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Sir Alfred Munnings

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Sir Alfred Munnings has long since been hailed as one of the greatest equine artists of all times. On 14 November 2012 an exhibition of his work went on show at The Richard Green Gallery in Bond Street, London. Early next year a feature film entitled Summer in February is due to be released, it tells the story of the early part of Munnings career including his tragic love affair with his first wife Florence, famously depicted in the painting Two Lady Riders Under An Evening Sky. The equestrian fraternity who has long since recognized the brilliant way in which Munnings painted horses is avidly awaited the  release of the film which stars Dominic Cooper as Munnings and Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey fame, as his friend Gilbert Evans. The producer of the film, Jeremy Cowdrey, has expressed surprise that no such similar film has ever been made, he explained ‘Munnings as a personality and character was so interesting and lively he bounced off the pages of the novel and Dominic Cooper who plays him in the film, just bounces off the screen’. Here at Equestrian Escapes we just can’t wait, Downton Abbey and horses, does it get much better!

Miss Millicent Baron on Magpie

The Sir Aldred Munnings Art Museum in Dedham Essex has lent 25 works to the Richard Green Gallery for the exhibition currently showing in London, including Miss Millicent Baron on Magpie, arguably one of the best examples of Manning’s work that first demonstrated his true understanding of the personality and anatomy of a fine horse (and lady!). In addition to his paintings of beautiful horses and ladies set in spectacular English countryside Munnings was also employed as the official World War 1 war artist to the Canadian Cavalry Brigade. During the war he painted many scenes, including a mounted portrait of General Jack Seely entitled Warrior in 1918 (now in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa). He bravely worked on his canvases close to the German front lines and even came under shell fire as his unit was forced into a hasty withdrawal. In 1918 he painted Charge of Flowerdew’s Squadron in what has become known as “the last great cavalry charge” here Gordon Flowerdew was posthumous awarded the Victoria Cross for his part in this successful engagement with entrenched German forces.

Munnings who died in 1959 aged 80 enjoyed an outstanding career and will no doubt be associated with equine painting for many generations to come. If you would like to ride in the beautiful English countryside in the footsteps of Munnings join us on one of our carefully designed horse riding holidays

Horse Riding Vacation in North Devon

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

On Sunday the 6th March I packed up the car and set out on my 500 mile round trip to explore North Devon’s beach riding opportunities. This is one of the areas that we have been keen to add to Equestrian Escapes for a while and what better time to bite the bullet than a sunny Sunday in early March. A lot of people may think that adding a package to the website is simple but think again – all of the packages that we offer have been tried and tested by us. We have ridden with all the instructors, stayed in the B&B’s and hotels and thoroughly explored the surrounding areas to make sure that we are as knowledgably as possible on all of our destinations.


Arriving 5 hours later I headed straight to the stables. Working my way down narrow sea side roads I found Teresa’s yard and some of the loveliest horses I have ever met. The majority being home breads combining of a mix of colourds and greys suitable for all age, ability and size. Looking around from the stables there are magnificent views of the 4 mile beach below and the hills of the National Trust above. We set on our way to the beach, taking a leisurely walk down through the village being greeted with a wave and a smile from the locals along the way. Once on the beach we trotted, cantered and galloped the length of this spectacular white sandy beach, splashing through the throthy water, then heading back along the paths of the Tarka Trail and through the sand dunes. After 2 hours in the saddle it was time to head to the B&B, quaint and family run, centrally located for the stables and village it was the perfect place to retire for the evening.


The next day after a hearty breakfast in the B&B it was time to look for more accommodation options in the area, not a hard challenge in such a beautiful sea side location. Several B&B’s, a spa hotel on the beach front and a modern village hotel later it was mission complete! Sat outside The Red Barn café in the village looking out onto miles of golden sand and a bright blue cloudless sky, enjoying a Devonshire cream tea the thought of driving home to Cheshire wasn’t all that appealing!


Once torn away from Devon and back in the office on Tuesday the itinerary was written by 4pm, it was live on the site by Wednesday and we took our first booking by Friday. A lot of hard work paid off! For your chance to experience this fantastic beach riding on the beaches of North Devon follow this link http://www.equestrian-escapes.com/ Alternatively call Sarah, Lindsey or Lou in the office on 01829 781123 and we will be delighted to tell you more about our newest package.

Sensational Horse Riding Experiences To Be Had In Madrid

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Just 30 minutes from the capital of Spain is The Sierra de Guadarrama, an area of outstanding natural beauty, bursting in the culture and heritage that you would not expect to find so close to Madrid. It is a region of mountains, valleys, rivers and traditional villages with Roman and Moorish remains still very much in evidence. The countryside is rich in architectural treasures, Roman roads and bridges, castles constructed between the 12th and 15th centuries, churches and chapels from the 16th century. It is no surprise that this area was chosen by the Spanish Royal Families as their preferred area for rest and relaxation and now you can explore this remarkable region on horseback.

If you imagine the perfect riding holiday to be mixing horse riding with culture then this is the holiday for you. In the heart of The Sierra de Guadarrama you will find Mariano, a passionate and experienced horseman. He will take you riding around this remarkable area. You will be taken past some of the most famous bull breeding farms of the region along with your own private horseback tour of El Escorial, the stunning 16th century monastery and royal palace. Combine this with a luxury hotel in the mountains of The Sierra de Guadarrama and you have the perfect horse riding holiday.

This is what Shalea had to say about her horse riding experience when she travelled to Madrid in January. “I just thought you might like to get an update on my riding experience at the stables in Madrid. Mariano was absolutely incredible to ride with, he is a very safe rider and informative guide and has a fabulous personality. The riding is phenomenal, and, he has great riding horses. One of the best horse riding experiences that I have ever had! I would most highly recommend him.”

For any more information on this ride or any of the other packages on the Equestrian Escapes website please dont hesitate to contact Sarah, Lindsey or Lou on 01829 781123.

Valentine’s Day Horseback Riding Offer

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Surprise your loved one with a UK horseback riding holiday this Valentine’s Day.  For a break taken by a couple in February 2011, receive complimentary champagne and chocolates on your arrival!

Choose from many of our UK breaks including spa hotels, luxury self catering accommodation and homely B&B’s, then combine with tailor made horseback riding to make your perfect get away this Valentine’s Day.

Our top 5 breaks for this Valentine’s Day are:

Cheshire Spa and Ride - Cheshire is never more beautiful than when experienced on horseback. It is a true horsey county with miles of off road riding through scenic farmland and forest. Horses are embedded within the culture of this county. Set in the heart of the Cheshire countryside this break offers riders the chance for a great riding experience whilst enjoying the relaxation offered at a luxury four star spa hotel. Why not think ahead and book your self a relaxing spa treatment, the perfect way to end a perfect holiday!

East Devon Spa and Ride - In Devon we have combined the most elegant of 4* spa hotels with a riding centre of equally excellent pedigree. This holiday will give you the opportunity to either learn or to improve your riding with expert tuition and riding out in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Luxury on a budget - Cheshire is one of the most picturesque counties in Britain and you dont need to spend a fortune to experience this! In the heart of this beautiful county you will be able to enjoy expert tuition and wonderful riding out whilst staying near by in a luxury farm house. There are just two spacious and well appointed bedrooms and in the evening you have a beautiful lounge to relax in.

Brecon Beacons Spa and Ride - If you are in need of a break from the stresses of everyday life then riding out in the stunning scenery of the Brecon Beacons is ideal for you. Stay in a fantastic and historic Georgian country house hotel complete with spa and beautiful views of the surrounding area.

Ride Great Windsor Park - For those who work in central London and need to recharge their batteries on a short break riding holiday, or for those who would like to experience one of the most stunning riding opportunities in the UK then come to Windsor and Ascot. The combination of a lovely, traditional four star spa hotel with great riding for all abilities makes this a really wonderful riding holiday in Berkshire.

Whatever you end up doing this Valentine’s Day we hope you have a perfect one!

For any more information on the article above or for general enquiries we are here to take your call all day Monday – Friday, just phone us on 01829 781123 or contact us via the website www.equestrian-escapes.com

Riding Vacation of a Lifetime!

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Many of you will have seen on our Equestrian Escapes website that we offer a riding holiday in Machu Picchu. This dream horse riding holiday takes you to the spectacular former Inca settlement near Cusco and you will be riding high in the mountains of Peru..this is truly the ride of a life time.

During your 10-day holiday you will explore the famous Sacred Valley and enjoy the luxury of passing backpackers on horseback as you follow the Inca Trail through The Andes. If you have always wanted to visit Machu Picchu, then the opportunity to visit the heart of the Inca Empire on our horse riding holidays is a dream come true. The reality of this ride is even better! The accommodation is truely excellent, the attention to detail incomparable and the magical ambiance of the mountains will leave an impression on you that will stay with you forever.

All of the accommodation (hotels and lodges) used throughout your stay are of a first class standard. All meals are included except for dinner on the first night in Lima and on the last night in Cusco.

The riding is challenging in places although the horses, who are mainly American Quarter Horses with some Arab crosses and thoroughbreds are well trained and are more than able to cope with the difficult terrain.
Throughout your horse riding vacation you will have a cultural guide (on horseback where necessary) and a horse trekking guide and a doctor will accompany the group throughout the trekking part of the holiday.

There is a maximum of 6 – 8 guests and in addition to the staff already mentioned, two wranglers will also assist the group.

The 2011 Departure Dates for this holiday are:
April 17th

May 11th

June 7th

July 10th

August 1st

August 21st

September 4th

September 21st

October 9th

October 23rd

November 6th

For more information on this horse riding vacation or any of the holidays on the Equestrian Escapes website please call us in the office on 01829 781123 or contact us through our ‘contact us’ page.

Equestrian Vacations and Horse Shares

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

We understand that owning your own horse can be very expensive and many of the people who travel with Equestrian Escapes don’t have their own horse. The service that we offer gives both riders and non-riders a chance to experience the reality of having their own horse whether its during a weekend break or longer. Our Adult Intensive course  combines dressage/jump lessons with hacking and stable management which gives first time horse owners a feel of what its like to own their own horse.
We have recently come across a website called Horse Shares UK, offering horse owners and first time buyers a cost effective solution to what can be a very expensive vocation. Read on for more details-


Find a horse to loan or a horse for share at Horse Shares UK. Established in 2006, Horse Shares UK is now one of the UK’s leading websites solely advertising horses loans and horse shares and attracts thousands of visitors each week. Owning a horse is a rewarding experience but can become very time consuming and costly. Often a good solution for horse owners is to have a sharer for their horse or to put their horse out on loan as an alternatively to selling. Equally, sharing a horse can be a great stepping stone towards owning a horse of your own. Browse through our horse share and loan advertisements or place your own advert with us today. Advertising on Horse Shares UK is simple, cost-effective and is guaranteed to target the right audience helping you find the perfect loan or share agreement quickly. There is also great information about loaning and sharing, including real life experiences from people that loan and share horses.
For more information visit www.horsesharesuk.co.uk/ or contact them via email.

All Thawed Out For Equestrian Escapes 2011

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas – if it was anything like mine you ate and drank far too much and are now struggling to do up the top button of those much loved denims!

Unfortunately riding across most of the UK has been put on hold for the past few weeks but it seems as though the ‘big freeze’ is finally over and business is up and running as normal.

Understanding that Christmas can be a very stressful time, especially for mums, Equestrian Escapes have come up with a New Years treat just for you:

Relax and Ride in Cheshire

This one is especially for mums who have been under stress and strain this Christmas – for £235 enjoy a 2 night break in our beautiful B&B just a few minutes walk to the stables where you will enjoy 3 days riding in the stunning Cheshire countryside. For those experienced riders why not replace a standard hack with the 3 hour XC farm ride? To Make your stay that extra bit special let us book you a relaxing spa treatment at the near by Fabulous You Company..because your worth it! For mums travelling alone dont worry –  because we know that every little helps we will waiver the single supplement charge.

For further information or details on any of our other packages please call us in the office on 01829 781123.

Happy New Year from all of us at Equestrian Escapes!

Horse Riding Experiences Of 2010

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

2010 is drawing to an end but what a year it’s been! As everyone is rushing around adding those finishing touches to the Christmas preparations, buying and wrapping those last few presents and fighting their way through the crowds at the supermarket for the big food shop I thought what perfect time to reflect on what has been a fantastic year! Find the time to take a few moments out of your busy day to read what lovely things our customers had to say about us and their 2010 holidays.

In February Sandra enjoyed a holiday in Cheshire at our Country House Hotel – “Brilliant weekend. By far the best horse-riding experience I’ve had, the teachers were patient and knowledgeable and I felt I learned a lot. The hacks were great fun and were a good opportunity to put the techniques we learned into practise, as well as a brilliant way to see the countryside. We really enjoyed our experience, can think of nothing that would have improved it.”

In March Sam and Seb travelled to Tarifa – “We had a five night break in Tarifa at the end of March, the whole experience was fantastic, the instructors were so friendly and really wanted us to learn so I would recommend it to anyone who would like to try something different. The whole thing had a great laid back vibe and you could tell that the horses were well looked after and loved it.”

In May David and Kathryn stayed in Jerez for the annual 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!”

In June Georgina spent 2 nights with us on the Adult Intensive riding course in Cheshire – “I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for a lovely riding break last week.  I thoroughly enjoyed the riding in Cheshire, Sandra and the staff were very welcoming.  Your expertise was much appreciated when planning my schedule, I was really happy with the lunge and flat lessons and the number of rides out that I did – it all worked out perfectly.  Except of course for the fact that after 12 years of no riding my body was physically battered afterwards!  Thank goodness Chris found a seat-saver for me before my 3 hour ride! Thank you again, I would thoroughly recommend Equestrian Escapes and hope to be back sometime with my sister in tow.”

In July Mrs Smillie travelled to Portugal - “Great! The setting was beautiful and placed on the Obidos lagoon. The service was easy and hassle free which made the whole trip run so smoothly. The eco-camp that I stayed at was really different but I enjoyed it so much. The tipi was lovely, the bed was very comfy and I slept like a baby every night! The quality of the riding was excellent and the beach ride was exceptional. I could not believe my eyes when i got there. Our horses were absolutely gorgeous and so incredibly soft natured. In all of my riding experience, I never have come across such fantasticly well natured animals. They were a total delight. My overall experience was great, I thoroughly enjoyed my four day stay and would have liked to stay for much longer! I plan on recommending this holiday to both my family and friends!”

In September Jessica and James went to East Devon - “Having recently enjoyed an Equestrian Escapes holiday to Devon I thought I would write and tell you about it. The tuition at the riding stables is second to none and the hacks over Woodbury Common are a slice of heaven.”

In November Jean-Pierre and Elizabeth travelled to Berkshire – “Hello!
Our family recently booked a short break with you and stayed at Maggie’s in Berkshire. We had an unbelievably fabulous time. The accommodations were perfect and it was wonderful to wake up to the sound of hoof-steps in front of our cottage and open the shutters to friendly equine faces across the yard. Maggie was amazing — she offered to watch our 3 year old daughter, Axelle, while my husband and I had lessons. The two of them got on famously to the point that our daughter was completely devastated to leave the farm. She sobbed and sobbed as we said goodbye to Maggie. (This is after Axelle had announced to us that she wanted to stay with Maggie and be one of her “children” and “Papa and Mama could go back to London” and she would walk home later. “Is London far to walk to?”) And best of all, my husband and I think we actually made some progress with our riding! We definitely will be back! Thanks so much for offering a most memorable holiday!”

I hope you enjoyed reading this little handful of testimonials from our customers. If you require any information about the holidays you have read about or any of the packages on our website please contact us in the office on 01829 781 123, or email info@equestrian-escapes.com

Finally have a absolutley fantastic Christmas and New Year from all of us at Equestrain Escapes.

Riding in Southern Spain

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

As you are all aware the weather in the UK over the past month has gone from bad to worse to impossible. It seems that many parts of the UK have ground to a stand-still. Hundreds of schools have had to close, driving conditions have been hazardous to say the least, and rail and air passengers were delayed on many flights leaving badly affected areas. For the first time our riding centre in Cheshire had to cancel all rides on the 5th December as the melting snow and freezing rain had transformed the yard and paths into an ice rink. The bad news is The Met Office has issued further heavy snow warnings for Yorkshire and Humber, east Midlands, east and north-east England, London and south-east England.

As Lou and I were left in the -6 conditions here in the office in Cheshire, Sarah, our managing director headed off to what we all thought was a rainy Southern Spain. Little did we know (including her) that there was a whopping 33 degree difference in temperature and it was a blazing 27 degrees celcius! Hard to comprehend when only 2 1/2 hours earlier she had left an artic Liverpool John Lennon airport on a Ryan Air flight heading for Malaga.

Hardly laughing when we heard this the next day we were soon cheered up when Sarah told us she was in a bit of a ‘sticky’ situation as she had packed for rain – 2 pairs of wooly boots and several pairs of jeans and thick jumpers!

Thanks to the un-announced spectacular weather Sarah enjoyed 5 days of glorious sunshine on the coast of Marbella, riding along the sandy beaches of Southern Spain and sampling the wonderful gastronomy and wine that the Spanish are so famous for.

If you are interested in any of our Spanish riding breaks please contact Sarah, Lou or myself Lindsey in the Equestrian Escapes office on 01829 781 123.



Equestrian Escapes Special Offers

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Fed up with the cold weather?

For those who have had enough of the cold we have a two special offers for you! The first in Southern Spain - designed to warm the cockles of your heart. Enjoy 3 nights in a top class golf resort hotel in Jerez on bed and breakfast basis plus a 3 day riding programme with our top trainer riding his wonderful homebred Andalucian horses. The cost per person in a shared twin/double for a rider is £350 and a non-rider (with unlimited green fees) £150. Transfers are available from Gibraltar airport and the offer is available for bookings to the end of March 2011.

Our second is a little closer to home. You can enjoy 2 days of riding at our beautiful centre in Berkshire, and make the most of 2 FREE lunches or evening meals during your stay. This short break is usually £315pp on a bed and breakfast basis but until the end of February ’11 we are offering it to you for just £275 INCLUDING 2 free lunches or evening meals. This is just the holiday that our equestrian enthusiasts need after a stressful and expensive Christmas! For more information on this offer please call us on 01829 781123. This offer lasts for all booking made by 28 February 2011.

 

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