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Last Update: 20 Feb 2011
Riding Holidays | Czech Republic
Situated in central Europe the Czech Republic is a fascinating country with a complex history and modern individual culture. The country’s roots started back in the 9th Century when the Kingdom of Bohemia was developed on a large flat river plain which now forms the western half of the Czech Republic. The Kingdom experienced many physical and social changes over the years, first being amalgamated into the greater Roman Empire, then the Austro-Hungarian Empire and more recently becoming part of Czechoslovakia. Finally in 1993 the independent Czech Republic was established.
Many of these historical influences can be seen today by the huge diversity of architecture and cuisine found everywhere. The country is dotted with elaborate castles, monasteries and mansions and it is home to some of the most beautiful cities in the world. There are twelve UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Czech Republic! Combine this with a stunning landscape covered in rolling hills and pristine forests and you have a unique and wonderful holiday destination to explore.
As with many European countries horses are common place throughout the Czech Republic, with all equestrian disciplines well represented. However while there are many riding clubs, local horse riding stables and stud farms, there are still very few equestrian centres offering specific horse riding holidays, in comparison to other nearby countries. One area which is very good is the Czech central highlands in northern Bohemia, near to Třebušín. Horse riders of all abilities and ages are catered for here, with arena based riding tuition, day treks plus a week long trail riding holiday exploring the pretty Czech countryside, even venturing into southern Germany. Non riders can follow the trail via a horse drawn wagon, or by cycling.
Horse riding holidays are also available in the Giant Mountains based at a Hucul Mountain Horse stud farm. Guests can enjoy riding lessons and day treks during summer months and horse drawn sleigh rides in winter.
If you have the time for a longer stay in the Czech Republic it is well worth spending some time exploring the city of Prague, having some relaxation time at one of the many spa towns, or visiting one of the national parks to see untouched wilderness. The parks are home to a number of rare animals including wolves, lynx and wildcats.