This is a wonderful horse riding holiday in Spain combining lessons with expert tuition and ride outs, including an amazing beach ride. The accommodation is simple and authentic in a 16th century Spanish hacienda just 20 minutes from the cultured city of Seville. This is a perfect riding holiday, combining great horses, excellent food, top class tuition mixed up with relaxation time and some cultural sightseeing.
You will be based at the Garcia's family run yard, a short drive away from the beautiful city of Seville. Fernando and Jane have been running this wonderful establishment for over 20 years and do a fantastic job in making sure guests have a wonderful time experiencing the wonderful horse riding, relaxing by the pool, the delicious food and of course the Spanish wine! With over 60 horses to choose from, and a maximum of 10 guests at any one time, you can be sure to be matched up to the right horse and even try a couple of others during your stay.
In addition there are some great sightseeing trips, such as a visit to the 'Royal Andalucian School of Equestrian Art' and a traditional flamenco dancing show - we promise that you will come back captivated by the Spanish way of life and dying to return for more.
Open all year, bar a few weeks across July & August, when the centre closes due to the heat. Week long holidays run from Sunday to Saturday. Short breaks are also easily arranged.
Train & Trail Programme - See full itinerary below
Adults / €1,344 per person sharing
Intensive Training Programme - often enjoyed by clients who return for a second visit, and want to concentrate on developing their Classical Dressage skills and includes lunge lessons. Call or email for more details.
Adults / €1,650 per person sharing
Classical & High School Training - a clinic designed to teach pupils how to develop their skills, and use back home training with their own horses - includes ground work, lunge lessons & a private lesson with Rafael Soto. cal or email for more details.
Adults / €2,106 per person sharing
Rafael Soto Clinics - includes 4 x 45 minute private lessons with the Olympic Silver medallist. Call or email for more details.
Dates - 12-19 Feb & 18 - 25 Mar, wioth more dates tbc for 2012.
Adults / €2,268 per person sharing
Non- riders / €816 per person sharing
Single Supplement / €258
Under 12's / 25% discount
Unders 3's / FREE
NEW for 2012
We have introduced a new option for those guests who would like to ride out rather than take lessons in the mornings and then sightsee in the afternoons.
Adults / €186 per person sharing
Includes accommodation, breakfast, lunch, complimentary airport transfer and a 3 hour hack in the morning.
Minimum stay of 2 nights.
Dressage, Beach & Countryside Vacation
Day 1 - You arrive in Seville and transfer to the stables. Get to know your way around and maybe take a dip in the private pool. In the evening, you will be escorted to the nearby town of Carmona, one of the famous white villages of Andalucia. Carmona, is the oldest, continually inhabited village in Europe and as you stroll through the narrow streets of the old town, inside the ancient fortified walls, you will feel and breathe the spirits of ancient cultures - Iberians, Visigoths, Phoenicians, Romans and Moors. Later, possibly under an indigo sky or in the interior of a centuries-old olive oil mill, you will savour the delights of the local cuisine.
Day 2 - Mount up for the Old Hacienda Ride - a relaxed hack around the immediate countryside, through olive groves and eucalyptus trees. Depending on the season, you might see fields of sunflowers, wheat and cotton, as well as melons and water melons in late summer. The ride takes you past impressive 16th and 17th century haciendas and cortijos, which have stood here since the days when Cervantes rode these same trails, collecting olive oil taxes. Return to Epona for lunch and sample our excellent, local house wine. The afternoon can be spent by the pool, or if you are feeling in need of culture, take a bus into Carmona to explore the old streets, the archaeological sites or the Roman Necropolis, the second largest in the world after Rome itself. Equitation lessons will take place in the late afternoon when life is a little cooler. It's a great chance to improve your school work, dressage or jumping.
Day 3 - We bring you to Jerez which is internationally renowned for its production of sherries and brandies and your trip will include a visit to a famous wine shop where you will be able to sample some of the
different local varieties. However, the main attraction of the day will be the visit to the Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre, an equestrian performance titled "How the Andalusian Horses Dance". Here you will see the magnificent Andalusian stallions at their best, at home in the breathtaking setting of their 18th century palace and the riding hall. They will be performing piaffe, passage and the airs above the ground (courbette, capriole, etc) in a spectacle of light, music and colour, only to be compared with the famous Spanish Riding School of Vienna. Return for lunch at Epona, followed by lessons in the afternoon.
Day 4 - After breakfast, we saddle up and set off across country for the Roman bridge.You will be riding through cultivated farmland and olive groves whose ancient trees are still carefully tended and nurtured. After a break and a few photographs, it is back home for a late lunch and a siesta. In the evening there will be equitation classes and dinner at Epona.
Day 5 - We set off early to the seaside village of Matalascañas, where beautiful Spanish horses, most in Spanish tack, will be waiting to take you on the Beach Ride. The ride takes you on an unforgettable route through the Donaña Natural Park, one of Europe's last true wilderness regions and one of the largest wildlife reservations in Spain. The ride will take you over the golden dunes, brushing through fragrant wild lavender, rosemary and thyme. The area is home to many protected species such as fallow deer, boar, fox, lynx, imperial eagles, kites, vultures, storks, flamingos and herons. Down to the beach and it's time for the horses to wet their legs and for those who want to - a canter through the surf. Then it's back to Epona for lunch and a siesta by the pool. Rest, enjoy a drink, TV, games room, or a swim before your early evening equestrian lesson which is followed by a traditional "paella campestre" under the stars, washed down with wonderful home-made sangria.
Day 6 - We set off across open country for our last hack of the week, through olive and orange groves and past farmers working the land. Eventually, we arrive at the fields of a top class Andalucian stud farm and if we're lucky, you will get a chance to appreciate the noble and docile nature of the beautiful mares and foals grazing peacefully in the sunlight. We might even see some colts and magnificant stallions. Return to Epona for lunch.
Day 7 - Depart - pack and transfer for Seville airport.
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