Mooiklaof equitaverens is the first Saudi Arabian company to open a training center in Riyadh and the second in the kingdom, the Saudi Arabian media reported.
The company, which is based in the southern city of Jeddah, will open its first training center next month, and the company plans to have its first two equestrians trained in two years, the Arabic-language al-Arabiya daily reported.
The two-year period will cover horse training, medical care, and equestry training.
In 2014, Saudi Arabia became the first country in the world to approve a national animal welfare and horse breeding program.
The program was created in the wake of the 2013 massacre at the Mina amusement park in the resort city of Doha, in which more than 200 people were killed.
“We have an animal that has a very high social and cultural importance in Saudi society, and we believe that it should be respected and protected,” Mooibis founder and CEO Fadil al-Mooiklof told the al-Arab daily.
“We hope that this will be a model for other countries.”
Saudi Arabia was one of the few Arab countries that did not officially recognize the kingdom’s Muslim Brotherhood as the legitimate government of the country.
The kingdom has also been a target of U.S. sanctions, and many in the Muslim world have called for the government to be dismantled.
As the largest country in Africa, Saudi has a significant share of the world’s horses, which account for more than half of the population.
Saudi Arabia has been battling a number of horsemeat scandals, including the recent death of a mare that was found to have been killed on the market, and a mule found to be alive in a donkey meat bin, according to the New York Times.
But it is not the first time that Mooikerens has come under scrutiny.
In May, a horse meat investigation in the capital Riyadh uncovered a massive animal slaughtering operation that is believed to be involved in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of horses annually.