Andalusian horse and culture
Andalusian Horse and Culture
This is a seven night, six day programme that combines Dressage Lessons or Trail Riding with Cultural Excursions to Jerez, Seville, Carmona and Cordoba.
Guests have the option of five group Dressage Lessons OR four Trail Rides (approximately 8 to 10 hours trail riding), across the week. Whichever you choose, your week will be interspersed with visits to some of the most beautiful and historical heritage sites in Andalusia.
The group Dressage Lessons Option (group lessons are typically made up of two to three riders at a similar level and never more than four) are designed to help riders improve their confidence, skills and abilities whilst following Classical Dressage principles. Lessons are progressive, safe, fun and very informative. You will feel your riding and knowledge develop as the week progresses.
If you choose the Trail Ride Option, you will enjoy riding through the stunning Andalusian countryside that surrounds Epona. You will ride through fields of wheat, sunflowers and cotton, through olive groves and past historical Hacienda’s and Roman remains with nothing other than bird song and the breeze rustling through the crops to disturb your thoughts.
During your stay you will enjoy Cultural Excursions to the heart of Carmona, Seville, Jerez and Cordoba.
Our weight limit for this programme is 95kg.
This programme can only be offered for groups of a minimum of 5 (maximum 12) including non-riders. Epona will offer set dates so you can join a group or you can make up a group with friends and partners and choose a week. In this second case, we can tailor the programme if you wish to make some changes. (see further info on this at the end of the itinerary description).
Who is this programme for?
This programme is designed for those who are passionate about horses and who wish to learn more about the Spanish horse, (also known as the Andalusian or PRE), but equally want to learn about and visit as much of Andalusia as possible during their stay.
This programme is ideal if you have a non-riding companion travelling with you.
It is ideal for those who feel that they are not yet riding fit enough for more than one ride a day.
Typically, our Cultural Programme riders are adults, with no upper age restriction.
The Trail Ride option suits riders who are comfortable in steady trots and occasional balanced canters, on well mannered but responsive horses, along open trails.
It is also suitable for beginners who want to take it easy on steady trail rides with an option not to canter, or if preferred, participate in confidence building lessons.
Please note: If you are not yet comfortable or confident riding along open trails in rising trot and canter, let us know in advance. We can arrange a bespoke trail riding experience for you.
The Dressage Lesson option is suitable for riders of all levels as we can split the groups accordingly.
Many of our Cultural Programme riders want to enjoy a deeper appreciation of the history and culture that makes this region of Andalusia what is is.
After all, Andalusia is where the Spanish Horse, Flamenco and Sherry originated!
Our weight limit for this programme is 95kgs.
Please note: Our advanced dressage horses are reserved for our pure dressage programmes so we can’t guarantee these will be available for this programmes lessons.
What is involved?
Please note : If you are not yet comfortable or confident riding along open trails in rising trot and canter, please let us know. We can arrange a bespoke trail riding experience for you.
Where do you stay
Your accommodation is in a 4* hotel, complete with a swimming pool, nestled in the nearby medieval town of Carmona, one of the famous white villages of Andalucia.
Carmona is the oldest continuously inhabited town 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.
Carmona is one of Europe’s hidden gems and is a destination in its own right. You will never tire of wandering the streets and will discover that its timeless beauty changes from sunrise to sunset. At night, Carmona takes on a magical glow that will leave you spellbound. With more than fifty small cafes and bars, you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to a bite to eat or a refreshing drink.
Daily Itinerary and Cost
Guests usually arrive in the afternoon and settle into their hotel, an old Palace, former residence of a Queen, which is nestled in the heart of the breathtakingly beautiful medieval town of Carmona.
In the evening, you will be joined at the hotel by one of the Epona hosts, for a welcome dinner, where you will meet the rest of the weeks riding members.
After some friendly introductions and 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!
Airport and Train Station Transfers
Epona offers complimentary transfers to and from the Seville train station at pre-set times.
Arrivals on Sunday
Departures from the hotel on Sunday only
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Why choose Epona
Horses for all levels
Our large number of highly trained horses and well thought out programmes, enable us to accommodate beginners through to advanced riders.
Our qualified instructors bring a wealth of riding and training experience to the lessons.
Personal and close attention from the García family, will make you feel like a valued guest and friend.
World class facilities
Top class facilities (including covered arena) and ancient trail riding routes, are complemented by luxury accommodation in the medieval town of Carmona.
Our programmes combine riding with the historical, cultural and scenic experiences our unique location offers.
Ideal riding holiday climate
We enjoy an average of 300 days of sunshine.
Unique in Spain
The only riding holiday centre in Spain officially approved by the British horse society.
We offer 35 years of uninterrupted experience in hosting and training riding holiday guests from around the world.
Came back from our 10th visit in March, and plan to go back next year. Need I say more, it´s just the most amazing place.
Dressage Clinic with Rafael Soto
Fernando, Jane, Caty, Vivi, this has been the best trip I have ever taken, everything was perfect, the horses, the land and the hospitality.
Classical dressage and High School training
Could it get any better? Great horses, fantastic instructor, wonderful meals and a real family feel. A gem to be treasured.
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