Tucked into the hills of the Elandsdrift Valley, north of Joburg, lies Shepherd’s Fold Stables. Easily accessed from the Elandsdrift Road road that runs between Beyers Naude (R511) and Malibongwe (R512), the stable has been in operation for over 20 years – first in Honeydew and now near Lanseria.
Riders of all ages, both novice and experienced, can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff who take care to ensure everyone enjoys the pleasure of interacting with the beautiful horses that live there.
Lessons are reasonably priced, and you can pick single rides or monthly classes. Private sessions can be arranged for those who need to learn quickly or brush up on their knowledge. Beginners, show jumping, dressage, cross-country, and eventing – all are covered by the competent staff in facilities that are clean and family friendly.
The stables are well-maintained, light, and airy. Tack and equipment is properly maintained, the horses are well-fed, enjoy good health and veterinary care. And what fun it is for young and old alike to feed their favourite horse some crispy carrots or sweet apples!
Instruction covers all aspects of being a horse rider … terminology, a horse’s anatomy, etiquette, behaviour on and around horses, use and maintenance of tack and equipment, and – most of all – proper grooming and care of these noble creatures. Should the weather be unsuitable for riding, the lessons move indoors where horse theory and good equine practice is taught.
If you’re not fond of horse riding, no problem! There are a few innovations in the venue’s pipeline …
A swimming school will become part of the package this spring. Ride-and-swim opportunities, as well as formal lessons, will be on offer in a covered, heated pool, under guidance of a qualified swim instructor.
Another treat is a tie-in with Riverview Spa (nearby in Kromdraai) – patrons can enjoy a ride at the stables and then head off to the spa for an indulgent treat: brunch and full-body massage.
A midweek getaway is also available with Hartley Manor – stay a night there, then go for a ride at Shepherd’s Fold.
You could always go all out and combine all three experiences: getaway, horse riding, and the rest of this indulgent day at the spa! Sounds pretty tempting, don’t you agree?