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from £3,025 or €3,535

per person, 10 nights

Discover the Magic of Andalucia – A Horse Riding Holiday with a Visit to the Jerez Horse Fair. An unforgettable journey to Andalucia, Spain, where the vibrant culture and rich equestrian traditions await. For horse lovers, there’s no greater satisfaction than immersing yourself in the festivities of the Horse Fair of Jerez, one of Spain’s oldest and most prestigious events. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Spain collection…

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from £995 or €1,143

per person, 3 nights

Kintyre is a place that time forgot. Well off the beaten track, and surrounded by beautiful coastline and stunning island views, this place is full of wildlife and steeped in Scottish history and folk lore….

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from £1,245 or €1,450

per person, from 3 nights plus

Come for an adventure of a lifetime joining local farmers round up sheep and horses at the end of the season. For fit, adventurous, good intermediate riders only. Sorting, driving sheep or horses down to the farms at the end of the season is both exhilarating and fascinating and entails long hours in the saddle and a lot of flexibility as well as a willingness to take instruction and work as part of a team.

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from £790 or €895

per person, from 3 nights plus

We work with a large group of owner manager farmers in Iceland. You will be looked after by locals who are keen to show off their homely farms riding their home bred Icelandic horses. Riding with large herds of free running horses, experiencing the tolt pace and unique culture, scenery and hospitality, this is the way to explore Iceland.

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from £3,385 or €3,950

per person, 7 nights

Get ready for an overdose of fresh air, velvet noses and utter bliss on the wild side…This is the ultimate Wilder Ways ride…

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from £3,265 or €3,800

per person, 14 nights

The ultimate Sicilian trail ride and a truly fantastic adventure, crossing Sicily from the Madonie Mountains through enchanting valleys and incredibly varied scenery to reach majestic Mount Etna, encircling the volcano, and returning to the Madonie Mountains through the breath-taking Nebrodi Mountains, one of the greenest and most unspoilt parts of the island…

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from £1,465 or €1,700

per person, 7 nights

Enjoy beautiful and varied riding, including visits to a local vineyard, nearby villages, the breath-taking north coast, and a taste of the high Madonie Mountains, not to mention delicious meals prepared using local produce and a true insight into Sicilian rural life. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Italy collection …

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from £1,640 or €1,900

per person, 7 nights

Experience a true immersion in the heart of Sicily, a melting pot of ancient civilisations. This is a fascinating journey on which you discover the true depth and richness of the island’s history, culture and agricultural heartlands. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Italy collection…

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from £2,185 or €2,500

Prices are quoted for 7 nights

This progressive trail takes you on a 6-day tour around Cappadocia, stopping at a different location every evening. From the peasants’ Cappadocia of the south to the most beautiful valleys of the north, a succession of fantastic rock formations, lush canyons, high plateaux, steppe-like landscape, along with vineyards and orchards, make for a very varied route.

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from £1,660 or €1,900

Prices are quoted for 7 nights

A slightly less challenging ride than the Cappadocia Sportive trail and suitable for intermediate riders whilst still taking in the beauty and terrain of this glorious area..

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from £1,290 or €1,485

per person sharing 3 nights

Explore white sand beaches, rugged coastlines, verdant countryside, enchanting mountainous trails, and traditional Irish hospitality! Each day is uniquely planned to give riders a range of experiences.

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from £985 or €1,105

per person, 7 nights

Son Menut is a beautiful countryside estate in Majorca where you can relax and enjoy riding beautiful homebred Andalusian horses . A perfect escape and time to focus on your dressage or jumping skills…

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from £1,595 or €1,815

per person, 3 nights

Whether you are staying on a short break or the full week, expect an action packed, full on program with plenty of adventures on horseback. You will leave feeling exhilarated, inspired and in love with your horse as you build a trusting relationship and test each others boundaries…

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from £2,975 or €3,455

per person, 3 nights

Kukutana is an incredible family country home located on the edge of the famous Donana National Park where you can ride directly from the property in to the ancient woodlands with endless paths waiting to be explored.. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Spain collection …

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from £2,830 or €3,310

per person, 6 nights

Incredible riding adventure from the Sevillian countryside through the Doñana National Park to the stunning beaches on beautiful Andalusian horses. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Spain collection…

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from £575 or €656

per person, 3 nights

Enjoy a tranquil horse-riding retreat in Andalucía staying at a beautifully restored cortijo where the main focus is relaxed morning hacking out and focused afternoon dressage lessons on well schooled obedient Andalucian horses. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Spain collection …

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from £1,535 or €1,790

per person, 6 nights

Ride through the beautiful Provence countryside to the stunning beaches of Camargue…

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from £755 or €870

per person, 7 nights

This holiday destination is run from a small, authentic, family run stables, just 3km from the island town of Molyvos on the Northern coast of the Island of Lesvos. You will be offered the unique opportunity to explore the surroundings of Molyvos on horseback.

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from £2,455 or €2,860

per person, 7 nights

Join us for this wonderful horse riding holiday in Spain which offers private Classical Dressage rising lessons with Rafael Soto, on beautiful Andalucian horses near Seville. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Spain collection …

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from £2,320 or €2,710

per person, 6 nights

Classical Dressage and High School Training is an amazing opportunity to practise high level dressage movements on highly trained Andalusian horses. This is a specialised niche horse riding holiday in Spain. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Spain collection …

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from £1,525 or €1,765

per person, 7 nights

A stunning trail ride from the Basque country mountains down to the Atlantic Ocean in France riding fit forward Anglo Arabs.

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from £1,575 or €1,840

per person, 5 nights

A beautiful trail ride from the Ribatejo region of Portugal to the Atlantic sea on beautiful Lusitano horses! As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Portugal collection …

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from £920 or €1,075

per person, 7 nights

A beautiful centre based riding holiday in a gorgeous boutique hotel at the foot of the Dikti mountains. Great horses, riding,
and infinity pool, plus delicious Greek food and wine, makes this the perfect horsey retreat.

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from £1,715 or €2,000

per person, 6 nights

A stunning trail ride around the Ribatejo region of Portugal on beautiful Lusitano horses, including a visit to Golega and to the Veiga Stud farm, Quinta da Brôa, you might even catch a glimpse of Manuel Veiga training one of his stunning Lusitano stallions! As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Portugal collection …

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from £1,100 or €1,290

per person, 7 nights

A beautiful trail ride around Faial island in the Azores, on fantastic Lusitano horses, returning each night to a great lodge for a delicious dinner and drinks. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Portugal collection …

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from £1,295 or €1,490

per person, 7 nights

A unique & remote trail ride across the Carpathian Mountains in Romania. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Romania collection…

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from £1,455 or €1,700

per person, 7 nights

Fantastic ride in Crete through the Dikti mountains to the Mediterranean sea. You will climb up to 1800 metres, ride through olives groves, vineyards and villages and enjoy a refreshing swim in the sea with your horse!
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from £2,330 or €2,690

per person, 14 nights

A unique & remote camping trail ride across the Carpathian Mountains in Romania. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Romania collection…

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from £680 or €775

per person, 7 nights

Cross country and riding in an Enchanted Forest in Ireland….the complete holistic horsey retreat…..

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from £1,865 or €2,175

per person sharing 6 nights

Riding in famous Yeats country the scenery in Sligo is stunning, riding between mountains and the Atlantic ocean

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from £1,290 or €1,500

Prices are quoted for 7 nights

A glorious riding adventure discovering the beauty of Croatia and the Krka National Park. Also regarded as one of the fastest rides in Europe!

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from £1,800 or €2,100

per person, 6 nights

Join us for this wonderful horse riding holiday in Spain which combines Classical Dressage lessons and lunge lessons with expert tuition. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Spain collection …

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from £1,595 or €1,865

per person, 6 nights

Join us for this wonderful horse riding holiday in Spain which combines Classical Dressage lessons with expert tuition and ride outs, including an amazing beach ride. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Spain collection …

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from £1,875 or €2,190

per person, 3 nights

Gleneagles is one of the best hotels in the world and you can expect some of the best equestrian facilities on site to enjoy, whether it’s hacking, showjumping, cross country or dressage…

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from £2,185 or €2,500

Prices are quoted for 8 nights

A proper riding adventure, crossing the Taurus mountains from north to south, starting in Anatolia with incredible canters along Lake Beysehir, camping each night finally reaching the beach at the Mediterranean sea.

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from £1,020 or €1,150

per person, 3 nights

This stunning country club is a uniquely fabulous professional equestrian facility which offers training in showjumping and flatwork, while staying in an upmarket and stylish Italian Country House, offering the very best of local food and wine……

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from £1,630 or €1,905

per person, 7 nights

A fantastic adventure which allows you to cross Sicily on horseback, from the north coast and the seaside town of Cefalu down to the south coast and the beautiful coastal reserve of Torre Salsa.. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Italy collection …

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from £1,630 or €1,905

per person, 7 nights

An epic trail, which crosses the greenest and wildest part of Sicily, setting off from the eastern Madonie Mountains and crossing the wooded Nebrodi Mountains to arrive at Mount Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Italy collection …

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from £440 or €515

per person, 3 nights

Annaharvey is a fabulous 300 acre farm with fantastic cross country facilities. You’ll enjoy warm hospitality and great fun riding. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Ireland collection…

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from £1,535 or €1,790

per person, 7 nights

Discover the real Sicily from the saddle, on this fascinating ride through the Madonie Natural Park, which extends to approximately 40 thousand hectares and is home to more than 70% of the island’s wildlife. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Italy collection …

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from £1,975 or €2,250

per person, 6 nights

The Trans Wales Countryside to Beach Trail has been established as one of the best cross country riding trails in the UK, if not the world. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays UK collection …

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from £1,035 or €1,200

per person, 6 nights

The Poldark trail offers a wonderful secluded base in Cornwall on the Bodmin moor in beautifully renovated cottages riding great horses. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays UK collection…

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from £880 or €1,015

per person, from 2 nights

This is the perfect place to visit, if you want to explore one of the last remaining wilderness spots in England. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays UK collection …..

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from £2,140 or €2,470

per person, 7 nights

This is a 7 night ride crossing Dartmoor, riding 15 – 20 miles each day stopping at fabulous moorland Hotels & local farmhouse B&B’s. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays UK collection …..

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from £1,170 or €1,350

per person, 3 nights

Ever fancied a spot of Cattle Herding on a real cattle drive but don’t fancy trekking all the way to the states? Unique experience and the only one of it’s kind currently in the UK. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays UK collection……

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from £1,920 or €2,215

per person, 6 nights

Ever fancied a spot of Cattle Herding on a real cattle drive but don’t fancy trekking all the way to the states? Unique experience and the only one of it’s kind currently in the UK. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays UK collection……

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from £1,270 or €1,450

per person sharing 5 nights

Clare is such a beautiful rural spot, riding remote tracks, through forests, little lanes and the bog is just magical!

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from £1,770 or €2,025

per person sharing 7 nights

Clare, the Burren and The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most spectacular scenerys. Everyone is in for a treat.

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from £1,300 or €1,510

per person, 3 nights

Ride for 4 days, 700 miles from the Welsh/English borders exploring the heart of Mid-Wales, the route is steeped in mystery and historic tales, dating back to the 1st Century. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays UK collection.

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from £935 or €1,077

per person, 3 nights

Enjoy stunning parkland riding, cross country and if you like show jumping lessons on fabulous horses just outside the picturesque village of Adare.

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from £1,965 or €2,245

per person sharing 6 nights

Enjoy the beauty of Co Mayo with fantastic riding, great hospitality and the bustling town of Westport.

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from £2,640 or €3,060

per person, 5 nights

Ride for 6 days, 100 miles from the Welsh/English borders in the Wye Valley to the beach on the Welsh coast, Dovey Estuary, Ynyslas. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays UK collection.

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from £720 or €840

per person, 3 nights

Official Re-Opening – 24 May 2024 – Come and enjoy classical dressage & working equitation training in small groups on pure and part bred Lusitanos. Catering for all levels; from novice to experienced riders.

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from £745 or €840

per person, from 3 nights

Visit a fabulous luxury dressage & wine estate in Portugal, just 45 minutes from Lisbon and experience Classical Dressage Training on high class Lusitanos in beautiful surroundings. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Portugal collection …

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from £1,615 or €1,885

per person, 6, 7 & 12 nights

Beautiful horse riding trail through Catalan, riding from the Pyrenees down to the coastline for some beach riding, in addition to riding across open fields and plains…

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from £2,315 or €2,705

per person, 7 nights

This trail leads you to the sandy beaches, bays, and mountains of the Catalonian coast. The highlight is staying overnight in one of the oldest P.R.E. horse studs in Catalonia…

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from £1,545 or €1,790

per person, 6 & 7 nights

Beautiful horse riding trail through Catalan, riding from the Pyrenees down to the coastline for some beach riding, in addition to riding across open fields and plains…

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from £1,135 or €1,308

per person, 7 nights

This holiday destination is run from a small, authentic, family run stables, just 3km from the island town of Molyvos on the Northern coast of the Island of Lesvos. You will be offered the unique opportunity to explore the surroundings of Molyvos on horseback.

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from £590 or €675

per person, 4 -7 nights

Perfect place to visit if you dream of horse riding through the beautiful Tuscan countryside in Italy. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Italy collection…

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from £1,555 or €1,815

per person, 7 nights

Join us for this wonderful riding retreat that lies high up in the mountains, just an hour from Malaga in the peaceful setting of the Sierra Tejeda National Park. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Spain collection …

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from £725 or €845

per person, 4-7 nights

Great value Beach & Forest Riding holiday in Spain, perfect for individuals or groups of friends who are looking for a laid back, fun riding holiday along a beach of golden sand. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Spain collection…

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from £675 or €770

per person, 4-7 nights

This Sierra Nevada horse riding holiday in Spain gives you a chance to explore a stunning region of natural beauty on horseback, riding through an ever changing Sierra Nevada landscape. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Spain collection …

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from £1,315 or €1,515

per person, 7 nights

Classical Dressage is a fantastic horse riding holiday in Italy, which combines horse riding through the beautiful Tuscan countryside with some of the best classical dressage training in Europe. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Italy collection …

Experience Level

from £1,045 or €1,220

per person, 3 nights

Castle Leslie’s warm hospitality and top class riding instruction from flatwork, to show jumping and cross country, makes this dream riding holiday destination very special. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Ireland collection…

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from £1,820 or €2,195

per person, 6 nights

On our Killarney Trails ride through one of the most beautiful counties in Ireland on the back of your trusted Irish cob, with a bunch of like-minded people, has to be one of life’s best-ever holidays. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Ireland collection…

Experience Level

from £745 or €865

per person, 3 nights

Riding is wonderful – on our La Camargue holiday ride out for hours across the delta marshlands taking in the scenery and spotting wildlife or join in on the work with the ‘gardians’. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays France collection…

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from £1,515 or €1,770

per person, 4-8 nights

Gredos Castles & Mountain Trails provide a Spanish horse riding holiday of a lifetime through the stunning Gredos Mountains in central Spain. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Spain collection …

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from £1,620 or €1,850

per person, 6 nights

Become a guest of one of the most ancient families of Transylvania. Perfect horse riding Transylvania Trail holiday & fantastic Transylvania countryside riding adventure awaits. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Romania collection…

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from £730 or €820

per person, from 4 nights

Visit this traditional country farm in Portugal, just 45 minutes from Lisbon and experience Classical Dressage Training by breeder Francisco de Bragança who passionate about the principles of classical dressage. Enjoy a magical visit to Golega festival in November. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays Portugal collection …

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from £1,280 or €1,455

per person, per week

Aveyron Farmhouse is a perfect place for a horse riding holiday. Enjoy fantastic riding, in a charming French rural setting. The horses are fit and forward going. As part of our Horse Riding Holidays France collection …

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Horse Riding Holidays Europe

Why choose Horse Riding Holidays in Europe?

Europe is a big place and so close to home for some of us but there is some of the best and most varied horse riding in the world in Europe. The first thing to think about I think is not what country but what type of horse riding do you want to do. The following types of horse riding holidays in Europe are on offer through Zara’s Planet.

Trail Riding

If you love to travel by horse and see/experience a country from the back of a horse then consider one of our trail rides. You ride along the coast in Spain or through the mountains in Transylvania, through Connemara’s rugged landscapes or Iceland’s incredible volcanic vistas with geysers sprouting in the back ground. A trail ride gives you a real sense of being at one with nature, the best view of the country’s scenery and a real feel for that country’s culture. Some of my personal favourite horse riding holidays in Europe are Iceland for the fabulous tolting ponies and fast paces through moon like scenery and Spain’s Catalonia area which combines stunning scenery and mountains with some great beaches, it feels right off the beaten track.

Training

There are some fantastic training facilities in Europe so why not combine a holiday with horsemanship improvement? For classical dressage training there is nowhere better than Portugal and Spain in our opinion but get ready to work hard and ache! If jumping is your thing then Ireland offers the very best xcountry training in the world we think! We are passionate horsewomen ourselves at Zara’s Planet and our kids compete to a high level as does Jill so please chat to us about specific training horse riding holidays in Europe as we can tailor make trips too.

Stationary Rides

For chilling, enjoying good food and great horse riding there is nothing like a centre based horse riding holiday in Europe. From rustic villa’s in Tuscany in the Olive groves, to mountain finca retreats in the national park in Spain, to lovely gites in France and castles in Ireland! There is a huge choice of wonderful owner managed places which range from cute rustic to luxurious. Most are owner managed with great attention to detail, the horses are all fantastic and the food wonderful.

For ideas on horse riding holidays in Europe please contact Jill or I and we’d be delighted to give you some suggestions.

~ Zara
Signed - Zara Stassin