There are people passionate about horses and horse events in every corner of the planet. The passion has created the need for numerous equestrian clubs offering the highest level of equestrianism and the essential joy of being with these nobles animals and elite equine athletes. These equestrian clubs host numerous horse-related events throughout the year and offer high-end stables and four-star horse facilities. From dressage, training, show jumping to rodeo, barrel racing, tests of both speed and stamina, plus prestigious races, the biggest equestrian clubs are homes for rare elements of grace, poetry in motion, spirit and fire.
Here are some of the biggest equestrian clubs with long-standing traditions, spaces blessed with incredible horse facilities. These are not just the premier equestrian arenas of this kind in these countries, but the ones that rank highly anywhere in the world.
If you climb into the saddle be ready for the ride:
Horse racing is serious business, especially in Qatar. Thanks to state-of-the-art facilities, Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club is one of the most enviable horse training centers in the world, encouraging horse owners to own the best horses and to develop horse breeding. The famous club is developing thoroughbred and purebred Arabian horse racing events, and it is organizing Arabian horse shows.
The Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club is the official sponsor of the weekend of Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe held in Longchamp, Paris during the first weekend of October. Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is considered the richest race in Europe. As one of the richest races on turf in the world, Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe attracts more than 70,000 spectators at L’hippodrome de Longchamp. Winning the Arc is the greatest victory that a jockey could hope to achieve.
With one of the major horse racing industries in Europe, France is like Heaven to horse lovers and for horse races. Here are held also The Grand Prix de Paris, the Prix du Jockey Club (the French Derby) and the Prix de Diane.
Emirates Equestrian Centre
Specialised in the disciplines of show jumping, dressage and cross-country, Emirates Equestrian Centre (established in 1983) is the apogee of equestrian activity in the Middle East and Dubai.
Emirates Equestrian Centre is home to a top quality riding school. The Centre hosts the Dubai Show Jumping Team, Dubai Pony Club, and an excellent livery yard. Here are trained the future stars of the equestrian world, including those participating in the Dubai World Cup race, a horse race with a purse of ten million dollars, making it the largest purse in the world.
The iconic Meydan Racecourse in Dubai hosting The Dubai World Cup race is reported to be the world’s largest race track. The world’s richest race day, worth $30m in prize money, is back on Saturday, March 26, 2016.
It is really great to be among the 60,000 plus spectators, but you can feel the “animated roulette” from the comfort of your home.
As parimutuel betting in the UAE is not possible, you can place your bets on any horse race online on one of the biggest websites dedicated to sports gambling. William Hill’s online sports betting covers all the sports and all the legendary horse races around the world, including the most prestigious flat races such as the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Japan Cup, Epsom Derby, Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup.
Kentucky Horse Park – Get close to horses in the Horse Capital of the World
The biggest horse events in the U.S. are synonymous with Louisville, Kentucky. The world’s finest come to race here for The Kentucky Derby – a famous race known in the United States as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports” or “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports”. The reputable race is held annually on the first Saturday in May and usually surpasses the attendance of all other stakes races (the Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes & the Breeders’ Cup).
An internationally known competition facility, the 1,200-acre Kentucky Horse Park is a true “equine theme park” offering trail rides, a chance to visit the world-renowned International Museum of the Horse, and a live equine presentation involving the park’s 30 breeds. The Kentucky Horse Park is described as the leading tourist attraction for all things “horse” and one of the world’s best equine competition facilities.
Royal Ascot Racing Club UK
Royal Ascot Racing Club is considered to be one of the finest racing club in the world. It combines superb facilities, privilegies, exquisite food, and horses in training. The club purchases racehorses for its members’ enjoyment and regularly has runners from Royal Ascot to the Cheltenham Festival. A major event in the British social calendar, The Royal Ascot is Europe’s best-attended race meeting
Ascot Racecourse is one of the leading racecourses in the United Kingdom, hosting nine of Britain’s 32 annual Group 1 horse races.
Oldencraig Equestrian Centre UK
The premier competition and training establishment in the South East of England, Oldencraig Equestrian Centre offers 6 star facilities with a full range of benefits for riders of all standards. Oldencraig can help you find your next superstar. You have access to hire any of Oldencraig’s facilities, vetting, arrange for equine transport, take advantage of a rug cleaning service, or a School Hire with Jumps.
Hartpury Equine UK
One of the largest equestrian centres in the world, Hartpury is equal to elite equestrian training. The equine education facilities are a melting pot for top riders. Hartpury offers Diploma Equine Courses, Vet Physiotherapy Courses,
Hartpury Equine runs three major equine events annually; Hartpury Showjumping Spectacular, Hartpury Festival of Dressage and NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials.