Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Horesmanship in Oman

Omani traditional saddle-maker at his craft
With the race season over, I guess I am waiting until National day to see some more Equestrian events scheduled? Anyways, enjoy the gorgeous photos, majorly of Oman's Royal Calavry.


Omanly said...

Are there any places in muscat and surrounds (apart of the overcrowded and under serviced ) quorum park riding facility, where this wonderful activity can be enjoyed?

Omani Princess (not Omani...yet) said...

Omanly: For Omani women interested in learning traditional riding there is a place in Barka, free of all charge (but girls are required to be in preformances every now and then which is why training is free which doesn't suit all Omani women). I'll ask for the contact information for you. Since I'm not Omani I can't apply but many of my GFs here in Muscat learned through here, racing, jumping, dressage, and trick riding. Most of them preferred dressage due to the danger inherent with other sport.

For Westerners or those interested in private riding, beyond Qurum, there is one other school, but I haven't bee out there in years, and it was horrifyingly BAD in terms of safety for beginners [which I am not alhamdulilah so for me it was ok but for my parents not so much].

I plan to do more detailed posts when about the racing events once the weather improves for it. Also, desert riding, we should have something available for that beyond just being lead around on a rope in a "caravan" lol.

Omanly said...

Yes, I think there is quite some potential for this. I tried to enroll to the club in Qurum, but they were very discouraging even without having seen me ride before. Then I saw the horses and how they are kept, and i was actually happy to leave.
There would certainly be a good idea to have a nicely done facility with dressage, jumping, for all ages and skill levels. Guided tours on the beach and in the desert for the advanced riders etc. There are several golf clubs already, building and maintaining an equestrian club costs less than a golf course, it's true...it does not come with a real estate upside.

Omani Princess (not Omani...yet) said...

I'd definately buy a membership if someone had that.

Omani Princess (not Omani...yet) said...

I'd love to learn some of the traditional Omani trick riding myself.

I did archery on horseback in U.K. and that was so much fun.