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Testimonials from Horse Riding Holidays in Europe


European Horse Riding Holidays Testimonials

Listed below are testimonials that our friends and clients have left for us after their European Horse Riding Holidays adventures! Feel free to browse through them and find out what you’re missing by not booking your Horse Riding Holidays with us yet!

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Laura on Classical Dressage, Portugal

The horses were amazing. Each one is stunningly beautiful and very well trained. Some were more sensitive and responsive, others were more forgiving of our attempts to recreate the movements.

They were very well looked after, each morning they were vacuumed by the groom using a henry hoover with a brush attachment! I rode several different horses and learned something from all of them.

I loved the trip and I would like to return in the future. It was exactly my sort of riding and I'm really glad I went.

Laura Davidson from Scotland 03/11/2014

Tricia on Endurance Training, Italy

I had always wanted to do some endurance riding and didn't have a clue how to start or what was expected, so I was really excited about doing this holiday.

Not only did Paula give me a great insight into the endurance world but also how I could get started with my own horse back home and gave me a great understanding of all the rules and how to approach - and done in such a relaxed and fun atmosphere, with the sun shining!

Off now to try my hand and start planning for a return trip next year!

Tricia Harforth from UK 03/11/2014

Claire on Bel-Air Country House, Ireland

Wow! What a super weekend! Great riding, horses, hospitality and we adored the old world charm... we will definitely book another weekend before the summer.

Claire Norman from London 03/11/2014

Daisy Finer on Homoki Lodge, Hungary

The gallop through the tobacco fields and wild flowers is possibly the most sensational ride ever. The evenings are also a highlight - the galloping grooms turn into dashing, twinkle-toed dancing partners, as chivalrous as any cavalier. Don't write off Hungary as boring - this is a real gem. Those in the know keep it a closely guarded secret. Even the most intrepid riders will be enthralled.

Daisy Finer Tatler Magazine, Travel Guide 2013 02/11/2014

Phil & Pam on Aveyron Farmhouse, France

Sheer magic! Nothing can compare to that incredible thrill of swimming with the horses. And what rides! Then to come back to the pool and delicious food and wine with great company. This definitely goes down as a holiday of a lifetime. Thanks guys!

Phil, Pam, Natasha & Olivia from UK 02/11/2014

Lynne on Country & Beach Trail in Sardinia, IT

Your organisation and flexibility and commitment to getting a bespoke programme suited to our needs. Your thoughtfulness re: gifts sent to us (lovely and personal) The scenery was absolutely stunning (particularly the coastline) and I have to say knocked Spain for six.

The hotel was gorgeous – the surroundings, the ambience the way the horses just roamed around the grounds and the dogs would run to greet you – felt really homely – pool area very nice – I had a massage which was fantastic.

The staff at the hotel couldn’t have done more – they were superb.

We had two days riding in the countryside and 4 days riding from the beach which we didn’t know was happening but I think was a bonus due to the scenery – we rode just the four of us which was

The riding was good and they were very safety conscious – we would have liked to go faster (you know what Colin’s like) we had some nice long canters and sometimes it was more challenging which made it fun going around trees, corners, bushes etc but you know Colin he would have liked a full out gallop but everything else was so super we didn’t mind and had to bear in mind the heat for the horses.

Lynne Jones from England 25/10/2014

Niki Tottman on Classical Dressage, Portugal

We had a great time and learned lots. Yes we will definitely return and train with Francisco! He was inspirational. As were his wonderful stallions!

Niki Tottman & Family from England 25/10/2014

Christopher on Count Kalnoky Trail, Romania

The horses were all fit and in good condition. They covered a broad spectrum from calm willingness to spirited athleticism, so there was something for all abilities. All of them were well up to a week's steady work - with plenty remaining in the tank.

It was clear that our statements of ability had been read by the Countess and that she had put careful thought into the allocation of the horses. Moreover, she explained the reasons for her decisions. Although I had given a fairly downbeat account of my own skills, I was absolutely delighted with my horse, a tall and elegant Hucul. He was fit, lithe and eager. He was the fastest of the horses, and had the most stamina.

Generally the lodgings were homely - and all the better for that. After all one aspires to be an outdoors man - a salary-man no longer. All of it was perfectly clean, comfortable and above all welcoming. The welcomes we received rivalled those of my loneliest maiden aunts. In the unlikely event that you get fresh flowers in your room at the Sheraton you know it is a corporate policy executed by some poor chap on minimum wage. When you get it in a Transylvanian guesthouse you know you are wanted and appreciated. Open, honest and lovely people, and genuine unfeigned hospitality. The food was proper home cooking and in itself a cultural experience. Simple but varied - and the work that had gone into it was palpable. Would you prefer bland and formulaic meals aspiring (and failing) to be haute cuisine, or the equivalent of the food that your mother used to produce as an expression of her love? There is no contest IMHO.

As to the other things: Riding: ruddy marvellous. I loved Rudy and I think he loved me. The scenery was world class - and I speak as one who has got up close to many of the world's wonders (I could expand on my past travels, but I trust you are already sufficiently impressed).

  • Organisation: I knew I was in safe hands from the outset. Everything went like clockwork. As to Zara's Planet - you know how very helpful you were and I am most grateful to you.
  • Service: Are you kidding? If you are the guest of a Count in Transylvania you are guaranteed to get the treatment. Everybody I came into contact with - guides, grooms, waitresses, drivers, admin staff – were very respectful, polite and friendly.
  • Hospitality: See my comments on accommodation and food above. Watch out for the home made schnapps - it keeps coming (and coming).

Would I recommend it? Absolutely not. It's far too good for the hoi-palloi!

Christopher Allsop from England 25/10/2014

Karen & Orlagh on Epona, Spain

Myself and Orlagh just wanted to thank you for the most wonderful break. The horses were fantastic and the instruction was excellent. Cati managed to work our lessons to suit two extremes - a fit and confident 13 year old wanting to improve her dressage and a very rusty and slightly nervous mum getting back in the saddle after a long break. As for Janes food - Orlagh's trips for seconds truly says it all - just fantastic. I'm already planning our next trip and Orlagh is still trying to figure out how long it will take her to save for her mount, Marismeno !

I'd highly recommend this as a mother/ daughter trip, especially this time of the year when it's quiet and still warm enough to require factor 20 for those afternoons watching Vivi going through her dressage paces. Thank you so much all at Epona for looking after us so well (and for getting me back in the saddle) and to Zara and her team for making us feel as though everything had been organised by an efficient friend rather than a travel company. You thought of everything! We will be back!

Karen & Orlagh Cottier from Ireland 25/10/2014

Aisling & Saoirse on Sierra Tejeda, Spain

We had an amazing time! Absolutely loved it there! Everyone was brilliant, the food was amazing and there wasn’t one horse we didn't like (and we rode nearly all of them between us). Thanks a million for everything once again! Already thinking of going back there for the ferias next year!

Aisling & Saoirse Smyth from Galway, Ireland 25/10/2014