Train and trail
This is a six night, five day riding holiday designed for those who share our passion for horses and wish to get to know this amazing part of Spain on horseback. Our combination of trail riding through the charming andalusian countryside, and quality lessons, on superbly trained Spanish horses, offer 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, you now have a holiday opportunity of a lifetime.
Our weight limit for this programme is 95kgs.
Who is this programme for?
The combination of “Trail and training” is ideal for riders of all levels who believe that trail riding is one of the best ways to have fun, make new friends and to see Spain from another angle whilst also improving their riding skills.
This programme is also ideal for those who feel that they are not yet riding fit enough for up to three riding lessons a day like we offer in some of our specific dressage training courses.
During your stay with us, you can relax in stunningly beautiful surroundings away from the stress of modern-day lifestyles, while devoting some time to improving your horse riding skills so that your confidence, and enjoyment of, horses will increase greatly over the week.
Typically, our trail and training riders are adults, with no upper age restriction, who are comfortable in a steady trot and canter, along open trails on a well mannered horse.
However, we regularly design bespoke programmes for less experienced or less confident riders as well as for accompanied children. Please don’t hesitate to ask us to help you design a suitable trail and training programme that meets your needs.
Please note: Our advanced dressage horses are reserved for our pure dressage programmes so we can’t guarantee these will be available for our trail and training programme lessons.
What is involved?
Please note: If you are not yet comfortable or confident riding along open trails or the beach, 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 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
Guests usually arrive in the afternoon and settle in to their hotel, a former Palace built for a Queen, which is nestled in the heart of the breathtakingly beautiful medieval town of Carmona.
We offer a complimentary pick-up from the train station in Seville at 16.30. We can offer transfers at other times (and days) as long as you let us know in advance.
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 week’s 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 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
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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