to mount and dismount correctly, as well as how to sit on the horse, hold the reins and get used to the movement. She’s also great for any more experienced riders to warm up before their horse riding lesson or Centennial Park horse ride. You warm up for all other exercise – why not warm up before you ride, softening and relaxing your muscles and then getting the best out of your horse riding lesson?
You can also use Belle the same way as Frankie Lovato did, to improve your fitness and flexibility – and we have a range of exercises to help you do that.
While Belle looks small and cute, she can also canter and gallop vigorously. Toby Maguire was riding an equicizer like Belle in the close up racing shots for the movie ‘Sea Biscuit’. And we love Craig Cameron’s description of how to canter – using an equicizer like Belle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=12&v=pg3nlPLe95Q
Our Belle has also appeared on Channel Seven’s Sunrise program, so she’s a star all around!
BB (Brown Bear)
BB is an eight year old 16.1h bay Thoroughbred gelding. Lots of people led Sydney Horse to BB at Washpool Lodge in Queensland and we’re grateful to them all, because he’s fantastic! In Queensland he was part of a school equestrian program and did dressage, jumping and eventing.
BB is Mr Cool, a beautiful, gentle fellow with a very soft mouth. He is in great demand for horse riding lessons, as well as for Centennial Park horse riding.
An Australian pony, Bonfire is an eleven year old, 13h gelding. He is a very cute liver chestnut with a white strip on his face. Bonfire has done jumping and riding school work in the past. He is a forward going performance
pony, with lots of personality. Sydney Horse found him on the Central Coast and we think he’s a real addition to our stables.
Bonfire and Chipper are mates, although Bonfire is the boss! Bonfire gives horse riding lessons to all ages, does pony rides, Centennial Park horse riding and gets dressed up for kids’ parties. He’s a versatile pony!
Cecil is a handsome 16h bay Thoroughbred gelding, with two white socks. Cecil is from Sydney and has done
a variety of things in his twelve years. He has raced (too slow!), done cross country, Pony Club, and some
jumping. We like his easy-going nature and that he’s an obliging, straightforward horse to ride.
Although he sounds like a character in an American TV series, Cody Gray is actually a sweet, flea-bitten grey
Stockhorse. He stands 15.2h high and is a 15 year old gelding. Cody Gray came to Sydney Horse from Wagga where he did general riding and some stock work.
An obliging fellow, Cody Gray is willing to try anything for his rider, which is sure to make him a favourite. Cody Gray gives horse riding lessons for our more experienced riders. He is best friends with Skye. Photo by Dominic Loneragan.
Garnet O’ si´ Beg si´ Mor
Garnet is a 13.2h flea-bitten grey Connemara Pony mare. Sydney Horse found the ten year old in Killarney, Queensland and are so glad we did! Garnet is a quiet and sensible soul with a Pony Club background. She is forward going and responsive to her riders, and possesses the world’s best forelock! Another versatile pony, Garnet gives horse riding lessons to students of all ages and also does Centennial Park horse riding.
Garnet’s full name comes from an old Irish melody which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw5Gi6U4MQ0
A ten year old chestnut gelding, Jack is a 14.1h appaloosa quarter horse cross. His mum Mary Anne has kindly loaned him to us and he’s quickly become a favourite. He’s very obliging, patient and quiet so a great favourite with older children and small adults beginning their horse riding lessons. He’s also great if you’ve reached the stage of trotting on your own and would like to improve. He looks on the world with a calm and happy disposition – and can always be found with his head over the stable door, waiting for his next pat!
A millennial (born 2000), Kayla is an approx. 14.3h chestnut Thoroughbred/Australian Riding Pony mare. Kayla originally trained with Rozzie Ryan and had lessons with her previous owner for many years with Caroline Twomey. She is a quiet, obliging, forward moving horse who can deliver lovely work for more capable riders while also being a safe choice for the novice rider. From the Hawkesbury, Kayla has been with us since early 2017.
Louie (Flowerdale Double Delight)
Louie is a grey 12.2h, 10 year old Welsh Section A gelding (Weston Park Tully x Cherrytree Daffodil sod Twyford Minton imp).
He came to us in April 2016 from the same property in Killarney, Queensland, as Garnet.
We think that Louie is unfairly beautiful. He is also smart (it took him a nanosecond to work out his slow feeder) and very sociable, loving hanging out with kids. He’s a great and safe pony to ride, whether for flatwork or poles. If you’re lucky enough to ride him, you’re welcome to bring him a carrot for afterwards – he loves those too!
His stablemate Garnet has her very own song, however, whenever we hear this song, we think of Louie – any world with Louie in it is truly wonderful! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkTLIO2zanM
Born 2009, Mac is a solid 15h palomino Quarterhorse gelding. He previously worked on a cattle station at Ebor near Armidale. He was ridden Western style at a high level and has competed in campdrafting, penning, ranch sorting and Working Cowhorse. Mac has been with us since early 2017 and is loved for his nice paces, especially his rocking horse canter, his calm demeanour and his golden good looks.
Molly (Cwmkaren Welsh Melody)
Molly is a striking chestnut Welsh Cob mare with a white blaze. She is 12 years old and a solid 14.1h high.
Sydney Horse found Molly in the Southern Highlands where she had done some dressage work as well as showing.
Molly has a beautiful temperament to match her beautiful looks and we are very happy that she was the first
pony Sydney Horse bought. Molly does a lot of Centennial Park horse riding and is terrific in horse riding lessons for beginners and advanced students, both children and adults.
Our tiniest pony, Mr Bindi is a 12h palomino gelding from Sydney. He is 16 years old and has previously worked
in a riding school, so knows his stuff. We think he also knows just how cute he is! Happily, he combines his
cuteness with a nice temperament and is a Sydney Horse favourite.
Mr Bindi and Peppi are good mates. Mr Bindi is great for beginner horse riding lessons, as well as Centennial Park horse riding. He also regularly gets dressed up for kids’ parties. He’s been to so many pony parties, he’s probably full of kids’ party ideas!
We first met Mr Sprinkles in 2016 and instantly coveted him! We were very happy when his family loaned him to us in mid 2017. Foaled in 2009, Mr Sprinkles is a 16h grey ASH/Arabian gelding. Originally from the Illawarra, Mr Sprinkles was a Pony Club champion owned by a teenage girl. These days he is adored by a legion of fans for his cuddly, engaging personality (as long as you’re not another horse!), his calm under saddle, his beautiful paces and his jumping ability.
A Riding Pony, Peppi is a 12.2h bay gelding with a white strip on his face. He is 14 years old and has worked
in a riding school before, so knows the ropes. Peppi hails from Sydney and is mates with Mr Bindi. He is a
handsome, confident pony who has taken to his new role at Sydney Horse with aplomb.
He and Mr Bindi make a great pair – they often go to kids’ parties together (and we’re sure they chat about kid’s party ideas – they’re a very vocal pair!). Peppi also gives lots of horse riding lessons to beginner and more advanced children and often goes Centennial Park horse riding.
Russell (Cool Running)
An Andalusian cross, Russell is an eight year old 15h grey gelding from the Central Coast. We understand that
he started life as a harness horse in Brisbane. He went on to be a trick horse riding pony for Heath and Krissy Harris, where we found him.
Russell, who has a mane to die for, may have been named after Cool Runnings, the movie about the Jamaican bobsled team which debuted at the 1988 Winter Olympics. He can be somewhat slow and steady, but he is definitely cool! Russell does horse riding lessons for beginners and a lot of Centennial Park horse riding.
At 18, Skye is the mother of our Stables. She is a 13.2h grey Anglo Arab mare from the Hunter Valley. Before
coming to Sydney Horse, Skye lived on a large country property, doing occasional trail rides. She has the refined features of the Arab, and is a bright, forward going pony who is great for young children. We also think that her
ears look just like a unicorn’s!
Another very versatile pony, Skye does horse riding lessons for beginner and more advanced children. She is best friends with Cody Gray.
Stella is a beautiful 15.1h bay Thoroughbred mare, foaled on 26 October 2003. She started life as ‘Luctonian’, a racehorse training in the Grafton area. Retiring from racing in 2009, we understand that Stella went on to be a broodmare. She was subsequently bought from saleyards by a South Coast equine rescue organisation and happily ended up with us in early 2016. On the ground, Stella can be grumpy (before work) or cuddly (after work), but is a dream to ride, with lovely paces. She also loves water and enjoys drinking from the wash bay hose ?.
Thelma is a 15.1h brown Percheron Standardbred mare. An eight year old, Thelma has previously worked in
an ACT horse riding school. She also was a harness horse for 18 months and travelled 4,000km in harness around New South Wales and Victoria (with another horse called Louise!).
Thelma is a very calm horse, with a sweet and engaging nature. She’s in great demand for Centennial Park horse riding, and also does horse riding lessons for beginners and more advanced riders. Although she’s one of our biggest horses, her calm nature means that she’s very popular for kids’ horse riding lessons and holiday camps. Photo by Dominic Loneragan.
Each of our horses goes on holiday twice a year, to relax and recharge his/her batteries. As with any holiday, we try to time these for the best possible weather.
So, if your favourite horse is on holiday anytime you come, think of them lazing around in a lovely paddock not so very far away!
Chipper was one of our founding ponies arriving with Bonfire from the Central Coast in late 2014. Born in January 2000, Chipper is a 13.2h grey Welsh pony gelding. He is cheeky, highly capable and loves company. That’s why he’s such a good match for Kelly Zimmerman, his proud new owner. Kelly and Chipper have their sights on a competition career. We know they’ll do well and are glad we brought them together!
Born on 11 September, 2010, Diamond was a good looking, approx. 15.2h bay Thoroughbred mare. She raced as ‘Extraordinaire’ in the Sydney area and was bought from the saleyards by her previous owner. We thought all our Christmases had come at once when we bought Diamond in February 2017. She moved nicely, was friendly and completely unflappable (our farrier’s favourite!). Unfortunately she developed what was initially thought to be colic but proved to be an inoperable tumour and was put to sleep on 15 March, 2017. Vale Diamond.