Horseback Riding in New Providence
The Windsor Equestrian Centre, or Happy Trails Stables as it is known locally, has been operating in The Bahamas since 1977. The brainchild of Duke and Susan Smith, the stables began offering trail rides for visitors and residents from its location in Coral Harbour, a small scenic settlement on the beach, about 25 minutes from downtown Nassau, the Bahamas’ capital, and only 7 minutes from the prestigious Lyford Cay. It was not long before the Smiths were boarding private horses and offering instruction for novice riders, all of which continue to this day.
The Stable is situated on 2.3 acres of prime property about 3 minutes from the beach by car or 15 minutes on horseback. The various trails lead mostly to the beaches of Coral Harbour and Adelaide, a nearby village, and alongside a natural lake, Corrie Sound. The stable itself has a full exercise arena with lighting, originally built by the New Providence Development Company. The arena is equipped with a full set of show jumps and the property also includes two turn-out corrals. 19 island-style stalls, each 12’ x 12’ or larger, equipped with automatic water and electricity provide stabling facilities along with a main feed room and hay storage area. Four tack rooms complete the stabling area. A roomy “Manager’s Cottage” provides fully air conditioned accommodation, along with Cable TV and internet access. A large welcome bar, along with bathrooms and shower provide the perfect area for barbecues and offer facilities for catering to events and horse shows.
Happy Trails is the only trail riding facility in Nassau. For 6 days per week visitors can enjoy a 1.5 hour trail ride every morning. They are picked up from their hotel or cruise ship by the Happy Trails courtesy bus, brought out to the stables where they are given some basic riding instruction and then it’s off to the trails. The trails lead through the woods and onto a beautiful unspoiled beach. The pace is leisurely and no special experience is necessary.
There are a few restrictions:
- Children must be 12 years or older
- Weight limit is 200lbs (we are flexible so please ask!) Rule of thumb is that no horse should be asked to carry more than 25% of its own body weight
- No tandem riding
- Non-riders coming on the courtesy bus will be charged $20 round trip
- This activity is not suitable for the physically or mentally impaired.
Price: $150 per person which includes the round trip transportation and 1.5 hours of riding.
Reservations are required and must be made with VISA or Mastercard. 24 hours notice must be given in case of cancellations.
Pick up times are as follows:
- Atlantis and other Paradise Island hotels: 8am and 10:30am
- Cruise Ships and down town hotels: 8:15am and 10:45am
- Cable Beach hotels and out west: 8:30am and 11am
Many thousands of visitors have passed through our doors over the years. Many are repeat customers coming back year after year. Among our well known clients are Marvin Hagler, Vanessa Williams, Rick Fox and Terell Davis to mention a few.
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