In 2017 we opened Ceylon Riding Club, the only internationally run horse-riding centre, based in Piliyandala, Sri Lanka overlooking verdant green paddy fields in 3-acres of land. We have 14 horses, thoroughbreds, Sindhi and ponies, all well-loved and well-trained, beautifully natured. We have around 300 members and are looking to expand. We are now opening a second centre and are particularly looking for volunteers with previous experience working with horses.
Running a riding school in this part of the world is challenging with very limited equine infrastructure and resources. Training and keeping trained staff is also a daily challenge. If you are looking for something challenging, are not put off by hard work and hands on, and/or have skills in riding, schooling and instruction, we would love to hear from you. We have a fully furnished and equipped guesthouse and are located 40 minutes from Colombo and 10 mins from the Southern Highway and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. I have a small team of permanent staff including an international dressage instructor, our manager/instructor from Nepal and several volunteers.
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Where to start? Sri Lanka is emerging after 30 years of internal conflict. it is an exciting time to experience Sri Lanka from the inside rather than as a tourist. You can learn to cook Sri Lankan food, learn the language, enjoy village life, customs and traditions in ways that you can never experience in conventional ways. Also there are few places where you can enjoy a simple village life for a few weeks, but close enough to Colombo and to the beaches to enjoy a mix of both. We run a very happy, family business with at least 80% of our clients from Sri Lanka. It may also suit someone recently qualified in equestrian-related skills who wants to get some real-world experience.
Ideal for someone who loves animals, prior equestrian experience preferred If you have stable management or horse husbandry, horse riding, farrier skills and/or riding instruction experience, it is a big bonus. Ideal to start early morning and can be finished by lunchtime. Weekends are busy, but during the week less so. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the country and meet new people. Work will include cleaning stables, grooming and exercising horses, maintenance, helping in lessons, all things horse-related. Qualified farriers, equine vets and BHS instructors very welcome to apply!
We have a guesthouse adjoining the riding club with private rooms and its own kitchen, bathroom facilities; clean simple and comfortable. There are fans in each room, a fully equipped kitchen , shared dining and living room plus a verandah with views over open paddyfields. Meals can be provided or a food allowance if you prefer to cook your own.
Everyone here gets around by tuk tuk. We have a local service and the tuk tuks have meters, which makes it very easy and safe. The nearby town of Piliyandala is 10 mins away and an authentic Sri Lankan experience complete with vegetable markets and local shops. The capital city of Colombo is less than 1 hour away by tuk tuk and has all amenities including restaurants, bars, nightclubs and a coastline with 5 star hotels and fine dining. From nearby Kottawa you can get a modern a/c highway bus which take 60 minutes down to the south coast town of Galle and all the tropical beach resorts. You can also travel to the tea estates and within 4 hours be upcountry in the cool colonial town of Nuwara Eliya or the ancient capital of Kandy with its temples and historical sites.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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