Horse racing, dressage and showjumping have been popular events in Malta for decades.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were regular visitors to the equestian sports days at the Marsa Grounds in the early 1950s when the royal couple lived in Malta.
Today, events are organised by the Malta Equestrian Federation, who hold regular dressage and showjumping competitions to test the skills of riders and their horses.
Malta’s main horse racing track hosts a number of championship and races in trot and flat racing for race horses and ponies. It is located within the grounds of the Marsa Sports Complex and is managed by the Malta Racing Club.
The total length of the Race Course is 1.75 miles. Races take place on Sunday afternoons, Friday evenings or any other day during the week, except for the month of August when the season is closed.
Horse riding is also a thrilling way experience the countryside of Malta and Gozo with several beautiful routes with spectacular views.
Riding around Mellieha, Manikata and Gozo is very popular and gives you the opportunity to watch a breathtaking sunset on the horizon from your saddle.
There are a number of excellent riding schools in Malta, however the stables found near Bidnjia, Golden Bay and Marsalforn offer breathtaking views and cater especially for young riders.
Whether you and your family are beginners or seasoned riders, sessions may be booked as a tour or a lesson, both of which include the guidance of a trained instructor.