About Us

Bert & Pennie How are the owner/operators of Peel Forest Horse Trekking which they do in conjunction with their Lodge, Peel Forest Lodge as well as Peel Forest Safaris.

Peel Forest Horse Trekking

The Horse Trekking side of the business has been running for ten years now and has become quite established with clients coming from all around the world, all year round. Treks leave from our purpose built base along side the Rangitata River.

We have been very careful with our selection of horses and ponies and are confident that know matter what your ability or age, we will have a suitable mount.

Safety is very important and we ensure that everyone is given a briefing on riding skills and is correctly fitted with a helmet and footwear. All our guides are very experienced in horsemanship.

We encourage trekkers to take time out for a hot or cold drink before or after their ride. Drinks are complimentary.

Our Guides

Bert How

Owner & Guide

Bert has had a passion for horses since he was very young and has always had horses for both pleasure and work.

In the early eighties he spent a lot time around the Canterbury foothills packing out deer and pigs on horses.

Bert also has a passion for people and so he is in his element sitting on the back of a horse and telling yarns in a very special part of New Zealand.

Bert How

Bert How

Freya Ahrendt

Full Time Head Guide

Freya grew up in the north of Germany and from an early age had a love of horses. She started riding the family Shetland pony when she was around two years old. A few years later she started competing with German riding ponies in dressage and show jumping and trained her parents’ stallion for the German stallion test, which he passed with distinction.

Freya spent many summers on different horse farms in Namibia. This is where she learned about training and breaking in horses, most of which spent their first few years of life as wild horses in huge paddocks and without real contact to humans. While in Nambia, Freya guided her first horse trek and fell in love with showing people beautiful countryside by horseback.

Freya Ahrendt

Freya Ahrendt

Millie How

Part Time Guide

Millie has just had a season working in the Outback Australia.

She has had a great year and learnt another side of horsemanship. From mustering cattle, camp drafting, shoeing and even breaking in a young mare – we are excited to have Millie back to show off her new skills.

millie

Millie How

Toby How

Part Time Guide

Toby is another family member who has been on horses since a young age.  He is the owner of Moggy, the Appalossa (everyone who rides him wants to take him home).  Toby has trekked in Mongolia and loves the free way in which they work with the horses  over there.

toby

Toby How