Several of our facilities are offering wonderful deals for those looking for a fun trip at a great price.

Call us today for more information on any of the destinations listed below.

France’s Lavender Trail RideSee and smell the fragrant lavender while it is in full bloom. Lush purple fields await you each day on this ride which has wonderful food each day and fun long canters through the countryside. Call us today as space is limited on these dates.

2017 Dates: June 18-24, June 25-July 1, July 2-8, July 9-15, July 16-22
Rate: $1,575.00 USD per person in a shared room
(Single Supplement: $325.00 USD)

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We’ve already been back two weeks; life has been so busy for us that the time has really flown by. The trip was beautiful and we had a most wonderful time. Everyone involved was gracious and the hospitality was great. The Cap Rando Equestrian Centre horses were well kept. The accommodations each night were spectacular; some a bit more rustic than others but all were clean and comfortable. The food was also well prepared and plentiful except breakfast which was toast and coffee except for one of the places we stayed had a more, they provided some cheeses, granola and yogurt, etc.

Each day at lunch we had a hot meal and a two hour break both for the horses and our benefits. The country side was spectacular as well. We were also grateful for the two d’Hotes that had pools, yea; the weather was a bit warmer that usual for the area!

As far as riding through lavender fields, we did ride alongside and near a lot of lavender fields and other flowers, etc, which were beautiful. We did ride by some cherry orchards also; the cherries were delicious.

All in all it was a great vacation. If you ever need a volunteer to check out a ride that you are advertising keep me in mind. Riding vacations are great fun.

Happy Trails,
P. Hicksted

spain-ignacio-01Train with Ignacio Rambla, an Olympic silver medalist and also the technical director in the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

This incredible opportunity includes:

  • Intensive Classical Dressage lessons
  • Ride Andalusian horses from The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art
  • Lessons/Demonstrations in the morning and afternoon
  • Training by Ignacio Rambla and his team
  • Lovely 4* Hotel
  • All meals
  • Attend a performance at the Royal Andalusian School
  • Tour and show at the Cartuja National Stud
  • Attend a festive Flamenco Show
  • Tour of the famed Gonzalez Byass winery and wine cellar
  • All local taxes

This program is offered for groups of 2 minimum to 4 maximum, in order to provide the best level of instruction tailored to the individual. And as a further treat – the Royal Andalusian School will present a diploma of completion to each rider at the end of the week.

Dates: By request, year round based on availability (2 rider minimum)
Rate: $8,620.00 USD (No Single Supplement)
Non Rider: $3,600.00 USD

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Special: Ride Your Own Horse in the Smoky MountainsWhile our trip offerings do not include self guided rides, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to connect our clients with one of the most lovely and bucolic settings for riding, if hauling your own horse. By luck, we stumbled upon a place called “The Settlement at Thomas Divide”.  We met Carol Dilley, who is the property and sales manager (this is an equestrian community) and she explained that while they specialize in selling acreage for development, they heartily welcome folks who are either “passing through” or just want to come for a visit.

Please contact her for further information, if interested.  This area is simply some of the most lovely we have ever seen.  Her details are:

Carol Dilley, Property Manager and Sales
The Settlement at Thomas Divide
P.O. Box 965
Bryson City, NC 28713
828 788 3648