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January 2019

Horse Careers


How to Start a Career Working with Horses

In Australia, the equestrian industry brings in more than 1.143 billion dollars per year, and that’s not even counting income from horse sports, according to a report from Equestrian Australia (EA). Since the equestrian industry is currently robust, and likely to remain so in the future, there are plenty of exciting career opportunities for people who love horses. Examples of jobs that are horse-centered include Barn Manager, Bloodstock Agent, Broodmare Manager and Dude Ranch Wrangler. Most jobs don’t require formal degrees. To get hired, an applicant should have a lot of experience with horses, in addition to a professional and polished resume and a strong work ethic.

How to gain experience with horses

Kids who want to get on this fulfilling career pathway should get used to being around horses as soon as they can. Summer horse camps are great places to become comfortable with horses and learn how to ride them. These camps are fun and very educational.

Adults with the same career ambitions should gather experience which makes them stand out. Employers will want to know that applicants understand the fundamentals of horse care, know how to ride horses and have some understanding of equine behaviour and equine psychology. Adults should shoot for a mixture of book learning and real-life experience. Online courses are convenient ways to learn , according to Any courses that you complete will also look great on your resume.

How to create an impressive resume

Once you’ve gathered experience and education, you’ll need to show it off. This happens on a resume. The easiest way to create a professional and polished resume is to find a CV template that looks great and has room for information about your career objective, education, work experience and achievements. Fill out the sections of the resume template carefully online – save it both to your computer and online to keep it safe. Double-check names and dates, as well as grammar and spelling – any good word processor will have a good program for this. Then, boost your chances of getting the job you want by creating a cover letter, which should be sent out alongside your CV. A good cover letter should be directed at a company hiring manager and it should include your contact information.

How to develop a strong work ethic

Kids who want to work with horses should build their physical fitness by riding horses regularly and caring for horses regularly. Working with horses does require physical endurance, as it’s often very hard work. The stronger and fitter a child is, the easier the work will be. When a child gets used to doing typical horse chores, such as mucking out stables and grooming horses, he or she will develop the right work ethic. People who genuinely love horses find it easier to spend long periods of time around them, while performing chores. Whether you’re a child or an adult, you’ll find that having a passion for horses is the key to maintaining the motivation to take care of horse-related tasks, day in and day out.

Plan an Equestrian career today

The equestrian industry in Australia is a billion-dollar industry. If you love horses, you will find that many career opportunities are open to you, provided you have the right blend of experience and education, along with an impressive resume and strong work ethic. Now that you know how to get started working with horses, you’ll be ready to put together a smart career plan.

Horse Careers2019-10-23T13:14:47+10:00

November 2018

School Holidays are Coming!


School holidays are such a great time for children to learn all the wonderful things that do not fit into a classroom.

There are so many life skills children need to learn to help prepare them for being skilled and equipped adults. School holidays are a great time to place some of those opportunities right into your children’s hands. It is well observed that the hours many children used to spend outdoors is now being spent in front of flat screens. This epidemic has been described as Nature Deficit Disorder. Is it surprising that this deficit has contributed to more frequent instances of childhood depression, shorter attention and obesity? It should not be, when we realise that proactive learning is absolutely crucial for the healthy development of our school kids.

Outdoor adventures, on the other hand, offer countless life skills. We have seen this over and over at Kiah Park. One little girl decided that she quite enjoyed keeping her room clean after coming home from camp. She had discovered the joy of taking responsibility for helping clean her cabin, as well as keeping her horse’s environment tidy and fresh. We also love to see children developing in confidence. How many adults can approach a horse with confidence and know-how?

At Kiah Park Horse Riding Camp, one of the things we take pride in most is the safe and happy environment that has been created for our campers. We are convinced that this means everything in helping our campers to grow in wonderful life qualities. Research has proven that caring relationships around a child play an indispensable role in how well they are able to learn.

What wonderful things will your child be learning these school holidays?

Choose your style of adventure…
School Holidays are Coming!2018-11-09T13:16:12+10:00

October 2018

Horse Riding for Life

Horse riding for kids has been the joy of Kiah Park since 1978. This year we celebrate 40 amazing years of riding, fun and friendship.
We are always taken back in time when we hear from camp kids who are now sending their own kids to ride at Kiah Park…
“My best memories as a child were made there, summer and winter camps with the cousins and friends I’d made over the years. I think it’s time to send my own kids up to create their own life long memories.”
“This was the best place in the world when I was a kid. I loved it. Every young girl and boy should go there. The holiday of a lifetime.”
“I still remember my first time ever going to Kiah Park some 12 years ago. Its an absolutely magical place and seeing all the new kids come through and having the time of their lives the same as I did for many many years makes me so happy! It’s also so good to see all the horses that I remember riding still around as well! Man it makes me wish I could go back sometimes!”
“I came to a couple of your camps when I was early teens… I rode a little grey gelding the first time and Sapphire the 2nd time and always remember having a fabulous time :)”
“Hi there! I came to Kiah Park a good 25+ years ago! I’d love my daughter 10yrs to experience it too.”
 “So many memories of kiah park as a teen, I loved it!”
“My sister and I went to a number of school holiday camps over 20 years ago – the memories we created at Kiah Park… will never be forgotten.”

And forty years later, the story rides on…

Book a spot today!
Horse Riding for Life2018-10-26T14:28:27+10:00

September 2018

Unique Gifts for Your Horse Loving Friends


It is estimated that about 400,000 Australians own horses, which means that horse owners comprise nearly 2% of the Australian population. If someone you love and care about is one of those thousands of people, then you’ll be wondering what to get them when their birthday or a special occasion comes around. Instead of going for the traditional gifts that they probably receive every year that include riding gear, horse-themed phone cases, or even clothing that shows off their love of equestrian sports, try going for something different this year.

Horse-themed modern art

This is an elegant way to allow your friend to incorporate their love of horses into their home. Adding a modern and delicate charm to any house, a horse wall decor can make a great gift for someone who wants to display their passion without going over the top. Other types of modern art, such as intriguing poster prints that come in different sizes and background colors, can add an artsy or even technical touch to a home or stable. For a younger friend who still wants to keep their decoration classy, you might try an origami decoration in the shape of a Pegasus. The glass, wood and paper combination is stylish and suitable for any home theme and makes the perfect gift for horse lovers who will enjoy something unique that nobody else will have.

Gifts that last throughout the year 

As a standard rule for anybody giving a gift, it’s often smart to look for a gift that keeps on giving, which means it’s something practical that they can use more than once, or maybe even a subscription to a magazine or regular supply of adventure-related goodies that they’ll want and love. Subscriptions are a great way to show the horse lover in your life that you care, and they can be to a wide variety of things. Equestrian Life is one of Australia’s best quality horse sports magazines, for example, along with Australian Performance Horse Magazine. A recurring monthly subscription to goodies that will serve them on their horseback riding adventures is also a great choice, as it will allow them to receive a variety of surprise gifts each month that they can keep on using throughout the year.

Derby & competition tickets 

If your friend loves horses, then they’ll most definitely love the chance to watch their favorite jockey or horse compete in person. Snag them tickets to the Australian Derby and wrap them in a gift-basket or include them as part of a scavenger hunt as the final prize. You can also search for a VIP package or try making a few calls to allow them to see behind-the-scenes at their favorite yearly competition so they can meet the horse and jockey as well as get a tour of the facilities. Booking a horse experience of some kind is bound to tickle your friend with excitement and anticipation.

Figuring out what they want 

Regardless of the gift you give, it’s important to consider what your friend would like in the first place. Someone who already has a lot of riding gear might like to receive something commemorative such as art or memorabilia. Someone who is in desperate need of new riding boots, however, will probably love the thought you put into getting them their favorite pair. Keeping your friend’s style and taste in mind will ensure that they love whatever kind of horse-themed gift you decide to get them.

Unique Gifts for Your Horse Loving Friends2018-09-06T13:28:49+10:00

August 2018

Horse Care that Teaches Children about Good Health


Caring for a horse can help kids learn about their own health

In the animal kingdom, the horse is one of the most biologically and psychologically complex animals, with studies suggesting that they can even recognise human emotion. Looking after a horse properly requires a deep understanding of their health, fitness and social needs. When your child spends time with horses, it won’t all be fun and games. They will need to take on some of the responsibility of caring for these complex animals. That means starting a routine of proper feeding, exercise and grooming. If they can learn to do this right, then they’ll also be learning about how these same factors can apply to their own health.

The importance of regular exercise

Horses are incredibly active and must keep moving between 30km and 80km each day. This is why taking them out for a trek across the countryside is one of the best things for their health. It will keep their joints and muscles strong, while preventing the onset of equine illness. As your child observes a horse becoming fitter and maintaining a calm and happy temperament, they will realise how important this is for them too.

Moderate aerobic exercise of at least an hour a day is recommended for children over the age of six. In addition to this, children should spend three days a week engaged in exercises which build muscle or bone strength. This may seem like a lot, but once a child sees how fit and healthy an active horse looks, they will understand the importance of exercise.

Getting the best nutrition

Horses and humans require very different diets, but the one thing they share is a need for plenty of nutrients. A horse should spend much of its day grazing in the pasture, where they must consume up to 2% of their body weight in grass and hay. While grains can be added to a horse’s diet, sticking to the natural food that their digestive system evolved for is best for their health.

The same is true for your child. Like a horse, they haven’t evolved to be eating large quantities of sugar and saturated fat. They should stick to natural whole foods for slow release energy. The other key component to a horse’s diet is a regular routine. They thrive when eating at the same time each day. This kind of routine can also help a child to eat more healthily, sleep more easily at night and maintain energy levels throughout the day.

Fulfilling social and psychological needs

The final lesson we should learn from horses regards their mental health. They are social animals who need to interact with other horses to keep high levels of wellbeing. They can be easily scared, so they also need a safe and secure environment. If your child can create this atmosphere for a horse, then they have a greater chance of succeeding in their relationships.

Horses and humans may not be as different as they look. Both are social mammals, who require plenty of exercise, the right nutrition and psychological support. When your child spends time around horses, teach them to apply their knowledge of equestrian care to their own lives. This will keep them fit, healthy and happy.

Horse Care that Teaches Children about Good Health2018-08-31T11:58:06+10:00

Horse Riding Trails


Horse riding trails – that thought brings a beautiful picture to mind; that is, if you have ever experienced one!

Kiah Park’s trails take our kids up and down hilly countryside and across gurgling creeks. We take them under the magnificent foliage of great trees and hanging vines, to places where quiet bush animals are sometimes seen. Our horse riding trails also wander over open green pastures. These are a fun spots for our kids, because everyone gets the opportunity to practice their riding skills on clear open stretches, and some are able to make it into a canter.

Trail riding is something new riders can do, but there are also a few things to learn on the way. Here are five great horseback riding tips for trail riders.

Many and varied are the riding trails woven throughout our 300 acres of horse land. There is so much to explore. Can there be a more beautiful way to discover it all than riding on horseback with friends? Our photo gallery will give you a peak into what it’s all about.

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Kids’ Camps


School holidays are such a wonderful time of the year!

As fun as school and friends can be, there is something very special about a hard-earned holiday break. If your child has never been on a camp before, there is a wonderful new world out here for them to discover.

Camps are the education of the great outdoors. Try adding horse riding to that picture, and subtract all electronic devices. Multiply it by friends, and divide daily responsibilities between the kids. There you have it – the formula for a magical kid’s camp! Plan to discover one for yourselves these spring holidays.

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July 2018

Hinterland Riding


It is almost too beautiful to be true – ask our campers! Kiah Park is a little piece of paradise in Sunshine Coast’s hinterland. The horses love it. The children love it. The riding staff love it. The farm yard animals love it. Parents love it so much that they wish they were children again so they could come and join us.
Come and see for yourself! No wonder Kiah Park is a home away from home, with special horsey memories etched in the hearts of our children for a lifetime.
Check out the upcoming dates and camp info

Hinterland Riding2018-08-16T14:18:49+10:00

June 2018

Horses on Holiday


Right now the Kiah Park horses are on holiday. They are running through hilly pastures. They are admiring their reflections in the dam. They are soaking up the winter sunshine. They are getting their teeth and hooves polished and checked up. Best of all, they are munching on green grass all day. Do you know why? They have some grand adventures to get ready for and need to be in happy shape! The end of this month will bring the school holidays – the time for arena lessons, outdoor fun and lots of great trail riding. We are all getting ready and hope to see you there.

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Horse Rides – What To Pack For A Horse Riding Adventure


 KIAH PARK HORSE RIDING You ought to have a cowboy hat. You have to have leather chaps, right? Who would go horse riding without the chaps? Chaps and spurs. The spurs have to cling right you know, because you’ll just look ludicrous walking inside the bar, swinging the half-doors open when the spurs do not cling, right? Cowboy scenes and adventurous galloping always come to mind when you think of riding a horse. The riding essentials need not be solely made out of leather, and you can definitely have a galloping fun time without the spurs. Here are some really useful things to pack for your horse riding adventure.

1. Sunscreen and lip balm. Very important, commonly forgotten. You need to protect your skin from the harsh sun while riding and your lips from wind burn as you canter through the countryside.

2. Insect Repellent. Horse riding will bring you to some of the most secluded locations that are only accessible on horses. Apply insect repellent on your clothing to ward off mosquito and tick bites that may ruin your experience.

3. Long sleeved top preferably with a collar to protect your arms and neck from the sun’s rays. Comfortable jeans with smooth seams to avoid chafing most especially on the inner thigh that gets the most friction from the saddle while riding. It’s also advisable to wear lycra leggings under your jeans for added protection. Make sure you bring a spare or two of these pieces of clothing.

4. Riding boots. Contact the provider of your horse ride or an expert for the best affordable brands suitable for riding.

5. Wide brimmed hat preferably with a tie-down string to keep it secure when riding a horse.

6. Personal stash of necessary medication, first aid kit, water and in between snacks. Horse rides usually entail long trails under weather conditions that can wear you out easily. Never rely on the food and beverage provided as part of the adventure package. It is best to be prepared with some munchies if you feel like nibbling.

7. Cotton sweat absorbers or bandanas for your head.

8. Camera. Horse riding will take you to some amazing places, immortalize the experience and relive it by capturing it on film.

9. If you are planning to go on an overnight riding expedition, you may need to bring a sleeping bag. It is best to inquire from the outfitter if they provide some and even if they do, you just might prefer to use one of your own.

10. Always have a map of your the trail or route, and a compass. You never know when it may come in handy. After all, horse riding locations are not like anything you have been to before, it’s nice to be familiar with the place and have some navigational tools in case you need them.

Horse riding is a laid back relaxed activity that does not demand much equipment as compared to other outdoor activities. Most riding gear can come from your closet and be rented out from the outfitter. Apart from the basic skill and knowledge of riding a horse which will be taught to you as soon as you hit the stables, all you really need to remember to pack will be personal items essential to an outdoor activity. Pack lightly, bring only what you need to ensure that the horse will be less tired since you have not added much to its load.

Hannah McEwen is an experienced writer that is also a massive fan of horse riding. She has enjoyed the sport from the moment she learned to ride a horse through to her many horse riding adventures across Australia. Hannah McEwen thinks everyone can participate in horse riding and hopes that more people participate in the sport. If you are interested in horse riding you should find out more today and before you know it you’ll be enjoying your very own riding a horse lessons.

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Horse Rides – What To Pack For A Horse Riding Adventure2019-10-18T17:56:05+10:00
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