Nevis Equestrian Centre
Nevis Equestrian Centre
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Our most popular ride is the Nevis beach and trail ride which begins with a walk to the beach through an old coconut grove which was once part of Jamestown, the first capital of Nevis in the 1600's. Close by is Ft. Ashby, the first fort on the island built in 1650. Along the way, you will pass Nelson's Spring, a beautiful lagoon where clipper ships once filled up with fresh drinking water. We continue through Calhoun Estate where you will see Brahma cattle and in the distance, St. Thomas' Anglican Church, the oldest active Anglican Church in the Caribbean (1643). We then return to the beach at Beach Paradise Nevis on Paradise Beach, where we can see the beach at the Four Seasons Resort. From there, we turn east, off the beach to Paradise Estate, once a magnificent sugar plantation where you will see ruins of a sugar mill and, a little farther off, the magnificent estate homes at Four Seasons. Your ride then proceeds through the bush, near the Four Seasons world-renowned golf course. We ride past a typical Nevis home of the 1800's, made completely of cedar shingles, and on through the village of Cotton Ground, which derives its name from the production of cotton in years past. The people of this village are warm and friendly and you don't want to forget the name of your horse because the young children, who know the horses, will question you as to which one you are riding. As we make our return to the stables you will see St. Kitts to the west and the cloud covered Nevis Peak to the east. Just another beautiful day in paradise! Proprietors, The Guilberts, raised Arabian show horses for twenty-five years in California, USA before moving to Nevis in 1994. They opened the Nevis Equestrian Centre in 1996 with daughter, Erika, a trained hunter-jumper rider who conducted therapeutic riding, as a community service, for students with special needs from 1998 until 2009. Her students brought home gold silver and bronze medals from the Special Olympics held in North Carolina, USA in 1999 and from the Special Olympics World Games in Ireland in 2003.
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Lucy M
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Apr 2023 • Solo
Had a fantastic ride through beautiful scenery, passed eighteenth century ruins, along the beach and into the water. The horses were fantastic, suitable for beginners while some were still lively enough to keep it interesting for more experienced riders. Erika was wonderful, so experienced and capable, looked after everyone, answered everyone's questions. Highly recommend this, would definitely be a highlight of anyone's trip to Nevis!
Written August 3, 2023
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Irene H
Miami, Florida, United States3 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
The center is family owned and there is a lot of personality, character, personalization, charm, hospitality, and more. We loved the personalized private tour (highly recommend doing with your family). Bring a phone protector when you enter into the beach. No phones were dropped in the water, but I can see how easily it is to drop one. Recommend wearing sunscreen and long sleeve pants and shirts and a hat. The sun is so strong. No experience is needed to go on this horseback riding tour. The horses are very well trained and experienced in the journey. They could give the tour themselves. We loved Erika and her father. Very warm, inviting, understanding, patient, and excellent with kids. Our young girls adored her.
Written July 26, 2023
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Donez T
Boston, MA1 contribution
Aug 2014 • Couples
If you are traveling to the island of Nevis make it a point to go horseback riding with the Nevis Equestrian Centre. My husband and I were there 1 week ago and it was an amazing experience. I requested a private ride on trails and the beach and they delivered! Upon arriving we were met by the father/daughter duo John and Erika. They had picked out beautiful horses for us and helped us mount them. We were accompanied by an amazing (and very patient!) Guide named Jose and the Farm dog (which was an added bonus!). It was a wonderful way to tour part of the island and a dream of mine to ride a horse on the beach! Don't miss out~
Written August 7, 2014
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John D
Boston, MA27 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
I recently visited the island of Nevis with my wife for our honeymoon. This was one of the first excursions we planned and I'm so glad we did. Neither of us had ever been on a horse before but the staff at Nevis Equestrian Centre made us feel like pros.

Our tour guide was Onavis, he was very friendly, informative, and professional. This was a romantic sunset beach ride but also went through the village a bit and acted as a mini island tour, stopping at some interesting sites along the way to the beach.

We dealt with Erika before hand, who is also very friendly and made us feel comfortable on the horses.

I thought the price was reasonable as well. I highly recommend.
Written July 21, 2014
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Equijen
Burgh le Marsh, UK3 contributions
Feb 2013 • Family
i was really not very impressed with the ride. it didn't last very long and the scenery was not very spectacular. me and my dad went, it was supposed to be mum but she was ill the day of the ride. he has plenty of experience with horses, having worked as a groom for an event rider in the past and i am an experianced rider too, owning my own horse and competing at a high level.
we went on the beach and the horses we so excited and frisky. so frisky that the instructor fell off! i didnt feel very safe after that so just decided to walk but the instructor began galloping so my horse as well as my dad's bolted and got out of control. my dad fell off whilst my horse wouldn't stop. it really was a disaster and i dont know what an inexperianced rider would have done! once my dad's horse was collected back up, we rode back but the instructor was not filling us with confidence by telling us stories of many other people who have fallen off previous to our ride.
although at least one good thing! at least the horses weren't slow steady dobbins! and they were well cared for too. my occasion may just have been a one off but i wouldn't go to this stables again.
Written January 3, 2014
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Steve C
Reading, PA2 contributions
May 2015 • Friends
We had a group of 7 with 3 of us riding for the first time. John made us all feel comfortable with his great expertise. The horses were very well behaved and the scenery was just incredible. It was the best experience I had on St Kitts/ Nevis in the 2 weeks I was there.
Written May 5, 2015
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Elizabeth W
Lindon, UT270 contributions
May 2012 • Couples
Had a very enjoyable beach and trail ride with a guide from Dominican republic. Horses were very well-behaved which is very important. One of our group had never been on a horse before, and she did great. Enjoyed riding on the beach and riding by historic ruins of the sugar plantations. This is a walk only ride--no trotting, cantering or galloping. Very safe and relaxing.
Written June 3, 2012
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shawnbush22
Orlando, FL2 contributions
Aug 2016
No one on the island during hurricane season and We wanted to move to next day. Charges us $400 US and full price the next day. Crazy!! Do not use them!
Written August 29, 2016
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We received a booking for 10 riders for a sunset ride on August 29th. The ride time was set for 5:00 p.m. We requested that the guests to be at our location at 4:45 so that we had enough time to get them mounted in time for the ride. At 4:40 we received a call from the hotel that the group said that they could not be ready in time and wanted to reschedule for tomorrow. We already had bookings for tomorrow and could not accommodate them. The hotel agent passed this information back to the guests and they said to cancel the ride. Every hotel and or agent has a copy of our cancellation policy and we rely on the hotel to alert the guests as to our policy. It is also listed on our website. In this case our policy states "cancellations for afternoon rides must be made in the morning of the ride for no charge. Cancellations within the hour of the ride is treated as a "no show" and will be charged 100%". This sunset ride cost is $80.00 per person. The cancellation fee was $800.00 for 10 riders. We charged them $400.00 or 50%. We normally only take 8 riders per ride, however because this group had 7 out of 10 experienced riders we agreed to 10. With that amount of people we needed to call in extra guides to prepare for and conduct the ride, which is an added cost. Sunset rides must be conducted on time as we never want to risk riding in the dark for the safety of our guests, horses or any other people or vehicles that could be present. I have spoken with the hotel management and they said they will make sure that all future riders will have full knowledge of our cancellation policy.
Written September 6, 2016
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Joanne
Leeds, UK54 contributions
Oct 2015 • Friends
An amazing experience, with beautiful horses on a beautiful island. We stayed in Nevis for 10 nights from 14th October 2015. My 12 year old daughter loved riding on the beach and in the sea so much she had 3 separate rides throughout our holiday!
John was friendly, extremely helpful and hugely knowledgeable on all things equestrian!!
I absolutely loved this excursion, well worth every cent!
Written November 11, 2015
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Thank you all very much for this review of our horses and services! Your daughter is an excellent rider and were happy to give her an opportunity to enjoy riding on the beach. We look forward to riding with you again when you return to Nevis.
Written November 12, 2015
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Matt D
Jacksonville, FL8 contributions
Feb 2015 • Couples
My wife and I are very amateur horse back riders, the guides and owner made us feel very comfortable. Easy to tell the owners love their horses and their island. Beautiful scenery.
Written March 2, 2015
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