I am a student from the Estonian Academy of Arts and I am currently writing my MA thesis (Architecture and Urban Design) on urban riding centers. I am looking for examples around the world to confirm my theory that urban riding centers (riding centers that are located inside the boundaries of cities) are a international phenomena.
The problem with locating examples of urban stables is that they are often very well hidden from an idle eye and seldom advertise themselves as such. You either have to be intimately familiar with the local city space or a horse person. So here is a outcry for help to all fellow city dwelling horse people out there: are there any stables in your city?
If you know of any, please let me know at reetvolt(at)hotmail.com.
When replying please clearly list the city and country of where the stable or riding center you are telling me about is located. If it's not situated at a well known city, please make sure I have enough information to look up its population and other information like that.
Further useful information would include: how old is the stable (if it is very old then did it use to be situated outside the city?), is it on the outskirts or the city or near the center, how big is the stable/estimate number of horses, is there a riding school, is it privately owned or is it governed by the city and what kind of riding do they do there. If the stable has a web page, that would be useful too.
If you know where the police horses of your city (if you have any) or the local cart horses that entertain tourists are housed at then this would also be info I could use.
Please be so kind to pass this on to your rider friends that may know about more stables or more about the stables you know about.
I'm sincerely grateful for all help.