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Rushmore Estate Ride

Overview

This exclusive riding destination in Wiltshire offers scenic hacks on their much-loved hunters and show ponies. Guests have access to 7500 acres of riding on the privately-owned Rushmore Estate, as well as miles of bridleways, going out in small groups of no more than four (plus an experienced guid…

Highlights

  • Exclusive riding on a private estate
  • Top quality hunters and show ponies
  • Maximum of four riders at a time
  • Upgrade to the private cabin for privacy
  • Massages available on site

Essential Facts

  • 2 itineraries available
  • Max 4 riders per group
  • Average of 3 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 14st / 196lbs / 89kg for experienced riders, 13st / 182lbs / 83kg for novices.
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Description

This exclusive riding destination in Wiltshire offers scenic hacks on their much-loved hunters and show ponies. Guests have access to 7500 acres of riding on the privately-owned Rushmore Estate, as well as miles of bridleways, going out in small groups of no more than four (plus an experienced guide). Riding abilities are not mixed and routes can be tailored to suit your preferences, for example if you have an interest in history then there are several fascinating trails - the area is the source of tales dating back to King John and you may even see a ghost! The woodlands and open fields offer varied riding terrain and guests who wish to are able to trot and canter along the way.

Angie and her daughter Clare are very proud of their horses who are treated as part of the family. Their tack is customised to them and a saddle fitter visits several times a year to ensure the fit and comfort. The horses also receive massages whenever it can benefit them and whilst stabled overnight they have spacious turnout fields, locally-grown forage and regular feeds. This is an excellent destination for those looking to enjoy some beautiful riding country on a smart, well-behaved mount before relaxing in comfortable accommodation and peaceful surroundings. You can also treat yourself to a massage on site if you're feeling a little stiff - Clare is a qualified massage therapist.

Horses & Riding

Tack

The horses are ridden in English style tack, generally GP saddles and snaffle bridles. The tack is of a high quality and a saddle fitter visits several times a year.

Horses

Well-schooled hunters and ponies, all experienced and much-loved.

Riding

There are 2 itineraries:

  • Mini Getaway is a based ride
  • Four Night Break is a based ride

Ages

None within reason.

Health

General good health recommended.

Weight

14st / 196lbs / 89kg for experienced riders, 13st / 182lbs / 83kg for novices.

Food & Accommodation

Food

Your hostess Angie provides breakfast and a two course dinner each day. Simple provisions for lunch can also be provided but you are welcome to go out for lunch or to bring some supplies of your own. Occasionally during a longer ride you may stop at the pub, a tea house or even at Clare's house across the fields for a bite to eat. Breakfasts (and lunch provisions) include things like bread, butter, jam and cereals.

Tea, coffee, juice, water are included and guests are encouraged to take their own drinks to suit their preferences.

Accommodation

There are two guest rooms in the main house, sharing a main bathroom, and a private cabin in the garden. One room in the house can be either a twin or a double room whilst the other is a single room. The house is extremely comfortable, clean and tidy and guests are asked to remove their boots and leave those and riding jackets at the door or in the tack room. Of course you are welcome to pack some slippers!

The cabin can also be a twin or double but can actually be arranged to sleep three or four if needed. It features a small living area, kitchenette and shower room and enjoys the peace of the garden whilst being just a stone's throw from the stables. Dressing gowns are provided for your comfort and a massage table can be set up in the cabin if you fancy treating yourself.

Meals are served in the dining room in the house.

Itineraries

Mini Getaway Standard accommodation.

Four Night Break Standard accommodation.

Other Activities

Non-riders are welcome (please enquire for prices) - the area is superb for keen walkers and bird watchers but is also very peaceful if you simply need a break! Massages can be arranged on site at additional cost.

Travel

We recommend for you to travel by car when possible, but your hostess Angie can organise transport from and to Salisbury train station for a small additional cost.

Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1

Riding: 2 hours

Arrive late morning if possible to allow time to settle in and enjoy an afternoon ride of approximately two hours. The horses are tacked up for you and there is a mounting block in the yard - your guide will help you on, tighten your girth and adjust your stirrups to suit and then you'll be off and away into the beautiful Wiltshire countryside.

Depending on timings you might wish to have a late lunch or snack to see you through to dinner time. In the evening Angie will prepare you a two course dinner to be served in the house and you are welcome to take your own wine or whatever you'd like to drink.

Day 2

Riding: 2 hours

After breakfast you'll be ready for another two hour ride. The route will depend on the guests' experience and preferences but could be through the woods, meadows and valleys or perhaps with a stop at the pub (the horses are all pub trained!) or a break en-route for afternoon tea.

Day 3

Riding: 2 hours

After breakfast today it's time for a final two hour ride before you bid your hosts and their horses farewell.

Experience Beginner / Intermediate / Experienced

Novice to experienced - good riders are able to trot and canter during the rides, where the terrain allows, and are asked to take a light seat (stand in the stirrups) when cantering. For riders who have only cantered in an arena before there is the possibility of learning this light seat during your stay. Novice riders are able to ride out at a pace to suit them. Please note that guests of significantly different abilities do not stay at the same time, unless coming as a private group.

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 4
Departure windows

At any time during: Jan. 4, 2022 - Dec. 23, 2022

Pricing

2022
Shared Room in House (Twin/Double)
£380 $505 €455
Included Two nights of accommodation (twin/double) with a shared bathroom, breakfasts, dinners and approximately six hours of guided hacking.
Not included Travel, insurance, single room supplement, cabin upgrade, lunches, drinks, massages or personal expenses.

Extras

2022 - Single Supplement £15 $20 €18 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
2022 - Train Station Transfer £20
Paid locally
Transfers from and to Salisbury train station - price is per car, each way.
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1

Riding: 2 hours

Arrive late morning if possible to allow time to settle in and enjoy an afternoon ride of approximately two hours. The horses are tacked up for you and there is a mounting block in the yard - your guide will help you on, tighten your girth and adjust your stirrups to suit and then you'll be off and away into the beautiful Wiltshire countryside.

Depending on timings you might wish to have a late lunch or snack to see you through to dinner time. In the evening Angie will prepare you a two course dinner to be served in the house and you are welcome to take your own wine or whatever you'd like to drink.

Days 2 to 4

Riding: 3 - 4 hours

Each day you will have a ride of approximately three hours included and the rest of time at leisure. If there is bad weather during your stay, two rides may be combined one day with a rest on the bad weather day - the programme is flexible in this way.

Day 5

Riding: 2 hours

A final two hour ride today before departure (if you have already used all five rides before departure day then you will simply depart after breakfast).

Experience Beginner / Intermediate / Experienced

Novice to experienced - good riders are able to trot and canter during the rides, where the terrain allows, and are asked to take a light seat (stand in the stirrups) when cantering. For riders who have only cantered in an arena before there is the possibility of learning this light seat during your stay. Novice riders are able to ride out at a pace to suit them. Please note that guests of significantly different abilities do not stay at the same time, unless coming as a private group.

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 4
Departure windows

At any time during: Jan. 4, 2022 - Dec. 23, 2022

Pricing

2022
Shared Room in House (Twin/Double)
£935 $1250 €1120
Included Four nights of accommodation (twin/double) with a shared bathroom, breakfasts, simple lunch provisions, dinners, five guided hacks and Salisbury train station transfers.
Not included Train tickets, insurance, single room supplement, cabin upgrade, drinks, massages or personal expenses.

Extras

2022 - Single Supplement £15 $20 €18 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.