Archive for May, 2010

Horse Riding Holidays Bournemouth, Dorset

Monday, May 31st, 2010

From a young age it has always been my dream to canter a beautiful horse down a perfect sandy beach; the breeze whipping at my hair, the salt in my eyes, but especially the idea of the utter strength and happiness I would feel always appealed to me.  Bournemouth offers just this.

Horse Riding Holidays, Bournemouth

The ideal place to get away, Equestrian Escapes are able to offer wonderful beach rides in Bournemouth.  A beginners holiday, is also available so that you may have the ideal horse riding holiday.  If you like to get out and socialise then the local pubs are always very welcoming if you wish to stop off for lunch on your riding trek.  If you are looking for something more extravagant, however, then there is a luxurious boutique hotel, equipped with it’s own vineyard, so that in the evenings you are able to sip fine wines and relax.  On the other hand, if you are more of the adventurous type, why not go on a Western horse riding holiday where you can learn to ride cowboy style!  Contact Equestrian Escapes about what else we have to offer you, for your perfect horse riding holiday.

Why Not Experience An Area Of Outstanding Beauty On A Horse Riding Holiday In Berkshire?

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Equestrian Escapes’ Horse Riding Holiday, Berkshire

Berkshire is typically picturesque and its fabulous beauty is set in the most ideal of places.  Close to London and Oxford, Berkshire can easily tempt you into a wonderful mini break, and even for the kids too.  You may even be tempted into a mid week mini break, filled with fresh air and the picturesque valley and wonderful woodland make it perfect for walks and trekking on horseback.

If you are one for sight seeing as well as horse riding, then Berkshire is perfect for you.  Windsor Castle, Highclere Castle, or even bird watching in the tranquil Beagle Park (also wonderful to visit with a good book).  The fresh air and picturesque scenery clears your mind, and takes you far away from the hustle and bustle of home life.  And more than that, Berkshire is simply a horsey haven; Ascot, Royal Windsor, Newbury racecourse and Lambourne are just a short drive away.

If you are looking for your children to learn in a peaceful area of such a pretty nature, then choose a horse riding holiday that offer you exactly what you want.  This holiday offers an opportunity of younger learners to stay with us with out there parents, perhaps with friends in the summer holidays.  We offer twenty-four hour adult supervision, and ensure that your kids get to know horses better, and improve their skills with them.  As well as this there will be other activities, including swimming, games, films, picnics, barbecues, ball games and walks around this area of natural beauty.  A wonderful horse riding holiday experience!

So, as you can see Berkshire offers a horse riding holiday for everyone, and if not, Equestrian Escapes will tailor make a horse riding holiday just for you.

Cheshire Riding Holidays UK

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

At Equestrian Escapes we offer a choice of eleven different riding holidays in Cheshire, so you are spoiled for choice!  Cheshire is famous for its green rolling hills, wonderful scenery and of course Cheshire’s delicious cheese!  Whatever takes your fancy, we have a horse riding holiday to suit you.  From a wonderful farm house break, or a forest log cabin holiday, to a fabulous country house hotel, or a luxurious spa. If you would rather be in self-catered accommodation, this is also available to you.  If you find that you are not happy with any of the holidays, we will tailor make a holiday just to suit your desires, but there is something for everyone in our wide selection of horse riding holidays in Cheshire.

Horse Riding Holidays, Cheshire

If you have a passion for chocolate as well as horses, then look no further!  The beautiful Georgian town of Tarporley, where you can visit The Old Fire Station Chocolate Shop where the owner, Charles, will let you sample some delicious hand-made truffles that you can even take home with you.

If you are looking for a horse riding holiday in which you would like to widen or improve your skills with horses, then check out what we have to offer.  If you plan to take a family riding holiday, again we have something that will suit you.  Perfect for kids, this holiday offers a quality BHS Riding Centre, so you can feel free to explore the other attractions that Cheshire has to offer.

Also available is an adult intensive riding break, from beginners to advanced. Set in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside, this break offers riders a unique experience to improve their riding and for the more advanced riders, a chance to jump.

If that’s not your thing, then dressage holidays offer wonderfully trained horses so that you are able to improve your skills on a reliable horse, or even bring your own horse!  We have two holidays which have this as an additional comfort, one holiday situated in Delamere, where scenic forests run on for miles around, and are excellent to explore on horseback, or even the Bishop Bennet Way, where you are able to take your own horses on scenic routes through the forests or farmlands that make Cheshire such a pretty county.  Get in touch with Equestrian Escapes to find out more details, and to book your perfect holiday.

Beauty Not So Far Away; Ireland.

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

“If you are looking for riding holidays in Ireland with professional instruction in all three disciplines, the opportunity to enjoy trekking through extensive farmland areas and first class accommodation in a beautifully restored old granary barn, then look no further! No matter what the weather you are guaranteed superb horse riding holidays in Ireland.” – Equestrian Escapes

Beauty Not So Far Away….

A traditional, luxurious granary barn is provided for your accommodation, with appliances fitted for your every need.  Full board meals are included where you can sample some delicious meals made from local produce.  The first evening meal is filled with fun and frolics in a very Irish fashion, and you are sure to feel welcome.

Both an indoor and an outdoor arena are available for the activities of your choice, as well as a cross-country schooling area with only 130 obstacles and extensive hacking on the 380 acre farm.  The local town, typically Irish, is delightful and the countryside and views are sweep away into the distance, and are sure to take your breath away.

With this horse riding holiday it does not matter how much experience you have, we take everyone from beginners to the advanced, making it possible for a superb break away, that suits everybody.  Non-riders are also welcome, and there are many local attractions available, including beautiful scenery that is wonderful to walk, for everyone to enjoy.

The horses are all beautifully healthy, and all of the instructors are fully qualified and the centre is British Horse Society Approved.  With this in mind, get in touch with Equestrian Escapes now to find out more information on our horse riding holidays in Ireland.

Take A Break!

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

It is a common fact that stress affects your health, to the extent in some cases that the only cure is a new lifestyle, filled with peace and tranquillity.  Do you find yourself stressed on a regular basis?  Are you temperamental, and grouchy?  Do you need a lift in your life, or a change?  Maybe you should consider a break away from the office, Peru perhaps?  Take the family with you, and go to Wales; the kids would love it!  Or maybe you need some time alone?  Spain?  Perhaps somewhere a little closer to home?  How about the beautiful Brecon Beacons?!

Take a break and treat yourself now and again.  Contact Equestrian Escapes now for information on a selection of wonderful holiday breaks, especially designed to satisfy your every need.

The Magic Jerez Feria

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

The Jerez Feria is one of the most important annual events in the Andalucian equestrian calendar. From 02 – 09 May 2010 Gonzalez Hontoria Park opened its gates to the public to showcase what is described as a Spanish Spectacular.

Jerez is home to some of the grandest families in the region, originally their wealth came from the production of fine wines and sherries cultivated in the fertile lands that surround the city. This wealth enabled the landowners to invest in impressive studs and bull-breeding farms that can be seen dotted around this beautiful old city.Dating back to 1847, the Seville feria is one of the most important festivals in Andalucia. Some of the best horses in the region travel from miles around to parade and compete at this, the oldest feria in Andalucia.

Equestrian Escapes offer a fantastic 4 night stay in Jerez over this festive period, but if you cant make it for those specific dates dont worry.. you can pick from many more. Visit the enchanting town of Ronda where you can enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride through the narrow winding sreets. Or, explore the wonderful and historic city of Seville where the riding centre nestles in gently undulating hills of olive, orange and almond trees.

If these dont take your fancy then why not look into Barcelona, Tuscany or even Peru, the options are endless!

Many thanks to David and Kathryn Cartwright for leaving this lovely testimonial on our website

May ’10 Jerez Feria

“This was our first time with Equestrian Escapes, but it will not be our last! All arrangements were efficiently made and everything worked like clockwork. The structure of the week was expertly put together – we would never have been able to do this ourselves. The accommodation chosen for us was first class and well positioned in the city centre, within walking distance of most of the attractions, and the hotel staff  were so helpful, kind and courteous. The riding with Alphonso was an unbelievable experience, exciting, safe and pleasurable – not to be missed! It goes down as the best holiday ever!” David and Kathryn Cartwright

“You Can Lead A Horse To Water, But You Can’t Make Him Drink…”

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

“You Can Lead A Horse To Water But You Can’t Make Him Drink….”


People, like horses, will only do what they have a mind to do.


Proverbs give richness to language and, to some extent, define a culture. ‘You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink‘ might be thought to encapsulate the English-speaking people’s mindset better than any other saying, as it appears to be the oldest English proverb that is still in regular use today. It was recorded as early as 1175 in Old English Homilies:

Hwa is thet mei thet hors wettrien the him self nule drinken
[who can give water to the horse that will not drink of its own accord?]

Words From Eduardo

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Dear Equestrian Escapes,

I recently travelled to Slovenia and came across some horses that reminded me of a horse-riding holiday that I booked through you.  I went alone, to Barcelona and had the most wonderful time.  I remember especially that the horses were so healthy and well looked after, and Barcelona itself was so pretty.  I am currently travelling around Europe on business, but when I return I think I may just ring you to book a well-deserved horse-riding breakItaly, perhaps this time!  Or perhaps I should try something entirely different?  Maybe the side-saddle?…….

I look forward to speaking to you on my return,

Many thanks,

Eduardo (Horse Expert)

Equestrian Escapes’ Horse Riding Holidays

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Equestrian Escapes’ Horse Riding Holidays

If you are looking for a holiday that is a bit different, and carries with it a sense of adventure, why not book a horse riding holiday?  Equestrian Escapes offers a wide variety of horse riding holidays, from Peru and Spain, Portugal and Italy, to the Uk and Ireland.  You can even take your horses with you on holiday, and learn new tricks together.  You can design your own riding plan to suit you from lessons, short hacks, half day rides to full day rides.

Riding in Berkshire

Accommodation is also varied, from pretty little B&Bs, to log cabin, quiet country hotels, to luxurious full board hotels and spas.

Here at Equestrian Escapes we are happy to discuss your perfect holiday.

Explore Dartmoor!

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

We went with Equestrian Escapes to Dartmoor with our two girls, and had the most wonderful time!  Dartmoor National Park is so beautiful, and the horses are to die for!  We stayed in a lovely self catered cottage, and enjoyed a good pub meal in the evening.  Each day when we rode out the scenery was even more pretty every time, and saw a nice variety of wildlife, too – how lucky we were!  Dartmoor is really beautiful, and I suggest this holiday weekend to any family who needs a break away!

Explore Dartmoor with Equestrian Escapes

Many thanks,

Sophie and Paul

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