Equestrian sport is not one of the winter ones, however, it may well stand on a par with traditional winter activities, such as cross-country and alpine skiing, snowboarding, and ice-skating. According to experts, horse riding is a physical exercise that warms and at sub-zero temperatures. Classes in most clubs are canceled only in severe frosts, noting that there is no inappropriate weather - there is inappropriate clothing.
There are about twenty equestrian clubs in Irkutsk, which are located within the city limits or in the nearest suburbs. The pricing policy is similar for most clubs: a one-time lesson will cost 800-1500 rubles, with a subscription purchase one training session will cost about 700 rubles. All clubs provide the necessary safety equipment. But the list of additional services may differ: there are clubs specializing in organizing photo sessions with horses and horseback riding, there are those where the emphasis is on sports training, and in some they give only the basics of riding.
18 km of the Alexandrovsky tract, with. Ust-Kuda
The Horse Equestrian Club is more likely family-friendly than sports: they do not train here and are not prepared for competitions, beginners are given only the basic basics of horse riding and, in addition, they teach jigging. But they organize horseback riding at any time of the year: 1000 rubles per hour riding a horse or pony, another 1500 rubles - and the invited photographer will take the walk. They organize full-fledged photo shoots, including costumed ones (starting at 3,500 rubles) and family-friendly programs: a whole petting zoo lives in the estate: rabbits, goats, turkeys and other pets, which you can feed and pet for free.
st. Voronezh, 2
The club teaches beginner riders of any age to ride, engage with children. Training is carried out individually and in groups, the club's equestrians perform at competitions. Horse rides are also organized here, if the rider has enough experience for an independent trip, arrange photo shoots and provide horses for rent for private holidays. The cost of a one-time lesson is 900 rubles, season tickets are from 3200 rubles per month.
st. Kultukskaya 107
The Irkonia equestrian club has a direct road to those who are not sure whether it is worth fulfilling their dreams of equestrian sport, or who cannot yet afford regular classes: the club invites volunteers who can communicate with horses and help specialists for free. Here, amateurs and athletes of any level are trained, including those who are tuned for a sports career and are looking for a club with horses suitable for this. The basics of riding children are taught from 8 years old, sports disciplines - from 12 years old. Photo sessions, excursions and walks are also organized here, and winter classes are canceled only in extremely bad weather, for example, in ice or in frost below -28 degrees.
Photos: cover - "Horse Age".