Horse Riding in Hong Kong - 7 Best Horse Riding Schools

Back in 1846, when the Britishers ceded Hong Kong back in their name, the tradition of horse riding in Hong Kong began. Officially started with the foundation of the Hong Kong Jockey Club in 1884, this sport is still in practice. It is often regarded as a prestigious leisure activity in this commercial hub of Asia, Hong Kong. Hong Kong and horse riding have a legacy for decades, which is still continuing in its glorious way. Seven such horse riding schools and clubs of Hong Kong which can cater to the interest of the locals and travellers are:

1. Tuen Mun Public Riding School

Horse riding practices at Tuen Mun Public Riding School
Practising at Tuen Mun Public Riding School (Source)
Looked after by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Tuen Mun Public Riding school is the largest public riding school in Hong Kong. Surrounded by mountains and sea near the Tuen Mun, this school was established in 1994 with a total occupancy of 34,800 sq metres of land where lessons for horse riding in Hong Kong can be availed in English and Cantonese language. There would be competitions taking place around the day as well. Newcomers are often thrilled to see the arrangements of the pony paddocks, horse, paddock, group training classes along with professional equestrian facilities. 
Address - Lot 45 Lung Mun Road, Tuen Mun, New Territories, Hong Kong
Contact - 24613338
Timings - (Closed on Mondays)
Tuesday to Sunday : 09:00 AM to 12:00 Noon and 02:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Cost-
Pony Lesson for Children (group training): HKD 320 per person (45 mins) per lesson
Horse Lesson (group training) : HKD 395 per person (1 hour) per lesson
Website- https://corporate.hkjc.com/corporate/english/jc-news-and-activities/jc-equestrian-development/public-riding-schools/tm/tm-index.aspx

2. Pokfulam Public Riding School

Established in 1978, Pokfulam Public Riding School is one of the busiest horse riding schools of Hong Kong. This school offers the perfect blend for a great family time amidst riding and other activities. BHS or British Horse Society designated Pokfulam Public Riding School with 2000 Square Metres of land has thirty-three barn style stables, some of which are air-conditioned, as well. It also has a well maintained hacking trail, an outdoor arena, tack room, lecture room and a sale corner along with engaging lessons for horse riding in Hong Kong and workshops to enjoy this equestrian sport.
Address - 75 Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road, Pok Fu Lam
Phone - 25501359
Timings - (Closed on Mondays)
Tuesday to Friday: 07:00 AM to 12:00 Noon and 02:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 07:00 AM to 12:00 Noon and 02:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Cost -
Pony Lesson for Children (group training) : HKD 320 per person (45 mins) per lesson
Horse Lesson (group training) : HKD 395 per person (1 hour) per lesson
Website - https://corporate.hkjc.com/corporate/english/jc-news-and-activities/jc-equestrian-development/public-riding-schools/pfl/pfl-index.aspx

3. International Riding Centre

With a perfect ambience for riding, the International Riding Centre of Hong Kong, covering a large area to 160,000 sq metres, is visited by both young and adults, beginners and experienced. For thoroughly enjoying the essence of horse riding in Hong Kong, different activities like YMCA camp, Horse Camp, Easter Camp along with five large irrigated sand paddocks are available. With experienced staff handling all the lessons with proper care, these lessons are available both in English and Chinese.
Address - 228 Fan Kam Road, Yuen Long,  New Territories
Phone - 24880828
Timings - 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Cost -
Private lesson on Weekdays - HKD 600 per person
Private lesson on Weekends - HKD 650 per person
Website http://www.irchk.com.hk/index.html

4. ClearWater Bay Equestrian and Education Centre

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Recently established in 2008, ClearWater Bay Equestrian and Education Centre is a private initiative with member-based equestrian facilities. A very charming spot with five paddocks from Lobster Bay Waterfront to ClearWater Bay Country Park, facilities are available for both members and non-members along with arranging birthday parties and pony parties, as well. With British Horse Society (BHS) approval in hand and trained professionals mostly from the UK, this centre is a great place for any beginner interested in horse riding in Hong Kong. 
Address - Lung Ha Wan Road, Clearwater Bay, Sai Kung, New Territories
Phone - 63986241
Cost -
For non member riding, a private riding lesson will charge HKD 700 (weekdays) and HKD 765 (weekends), per person for 45 minutes
Website - https://www.ceec.hk/

5. Lo Wu Saddle Club

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Lo Wu Saddle Club is the best option if you wish to indulge in a relaxed experience of horse riding in Hong Kong. Situated in the heart of Sheung Shui in New Territories, this non-profit organisation, run independently, offers beautiful facilities along with experienced instructors for horse and pony ridings, with lessons available in both English and Chinese language. Be it the beginners getting thrilled with more than 40 equine ranges or the professional practising cross country jumps, there are special provisions of pony camps for the younger riders, too.
Address - Ho Sheung Heung - STT 1408 (TP) Sheung Shui, New Territories, Hong Kong
Phone - 26730066
Timings -
Tuesday to Thursday : 07:15 AM to 09:00 PM
Friday to Sunday : 07:15 AM to 06:00 PM
Monday : 02:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Cost -
Horse riding in Mid-Weekdays - HKD 480 (Class per rider)
Horse riding for Weekends - HKD 545 (Class per rider)
Lesson fees vary for Members and Non Members
Website - http://www.lowusaddleclub.com/

6. Beas River Equestrian Centre

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Also known as Beas River Riding Centre (BRRC), this centre is a BHS certified centre, working under the umbrella of the prestigious Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC). This Riding and Livery centre provides elaborate private as well as group lessons to beginners in horse riding in Hong Kong. An excellent place for experienced riders with an international standard competition arena with an abundance of cross-country jumps - Beas River Riding Centre appears to be equally enticing as well. Birthday parties and pony rides during parties are also available.
Address - Beas River Country Club, Sheung Shui, new Territories, Hong Kong
Phone - 29661990
Timings - (Closed on Mondays)
Tuesday to Sunday : 08:00 AM to 12:00 Noon and 02:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Website - https://corporate.hkjc.com/corporate/english/jc-news-and-activities/jc-equestrian-development/beas-river-equestrian/bre-index.aspx

7. Lei Yue Mun Public Riding School

Practices at Lei Yue Mun Public Riding School
A serene place on the eastern side of the Hong Kong island is maintained by Lei Yue Mun Public Riding School, under the umbrella of HKJC. Occupying a total area of 4,000 Square Metres, this riding school offers extensive lessons to enthusiasts of all groups. Several training sessions in groups and classes are given to encourage the sport among the fellow mates. Not just this, consistent, stable management courses and demonstrations are conducted regularly, along with other professional courses for horse riding in Hong Kong. 
Address - Lei Yue Mun Park, 75 Chai Wan Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong
Phone - 25689776 
Timings - (Closed on Mondays)
Tuesday to Friday : 07:30 AM to 12:00 Noon and 02:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Saturdays to SundaY : 07:00 AM to 12:00 Noon and 02:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Cost - 
Pony Lesson for Children (group training) : HKD 320 per person (45 mins) per lesson
Horse Lesson (group training) : HKD 395 per person (1 hour) per lesson
Website - https://corporate.hkjc.com/corporate/english/jc-news-and-activities/jc-equestrian-development/public-riding-schools/lym/lym-index.aspx

Horse Riding in Hong Kong for the Disabled

Volunteers at work in RDA
Horse riding is often regarded as a sport which helps in enhancing the inner strength, mental and physical and building the confidence of the children of all ages, especially disabled children and adults, in the best way possible. Lady MacLehose made one such initiative to make the differently-abled participate in this equestrian sport in the year 1975. With a small group in hand, Lady MacLehose obtained the government grant for the initiative, which was further backed up by HKJC. Anyone diagnosed with a physical or intellectual disability can enrol as a member of this non-profit organisation named Riding for the Disabled Association Ltd., located in Lung Mun Road, Tuen Mun in the New territories.

Equestrian Gears

Whether you are beginning or have experienced horse riding in Hong Kong, proper equestrian gear is a must. Few basic ones are mentioned below :
  • Non-Slick Long Pants
  • Paddock boots or leather boots
  • Riding gloves
  • Helmet
  • Safety vest
  • Lead rope
  • Girth
  • Saddle Pad
  • Bridle and reins

Tips

Horse riding in Hong Kong
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  • If any rider is having any health issues, they need to seek medical assistance beforehand.
  • Riders must always be in the proper clothes with proper helmets and boots while riding.
  • It is advisable not to stop your horse if the horse is showing resistance while tied, instead of, handle the situation tactfully.
  • The rider must keep an eye on the horse being well fed.
Horse riding in Hong Kong is a big deal, and if you are into this sport, this is your place to be!

This post was published by Sreyashi Paul

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