Archive for the ‘clothes for riding’ Category

Riding Holidays in Cornwall

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010
Canter down the beautiful beaches of Cornwall

Canter down the beautiful beaches of Cornwall

Never underestimate the qualities presented in abundance by the Cornish coast. One of my personal favourites, that is of places to enjoy a fine riding holiday. This is truely one of the great English sites designed by god for horse riding. I find the drumming of the hoofs on the soft wet sand as I ride down the beach a really unique experience. I have been riding for many years and I have gone riding all over the globe. I have a long list of horse experiences, many equestrian adventures, and still hold that initial passion discovered when young, that has kept me close to my horses and even closer to the art of horse riding. Horse riding holidays today are something I could never have imagined when I was a child. You can travel all over the world, and ride horses where ever you wish! Equestrian vacations have varied in size and shape and in pretty much every aspect. All this whilst the prices for these horse riding holidays and horse themed breaks has decreased.

Over the years the availability, competition and sheer size of the business’ involved has doubled and tripled again. There is a huge market, and why? Because horse fanatics have stood by their equestrian friends over the years and let them be a substantial part of both our economy, and our leisure and retail industries. Horses have appeared galloping in movies since the early films produced by the Lumiere brothers way back in the early twentieth century. America was built on horseback and countries all over the world have enjoyed and relied on these equestrian beauties gracing our planet throughout our long and accomplished history. Horse riding today is very much so, if not more appreciated than ever before. And with animal cruelty laws and equestrian protection agencies being manned and set up all over, we have proven our ability to treat them fairly and provide them with rules and laws designed specificly to protect them. And in some less desirable parts of the past humans have payed a just and heavy price for misconduct in their care of horses.

Anyway, enough tangents involving the fruitful history of the horse. I speak to you today about a certain riding holiday in Cornwall. Riding holidays in Cornwall never fail to impress, especially this holiday. If you book a trip down to the coast and spend time on horseback riding down the beaches you will aquire some fond memories, see some fantastic sights, beautiful scenery and of course… ride a horse!

Cornwall Riding Holiday

Day one, arrive and settle into your fantastic accomodation. You may have decided to stay in luxury or in a traditional English cottage, depending on the options for the holiday you have chosen. Equestrian Escapes often gets complimented by its customers on our choice of accomodation on their behalf. This will play base for your holiday in Cornwall, and from here you can venture out and inspect the beautiful scenery of Cornwall. During the holiday you should check out the thatched pub down the road, it serves a range of traditional ales which should definately be tried whilst on holiday in a different part of the country from your own.

Day two, visit the historic Mullion Cove harbour after your assesment and first lesson or hack. This is a great chance to learn a bit about Cornwall. Don’t miss the oppourtunity, you won’t not on holiday in Cornwall often, unless you are a regular admirer.

On day three you will be presented with a choice, flat work, show jumping, or cross country. I know which way I would be heading! I have always been more of a fan of cross-country. I find it is usually the best way to see the area. But this is your horse holiday! So you choose what you will enjoy and go ride a Cornish horse where you desire to go! Horses in this area tend to be well mannered, they are chosen for their characteristics and friendliness.

A Cornish horse

A Cornish horse

Days four to seven hold various activities, rides out, and locations. You depart on the eighth day This is the itinerary for the week long, Horse Riding Holidays Cornwall. You can specify everything in an Equestrian Escapes’ Riding Holiday. Check out another article on equestrian vacations.

Self Catering Cottage – Destination Relaxation

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
The cosy dining room

Inside the cottage

Some people might look at the words self catering and think, Cook for myself? I however, take pride in my culinary skills and jump at the chance to prove my ability in the kitchen. That and the fact that I can eat whatever I desire. No holds barred, self indulgence. This was one of the key factors in which holiday I was to choose because I knew what I wanted. Often I holiday in southern spain and sometimes I venture futher, Florida, Peru. But this time I decided the key to pure unfiltered relaxation is stick to what you know best. That and of course the oh so necessary change of scene which I had been internally craving for quite some time.

So, the decision was made. One week in the cheshire countryside, for Relaxation, Reading, a couple of good movies and lets not forget what’s best! During my seven nights stay, five hacks out in the nearby countryside. And five riding lessons to improve my already admirable (if I must say so, and I must) cunning competance in the equine department.

The Cottage

The outside of the cottage is a subtle hint of the inner beauty

The day I arrived in Cheshire I alighted from the train in Crewe Station and took a taxi to the delightful village of Tarvin. Upon arriving I dropped my bags off at the cottage I was so dying to inspect and went for a quick pub dinner accompanied my a smooth pint of the local larger, Cheshire Cat. After what wasn’t a hard day of travelling and eating I returned to my new housing and settled right in. The cotage is, to say the very least, a beautiful little corner of the world. I popped my shoes off and made myself extremely comfy whilst browsing the video library. Embarrasing as it is I must admit that I haven’t yet got the hang of those new DVD players.

After a good sleep I nipped out to the shops and collected a haul of foods to last me the duration of my stay. The shopping list included, one cake (a slice of self indulgence), bananas, apples, some bran flakes and a few baskets of everything that appeared in my minds eye as I browsed. I stocked up on energy in the form of a hearty full English breakfast and proceeded the short distance to the stables for my first lesson. They were very kind at the stables and really made me feel at ease. I was introduced to my steed, a fine creature of a particularly muscular disposition. And after a speedy briefing, off I went! I can tell you this, I have never ridden in Cheshire before. But I most certainly will ride there again. What more could a man want than a beautiful place to ride a steed, with the wind on his face and a canter of pace! I will confess to indulging my poetic side in the form of many a scribble whilst, as my grandchildren say these days “kicking back”. I’m not quite sure what the kicking is a reference to exactly, probably some rap pop song of sorts. But I can assure you that this holiday kicks lots of back! (Fear not, the horses don’t kick)

A cosy garden

David Payne was asked by the staff at Equestrian Escapes to relive his glory days as a wordsmith and write a short article on his recent Riding Holidays. He kindly delivered this insightful article the day he was due to depart Cheshire (as we are based a five minute drive from Tarvin).

The holiday Mr Payne enjoyed so much was the extended Horse Riding Weekend in the lovely village of Tarvin, Cheshire.

If however you would like to set your sights much further away from home, expand your horizons and ride the unspoilt beaches of Portugal, or try a Medieval Castle Tour. These holidays are prime examples of the fine Horseback Riding Vacations that Equestrian Escapes offers.

Horse Riding

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Horse riding

We were at an equestrian steering group meeting yesterday and were delighted to hear that the number of people learning to ride horses has actually increased this year! The reason given was that people who had not travelled abroad this year had been looking for more interesting activities for their holidays in the UK. That is great news for us, so we have been busy adding to our portfolio of riding holidays in the UK. For loads of horsey information visit Equestrian Escapes’ Horse World.

We have added riding weekends, short break holidays and some week long learn to ride options. We understand that riders choosing to travel with us may be of different standards and we can happily cater for beginners through to advanced riders on all our holidays.

lessons and hacking

The riding holiday programmes include a mixture of lessons and hacking so that you have the opportunity to improve your style but we don’t work you to death! If the weather in the UK puts you off in the winter months we offer similar programmes in Andalucia in Southern Spain. Having checked the flight prices this morning with Easy Jet and Ryan Air it is as cheap to fly to Spain as it is to catch the train to London! So if you are wanting to try something new or rekindle an interest that you had in the past please visit the website where you will find a great choice of riding weekends, short breaks and longer holidays!

Riding Holidays UK
More people than ever are learning to ride horses

What riding clothes to wear on my riding holiday?

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009


I think Winter is definitely nearly here, everyone is starting to talk about the dark nights and cold wet weather. Lots of people are thinking about where they are going on holiday and when and if they are going on a riding holiday they need to know what riding gear they need.

This week i have had a number of people enquiring about what specialist riding clothes they need to be packing for their riding holidays and if they haven’t got them already they have added ‘clothes for riding’ onto their Christmas lists,(husbands, boyfriends and parents please take notes!)

The most important things are to be safe and comfortable in your riding clothes. When travelling to warmer destinations for your riding holiday we recommend that natural fabrics like cotton are always the best riding kit. For riding, nothing beats the comfort and protection of breeches or jodphurs but if you don’t already own a pair, cotton trousers or leggings are ok. Tops should offer some protection from the sun and low hanging branches on the trail rides. If you are travelling in the Winter or cooler months it is good to bring tops that you can wear in layers depending on the temperature. Short boots with a small heal are suitable footwear and a lightweight waterproof coat just in case! Some people also find it is useful to have a lightweight pair of riding gloves to protect their hands.

If you are thinking of purchasing riding clothes for your riding holiday there are plenty of places to go depending on your budget. To get a good idea of what riding clothes are available i suggest you have a look on the internet first. This is also a good place to find a local tack shop which sells riding clothes too. When buying jodphurs or riding boots it’s always good to try on a few different makes and styles to see which ones you find most comfortable. There are lots of different colours and shapes of equestrian clothes to suit all tastes, the only problem will be choosing which horse clothes you need now!

For more riding holiday travel tips please see the Equestrian Escapes web site

Subscribe to RSS feed