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Horse Riding Questions - Reynella Rides, Snowy Mountains, NSW Australia

What is the difference between a HOMESTEAD ride and an ALPINE HORSE RIDING SARARI?
A HOMESTEAD horse riding package is NOT in the Kosciuszko National Park. They are based at “Coombe”, the sister property of Reynella, a 3000 acre working sheep and cattle farm, at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, NSW. You will be accommodated at Reynella Homestead each night. There is no camping during a homestead horse riding package.

An ALPINE HORSE RIDING SAFARI is based IN the Kosciuszko National Park, NSW, where you will spend the first and last nights at Reynella Homestead and camp and ride in the KNP for the remainder of your safari. John and Roslyn Rudd have been operating Reynella horse riding safaris for almost 40 years. The safaris are world renowned and Reynella is an Icon of the local area.

Do you pick up guests from Cooma?
Yes we do. We have return transfers to and from Cooma for $36 each way. ( We are approx. 50km from Cooma ). We pickup from the Countrylink Coach arriving from Canberra/Sydney at the Cooma Bus stop located in Centenial Park, Cooma, at 6:18pm and drop you back to Cooma to connect with the 10:00am Countrylink connection to Canberra/Sydney. You will need to book transfers prior to arrival.

How do I get to Reynella from Sydney?
In winter you can fly directly to Cooma airport flying aeropelican airlines. You will need to book transfers prior to your arrival. Alternately, you can take the Countrylink train/coach connection from Sydney to Cooma where we will pick you up.

How do I get to Reynella from Canberra?
We pickup from the Countrylink Coach arriving from Canberra/Sydney at the Cooma Bus stop located in Centenial Park, Cooma, at 6:18pm and drop you back to Cooma to connect with the 10:00am Countrylink connection to Canberra/Sydney. You will need to book transfers prior to arrival.

How do I get to Reynella from Melbourne?
The best way to get to Reynella from Melbourne is to fly to Canberra and then take the Countrylink coach to Cooma.

What do I need to bring with me?
Alpine weather can change dramatically, so we ask that you be prepared for all conditions. ESSENTIALS: woollen jumpers, old jeans / jodhpurs, swimmers, long sleeved shirts, sun block and lip cream, riding boots or flat soled shoes with heels, towel to use whilst camping, Hat with chin strap suitable for sun or rain, torch, sleeping bag or oil skin coat ( can be hired for $45 each ), personal first aid kit. OPTIONAL: Bum bag, ( for sale at Reynella ) gloves, leggings / chaps, pillow to use whilst camping, musical instrument, saddle, BYO alcohol.

How many people do you take on your horse riding safaris?
We take groups of approximately 16 guests.

Is there a toilet / shower at the camp grounds whilst on safari?
There are toilets at most campgrounds. Shower facilities can be set up on request. Most safaris provide the opportunity to refresh / swim in mountains streams and Lake Tantangarra. (No pollution to these areas with soaps etc.)

How far do we ride each day whilst on safari?
You can expect to ride approximately 20km per day and spend at least 5 hours a day in the saddle.

Will I see brumbies whilst on safari?
Whilst we do not guarantee that you will come across brumbies whilst on safari, most guests have the privilege of brumby encounters.

Do I need to be an experienced rider to go on a Reynella horse riding safari?
Reynella caters for all level of rider, from beginner to experienced riders. We have almost 40 years experience in catering for all levels and all riders are given plenty of opportunity to ride to their ability.

Do I need to wear a helmet when I go riding?
Unless you are under 18, you will not be required to wear a helmet. You will be asked to sign a waiver if not wearing a helmet.

What do I sleep in at night on safari?
Reynella supplies all weather tents, comfortable mattresses and extra blankets for warmth. You may bring your own swag.

Do I need to pay a deposit when I make a booking?
Yes, you will be required to pay a $150 deposit on booking to secure your place.

When do I need to pay for my Reynella Horse riding booking?
You will be required to pay your invoice in full 10 working days prior to arrival.

Do we change camp sites on a safari?
Yes we do change campsite ( unless unforseen circumstances arise ). We spend 2 nights at each camp site.

Can I bring my own horse?
No, unfortunately we do not allow you to bring your own horse as the brumbies may try to run off with your horse.

Can I bring my own saddle?
Yes, it is fine if you would like to bring your own stock saddle, we do not allow western style saddles.

Can I bring my swag?
Yes, you are able to bring your own swag.

What time do I need to arrive at Reynella?
You will be required to arrive at Reynella between 5pm and 7pm for dinner, briefing and to get to know the other guests.

Where will I be riding on a HOMESTEAD ride ( not a safari )?
A HOMESTEAD horse ride will not be in the Kosciuszko National Park. You will be riding on Reynella’s sister property, a 3000 acre working sheep and cattle farm in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, approx 9km from Reynella.

Do I need to bring a pillow for camping?
It is a good idea to bring your own pillow for camping, however we do supply pillows for camping upon request.

Do I get a discount if I have been on a safari before?
Yes you do. Return riding guests to Reynella will receive a 5% discount on any further rides.

What is the best time of the year to go horse riding with reynella?
Our horse riding safaris operate from November to the end of April. Each month has its own flavour and you will not be disappointed whenever you choose to join us.

How old do I have to be to go on a safari?
Reynella does not have an age limit, however guests should bet fit and healthy and be able to handle approx. 5 hrs a day in the saddle.

Do you have a weight limit for horse riding?
Reynella does not have a weight limit, however guests should bet fit and healthy and be able to handle approx. 5 hrs a day in the saddle.

Do I need to wear an oilskin coat?
Yes. As Alpine weather can change dramatically we do require you to either bring or hire an oilskin coat. You may hire an oilskin coat from Reynella for $45 each.

Do I need to bring a sleeping bag for camping?
Yes. If you do not have a sleeping bag we do hire them for $45 per person. We do supply mattresses, tents and extra blankets.

Are sneakers / joggers ok to wear when I go horse riding?
No. You will be required to wear riding boots or flat soled shoes with heels.