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Friesian Dressage and Beach

Overview

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 …

Highlights

  • Canter down the beach on a beautiful Friesian horse
  • Discover their expressive paces in the dressage arena
  • Experience riding and handling a powerful stallion
  • Relax and stretch with yoga sessions
  • Perfect short break and non-riders welcomed

Essential Facts

  • 2 itineraries available
  • Max 8 riders per group
  • Average of 2 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: None within reason

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.

Horses & Riding

Tack

Quality English-style dressage saddles and leather bridles

Horses

Friesian Stallions

Riding

There are 2 itineraries:

  • Friesian Dressage and Beach Ride is a based ride
  • Friesian Horses, Dressage and Yoga is a based ride

Ages

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

Health

General good health

Weight

None within reason

Food & Accommodation

Food

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.

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.

Itineraries

Friesian Dressage and Beach Ride Standard accommodation.

Friesian Horses, Dressage and Yoga Standard accommodation.

Other 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.

Travel

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.

Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1 - Friday

Riding: No riding.

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!

Day 2 - Saturday

Riding: 2 hours

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.

Day 3 - Sunday

Riding: 2 hours

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.

Day 4 - Monday

Riding: 1 - 2 hours

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

Accommodation

Each night spent in single/ twin/double rooms, with shared bathrooms, in one of three private villas.

Experience Experienced

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.

Minimum group size 5
Maximum group size 8
Departure windows

March 26, 2021 - March 29, 2021

April 23, 2021 - April 26, 2021

May 28, 2021 - May 31, 2021

Oct. 8, 2021 - Oct. 11, 2021

Oct. 28, 2021 - Oct. 31, 2021

March 18, 2022 - March 21, 2022

April 22, 2022 - April 25, 2022

May 27, 2022 - May 30, 2022

Pricing

2021
Non-Rider, sharing
£550 $770 €650
2021
Rider, Sharing
£810 $1125 €950
Included 3 nights accommodation in shared rooms, 3 days of riding, all meals from dinner on arrival day until lunch on departure day and wine with dinners.
Not included Flights, airport transfers, personal travel insurance, drinks, snacks, additional lessons, massages, tips & other personal expenses.

Extras

2021 - Single Supplement £43 $59 €50 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.

Day 1 - Friday

Riding: No riding.

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!

Day 2 - Saturday

Riding: 2 hours

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.

Day 3 - Sunday

Riding: 2 hours

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.

Day 4 - Monday

Riding: 2 hours

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.

Day 5 - Tuesday

Riding: No riding.

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

Accommodation

Each night spent in single/ twin/double rooms, with shared bathrooms, in one of three private villas.

Experience Experienced

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.

Minimum group size 5
Maximum group size 8
Departure windows

April 23, 2021 - April 27, 2021

Pricing

2021
Non-Rider, sharing
£550 $770 €650
2021
Rider, sharing
£895 $1245 €1050
Included 4 nights accommodation in shared rooms, 3 days of riding, all meals from dinner on arrival day until breakfast on departure day, wine with dinners and daily yoga sessions.
Not included Flights, airport transfers, personal travel insurance, drinks, snacks, additional lessons, massages, tips & other personal expenses.

Extras

2021 - Single Supplement £43 $59 €50 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.