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‘The quality of the horses and friendliness of our wonderful hosts Paul and Fiona take the first spot! Our guides were patient, knowledgeable and friendly and the food was wholesome, healthy and delicious. I was stoked to ride Lilly, the finest horse I’ve ever ridden since living in Australia; beautiful, willing, well educated and looked after. The highlight was cantering on the beach and then swimming bareback with the horses in the turquoise ocean. I highly recommend The Margaret River Ride for anyone who wants an unforgettable horse riding experience in a stunning location!’
‘What a beautiful scene this is, with friendly, relaxed hosts and staff, and fabulous Stock Horses. Huge fun, delicious food and very comfortable glamping tents. The accommodations at Jesters Flat are delightfully quirky and very well thought out, with real country Australian charm. I loved the picnic under the trees on day two – heavenly. I rode a mare called Nova, who was forward moving and very easy to handle. There were a few firsts for me, including having a go at polocrosse and actually riding my horse bareback in the ocean – yes, she really swam!’
‘This was epic! Paul and Fiona are the consummate hosts and care for their horses and guests impeccably. We were truly spoilt with beautiful, well mannered horses, stunning rides and all the comforts you never expect when camping. It truly was glamping! The food was delicious and plentiful, and I was especially impressed by how well they catered to all the dietary requirements. Boranup Forest was so beautiful and serene, the beach and swimming the horses was a very special experience and polocrosse is my new favourite sport. My horse Hugo was the perfect gentleman and exactly the right horse for me. Thank you, it was a very special week.’
‘This ride was such an amazing experience. Knowing that I was a novice rider, Fiona and Paul matched me with George. He was brilliant for me, so responsive and sweet. It was hard to say goodbye! The knowledgeable guides, the caring and fabulous hosts, the delicious meals, one very talented cook, wine to die for, the great company of fellow travellers, the beautiful horses, the most blissful beds at the end of the day… all contributed to the best getaway ever. One I will never forget.’
‘My partner, Matt, booked The Margaret River Ride as my surprise birthday present (I know, the man is husband material to say the least). When he told me, I legitimately cried from how blown away and excited I was. It was an epic adventure to say the least. Matt had barely any riding experience and yet the team was never weighed down for it. Paul and the girls who guided us took the time to show Matt the ropes and make sure he was comfortable the entire time. They matched our horses PERFECTLY. By the end of the trip Matt and I wanted to take Confetti and Richie home with us. The food was awesome, Alex made it with love and always put on an impressive spread. Fiona and Paul are excellent hosts and I cannot rave about this experience enough.’
‘This has been the best holiday I have ever done. Our guides were all fabulous and very knowledgeable. The other riders were all lovely and we are going to be catching up again for another ride. Nothing was a problem for the lovely Alex, our chef – best food ever. The glamping mattress and pillows were very comfortable, not like camping at all. I rode Cassie and she was perfect for me. I thoroughly enjoyed every ride on her. She was very well schooled and responsive, and loved being out in the bush. She excelled in the games and loved the beach ride. The games and polocrosse were the best laugh – we were still laughing hours later over dinner! This ride is excellent value for money and I would highly recommend it.’
‘Wonderful hosts, wonderful staff and wonderful horses! A great experience riding through forests, vineyards and the beach – which we had all to ourselves! We were lucky to have great weather and an abundance of wildflowers. The scenery was beautiful. I especially loved riding in Boranup Forest, our ride to the vineyard for lunch and riding on the beach.
The whole package was absolutely fabulous. We were kept busy and entertained. Alex was our chef and he kept us very well fed with fresh and tasty meals. Paul and Fiona are fantastic hosts and Paul has many stories to tell. The guides are always friendly and helpful; they love what they are doing and love the horses. An amazing holiday to remember.’
‘This was the best holiday I’ve had in ages. I ride at home, but this trip provided all the things you could wish for – lovely accommodation in a beautiful setting with warm, friendly hosts and a great party of ‘fellow trekkers’. I rode Stacey, a sweet-natured mare who was sensible and willing, with a lovely comfortable canter. The food was fantastic – prepared by local people using local produce. Our guides were friendly, good-natured, and a wealth of knowledge. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Each day brought new adventures, new things to see and new places, with rides through forest, across open paddocks and on the beach. I would definitely recommend this holiday!’
‘Some 30 years ago, a Quarter Horse I rode
In the mighty Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
A dream was formed that one day,
I would ride again along some other scenic way.
2020 was the lucky year, when the stars had aligned
And I could go riding one more time.
Montana was my destination, but the pandemic came
And my holiday left… until who knows when?
Then close to home, me and some friends
Found Margaret River, and set off for a long weekend.
There was laughter and focus, marvels and wonder
With ample natural beauty out yonder.
Thank you Fiona, Paul and the crew, and thank you to my fellow riders… you all gave me a time to remember. A special thank you Delila, Patterson and Sky, the gorgeous horses without whom my dream would not have come true. You made my holiday an experience to remember and I look forward to seeing you again.’
‘Absolutely fabulous! The ‘camp’ and tents were very comfortable, the horses were amazing and an absolute joy to ride, and the staff were very friendly, welcoming, outgoing, and made you feel instantly at home. They were also great with tips, tricks and pointing out things of interest on the rides. Paul and Fiona were amazing hosts and Alex the cook provided plentiful and delicious meals that were suitable for all dietary requirements. Both of the horses I rode were fantastic and if asked, I would have been happy to ride any of the guest horses I saw. All were well trained, well kept and beautifully mannered. I enjoyed this ride so much that I’m looking at dates to book again!’
‘One of the best holidays I’ve had. Each day’s ride was wonderful, followed by great food, good conversation, deep sleep to recharge the batteries, and then do it all again the next day. Paul and Fiona were excellent hosts and the support staff looked after all our needs. The horses were all in great shape with terrific natures, a testament to Paul and Fiona’s management. The beach ride was certainly a highlight, but the other days spent traversing the local bush were just as special. I loved the whole trip.’
‘This ride exceeded all expectations. Beautiful countryside, such lovely people and beautiful horses. I loved seeing my old horse friends of 30 years and we all had such great time.
I rode Bates and she was fantastic. I wished I could bring her home! All the horses were so well trained and very well matched with their riders.
Paul and Fiona run an exceptional place and had such lovely staff who all seemed to love what they do. Nothing was too much trouble. I loved all the extra things: the art gallery, berry farm, indigenous experience with Mitch, farrier, cocktail party, polocrosse. And the beach ride was sensational!
A friend once told me that with holidays, if you had a great time, then it wasn’t expensive. This one was worth every cent. I can’t recommend it highly enough.’
‘If you’re reading this and wondering whether to book The Margaret River Ride… Do it! You will not regret it. Not only was the riding spectacular and varied but the hosts, Paul & Fiona, were the icing on the cake to this incredible experience. The rest of the crew were amazing, too. The glamping tents were beautiful with comfy beds, sheets, blankets and even hot water bottles!
The food was outstanding – healthy and fresh. The horses were mainly Australian Stock Horses and they were wonderful. Mine was a pretty young bay called Nellie who knew her job and was very sweet. The highlight was the beach ride! A complete ‘Bucket List’ experience. After a long beautiful canter we took off our tack, boots and hats and swam with the horses – aaaahmaaaazing!’
‘I can highly recommend The Margaret River Ride. The horses are lovely, well mannered, healthy and expertly matched to their rider’s ability. I was matched with George, who was a real gentleman and gave me a perfect ride. The beach ride was my biggest highlight.
Paul and Fiona were wonderful hosts. I loved spending time on the rides talking to Paul and then talking to Fiona back at camp and over dinner; they are special people.
Sally and Keith were amazing cooks and I really enjoyed their company. The support crew were all delightful and made our ride safe and fun.
The accommodation was really comfortable, from the tents and beds to the living room and fire pit. The whole experience was a dream.’
‘A well organised team of two and four legs. Paul, Fiona and staff, thank you for an experience of a lifetime. Many firsts conquered for me!
The guides and staff could not have been any better. They were down to earth and made everyone feel at home. So accommodating, and they all went above and beyond. I loved the long table gatherings for dinner.
I was well suited to my mare and my favourite experience was the beach ride. I loved the location, too – Margaret River is absolutely spectacular!’
‘The Margaret River Ride was exactly what I needed. Lovely horses, fabulous food, delicious wine, terrific people and great entertainment. I was taken slightly out of my comfort zone every day, which I’m sure has made me a better rider. I rode the gorgeous Bates, who was fabulously responsive and fun to ride. Paul, Fiona, Keith and the girls just made me feel like family and nothing was too much trouble. I thoroughly recommend this trip – I hope to be back.’
‘This ride was a dream of mine. And it was a dream come true. One of the best and most fun experiences I’ve had. The only problem is that it’s all I can think about and I am already looking for the next one! I rode Evie, and I was happy because she was very different to my horse, which was good for me. I felt safe and trusted her. The guides were lovely people – very attentive, friendly and accommodating. I especially loved swimming with the horses and playing polocrosse.’
‘We wanted to say a huge thank you to the amazing team at Margaret River for the most wonderful stay. Everything was perfect. The horses are amazing, food delicious, glamping cozy with beautiful attention to detail, and the entire team an absolute pleasure to be with. Our guides were exceptional. Their knowledge, patience and professionalism was of a very high standard. They were relaxed, personable and eager to give us the best experience they could offer. We loved the riding experiences, particularly cantering on the white sandy beach, swimming with the horses and of course the Polocrosse! I loved sharing this with my daughter, who said it was her best holiday ever! Our horses were amazing. We rode George and Nelly. They were happy, well cared for, beautifully trained and good natured. We will treasure the memories forever.’
‘The Margaret River Ride was amazing. It’s something my childhood self could only have dreamed of doing. I rode Evie and she was fantastic. Beautifully educated, lovely temperament, responsive, and didn’t put a hoof wrong. I got to try things I otherwise wouldn’t have, like polocrosse and riding in the ocean, as well as seeing the beautiful Western Australian scenery. The beach ride was a highlight and I’ll never forget it. Meeting Mitch and learning about her culture and the history of the Aboriginal community in Margaret River was great as well. I feel lucky to have experienced it. The staff were great, very friendly and down to earth, and just incredible at what they do. The meals were fantastic and well balanced and the accommodation was clean and cosy. The communal areas and the fire created a lovely atmosphere. As someone who only took up riding as an an adult, it was great to be immersed in horse activities for hours, with the same lovely mare each day. I improved and learnt so much.’
‘I’m just back from The Margaret River Ride and it was seriously amazing!! Everything was perfect – the food, accomodation, hospitality, horses, rides and experience. It was a trip of a lifetime! The polocrosse and the beach ride were the standouts for me, but also the rides through the national parks with all the wildflowers in bloom. I rode Poppy. She was just perfect. I have done a lot of riding in my life, and she was everything I was hoping for on this ride. A really lovely mare with no annoying habits and a good forward canter and trot.
The food was fantastic. There was so much choice, and being a vegetarian, everything was very thoughtfully prepared. The beetroot brownies were to die for!
I enjoyed every minute of this trip. Many thanks to Paul, Fiona, Keith and Sally, and all the other horsey girls for making it so special. I will be back!’
‘I cannot think of a better way to spend a holiday – spending time with your favourite animals, wonderful people and in a wonderful place. The whole trip was stand out – our guides, the staff, the horses, the places we rode to and the group we were with, the food – everything was amazing. Paul and Fiona were hosts ‘extraodinaire’, and Keith and Sally likewise. I rode the amazing Gillie and really enjoyed her. She even enabled me to play polocrosse! I could not ask for a more perfect holiday!’
‘The accommodation and especially the food were outstanding. All of the staff were lovely and prepared to go that extra mile to make us feel welcome. The guides were very experienced and knew the horses and the bush environment well. The hospitality of everyone was terrific. I was very happy with the horse I rode. As a nervous rider, I was assured he was very quiet and sensible.’
‘The Margaret River Ride is an amazing mix of bush, beach and fun games! Amazingly well educated horses, great accommodation and fabulous hosts and guides. I was riding Skye, who was fabulous – a perfect temperament. She would wander along with the group during the bush rides and then go hell for leather during our bending races and game of polocrosse! Paul and Fiona were amazing and worked tirelessly to ensure we had a great time. All of our guides were also amazing, ensuring we saw a variety of landscapes, and had a good mix of paces. The cultural heritage element, with Mitch providing excellent insight into the Noongar peoples, added to the experience.’
‘My daughter (12) and I are not long back from the most amazing trip to Margaret River. This was our first Globetrotting experience and we loved it. Paul and Fiona are wonderful hosts. The tents are both glamorous and spacious. The food and hospitality was beyond my expectations.
Each day brought something different. There was plenty of time in the saddle followed by an optional activity in the evening.
The rides take you through the forest, on (and in) the beach, along fire trails and over large paddocks. It was fabulous for my daughter to experience such freedom and space as opposed arena riding and structured competitions. The trip had the unintended result of her being so much more confident and calm with her own pony now she is back home. The best part of the entire trip for her was the games afternoon, which was so much fun.
We will return!’
‘The Margaret River Ride was truly the best five days of my life! We had the most amazing time riding through the WA bush, seeing blooming wildflowers and mobs of kangaroos, all atop our wonderfully educated horses. I rode George, who was an absolute sweetie. He was kind, gentle, reliable, always willing to go forward when needed, and perfectly suited to me. Paul and Fiona were the most amazing hosts, looking after each and every one us, entertaining us with stories, and making sure everyone was having a great time. We had delicious home-cooked food every day, extra non-horsey activities each evening (chocolate decorating and the cocktail evening were highlights!), and warm, cosy accommodation. The most unforgettable experience was riding George in the crystal clear, blue waters of the Indian Ocean. We got to canter down the beach with the wind at our backs under a perfect blue sky, before untacking and taking the horses swimming, which was an experience I’ll treasure forever. If you want to really experience WA and its stunning southwest, then I would highly recommend this ride – it has something for everyone!’
‘While riding through the Margaret River this November, the next game-changing chapter in my book of memorable Globetrotting experiences literally wrote itself.
I undertook this trip as a solo rider and every minute was inspiring and totally immersive. I rode hands-down the finest horses of all my horseback adventures to date, sharing each day with 10 other like-minded, genuinely fabulous and accomplished riders. Our hosts Paul and Fiona, together with the entire hard-working crew, delivered a special and thoughtful itinerary that I wholeheartedly recommend for anyone wanting to explore this stunning region. Memories for a lifetime right there!’
‘The meals and accommodation were amazing and our lunches in the bush were beautiful – we were very spoilt. Fiona and Paul were fantastic hosts. I rode Nelly, one of Paul’s home bred polo ponies. We got to know each other better each day, and I enjoyed riding her. The whole ride was great, but the highlight was definitely our games day. I hadn’t done bending, flag races or polocrosse since my younger days – we had a ball and lots of laughter! I would definitely recommend this ride.’
‘I couldn’t recommend this ride highly enough. The hosts and guides were fabulous, knowledgeable and fun, and the horses were all so well matched to everyone in our group. I rode Chrissy – she was perfect. Very steady and reliable, but happy to go forward as needed. Paul and Fiona were amazing hosts and the food was wholesome and delicious. The tents and beds were super comfy, even in chilly weather. The rides were a great mix of trekking through stunning bushland covered in wildflowers, to wide open spaces and beaches. And the polocrosse afternoon was so much fun! I loved every second and will be talking about this experience for years to come.’
‘The Margaret River Ride, with its little touches of luxury, beautiful bush and beach, and great company was amazingly great. The food was perfect and it was great that Sally and Keith (the cooks) and our hosts, Fiona and Paul, were able to eat with us each day. The glamping tents were great, too. The add-ons made this trip very good value for money: wine, beer, etc available each night; tea coffee, etc always available at the camp; the cocktail night, the Aboriginal experience, the fantastic accommodation, and more. I rode Rob Roy and he suited me perfectly. I had a ball on him – he did everything I asked. On him, I was able to play polocrosse and swim in the ocean for the very first time ever. I would definitely recommend this ride!’
‘I was very happy with this ride! All the horses were great. My partner, Roy, rode Patto, who was just perfectly suited to him. I rode three horses, and all were fantastic in their different ways. I especially love the games day, the beach ride and the gallop through the bush. The guides couldn’t have been better. Lovely people, second-to-none hospitality, and lots of local knowledge and experience happily shared. The glamping tents were comfortable, spacious and clean. The food was fantastic – big thanks to Keith!’
‘I came to riding later in life. This ride introduced me to experiences I have never been exposed to previously. Partaking in activities such as barrel and flag racing and polocrosse increased my riding confidence. Fiona, Paul, Sally, Keith and all the team where so hospitable and friendly, making this a truly memorable experience.’
‘A big thanks to Paul and Fiona, Keith and Sally, the wonderful girls, Jack the dog and Rosie the kangaroo, who arrived most mornings for a snack. A truly wonderful experience.’
‘Every day of the Margaret River Ride was perfect. It was a special mother daughter bonding holiday. To be able to have one-on-one with my 13 year old daughter is extremely rare, so we both loved every second together, sharing our love of everything horsey.
We loved Jesters Flat glamping and the dining room. Paul and Fiona and Sally and Keith were lovely. We learnt so much about the bush, the area, history, culture, polocrosse, horses. Sally and Keith did an amazing job with feeding us all.
The horses were educated and fantastic. My daughter rode George, who was an absolute gentleman, and she fell in love with him after day 1. I rode Poppy. We had very similar personalities, so we got along perfectly and both loved the polocrosse!
Those 5 days with my daughter will be cherished forever. It is the start of many more special mini-breaks together.’
“Amazing experience, horses were fabulous, as were our wonderful hosts Paul, Fiona and the whole team!”
“Paul and Fiona were absolutely lovely hosts as well as the staff. Nothing was ever a problem and they were all really happy to have a chat!”
“The accommodation was perfect and we ate and drank extremely well!”
“I would highly recommend this trip to anyone looking for a fun ride with some good fast-paced intervals.”
“Paul and his staff were always there and I loved especially that there was always a member of staff at the back to assist.”
“This ride was one – if not ‘the’ – highlight of my life. I am hooked!”
“Loved my Margaret River Ride Globetrotting holiday. Definitely a ‘must do’ ride with beautifully cared for horses and property.”
“There are not enough words in the thesaurus to describe how amazing the Margaret River Ride is!“
“All in all a WONDERFUL, wonderful time!”
“The whole experience was unique and unforgettable!”
“Paul and Fiona were fantastic, as were all their staff. I’ve never found a horse riding operation where the staff were so happy and had such good rapport with one another.”
“I highly recommend the Margaret River Ride, you will not be disappointed.”
“Take me back! We didn’t want to leave – seriously… and immediately after leaving, we were having withdrawals… I couldn’t recommend it more, and can’t wait to go back.”
“The food is excellent, the wine is even better and the setting is to die for! Paul and Fiona were so accommodating to each of our needs.”
“We arrived as clients and left as friends – and we will all be back!”
“Best hosts ever! Fiona is so gorgeous and kind, Paul so friendly and funny.”
“Five fun days on fantastic horses with friendly hosts exploring the Margaret River forests, farms and vineyards. Fabulous local food and wine.”
“The atmosphere at Margaret River is special and addictive. I had a truly lovely time.”
“The Margaret River Ride crew were just fantastic. You won’t find better hosts in Australia.”