A few years ago I was looking for a holiday for myself and my husband and I stumbled upon a website offering horse riding holidays. I love horses and I have ridden all my life but although my husband can ride a bit he doesn’t have the same passion for horses that I have. How could I convince him that this would be a holiday that we would both enjoy?
Although many of the holidays stated that they catered for riders of all abilities they did seem rather too ‘horsy’ to include my husband. I abandoned the idea. Some months later when I was working on a project looking at equestrian tourism best practise I had the opportunity to visit both Portugal and Spain to see how they had become such popular equestrian destinations. Then it struck me, I could write equestrian holidays that not only gave you the opportunity to ride but that also included great accommodation, sight seeing and visits and the best of the local cuisine and wines. This would make the holidays available to everyone, those wanting to ride could do so, those wanting to just enjoy the high lights of the region they were visiting could do so.
So, one cold December night I wrote ‘Horses, Sun and Wine’ a short break equestrian holiday itinerary suitable for everyone including families! I based it in Jerez in Andalucia and included visits to The Royal Riding School, The National Stud Farm and Gonzalez Byass Bodega then I added a Flamenco Dinner plus riding with a wonderful local horseman around his vast Hacienda. The perfect combination, a choice of wonderful accommodation, great cultural visits, fabulous riding around the vineyards of Jerez on Andalucian horses and all under the Spanish Sunshine!
Soon I realised that holiday travellers are searching for something different and ‘Horses and Chocolate’, ‘Riding Holiday in Cornwall‘ and ‘Horses and Spa’ were added to my portfolio, both based here in the UK in my home county of Cheshire. We have fabulous riding here and combined with quality accommodation and some interesting local visits the female riding population can final persuade their man on to a horse riding holiday! In fact, I have been so impressed by the number of men out there who have spotted my holidays and bought them as a gift for their other half (romance is clearly not dead!) if you would like to read more about these holidays and many more please have a look on my Riding Holidays website ‘Equestrian Escapes’