Product: Schleich Riding Arena (42189)
Age Range: 3 years+
Manufacturer’s Description: Young riders have to practise a lot. The riding arena gives you a place where you can train your horse every day. Anyone who wants to train for showjumping or other disciplines can do so on the riding ground. Soon the big horse show will take place. If you want to participate, or even win, you have to train almost every day. Therefore you see the rider with her favourite horse almost every day in the paddock. There is a course built, where horse and rider go through the exercises again and again, to perfect their ride. The two really enjoy practicing so much, after all they are not only a team, but really good friends.
Review: We were sent this riding arena for Georgie to test out, and have been really pleased with the quality of the toy. I’ve seen a few Schleich products in the shop before, but this is the first we have had as Georgie has just come into the age range for this type of toy.
The play set is simply packed in a cardboard box, with bubblewrap protecting it inside, and small plastic bags containing the smaller parts. The pony had a bit of cardboard in with it to provide extra protection, which was nice to see. Not too much packaging, and a lot of it recyclable – so that’s good. The shelter comes in a few parts – the roof section, and the four posts holding it up, which just clip really easily and securely into the roof. The legs come back off with a good tug, making it easy to pack away when you have finished play.
There is quite a lot in the play set once you add it up; the shelter, ten fence pieces, two jumps, a pony and rider, plus the saddle, bridle, headbcollar, a bunch of carrots, hay bale and blanket. That’s over twenty pieces, so although the price seems a bit expensive you do get a lot of pieces for your money, and the quality is really great.
The Schleich figurines are really lifelike, and their hand painted detailing is exquisite. The play set is compatible with loads of other toys from the range, so you can build up a collection for your pony mad child really easily. The plastic feels of a really high quality – it doesn’t feel flimsy or feather lite, but has a nice weight in your hand and is sturdy enough to stand up to hours of playtime.
Play sets like this one are fabulous for imaginative play, Georgie and Lydia have both had a lot of fun making the pony go over (or plough into!) the jumps, taken the saddle on and off, and tucking it up in it’s blanket. It’s been fed the bunch of carrots a lot, and eaten a lot of pretend hay!
The fence pieces clip together really nicely and I don’t think that the clips will break easily. They are hinged at the clips, so you can change the shape and configuration of your fence to whatever you want. The windows in the shelter open and close, which is a nice detail.
We give this excellent play set 5 stars.