The Department of Riding

Since 1663, Uppsala University has had a Department of Riding where students and employees can practice horse riding. In the 17th century, students were to be educated in so-called exercitia, or practical subjects. These practical subjects also included French, Spanish, Italian, fencing, dance, music and drawing.

The Department of Riding has been located in different buildings over the centuries, and is currently situated at Upplands–Västmanlands Fältrittklubb. (Email

Every semester the University hands out riding scholarships, which consist of 32 free riding lessons over 16 weeks.

Uppsala Academic Riding Club (UARK) is a non-profit organisation for students interested in riding.

350 years of riding

Uppsala University is home to the second oldest riding institution in the world after the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. This autumn the 350th anniversary was celebrated 12 September with a full day of educational and fun activities.

A jubilee book was published in time for the festivities with chapters written by University Library Director Lars Burman and Margareta Nisser-Dalman, Director of the Swedish Royal Collections. Uppsala University marked the occasion by adding four new riding scholarships to the previous six.


Marianne Andersson
Inspector equitandi