Horse-lovers are known for their unique sense of style. Just consider the outfits those jockeys wear. Horseshoe Point, the Thai resort, has style to spare, and even non-horse-lovers can see that. For those already acquainted with the finer four-legged species, however, the International Riding School at the resort is the main draw.
That’s not to say that those who have never set foot on a horse can’t start now, though. The Horseshoe Point International Riding School is a Ministry-of-Education-registered training facility that covers all the basics of horse-handling and riding. In 50-minute sessions, either privately or as part of a group, you’ll study both on and off the horse and create a working relationship with your mount to suit you both.
The head trainer at the site is Riding Master Khun Chaikiri Srifuengfung, a talented trainer who studied under Maestro Nuno Oliveira. He’s trained in Classical Riding, the refined form of exhibition riding that includes moves like steps, trot, canter, the piaffe, and more. Advanced riders (who pass an individual skills test) are eligible to learn these moves on purebred Lusitano stallions, historically used in war and bull-fighting.
Horseshoe Point also holds numerous special events and programs. The Horseshoe Point Open, which was held May 28-30 this year, is a “Dressage & Show Jumping” competition. The “Able the Disabled” program is a therapeutic riding program for those suffering either physically or mentally bola tangkas online.
Horseback riding can help them improve skills like balance and coordination and also offers a chance for these individuals to achieve something they once thought impossible. Finally, the Pony Club is open to anyone between 5 and 21 years old, and teaches basic riding, horse care, and stable management skills.