After 18 years and an amazing 3000 hours of riding, an era has ended with the closure of Limestone Coast Horseriding.
Julie Earl has retired from providing pony rides, lessons and bush trail expeditions on the Struan property near Naracoorte she shares with her husband Colin.
Julie set up the business at the property known as “Kerami” in January, 2001, over the years expanding from seven to 17 horses, with local girls helping to manage groups on busy days.
Julie said the unique bush trails, including gourmet picnics and a cave tour, attracted people from far and wide.
Kerami became a repeat destination for tourists, with some even doing the return drive from Adelaide the same day, while others stayed overnight or longer and visited other local attractions.
Numerous children enjoyed pony rides at local shows and the Naracoorte Christmas pageant and Julie felt the facility had created a pathway for riders to learn and move on to owning their own horses, or to rekindle a previous passion.
“Over the years, we have had around 10,000 seats in saddles,” Julie said. “Keeping people safe, coaching and providing an enjoyable experience is challenging and very rewarding.
"It’s been a fabulous way to show off our beautiful environment, and foster people's special love of horses.”
While a few horses and ponies will remain at Kerami for friends and family to ride, Julie is no longer taking bookings.
She said: “It’s been an amazing ride; so many wonderful people, so much fun, such a special part of my life. I’ll miss it but it’s time for the next adventure.”
The closure of the business means the nearest providers of guided rides are near Adelaide, although riding lessons are available at Penola.
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