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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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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

Jane Young on Sierra Tejeda, Spain

We had a fabulous time, it really was super to return. In a bizarre way it felt like going home, so comfortable and relaxing plus a huge amount of fun. The horses are all doing so well and as always Donna, Jeff etc looked after us so well.

The feria really was something else. I have never experienced anything quite like it - exciting, exhilarating, and nerve racking all at the same time. Both Graham and I really enjoyed ourselves, we truly did. We can't wait to go back.

Jane Young from England 25/10/2014

Jane & Sarah on Vikings Trail, Iceland

I just thought I would drop you a line to say thanks for organising a wonderful holiday for Sarah and I. Iceland was everything I thought it would be. I felt that you really delivered on what you promised. The horses were all in great condition and seemed very happy in their work.

The guide who accompanied us, Jona, is a very special lady. Her language skills and her empathy with the group was amazing. She seemed to bond with everyone in a different way. She was very self-effacing and rode along at the end of the ride with an eye out to make sure everyone was OK and enjoying themselves.

Jane & Sarah Evans from Ireland 24/10/2014

Wendy Roberts on Golden Circle Trail, Iceland

I can say without exception that this has been the best holiday ever. Everything was ace, the country, scenery, terrain, horses, guides – it really was ‘tip-top’. If I could only use 1 word to describe the holiday it would be ‘WOW’. Many thanks for being so helpful.

Wendy Roberts from UK 24/10/2014

Tiggy on La Camargue, France

The food really was utterly exceptional - the chef has completed 7 years with Alain Ducasse and it was very evident in the beauty of the dishes and the glorious flavours. We spent our days riding, bird watching and exploring the barren charms of the salt pans and beach returning to the house for a wonderful 4 course dinner on the terrace by candlelight.

Tiggy from London, UK 24/10/2014

Alex Medhurst on Le Bourdil Blanc, France

This was a memorable holiday and as I took my last gallop up the hill back to Bourdil Blanc, my stomach full of cheese and my bottom now as comfortable in my saddle as in an old armchair, I wondered if I could just stay another week.

Alex Medhurst Journalist, Horse & Hound Magazine, UK 24/10/2014