Intensive training

Intensive Training

This is a six night, five day riding holiday designed for those who share our passion for horses and want to spend a week focosing on training and improving comunication with your horse in a relaxed and safe atmosphere.

This programme consists of eight dressage lessons and two lunge lessons across the week.

The opportunity to improve your riding skills and knowledge, on superbly trained Spanish horses, offers a unique holiday experience.

Combine this with cultural excursions to the heart of Seville to view a typical flamenco show and the world famous horse show in Jerez entitled “How the Andalusian Horses Dance” all whilst staying in one of the most beautiful medieval towns in the world, it now gives you a riding holiday opportunity of a lifetime.

Our weight limit for this programme is 85kgs.

Who is this programme for?

This programme is designed for those who prefer to concentrate on improving their dressage riding skills. Epona’s highly trained and sensitive Spanish horses and extremely experienced instructors are world renowned. As a result, this programme attracts riders from every walk of life and from a vast range of countries.

This programme is also very popular with our many repeat guests, as it is tailored to suit your needs regardless whether you are a competition rider, a trainer yourself, a pleasure rider or a first time rider.

During your stay with us, you can relax in stunningly beautiful surroundings away from the stress of modern-day lifestyles, while devoting your time to improving your horse riding skills so that your confidence, ability and enjoyment will increase greatly over the week.

Typically, our Intensive Training Programme riders are adults, with no upper age restriction, who are keen to learn more about Classical Dressage. Horses will be matched to your current riding ability, so whether a lifetime rider or a first time rider, and regardless of where you currently are with your riding, you will feel your skills and ability develop throughout the week.

What is involved?

Our establishment is world renowned for its depth and quality of classically trained, yet kind and generous, Andalusian horses.

At Epona we enjoy the luxury of having both horses and instructors, who between them, are capable of training guests of all levels, from advanced dressage riders to beginners.

As a result, you will enjoy dressage and lunge lessons, that are both progressive and safe, in purpose built training facilities, alongside like minded people, from around the world.

Our excellent bespoke facilities include irrigated indoor and outdoor schools and exercise track, which help make your lessons dust free and more enjoyable, especially through the heat of a Seville summer. Our indoor arena is 20m x 60m and boasts a top level competition standard sand and fibre surface to further enhance the quality of your riding experience.

The Epona instructors are qualified by the British Horse Society, the 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. Viviana Garcia, owner and Chief Instructor, is also a graduate from the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art.

Over the years, the knowledge gathered (having trained in Dressage under many masters of various nationalities) has allowed them to form their own training and teaching techniques, which keep the pupils’ learning and enjoyment as the main priority, as well as safety and the horse’s wellbeing.

Their aim is to pass on this knowledge, keeping in mind the principles and objectives of Classical Dressage, regardless whether to a first time rider or a lifetime rider.

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 continually 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, and then at night. Carmona takes on a magical glow that will leave you spellbound. With at least fifty six small cafes and bars, you will be spolied for choice when it comes to a bite to eat or a refreshing drink.

Daily Itinerary and Cost

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 Saturdays only

To train station or airport:

If you require a different departure time or day from the hotel to the airport or train station, please let us know, and we can organise a taxi for you. You will pay the driver in person and the transfer time is usually less than 25 minutes to both the airport and the station.

Why choose Epona

Horses for all levels | Epona Spain

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.

Professional instructors | Epona Spain

Professional Instructors

Our qualified instructors bring a wealth of riding and training experience to the lessons.

Family business | Epona Spain

Family business

Personal and close attention from the García family, will make you feel like a valued guest and friend.

World class facilities | Epona Spain

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.

Cultural experience | Epona Spain

Cultural experience

Our programmes combine riding with the historical, cultural and scenic experiences our unique location offers.

Ideal riding holiday climate | Epona Spain

Ideal riding holiday climate

We enjoy an average of 300 days of sunshine.

Unique in Spain | Epona Spain

Unique in Spain

The only riding holiday centre in Spain officially approved by the British horse society.

35 Years | Epona Spain

35 years

We offer 35 years of uninterrupted experience in hosting and training riding holiday guests from around the world.

Testimonials

Katy Tudor | Testimonial | Epona Spain

Katy Tudor

Testimonials | Epona Spain

Intensive training

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.

Helen James | Testimonial | Epona Spain

Helen James

Testimonials | Epona Spain

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.

Peter Choong | Testimonial | Epona Spain

Peter Choong

Testimonials | Epona Spain

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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