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Bali Equestrian Centre. WOW!

Aug 17, 2014 - 8:19pm

Who would have thought I had to travel to Bali to see one of the best equestrian centres I’ve ever laid eyes on… Bali isn't exactly recognised for equestrian sports… more like surfing and sun tanning!

The Bali Equestrian Centre (BEC) has a golf/country club feel, but instead of the 18th green being on view from the club house, it is a 70x30 sand competition arena. While dining and sipping champagne, the bi-fold doors open up so spectators can really soak in the sunshine and european VIP like atmosphere of the arena competition.

It made me want to sell up, pack up and move to Bali - with my horse of course…

Photo: The stone parth entrance to the immaculate Bali Equestrian Centre

The owner is Western Australian expat and entrepreneur, Melissa Lynton-Lobato, owner of the Body and Soul clothing empire throughout Asia, and her partner and Aravina Estate winery owner Stephen Tobin. The centre opened just over a year ago and have already hosted Bali’s biggest Melbourne Cup day event.

The centre welcomes locals and tourists for lessons, adult or children (from 3 years upwards), from beginner to advanced experience. For the mums and dads, you can drop the kids off all day or just for an hour while you sit in the cafe to have lunch with a wine or Bintang. Along with the usual riding lessons, BEC also offer Pony Club camps, functions and children’s parties, Stable Management lessons, Vaulting lessons, beach Photo Shoots with their horses, and Beach and Village tours on horse back.


Photos above: Two students of the Bali Equestrian Centre

While the restaurant and bar are open all day, the horses are given a rest from midday to 3pm, which is the hottest part of the day. The horses are in immaculate condition. Along with hay and hard feed, they are also given fresh cut grass every day and fed carrots by the many visitors. You can see by my photos they are pretty happy looking horses.

Photos above:  The dining area looking onto the competition arena, and the equestrian styled lounge

If you are going to Bali, it’s worth checking out their website before you go, they often have competitions or special events. They day I visited there was a show jumping competition, only up to 90cm - but it was a big big deal - sponsors flags and signage everywhere, red carpet style photographs being taken, VIP tables (which anyone can book) - BEC sure know how to put on a show! 

BEC Fast Facts

  • Tricia Davis, also originally from Perth, is the General Manager of BEC and has lived in Bali for six years
  • It is situated in Canggu on 2.5 hectares, 10 minutes drive from the popular Seminyak
  • Internationally accredited instructors are from Australia, UK, Sweden, Zimbabwe
  • 40 plus horses - local and imported
  • 42 stables, 8 paddocks
  • 65 x25m covered arena with mirrors, and a 20 x 20m covered Children’s arena, and the 30 x70 outdoor main arena
  • Restaurant, Bar, and Cellar Door with a great wine list
  • The price of a children's 45 minute group (2-4 people) riding lesson is USD 43 per person. The price list is here
  • There is a pool, showers and change rooms for anyone in the family who isn't interested in the horses
  • A Pony Club recreation room, with plasma TV for equine learning
  • Tack and clothing store / equine gallery
  • Riding helmets, boots, jodhpurs are available for tourists to rent
  • There is roughly 65 staff. Which include Human Resources, Security, Marketing, Grooms, Instructors, Kitchen staff… Wow!


Photo: The tack and fashion store also has equine gallary items on display

Photos above:  The arena was set up for a show jumping competition

Photo above: The large indoor arena, complete with mirrors.   Photo Below: the small childrens indoor arena


Photo above: Some of the eight day padocks

Photo above:  The pool and lounge area for an after ride swim

Photo above:  The equine learning centre

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Photo above: The tack and fashion store and the polos each of the students wear to their lessons, super cute!

Photo above:  Me and Tim, the Australian Quarter Horse with a heart shapaed blaze... he is as friendly as he is beautiful

Photo above:  One of the grooms taking a school horse for a walk in the sun after a post-lesson hose down


Photo above: The subtle Bali influences are lovely...

Bali Equestrian Centre... WOW!


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