Type of horses:
Mixed breeds inc. English Thoroughbred, Croatian warmblood and Lipizzaner.
Nature of horses:
Forward-going and fun but calm and reliable.
Height of horses:
14.1 - 16.3hh
90kg / 198lbs / 14 st 2lbs.
English (Western available on request).
This family-run farm is located in the village of Ogorje, a peaceful part of the Dalmatian Zagora and just a short way from Sinj. This rural region offers varied riding terrain from the mountains of Svilaj and Mosec to small villages, old Roman roads and cattle paths and stretches of unspoilt countryside. This is a peaceful location but easily accessible from the airport and also very budget-friendly. The riding is suited to confident riders who are happy to gallop in open countryside and who love exploring.
Guests are accommodated on the ranch itself and ride out from there each day. They are served traditional Dalmatian cuisine at the ranch (plus their homemade wine!) whilst lunches are eaten as picnics out during the rides, in a picturesque spot somewhere along the trail. There are ten riding horses here with a maximum group size of six guests, so spare horses are always available. Guests are able to groom and saddle their own horse each day in order to create a better bond with them, though help is always available.
Your host, Stipe, is a young man who gained experience at another Croatian riding stables before setting up on his own to offer an affordable but fun stationary programme with comfortable accommodation. He would like to welcome you to Dalmatia to share with you the local culture and of course some great days in the saddle!
Accommodation is on the ranch in double or twin rooms.
All meals are included in the programmes and much of the produce is homegrown with a focus on Dalmatian specialities. Many of the fruits and vegetables come from their own garden and meat is locally-sourced, plus they produce their own wine. Your host's mother does a lot of the baking and guests are welcome to see how the traditional meals are prepared.
Breakfast at the ranch usually includes fresh bread, eggs, cheese, jam, seasonal fruit, tea and coffee. Lunch is eaten in the countryside during your riding day and is generally a traditional Dalmatian dish (fish or meat and vegetables). Dinner is eaten back at the ranch and is another authentic Croatian meal.
A drink is included with each meal (juice, wine, beer, tea, coffee, milk or water).
The surrounding area is quite interesting for those who like history. Split itself features many nice sightseeing opportunities, such as Diocletian's Palace which is one of the world's most amazing Roman ruins. Trogir is also a beautiful place to visit, under UNESCO protection.
Languages: Croatian and English.
Health requirements: Good health and fitness recommended.
Age limit: 16+ (riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult of 18 or over).
Included: Accommodation, meals, a drink with each meal and horse riding as per the itinerary.
Not included: Flights, airport transfers (available at extra cost), travel insurance, drinks outside of meals and extras or services not mentioned.
Transfers are available from and to Split airport, bus or train station at a cost of 50 euros (including travel both ways).
Whilst most riders stay for a week (seven nights), we can happily organise short stays for you - please just get in touch.
Sample Week Itinerary
Transfer to the ranch from Split airport, bus or train station with time for a snack and some relaxation before dinner (depending on arrival time). The plan for today is to get to know the other guests and your host, to make new friends and to enjoy a traditional Dalmatian dinner with homemade wine.
This morning starts with breakfast and a hot cup of coffee or tea to wake you up. After breakfast you will meet the horses and have a chance to get to know them, riding for 2 - 3 hours to discover the surrounding nature. You can try the horses at canter and gallop as you ride along natural pathways.
Lunch this first day is back at the ranch where you can relax and have a bit of a rest. Then it's back on your horse for another 2 - 3 hours of riding before you return to the ranch for a delicious dinner and overnight.
After breakfast you will get ready for your first full day ride. Today you will groom and saddle your own horse (help offered if required!) and then you will ride up the hill Zelovo for a little over two hours. Here you can enjoy a lovely lunch and a rest. After the lunch break the ride continues for 3 - 4 hours, exploring local villages and enjoying views of the fields, forests and nearby mountain scenery. You will eventually ride back to the ranch for dinner, drinks and a good sleep.
The ride today takes you to the Svilaja Mountain. During the morning you will gallop in the fields and ride into the typical Dalmatian villages of Ogorje, Leskur and Milesina. After the villages the ride leads onto ancient Roman roads and over to the mountain where you can relax during lunch. After your rest you will ride over the mountains to the villages Buzov and Pribude back to the ranch for dinner with your group.
After breakfast today you will tack up your horse for a ride through the fields at the foot of Svilaja mountain and on through the villages of Crivac and Čavoglave. Following on Roman paths you can trot, canter and gallop.
On reaching the village of Marinići you can pass by old wells with clear, cool waters before stopping for lunch. The hill above the village is famous for its caves and underground waters and you will have time to explore. Later that afternoon the riding continues into open meadows, perfect for faster paced riding, and then on through glades back to the ranch.
Today's ride begins with some walk and gentle trots, riding for the top of the mountain Svilaja. About halfway through the trail you will stop for lunch and a refreshing drink (at about 1300m above sea level) before riding up to the mountain's peak at 1508m above sea level. Here you will take some time to enjoy views of the Perucko lake, Cetina river and even the Adriatic Sea and the surrounding islands. The panoramic views up here are breathtaking!
After a break to rest the horses and yourselves and to enjoy this wonderful scenery it is time to mount up again and head for the ranch.
After breakfast today you will saddle up and ride to the mountain Moseć, following trails through beautiful fields and along streams. There is a stretch of gravel road to reach the lunch destination. After lunch you will make for the mountain canyon for your last riding adventure.
Later in the afternoon it's time to finish your ride by heading back to the ranch for a rest, a final dinner and good conversation and sharing of memories with your newfound friends.
Departure after breakfast with optional transfer to Split.
|Minimum group size:||2|
|Maximum group size:||6|
|Ability description:||Confident intermediate riders - you should be able to ride at all paces, including gallop, in open countryside and be fit enough for long days in the saddle.|
|Type of ride:||Based Trails|
|Total riding time:||6 riding days with 3-5 hours in the saddle each day.|
2017: 1 - 8 April, 15 - 22 April, 29 April - 6 May, 13 - 20 May, 27 May - 3 June (10% DISCOUNT), 10 - 17 June, 24 June - 1 July, 8 - 15 July, 22 - 29 July, 5 - 12 August, 19 - 26 August, 2 - 9 September, 16 - 23 September, 30 September - 7 October, 14 - 21 October, 28 October - 4 November.
Other dates available on request - can be very flexible with short stays, different arrival days etc. Please feel free to request any dates and we'll see what we can do for you.
Low Season (1st November 2016 - 30th April 2017): £660 per person
High Season (1st May - 31st October 2017): £788 per person
Prices include 7 nights of twin/double room accommodation, shared bathrooms, all meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day, a drink with each meal and guided riding on 6 days.