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Equestrian Adventures

All rides are temporarily suspended and will regain operation after January 1, 2008 or until further notice.  South Point Adventure may be available and we suggest emailing us for available dates.

The Horses

   All our horses are registered American Quarter Horses and are extensively trained and managed on a regular basis.  These are the same horses which regularly perform in the local rodeos, parades, horse shows and other island wide equestrian events. 

Your Wrangler

    Joan Prescott-Lighter, along with her husband Eric,  have lived in Volcano for over 17 years and are the Innkeepers  for Aloha Place- Inn of Volcano and Guest House at Pali Uli.  Joan's equestrian skills were polished on the Eastern seaboard training, riding and showing Hunters, Show Jumpers and Steeplechasers.  She competed professionally for over 12 years in Combined Training starting green horses Pre-Training Level through Preliminary and Advanced Level competitions. 

    A Certified Riding Instructor of the American Riding Instructors Association,  an Accredited Member of the American Society of Equine Appraisers and her B.A. in Horsemanship for Teaching/Schooling ensures an unsurpassed equestrian experience for all to enjoy.  In Hawaii, Joan participates in everything from round-ups to Dressage.  For the past five years Volcano Ranch has been concentrating on breeding and raising several prospects of their own. 

    "To be able to ride through the ever changing beauty of the Hawaiian landscape is a dream beyond measure.  From the misty rainforests to the fields of wild orchids and remote emerald paths of sparkling olivine, we are so fortunate for this wind swept Pacific so few experience.  I'm glad to provide this opportunity to share this way of seeing paradise with others."   Joan Prescott-Lighter

American Quarter Horse Association- Amateur Member

American Quarter Horse Association- Ride Program Member

American Riding Instructors Association Member

American Society of Equine Appraisers- Accredited Member

Arabian Horse Association Member

Arabian Horse Ride Program Member

Hawaii Isle Dressage and Combined Training Association Member

United States Equestrian Team Foundation Member

National Reining Horse Association Member

United States Dressage Federation Member

United States Eventing Association Member

General Information

Confirmed Reservations are required 48 hours in advance and are secured with a Credit Card Guaranty.  Visa and MasterCard are accepted.  All riders must be registered guests of Aloha Place- Inn of Volcano/Guest House of Volcano due to insurance constraints.

Cancellations-  We require a 48 hour advance notice of cancellation to avoid FULL FARE charges of your reserved ride.  These rides require an extensive amount of time to coordinate and scheduling of personnel hence No Shows and Late Notification of Cancellation will be charged FULL FARE of the reserved ride- NO EXCEPTIONS!   Email to send inquiry, confirm or cancel info@volcanoinn.com .  Lessons are available and can be pre-arranged according to skill level usually within 48 hours.  All instructors are ARIA Certified.

Check-in Time-  Meet at the pre-destined location at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure of your ride.  A 15 minute Pre-Ride Certification is required for all confirmed riders.  During this time you will be introduced to your mount and provided with proper equipment and detailed safety instructions for your ride. 

Age and Physical Condition-  Riders must be over 8 years of age and in good physical condition.  Weight limit is 220 lbs.  For your safety, we reserve the right to refuse anyone with whom we determine is in poor physical condition.  Children  aged 14 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.  Children between the age of 14 and 18 must have written consent from a parent and ALL riders must sign a compulsory waiver. 

Tack and Apparel- We provide Western saddles and tack unless otherwise requested. We strongly recommend loose fitting long pants and closed toe shoes are a must (preferably with a heel).  We do have several pairs of boots and shoes to loan but size is limited.  For your safety and enjoyment we provide only ASTM approved helmets for all riders.  Each horse is equipped with a pack to securely carry your camera gear and water bottle.

Experience-  Rides are moderately safe for the first-time rider, as well as, the very experienced horseman.  All Volcano Ranch rides will be modified as to overall experience level for the safety of all participants. 

Weather-  Volcano is famous for it's intermittent showers.  Rides go out rain or shine.  However, in the event of inclement weather at the time of departure, outings may be rescheduled at our discretion.

History-  Volcano Village came into being with the advent of sightseers to the calderas of Kilauea in the late 1800's.  At first the old wealthy 'Kama'aina' (born in Hawaii) families established vacation homes in the area to escape the heat of Hilo and Honolulu during the summer months.  Much later during World War II the military established Kilauea Military Camp on the edge of Kilauea Crater, bringing many visitors.  Surrounding the Village of Volcano are several large ranches as well as, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which draws an many as 5,000 visitors daily.  Today, Volcano Village is a close knit community made up mostly of artisans, retired Military Personnel, National Park employees and those seeking cool climates and volcanic activity at its finest! 

2007 Big Island Equestrian Calendar of Events!


1-2      HIDCTA Dressage and Horse Trials- Panaewa Arena

15       HICHA Cutting & Reining- Honokaa Arena

29-30  HQHA   Fall Registered Show- Honokaa Arena


7         HIDCTA Dressage Show- HPA, Kamuela

27-28  HICHA Cow Horse Championship- Honokaa Arena

HHOA- Hawaii Horse Owners Association

HICHA- Hawaii Isle Cutting Horse Association

HIDCTA- Hawaii Isle Dressage & Combined Training Association

HPA- Hawaii Preparatory Academy

HQHA- Hawaii Quarter Horse Association

This is a tentative schedule; changes with scheduling may occur.  Contact the Associations directly for further information and details.

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