About us

Come to the Scottish Highlands to the village of Newtonmore for a Riding Holiday. Our rides, lessons and holidays will appeal to those who want to spend more time around horses and ponies and gain experience from helping out at a busy riding centre. We are a fully approved centre and have excellent staff ready to make you welcome, so you feel part of the team from the minute you arrive; just make yourself at home. We are best know for our Highland Ponies but have a good selection of all sizes of equines.

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“We truely believe that we are the best value and the most “Fun” riding centre in the area – Please compare our prices and testimonials if you do not believe us”

Newtonmore Riding Centre is located within the Cairngorm National Park and the scenery and wildlife will astound most visitors. We have direct access to wild country only 100m from the centre with Wild Goats and Red and Roe Deer right on our doorstep. We have rides that are suitable from absolute beginners to those wishing to do Trail Rides in true Rough Highland Country.

Children are welcome at our centre from any age and Shetland Pony rides are available for our youngest clients. We also run a weekly Saddle Club for children on Saturdays and Sundays. Children over the age of 12 who are competent can ride out with us and even younger children can go out on lead rein. Lessons in the riding school are suitable for all ages. We have Horse and Carriage rides for those not confident enough to ride themselves. We have helped make a number of movies over the years including Rob Roy, Highlander, Missionary and Monarch of the Glen. If you see a Highland Pony in a movie, chances are it is one of ours.

You can learn more about the riding centre, the team and the horses in this section. To view photographs and for the latest news, visit the news & resources area.

We like to emphasise that we all enjoy Fun and that is a major emphasis here at Newtonmore Riding Centre so come and join in.

History

Our family is the oldest breeder of Highland Ponies in Scotland as well as being credited with being the Originators of Pony Trekking Holidays. The Ormiston Highland’s Breeding Stud has been in existence for over 150 years in Badenoch. We have been running Riding and Trekking Holidays in Newtonmore since 1952, so we really know how to make you most welcome. At the centre we have a Highland Pony Heritage Display dedicated to our family’s involvement with the breed over the last Century and more.

Anybody involved with Highland Ponies will recognise our families stud names: Gaick, Glentromie, Croila, Strathmashie and Creag Dhubh.

Highland Pony Gaick Mountain Polly below, bred by Ruaridh’s great grandfather Edward and shown here by his grandfather Ewan at the Royal Highland Show in 1911 where they got Reserve Champion in the Highland Pony section

The Ormiston family hotel where pony trekking started – The Balavil Arms Hotel, Newtonmore, picture from 1952. On the left Ruaridh’s father Cameron and also his grandfather Ewan, pointing.

Jeff the Cowboy leading ponies along Newtonmore Main Street in 1956, The Balavil Hotel is in the background.

The Balavil Arms Hotel as it was in the heydey of Pony Trekking with Ormiston Highland Ponies.

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Heritage Centre

At Newtonmore Riidng Centre we have a Highland Pony Heritage Display dedicated to our family’s involvement with the breed over more than 100 years in the local area. the centre will be officially opened at “The Highland Fling” Highland Pony Fun Weekend on Saturday 10th of October.

In addition to lots of old photographs, books and pictures the centre has all sorts of Highland Pony items of interest in including Working Harness, Deer Saddles, Grouse Panniers, Army Riding and Pack Saddles as used by the Lovat Scouts, a Highland Pony Farm Tip Cart, a lype or sledge and various gigs and traps. It is intended to continulaly keep adding to this collection.