Sweden, Western Paradise on Gotland

Going to Gotland feels like to go abroad. It's not just the holiday atmosphere in Visby, but the island's special scenery and characteristic houses that create an atmosphere reminiscent of southern latitudes. This is where Lisa has built up a real western riding paradise.

For over ten years, she has renovated this beautiful eighteenth century farm, somewhat reminiscent of Pippi Longstocking’s house. It is now completed with guest rooms, large stables, twenty western-trained horses and, as icing on the cake, a real saloon. Lisa has ridden all her life, but mainly with a focus on classic style and especially jumping. Gradually, Lisa became fascinated by western riding and is now an avid western rider.

For those of who you think it would be exciting to ride western style, you have an exciting opportunity to gain an insight into the basics. For those who are already experienced western riders, you can hone your skills even further. For those of you who ride regularly at home, things will obviously move more quickly, but those of you who do not ride much are also welcome. You are divided into groups and the teaching is adapted to your level of knowledge.

You can try different styles of western riding. Lisa's specialty is equipment styles such as trail and ranch trail She also ride dressage (for pleasure), and horsemanship.

Good riding combined with good and plentiful food. Lisa is a charcutier, and also operates a catering company so you will be very well looked after even during meals. The saloon is fully licensed so there is a chance you will have some fun, late nights.

The riding is a mix of lessons and rides. A ride on Gotland is a ride with lots of history, and there are old stone cairns and stone fences to be seen everywhere. You pass beautiful old limestone buildings that recall Gotland’s fascinating history. Wildlife is abundant, with sheep in particular running, bleating and leaping around everywhere. But the western horses is, of course, known for its calm temperament so they are not troubled.

One ride heads to the seashore and if you are in luck you will see one of the beautiful white-tailed eagles that usually float around in search of prey.

Just as it should be, rides usually end in the saloon and in the unlikely event someone takes a fall, they ‘shout’ the bar a round of drinks. The days events are relived and the stories get better in the telling, and everyone ends up better riders than Seb Macahan.

Number of riders are 4-14 in the group.

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Accommodation

You stay on the farm in double, triple or four-bed rooms. There is also a small cottage next to the main house. Sheets and towels included. Three common toilet and shower rooms are available adjacent to the accommodation.

A big breakfast buffet is served in the breakfast room. For lunch and dinner you will be offered homemade food in the saloon, which includes complete meals. For dinner, you always get two dishes. Lisa is a chef and prepares wonderful food.

Long Weekend Program

This program is preliminary and subject to change due to weather and other external circumstances. We are flexible and this is only a rough guide, any special requests can usually be accommodated on site.

Thursday
14:00 Earliest arrival
16:00 You are welcomed, a quick rundown on the program and allocation of horses. Introduction to western riding, about 1.5 hrs. For experienced riders, a western lesson.
Dinner 19:00

Friday
Breakfast 8:30
9:30 to 12:00 Riding lesson in two groups
12.30 Lunch
14:00 Ride with refreshments in the saddlebags
19.00 Dinner

Saturday
8:30 Breakfast
9:30 Theory in the tack room. Lisa explains about the equipment, why and when they use the various equipment
10:30 Horsemanship in hand 
12.30 Lunch
14:00 Creating and riding a course. Trail ride (obstacle course)
Before dinner, a chance to lassoing

19.00 Dinner
Sunday
8:30 Breakfast
9:30 Optional ride or lesson on the arena
12.00 Lunch
14:00 End of program

Week-long Program

This program is preliminary and subject to change due to weather and other external circumstances. We are flexible and this is only a rough guide, any special requests can usually be accommodated on site.

Monday
Check in from 14:00
16:00-start. Welcome. A short preview of the week and allocation of horses
Introduction Lesson about 1.5 hrs
Dinner 19:00

Tuesday
8:30 Breakfast
9:30 Theory in the tack room. You get to hear about the equipment, why and when the various equipment used.
10:30 riding lesson
12.30 Lunch
14:00 Ride with refreshments
19.00 Dinner

Wednesday
8:30 Breakfast
9.30 Horsemanship in hand 
12.30 Lunch
14:00 Riding lesson
19.00 Dinner

Thursday
8:30 Breakfast
9:30 Trail ride with lunch and refreshments in the saddlebags
19.00 Dinner

Friday
8:30 Breakfast
9:30 Building the trail / obstacle course, ride the trail
12.30 Lunch
14:00 Riding western riding (dressage branch of western riding)
18:00 Weather permitting, walk to beach gather around the campfire, barbeque grill 

Saturday
8:30 Breakfast
9:30 Trail ride with lunch and refreshments in the saddlebags
19.00 Dinner

Sunday
8:30 Breakfast
9:30 Riding lesson Horsemanship (dressage branch of western riding)
12.00 Lunch
14:00 End of program

Horses

About 25 horses (some ponies). There are quarters, half-bloods, North Swedes and western crosses. All horses are well trained, many of them for competitions.

Climate

Travel Information

Ability description: Trail Ride Level 1-3 >>

Included in the price: 3 nights, riding according to program, full board (excl. drinks)

Not included: Flights, ferry, bus, drinks.

Travel: Book flight/rental car >> We help you book your flight if you wish.
Flight: To Visby, about 60 km (37 miles) to the farm.
Ferry: Daily ferry from Nynashamn or Oskarshamn to Visby, Gotland. Time table and price for the ferry www.destinationgotland.se/en.

You can take the bus nr 10, 11, 12 or 13 from Visby and be picked up in Hemse. Find local bus time table at www.gotland.se.

Transfer: Book in advance with HorseXplore.
From Hemse to the farm. about 10 km (6 miles).
Call the equestrian center when you get on the bus.

Single room: Not available

Season: May - October

Arrival: Thursday 2.00-4.00 pm.
Departure: Sunday after 2.00 pm.

Currency: SEK
Credit card: Yes, accepted by equestrian center.
Tipping: Not expected.

Wifi: Yes
Electricity jack: EU standard

Group size: Min. 4 and max. 14
Age limit: 10 years old accompanied by relative.

Beach: About 2 km away.
Pool: No

Misc.:
Riding equipment to borrow: Helmet, safety west, rain clothes. 
Special diet: Inform when booking.

Dates and prices

DateNightsName of tripPrice from
04/10/20183Sweden, Gotland - Western WeekendEUR 437Book on request
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