by Irina Sheludkova
Do you agree that after-school hours and weekends for your kids need to be educational, but never boring? In this case – think about horse riding! This activity is a perfect way to exercise muscles and coordination skills, and to learn responsibility, teamwork and sportsmanship. Riding a horse means that the rider has to learn to communicate and appreciate another living being.
Bitsa Equestrian and Sports Complex
33 Balaklavsky Prospekt, M. Chertanovskaya or Kaluzhskaya, bus # 28, 163, 624, 671 to the stop “Equestrian and Sports Complex Bitsa”, (095) 318 6188 horse riding, 792 2506 school
Situated in Bitsevsky Park – one of the most picturesque parts of the city. The complex offers riding on 8 outdoor fields with sand and grass, 2 covered riding halls, and treks on horseback to the nearby forest. There is a pony club for children from 6 to 10 years old: one 45-minute lesson with prior booking costs 280 rubles on weekdays and 330 rubles at weekends. Indoor lessons for children up to 16, cost 400 rubles on weekdays and 500 rubles on weekends. A package of 8 lessons per month cost 2,800 rubles. Four group lessons per month (up to 7 kids) cost 1,800 rubles. One hippotherapy (therapeutic riding) session costs 350 rubles; prior booking only. There are many other different groups and lessons. Please inquire.
Center for Development of Equestrian Sports for Children
30 Leninsky Prospekt, Neskuchny Sad (behind Circus and near 3rd Ring Road), M. Leninsky Prospekt, (095) 958 5255
Open daily from 11.00 to 20.00
This is pony club for children from 6 years old, and horse riding lessons for children from 11 years old. Lessons are organized inside a riding hall and on the training ground outside. Monthly subscription includes 10 lessons and costs 3,000 rubles.
Elf Equistrian Club
139 Leninsky Prospect, M. Yugo-Zapadnaya, (095) 423 0310
Groups mainly from 15.00 to 21.00
Groups are organized starting from September, for children from 11 years old. Monthly subscription costs 800 rubles and includes 2 lessons per week. Lessons are held in a riding hall or outside training ground.
Izmailovo Equestrian Club
31 Shosse Entuziastov, Bldg. 1, M. Shosse Entuziastov inside Izmailovsky Park, (095) 176 0983
Open daily from 09.00 to 20.00, prices will be announced in September.
Pony club for groups of children from 6 to 11 years old; pony rides for 3 year old children. Horse riding lessons for children from 10 to 17 years old in a sports school.
Rus Sport Centre
Ul. Svobody, Property 103, M. Planernaya, (095) 495 3028
Open daily from 10.00 to 21.00
By appointment only. From 480 to 800 rubles per hour, depending on the time of the day. For children from 11 years old. This is a small private centre and the number of students is limited per session.
Tsaritsyno Equistrian Complex
Tsaritsyno Park, near ponds, M. Orekhovo, 8 926 148 7103
Open from 10.00 to 12.00 and 15.00 to 18.00 on weekdays; from 10.00 to 18.00 on weekends.
Horse riding lessons for children from 12 years old. 300 rubles on the practice ground; 350 rubles in a the? park per lesson within a monthly subscription (1 hour lesson per week); 450 rubles per one-time lesson on a practice ground; 500 rubles in the park.
Sokoros Equestrian Club
11 Poperechny Prosek bus #140 to the stop “Vtoroi Luchevoi Prosek”,
M. Sokolniki, (095) 268 5942
Pony club for children from 7 years old; 500 rubles for individual lessons; 350 rubles in groups; horse riding lessons cost 600 rubles per hour for children from 12 years old. Monthly tickets for lessons on Saturday and Sunday (10.00 or 11.00), 300 rubles per hour. Two riding halls and outside training ground.
Nagornoye Sports and Recreation Centre
800m from MKAD, near Nagornoye village, M. Medvedkovo, route taxi 606 to Apteka stop or M. Bibirevo, route taxi 290 to stop Apteka, (095) 409-9859
Lessons for children from 12 years old costs 300 rubles. Subscription for 5 lessons per month costs 1700 rubles; 10 lessons per month cost 3000 rubles.
Dmitrovskoye Shosse, Marfino village (20 km from MKAD), M. Altufyevo, bus #419, (095) 974 0812, call them to book a lesson and receive driving instructions.
Pony club for children from 8 years old, horse riding lessons from 11 years old, and much more, including a 2-day trek along the shores of water reservoirs. 300 rubles per hour. Tickets for 8 lessons cost 1300 rubles; 4 lessons cost 800 rubles.
Private Equestrian Club on Leningradskoye Shosse
(12 km away from MKAD), 20 minutes from M. Rechnoy Vokzal, route taxi #131 to the stop “Chernaya Gryaz”
Call 8 926 218 5819 to make an appointment; they will also provide directions to the place.
Only individual lessons with qualified instructors for children from 5 years old. Lessons costs 600 rubles; 4 lessons cost 200 rubles. From 9.00 to 22.00 daily, except Mondays.
Pyatnitskoye Shosse, 3 km away from MKAD, (095) 739 0180
45 hectares, including equestrian complex, two restaurants, lounge, and hotel with six rooms. Individual lessons daily. Subscription for 10 lessons for children costs 6000 rubles. One lesson (30 minutes) costs 750 rubles on weekdays; 800 rubles on weekends.
Research and Art Museum of Horse Breeding
44 Ul. Timiryazevskaya 976-1003. Open Tuesday and Thursday,10.00 -16.00, free.
This museum features paintings of many Russian animalists and military artists, as well as the works of Serov, Vrubel, Polenov, Surikov. The museum has 3500 paintings, graphic work, sculptures and examples of applied art, video and photo resources, thematic stamp collections, cards, envelopes, badges and souvenirs. The museum’s library houses books and magazines on horse breeding, and including unique folios from 16th-18th centuries.
Czar Horse Exhibition at the State Historical Museum
presents paintings of royal horsemen of the 18th and 19th centuries and items of decorative and applied arts. The exposition features works of Nikolay Sverchkov (1817-1898), a well-known Russian horse painter.
1/2 Red square, M. Okhotny Ryad, (095) 692 4019