Sunflower Equestrian Centre
The centre is private and family operated and offers stables and training facilities to trotters, flat horses, dressage and show jumpers. A vast mix of horses, people, dogs, cats and other animals will be found at the well kempt grounds.
The owner, Pawlo, has a good supply of horse related products including some tack, medical products and supplements as well as horse feed, shavings and other horse related products.
Sunflower Equestrian Centre has a two fields for training and a couple of fields for letting horses loose, as well as an electrically operated horse walker (pay per walk). DIY or full livery is offered. Stables are priced (updated October 2017) at €90 for a stable with a paddock and a tack room. Water and light is included.
Parents can book “Pony Parties” at Sunflower Stables – Pawlo and his team have created a special room for the purpose of keeping parties, whith a bar, fridge, cooking facilities and large tables and a good Stereo for playing music of the host’s own choice.
Children of all ages are welcome, with parents, and children can ride both on horseback and in a sulky. PonyParties have become very popular and it is a nice way for children to be exposed to horses in a nice environment. A Pony Party is around 3 hours long.
Sunflower also organize LITTLE FARMERS on Saturday mornings from 9am to 12.LITTLE FARMERS learn to groom and feed the animals at Sunflower, they get to go on pony rides and they do crafts with the group leader.
Children from the age of 5 can be left to be supervised by the group leader for LITTLE FARMERS but children from 3 years are welcome. However, children younger than 5 need to have an adult with them.
The cost for LITTLE FARMERS is €15 per child and time (3h per time). Water is served to the children (included) but parents need supply their kids with packed lunch.
This is really an excellent chance for your children to get used to being around animals whilst you have a few hours on your own!
To contact the owner about booking a Pony Party, or about feeds, stables or horse related products, call Pawlo on 7920 0977
Daniel was one of the most successful competitors in Malta before moving to Germany to work with show jumpers and with training horses. He worked for Paul Schockemöhle, one of the most successful show jumpers in the world, before returning to Malta. Daniel is based at Sunflower Equestrian Centre and has a wide range of horses and ponies available.
to contact Daniel about lessons, call 7905 8191
Riding Instructor Sarah Micallef has several horses for private lessons, those being one Shetland pony, a medium size pony, one large pony and two horses. Sarah’s horses are suitable for children, teenagers or adults weighing up to 65kg. Sarah offers lessons in show jumping and dressage and is a successful competitor in both disciplines herself. Sarah allows some students to compete with her horses.
Above: Sarah Micallef on Ginger
To contact Sarah about lessons, call 7904 9522
Dressage at Sunflower
Educated in Holland, Dutch Dressage rider turned instructor Marlies Diamantino offers dressage lessons for beginners to advanced riders on their own horses. Marlies can also visit horse owners at their premises for lessons.
To contact Marlies about lessons, call 9986 3795
Montekristo Equestrian Centre
Located near Luqa (the airport) you will find newly built riding complex MonteKristo Stables.
The modern facilities include two large outdoors arenas, one of which is large enough to host international Dressage Competitions.
Stabling his 5 horses at MonteKristo Euqestrian Centre, Lawrence offers lessons for beginners to advanced levels of dressage and show jumping. Lawrence and his horses compete at the highest levels of dressage being ridden in Malta.
Proven talents may get a chance to ride one of Lawrence’s well schooled horses in competitions.
To contact Lawrence about lessons, call 9985 8286
Above: Lawrence Ciarló on Zilona
Located in the heart of Maghtab, between Naxxar, Bahar-ic-Caghaq and Bugibba, you find Tal-Maghtab Stables. The owner, Leli, is well equipped with Keratex products as well as medical products, supplements and other horse related products (no tack or clothing) and also sells hay, shavings and feeds.
The stables are connected with the largest riding arena in Malta.
Stable prices start at €68 per month, including a small paddock. DIY or full livery is offered.
The stables are private and only private lessons are offered.
Above: Tal-Maghtab Stables
Buying horse products or looking to stable your horse? Call Leli on 2143 5415
The in-house trainer, Tommy Xuereb, is one of the most popular trainers in Malta for both riders and horses. Tommy is a very experienced rider and instructor who has trained, worked and competed in England, Germany and Italy apart from in Malta. Being one of the most successful competitors in show jumping and dressage in Malta himself, Tommy is the only trainer living in Malta who holds an FEI Coach [Level II] Certificate. Tommy coaches his students and their horses in both dressage and show jumping.
Tommy offers lessons to riders with their own horses; from beginners to advanced dressage and show jumpers, and on his own horses for basic schooling. Tommy may allow riders to compete on his horses, which he keeps at Tal Maghtab Stables in Maghatb.
Above: Tommy Xeureb on Kenzho du Temps
Please note that experienced riders need their own horses to take lessons with Tommy; only lightweight/beginners can ride Tommy’s horse. No children under 6 years of age.
Tommy may also visit private horse owners to give lessons.
Interested in taking lessons with Tommy? Call Tommy on 9926 0036 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Also based at Tal-Maghab Stables is riding instructor Claire Cuschieri. Claire has 2 horses and offers lessons mainly for children or small / light adults. Claire’s students are allowed (by appointment) to ride her horses in competitions as well.
To book a lesson with Claire, call 9924 2929 or email email@example.com
J Vassallo Stables
Jason Vassallo has had trot horses “forever” and wanted a better farm – this is a Maltese concept where the stable and grounds are enclosed. The new stables in Mgarr were ready last summer and are “state of the art”.
If you are interested in seeing the stables, call Jason on 79494836. You can also visit Jason’s website.
Bidnija Horse Riding (Bidnija)
In beautiful Bidnija, close to Mosta and St Paul’s Bay, you find a secluded stable with plenty of horses ready to take you on guided tours around the valley. The family operated stables are well maintained, as are the more than 25 horses working for the family.
Bidnija Horse Riding can also offer private lessons for beginners and a horse and carriage can be booked for anyone inclined in seeing Malta from a different perspective.
Above: Bidnija Stables
For contact and more info, go to http://www.bidnijahorseriding.com/