If your family hasn’t made plans for the upcoming holiday (May 1-3), take the opportunity to visit the 2014 Beijing Equestrian Festival and acquaint yourself with these beautiful and elegant animals better. An especially fitting activity in a year that’s dedicated to the horse.
Organized by Beijing Turf & Equestrian Association, the four-day interactive fair (Apr 30-May 4) is intended to promote horse culture, the art of horse performance like dressage, and the sports of horseback riding, especially among young people.
Held at the Beijing International Polo Club, the event will feature entertainment shows such as horse jumping and classical dressage, and professional tournaments. Get ready to see more than 200 horses from all over the world, and learn more about them, such as why warmblood horses are good at jumping and thoroughbreds are so fast.
Visitors will also have the chance to go horseback riding (extra fee applied) and swing a polo mallet and hit balls, with a variety of interactive games.
Young guests will enjoy the company of smaller sized ponies and alpacas, feeding them food and dressing their hair with the help of staff. They can also have their faces painted; probably like a horse?
Food and snacks (extra fee applied) will also be on offer. so your family can spend the entire day onsite.
Tickets are priced RMB 68 for each person per day, and the event is free for children below 1.2 meters. To celebrate the year of horse, people who meet any of the three requirements can get two free tickets with ID: surnamed Ma (horse in Chinese), born in the year of horse (1966/1978/1990/2002), and born between Apr 30- May 3.
9am-4pm, Apr 30-May 3. Beijing International Polo Club, 1 Zhuangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District (8843 5718) 朝阳区庄园西路1号北京贝晶国际马球俱乐部
Photos: courtesy of Beijing Turf & Equestrian Association.