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from £1,998 or €2,240
Rates are quoted per person sharing.
Single Supplement – £240/€270/$320
Included – All the riding, accommodation, breakfast at the hotel, lunches at the Hacienda and a welcome dinner on the first evening, drinks with meals, transfer at pre set times and some sightseeing.
Excluded – Flights, some sightseeing (Spanish School of Equitation Jerez, Flamenco Show Seville), dinners, Carmona & Seville & tips.
Classical Dressage : Getting There
International flight to Seville.
The transfer time is only 20 minutes from Seville airport, and there is a scheduled transfer. The pick up is 4.30pm on Sundays, 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 dates available throughout the year Sunday to Saturday except those scheduled to the Rafael Soto Clinics
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This Classical Dressage holiday offers you an amazing opportunity to practise high level dressage movements on highly trained Andalusian horses in their country of origin. This is a specialised niche horse riding holiday in Spain, aimed at serious dressage riders, who want to improve their riding skills, and practice dressage moves on serious horses – the aim is to get riders going back home with new skills to help train their own horses to these high levels – and of course it’s all done under expert tuition, in the relaxed, and beautiful setting of Spain itself.
You will be 1 of just 3 pupils present on this specialised course.
In general, mornings are spent training, under the expert tuition of one of the three highly qualified instructors, two of which are the daughters of Fernando & Jane Garcia, the owners of Epona. In addition, one of your lessons, will be given privately, by Olympic Silver Medallist, Rafael Soto.
You can expect to have the opportunity to practise all of or some of the following, depending on experience and skill:
But, what’s work with no play, we hear you say! You will also get the chance to enjoy the Spanish sunshine and chill out at the pool, visit the nearby city of Seville, and watch a training performance at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez.
Classical Dressage : Horses – Andalusians, Andalusian Crosses, some Warmbloods, Anglo Arabs and Thoroughbreds.
Classical Dressage : Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to Advanced.
Tack – English.
Classical Dressage : Weight Restriction – 16 Stone / 102 kg / 224 lb.
Classical Dressage : Group Size – Maximum 3.
You will stay in the local village of Carmona in a beautiful colonial style hotel called Alcazar de la Reina, it’s a four-star Superior category hotel in the heart of the historic and monumental centre of the old part of the city of Carmona, just a few minutes drive away from the Hacienda. The hotel is full of history, charm, and elegance while at the same time comfortable and modern
The food is plentiful and guests can expect continental breakfasts at the hotel and home cooked lunches at Epona. Evening meals can be taken at the hotel or at one of the many restaurants in Carmona. On the first evening there is a welcome meal that is included.
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Guests arrive in the afternoon, either by pick-up in the airport or train station in Seville (10 – 20 minute drive) or by means of their own transport. A free transfer service is offered at pre-set times (3.30pm and 8.00pm from the airport and 4:30 pm. From the Santa Justa Train Station). If you can’t or don’t wish to be picked up at these times, the service will be charged, and needs to be booked well in advance.
You will then be escorted to your hotel in the nearby town of Carmona, one of the famous white villages of Andalucia. Carmona is the oldest continually inhabited village in Europe and as you stroll through the narrow streets of the old town, you will feel and breathe the spirits of ancient cultures (Iberians, Visigoths, Phoenicians, Romans, Moors), in the innumerable examples of their architectural influence in the churches, towers, palaces and mansions as well as in the inherited customs.
After you are settled in, you may appreciate a dip in the pool, or perhaps discover the pleasures of the Spanish afternoon “siesta” after a tiring journey.
In the evening, you will be joined at your hotel by one of the hosts, for a welcome dinner, where you will meet the rest of the members of the week’s group and where you may clarify any last minute questions about the weekly program. This will be your first opportunity to savour the delights of the local cuisine which still makes full use of ingredients which compose the famous healthy Mediterranean diet, olive oil, garlic, onions and vegetables. After some friendly conversation, you are free to spend the rest of the evening at your leisure, and to relax before the beginning of what we hope will be an unforgettable week. WELCOME TO EPONA!
After breakfast at the hotel and a quick transfer to the Hacienda, be ready to mount up, after the trail riders leave for their morning ride. Everything is quieter now, ready for the dressage lessons. Your first lesson will be an assessment with your instructor, who will note your good points and the areas which need to be worked on. It is also the first chance for you to get used to your horse and the more sensitive style of riding required for the Andalusian and Iberian horse. Our goal at Epona is that you get as much improvement and fun out of your lesson as possible. After this first session, take a short break, then change to your new mount for your private lesson. After you have recovered a little it is time for your first lunge session, great for improving your seat, balance and posture.
Once the lessons are over, relax with a book in the garden or by the pool. You are also more than welcome to stay and sit by the arenas and watch the daily training of our horses. Vivi, our main horse trainer will be more than happy to answer any questions about our trainig methods and our horses. Meet the rest of the group for lunch in beautiful dining room, where you will have your experience of typical Andalusian home cooking, courtesy of our resident cook and sample our excellent local house wine.
Early breakfast and pick up at the hotel at 9.00 a.m. before leaving for Jerez de la Frontera, in the province of Cádiz, one hour and a half away by car. Jerez is internationally renowned for its production of sherry and brandy. However, the main attraction of the day will be the visit to the Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre, an equestrian performance titled, “Those Amazing Dancing Andalusian Stallions” (Ticket Price: 27 €). Here you will have the privilidge of seeing the magnificent Andalusian stallions at their best, at home in the breathtaking setting of their 18th Century palace and the riding hall. They will be performing piaffe, passage and the airs above the ground (courbette, capriole, etc) in a spectacle of light, music and colour, comparable only with the famous Spanish Riding School of Vienna. Fernando is well known at the school and is good friend with many of the world famous riders. Vivi trained at this school for four years and frequently performed in the show.
Return for lunch at Epona, followed by lessons in the afternoon.
The lessons will take place as soon as the trail ride leaves. As the week progresses so will your dressage, hopefully performing more advanced movements. Today you will begin with the semi private lesson, followed by the private session. After a break, enjoy the unique opportunity to do some ground work. Our trainer will demonstrate on a one to one basis, the techniques used for training some of the more advanced movements. Ground work is a very strong part of the Classical Dressage style of training.
Once your lessons are over (or between them) feel free to sit by the arena and continue observing the daily training of the geldings, mares and stallions, from young and green to very advanced. We also school and exercise the schoolmasters periodically to keep them sensitive and in good shape for guests to enjoy and so they may get the most out of their lessons with them.
The same as Monday, including your second lunge session.
The same as Wednesday. By this time you might be performing some of the more advanced movements (this will depend on the rider’s ability).
The Last lunch at Epona is the famous Paella accompanied by the not less famous and popular Sangría.
In the afternoon get changed in to your city finery ready to hit Seville for a classical Flamenco Show (ticket price 35€). The show features over 12 dancers of national and international fame, traditional singers and wonderful flamenco guitar.
After a short walk, we will arrive at an excellent restaurant providing both Spanish and International cuisine for the last dinner of the holiday and some superb Spanish wine.
After breakfast and a quick transfer to the Hacienda, you will mount up for your last lesson where you will be able to confirm everything you have worked on during the week. Afterwards, it’s time for goodbyes and last minute pictures of your new friends, animal and human.
Transfers to the train station and the airport are complimentary. Last trip will be running at 11.00 am.
Have a nice journey home, we hope you enjoyed your stay at Epona.
We look forward to welcoming you back!
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