When you think of New York City, you think of tall buildings, subways and pizza. What you don’t normally think of are horses. In fact, there are quite a few places you can find horses for your kids to ride in NYC…if you know where to look. Here are some facilities offering country comforts in the city, so you can introduce your children to this fun and thrilling pastime.
Jamaica Bay Riding Academy – Metropolitan Equestrian Team, 7000 Shore Parkway, Brooklyn www.horsebackride.com
Located near Floyd Bennett Field, just off the Belt Parkway, this stable is family owned and operated. It boasts miles of wooded and beach trails through the Gateway National Wildlife Preserve, with hourly and daily rentals available. Not only do they offer lessons and boarding, they also host horse shows and dressage competitions, appealing to those new to horseback riding and those who have years of experience. The Academy also has a fully equipped equestrian shop for all your accessories and apparel. And, of course, they host parties.
Riverdale Stables, Van Cortlandt Park, West 254th St & Broadway, www.riverdalestables.com
All the way at the northern border of The Bronx in picturesque Van Cortlandt Park you’ll find Riverdale Stables. Founded in 1994 by former Olympians Rusty Holzer and his wife Ashley Nicoll Holzer, in addition to standard riding and jumping lessons, this horseback riding center has summer camps and after school programs, . You can also check in from time to time for pony riding events with an opportunity for photos. Plus, it’s a quick subway ride on the Number 1 Train from Manhattan.
Bronx Equestrian Center, 9 Shore Road, www.bronxequestriancenter.com
Bronx Equestrian Center is a full-service equestrian facility in Pelham Bay Park . Instructors will happily teach your kids Western and English styles of riding no matter their level of experience and interest. The center offers parties, hayrides, trail riding and even carriage rides and has plenty of ponies for the little ones.
Kensington Stables/GallopNYC, 51 Caton Place,Brooklyn, www.kensingtonstables.com
Kensington Stables is the only remaining stable in Prospect Park, making it one of the more convenient stables to reach for most New Yorkers. This equestrian center is especially good for teen riders, but will welcome anyone looking to learn how to ride a horse. Like all the other NYC horse stables, they too have ponies, which will be sure to delight the kids. Gallop also offers therapeutic riding for children and adults with special needs.See more New York Sports Connection articles
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