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France Horse Jumping Training Program

A course to improve and perfect flatwork and jumping; enjoy flatwork and jump tuition in the morning and ride out in the afternoon to discover the beautiful surroundings. With a maximum of six riders per group, it is Centre Équestre le Marina's objective to achieve harmony between the rider and horse, whilst focusing on balance; they use a light contact, which is soft, straightforward, and most efficient for both.

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 187 pounds / 85 kilograms
  • Tack Type: English Tack
  • Horse Breed: Anglo-Arabs - Selle Français

Highlights

  • 6 total riding and jump training days
  • Approximate daily riding time: 4 hours
  • 2 extra hours spent around the horse per day
  • This training program is never canceled
  • Daily half board meals are included
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Russian, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer available:
Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (US$51 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
18:30

You can choose from the following accommodation options:

Equestrian center’s guesthouse with “Chambres d’Hôtes”, swimming pool, and sauna (From Sunday to Sunday)

Situated two minutes by foot from the equestrian center and eight minutes by car from the beach, they offer:

  • 1 guesthouse with four “Chambre d’hôtes" in front of the swimming pool offering single, double, twin, and a family suite with two bedrooms
  • 1 wooden cottage dormitory with two bathrooms for six people beside the swimming pool
  • 1 annex with three “ Chambres d’hôtes" for one to four people
  • 1 sauna and 1 massage room

Every single bedroom has its own private bathroom.

1 independent house

Situated at the equestrian center with three bedrooms for one to five people, one bathroom, a huge kitchen and living room, a private terrace, and a closed garden!

Two-star hotel in Mimizan Beach at the seafront (From Sunday to Sunday)

Accommodation in a hotel is possible only if there is no place left in the equestrian center’s guest house. Please note that the two-star hotel in Mimizan is offering only breakfast.

Program

Centre Équestre le Marina really thinks that:

  • There is no horse in balance and of clear, understandable, and coherent communication without a rider in perfect balance.
  • There is no good jumping horse without good basic training!
  • As there is no good jumping rider, without good knowledge of the mechanics, good understanding of the locomotion, and respect of the horse. Actually, the main part of this art is in the conduct between jumps and not the crossing of obstacles.

Then, understandable method, reliable training with simple, clear, light, and effective actions, putting the horse in a perfect attitude, and convenient to the easy crossing of various obstacles is the purpose of Centre Équestre le Marina's teaching; education to those who want, within the reach of every concentrated and applied rider, taking up completely ordinary horses.

09:00 - 12:00 In the morning

1) Improving the position of the rider: stand up position (standing with good balance) - Exercising the three basic paces/gaits on a flat ground; approaching and passing over the jump.

2) Search of harmony between horse and rider, learning to work on the control of the horse balance, concerning changes of direction, change of pace/gait, change of speed, and in accordance with the different types of jumps.

3) Exercises on the approach of jumps when using various trajectories - Working on different balance according to "Right or Oxer"; working on the choice-of-foot at the reception according to the direction you choose, working on flying changes of the leg when appropriate.

4) Jumping a course of eight to 10 jumps by the end of the training program.

16:00 - 19:00 In the afternoon

1) Relaxed outdoor riding in the forest or on the beach.

2) Practical exercises on the rider’s position combined with the practice of controlling the gaits/paces and direction when jumping natural fences and coping with changing ground.

The courses start on Monday at 9 a.m. for groups of one to four people. The time provided for riding is approximately four hours a day. In order to ensure complete participation in this program, riders are asked to be in excellent physical condition. It is possible to exchange the outdoor riding in the afternoon against more work in the arena.

Centre Équestre le Marina's quality label

French championship

Numerous qualifications in French championships jumping club for more than 10 years, with regular classifications between the 2nd and 14th place.

  • 1 champion of France in 2009
  • 3 participations in 2013: 11th on 1.15m, 19th on 1.05m, and 28th on 0.95m
  • 1 bronze medal in 2014: 1.05m

Championship of Aquitaine

  • 1 Champion in CSO Club in 2010 and 2011
  • 2 Champions in 2013 on 1.15m and 0.95m

Championship of Landes

  • 4 Champions in Jumping in 2010
  • 3 Champions in 2011
  • 3 Champions in 2012
  • 4 Champions in 2013
  • 1 Champion Elite in 2014, 2015, and 2016

Location

The Centre Équestre le Marina is located in Mimizan Bourg (Les Landes, New Aquitaine), in the southwest of France. It is ideally set in the heart of Europe’s largest pine forest, with the Atlantic ocean just a stone’s throw away. The center owns an arena for horse ride training and quality facilities on-site, all to make your dreams of exclusive equestrian vacation come true.

Nearby places

  • Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD), 70 miles - 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Morcenx, 20 miles - 30 minutes

Food

This program is proposed with two options: Half board already included in the price and full board with an extra charge. Meals are prepared and served at the guesthouse. Centre Équestre le Marina offers traditional food and provides a set menu including 1/4 of wine or soda, and tea or coffee. The dinner on the arrival day is included for half-board and full-board customers.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

Things to do (optional)

Yoga, sauna, and massage are available and are optional and payable onsite. Yoga and massage are available from April 1 to September 30; a la carte during the day with participation fees.

Yoga

  • Individual courses (1 hour): 55 EUR
  • Collective courses (1 hour): 20 EUR

Traditional sauna and infrared sauna

  • 20-minute session: 20 EUR

Relaxation massage

  • 20 minutes: 25 EUR
  • 30 minutes: 30 EUR
  • 45 minutes: 45 EUR

To organize yoga sessions, Centre Équestre le Marina needs to know in advance if you are interested in participating. For more information, please send an inquiry.

What's included

  • Daily jumping training course
  • Afternoon leisure rides
  • Daily half-board meals and drinks
  • Use of horse and tack
  • 7 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Full-board meals (175 EUR)
  • Supplement for advanced rider lessons (150 EUR)
  • Supplement for Individual courses: (200 EUR)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by shuttle

There is a shuttle from the airport to the railway station in Bordeaux (13 EUR - 45 minutes). Then the client can find a train to Labouheyre (19 EUR - 50 minutes) and then an RDTL Bus from Labouheyre to Mimizan (11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.) all-year-round (3 EUR -40 minutes). Please arrive after 6:30 p.m. The riding school organises also a transfer from and to the airport every Sunday from two to 12 riders.

Arrival by train

The Bordeaux Morcenx train is always empty, if you are traveling alone, please wait the last minute to buy this train ticket at the railway station, to give the school time to find the opportunity to pick you up at Bordeaux if it’s possible.

Arrival by bus

As people are arriving from various destinations in Europe, the pick-up starts at 4 p.m. and the minibus leaves Bordeaux according to the timing of the last customer’s arrival. They drop people on the Sunday morning departure day according to the flight departure time of the first client.

Please plan the arrival time in Bordeaux at 4 p.m. or before, as much as possible, and plan the flight departure time from Bordeaux not before 12:30 p.m. or after. There is a two-hour drive between Mimizan and Bordeaux, departure at Mimizan at 8:30 a.m. means arrival at the airport at 11:30 for a flight of 1 p.m. (if check-in is 1:30 p.m. before!).

The costs for the transfer are 45 EUR for each way and 90 EUR for return trips per person. It also includes the transfer during the week to Mimizan Beach on Monday and Saturday. If the school gathers more than eight clients on the same transfer, they provide two mini-buses for the transfer. The price stays fixed.

Special pick up time

  • Bordeaux on Sunday at 4 p.m. or after
  • Morcenx on Monday at 1:30 p.m.

Special dropping time

  • Bordeaux on Sunday at 11:00 or before

Directions from Morcenx

The riding school also organizes a transfer from Morcenx every Monday for one or more people.

  • 1 person: 35 EUR per trip
  • 2 people or more: 20 EUR per trip

Caution: In case of transfers after 9 p.m., the price is multiplied by two!

Airport: Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport Airport transfer available: Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (US$51 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 21 days before arrival.

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Room information

Hotel accommodation is also available for the same prices shown below only if there is no place left in the equestrian center’s guesthouse. Please send Centre Équestre le Marina an inquiry for more information.

Pricing information

There is no single supplement for riders who are going alone and want to share a room if nobody else books to be paired with them.

Season information
Low Season
  • November - April
Mid Season
  • May - June
  • September - October
High Season
  • July - August

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