Whether you’re a professional rider, leisure rider, beginner or spectator there is certainly an equestrian establishment in the Middle East that caters for your needs. Check out our top 6 equestrian venues in the Middle East.
Based in Abu Dhabi Al Forsan hosts the Middle East leg of the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup but also offer hacking, pony games, dressage clinics, showjumping clinics, stable management courses, pony club and kids camps. Lessons are provided by BHS qualified instructors and are available for all ages and levels of ability.
They also have space for 167 liveries and offer an air-conditioned indoor arena, outdoor arena, grass arena, sand paddocks, 2 air-conditioned horse walkers, a Solarium, Vita Floor, a veterinary clinic and resident vet, on-site farrier services and horse transportation.
Based in Dubai, the resort and club provide state-of-the-art facilities and training. The resort is set in more than six million square feet of land and consists of 122 villas for lease, luxury homes, a Polo Academy and a Riding School. They cater to beginners all the way through to experienced riders and combine experienced professional instructors and well-produced horses. They also offer livery services ranging from stable only to full livery and they host polo tournaments along with other events.
Not only the humans but the horses are accommodated in absolute luxury with 60 turnout paddocks, two lunge areas, four world-class polo fields, five horse walkers, two exercise tracks, two international-sized arenas plus a dedicated Riding School arena and 520 modern stables.
Based in Dubai the centre is the only fully approved British Horse Society Centre in the Middle East, so you can be guaranteed to find the highest standard of training offered by their qualified instructors. They cater to all levels of riders, from beginner to advanced, and provide excellent horses. They boast a quality maintained cross-country course with 21 safe but challenging fences, an international-sized showjumping arena with premium Martin Collins Poly Track footing, and 5 additional arenas to fulfil all your training needs. They have lots of hacking available with a lake and tracks to discover.
Their riding school season runs from mid-September to mid-June and the competition season runs from mid-October to mid-April. During the competition season, EEC is an active events centre offering training shows for grassroots competitors all the way up to FEI World Cup qualifiers. They host National Show Jumping and National Dressage competitions, the FEI World Dressage Challenge and the Dubai Show Jumping Championship CSIW Dubai). In addition to these spectator-friendly events, they offer Pony Club rallies, camps, and clinics.
EEC also offers training to clients working towards their BHS qualifications and they have livery facilities for up to 100 horses.
The first equestrian club in the UAE, Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club was established in 1982. They offer a riding school, showjumping events, a flat
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racecourse The Sharjah Grand Stand), hotel and recreation club, an equine hospital and a breeding centre.
The Club organises an annual Festival for Arabian Horses and there are currently two more festivals being held; one for straight Egyptian bred and one for local bred Arabians.
They currently hold two international showjumping events annually, the “Sharjah International Show Jumping Competition World Cup qualifier CSI3*W.” and Sharjah Ruler Cup CSI2*. Sharjah Club also hosts 6 national jumping events supervised by the UAE Equestrian Federation.
Based in Doha, Qatar, this facility is where the FEI Longines Global Champions Tour have held their Middle Eastern leg for the past two years. With a 980,000 square-metre horseshoe-shaped design, the centre is equipped with an international sized indoor arena that seats 6000 spectators, outdoor arena, warm-up arena and Riding Academy education facility. It also has a breeding and show centre prominent for its breeding program of Arabian horses.
Visitors can stay in the on-site boutique hotel featuring 70 guest rooms and 24‐hour in‐room dining facilities.
The venue boasts an equine exercise complex useful for the endurance sector with state of the art air-conditioned hydrotherapy unit including a swimming pool, equine jacuzzi and dry treadmill and horse-walker with the integral lunging unit. The showjumping and dressage stables have access shaded arenas, hacking trails plus paddock areas on top of which the endurance stables have access to a sand and fibre training track and washed sand canter track.
They also have an onsite Veterinary Centre which includes a complete service Equine Hospital, clinic and laboratory.
The AESGC Equestrian Club was opened for riders in September 2007 with the vision to provide excellent horsemanship and equestrian skills in a safe and fun environment with quality instruction. They have a racecourse and host showjumping events, they also provide instruction for all levels. They have a hydrotherapy unit, offer racetrack training, livery and farriery services.