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Kupres Farm, Bosnia and Herzegovina


• Winter Programme

• Kupres Plateau Week Stay



Just want to say what a fabulous time we had on our Bosnian riding adventure. Everything about it was just amazing, Mate & Marco were the perfect hosts, nothing was too much trouble and they had us laughing all week. Slavin was great, really good with the horses and we had some great evenings chatting with him. The music nights were incredible, what lovely lads! Food was fantastic, especially the crayfish. The accommodation was also superb. As for the riding... Just brilliant, fast paced and very exhilarating, we were aching and exhausted every day but what a fab time we had. We are all missing everybody so much now, wish we could go back ! This is definitely the best holiday that I have ever been on. (June 2015)

Lisa B
The nature there was so great with green pastures and hills wherever you look. You can ride for days and never cross the same route. Kupres is heaven for people who live in the cities covered with concrete. It is a place where you can rest your soul and enjoy the freedom.

Goga Galic, Far and Ride, Read review
Brilliant. The memories of galloping carefree across the Kupres Plain, followed by eating tasty, freshly cooked meals, will stay with us for a long time. We were sad to leave. I have never met such friendly people in such a stunning location. The perfect riding holiday.

Rachael and Rob B., Read review
Mate and Marko were delightful, the food was lovely and fresh and plentiful and the accommodation was just right. I loved my little bed! I enjoyed riding Vidra who was forward going but sensible (unless too close to others!) and the scenery was outstanding. Fast canters/gallops were exhilarating, jumping over small streams a treat. I very much loved my Bosnian week and yes, I would go again!

Dawn D.
This is the ultimate budget holiday and although they don’t have the facilities and equipment of many of our destinations, Mate, Marko and their team certainly weren’t lacking in hospitality or fantastic riding countryside...

Holly and Sarah, Far and Ride, Read review
I loved the vast open terrain to ride over. The people were genuinely lovely and friendly, couldn't do enough for us. The holiday was very good value. Very glad we went and saw how beautiful Bosnia is!

Caroline W.
It was fantastic, absolutely loved it! Loved everything! The riding was ace. Mate, Marko and Marko were lovely. I was just amazed at the actual land! Miles and miles with not a fence, wall or gate in sight... and the flowers! It felt like I was riding through the set of The Sound of Music! Would love to go back sometime.

Karen H.
It was a magical holiday! We spent hours riding through flower-filled meadows and along mountain tracks peppered with wild strawberries. The horses were gentle, forward but responsive, and the people made us feel so very welcome. We came back feeling as though manufacturer's settings had been restored. During the entire week I did not once hear a voice raised in anger and car horns were only used for greeting. It is difficult to encapsulate in words how restorative the week has been. It is true Sound of Music country, and on the last morning I sneaked off and ran up a hill to sing the title song. Riding through the fields you can understand where Lewis Carroll got his idea about singing flowers - intellectually I knew the sound effects were skylarks and field crickets, but it would be easy to believe that the flowers were singing to the sun.

Susannah K.
Back to basics with lots of fun and long gallops. Favourite memories are the races across the fields, full gallop, the breakfast beers (!) and the Bosnian pyramids. The horse Nur was great fun and the guides tried very hard to please, very helpful and friendly.

Adrian C.
My Bosnia & Herzegovina trip with Mate and Marko and the team was fabulous. It was a great opportunity to get out of the rat race and back to good old fashioned values with people trusting each other and helping each other, like my mother describes England when she was a child. I think I enjoyed their culture and the host's hospitality as much as the riding which was great. I have never referred to my soul before but that holiday was good for the soul, I would not hesitate to recommend it.

Tracy V.
EXCELLENT!! The complete holiday was better than expected and so many good memories - riding an Arab horse called Max, never been as fast in my life. If anything the accommodation is better than you describe it. The food was second to none.

Tom J.
It was super. We climbed a ski slope one day and looked at the view from the top on the horses. The pictures are incredible. I loved my cabin and it was great to have my own room. The horses were lovely. Loved my horse Sheila... she must be missing me! Mate is super sweet and his son is just lovely. Mate has a very kind heart and so warm and welcoming. They are a great bunch and I hope their business is a huge success.

Edel G.
I had a most enjoyable time. The scenery was lovely and the hospitality brilliant. Would recommend to anyone seeking a based holiday ride.

Duncan P.
One of my best riding holidays ever (and I do around four of these kinds of holidays a year and have done so for the last seven years!). In terms of riding it was fab, super great - I enjoyed a lovely Arab horse, Hanna, who is amazing Accommodation and food etc. was also splendid. The hosts were SO kind, helpful, fun to be with and all. It was like visiting good relatives.

Karina L.


Type of horses:

A mix of Bosnian/Arab crosses, some pure Bosnian horses, some pure Arabs and some other crossbreeds. None are really bigger than 15.2hh (they average around 14.2 - 15hh or so).

Nature of horses:

The horses here are mostly forward-going though there are a few more steady options. They are rarely shod (as it's generally not necessary for the terrain).

Height of horses:

14 - 15.2hh

Weight limit:

90kg (approx 14 stone 2lb or 198lbs)

Tack type:

English - some of the tack here is very basic as it is not easy to source in the area.



Current Conditions:
Mostly Cloudy, 2 C

Tue - Partly Cloudy. High: 3 Low: -2
Wed - Mostly Cloudy. High: 4 Low: -1
Thu - AM Rain/Snow. High: 4 Low: -1
Fri - Showers. High: 4 Low: -1
Sat - AM Snow Showers. High: 5 Low: -2

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Ride Description

This destination is set in the natural beauty of the Kupres Plateau and is a lovely way to see some untouched landscapes and a little known part of the world. There are vast expanses of open space including fields, magnificent forests, mountain lakes and rivers to be explored and you will receive a friendly welcome from the hosts. This riding destination is extremely good value and an insight into the rural life of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a hidden gem for horse riders. Most of the horses are forward-going, though there are some steadier options available, and your hosts can alter the riding to suit your requirements. Riding here is generally of a relatively fast pace so riders here should be willing and confident to canter, or at least to have a go!

There is a selection of horses available at the stables and usually some homebred foals, all of which are well loved by the owners. The horses are mostly domestic mares and Arab crossbreeds but there are a few other breeds as well, all of which are sure-footed and excellent for the environment. Although life here is quite different to that which most of us know, the horses are well fed and kept on pasture in the day and in stables at night (during winter they are often stabled full-time because of the snow). They are mostly small ranging between 14hh - 15.2hh. Mate and Marko grow their own hay and oats with which to feed the horses in the winter time.

This destination is a great option for those on a limited budget who want to explore somewhere new and who like adventurous riding. It is not a luxury option but although simple, it will show you the true region and the warmth of the people. The accommodation is comfortable, clean and cosy and you are really able to feel at home there. The countryside is stunningly green when there has been plenty of rain and there are many beautiful sights to see. Riding is arranged according to the wishes of guests and your hosts sincerely hope that you will want to visit them again and again. This is also a superb destination to learn to ski in the winter months - the slopes nearby are ideal for this and Mate is a great teacher. You can also ride in the snow! Other things to do in warmer months are swimming, hiking, cycling and rafting, to name just a few. It's also possible to camp during the summer.

Imagine cantering across carpets of wild flowers in different shades of pinks, purples, blues and yellows or foraging for sweet wild berries or mushrooms, heading out on horseback or by tractor to catch some crayfish for dinner, swimming in the beautiful natural lake, trying your hand at a spot of 'Kupres golf', taking a trip into Croatia to raft on the crystal clear rivers, hiking or cycling through unspoilt nature, hiring a jeep to go off-road to find the herd of wild horses living peacefully in the hills. As one guest said, this holiday is truly "good for the soul".

Holly from Far and Ride has visited this destination four times (2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015) as it's her favourite place in the world. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about this special place!

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Food & Accommodation

Accommodation is in one of two cabins (small houses on the farm) which have one double bedroom, one bedroom with two beds, a gallery area with single sofa bed and a double sofa bed in living area. There is also a mini kitchen area (fridge, sink and hob), toilet and shower. In addition, 2km further away there are three double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms available.

Please note that other guests may also stay in the cabin at the same time as you, unless you specify that you wish to be alone (something which may incur an extra cost). The two bedrooms are separated but in the case that there are other guests at the same time, you would be required to share use of the shower room and communal areas.

Next door to these cosy cabins, which have a log burner and TV, is another cabin which is the social area. This has a big coal cooking area, a bar and lots of seating. Here you eat your meals and socialise in the evenings - Mate and Marko will often go home before you go to bed and you can shut up the bar whenever you are done. PLEASE NOTE: you will find that the locals and other guests smoke heavily inside the bar area. There is a big extractor fan over the coal cooking area so it's not too bad, but you must be comfortable with this to enjoy the trip!

Outside there is a covered seating area with fireplace/cooking area and some chairs and a hammock.

Cabins now have free internet for the guests!

Food here is in the traditional style and homemade. Breakfast consists of items like bread, cheese, ham, jams and honey with juice and tea/coffee. You eat this in the accommodation cabin before you head to the stables or out to ski. Tea, milk and sugar are generally provided and they will buy you anything that you need. Lunch is a variety of pies, stews, goulashes and similar, always served with bread and sometimes with salad or vegetables. There are also local dishes like meat wrapped in cabbage leaves. Dinner is usually something grilled like fresh fish, chicken or sausages. The hosts are happy to find out what the guests like to eat and prepare something suitable but please bear in mind that this destination is heavy on bread, meat and potatoes!

Sometimes picnics are taken for lunch (meat and bread of course!). You will find that the meals are freshly prepared with locally sourced ingredients - you certainly won't go hungry here! They also make their own cheese and guests can sometimes get involved in crayfishing and mushroom picking during their rides (in warmer months). These goodies are then cooked up for your next meal.

Drinks are not included in the cost and the host is happy for you to pay for these in Euros. As a rough guide, a beer (0.33l) or juice is usually about 1€, a bottle of wine can vary from 2€ - 20€ depending on the quality. If there is something in particular that you prefer to drink then just let us know and Mate or Marko can get some in for you. You help yourself to drinks in the bar area and keep a tally and pay at the end of your trip, it's very casual and easygoing. You can try some local schnapps and other home-brews!



Your hosts can also organise cycling, hiking, skiing, paragliding, rafting, motorcycling, swimming, fishing and off-roading. There is also the chance to try shooting some arrows in a "Robin Hood" style competition. These activities are undertaken at your own responsibility!

We highly recommend rafting on the Cetina River which is available in June, July or August at a cost of €50 per person.


Further Details

Languages: English (Mate and Marko speak English to a conversational level), Croatian, some French and German.

Health requirements: None specific.

Age limit: 12+ for riders out in the countryside.

Tuition: No

Included: Accommodation, meals, soft drinks with meals, horse riding (approx 4 hours per day depending on preferences and riding ability) and some other activities.

Not included: Flights, insurance, transfers, extra drinks, extra activities (such as rafting) and souvenirs.


Travel Information

Transfers can be arranged from either Split airport (150km, approx 2.5 hrs), the airport in Sarajevo (140km, approx 2.5 hrs), Zadar or Dubrovnik. Split and Sarajevo are the closest whereas Zadar and Dubrovnik are each over 4 hours drive away.

Return transfer prices for Split and Sarajevo (includes both directions):

1 person: €80 per person
2 people: €40 per person
3 people or more: free

Zadar and Dubrovnik transfer prices:

1 person: €120 per person
2 people: €60 per person
3 people or more: free

Transfers are paid in cash.

easyJet often has great deals for flying into Split from the UK, as does Croatia Airlines, WizzAir and Norwegian Air.

Ryanair now offers exceptionally good value flights from London Stansted to Zadar. Zadar is a little further from the destination and transfers cost more, but it can still save you money because the flights are so cheap!

If you need any advice on flights then please don't hesitate to ask.

Airport: Split

Alternative Airport: Sarajevo



Winter Programme

This winter riding holiday is really a farm stay combining whichever activities the weather allows. It is a very affordable adventure but participants need to be completely flexible in terms of riding hours and possibilities as the temperature and amount of snow dictates what guests can do. Therefore you should go with an open-mind and be ready to enjoy whichever of the following activities are available to you. 

Possible Activities:

Horse riding: longer riding tours are not usually possible in this period but guests can ride near to the stables for an unlimited amount of time. In the event of very deep snow, the horses are not always able to go out very far as it's hard work for them. 

Working with horses: guests are welcome to get involved in caring for the horses, grooming them, lunging them in the round-pen etc. There are often young horses needing to be worked. 

Skijoring: this is skiing whilst being pulled by a horse. The possibility depends on the weather conditions and also the guests abilities, as it's quite difficult unless you are a proficient skier. 

Skiing: there is a local ski resort with two slopes and transport is included in the programme price. Also included is rental of ski equipment (they have a lot!) and informal tuition from your hosts. You just pay your ski pass at the ski resort each time you go. Skiing possibilities are weather dependent but all levels are welcome. 

Off-Roading: this is at an additional cost depending on length of drive. 

Visit to wild horses: also at an additional cost of approximately 10 euros per person. 

The daily programme is created in agreement with the guests and in light of current weather conditions. 

Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Intermediate - Experienced. Generally the rides out include all paces on a forward-going horse. Less experienced riders can ride one of the steadier horses but we generally recommend that you are comfortable at walk, trot and canter in open countryside and up for an adventure!
Type of ride: Based stay with trail rides.
Total riding time: Dependent on the weather.
Departure dates: 1st November 2015 - 15th April 2016. Flexible arrival and departure days.
Pricing: 2015/2016:

1st November 2015 - 15th April 2016: £297 per person.

The price includes 7 nights of shared accommodation, all meals and 6 days of activities as per the itinerary.

For dates outside of this period, please see the 'Kupres Plateau Week Stay' programme.

NB. All guests are required to pay €1 tourist tax per day.

Kupres Plateau Week Stay

A seven night, six day holiday with riding on the 1200m Kupres Plateau, a beautiful area of Bosnian countryside. This is for intermediate riders and above who are looking for an extremely good value holiday with good horses in a little known part of the world. There is some lovely countryside to be seen and a warm welcome at the farm where you spend nights in a small cabin.

If suitable for the riders, you may sometimes ride up to 40km in a day, passing through small picturesque villages and visiting some landmarks. The countryside is diverse and includes magnificent forests and mountain lakes. Landmarks include Kukavicko jezero (lake), medieval tombstones (stecci) and remnants of an ancient Roman basilica. Nights spent out camping in the wild can also be arranged and we highly recommend trying some of the additional activities, such as a visit to the wild horses, skiing (in the winter!), paragliding, cycling, rafting, swimming, fishing and more!

Below is an example itinerary for riding in the peak season. For stays from 1st November - 15th April (off-peak), please refer to the 'Winter Programme' also on this page. 

Sample Itinerary (applicable from 15th April - 1st November):

Day 1: Arrival at the airport with transfer to the cabin accommodation in Kupres, dinner and overnight. 

Day 2: Breakfast followed by a trail ride to Mt Sto˛er, standing at 1758m. This ride is approximately 3 - 4 hours in duration and you will return to the cabins for lunch. In the afternoon there is the option of a shorter ride of around 1.5 hours. 

Day 3: Breakfast following by their 'Jaram' trail route, 3 - 4 hours in duration. Lunch back at the cabins and the option of a shorter ride of around 1.5 hours. 

Day 4: Same programme as yesterday but you will follow a trail they called 'Jezero' in the morning. 

Day 5: Same programme as yesterday but you will follow a trail they called 'Crni Vrh' in the morning. 

Day 6: Same programme as yesterday but you will follow a trail they called 'Javorac' in the morning. 

Day 7: Same programme as yesterday but you will follow a trail they called 'Mongolia' in the morning. 

Day 8: Breakfast followed by transfer back to the airport. 

Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Intermediate - Experienced. Generally the rides out include all paces on a forward-going horse. Less experienced riders can ride one of the steadier horses but we generally recommend that you are comfortable at walk, trot and canter in open countryside and up for an adventure!
Type of ride: Based with trail rides out.
Total riding time: 4 - 6 hours per day (approximately) for 6 days. Each day has a longer morning ride with a shorter afternoon ride.
Departure dates: 2016: Flexible arrivals and departures from 15th April - 1st November.
Pricing: 2016:

15th April - 1st November: £590 per person.

The price includes 7 nights of shared accommodation, all meals and 6 days of riding (approx 4 - 5.5 hours per day in total).

For dates outside of this period, please refer to the 'Winter Programme'.

NB. All guests are required to pay €1 tourist tax per day.