Whether you want to follow the footsteps of Zara Phillips, the Queen’s granddaughter and former Olympic equestrian’s footsteps, or you simply want to spend some time bonding with the world’s most majestic animal, horseback riding has been long loved around the world.
While horseback riding may have begun as a means of transportation, it has since evolved into a recreational activity and sport which tests the rider’s endurance, reining and vaulting skills.
If you’re thinking about taking up horseback riding as a hobby, there’s no time like the present. From public riding schools to private horse riding clubs, we list out the best horse riding schools in Hong Kong.
1. The Hong Kong Jockey Club
With three public riding schools in Tuen Mun, Pok Fu Lam and Lei Yue Mun, The Hong Kong Jockey Club offers riding lessons for all ages in both Cantonese and English. Group classes of 5-6 students are first colour-coded, then grouped according to their horse riding level.
The Pok Fu Lam location is by far one of the most popular riding schools in Hong Kong due to its convenient location. Built in 1978, this riding facility spans over 2,000 m², with one outdoor and indoor floodlit sand arena, thirty-three barn style boxes in the two-storey stable.
If you’re willing to travel to the New Territories, The Tuen Mun Public Riding School is worth the extra effort. Spanning over an area of 40,000m², the school is part of LCSD Tuen Mun Recreation Sports Centre, which also provides other activities such as archery, golf driving range and rope courses for the public.
Located on the eastern side of Hong Kong Island, Lei Yue Mun Public Riding School takes up 4,000m² of space on the hillside. While visitors have noted that this location is on the smaller size, the facilities and trainers here are on par with the other locations.
Joining & Riding Fee: Students have to fill in an online enrollment form for proper age verification checks and class allocation according to the applicant’s selected time slot and riding experience. Students aged 6-14 will be allocated to pony lessons priced at HK$320 per 45 minute lesson. Horse riding lessons for students aged 15 or above is priced at HK$395 per one hour lesson.
Note: Lei Yue Mun Public Riding School is temporarily closed due to Covid-19. Please refer to The Hong Kong Jockey Club for the latest arrangements.
Pokfulam Public Riding School, 75 Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
Tuen Mun Public Riding School, Lot 45 Lung Mun Road, Tuen Mun, New Territories, Hong Kong
Lei Yue Mun Public Riding School, Lei Yue Mun Park, 75 Chai Wan Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong