This is a six night, five day riding holiday designed for those who prefer to concentrate on improving their riding skills, and who want to learn from the well trained, sensitive Epona horses and top class instructors. This programme is very popular with guests who visit us for the second time (and those who just keep coming back!). The programme includes lessons in the morning and afternoon, plus some lunging sessions which are excellent for improving seat, balance and posture. Sometimes a guest may wish to change one of the lessons for a trail ride, just for fun..
All the Epona programmes are based in an impressive 16th Century Hacienda where the García family will make you feel totally at home. The programme includes Jerez de la Frontera (to see the famous Andalucians Stallions performing the show "Those Amazing Dancing Andalucian Stallions") and a visit to Seville on the last evening for a typical Flamenco Dancing Show.
The total price for the programme is €1680 per person, sharing, with everything on the set programme included (accommodation, most tranfers to and from airport, train station, etc., guided visits to Jerez and Seville, riding, etc.) except for tickets for the horse show in Jerez, the Flamenco Show and five meals (four dinners at the hotel in Carmona and the last one in Sevilla, on the last evening), are not included.
Supplement for single accommodation is €270
Tickets Show in Jerez (27 €)
Flamenco Show (35 €)
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 for 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 horses. Our goal at Epona is that you get as much improvement and fun out of your lesson as possible.
After a break, get ready for your first lunging sessions.
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.
Meet the rest of the group for lunch in beautiful dining room and enjoy your first experience of typical Andalusian home cooking (courtesy of our resident cook) and sample our excellent local house wine.
Another lesson in the afternoon.
Early breakfast and pick up at the hotel at 8.30 a.m. 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, "How the Andalusian Horses Dance" (Ticket Price: 27 €). Here you will have the priviledge 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 friends 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.
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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. After the lesson, stay and continue observing the daily training of the geldings, mares and stallions, from young and green to very advanced. We also train the schoolmasters regularly to keep them sensitive and in good shape so that our guests can enjoy and get the most out of their lessons with them.
In the afternoon: Another lesson.
Same as Wednesday, except that today we will include your second lunge session.
In the morning, enjoy your last lesson. By this time you might be performing some of the more advanced movements (this will depend on the rider's ability).
Last lunch at Epona is the famous Paella accompanied by the not less famous (and very popular) Sangría.In the afternoon, after a well deserved "siesta", get changed into your city finery ready to hit Seville for a classical Flamenco Show (ticket price 35€).
We offer complementary transport to the airport and train station. First trip at 8.00 a.m and last will be at 11.00 am.
Have a nice journey home, we hope you enjoyed your stay at Epona.
We look forward to welcoming you back!