The Scene

A look at UAE's Stables

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Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club
SERC
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Emirates
Equestrian
Centre
EEC
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Al Hamra
Covered Arena
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Al Ruwwayah
Natural Barefoot Establishment
 

Established in 1983 by HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi

General Manager: Sultan Mohamed Khalifa Al Yahyae

Manager: Ashraf Ellathy

Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club

Contact: +971 (0) 653 11155 


Riding School: +971 (0) 653 11188


Email: info@serc.ae 

Website: www.serc.ae

Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club (SERC) is not only the UAE’s oldest and arguably on of the best equipped equestrian centres in the region, but it’s also where much of today’s top young Emirati talent began their rise to stardom.

 

With stabling for over 1,200 horses, a race track, a vast indoor complex of arenas hosting international competitions, its own on-site hospital, tack shops, arenas and top-class training facilities for show jumping, dressage, endurance, racing & Arabian Showing- SERC is more a small equestrian city, than simply a horse riding facility. Now home to some of the country’s biggest stars, it’s whole-barn livery option also attracts many international riders visiting for the winter season.

Facilities: The stables boast the largest indoor arena in the UAE and two-all weather outdoor areas. The onsite riding school has six all-weather arenas, plus a dedicated ladies private covered arena. In addition the complex offers numerous private barns with dedicated arenas and horse walkers, a race track, areas for desert hacking and an equine-swimming pool. The complex is home to the region’s top equine hospital, and there is an on-site coffee shop, Italian Restaurant and various tack shops. SERC is home to the world famous Emirates Arabian stud plus on-site breeding and quarantine facilities.

Stable/Barn Rent: SERC provides unique multi-horse livery options ideal for visiting competitors. Rental on an 8 to 14 horse barn is on a DIY livery basis and costs AED 1,000 per box, per month and a season rate for a minimum of six-months at AED 1,200 per box per month with facility use included (indoor arena at an additional rate).

Quarantine Stables: The 64 loose-box- Sharjah Quarantine Centre is regulated by UAE Ministry of Environment and Water 
and caters for: post import quarantine, pre-export quarantine, specific European/American quarantines- both temporary or permanent.

Home to the world-famous Emirates Arabian stud plus on-site breeding and quarantine facilities.

Transport: SERC operates a fleet of horse transportation vehicles plus a dedicated emergency hospital horse-box.

Livery Cost: Including hay and feed and facilities (Indoor charge at request May to October)

Non air-conditioned box AED 3,000 

Air-conditioned box AED 3,500 

Indoor boxes AED 4,500 per month from May to October

 

Emirates Equestrian Centre

Emirates Equestrian Centre (EEC) is located only 25km outside Dubai in heart of horse country. Designed as the sumptuous centre-piece in Dubai’s endurance heartland, EEC offers incredible facilities, mile upon mile of gorgeous desert hacking and regularly plays host to some of the biggest equestrian competitions in the region. The facility boasts a cross-country course, (one of only a handful in the country), with over 20 challenging fences and water combinations. The course is available to hire as well as part of regular one-day-event and hunter trial competitions. EEC boasts an International sized show jumping arena with premium Martin Collins Poly Track footing, and 5 additional arenas. The main arena is the star of the show each year when the Dubai Championships are held and over 150 riders arrive from both home and abroad to compete for the Dubai Grand Prix Title.

The centre is also one of the main hub’s for regional dressage and many of the country’s top dressage riders are based and compete regularly at EEC. In total, EEC holds over 30 events annually, these include cross-country, dressage and show-jumping, plus various supporting training shows, and for those spectating there’s the ‘Al Faris’ café serving good coffees and a selection of food. As one of the only fully approved BHS Stables in the UAE, education is very much, ‘front and centre’ at EEC with one of the only BHS approved Pony Club branches in the region and BHS instructor training programmes both held regularly at the centre.

Livery at EEC

EEC accommodates up to 100 privately owned horses and ponies.

The livery package includes bedding, forage and feed, 24 hour security, a groom between four/five horses, full use of facilities and discounted lessons on client’s own

 

Horse/pony. Prices are AED 3,200 for horses and AED 2,700 for ponies under 14.2hh.

Additional services include:

 

  • Veterinary and dentistry services from the Dubai Equine Hospital

  • On-site farrier

  • Schooling and/or lunging by qualified instructors

  • On-site veterinary nursing Equi-massage therapy

  • State of the art air-conditioning

  • Horse transport

Activities: Desert Hacking Available at 8am and 4:30pm. Prices start from AED 250 per person per hour and AED 550 including transport.

Showjumping Show-jumping lessons are available for novice through to Olympic level. Prices start from AED 150 for a children's lesson to AED 275 for a private lesson for adults.

Dressage A regular training show dressage league. This event series allows riding school, livery clients, and riders from other clubs to gain valuable experience in the art of dressage.

Pony Club The Dubai Pony Club branch is one of only a few in the region fully affiliated with the UK’s British Horse Society. The club hosts many sessions/rallies/events throughout the season (October – June) and is available for both pony owners and those who hire club ponies for the day. Fees are AED 350 for new members which includes the tie, badge and shirt, and an additional AED 250 per rally after joining.

Social activities: Group arranged desert hacks with picnics, stable bbq’s, beach trips, in-house showjumping competitions, in-house dressage events, in-house gymkhanas, group gatherings for International Equestrian Events TV viewings and outdoor movie nights (horse themed of course!)

Clinics EEC plays host to numerous top rider-clinics, these include; Grand Prix dressage and showjumping competitor Marjolijn Stamnijder, dressage riders; Camilla James, Pippa Huttin, Vai and Sjak Laarakkers, Sam Wall showjumping and cross-country course builder and competitor Nick Gauntlet. Also a fellow of the BHS.

Contact


+971 (0) 50 558 7656


+971 (0) 50 553 7986

 

info@emiratesequestriancentre.com

Al Hamra Equestrian

 

Al Hamra is set in the peaceful and lush Khawaneej area. The livery yard is an ideal commute for those living in the Al Warqaa, Mirdif, Mizhar, Muhaisnah and Silicon Oasis neighbourhoods. The peaceful yard is home to riders of various disciplines including; top international showjumpers on the circuit in the UAE and Portugal, pleasure riders, dressage riders and those who practice natural horsemanship.

With a relaxed ‘American Ranch,’ feel, Al Hamra is also clean with exceptionally friendly and experienced grooms, many of which have been with the yard since 2007, including the yard’s top groom AlGalib, a firm favourite with everyone! Al Hamra has some big plans for the 2018/19 upcoming season. There are several exciting new developments now underway and launching shortly, including a covered ‘summer’ riding area.

 The facility also hopes to focus on more family friendly events, by offering various children’s fun-days, shows and training events. Summer livery comes in at 3,500 AED and includes feeds, hay, wood shavings, use of horse walker, plus grass and sand paddocks.

"The grooms are fantastic, speak great English, and work very hard, The place is beautiful and quiet and the arenas are well-maintained. It's like an oasis in the desert!"

Lauren Allport

Animal Chiropractor,

Equine Sports Therapist

Owner: Saeed Saif Al Gurrair

Location: Aleyas Street, Al Amardhi Road, Al Khawaneej, Dubai, UAE

Land: Six Hectares Stables: 65 Additional

Facilities: Two jumping arenas One dressage arena which is covered and One horse walker One lunging arena Two hectares of grass paddocks.

Al Hamra is set in a peaceful and lush area in Khawaneej. The livery yard is an ideal commute for those living in the Al Warqaa, Mirdif, Mishar, Muhaisnah and Silicon Oasis neighbourhoods. The Peaceful yard is home to riders of various disciplines including; top international showjumpers on the circuit in the UAE, Portugal, pleasure riders, dressage riders and those who practice natural horsemanship. With a relaxed "American Ranch" feel, Al Hamra is also clean with exceptionally friendly experienced grooms, many of which have been with the yard since 2007, including the yards top groom Al Galib, a firm favourite with everyone. Al Hamra has some big plans for the future and one recently added was the covered summer arena. The facilities also hope to focus on more family-friendly events, by offering various children fun days, shows and training events.

Summer livery comes in at AED 3,500 and includes feeds, hay, wood shavings, use of the horse walker, plus grass and sand paddocks.

Blazing A Barefoot Trail: Al Ruwayyah Stables

Al Ruwayah is really rather unique as livery stable options go here in the UAE. Offering the latest developments in natural horse-care, bitless riding and barefoot hoof management, the stables and its competition riders are blazing a barefoot trail across the UAE.

Al Ruwayyah Stables

 

Life at Al Ruwayah is centered around the barefoot philosophy.

In addition to no shoes, the horses are encouraged to mimic life in the wild, with more movement, constant small amounts of hay and hard feeding of only low sugar/unprocessed feeds when required. Al Ruwayah uses ‘barefoot friendly’ Simple Systems feed, plus linseed, chaff, oil, electrolytes/salt, and 24 hour slow-fed Omani hay.

 

During the winter, horses are turned out 24 hours per day, while in the hot summer months they remain stabled by day and out throughout the night. 
In keeping with the ‘natural’ system, even the trainers at Al Ruwayah have a more holistic and natural way of training. Competition trainer Holly Coetzee, says, “I find that by teaching more novice riders how to jump using a bitless bridle, our horses are much more relaxed and happy during training and at training shows because even if the rider makes a mistake and accidentally pulls on the reins over a fence, it does not hurt the horse, thus creating a much happier and more willing partner to learn with.

 

“I wish someone would have told me about a bitless bridle when I was 12 and struggling with my horse who was resisting the bit,” says trainer Christine Leemans.

“With so many things I wish I would have known then, what I know now. My relationship with my horses would have been very different. I am blessed though, to now teach so many others about riding bitless and show them positive impact of our paddock paradise system, and how it makes such a big impact on the horses lives from a social aspect as well as physical.”

 

Competition trainer Holly Coetzee, says, “I find that by teaching more novice riders how to jump using a bitless bridle, our horses are much more relaxed and happy during training and at training shows because even if the rider makes a mistake and accidentally pulls on the reins over a fence, it does not hurt the horse, thus creating a much happier and more willing partner to learn with. 

 

“I wish someone would have told me about a bitless bridle when I was 12 and struggling with my horse who was resisting the bit,” says trainer Christine Leemans. “With so many things I wish I would have known then, what I know now. My relationship with my horses would have been very different. I am blessed though, 

to now teach so many others about riding bitless and show them positive impact of our paddock paradise system, and how it makes such a big impact on the horses lives from a social aspect as well as physical.

 

”Competition trainer Holly Coetzee, says, “I find that by teaching more novice riders how to jump using a bitless bridle, our horses are much more relaxed and happy during training and at training shows because even if the rider makes a mistake and accidentally pulls on the reins over a fence, it does not hurt the horse, thus creating a much happier and more willing partner to learn with.” “I wish someone would have told me about a bitless bridle when I was 12 and struggling with my horse who was resisting the bit,” says trainer Christine Leemans. “With so many things I wish I would have known then, what I know now. My relationship with my horses would have been very different. I am blessed though, to now teach so many others about riding bitless and show them positive impact of our paddock paradise system, and how it makes such a big impact on the horses lives from a social aspect as well as physical.”

Competing At Al Ruwayah  

Competing At Al Ruwayah: 
 Stable Manager Jamie says, “as a team, Al Ruwayyah competes throughout the season in showjumping, dressage and eventing. Our riders attend a showjumping training show monthly throughout the season accompanied by our instructors and myself. We provide transportation of the horses and either Holly, Christine or myself support all riders during their warm up and in the ring. 

We’ve had a lot of success this past season with many wins and top three placings. We also have an eventing team that competes throughout the season at hunter trials and one day events. The stable provides safe, careful transportation and support for these shows. This past season we had top three finishes at every single event we attended and finished the season with a 1st and 3rd place in the Spinneys Cup Open class and 3rd and 6th places in the Intermediate class.”

The Last Word: “As a riding centre it is a model for future horse/human relationships,” says resident barefoot trimmer and livery client Jan Brooksbank. “We encourage clients to rethink the traditional horse/human relationship by learning of their species needs and attempting to provide the basics for a happy, healthy horse.

 

 “A journey to California and time spent observing and training to trim horses using the Wild Horse Method with Jaime Jackson convinced me that we needed to rethink conventional horse keeping.” “By promoting the track system for keeping horses together as a herd, 24 hour access to hay, a more natural diet, barefoot, bitless horses and natural training methods we hope that our relaxed, happy horses and owners will encourage others to adopt a more natural approach to horse keeping.” “We also understand that for most people, horses are their passion and (expensive) hobby. They are our 'down time' and escape from City life. We each have different expectations and abilities but share a common bond - a love of horses.”  

The Facilities:
 In addition to the Paddock paradise track-system, livery clients at Al Ruwayah also have use of a 500m oval training track, 60 x 50 jumping area, 20 x 60 dressage area and 20 x 40 arena and horse-walker. 
 There’s four fully enclosed boxes within the A/C barn plus an additional 30 Arabic style boxes with outdoor A/C. All stables are bedded with shavings.

Name: Al Ruwayyah Stable


Owner: Sultan Al Qemzi


Manager: Jaime Lemmer


Location: Al Ruwayyah cnr E611/Al Ain Road towards Sharjah


 

Telephone: 050 857 4411


Approximate land area: 4.2 acres
 Capacity: 34 horses


Outside instructors: Are allowed pending management approval


Unique Selling Point: Paddock paradise track-system, natural horse care methods, as well as predominately barefoot and bitless 


Personnel: Services available: dressage instructor, jumping instructor, the only qualified and experienced barefoot trimmer in the UAE, equine dentist, equine touch practitioner, manager and seven grooms.


Livery cost per month: 2000 to 3000 AED


Events: Barefoot Trimming /Paddock Paradise and the Art of Centered Riding


Current Availability: None and waiting list

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