If you live in the country you probably own horses or know someone who does. While it has a reputation for being an expensive hobby, it doesn’t have to be.
Nowadays you can stable a horse pretty cheaply at an equestrian club where it will be taken care of. But there are still lots of wealthy owners who are willing to spend huge amounts of money on their horses. You’ll find a lot of owners like that in China’s Heilan Equestrian club.
With 130 trainers from around the world but only 100 members, this club is the definition of exclusive. There’s no word on how much a membership costs, but just looking at their luxurious marble stable proves that old saying: if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.
The club’s facilities take up nearly 3 million square feet, including a bar, restaurant and a luxury resort for visitors.
While only club members can use the club’s training center – which is the largest in Asia – the Horse Culture Museum is open to visitors.
Inside, you’ll find a sample of the more than 400 rare horses the club has purchased from breeders around the world. As you can see, no expense is spared to look after these animals.
The club has even bought special hair-dryers for their four-legged members.
If you ever get a chance to visit the club, you might be lucky enough to catch the members showing off their dressage – or horse dancing – skills.
The members actually broke a record a few years ago for the largest dressage demonstration, with 60 horses performing at once.
Is this club a horse lover’s dream, or just a waste of money?