Spain - Classical Dressage & Rafael Soto Clinics
Expert Classical Dressage lessons & ride outs, including specialised Rafael Soto clinics


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Horse Riding Holidays Spain – Classical Dressage & Rafael Soto Clinics


Classical Dressage : 2017 Prices

Rates are quote per person sharing.

Train & Trail Programme

Intensive Training Programme
Often enjoyed by clients who return for a second visit, and want to concentrate on developing their Classical Dressage skills and includes lunge lessons.

Non riding rate – £265/€335/$380 – Hotel Bed & Breakfast
Single Supplement – £190/€270/$300
Children under 12 yrs – 25% discount
Children under 3 – FREE

Classical Dressage : 2017 Dates

This ride runs weekly from Sun-Sat except for Rafael Soto clinics which are on set dates.

Closed 17 December 2017 – 14 January 2018

Classical Dressage : Rafael Soto Clinics 2017


Includes 4 x 45 minute private lessons with the Olympic Silver medallist.

Rafael Soto Available Dates 2017

  • 5 – 12 February
  • 5 – 12 March
  • 5 – 12 November
  • 10 – 17 December

Included – All the riding, all accommodation, breakfasts and lunches, welcome meal on the first night, drinks with lunch, transfer at pre set times and some sightseeing.

Excluded – Flights, some sightseeing (Spanish School of Equitation Jerez, Flamenco Show Seville), dinners (except for first night).

Classical Dressage : Getting There
International flight to Seville or you can take a flight to Malaga and take the scenic train or drive to Seville.

The transfer time is only 20 minutes from Seville airport, and there is a scheduled transfer included from both airport and train station. The pick up is 3pm & 8pm on Sundays at the airport or 4pm at the train station, and the drop off no later than midday on Saturdays.

Please bear in mind the times when booking flights to benefit from the scheduled transfers.

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.


This is a wonderful horse riding holiday in Spain combining Classical Dressage lessons with expert tuition and ride outs, including an amazing beach ride. Guests stay in the ancient historical town of Carmona at the gorgeous Hotel Alcazar de la Reina which is rated 4 star and really comfortable with a pool, restaurant, tapas bar and even an Irish pub! This is a perfect riding holiday for anyone interested in dressage, combining great horses, excellent food, top class tuition mixed up with relaxation time and some cultural sightseeing in nearby Seville, Carmona & Jerez.

You will be based in Carmona, a short drive away from the Garcia’s yard and Hacienda and also the beautiful city of Seville. Fernando and Jane have been running this wonderful establishment for over 20 years and now their daughters Vivi and Caty have taken over. With over 60 horses to choose from, and a maximum of 10 guests at any one time, you can be sure to be matched up to the right horse and even try a couple of others during your stay.

Their daughters Vivi and Caty are expert riders and instructors, having both trained with Rafael Soto, the Spanish Silver Olympic Dressage Medallist and current rider at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. There are different riding programmes available to cater for all levels of rider. The Train & Trail ride is perfect for novice riders, who want to improve their position, but also want to put their riding in to practice in the open field. Then there are the more intensive training programmes, which appeal to those who are riding competitively and include the Intensive and the Classical and High School Training courses. And for those who want to be taught by Rafael Soto himself (he’s a marvellous instructor with bags of empathy) there are clinics with him throughout the year.

In addition there are some great sightseeing trips, such as a visit to the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art and a traditional flamenco dancing show – we promise that you will come back captivated by the Spanish way of life and dying to return for more.


Classical Dressage : Horses – Andalusians & Andalusian Crosses, some Warmbloods, Anglo Arabs and Thoroughbreds and some small ponies for kids.

Classical Dressage : Level of Riding & Pace – Complete Beginner to Advanced.
There are horses here to suit all levels, trusty sorts to take care of nervous beginners to spirited, athletic types who perform Piaffe, Passage and the Spanish Walk.

Tack – English.

Classical Dressage : Weight Restriction – 16 Stone / 102 kg / 224 lbs.

Classical Dressage : Group Size – Maximum 10.


The Hotel Alcazar de la Reina is where guests stay and is a lovely historic 4 star hotel in Carmona which is an ancient small town a short distance from the Hacienda. You eat breakfast at the hotel, it’s an extensive buffet and lunch is enjoyed at the Hacienda.  All home cooked and expect traditional Spanish fare such as olive starters, perhaps Tortillas and mixed salads followed by fresh fruit and/or cheese for desert. Of course a glass or two of local wine if you fancy too.  Evening meals; On the first night there is a welcome Tapas dinner at the hotel with a host from Epona.  Most other nights you are free to eat at the hotel or any number of wonderful local eateries which we recommend.  On the final night you are brought to a Flamenco show in Seville followed by a meal by one of the hosts at Epona (all optional).

Horse Riding Holidays like this Classical Dressage holiday are part of the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding Holidays Spain.

Please Ask About

  • Additional horse activities
    • Private lessons – Rafael Soto
  • Additional non riding activities
    • Massages
    • Golf
    • Tennis
    • Spanish Lessons
    • Flying


Classical Dressage : Train & Trail Programme

Intensive & Rafael Soto Clinic itineraries on request.


You arrive in Seville and transfer to your hotel,Hotel Alcazar de la Reina in Carmona,one of the famous white villages of Andalusia. Carmona, is the oldest, continually inhabited village in Europe and as you stroll through the narrow streets of the old town, inside the ancient fortified walls, you will feel and breathe the spirits of ancient cultures - Iberians, Visigoths, Phoenicians, Romans and Moors. At 8.45 pm there is a welcome dinner at the Tapas bar in the hotel


Mount up for the Old Hacienda Ride - a relaxed hack around the immediate countryside, through olive groves and eucalyptus trees. Depending on the season, you might see fields of sunflowers, wheat and cotton, as well as melons and water melons in late summer. The ride takes you past impressive 16th and 17th century haciendas and cortijos, which have stood here since the days when Cervantes rode these same trails, collecting olive oil taxes. Return to Epona for lunch and sample their excellent, local house wine. Equitation lessons will take place in the afternoon . It's a great chance to improve your school work, dressage or jumping. Later on you will be transferred back to your hotel.


Early breakfast at 8.30 am, leaving at 9.00 am for Jerez de la Frontera in the province of Cadiz, approximately one hour away. Jerez is internationally renowned for its production of Sherry and Brandy. However, today, our interest is centred on the horses. We reach the 'Cadenas' estate in time to visit the renovated palace, and watch the wonderful video on the history of the Spanish horse and the Spanish School. Afterwards, we head on to the highlight of the day, which will be the visit to the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art and the equestrian performance entitled 'How the Andalusians Horses Dance' (Ticket price €25). Here, you will be privileged to see these magnificent animals at their best, at home in the breathtaking setting of their 18th century palace and riding hall. They will be performing piaffe, passage and the 'airs above the Ground', (capriole, courbette etc), in a spectacle of light, music and colour, only to be compared with the famous Spanish School of Vienna. Fernando is well known at the school and good friends with many of the world famous riders. Vivi trained for four years at this school and frequently performed in the show. Return for lunch at Epona, followed by lessons in the afternoon and later a transfer back to your hotel.


After breakfast, you go to Epona and we saddle up and set off across country for the Roman bridge. You will be riding through cultivated farmland and olive groves whose ancient trees are still carefully tended and nurtured. After a break and a few photographs, it is back home for a late lunch. In the afternoon there will be equitation classes and then a transfer to your hotel.


We set off early to the seaside village of Matalascañas, where beautiful Spanish horses, most in Spanish tack, will be waiting to take you on the Beach Ride. The ride takes you on an unforgettable route through the Donaña Natural Park, one of Europe's last true wilderness regions and one of the largest wildlife reservations in Spain. The ride will take you over the golden dunes, brushing through fragrant wild lavender, rosemary and thyme. The area is home to many protected species such as fallow deer, boar, fox, lynx, imperial eagles, kites, vultures, storks, flamingos and herons. Down to the beach and it's time for the horses to wet their legs and for those who want to - a canter through the surf. Then it's back to Epona for lunch. In the afternoon there are lessons on the agenda before heading back to the hotel and Carmona


We set off across open country for our last hack of the week, through olive and orange groves with farmers working the land. How strange, in a region where there are no bridle paths, the horse can wander anywhere as long as you have respect for the crop. In all our years here, we have never had a farmer object to us crossing their land. On the contrary, they are always pleased to see us. Eventually we arrive at the fields of a unique mule stud farm. and if we're lucky get a chance to appreciate the noble and docile nature of the beautiful Breton mares and their long-eared foals grazing peacefully in the sunlight. We might even hear the bray of one of the enormous Andalusian donkeys used to father the offspring, or see some of the sixteen-hand plus colts which will sell for as much as a Andalusian pure-bred. The Hacienda, where the stud farm is based is owned by a very famous bullfighter and his wife, the daughter of fashion designer, Carolina Herrera. Return to Epona for lunch and visit to Seville for optional Flamenco show and dinner.


Depart - pack and transfer for Seville airport.


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