Take a peaceful trail ride through the stunning rolling countryside of Kootingal.
Located in the southern reaches of the New England region, the countryside surrounding Tamworth is truly stunning. Take for example the small township of Kootingal, just 20km from Tamworth, which is located in a picturesque alluvial valley within the Moonbi Range. Defined by rolling green countryside and at times very steep hills sloping down to clear flowing creeks and streams, it’s the ideal place to take a leisurely horse ride.
An easy drive from Kootingal along an unsealed but good quality road you’ll find Tamworth and Kootingal Horse Riding Adventures, run by Jason Newman at his working cattle property. Jason is an experienced horseman who has recently returned from the Kimberley region of Western Australia, where he ran horse-riding programs for indigenous kids at Home Valley Station on the Pentecost River along the Gibb River Road. A far cry from that outback landscape, Jason has returned his attention and horsemanship to the verdant hills of Kootingal, where he has recently begun running trail rides for all experience levels.
The rides depart twice a day, at 9am and 3pm (winter) or 5pm (summer), and run for two and a half hours. For the comfort of all riders, the pace is gentle and the horses amble along at walking speed, which is perfect because the countryside is stunning and you’re not going to want to miss a thing. The track crosses trickling streams tucked in idyllic valleys where there horses relish in a splashdown and a cool drink, before climbing to the peaks of towering hills with panoramic views. And there’s simply no better way to take it all in than on horseback.
Trail rides range from $70-90 for two and a half hours, and can be booked by contacting Jason direct on 0467 644 250.