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Horseback vacation, vacation, vacation!

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Forget Kirstie and Phil!

With our knowledge and attention to detail, Equestrian Escapes can find you the perfect horseback vacation.  Whether it be the breath-taking scenery of the Brecon Beacons , a short break in Berkshire or a canter along a Spanish beach we have the location for you.

Our goal is to provide a truly memorable horseback vacation designed by people who understand horse riding.  This means you can book with confidence knowing we have:

*  Inspected and approved the stables and the quality of the horses you will ride
*  Checked the riding instructors and guides are suitably qualified and operate safely
*  Assessed the rides for their quality and to match them to differing riding standards
*  Checked your accommodation to ensure it meets our demanding criteria
*  Carefully put together riding itineraries that are fun, exciting and challenging (for those who want to be challenged!)

We cater for all ages and abilities, if you cannot find your perfect holiday we will tailor make a holiday especially for you.

See what our previous customers have said.

Breathaking scenery in Brecon

Riding on the beachBerkshire countryside

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.

Man’s best friend

Monday, April 26th, 2010
This is a picture of Angel Eyes that my mother took

Notice the white star on the forehead

If ever you feel weary, and all alone, look not to the dog but to the horse for comfort. Horses are good listeners, and will stand beside you in perfect harmony if you run your hands gently down their back, and speak with a very gentle tone. 

When I was a little boy I used to climb up to the hay barn above the stables, and perch on one of the beams above my Mother’s favourite mare.  She didn’t seem to mind, as she munched away on the hay I dropped down to her and I spilled out my thoughts, and even made up stories aloud.  This became a ritual whenever I came home from school for the holidays, and my old friend would always be there to greet me with her long black fluttery lashes and open face with a white star fixed squarely on her forehead.

At the start of the Christmas holidays I came home with so much excitement as Christmas was coming, and that meant presents!  We also had recently arranged to catch some rays on a horse riding holiday to the coast of Spain. But that night, as usual, I snuck out to the stables. I remember vividly the large wooden ladder-type staircase up to the hayloft, with slippery mould growing off it.  I treaded carefully and opened up the stiff hatch.  From there I could see the lit stable, and my special beam.  I carefully balanced along the beam and gently lowered myself into a sort of sitting position, only to look down and find the stable bare.  I couldn’t understand it and looked in the paddocks.  She wasn’t there.  In the darkness I could see no white star, and no open face.  Walking slowly back to the house I went to my Mother.  Sadly, the mare had been found lame in the paddock and had had to leave us.  I couldn’t believe it, wouldn’t!  My best friend and listener had gone and left me and Christmas was forgotten. The horse riding holiday to Jerez came and passed and before I knew it the stunning scenery and beautiful landscapes had passed me by.

As most horse lovers will already know, this is both a sad fact of life… and riding, but with riding, more acutely. The average horse lives to between 20-30 years; there are records of up to 51 years old according to many sources. So throughout a life-long riding affair it is most likely that you will suffer a loss more than once.

When Christmas day finally rolled around the corner my mum gave me a massive hug and told me how sorry she was. She knew deep down I wasn’t interested in opening presents this year but still she told me she had something for me to remember our mare by, and it was perched on the beam in the hay loft. I reluctantly walked outside into the cold and made my way over. The cold bit my arms and I hugged my T-shirt for warmth. I walked up the wooden stairs and climbed through the hatch only to see nothing on the beam. It was the first time I had been here since… So I sat down and pondered, staring dead ahead at the opposite wall. I could practically hear Angel Eyes below me. All of the memories came rushing back and as I looked below I could see her with her blotchy coat of brown and white. Except… no star on her forehead? I dropped down gently and put my hand on her cheek as I examined her closely. This wasn’t Angel Eyes! Mum opened the door to the stables and smiled. I wrapped my arms around her and my Christmas was saved.

The Magic of Andalucia

Friday, March 19th, 2010

This picturesque region in the south of Spain has been a chosen holiday destination for the inspired traveler for decades. The sun soaked scenery relaxes the mind and allows true recuperation from many a busy and hectic life. I recently travelled to Faro airport from Manchester on an inexpensive Easy Jet flight. Before I knew it I had been transported from my dingey flat in Manchester to a beautiful hotel in Donana National Park. With that much wildlife and nature leaning on my doorstep I could feel the pressures of the big city sliding gently off my shoulders. It was time for a real break.

I used to ride a lot as a child but as the years past, I grew up and eventually moved away from the countryside in Berkshire where I was raised. I followed my carrer, guided carefully by my A-Levels and Univesrity and ended up for the time being in Manchester. And as many of you will know, that left little time for horse riding. I hadn’t had a holiday as long as I cared to remember so I did a quick, self explainitory search on the internet; Horse Riding Holidays. And there it was, plain as day. Equestrian Escapes, my saviour. They offer reasonably priced, well researched, quality holidays which are what they say on the packet. I was so impressed and thought as I am a writer, the least I could do is write them a short article about how much I enjoyed my holiday for their blog. So here it is.

My Break Starts Well

After a great nights sleep, I retired early on the previous night and achieved a fantastic fourteen hours sleep! That’s over twice what I’ve been getting over recent months. I ate a slpendid breakfast and set off to the stables. They all spoke English and helped me find the perfect horse. My Andalucian steed was a beautiful chesnut brown. He was a well mannered and patient horse, very pleasent to ride and not too wild but abundant with character. I found my feet again for the first time in years and felt years younger. That afternoon we hacked through Donana National Park for an hour and a half (my bum wasn’t up to much more) in the glorious sun.

Day three of my trip kept up the pace with a hack in the morning and, as I travelled in the summer I did miss the migrating birds of autumn and winter but my guide did point out a Spanish Imperial Eagle and then we went for a ride on the beach in the afternoon. What a wonderful day! Horse riding on a golden Spanish coast. How could I go home?

The next day I took a trip into Seville and visited the much documented and acclaimed banks of the Guadalquivir River. Called by some as one of the historical corner stones of Europe, I took a private horse drawn carriage tour. And was not dissapointed by the stunning bridges spanning it’s still water and the looming architecture combining centuries of culture, style and heritage.

Michaels chestnut steed

The hotel in Seville

Halfway through

On my fith day in Spain I spent the morning and afternoon, split by a healthy lunch, having dressage lessons. I have never attempted dressage before, not even when I was younger but I really felt like I made some headway. I felt much more in control of the horse, and after attempting something outside of your immediate comfort zone (with no pressure from anyone besides myself) I felt that standard walk, trot and canter were far easier and the control I learnt followed through to my general horse riding ability.

Today I went on a memorable journey, one and a hlaf hours drive (but completely worth it), to Jerez de la Frontera. A place I will not be forgetting quickly. Especially after my dressage attempts the day before, this visit could not have come at a better time. I was going to pay a visit to The Royal Riding School. Internationally renowned for their skills on horseback, supreme training and quality bred horses they performed “How The Andalusian Horses Dance”. How I urge you to see that show in all of it’s elegance.

The painful reminder of day seven was that my holiday had flown by and already I was staring into the eyes of a nearing departure. This however didn’t come close to stopping me from enjoying a final days cultural exploration around Jerez. A truely beautiful place. And as if the holiday had not already come to a fantastic climax I sat down for a delicious local meal followed by flamenco dancing! Along with a long list of fine wines to taste and entertainment in the form of taditional dance I felt that this holiday had given me the umph I needed to keep me going when I was back in England. It would be a warm, happy time to resurface from my memories when faced by a daunting amount of articles to write with a rapidly looming deadline.

And just like that it was time to check out, and before I knew it I had landed in England. After a taxi, a wait at the airport and collecting my luggage I snapped out of my luxury trance and performed the last short leg of the journey to get me back home. Just in time to catch up before Monday. C’est la vie.

by Michael Bournon

The Holiday that Michael went on was aptly called The Magic of Andalucia just click to be taken directly to it’s itinerary.

An equestrian escape to Barcelona

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
Relaxing on the grass in Barcelona

Bacelona is the capitol of Catalonia, Spain

On day one of this four night riding holiday package, you will arrive into Spain via Girona Airport, for your Barcelona Riding Holiday. Having already made your choice of accommodation between a beautiful rural country home, or a stunning four star Bed & Breakfast Spa Hotel, you will arrive at your new headquarters for the ensuing days of riding. If time permits, you could start your riding today! If however it is too late, fear not… riding will start in the morning.

On day two you will see the equestrian centre for the first time. We reccommend that you take an assessment lesson to assure the right horse is chosen for you. After your assessment you can choose from a range of riding activities from riding lessons, jumping lessons, all the way to your own hand picked itinerary of pathways and tracks through the counrtyside of Barcelona. You can enjoy a full days ride and picnic or a hack in the morning and lesson in the afternoon. It is your riding holiday, and should fit your wishes accordingly.

Today, day three, is a great chance to mix it up a little and do something you didn’t cover on day one. For example, take advantage of the breath taking scenery composed of Barcelona’s own countryside and go for a picnic in a scenic spot. Your transport to and from the equestrian centre each day depends on wether you decided to rent a car for your holiday or not. If not, then lifts can be arranged for you but this must be made clear earlier on in the planning stages of the holiday to save your inconveniance. Also, please mention if you would like a transfer from the airport to your accommodation and back again at the end of the holiday.

Day four. More riding catered to your desires, give us a ring and we can plan the perfect holiday for you! If you don’t fancy some more fabulous riding in the local area then pay a visit to the town of Besalu. It is the proud owner of a 12th century Roman bridge, a local landmark. And the restaurants in this region are a gastronomic delight of Spanish, and local dishes.

Day five is the day of departure. And by this time you will have grown very fond of Barcelona. If there is time before your flight this morning, you can go out for one last ride.

Our riding holidays are for you and aim to be the best riding holidays that you could hope to enjoy. If this sounds good to you but you would like more nights in Barcelona, or to fly over to Andalucia, Spain’s most Southern Region, and spend a few days there. Or just add something you wanted to do. It is your holiday and we are here to help! Contact us on our website Equestrian Escapes Riding Holidays.

Happy horse riders compliment Equestrian Escapes

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

The following three testimonials were all recieved within shorst distance of each other and prompted me to write a quick article featuring their words of praise.

Horse Riding Weekend, Cheshire

The accommodation was excellent. The whole place was spotless, the riding was also excellent. We both enjoyed all of the riding experience. We didn’t want to come home and we have reccomended it to our friends.

Thankyou, Joan

 

Epona Trail and Train Riding Holiday Spain

 The service was excellent as all questions were answered promptly and in detail. The rooms were also excellent and were comfortable, homely, very clean. Excellent lessons gave me lots of help with riding skills and the horses provided for lessons and trail rides were fantastic. Overall Experience – I loved my week riding in Spain it was a great combination of lessons and trail rides and also got to experience a little of the culture through flamenco show and a visit to the Jerez royal riding school. Local cuisine was provided for meals and the hosts were lovely. Horses were gorgeous and lovely to ride. Would love to go back again. I will definitely reccomend this to my friends. Epona was an amazing experience my 2 horses were beautiful and taught me a lot, Fernando made sure everyone was happy and kept us all amused with his jokes. The chance to learn through lessons and trail ride was a great combination. I would definitely go back. Thanks for a great week.

P.Meyers

 

A sunny day for learning

A happy customer taking instruction from a trainer

Tarporley Cheshire

The room and service were excellent and the beds, very comfortable. We were impressed with the quality of the private lessons, the hacks were good fun and useful for putting the techniques that we learned into practise. We really enjoyed our experience, can think of nothing that would have improved it. 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.

Thankyou

More reasons to enjoy a riding holiday in Cheshire.

Equestrian Escapes has an expansive archive of information on all of our packages and holidays, please go to our site and find the perfect Horse Riding Holiday for you!

More reasons to enjoy a riding holiday in Cheshire

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

When you are looking at possible dates for your horse riding holiday in Cheshire we thought you may like to consider coinciding your trip with one of the following equestrian events:

  • Kelsall One Day Event 17 – 18 April or 25 – 26 Sept 2010 for a day of dressage, show jumping and cross country competition.
  • Cheshire Agricultural Show June 22-23 2010
  • Chester British Masters Show Jumping  02 – 04 July 2010
  • Bolesworth Castle Show Jumping Classic 15 - 18 July 2010
  • Nantwich Show Wed 29 July

Or if you fancy an internationally renowned equestrian event, and travelling abroad, check out the Jerez Feria, a massive horse fair in spain.

Alternatively, if you fancy a relaxing weekend or week long break in a relaxation overload, accompanied with riding daily and the freedom of a self catering cottage in a lovely little cheshire town, have a look at the Self Catering Cottage – Destination Relaxation.

Beginners Beach Ride in Andalucia

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

This Weekend Beach Riding Holiday on the stunning beaches of southern Spain is one not to be missed. A chance to see first hand the beauty of La coasta de la Luz and soak up the culture of the near by towns. This area is close to Tarifa and you will arrive after a car journey or transfer from either Gibraltar or Malaga airport.

On your first of five days in this (totally flexible) £495 holiday your will arrive at your four star hotel from the airport and be introduced to your new steed. This holiday caters for all ages and abilities which makes it perfect for families and groups of friends. Fear not if your loved one is more advanced than you, or the other way round! There are horses suitable for all.

La Costa de la Luz means The Coast of Light, a reference to the amazing way the suns rays play with the sand to produce a golden colour which lines the shores. When I was sat on my horse on this very same stretch of coast I couldn’t help but let it remind me of the quality of Equestrian Escapes’ Horse Riding Holidays. They never cease to impress me, time and time again.

Throughout day two, three and four I reccomend you try to have at least 6 hours of riding. This will give you the optimum amount of riding both on the fabulous beaches and in the national park. It will also allow you time to check out the local towns, go shopping in the Zoco (market) and purchase some souvenirs. The range of optional activities during this holiday include:

  • Golf
  • Water Sports
  • A Trip to Tangiers to visit Morocco and a traditional Zoco
  • Visit the Bull Farm (depending on season)
  • Baelo Claudia Roman ruins guided tour
Costa de la Luz

The Coast of Light

Sad as it may be, day five is the day you depart. Check into the airport and hop on your plane home. Or if you’d rather skip the planes and have no check in then check out the open planes of Cheshire in another ideal short break for you and your family.

Horse Riding Holiday Spain

Friday, September 11th, 2009


A horse riding holiday in the mountains is one of the best ways I know to relax and unwind whilst taking part in my favourite pastime! This summer I chose a horse riding holiday Spain in The Alpujarra Mountains in Southern Spain and I wasn’t disappointed. We rode fabulous Andalucian horses that are both sure footed and willing making this riding holiday one of the best to date! We met up with the rest of the riding group at Malaga airport and chatted eagerly about past riding holidays as we made our way up the mountains in our private minibus. The group gelled immediately and after dinner that night, it was clear that we were about to experience an equestrian holiday of a lifetime.

It was love at first sight when I met up with my mount Laurel the next morning, his handsome head and soft brown eyes beckoned me to join him on a voyage of discovery along the narrow paths and tracks that lead from one white washed village to the next in the breath taking mountain scenery on this horse riding holiday Spain. As we rode through the wonderful village communities Laurel and I held our heads high, proud to be a part of this traditional mountain lifestyle. They say that a picture paints a thousand words so take a look at the above pcture of my wonderful horse riding holiday Spain which was arranged via Equestrian Escapes. They offer a huge range of riding holidays both in the UK and abroad and the website has many original ideas for tailor made equestrian holidays. If you can’t find the horse riding holiday you are looking for give them a ring and they will tailor make a riding holiday to meet your every requirement. Equestrian Escapes specialise in riding holidays Spain but now have a fabulous range of horse riding holidays in the UK for a smaller budget.

What’s included on this horse riding holiday Spain -

7 night’s accommodation in shared twin rooms
7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners
Return transport between Malaga and Bubion (guests must arrive no later than 15.30)Horse riding and guides
Luggage transfers and support vehicle

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