Horse riding in China: The process of introduction and development (part 1)

Equestrian clubs are booming in China to meet the aristocratic needs of the country’s elite. Equestrian sports has grown rapidly in China within 5 to 10 years, which is a change in perception. The number of Chinese participating in sports such as horseback riding is increasing as the development of the world’s second largest economy gives people the disposable income to pursue leisure activities. More and more Chinese are interested in horseback riding and horse events. The rise in luxury goods sales across Asia is due in part to the rise of a middle class in China.

Among the special luxury items favored by some wealthy Chinese are the owners of horses. This lifestyle associated with the hobby has become a new symbol of social status among a small but growing group in mainland China. Mao Zedong once banned horse racing and saw it as a hobby from the disgraceful capitalist regime. More than 60 years later, horse racing schools, soccer fields and equestrian clubs are opening businesses in Chinese cities. The number of horses imported from abroad increased rapidly with the construction of facilities for the sport and the sale of equipment, along with equestrian equipment.

Currently China has 300 horse racing clubs and 25 racecourse. The developer of a $ 2 billion horse project in Tianjin called Tianjin Equine Culture City, will build 4,000 horse stables, the latest horse veterinary hospital, 150 training and training offices. horse training, racecourse and club, and horse racing college. This facility is under construction. According to the annual report of Horsemanship magazine, there were 1,802 riding clubs in China as of July 2017, double the number in 2016.

According to Horsemanship magazine, most of the clubs are concentrated in Northern and Eastern China, especially Beijing and Shanghai. With the Chinese government announcing in 2014 that equestrian sports will be strongly supported, this trend is likely to continue. Even French President Emmanuel Macron came to China to bring the gift of a horse cavalry of the French Guards to Chinese President Xi Jinping.