Here is a list of 6 clubs for Horse Riding in Singapore:
1. Gallop Stable
Gallop stable holds the distinction of being Singapore's largest public horse riding range, with more than a hundred and eighty horses with ten instructors. You can sign up for single, private or group lessons, making this a perfect date idea too. You can even take your children on a stable trip and show them how to care for ponies. The Gallop Stable checks all boxes, and is perfect for solo tourists, couples and families as they also offer hacks!
Location: Gallop has 2 stables in Singapore - Horsecity @Bukit Timah and Pasir Ris Park
Cost: For one-time rides, prices start from SGD 10 for a pony, and go upwards. An hour-long ride along a green trail starts from SGD 85
Timings: The Stable is open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM on all days except Monday
2. Bukit Timah Saddle Club
The only cross-country horse riding course in Singapore, BTSC hosts group events, solo rides, club meetings and leisure lessons. Housing about 95 horses and 10 riding coaches, this club caters to all sections of the population. If you plan on staying in Singapore, you can take up membership, or just access the public non-member facilities. There are obstacle courses you can check out too! Kids' lessons are also offered here, but they do not provide hacks.
Location: 51 Fairways Drive
Cost: Guided trail strolls range from SGD 100 - SGD 150 per person, for 45 minutes. Pony rides cost SGD 10 per ride. You can also take up riding lessons at a price of SGD 450 for four sessions.
Timings: The Club is closed on Monday, and open all other days of the week from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM, and 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM.
3. Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre
The Turf Club has a breathtaking landscape where you can take your horse on a comfortable trot. It has comprehensive classes for beginners as well, making it a crowd favourite for horse riding in Singapore. The horses, ponies and caretakers are all stellar, with about 25 horses and 2 instructors. Note that hacks aren't offered here.
Location: 1 Equestrian Walk
Cost: Private lessons cost SGD 130 per person per session. Beginners' classes start at SGD 85 per session
Timings: They are open from 9:00 AM
4. National Equestrian Centre
This school for horse riding in Singapore is established under the Equestrian Federation of Singapore which has options for children, teenagers and adults. Housing 35 horses and three coaches, the Centre offers training programs for children too. Keep in mind that hacks are not offered here.
Location: 100 Jalan Mashhor
Cost: While a kid's pony playgroup costs SGD 80 per child, adults packages are priced at SGD 640 for citizens and SGD 800 for foreign nationals
Timings: The Centre is open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM on all days except Monday.
5. Singapore Polo Club
Set up in 1886, the Singapore Polo Club has a thriving Riding Centre which has more than five riding instructors and sixty-five horses, to offer you a comprehensive riding program. Children's lessons are also taken up here. The public can even take the horses on rides, and hacks are offered.
Location: 80 Mt Pleasant Road
Cost: Private lessons cost SGD 140 per session, while group lessons cost SGD 70
Timings: The Club is open from 8:30 AM to 10:00 PM
6. RDA Centre
The RDA Centre is one of its kind centres for horse riding in Singapore, as it offers horse riding as a therapeutic setup for both physical and cognitive illnesses. From cognitive disorders to cerebral palsy, the centre provides hippotherapy (horse-assisted therapy) for people with physical, learning or intellectual disabilities. You can even volunteer here!
Location: 5 Jalan Mashhor
Cost: They provide free equine-assisted therapy to patrons, but accept and appreciate donations. You have to register beforehand to avail services.
Timings: The Centre is open from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM on weekdays, and from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturdays. It is not open on Sunday.
Things to Keep in Mind While Horse Riding in Singapore
- Wear appropriate clothes while going horseback riding - stick to comfortable pants or jodhpurs, and cowboy boots or shoes without high heels. Don't wear sandals or flip-flops
- Don't over-accessorise - handbags, scarves and other accessories may hamper your riding experience
- Be gentle with the horse. Do not pull on the reins too hard, and listen to your guide's instructions
- Do not hold on too tightly to the saddle - be confident that you won't fall off (if this is your first time)
- Sit up straight on the saddle, so that your back won't hurt
- Establish a rapport with your horse. Feed it, greet it before you get on, and be gentle with it
- Don't forget to wear a helmet!
- Riding lessons are dependent on the weather. The lessons may be cancelled due to bad weather, so look out for the forecast
- Take note of any allergies that your children may have before letting them interact with animals