Presented here is another gem for us dressage loving travellers and this one is in Spain, which is nice given how its neighbour Portugal has dominated recently.
José Luis, who owns the beautiful hacienda and stud farm, also has past connection to Sweden – he taught at Strömsholm for six years.
Surrounded by vineyards and fields of grain crops stands this large and well maintained 1,200 hectare (3,000 acre) hacienda. Horses have been bred here since the 1950s and ten years’ ago, José Luis began mating his PRE mares with German dressage horses. José Luis is a fascinating man with genuine knowledge and a great passion for horses. He has competed up to Grand Prix level and trained a number of horses and riders up to that level.
There are more than seventy horses, including broodmares, young horses and foals. About ten horses are available for guests and several of them are well schooled and are able to execute movements such as piaff and passage. The atmosphere is warm and great kindness is displayed towards the horses. You stay in nice quarters in one of five rooms all of which are named after and are decorated to reflect different movements such as piaff and passage. You generally ride in the indoor arena where it is cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Between rides, you can swim in the pool and you enjoy your meals in the combined dining room/bar.
This is a small, personal and exclusive destination and they take a maximum of five riders only.
All lessons are private lessons and are given by José Luis or one of his instructors. There is a never ending amount of knowledge to take in; each move can be described in detail and many of dressage’s mysteries can be explained and solved.
Come and enjoy the calm atmosphere and develop your dressage knowledge in this oasis.
All lessons are private lessons and are given by José Luis or one of his instructors. You really get the chance here to develop from the level that you are now.
You are welcome regardless of your previous experience - the most important thing is that you want to learn. Take the opportunity to ask José Luis about the theory behind dressage and its different movements as he can explain in detail what you should do. With the theory in mind, the practical side will be even better.
You usually ride in the indoor arena where it is cool in the summer and warm in the winter, but there is also a large outdoor arena. This is a small, personal and exclusive destination and they take a maximum of five riders.
The entire stud gives a sense of calm, so you just need to take a deep breath and relax, forget your big-city stress and concentrate on the horses and dressage and drink in the beautiful environment and enjoy the silence.
You can choose between the following programmes:
Dressage Basic: consists of one dressage lesson per day. A total of five lessons in a week.
Dressage Intensive: Two lessons per day. A total of ten lessons in a week.
You can choose between the following programmes:
Dressage Basic: Consists of one dressage lesson per day. A total of three lessons over a weekend.
Dressage Intensive: Two lessons per day. A total of five lessons over a weekend.
You have your first lesson on Thursday afternoon after which you have two lessons per day on Friday and Saturday (other than the Basic programme). Departure on Sunday morning. Should you have a late arrival on Thursday, you can have your last lesson on Sunday morning instead.
Accommodation and Food
The accommodation is in traditional, beautiful double rooms with ensuite bathroom. There are five rooms and all are named after and have pictures with specific dressage movements. The rooms are on top of some stable so you might hear some neigh from the horses.
Safe deposit box: No
Hair Dryer: No
Towels and sheets: Yes
The pool is large, about 14x17 metres (46x56 ft) and is open subject to the weather (it is not heated). Breakfast is served in the breakfast room and includes fresh bread, yoghurt, cold cuts, juice and coffee/tea.
Lunch and dinner are normally served in the stud’s dining room/bar and consists of three dishes. Usually a nice salad or soup for entre, nicely prepared fish or meat for the main course and a tasty dessert. Vegetarians and people with special food requirements are very welcome and we would ask that you provide information on your needs when you book.
Single rooms can be booked with a single room supplement (price for the single room supplement is available under Dates & Prices, Book on request). If there is no one to share a room with, the single room supplement will be charged.
The horses are mainly PRE (Pura Raza Espanola) and horses have been bred here since the 1950s. Ten years’ ago, José Luis began to mate some of his PRE mares with German dressage horses in order have larger horses with airs. This breed is called the Spanish Sport Horse and the foals must be born in Spain and both the stallion and the mare must be approved for breeding.
There are more than seventy horses including broodmares, young horses and foals. About ten horses are available for guests and several of them are well schooled and are able to perform movements such as piaff and passage. The horses are ridden both with a normal snaffle and double bridle.
Ability description: Dressage level 4-5 >>
Included in the price: Week: 6 nights, 5 days’ riding, full board incl. one non alcoholic drink with meals.
Weekend: 3 nights, 3 days’ riding, full board incl. one non alcoholic drink with meals.
Not included: Travel to and from Spain. Transfers to and from the riding centre. Drinks. There is a bar where you can purchase drinks and you will receive a bill at the end of the week.
Travel: Book flight/rental car >>
Fly to Alicante or Madrid.
Transfers: Book in advance with HorseXplore and pay on spot.
Taxi transfer from Alicante airport. The trip is 180 km (112 miles) and takes 2 hours.
Price: 140 EUR/vehicle one-way (1-3 people).
You can also take public transport: If you are flying to Alicante, take a taxi to the train station and then the fast train to Albacete (about 1 hour, approx. 30 EUR). The train goes every hour.
If you are flying to Madrid, it takes about 2 hours on the fast train and costs approx. 30 EUR. You can see the train times at www.renfe.com.
Transfer from Albacete train station to the riding centre (45 km) is 50 EUR/car/way.
Rental car: If you want to explore the surrounding area, we recommend that you rent a car.
Arrival and Departure day: Week programme: Arrival Sundays in the afternoon/evening before 9.00 pm in order to get dinner. Departure the following Saturday after breakfast.
Weekend: Arrival Thursday about 3.00 pm for the first lesson. Departure Sundays after breakfast. If you arrive Thursday evening, you can ride your last lesson on Sunday morning instead.
Season: Open all year round.
Single room: Can be booked with a supplement. For price click on ”Book on request” under Dates & prices. If there is no one to share a room with, the single room supplement will be charged.
No. of riders: Min. 2 and max 5.
Credit card: Not accepted by riding center.
Tipping: Not expected but appreciated.
Electricity jack: EU standard
Age limit: 15 years old
Closest village: Pozohondo 4 km away, city Albacete 40 km.
Beach: 2 hours drive.
Massage: It is possible to book massage in advance.
Riding equipment to borrow: No
Saddle bag available: No
Special diet: Inform when booking.