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The Horseboys of Ghana's Labadi Beach

One of the most popular activities on Labadi Beach is horse riding along the shoreline
One of the most popular activities on Labadi Beach is horse riding along the shoreline | © Daniel de Koekkoek / Culture Trip
In a stunning photo series, American photographer Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek captures the talent and presence of the resident horseboys of Ghana’s Labadi Beach.
Horseboys take pride in maintaining their horses © Daniel de Koekkoek / Culture Trip

Labadi Beach, formally known as La Pleasure Beach, is the most popular stretch of sand on Accra’s coastline. Lined with coconut palm trees and beachfront bars, people flock to Labadi Beach to swim, play football and ride horses along the seafront.

Horse rider at Labadi Beach in Accra, Ghana © Daniel de Koekkoek / Culture Trip

With the last activity proving popular, resident “horseboys” have become a permanent fixture during holiday season on the beach. These young boys spend their days offering rides for 10 GHC (£1.40), as well as demonstrating their equestrian skills by performing tricks and stunts on their horses.

Accra’s horseboys are extremely talented riders, often performing acrobatic stunts on their horses © Daniel de Koekkoek / Culture Trip

American photographer Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek’s stunning photo series captures the horseboys of Labadi Beach in action.

Beachfront bars and restaurants draw crowds to Labadi Beach, Ghana’s most popular beach © Daniel de Koekkoek / Culture Trip
Horse rider at Labadi Beach in Accra, Ghana © Daniel de Koekkoek / Culture Trip
Local school children flock to Labadi Beach to play football, among other activities © Daniel de Koekkoek / Culture Trip
Horseboys train their horses to perform stunts such as standing on horseback © Daniel de Koekkoek / Culture Trip
Horse riding on the beach is a popular experience for visitors to Accra © Daniel de Koekkoek / Culture Trip
Playing on Labadi Beach in Accra, Ghana © Daniel de Koekkoek / Culture Trip