Booking & Prices

DARKY DALE FOREST STABLES – PRICES FROM 1ST JANUARY 2018

TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR PAYMENT AND BOOKING   
       

  • All rides MUST be booked in advance. To avoid disappointment morning rides are to be booked before 6pm the evening before and afternoon rides must be booked before 12 noon on the day as we need to get the horses in from the field and staff need to be allocated. None regulars must pay a £5.00 Non-Refundable Deposit for each rider at time of booking.
  • Children’s parties and parties of 10 riders or more should  be booked 1 month in advance and accompanied by 50% deposit but message us to see if we can accommodate you on last minute bookings.
  • All bookings require a 24 hour cancellation notice or you
    will be charged 50% late cancellation fee to cover staff wages.
  • Please wear suitable footwear ie riding boots or wellingtons.
  • Hats provided free of charge.
  • Please pay balance at reception before you ride.
  • All payments must be made in advance either by CASH, CARD, PAYPAL or BSO. (visa and mastercard credit card payments have a 2% charge, Amex and business credit cards have a 3% charge)
  • All cheques are payable to Darky Dale Forest Stables. (regular customers only)
  • Horse Share schemes are by signed contract and 4 weeks fees must be paid in advance on 1st of each month by BSO or Direct Debit.
  • Deposits by either debit or credit card or Bank Transfer to: G Collinson. Sort code: 205322 Account Number: 23647536. Please contact us to confirm the booking first and then also when you have made a payment. Thank you. 
  • PAYPAL PAYMENTS HERE paypal.me/darkydale
  • All riders must complete our Rider Registration form so please arrive 10 mins earlier to complete one or you can download it HERE using this link below and bring it in with you.
  • RIDER REGISTRATION FORM darky dale

RIDE CATEGORIES, DESCRIPTION AND PRICING

HORSE/PONY SHARE SCHEME – AGE 4+   £150 PER CALENDAR MONTH ( approx £35.00 per week for up to £150.00 worth of riding )           

Up to 2 rides per week or a maximum of 6 hours a week booked in advance. Morning rides are to be booked before 6pm the evening before and afternoon rides must be booked before 12 noon as we need to get the horses from the field and staff need to be allocated. Sharers can join 2 supervised treks or group lessons per week to fit in with the riding school or join us on our pub and picnic rides when spaces are available and our normal children’s pony days and you also will be entitled to 20% off all riding lessons, pony day themed days ( ie Easter Halloween and Christmas, ) pony camp and other special events. children age 4 to age 10 can stay half day 10am until 1pm and children 11+ can stay all day 10am until 5pm this will be used towards their weekly entitlement. parents can leave the children with us for the sessions if they wish. Children can be guided on the premises by a parent or suitable guardian but only when booked in advance with the yard staff and overseen by a senior member of staff.
Experienced riders age 16+ completing assessments over a 6 month period can go out unsupervised during yard opening hours. This is only permissible for riders deemed suitable. If you arrange your own transport then you may be authorised to take the horse/pony to local fun rides and shows but you will need to prove you have a suitable licence and road worthy car and trailer and we will check you have trailer/box /insurance and the parent/ guardian accompanying them must be a knowledgeable horse person known to the yard.  If the riding stables needs the share pony for the day then you will not be able to take the pony away. You will be required to sign a contract which will require 1 month cancellation notice. If you decide to cancel your contract for a short period  then the horse you were sharing will immediately be available for someone else to share and so may not be re shared if already taken by another sharer in your absence. Children under the age of 16 will need to be supervised by one of our guides or a suitable guardian at all times and they can join in on one of our children’s lessons once a week and a trek as part of the share scheme. Please contact us to discuss which pony/horse you would like to share.

The riding school will have first option of the share horses/ponies for booked riding school treks and lessons. Having a share horse with us does not give the sharer any legal ownership or say in the horses welfare. 

OWN A PONY DAY – AGES 0  to 17     1/2 or Full day  (maximum of 25 membership discount cards available with guaranteed places £225.00 for 10 sessions ie £22.50 per session) or  £30.00 per session for non members.

Pony days are on 1st Sunday of each month. Come and have loads of fun looking after your chosen pony
and care for it like your own. This includes riding lessons, stable management and themed parties through
the year with rosettes and prizes. 4 years upwards 10am until 1pm or 11 to 17 year old competent riders can do 2pm until 5pm to include lesson/forest trek and stable management. All day available for 11 years to 17 year olds who wish to help out and they will have two riding sessions (bring pack lunch) 10am till 5pm.  Become a pony day member and pay upfront for your membership card which buys 10 sessions for a discounted rate and a FREE Darky Dale Forest Stables T-shirt with your own name printed on and you will have first choice of ponies available on that day as well as a guaranteed place every month we can only offer a maximum of 25 members cards. All sessions must be booked in advance. £5.00 deposit required for non-members as there are limited places available.

TREKKING

Must be booked in advance. We cater for all ages and abilities and also cater for Corporate/Hen/Stag parties and school parties. 10% discount for 10 or more booked and 20% discount for school parties booked within term time only. For parties, special events and large group bookings we require a 50% non-refundable deposit paid 1 month in advance.  Please contact us with your requirements.

Children up to 0 – 17 years

15 mins Basket/Cub saddle rides by request for 0-3 years with 2 guides per child,         £10
1/2 hour – lead rein at novice pace only  (suitable up to 10 years)                                  £15
1 hour      – mixed ability off/on lead rein (can be split 1/2 lesson & 1/2 trek)                £20
1 hour trek and 30 minutes lesson                                                                                    £30
2 hours    –  experienced riders only                                                                                 £35              
3 hours – experienced riders only                                                                                     £45

                                                                                     
Adults aged 18+ years

1/2 hour      –  beginners pace only                                                                                   £20
1 hour         –  mixed ability                                                                                               £25
11/2 hour    – mixed ability                                                                                               £35
2 hours       –  experienced only                                                                                         £45                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 hours     –    experienced only                                                                                        £50

BUCKNELL PUB RIDE – MIXED ABILITY AGE 11+                       £50 CHILDREN/£60 ADULTS  (11.30am until 3.30pm)

Lasts approx. 4 hours including pub stop with lunch and two drinks included.

Maximum of 10 riders. Early booking and 50% deposit required

PICNIC RIDE – MIXED ABILITY  – Children:  £45 (off lead-rein) £50 (on lead-rein) Adults £50  (12.00 until 3pm)

Lasts approx 3 hours. Bring your own picnic lunch.

CLUN PUB RIDE – EXPERIENCED ONLY. 11+ YEARS.                 £85 CHILDREN/£95 ADULTS   (10.30am until 5.30pm)         

Lasts approx. 7 hours including pub stop with lunch and two drinks included.

Maximum of 10 riders. Early booking and 50% deposit required

CHILDREN’S PARTIES – 0 to 14 years  (10am or 11am or 3pm)

*PONIES DRESSED UP FOR YOU* Available weekends and school holidays to be booked a month in advance with a 50% deposit.

Package 1 includes 30 minute pony ride & rosettes and use of a room for your own food £16.00 per child and special rosette for the Birthday child.

Package 2 includes 30 minute pony trek and 30 minutes of pony games and use of room for your own food £22.00 per child and special rosette or the Birthday child.

EXTRAS AVAILABLE

Framed photograph £10.00 Party bags £2.00 Key rings £3.00 Face painting £1.00 and Birthday Cake by arrangement

ADULT OR ADVANCED LESSONS AVAILABLE BY REQUEST

 

NON RIDERS 

Anyone accompanying children or family/friends who are riding with us are welcome to use our customer/staff refreshments room where you can enjoy a tea, coffee or soft drink free of charge. Come and meet the other farm animal residents whilst you are waiting. You are also welcome to walk with us on the treks as long as we are doing a slower pace ride. There are some lovely forest walks directly from the yard to enjoy. If you wish to walk with us you are advised to wear wellingtons or walking boots as it can be very muddy in some areas. Dogs are allowed to visit and can walk with us as long as they are kept on a lead.

DISCOUNT OF 10% OFF GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE 

DISCOUNT OF 20% OFF SCHOOL AND COLLEGE GROUPS IN TERM TIME ONLY

DISCOUNT CARD, BUY 9 RIDING SESSIONS AND GET 10TH FREE, GREAT FOR OUR REGULAR RIDERS

GIFT VOUCHES AVAILABLE AT RECEPTION OR CAN BE POSTED TO YOU AFTER COMPLETED PAYMENT