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Trail Ride @ Gombak Horse Riding Club

Yup! Another trail ride video – this time I was at Gombak Horse Riding Club. My ride was joined by Irene van Eldik, a very experience rider from Netherlands and Suki Low, another experience rider born in Malaysia and grew up in Netherlands.

When I arrived Gombak Horse Riding Club, it was about 8.10AM. Irene and Dick were already waiting. I called Jai to wake him up telling him we were already there. Suki arrived shortly after. (Dick did not join us riding)

Suki was putting on her gears.
Suki was putting on her gears.

Sharil (and Jai) helped us to prepare the horses for our trail ride. Irene got her horse first, but she decided to change her horse later.

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Suki (left) and Irene (right) exchanged horses.
Suki (left) and Irene (right) exchanged horses.

Suki and Irene put on a big smile on their face posing on their horses.

Suki on Sofia, Irene on Ray (also known as Express)
Suki on Sofia, Irene on Ray (also known as Express)

We have a round of warm up before heading out.

I got my horse, Timing. A beautiful and tall horse with long legs. He is a model among horses. And boy, his canter is really fast and smooth! In fact, he is the fastest cantering horse I have ever ridden. According to Sharil, he was an ex-racer which probably explained his fantastic canter.

As I have the “honour” to get the most energetic horse, during the ride I have to intentionally stay behind instead of leading in front so that Timing will not get overly excited.

Daniel on Timing
Daniel on Timing

There is a dog in the arena. His name is Jockey. Jockey followed us out for our trail ride, which made the whole ride much more lively!

We brought our horses out of riding school through the main road. It was about 500 meter down the road before we hit the trail entrance.

Trail entrance.
Trail entrance.

We got plenty of straight path to trot while riding in. However, it is not a very good place to canter as the trail is covered by little stones and turning slightly downward.

Irene turned back with a thumb up to check if I’m okay (how thoughtful!)

Thumbs up!
Thumbs up!
The first round of canter going up a slope.
The first round of canter going up a slope.

The end of our first round of canter where you can see the trail going downward.

End of first round of canter
End of first round of canter

There were a lot of steep downhill.

Walking down slowly.
Walking down slowly.

As usual, there will be a lot of leaves and branches along the trail. You either avoid it like Irene did or crash it through using your body… and probably leave some scars on your face and neck (which I heroically did few weeks back).

Avoid leaves
Avoid leaves

Looking at the degree Irene and Suki bending down their body, you can definitely guess how steep the uphill trail is. It is time like this that reminds us how powerful horses are!

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Jai, our escorter stopped by to make sure we are doing alright.

Look, Jockey is leading in front!
Look, Jockey is leading in front!
Hey Jockey! You tired yet?
Hey Jockey! You tired yet?

There are a few spots with bamboo. It was similar to the scene when I was visiting a shrine in Kyoto, Japan. Except that this time I’m on a horse!

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Irene got stuck when Ray decided to stop to have a snack (munching leaves).

Ray munching leaves.
Ray munching leaves.

We had to carefully walk down this slope. On our way back, this slope gave us pretty good length for a long canter.

As my poor Timing has been following Ray and Sofia the whole journey. It is time to unleash Timing’s suppressed energy to run wild!

Unleash the power! (Video at 1.37 min)
Unleash the power! (Video at 1.37 min)

While cantering, I could hear Irene was following closely behind. I’m sure Ray and her had a good time cantering behind Timing. (Yeeeeehar!)

After the long canter, we took a short break before going downhill. Irene was explaining to me how Ray gave her a canter plus an “extra canter” a moment back.

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While Suki was busy taking photos with Sofia.

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Irene was leading on our way back. Suki caught up to walk passed me.

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And… Anytime is a good time to talk!

Irene and Suki chatting on horses.
Irene and Suki chatting on horses.
Cantering on our way back.
Cantering on our way back.

On our way back, we could see across some  mountains.

Now it’s Sofia’s time to munch some grass on the ground.

Sofia munching grass
Sofia munching grass

The hungry Sofia was reluctant to move and fell behind. She was barely moving and probably mumbling “I want food… I want food…”. Irene and I decided to overtake Suki. Sorry buddy!

Here is another very steep downhill slope. Jockey catch up with us to show us the way. We were walking down carefully.

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A view from Suki on her horse on our way back.
A view from Suki’s horse on our way back.

One selfie before leaving.

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On our way out leaving the trail, Jai helped us to snap a few more photos.

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Generally it was a pretty good ride. The trail took us 2 hours to complete. We spent a lot of time walking slowly downward but that later gave us very good room to canter back up. This trip is really fun thanks to Irene, Suki, Jai and Jockey making this ride so much lively!

If you want to do a similar outride, feel free to contact Mr. Sharil from Gombak Horse Riding Club.

Until next time!

 

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Gombak Horse Riding Club

Gombak Horse Riding Club is conveniently located in Gombak, right outside of KL city center. I went there on a Sunday morning. It took me about 40 minutes to drive from Kajang. If you are going there from KL city center, it should be around 30 minutes.

Gombak Horse Riding Club
Gombak Horse Riding Club

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Horses playing in stable early morning. There are approximately 6 horses for different activities such as riding school and outride.

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A few additional pets are making the stable more lively~

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Gombak Horse Riding Club Riding School

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Amazing view to appreciate while learning horse riding

There is a big paddock to accommodate several students at one go. When I visited, there were 2 coaches (Angah and Chai) training 2 different students individually at this paddock. But I’m sure this paddock can comfortably accommodate up to 4 horses for training at one go.

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Stage for students who need a little help getting on horses.
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A first-time student posing on Francis Express.
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She sure looks like having a good time!

The facilities also include a paddock ring. I’m not sure what is the exact size, but it is definitely bigger than the standard 15m diameter ring. During my visit, I did not see the trainers make use of this paddock ring. Probably the trainers make use of the ring paddock to train horses more often. This ring paddock is definitely a good addition if the student crowd is more.

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Other Facilities

There is also a facility for archery if you are into bow and arrows.

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A really macho office decorated with various gears.

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A surau is conveniently provided for Muslim students and visitors.

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There is also an area for dining. There is a menu placed at the table but I’m not sure if food is being served on normal days. I did not see anyone order food throughout my visit and the counter looks rather empty as well. But the tables and chairs definitely serve as a chilling place to hang out while waiting for your children or partner come back from riding.

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More private space for visitors who want to spend some quiet time.

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The person in charge of Gombak Horse Riding Club is Mr. Sharil.

Mr. Sharil from Gombak Horse Riding Club on horse
Mr. Sharil from Gombak Horse Riding Club on horse

Gombak Horse Riding Club offers a membership package for RM150/year. You can still come here for a visit and ride even if you are not a member. Join as a member to enjoy the following benefits. Do contact Mr. Sharil to find out more.

Gombak Horse Riding Club Membership Package
Gombak Horse Riding Club Membership Package

Trying Horses

I got to try on 2 of the horses during my visit.

Francis Express – is a really beautiful white horse who arrived to Gombak Horse Riding Club recently. He trots really really softly. Riding on him is fairly comfortable. He is perfect for new students to have a sense of what trot is without bouncing all over. However he might not be a good choice for student for long term if the objective is to to learn a solid trot. Part of learning horse riding is to be able to ride on any horse steadily. Student should not settle on an easy horse too early.

Jet – another beautiful brown horse in Gombak Horse Riding Club. I was having a little problem with Jet at one particular corner. He kept going into the “shortcut” without passing the cone properly. It was a pretty strange way to ride when you pull the horse head facing right while his body kept moving to left. Well, probably it was because Jet got used to going in the “shortcut” in the previous few sessions by other students. Sharil saw it and he swiftly retrained Jet to not use the “shortcut”. It was about 6-8 rounds of trot and canter by the alpha and Jet is back to be a good boy. Yes, horses do learn very quickly!

Last Thought…

Generally I enjoyed the visit very much. The best part about Gombak Horse Riding Club is the people there. The staffs and coaches are friendly and chatty. There is a little hut right next to the big paddock. Parents and students sit there to chit chat about their riding progress and talk about everything related to riding – while watching the horses in action. One of the students (Umi, a really cheerful lady) actually baked some Raya cookies to give everyone a treat! Needless to say, I made some really amazing friends there.

The location of Gombak Horse Riding Club is here:

You can also follow Gombak Horse Riding Club in their Facebook page.

Do look for Mr. Sharil (+6012 270 5674) to find out more about their activities!

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