The famous Chianti region is primarily known for its wine, but here both beginners and more experienced riders can also get first-class dressage in scenic surroundings. Just outside of Florence, Cristina and Giovanni have operated this beautiful equestrian center since 1987. They met when they were young and decided right then to devote their lives to their passion, horses. Their training philosophy is to release the horse to achieve greater elasticity and speed. They have trained with Louis Valenca and Pedro de Almeida, whose mentor is Nuno Oliveira. They still go to their clinics to constantly developed further as instructors. You will train under them or any one of their highly trained instructors. The instructors have a solid background mainly in the Portuguese school with the great master Nuno Olivera as a role model.
The equestrian center is quiet and peaceful in a valley in the heart of the Tuscan and Chianti region, surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. The farm, which dates back to the nineteenth century, has been renovated in a tasteful manner and retained its old world charm with terracotta floors and vaulted ceilings with exposed beams.
You live in elegant Tuscan rooms and in the summer there is a swimming pool available. After the day's riding everyone gathers for a four-course meal together in the beautiful dining room with its huge fireplace, obviously good Chianti wine is served, as well. Many come here again and again to enjoy the good riding, lovely setting and super meals.
The focus is on the basics, ie. the seat and using a light touch, for both beginners and the experienced rider. Emphasis is also on the rider's balance and position. Lessons are marked by their consistency and harmony and by exercises that will improve your balance as well as riding pleasure. The horses are very responsive and instructors try to convey a soft riding style. Most there are 2 or 3 riders per lesson but sometimes it's groups of up to 4 people.
There are three riding programs to choose from. Whatever program you choose, your riding will develop and evolve and you will go home with many pleasant memories and lessons learned.