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France Teens' Show Jumping and English Training

For your 12 to 15-year old teenager fascinated by horseback riding, you have always dreamed of embodying a little touch of “added value” in hours of intensive training in the arena. What if your beloved “Equus fan” would invest as much energy in learning English as in tacking their horse or pony? Unique as fingerprints, this course entitled “R.Y.E.2©” offers you an unprecedented opportunity to hone their English and to prow horse riding skills at the same time.

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 95 kilograms / 209 pounds
  • Horse Height Range: 15.7 to 16.5 hands
  • Tack Type: English saddle
  • Horse Breed: Mostly Anglo Arab

Highlights

  • 15 hours of English classes
  • 15 hours of equestrian classes
  • High-quality instruction in-class
  • Small group of six students per tutor
  • Access to quality facilities on-site
  • 3 meals daily will be provided
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


8 days with instruction
Group size: 2-6 participants
Airport transfer available:
Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (US$54 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
18:00

Basic accommodation comprises stay at a three-star equestrian lodge with an 11 × 7-meter swimming pool, an outdoor lounge, and a sheltered dining zone in closest proximity. A dormitory with one to two bathrooms that can host four to six people in single or double rooms (with a supplement to pay) are provided for this purpose.

Program

Harmony of prowess and fun

It's useless to remind you that reaching ambitious goals requires stepping way out of the box. A pesky mistake is that you keep on doing the same thing and in the same way, expecting different results. Although it may feel scary, if you want to be singled out you need to act offbeat. Get into the “stop-start” philosophy before you enroll in the RYE2© program:

1.) Stop limiting your beliefs; start feeling empowered to reframe a limit into a benefit.

2.) Stop dwelling on your past mistakes; start focusing on the current things positively influencing you to become a better version of yourself.

3.) Stop setting vague objectives; start being proactive and specific about what exactly you want to achieve.

4.) Stop performing things because somebody told you “you must”; start thriving on inner harmony and fun you will get from doing such.

Participants enrolled in the RYE© program will have two segments to follow with:

1. RYE2© "Ride Your Equus" segment

Objectives

  • To build harmony in a rider-horse pairing by favoring natural balance and creating an efficient bond between the two.
  • To implement constructive methods of communication with the animal.
  • To promote training ethics highlighted by simple and predictable actions.
  • To learn how to bring a horse to a reliable physical condition and a conducive mood necessary to easily solve current tasks.

As there is no good show horse without good basic dressage, so there is no good rider performing excellent jumps without a good knowledge of horse biomechanics, its locomotion, and overall respect for their mount.

Participants attend classes elaborated and given by a state-certified tutor having a proven record of successful 40-year experience of preparing riders of all levels. They may be competing at the national level or simply living their dream of horse riding. Upon the completion of the Equus segment, depending on the progression showed, participants will be invited to perform galloping passages on various types of surfaces.

Classic program (Gallop 3 to 5) - 15 hours of English + 15 hours horseback

An opportunity for students proving A2-B2 proficiency in English to hone their spoken and written language in a fun way and to improve their equestrian practice by studying complex notions of dressage and jumping with daily training in the arena, two outdoors treks to foresee.

Matters to study

  • How riders should position themselves in a saddle while preparing for, approaching, clearing different obstacles, and landing after such, at 3 possible gaits on a flat surface.
  • How riders should balance their horse while changing pace, speed, or direction.

You are expected to be able to:

  • Put into practice matters learned in the arena, such as controlling your pace on changing terrains, as an example
  • Complete a monitored 8-10 obstacle course.

2. RYE2© "Ride Your English" segment

Centre Équestre le Marina is glad to announce that the English segment of the RYE2© program is designed for students ready to “ride a couple of extra English miles” per day after intensive equestrian classes. Four core language skills are in focus: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Effective conversational activities aimed at strengthening pronunciation will also require you to be accurate in your knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.

Nothing comes out of the blue. Six days of classes cannot result in proficiency equal to a native speaker’s, as if by magic. It will require more commitment and persistency on a long-term basis. The short-term goal is to provide students with accessible learning tools in a small group of 3 to 6 persons in a friendly, supportive environment. The long-term mission is to seed a grain of knowledge and to advise on how to grow a spikelet of skills.

While trans-ocean and even trans-La Manche travels are becoming spendthrift, Centre Équestre le Marina is ready to welcome students from all over France, neighbors from Switzerland, Belgium to enhance their English speaking skills for academic study or day-to-day use. A penny saved is a penny earned.

Centre Équestre le Marina is only making promises that they can perform. Keen to put students in a context where they can express themselves without being judged, Centre Équestre le Marina endows them with different communicative tasks in and off-class. Their daily assignment can be to compose an essay, to share a story, to speak about their experience with mates and tutors while taking meals, visiting places of interest, or horseback. The English segment of the RYE2© program comprises speaking, listening, and integrated skills classes.

  • In the listening class, students are focused on receiving, understanding, evaluating, and remembering information presented as either a video or a voice record to further respond, verbally or non, to information they have received.
  • In the speaking class, students are involved in a discussion through role-play or debate. They are pushed to use new words and word combinations, as well as to incorporate appropriate grammar and other units to produce spoken language in a fluent and accurate way.
  • In the integrated skills class, students work on improving English grammar knowledge as well as on reading and writing. Lasting 45 min x 2 on average, a class is held in and outdoors.

Centre Équestre le Marina invites like-minded people to enroll in the RYE2© program. Your humanistic values and ambitions will be appreciated. As great equestrians are not born but made every day in the arena, so great speakers have to practice in and off-class.

Papers to provide

  • Swim permission
  • Permission to use image/video

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:30 Early wake up
  • 08:00 - 08:30 Breakfast
  • 08:45 - 09:00 Storage of the room and personal effects
  • 09:00 - 12:30 Horse riding (tacking up and lesson in the arena)
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:30 - 15:00 Free time/swimming pool/beach
  • 15:00 - 18:00 English lesson (with a 30-minute break)
  • 18:00/18:30 - 20:00 Free time/swimming pool/farm’s horses and foals care/phone calls
  • 20:30 - 21:30 Dinner
  • 22:00 Bedtime

Horses at Centre Équestre le Marina

Centre Équestre le Marina's stable is composed of 30 horses mostly of Anglo-Arab breed plus 5 ponies. Most of them were born at the family farm. Athleticism, appearance, intelligence, personality, temperament, attitude, confidence, willingness, eagerness and responsiveness - the list of their dignities is not exhaustive.

Location

The center is located on the Atlantic coast of Les Landes, on a 13-hectare territory patched with wild forests and pastures surrounding the stables, to say nothing of the Atlantic Ocean shore with its mesmerizing dunes just a stone’s throw away.

Food

Three daily meals are included in the package price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to do (optional)

Participants wishing to have a two-week stay can also enjoy a boat trip, a visit to Arcachon, or perform other activities subject to prior discussion.

What's included

  • 15 hours of equestrian classes
  • 15 hours of English classes
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 3 meals daily
  • Access to quality facilities on-site
  • High quality instruction in-class

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers (45 EUR/one way)
  • Federal liability and accident insurance: 27 EUR (minus 18 years old)
  • Annulation insurance (45 - 70 EUR/stay for 1 to 2 weeks)
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Directions

Please check-in at the guest house on Sunday at 6 p.m. Parents can drive their ingenious learners directly to the center located in Mimizan Bourg, at a distance of 55 miles (90 kilometers) slightly to the southwest from Bordeaux.

Otherwise, for participants allowed to travel on their own, Centre Équestre le Marina ensures group transfers from the main transport hubs to the center and back at an affordable price of 45 EUR (one way).

On Sunday, a day before a session starts, the shuttle will pick them up from either “Bordeaux Int’l MérignacAirport” at 4 p.m. (CET) or from “Bordeaux Saint-Jean SNCF train station” at 5 p.m. (CET). Next Sunday, a day after the session closes, the same shuttle will bring them back to the departure points by 11 a.m. Keep this information in mind when booking tickets.

Airport: Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport Airport transfer available: Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (US$54 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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8 days / 7 nights
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This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

Sunday July 11, 2021
(8 days / 7 nights)

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