Arion Riding Centre

Our Coaches

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Eddye Davidson 
Head Coach, Arion Riding Centre

Eddye Davidson grew up in the United States where she owned and operated StarMac farm, a full care facility specializing in Dressage. Eddye is a conscientious & intuitive rider, trainer & instructor with expertise in classical dressage. “Working with horses has always been my passion” says Eddye Davidson. Showing since age 7 in various disciplines (i.e. Reining, Competitive Trail Riding, Endurance, Thoroughbred racing, & Dressage). She successfully trained & competed in dressage levels Introductory thru Advanced earning her USDF bronze and silver medals. Introduced to Dressage in 1990, she was intrigued by the precision, discipline, and beauty of dressage. For more than 25 years she has pursued her dreams in the sport of dressage. It has improved her skills as a rider & trainer. She has also seen how the basic training pyramid can enhance the quality of horses regardless of the breed or discipline. Eddye’s education in Dressage has been influenced by training with many highly respected and well-established trainers including Michael Poulin & Linda Zang. She further enhanced her training by attending USDF Symposiums taught by many international Olympians. She has also participated in natural horsemanship clinics. Eddye has trained and competed many horses during her career and has had many successful students as well. Eddye has accumulated an impressive list of accomplishments, and awards during her riding career. Recognizing & appreciating that these accomplishments have been dependent upon the bond of trust and collaboration with her horses. Her heartfelt desire is to enrich the bond & experience of the equine partnership. 



The Arion Riding Centre, on-site at the National Trade Academy Training Centre, provides riding instruction and lessons in horse mastership to all age groups, from complete beginners to more established riders.

We provide a safe environment where our clients can achieve a solid practical foundation, leading to the development of higher skills in the equestrian discipline.

Arion Riding Centre Brochure

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Quality Facilities

Our facilities are of the highest quality, having been recently purpose-built to cater for the discerning rider and for a range of popular riding disciplines. You may bring your horse, or choose to ride one of ours.

  • 60m x 60m, all-weather show-jumping arena with jumps
  • 60m x 20m, all-weather dressage arena
  • Fully fenced, all-weather round pen for lunging and working young horses
  • Stables with adjoining feed and tack rooms
  • Yards
  • Student storage
  • Classroom, office & common room
  • Cross-country schooling area
  • Access to forest trail rides

All of our facilities are available for hire for individuals or groups. We can tailor packages to suit your group which could include the hire of our facilities over several days/nights.

Professional Tuition

We offer professional tuition - qualified coaches are on-site at Arion Riding Centre seven days a week. We have a range of specifically selected horses and ponies available, or riders may bring their own mounts.

Price List

Private Lessons
  • ¾ hour $65 (all levels catered for)
  • ½ hour $45 (Beginners only, before going into a group)
Shared Private Lessons
  • 1 hour $50 per rider
  • ½ hour $45 per rider (Beginners only)
Group Lessons
  • 1 hour $40 per rider 
Pony Club Members Lessons
  • Riding and Pony Care $50 per rider
  • Pony Care only $35 per rider
Birthday Party Prices (approx. 1 hour “meet the ponies” & short ride or lesson)
  • 4 riders or less $40 per rider
  • 5 or more riders $30 per rider
Kitchen also available for hire - $30 per party (max 3 hours)
Concession Cards Private Lessons
  • 10 x 45mins $650 and 11th lesson free
  • 10 x 30mins $450 Beginners only & 11th lesson free

Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours prior to the lesson. If cancellation is made with less than 24 hours’ notice, a $30 non-refundable fee will apply.

Full price will apply if you do not turn up for your lesson without making prior arrangements

Lessons will proceed regardless of weather.

Wet weather alternatives – half price horse management lessons

If conditions are extreme and lessons need to be cancelled we will contact you.


Arena Hire

$15 per horse per hour

03 360 2192 / 021770264

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Where are we located?

The Arion Riding Centre is located at:

890 McLeans Island Road
Harewood, Christchurch.

Postal Address:

PO Box 39069
Christchurch 8545

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