INICIO, EPONA - Equestrian Center

Instructors

The Epona instructors are qualified by the British Horse Society, Association of British Riding Schools and the Spanish Equestrian Federation which means that they are trained to always have the horse and rider's safety at heart. Moreover, when it comes to Dressage the knowledge gathered having trained under many masters of various nationalities has allowed them to form their own training and teaching techniques, where the pupils learning and enjoyment is the main priority as well as safety and the horse's wellbeing, while always keeping in mind the principles and objectives of Classical Dressage. Our horses and instructors are prepared to cater for riders of all levels from beginners to advanced. Beginners will hugely benefit from the lessons because although things are kept simple, you know that your basic skills will be correct and solid, enabling you to pursue whichever discipline you choose down the road. At a more basic level, lessons will focus on the riders balance, seat, position and control, while at the same time gaining confidence in the three gaits of walk, trot and canter. When working with more experienced riders, instructors will be giving guidance towards riding your horse in a correct outline, straightness, balance, rhythm, etc. As the week progresses lateral movements such as shoulder in, travers, renvers, half pass, and depending on the riders level and ability, flying changes, pirouettes, etc. (lessons on an advanced High School horse will be paid separately)


               

Fernando García Carvajal - Director


Fernando is a Spanish citizen born in Guatemala. He has a University degree in Architecture and speaks Spanish, English and Italian fluently.
Fernando has ridden since he was a child and competed in show jumping. He has had a complete dedication to horses for over 30 years.Fernando is Certified by the Spanish Equestrian Federation, The Association of British Riding Schools and holds the British Horse Society and International Equestrian Tourism Federation Holiday Center Manager Certificates.

Ride Leader and Instructor.


Fernando jumping in ColombiaFernando jumping in ColombiaFernando on DiabloFernando on DiabloFernando with DuncanFernando with Duncan


Jane W. García - Director

Jane was born in Scotland. She holds a University degree in Eduacation and speaks Spanish and English fluently. She has been riding since was a child and trained in the UK.

Jane has been dedicated to horses and their care, as well as training students for over 30 years.

She is Certified by the Spanish Equestrian Federation and The Association of British Riding Schools. She is International Equestrian Tourism Federation Holiday Centre Manager.

Jane is also a Dressage Judge, and holds the first British Horse Society "OVERSEAS AWARD".

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Catalina García Dow - Chief Instructor


Caty has British nationality but was born in Colombia. She is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian. She has a university degree in Advertising and Public Relations. She has been riding since she was three and competed since she was twelve. Her riding experience includes training in different European countries, such as Great Britain, Switzerland and France under international and Olympic trainers.

She is a Spanish Equestrian Federation, Association of British Riding Schools and British Horse Society certified instructor. She has competed in Show Jumping, Eventing and Dressage, but prefers Dressage.
Caty has also trained at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art and at Saumur in France, home of the famous Cadre Noir.

Caty training in SaumurCaty training in Saumur   Shoulder-inShoulder-in Caty teaching in HawaiCaty teaching in Hawai


Viviana Garcia Dow - Master Horse Trainer

Vivi was also born in Colombia but has British nationality. She is fluent in English and Spanish. She started riding when she was three and started competing when she was ten, which has granted her many successes in different levels and disciplines.

She is a Graduate from the prestigious Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, having completed the four year course which honours her with the title of "Jinete" (rider). Two of those years she was under the famous olympic Medallist Rafael Soto, who she still trains with on a more occasional basis.

Before her education at the Royal School Vivi trained with different riders and trainers of international relevance both in Spain and the UK.

She is a Spanish Equestrian Federation, Association of British Riding Schools and British Horse Society Certified instructor.

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