Horse riding weekends are an excellent way to introduce yourself, friends and family to horse riding holidays. For the beginner rider, weekends and short breaks offer a taster of this type of holiday, without being too much of a commitment or allowing too much time to get saddle sore! For more experienced riders, a weekend away in the saddle can be the perfect trip between longer holidays or an opportunity to refresh your riding ability before tackling a more adventurous horseback experience.
Our weekends and short breaks range from two days (one night) riding along the French coast of Calais, to a relaxing long weekend in the beauty of Chianti, Italy, or exciting mountain trails in the Brecon Beacons in Wales. A variety of our based riding destinations, across Europe or even further, offer stays of any length and this flexibility allows for midweek holidays or holidays which are customised in both duration and arrival time. This flexible approach to riding holidays means that time in the saddle can become part of a larger adventure, such as an American holiday where you can spend a few days at a traditional working cattle ranch before going on to do something else. Many clients like to start by booking a horse riding weekend with Far and Ride before moving on to another of our trips, such as an exhilarating trail ride or perhaps a taste of luxury. Having booked a weekend with Far and Ride first, they are then entitled to our loyalty discount on their next booking.
There is a wide variety of choice when it comes to short breaks so please do contact us if you'd like any advice or if you're looking to incorporate one of our riding holidays into a longer trip.
A Taste of Armagnac (Guided or Unguided), France
These riding holidays are set in the beautiful French area of Armagnac. Your host, Evelien, is a trained horse riding guide who speaks fluent Dutch, French and excellent English. Her stables of well-trained horses offer the ideal means by which to explore the stunning countryside - whether you wish to ride with Evelien or without a guide, you are sure to love this peaceful setting.
Algarve Coast and Tuition, Portugal
This equestrian centre, one of the Algarve’s most well-known and prestigious, is situated in an upmarket holiday area. It is an ideal location for enjoyable riding, with an abundance of sandy tracks, open land full of wild flowers and herbs as well close to golden beaches and a nature reserve. The prefect destination for both single travellers, as there is no additional supplement for single room use, as well as families, as it offers the unique chance to meet and interact with other children.
It is in a region where riding is possible throughout the year as, even in winter, the sun is virtually always shining. Warm evenings provide the opportunity for enjoying wonderful sunsets from horseback and the unique experience of riding under a full moon.
Algarve Trails, Portugal
This fantastic, English-owned riding centre is set in the warmth and beauty of the rolling Algarve hills of southern Portugal and is approved by the ABRS as well as the Portuguese Equestrian Federation. All levels of rider are catered for (including disabled riders) from beginners wishing to learn basic riding and horse care to the more experienced riders who want to appreciate and explore the area outside of the centre or take their riding to a new level. There are a range of trails available allowing you to witness unspoilt landscapes and breathtaking mountain views, whilst those wanting an intensive tuition programme will come away feeling they have made great progress. Whatever your preferences we can work with the centre staff to create a programme to suit your needs, combining lessons and rides out for you. There is also the fabulous 'Four Day West Coast Ride' which is a four day trail including riding on 2km of beautiful beach!
Alsace with Alice, France
This is a small, friendly set-up offering riding through Alsace, one of France's most beautiful regions. Guests are personally guided by Alice on these relaxed adventures through the Alsatian countryside, sampling local food and wine, enjoying magnificent scenery and exploring the region's hidden treasures including castles, chapel ruins and red cliffs of sandstone. Alice is passionate about trail riding and would love to share this with her riding guests.
Andalucia Trails, Spain
This unique trekking centre centre, based in the heart of Andalucia, offers 2-8 day treks and trail rides for families, friends and singles, and from the beginner to the experienced rider.
From this base you will explore a beautiful part of Spain, riding free from traffic and walkers, following secret trails in the wonderful countryside. Your hosts' knowledge of the local terrain means that they know all the best trails to suit all abilities or rider. You will ride in remote locations.
Ant's Nest and Ant's Hill, South Africa
These two unique bush homes, Ant's Nest and Ant's Hill, are located on their own private game reserve in the beautiful and diverse Waterberg region of South Africa. They offer some of the most exciting game viewing and horseback riding in Africa and situated at an altitude of 4500 feet above sea level, this wonderful region offers a temperate climate and can be visited all year round. Due to the varying topography and ecology across the reserve, the bush is teeming with an incredible variety of game species from rhino and buffalo to leggy giraffe, rare sable antelope, herds of eland, zebra, wildebeest, big spiral horned kudu to the fleet footed oryx just to mention but a few. There are 300 recorded bird species in the area to add to the exquisite variety of all forms of wildlife that the reserves support.
Borana Lodge Safaris, Kenya
Borana Lodge is set on the edge of the Samangua Valley with panoramic views of Mount Kenya, the Borana plains and the Ngare Ndare Forest. The ice-capped peaks of Mount Kenya are also visible from almost anywhere on Borana. One of the best ways of seeing big game here is on horseback and they have horses to suit all levels of rider. Guests can ride through the plains among giraffe, hartebeest and impala or into the forest which cloaks the foot of Mount Kenya. The more experienced rider can explore the ranch with a trusty guide who will show them the special spots and introduce them to the fascinating wildlife which thrives here.
Horizon Horseback Adventures and Safaris, South Africa
Horizon Horseback offers a selection of fabulous based adventures and riding safaris in the Waterberg area of northern South Africa. Just three hours north of Johannesburg, this destination has a choice for everyone from honeymoon couples to adventurous families, single riders to groups of friends (non-riders also welcome). Guests can opt for a mobile safari or an adventure based out of the historic family property, set in a private game reserve alongside a beautiful lake with hippo and surrounding plains game. The choices of riding are almost endless and include outrides through the game reserve, cattle mustering, swimming with the horses in the lake, western games, jumping, cross country or even learning to play polocrosse.
Hualapai Ranch (Stagecoach Trails), USA
This is a comfortable ranch, set in tens of thousands of acres, which has a riding programme second to none. You are always offered a gentle slow walking ride or an exciting fast trotting/loping ride.
The novice rider can enjoy a slow scenic ride and the experienced rider is offered challenging mountain rides, and fast paced loping rides through sandy washes. Disabled riders are able to enjoy this wonderful ranch experience.
Lot Valley, France
This destination is the ideal opportunity to enjoy some exciting riding in the beautiful Averyonese countryside, whilst also relaxing when out of the saddle. The charming surroundings offer both excellent riding terrain and an all round beautiful setting which different levels of rider can explore. The countryside here allows for trekking through enchanting French villages and unspoilt woodlands with an abundance of fascinating wildlife such as deer, wild boar, red squirrel, hares, buzzards and kites. There are rivers and gorges leading down to open valleys where riders can canter over the rolling landscapes or try their hand over the valley’s cross country course of eleven jumps.
Portugal Showjumping & Dressage, Portugal
This is a small family owned equestrian centre with horses and instructors of the highest class. Having been a venue for national and international competition for the last few years, It has now opened its doors to riders from all over the world.
Puszta Lodge, Hungary
The riding here is most suited to confident riders who have had experience of fast riding over diverse terrain. You will be riding between 4-5 hours a day in the Southern Puszta or Great Plain which lies between the Danube and Tisza rivers. The flat landscape is criss crossed with long sandy tracks which allow you to explore this rural idyll without gates to open or fences to hinder your progress.
Sea & Pine Forest, Sardinia
A fantastic and diverse resort with something to offer everyone. Imagine riding in an immense pinewood, on the dunes that border the beach and the sea and looking up to admire the flight of rose flamingo. Horse riding can be tailored for your needs. There are lessons for beginners and more advanced tuition if required. You can enjoy gallops along the beach and explore the pine forests on horseback.
Tuscany Castle, Italy
Located one and a half hours from Rome, this splendid 17th century castle has been the property of the noble Caterini family for generations. The family has breathed new life into it by restoring the cottages and farmhouse once used by the farmers. Those keen on horse riding will be delighted with the certified equestrian centre as the quality of the horses, the trails and the English speaking staff will ensure that your stay here is memorable.