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Pony Trekking Weekends In The Yorkshire Dales

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Pony Trekking In The Yorkshire Dales

The vast stretches of countryside that make up the beautiful and ever-reaching Yorkshire Dales will envelop you and take you on a whirlwind adventure, that is a Pony Trekking Weekend!  For all up-and-coming equestrian enthusiasts, this is not one to be missed!  The Yorkshire Dales acts as a wonderful set to play your part on a pony trekking adventure holiday.  40 acres of grounds and 26 acres of woodland means that you are spoiled in the Yorkshire Dales.  Although this holiday is for children who are eager to ride, lessons and hacks can be arranged for adults, and non-riders are most welcome too!  The staff on site are there to educate, encourage and evaluate your child’s progress so that they take the steps to become a successful pony rider – the sky is the limit!

The Beautiful Yorkshire Dales

Accommodation is in the form of a self-catered cottage situated right next to the stables so that you are never too far from your horsey friend, and so that you can make yourselves comfortable and properly settle in during your horse riding holiday.  Facilities include both an indoor and outdoor riding arena and all levers of rider are most welcome.  If you are a more confident rider and there is something in particular you may wish to grasp the technique of, just tell our staff and they will be more than happy to work on it with you throughout your stay.  Stable management courses are also available for beginners, where children will also learn safety around their pony, how to tack up, etc.

This pony trekking holiday can be invaluable to those who are willing to take it seriously and are keen on horses, and I would recommend it to anyone!

Bella Italia!

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Italy has always been famously beautiful, and romantic.  With a wonderful selection of Italian horse riding breaks in store for you, I assure you that beautiful and romantic are the words that first spring to mind.

Lounge by the pool with a book in Italy….

To start with we have a wonderful Italian family horse riding holiday for you, nestled between Tuscany and Umbria this ongoing countryside works wonders with the kids.  You would stay in an enchanting castle so the adventures keep going on and on.  What is wonderful about this holiday package is that you are able to choose how much riding you would like to do.  Non-riders are most welcome and they will find plenty to amuse themselves with in this fabulous Italian countryside.

We offer a wonderful long weekend break in Italy that is only on offer when the children are back at school.

Exploring the beautiful countryside around the castle

Again you stay in the castle and on arrival you can meet your companion for the weekend, tack up and go for a hack in the countryside surrounding the  castle and even wading through the Stridolone River.  Whilst riding out the wildlife is very varied including deer, wild boar and various birds in the surrounding areas and especially from Lake Bolsena to Lake Mezzano.  All of the horses are very well looked after and excellent riding tuition is on hand in a variety of languages.  So, all that is left is to pack your jodhpurs, then you’ll be on your way!

The enchanting 17th Century castle that will be your home for your stay

Equestrian Escapes proudly offers you an Italian Castle & Trail horse riding holiday that was designed with the adventurous in mind.  If you like to don your riding attire and gallop off into the distance on an adventure then you should most definitely look at this horse riding holiday very carefully.   You will head out along the Brigands Trail and towards the stunning Lake Bolsena where the views are quite literally breath-taking.  Accommodation is half board and you will be staying in a stunning 17th Century castle perched atop a hill, and you will feel on top of the world with this horse riding holiday of a lifetime…

Stay in luxury accommodation in the form of three different castles!

If the idea of staying in beautiful medieval castles thrills you, then read on!  This wonderful Italian castle-based horse riding holiday is more than thrilling as you have the opportunity to stay in not one, not two, but three castles (two medieval, and one historic fortress)!  This holiday is only available to intermediate and advanced riders and you will thoroughly enjoy the luxurious castle accommodation, as well as the first-class horse riding tuition.  Riding out in this location could not be more luxurious either – cantering along the beaches of Lake Bolsena and through the surrounding vineyards of the area.  perhaps even try some of the local grape – luxurious for sure!

Choose your companion for the week, saddle up and away you go…!

Alternatively you may want to opt for a shorter, midweek Italian break in the countryside, enough time to let off some steam and get away from all the stresses that come from being at home.  Accommodation here has two swimming pools that you may like to catch some rays beside whilst you are not hacking out, or to read a book beside with a nice local glass of wine in the early evening.  Tennis courts are also available as well as extensive gardens. Other activities may include hiring a bicylcle and visiting the local dairy farm where you can watch them produce ricotta cheese and even sample some for yourself or explore the archaeological sites with                                                                                                                Etruscan tombs that are scattered in the countryside.

The surrounding countryside is simply breathtaking

We also offer a beginners castle-based horse riding holiday where you will receive excellent riding instruction from the team that is on hand to give advice and teach you to horse ride in this area of outstanding beauty.  The riding itinerary is usually set out with a lesson in the morning, and a scenic hack in the afternoon so that you may be able to grasp your bearings and see what Tuscany has to offer, including wonderful winding forest tracks and sandy pathways that are ideal for those on horseback.  You can ‘take the day off’ from horse riding throughout the week and perhaps sample some local olive oil, or even take an adventurous mountain bike for a ride if you are not too tired from being in the saddle!  This holiday is designed to help your grow in confidence on a horse, and I would suggest it to anyone who wishes to learn as well as having a holiday of a lifetime!

For more information on any of our other horse riding holidays, or to book your Italian break, please get in touch with Equestrian Escapes.

Horse Riding Breaks

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Equestrian Escapes are delighted to bring to all our horse lovers a large variety of different horse riding breaks!

Berkshire has much to offer, and this short riding break is set on a large rural estate so that your horse ridingholiday will be one of peace and tranquility.  With this holiday you have a choice of accommodation, from self-catered to staying in the farmhouse where wonderful home cooking will be provided.  Local pubs and restaurants are only a short drive away if you fancy the night off.  Lessons available can be in the form of either private lessons, semi-private lessons or group riding lessons – the choice is up to you!  After the morning lesson followed by a lovely lunch, the scenic hack will begin where you will get a taster of the beauty of Berkshire…

Exeter is full to the brim with beautiful scenery and equine excellence.  This short break riding holiday allows you to work on your skills, with particularly good equestrian tuition in dressage and show jumping.  Accommodation again ranges from a farmhouse Bed & Breakfast, self-catered cottages and a luxurious Golf & Spa hotel with access to tennis courts.  Whatever your accommodation though, be assured that the Equestrian Escapes Team aim to bring to you the best holiday that will suit your needs.

If you are looking for a more romantic horse riding break away, then perhaps you should explore Wales.  The Isle

of Anglesey is situated near the stunning Snowdonian Mountain Range so the standard of beauty is very high.  Here is an opportunity to lose yourself in the great outdoors and get closer to nature by riding along the expansive coastline shores.  The horses available are varied, from ponies to experienced horses so that the rider will have a companion they can feel at ease with.  High quality instruction is available to all ages and standards of horse riding, so that one is able to get the most out of their horse riding break.

If ‘variety is the spice of life’ is your motto, then perhaps you should try some Western riding in Bournemouth.  This spectacular horse riding break is of high standard and more popular than you would first think! Western riding evolved from the ranching and warfare traditions brought to America by the Spanish Conquistadors, and both equipment and riding style evolved to meet the long hours in the saddle of the cowboy.  On this horse riding break you will sample some forest riding, trail riding and beach riding so that the scenery is varied and you and your horse will never tire of it!  

For any more information on any of our horse riding breaks or horse riding holidays, please contact Equestrian Escapes where we look forward to arranging your dream holiday….

For the Summer Holidays, Bring the Kids Out…

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Now that it is mid summer holidays, and the kids may be tiring of being at home, why not get them out on a horse riding adventure holiday?  At Equestrian Escapes we have a large range of horse riding holidays that are suitable for everyone, riders and non-riders alike.

Perhaps the kids want to learn to horse ride and learn to speak French whilst being around people of their own age group?  If this is the case, then Ireland is the one for you.

If you are looking to combine beauty and culture with equestrian excellence, then perhaps Barcelona and Catalonia may be the perfect family retreat.

If you are looking for a horse riding break for the family that is laid-back so that you can spend quality time with one another, as well as teaching new riders stable management and how to look after a horse, then Cheshire Forest Log Cabins could be the answer.  Situated among beautiful forests and great hacking areas, our Cheshire horse riding holidays are fun and a great way to explore the great outdoors.

For more information on any of our horse riding breaks, please get in contact with the Equestrian Escapes Team, where we will be happy to arrange your summer holiday.

When the sun is out and shining, the air is light and the sky is blue….

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Why Not Choose To Do Something Truly Amazing?

Equestrian Escapes offers first class equestrian riding holidays that are tailor-made to ensure you have the perfect holiday.  The locations on offer are of excellence so that every comfort can be yours.  The equestrian facilities are all of excellent standard, with fully qualified instructors and British Horse Society approved too and furthermore we inspect all the horses in our horse riding holidays to ensure the best quality holiday for you. 

What More Can You Ask For?

Equestrian Escapes caters for riders of all standards, so there’s no excuses why not to bring along your mother-in-law…

For all information on our horse riding holidays, please visit our website, or get in touch to talk about your dream holiday….

Dreaming of the Yorkshire Dales

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Family Riding Holidays In The Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales are among the most scenic of places in England and the rolling green hills go on to infinity.  Equestrian Escapes is pleased to offer you a horse riding holiday where you can combine your love for the countryside with your love of horses!  Equally though, non riders are also most welcome to visit Yorkshire and it’s wonderful attractions that will suit everybody.

The Yorkshire Dales riding holidays are brilliant for children who are keen on horses, and the substantial facilities will ensure that they get the most out of their holiday.  there are two holidays to choose from; Pony Trekking & Instruction Week or a Pony Trekking Weekend.

Pony Trekking In The Yorkshire Dales

Accommodation is in the form of pretty little self-catered cottages, and local pubs are only a few minutes drive away.  Both an outdoor and indoor arena are available to anyone of any level of riding.  Staff are always on site to supervise, so you don’t need to worry about a thing, just booking it!  The instructors on site are all BHSA qualified so you can be sure of the high level of quality.  Dressage and jumping lessons are also available to people of different standards of riding, making this a holiday that will meet everyone’s expectations.

The White Scar Caves

If you are a non-rider and would like to explore the Yorkshire Dales in a different manner to on horseback, then there is a bicycle riding centre nearby where you can hire bikes for the day and experience the fresh air.  Fishing in the River Bain is popular, as is visiting the White Scar Cave which is supposed to be impressive with underground waterfalls and streams, as well as marvelous stalagmites.

If this Family horse riding holiday appeals to you, why not get in touch with Equestrian Escapes to find more information.

Short Break Riding Holiday, Shropshire

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Short Break Riding Holiday, ShropshireEquestrian Escapesshort break horse riding holiday in Shropshire is among the most beautiful holidays we offer.  The opportunity to hack through acres of lush fields and woodland is at your fingertips here, and the tranquility filters into your bloodstream, ensuring you of a wonderful, well deserved break.  You can even hack along the famous Jack Mytton Way, making your holiday fun filled and adventurous.  Even better than that, if you like you can bring your own horses on holiday with you!

This holiday is available to every rider, of every standard, and the length of stay is very flexible.  Accommodation is in the form of a lovely bed and breakfast, where everyone is friendly and will do everything they can to make your stay comfortable.  There are a host of local pubs that are available to wine and dine in, and all just a few minutes drive away. (On your first day you will ride out mid morning and stop at a very pretty local pub for lunch, before allowing the horses a rest and then hacking out along marvellous countryside).

Stokesay Castle, Shropshire

If you would like a holiday that has activities other than just horse riding, then this Shropshire holiday can cater for you.  The fascinating town of Ironbridge has ten family friendly museums that everyone can enjoy.  Activities also include fishing, walking or biking, and sight-seeing includes Stokesay Castle and Wilderhope Manor.

With all this in mind, it is clear that this horse riding holiday is suited for everyone, even non riders.  So book now while the weather is still fine!

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.

“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….”

Meaning:

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

Origin:

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?]

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