Friesian Dressage and Beach riding holiday in Spain - Far and Ride
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Friesian Dressage and Beach, Spain





Horses



Type of horses:

Friesian Stallions

Nature of horses:

Energetic, expressive and well-schooled.

Height of horses:

approx. 15.3 hh

Weight limit:

None within reason

Tack type:

Quality English-style dressage saddles and leather bridles

 

Travel Advice



Please ensure you read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before you travel.
 

Ride Description

Have you ever dreamt of riding a powerful and beautiful Friesian stallion down the beach, with the waves crashing alongside you and his mane flying? Then this is the ride for you!

All of the horses are Friesian stallions of different ages and educational levels. They are well schooled, with the soft temperament and characteristic movements that are typical of the breed.

Your holiday starts with dressage lessons in the arena so that you can learn how to ride these magnificent horses. You must already be a confident and capable rider, but the powerful movements can take a bit of getting used to! Your instructor is local and teaches in Spanish, however, the classes are simultaneously translated so that you understand everything he tells you.

The dressage lessons are fun and aimed at elementary/medium level, including shoulder-in, transitions and plenty of canter work. The aim is to improve your general riding skills and to enjoy the energy and positivity of the Friesian horse. Group sizes are 3-5 riders and you are free to watch other lessons when you aren't riding.

After a couple of days of lessons, you transfer the horses to the beach and get to experience the freedom and exhilaration of cantering along the sands and through the surf as a group. This day is the highlight for most people!

During your stay you will be involved in all preparations with your allocated horse, including grooming, tacking up, loading for the transfer to the beach, washing off etc. It's a fully immersive experience with these stunning and sociable stallions.

In order to support and develop your riding, daily yoga classes are offered. You will be able to work on your breathing, strength, mobility and balance. The teacher is an experienced rider who, through yoga, will help you understand how your position in the saddle can be more efficient and avoid injuries.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

You stay in one of three holiday villas which are located 10-15 minutes from the riding centre. All of the villas have either pedestrian access to the sea, a swimming pool (depending on the season) or beautiful mountain views. The main difference between the three properties used is their capacity and they are chosen to accommodate groups depending on their dynamics and size.

Each house offers a choice of bedrooms including twins, doubles and single rooms but the villas usually have 2-3 bathrooms which are shared between all those staying in the house. The houses also feature shared sitting rooms and kitchens, as well as outdoor seating areas perfect for alfresco dining during the warm Spanish evenings.

Breakfast will typically be a continental buffet served at your villa residence. This will usually include cuts of cold meats and cheese, fresh bread, a selection of jams and preserves, cereal, yoghurt, a choice of seasonal fruit and sometimes cakes or pastries too, as well as a choice of juices, coffee and tea.

Lunch will often be a light meal, including salad packed with local produce, fresh bread and a selection of meats and cheeses. Each day, your lunch will either be taken back at the villa or will be served as a picnic in a scenic spot adjacent to the rides.

Dinners are usually at the villa and include classic Spanish dishes with a local touch. The area is particularly well renowned for paella and tasty fresh seafood.

 

Activities

Non-Riders can accompany their riding partners. No activities are provided, but they can relax whilst their partners ride, or hire a car and explore the local area at their leisure.

Non-riders can also join the yoga classes.

 

Further Details

Languages: Spanish, Swedish, English

Health requirements: General good health

Age limit: 13 years or older (there are no small horses/ponies)

Tuition: Yes

Included: Accommodation, riding, full board meals, wine with dinners

Not included: Flights, insurance, airport transfers, drinks, snacks, additional lessons, massages

 

Travel Information

The nearest airports are Barcelona or Valencia, with the former having most options.

Transfers are not available, so we recommend either the bus or train, however, you can also take a taxi (c. 230 Euro each way).

From Barcelona airport you can take a bus directly from the terminal to S. Carles Rapita or Les Cases de Alcanar depending on your accommodation (we'll confirm once you've booked). Tickets can be purchased online and cost c. 25 euro. The journey takes around 2.5 hours.

If you prefer the train, then you should take a bus from the airport to the train station (Sants in Barcelona or Estacio del Nord in Valencia). You then take a train to Vinaros where you are collected and transferred to your accommodation. Trains take c. 2-2.5 hours and cost 15-22 Euro depending on which city you depart from.

Airport: Barcelona

 

Programmes


Friesian Dressage and Beach Ride



Discover the majesty of the Friesian horse on this weekend break which includes three dressage lessons and a beach ride.

Friday: 

Today is an arrival day. You should aim to arrive shortly after 4pm to allow time to settle in, meet the rest of your group and have a restorative yoga session to ease aching muscles after your flights. A welcome dinner with your hosts where they will also try to teach you a few Spanish words!

Saturday:

After breakfast you are transferred to the stables to meet the horses. You will be allocated your horse dependent on your experience and will be expected to groom, saddle and bridle your own horse. This is a great time to bond with your mount. Your first dressage lesson will be this morning. The lessons are usually in groups of 3-5 riders and to start with your focus will be on getting used to the big paces of the Friesian horses. 

After lunch and a siesta it is time for your second lesson where you will really start to get to grips with your horse and discover how beautifully they move. After your lesson you will wash down your horse and then you can watch the rest of your group have their lessons. At the end of the day you transfer back to the villa for dinner. Another yoga session is also available during the day if you wish.

Sunday:

Today follows a similar pattern to yesterday, with a morning dressage lesson followed by lunch, a siesta and a yoga session. The afternoon is free to discover the local area, but you can pay for an additional lesson if you prefer.

Monday:

The day you've been waiting for! Firstly you'll help to load your horse and then you set off for the fantastic beach at Delta del Ebro. Mount up and set off down the beach where you'll be able to trot and canter along the sand and through the surf. The sight of 8 majestic Friesian stallions thundering down the beach is certainly one you'll never forget!

After travelling the horses back to the stables it's time for lunch before your departure to the airport. 

NB. Please note that timings of the beach ride may vary depending on the season and the number of tourists on the beach, so the itinerary is just a guide



Minimum group size: 5
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: You need to be a capable rider who is confident both riding and handling a stallion. You must be competent in canter/gallop on a forward going horse in open spaces.
Type of ride: Centre based with lessons and trails
Total riding time: 3 nights and 3 days riding including 3 lessons and one beach ride
Departure dates: 2020: 20-23 March (FULL), 3-6 April (2 places), 29 May-1 June (FULL), 5-8 June (2 places), 25-28 September, 2-5 October

Additional dates may be available on request
 
Pricing: 2020:

813 per person sharing

Single rooms 43 extra per night

Non-riders 556 per person sharing

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.



Friesian Horses, Dressage and Trails



Experience the thrill of riding Friesian stallion alongside some therapeutic yoga sessions.

Friday:

Today is an arrival day. You should aim to arrive shortly after 4pm to allow time to settle in, meet the rest of your group and enjoy a restorative yoga session to stretch your body after your flight. During your welcome dinner your hosts will also try to teach you a few Spanish words!

Saturday:

Your day starts with a yoga class, either at the beach or in the mountains. The sessions are aimed at riders and include stretches, balance and core work. After breakfast you are then transferred to the stables to meet the horses. You will be allocated your horse dependent on your experience and will be expected to groom, saddle and bridle your own horse. This is a great time to bond with your mount. Your first dressage lesson will focus on getting used to the big paces of the Friesian horses. The lessons are usually in groups of 3-5 riders, and you can watch the other lessons when you aren't riding yourself.

After lunch and a siesta there's time for another dressage lesson in the afternoon. At the end of the day you transfer back to the villa for dinner.

Sunday:

Today follows a similar pattern to yesterday, with a morning yoga session followed by breakfast and transferring to the stables. Instead of a dressage lesson, today you head out on a trail ride through the olive groves and orange trees. This is a chance to get to you know your horse in a new setting. 

The afternoon is free to relax and siesta, however, it is sometimes possible to pay for an additional dressage lesson if you wish to.

Monday:

The day you've been waiting for! After your morning yoga session you'll help to load your horse and then you set off for the fantastic beach at Delta del Ebro. Mount up and set off down the beach where you'll be able to trot and canter along the sand and through the surf. The sight of 8 majestic Friesian stallions thundering down the beach is certainly one you'll never forget!

After travelling the horses back to the stables it's time for lunch/dinner. Please note that timings of the beach ride may vary depending on the season and the number of tourists on the beach, so you may ride in the morning and do yoga in the afternoon, or vice versa.

Tuesday:

A final yoga session before breakfast and then it's time to say your goodbyes and head to the airport.



Minimum group size: 5
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: You must be a capable rider who is confident riding and handling a stallion. You should be competent in canter and gallop in open spaces on a forward going horse.
Type of ride: Centre based with lessons, a hack and a beach ride
Total riding time: 4 nights, 3 days riding including 2 dressage lessons, a local hack and a beach ride, plus yoga sessions
Departure dates: 2020: 24-28 April (FULL)

Additional dates may be possible - please enquire.
 
Pricing: 2020:

899 per person sharing

Single rooms 43 extra per night

Non-riders 556 per person sharing

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.