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  • Pony Camps - Penycoed Riding Stables.

    penycoed riding stablesPony Camps in the UK and overseas are a fantastic adventure for children and are often the highlight of their riding year.

    All-inclusive residential camps provide the perfect opportunity for children and teenagers from 7+ years to gain first-hand experience and knowledge of the daily skills required in looking after their own pony. Youngsters gain a tremendous amount of confidence both in and out of the saddle over the duration of their stay, with a range of fun and exciting activities supervised by friendly, experienced staff.

    Penycoed Riding Stables is ideally situated in North Shropshire, close to the border of Wales, on the Llynclys Nature Reserve with miles of bridleways to discover on horseback. The established centre, see their young guests returning year after year to take part in the popular Pony Camps . All levels and ability of rider are catered for on these "all-inclusive" 5 day/4 night camps, with children taking part in a flexible itinerary, choosing from lessons, jumping, hacking and stable management. The young riders are on the yard every morning, grooming, checking over and preparing the horses and ponies before daily riding. At the end of the day, they assist in the feeding and turning out of their equine companions in nearby fields.  Children are groups according to ability from beginner to advanced, with progression to higher groups possible during the week, as their riding ability improves.

    The highlight of the week for most is Gymkhana Day, where children have an opportunity to compete in a whole day of fun and games in the school, with plenty of rosettes to be won.

    Accommodation at Penycoed is in luxury log cabins with meals provided. Shorter stays by arrangement.

    Current dates and prices for Pony Camps:
    29th May 2017 (Mon - Fri) - £425
    14th August 2017 (Mon -Fri) - £495

    Please enquire for further information and future dates.


  • Guest Ranches in British Columbia

    Montana Hill Guest RanchGuest Ranches in British Columbia - Montana Hill Guest Ranch

    Montana Hill Guest Ranch is nestled in the gentle rolling hills of Bridge Lake, in the heart of South Cariboo cowboy country and is ideally situated for guests seeking a tranquil retreat. Discover endless scenic trails leading through vast, scented pine forests, in a spectacular landscape dotted with lakes. This working ranch offers a combination of luxury cabins with private hot tubs, friendly hosting, quality horses and a wealth of amenities and activities.


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    Meet the Hosts
    Experienced and dedicated owners Alan and Elaine Dillabaugh have certainly discovered the perfect recipe for an unforgettable and magical vacation! This truly is a home from home. The couple have focused on providing guests with a luxury stay at a cost effective price. Montana Hill Guest Ranch is a much sought after life-long dream for Alan and Elaine and as such, their enthusiasm and passion is boundless.

    On the Ranch
    Try your hand at some Western skills with professional cowboy roping lessons or indulge yourself and book a luxurious Spa Treatment. From peaceful picnics to gourmet breakfasts, Montana Hill Guest Ranch has it all. There are four beautiful log cabins on site, (sleeping up to four guests per cabin), each carefully designed to create the perfect ambiance.

    Bring your Own Horse
    The ranch welcomes guests who wish to bring their own horse. A paddock and shelter is provided alongside your cabin and there are hundreds of acres of panoramic trails to explore on horseback. This is also a Pet Friendly Guest Ranch (by arrangement).

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    Montana Hill Guest Ranch ~ an unforgettable experience!



  • António Borba Monteiro

    António Borba MonteiroMeet the Instructor: António Borba Monteiro


    Early Years
    António was born in Portugal. His family have a long heritage as riders, breeders of horses and bulls. The mentoring skills of both his grandfather and his uncle Master Guilherme Borba, proved pivotal to his future pathway, encouraging him to discover and learn the traditions associated with the majestic Lusitano horse

    On his 18th birthday António moved to his uncle’s home, the house of his grandfather, where he remains today with his family. Despite his passion for horses, António also completed a degree in engineering, like his father. He uses this knowledge helps him to interpret the dynamics and kinetic efforts of horses.

    Portuguese School of Equestrian Art (EPAE)
    In 1981, António joined the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art (EPAE), once again under the guidance of his uncle he achieved great success, meeting the approval of his Master, the great Nuno de Oliveira. Master Nuno went on to give ABM the great honour and huge responsibility of working with his horses while he travelled to Australia. The Master, an old friend from the family, jokes: - “If you improve them, I’ll give them to you…”!

    Santo André Lusitanos
    Santo André Lusitanos is a Premier Dressage School ideally situated in a green and leafy haven just 15 minutes from Lisbon airport.

    The centre is dedicated to providing an exceptional standard of tuition in Classical Equitation. Lessons are taught by highly experienced instructors, under the guidance of António Borba Monteiro, Master of the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art.



    “If you understand what the horse tells you, it’s always more relaxed and fun!”


    António encourages riders to respect the horse’s natural postures and uses this focus as a starting point, when instructing.


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    “ride from the horse”



    For more details see Santo André Lusitanos or Contact Us


  • Trail Riding in Mongolia


    TEMUJIN'S HIDDEN TRAIL will take you on a journey of discovery in the spectacular Khan-Khentii mountain range!

    Situated just 100 miles east of Ulaanbaatar in the Töv and Khentii Provinces in northern Mongolia, the chain of mountains overlaps the Khan Khentii National Park (a Strictly Protected Area) and includes Mongolia's sacred mountain, Burkhan Khaldun, which has long been associated with the origin of Genghis Khan. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty, perfect for exploring on horseback; a visual extravaganza of vast forested wilderness, open grassy plains, river valleys and dramatic mountains.

    Trail Riding in Mongolia
    Experienced guides will lead you on an unforgettable adventure, discovering hidden historical and cultural sites. The diverse terrain allows for a mixed pace ride, with plenty of opportunities for fast canters. Discover an abundance of unique fauna and flora along your journey through this pristine wilderness of wildflower filled pastures and lush valleys lined with larch and birch trees. This habitat attracts an array of wildlife including hawks, eagles, elk, deer, moose and even wolf.

    Spectacular sunsets, cosy yurts and intimate campfires under endless star-filled skies provide an ethereal end to each day.

    Mongolia is truly the adventure lover’s paradise – vast, remote and rich with culture and natural beauty!




    For more details see: Monglobe Travel or Contact Us.



  • Horse Riding Spain

    21Relax in the warmth of the Spanish sunshine in spectacular Andalusia!

    Discover the delights of riding beautifully schooled, responsive horses, through delicately fragranced orange and lemon groves, splashing through cooling rivers and meandering along eucalyptus-lined river banks.

    Horse Riding Holidays in Spain
    It’s not difficult to see why guests return year after year to Horse Riding Spain. Owners Miranda and Giles have discovered the perfect recipe for the quintessential riding holiday - friendly hosting, fabulous accommodation, quality horses and a breath-taking vista. Located just 35 minutes from Malaga airport, close to the town of Coín, the ranch is ideally situated in a secluded river valley, adjoining the idyllic Sierra de las Nieves National Reserve. This establishment is truly a haven for horse enthusiasts.

    Riding Holiday Packages.
    Riding is aimed at confident intermediate and experienced riders. Choose from 3 or 4 night or full week packages, starting from just €675. With an amazing 50% non-rider discount, Horse Riding Spain is a fantastic choice for families, couples and mixed riding/non-riding groups. There are numerous additional activities locally, such as hiking, cycling, climbing, shooting, golf, motor cross routes. Alternatively, guests can enjoy the delightful Mediterranean gardens, relax on the sun terrace, take refreshing dips in the pool, or explore nearby Coín.

    This is horse riding at its very best!

    For more details see: Horse Riding Spain or contact us.



  • Natural Horsemanship Courses

    Sundance Ranch - Portugal.Sundance RanchDiscover the delightful Sundance Ranch, set in the stunning Alentejo region of South West Portugal, dedicated to providing guests with week-long courses in Natural Horsemanship and Western Riding.

    The Alentejo covers over a third of Portugal. The protected plains of this UNESCO World Heritage Site stretch out beyond the mountains of Monchique and the Serra do Caldeirao, a magnificent unspoilt landscape of tiny whitewashed villages, mighty rivers, and cork and pine forest. Sundance Ranch is perfectly situated in this protected retreat, close to the town of Odemira and just a short distance from the rugged and deserted Atlantic coastline.

    Natural Horsemanship is a philosophy of working with horses based on the horse's natural instincts and methods of communication. The understanding is that horses do not learn through fear or pain, but rather from pressure and the release of pressure in a spirit of cooperation and harmony.

    Itineraries at Sundance Ranch are carefully tailored to suit the needs of riding guests. The weekly schedule at this friendly ranch is flexible and incorporates time to explore the local area. Working with the horses can include ground work, riding lessons or trail riding, depending on the interest and requirements of the groups. Lessons can be taught in both English and German.

    Natural Horsemanship and Western riding holidays are suitable for all levels and ability of guest, with the focus on developing a trusting relationship between horse and rider. The small herd on this fifty hectare ranch consists of Quarter Horses and Portuguese breeds. A selection of both youngsters and experienced horses, enable riders to be matched with the ideal horse to help them achieve the maximum enjoyment and enrichment from their riding holiday.

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  • Trail Riding in Cornwall with Hallagenna Riding Holidays

    Discover picturesque Cornish scenery on a riding holiday with Hallagenna Riding and Cottage Holidays. The centre is perfectly situated in the heart of the Cornish countryside, allowing easy access to the remote and rugged wilderness of Bodmin Moor. The friendly, family run centre is operated by qualified, experienced staff and has a selection of quality horses to suit all levels of rider. For those wishing to stay at Hallagenna, recently renovated self-catering cottages are available, providing the perfect place to relax after a day in the saddle.

    Bespoke Holidays and “Learn to Ride” Weeks
    For complete beginners, novice riders and those keen to return to the saddle, the centre offers tailormade packages with a combination of expert tuition in the school and daily trekking in beautiful countryside to improve riding skills, confidence and general equine knowledge.

    Trail Riding in Cornwall
    Hallagenna has a selection of itineraries to tempt competent riders looking for day rides, short-breaks or week long holidays. Spend between 3 and 8 hours in the saddle each day on guided trails. Ride through the shady, wooded valleys of the river Camel, over open moorland with Atlantic views and along the smuggler’s routes of Poldark country. Rides combine fantastic scenery with mouth-watering refreshments, cream teas, pub lunches and local wines for an unforgettable riding holiday experience in the South West of England.


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