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France Beginner Horse Riding Program

Centre Équestre le Marina's objective is to make this activity accessible to everybody to help people discover the close complicity that can be established between man and horse, as well as to instill the solid basis making autonomy possible as quickly as possible. Finally, Centre Équestre le Marina wishes to show that with a few indispensable riding notions, it is easy to take advantage of fabulous means of locomotion, so as to enter an environment and discover a natural milieu in complete safety.

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 198 pounds / 90 kilograms
  • Tack Type: English Tack
  • Horse Breed: Anglo-Arabs


  • 6 horse riding sessions
  • Approximately riding time: 4 to 6 hours
  • 2 to 4 hours spent around the horse per day
  • English-speaking instructors
  • Daily breakfast is provided
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


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$53 per person)
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Guest House with “Chambres d’Hôtes (From Sunday to Sunday)

This accommodation is equipped with a swimming pool and is a bed and breakfast. The equestrian center’s guest house of high standing offers a view on the arena and some field with horses. The riding center is situated only 150 meters (2 minutes by foot) away and the beach is only 10 minutes by car. The guest house offers:

  • 3 guest houses with six “Chambre d’hôtes” for single, double or twin, triple, and quadruple occupancy.
  • 1 guest house with one family bedroom for four to six persons equipped with two bathrooms, a small kitchen, and one private terrace.
  • 1 guest house for families with three bedrooms, one bathroom, a huge kitchen, and a living room situated 10 meters from the equestrian center.

In case there won't be enough rooms for all guest, there will be a hotel accommodation in Mimizan Plage.

Hotel in Mimizan Beach (From Sunday to Sunday)

This 2-star hotel in Mimizan is located at the seafront and offers breakfast. It's only 10 minutes away from the equestrian center.


As an equestrian school in a seaside resort, Centre Équestre le Marina's summer clientele meant that they have developed an accelerated learning method which means that a full beginner can enjoy the pleasure of riding out in complete security from the very first few riding sessions; this is also possible thanks to the adapted and well-trained horses.

Centre Équestre le Marina teaches people to catch horses in their paddocks, to clean, and to take them. Centre Équestre le Marina also teaches psychology and the behavior of horses in different kinds of situation. The goal of the course is to teach you how to do an arising trot, an arising canter, and gallop, then to walk independently from the others at all paces.

You will start the first lesson by riding in the arena and finishing outside in the forest. Then, all courses will be done with riding outside all week. The goal is to help beginners to be successful in front of all problems they may find while hacking out! You will be taught to be under control of your horse at any pace, in individual evolution, and to be able to walk in front of the group as to control the pace and the speed while the other riders stay backside.

During the week, you will do one course to learn how to approach some jumps on a dish or tree through some exercises in the arena. You will not approach the sitting trot or sitting canter on the first week. Any full beginner with this technique may finish the week with cantering alone on the beach with good control of balance and quite good control of the horse.

You will be then ready to follow any kind of riding trail in the South of France if you want to come back riding with Centre Équestre le Marina. Finally, as the instructors speak fluent English, there will be no difficulty teaching English speakers. The courses start on Monday from a minimum of one to a maximum of six people.

The duration of the activity is 6 hours per day, with spending of around 4 hours on a horse. The activity requires riders to be well and to provide physical fitness so you can totally take advantage of the week. On the last day of the week, clients will start on a full-day trip ride.



Other than daily breakfast and dinner on the arrival day for the half-board customers, meals are not included in the package and will not be provided by the equestrian center in the guest house.

For guests in the bed and breakfast, half-board or full board is possible, the equestrian center will provide at the beginning of your stay a voucher which will give you the opportunity to eat in different restaurants (French, Asian, Spanish, Moroccan) in the city of Mimizan Beach. Each restaurant offers a set menu including ¼ of wine or soda and tea or coffee.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

What's included

  • 6 horse riding days
  • Beginner riding course
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • English speaking instructor

What's not included

  • All lunches and dinners
  • Airport transfers
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD). Transfers are organized from and to this airport every Sunday for 2 to 14 riders. As people are arriving from various destinations in Europe, Centre Équestre le Marina picks up guests starting from 4 p.m. and the minibus leaves Bordeaux according to the timing of the last customer’s arrival.

Centre Équestre le Marina will drop people on Sunday morning, the departure day, according to the departure time of the first client. You are kindly asked to try to plan your arrival time in Bordeaux at 4 p.m. or before (as much as possible) and to plan the flight departure time from Bordeaux from 12:30 p.m. and later.

There are two hours of driving between Mimizan and Bordeaux; if the departure at Mimizan is at 8:30 a.m., it means that the arrival at the airport is at 11:30 a.m. for a flight at 1 p.m., if check-in is 1 hour and 30 minutes before. The cost of the transfer is 45 EUR each way per person or 90 EUR per person for a roundtrip; it also includes the transfers to Mimizan Beach on Monday and Saturday. Two mini-buses are provided for transfers of more than eight persons for the same price.

Arrival by train (From Bordeaux)

The Bordeaux-Morcenx train is always empty, if you are traveling alone, please wait for the last minute to buy this train ticket at the railway station to give Centre Équestre le Marina time to find the opportunity to pick you up at Bordeaux if it’s possible. Transfers are organized from and to this railway station every Sunday for 2 to 12 riders.

Arrival by train (From Morcenx)

A transfer can be organized from Morcenx railway station for one person at 30 EUR per trip and for two persons and more, 15 EUR per trip. Please note that for night transfers (from 9 p.m.), the price is doubled.

Arrival by shuttle

There is a shuttle from the Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD) to the railway station priced at 13 EUR (45 minutes). Then, find a train to Labouheyre, it's priced at 17 EUR (50 minutes). Take the RDTL Bus from Labouheyre to Mimizan 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. running all year priced at 5 EUR (40 minutes). The meeting time on the arrival day on Sunday is at 7 p.m. at the guest house.

Airport: Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport Airport transfer available: Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (US$53 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.

Value for money
Accommodation & facilities
Quality of activity
8 days / 7 nights
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Room information

Hotel accommodation is also available for the same prices shown below. 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. Full board and half board and other supplements are priced as follows:

  • Half Board: 168 EUR
  • Full Board: 336 EUR
  • Supplement for Advanced Riders and more: 150 EUR
  • Supplement for Individual Courses: 200 EUR
Season information
Low Season
  • November - March
Mid Season
  • April - June
  • September - October
High Season
  • July - August

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