Adult Horse Riding & Equine Retirement Centre

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Welcome to Rayner Riding

Rayner Riding is a boutique riding establishment dedicated entirely to Adult Riding tuition. We specialise in Adult Riding Lessons for Beginner Riders, Reconnecting Riders and Confidence Coaching.

Already a well respected riding school for over 10 years and formally known as Helensville Riding School, Rayner Riding and Equine Retirement Centre is the dream of Owner/Operator Sandi Rayner who saw a definite lack of available options and little support for novice older riders and set about transitioning a regular riding facility into a unique environment specifically designed for Adults.

Our Instructors and Support Staff are carefully chosen, highly experienced horsemen and women who all teach in a relaxed, easy to understand style and as Adults themselves they fully understand the specific needs of Adult riders.

We are absolutely blessed to have the most amazing team of Schoolmasters and experienced horses available for lessons and they are always our no 1 priority. A one-of-a-kind, Adult only Horse riding facility Rayner Riding boasts the highest standard of tuition and equine care while still retaining a warm friendly environment often referred to by many current riders as ‘'my happy place’'.

New Zealand's First Equine Retirement Facility

24 hours a day - 7 days a week, on site care

Guaranteed top quality personalised care of your aged or impaired equine family member. Our staff are very experienced in the management and special requirements of elderly Horses. Individual or communal grazing, weekly massage and options for semi-retired Horses in light work.

  •  Short of long-term stay
  •  Rest and/or recuperation
  •  Laminitis nursing

We proudly work closely with the following professionals to help support health and wellbeing within the Horses:

  • Margret Welsby - Equine Dentist
  • Rachael Phillips - Equine Therapy
  • Leanne Franklin - Holistic Health
  • Julz Topp - Barefoot Trimming
  • Zach Franklin - Barefoot Trimming
  • Dairy Flat Vet Services
  • Kumeu Vet Services

Prices for Equine Retirement Services

 Premium Package
$120.00 p/wk
Elite Package
$175.00 p/wk
Short Stay Holiday Sleepover
$25.00 p/day
Weekly Grooming & General Care
Farrier & Vet Handling
On Site 24/7 Supervision
Companion Grazing
Use of Yards & Stables
Use of all Facilities
Solo Grazing
1x Equisage Massage Therapy p/wk
Float Parking

Laminitis Recuperation
$25.00 per day
Includes; boxing yarding, ad lib hay, grooming and general care, Laminitis management, farrier and vet handling, on site 27/7 supervision, exercise by arrangement.

Rehabilitation and Private Nursing
Includes; one on one personalized care, full stabling and/or day grazing, ad lib hay, grooming and Equisage massage treatments, bandaging or administration of medicines, farrier and vet handling, on site 27/7 supervision, use of all facilities, float parking.

Additional Costs

  • Worming/drenching
  • Shoeing/trimming
  • Veterinary expenses
  • Individual feed & suppliment requirements
  • Shooling & exercising

All fees are paid for in advance


About Your Instructor

Sandi Rayner - Riding Instructor & Equine Confidence Coach

Senior Wrangler, Trainer, Trick Trainer, Riding Double and Head of Department for Pacific Renaissance Pictures on Xena Warrior Princess, Hercules and many other international films and TV series. Trained well-known actors such as Lucy Lawless, Kevin Smith, Kevin Sorbo & many others. Sandi also has a background in Showing, Dressage, Eventing, and Side-saddle. Traditional Harness Driving and Chariot driving are also areas of expertise.

“My desire to make a difference to anyone starting out in the horse world, is what inspires me.”

“Riding is all about feeling, teaching is communicating that feeling to the rider.”


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Contact Us

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  • Address:
    80 Te Pua School Rd,
    Auckland 0875
  • Hours:
    • Monday - Friday: 9am - 7pm
    • Saturday: limited hours
      (email us for more info)
    • Sunday: closed
  • Age Range:
    • Minimum age: 13
    • Maximum age: 113 (free lesson to anyone over the age of 100)