Cavalier Riding Club (Nicosia)
Set in the countryside between the villages of Ayii Trimithias and Ayios Yiannis, Cavalier Riding Club was created in 1997 and now has over 200 members of all ages.
The Club has 45 horses, two arenas, 40 block stables and five paddock stables. Their expert staffs are happy to instruct riders about any specialty they are interested in from hacking to jumping to riding just for fun. Young members also enjoy a week-long summer camp and other fun activities. Parents, meanwhile, can enjoy a hot or cooldrink at the Club’s cafeteria which also has Wi-Fi Internet access.
Visitors can also enjoy views of the surrounding countryside and see the ducks and donkeys which also live at the Club.
The Club also runs a riding programme for children with special abilities.
Facebook: Cavalier Riding
Opening times: 8am-8pm except Sundays
Lapatsa Riding School (Nicosia)
Lapatsa Riding School is the biggest riding establishment in Cyprus with a large outdoor arena and an indoor arena, horse walker, lunging pen and race track. It has a number of school horses, livery horses as well as race horses in training. Riding lessons are offered for all ages and levels – from complete beginners to experienced riders.
The riding school also hosts competitions – both dressage and show-jumping – on behalf of Cyprus Equestrian Federation so inquire if you’re interested to attend.
The school is located between Tseri and Kato Deftera.
Summer Opening Times: May/June: 7-11am then 4-8pm. July/August: 7-11am then 5-9pm
Drapia Farm (Larnaca)
Drapia Farm is located in Kalavasos, between Limassol and Larnaca, in a beautiful orange groves valley surrounded by gentle hills. The farm was established 19 years ago by Marisa Potamitis who is Swiss and, together with her husband and three children, lives next door to the horses. The various riding programmes are made up of trails of two hours, daily trails with traditional picnics and/or individual riding lessons for beginners and advanced riders and livery, trekking, English and western riding and sand ménage. There are also ponies and children’s pony rides around the farm area where they can enjoy meeting the friendly dogs and pot bellied pigs. Body protectors and helmets are provided for all riders.
Combine horse-riding with a long weekend or even one night staying at an on-site traditional
house. Plenty of entertainment for non-riders, including children, is also available.
Exit 15 on the Nicosia-Limassol highway at Kalavasos village.
Opening time: 8am-12pm then, 4pm-6pm.
Curium Equestrian Centre (Limassol)
Curium Equestrian Centre, close to Curium beach, caters for all ages and abilities and offers horse riding on the beach, lessons and show jumping. With four arenas, excellent stabling, and fantastic views of the Mediterranean Sea, everything you could want in your horse riding experience is offered at this establishment.
Telephone: 25 934859 or 99 564232
Opening times: Daily, 7am-7pm Closed on Mondays.
Santa Marina Retreat (Limassol)
Santa Marina Retreat offers horse riding for all ages and levels including children. Guests have the opportunity to ride through traditional Cypriot villages, mountainous areas and through unspoilt countryside with qualified escorts on the Kentavros Ride – the minimum age for this is eight years – either for 15 or 30 minutes. For younger children over five years there is the Pegasus Ride which gives them the unique chance of having a go at horse riding on one of the quiet, well-behaved horses. The child is escorted at all times and parental guidance is required. Pegasus Rides can be booked for 15 minute duration. There is also a petting zoo and if you take a walk down the natural lake, you can feed the koi carp, the Japanese fish.
The Summer Fun with Horses programme can be booked during the summer for kindergarten and school children.
The retreat is located on the outskirts of Parekklisia village.
Telephone: 99 545454
Opening times: Weekends 9am-6pm Tuesdays-Fridays: Only with private booking
The Moonshine Ranch and Riding Club (Famagusta)
The Moonshine Ranch & Riding Club is situated on the outskirts of Protaras in the idyllic surroundings of Cape Greco with fields in all directions, and boasts some of the best views on the island with the Mediterranean Sea to the east and the mountains of Famagusta to the north.
If you want to get the kids into horses and riding then this is ideal. Ride through sprawling acres of untouched terrain with an experienced instructor. The ranch caters for experienced and inexperienced riders, so taking the children is not a problem. The ranch also offers refreshments.
Look out for the carriage emblazoned with a Fleur de Lys which was the original horse-drawn carriage used in the film Sense and Sensibility that the establishment offers for weddings.
Opening times: Daily, 8am-7pm