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Exceptional Horse Riding Holiday Spain

Have a horse riding experience in Spain and enjoy horseback riding through the beautiful scenery at a pace that suits your abilities. Here, you will be accompanied by the riders who are well thought out and above all relaxing and great fun. Hacienda Horses are passionate about giving you the very best possible horse riding holiday in Spain. Their aim is always to create a friendly atmosphere with great company so you can relax and simply enjoy every wonderful moment.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 100 kilograms / 220 pounds
  • Horse Breed: Arabian cross horse, French horse, and Carthusian horse

Highlights

  • Picnic ride sessions
  • Approximate daily riding time: 2-4 hours
  • Daily 1 to 3 hours of hacking in the morning
  • Daily 1-hour horse riding lesson in the afternoon
  • Evening meal with 2 glasses of wine
  • 3 nights’ half-board lodging

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer available:
Málaga Airport (US$134 per person)

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Accommodation

During this riding holiday, you will be accommodated either en-suite apartment or en-suite room in the manor house in Hacienda Horses Riding Holidays Spain, Cortijo Uribe. Hacienda Horses Riding Holidays Spain, Cortijo Uribe is a 16th Century farmhouse has been lovingly restored with lots of space and tranquil areas to unwind and enjoy peaceful moments on your horse riding trip in Spain. A beautiful infinity pool is open all year round to appreciate the magnificent views of the surrounding countryside with a shady gazebo to relax in.

The place has an open courtyard and indoor garden for long summer evenings as well as an authentic salon and former Chapel with lovely traditional open fireplaces for warm winter nights. The home is open to all guests. You can enjoy the sun on the patio, or sit in the shade with your coffee or better still a glass of wine.

Facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Use of hairdryer
  • Linen towels and bedding
  • Slippers
  • Toiletry starter pack
  • Free access to pool area, gymnasium, games room, and quiet reading room

Note: You are welcome to bring pets. However, please ask prior permission as additional cleaning charges may apply.

Hacienda Horses Riding Holiday in Spain Program

Program

Hacienda Horses is passionate about giving you the very best possible horse riding holiday in Spain. On arrival at Cortijo Uribe, you will be shown your spacious rooms with air conditioning. Then, the staffs will start the guided tour around Cortijo Uribe. You will be shown the infinity pool, the shop, gym, games room, chapel, dining room, and stables. There are timetables and notice boards for client information.

Next, you will be given a time for your assessment. At the assessment, the trainer will discuss with you about your hopes and aspirations for your holiday at Hacienda Horses. For example, you might want to simply improve your riding skills or just enjoy the hacking or try some new dressage. The trainer will gauge your riding level and a horse will be allocated for your next outing.

The normal riding itinerary is from 1 to 3 hours’ hack in the morning depending on abilities and a 1-hour lesson in the afternoon. The trainer will provide this flexibility because some beginner riders cannot cope with the longer hacks.

On a one week stay, you will have the possibility to include some of the rides below depending on the weather and rider ability:

  • You will ride to a local bar and a picnic ride. You will start your `Finca ride’ where you will ride to the nearby ‘Finca’ for refreshments.
  • You will also enjoy the “Flamingo ride” which is 6 to 7-hour riding in total and only available to riders with proven riding ability.
  • On the daily hacks, you will be exploring the local countryside through pines, olives, and vines as well as visiting some amazing viewpoints for photos and breathing in the peace of the natural areas.
  • Meanwhile, the more advanced riders will be given the opportunity to practice some more advanced movements during their lessons, Paso Español, piaffe, and passage when horses are available. There will even be the opportunity to work horses at liberty.

The lessons

Hacienda Horses tends to split riders into ability groups for hacking and lessons as some riders are happy to be in the saddle all day but for others this may be too long. Therefore, the lessons will be tailored to suit your needs. The lessons will be started after lunch break.

Beginner

Beginners will be schooling in the arena to perfect skills and build confidence.

Novice

Novice riders will need time out with a trainer to practice on the long straight tracks through the olives. This will be rising trot, canter transitions’, leg yields, and so on.

Experienced

Experienced riders will be advance in the ‘Dressage & Advanced Tuition’ weeks or take part in local competitions (dates permitting).

Picnic ride

Picnic ride is a scenic 4-hour ride to Santianne. You will be walking through the gentle olive groves and cantering across the endless plains of the Campo to higher vantage points to admire the breathtaking Andalusian countryside. You will stop for a Spanish picnic al fresco before a return journey alongside the vineyards.

Children program

At Hacienda Horses, the staffs love to welcome the riders of the future. They find that kids love the structure here and the fact that they can interact with all the 4 legged companions. They often help to educate the rescue dogs and many of the children do not want to leave.

When families arrived, the staffs will usually take the younger members of the family into a separate group for the morning’s sessions with other children. In this group, they can be taught at a different pace while the children learn how to prepare horses for classes and carriage driving. The staffs will have quizzes on horse welfare, colors, markings, and lots more. Kids will take part in separate gymkhana games and learn to drive a carriage.

For beginner children, Hacienda Horses will offer lunging and basic classes for as long as their strength will allow. For children who have basic riding skills, they will be taught how to ride a gymkhana game per day with a competition at the end.

The staffs will entertain the children with activities that they will enjoy while the adults ride in their ability groups. They will do this to let the adults have a holiday where there can ride and relax and not worry about their children during hacks. The children can interact and build relationships with each other and all the 4 legged residents.

In the afternoon, the children will have lessons at a similar time to the parents. Moreover, some families have the dream to ride out in the countryside as a group and once the children are confident Hacienda Horses can arrange this with a personal guide. Hacienda Horses always listen to every guest requests and try to provide the holiday that they would like. Furthermore, the staffs will help achieve the things they would like to achieve and try their best to make their dreams come true.

The horses

Fiscal

Fiscal was saved from the meat man as a two-year-old, alongside two other horses that Hacienda Horses have since found new homes in the UK. Fiscal is now giving lessons and hacking out quietly with clients. As a splendid looking horse, he has a big fan club at ‘Uribe’.

Darius

Darius came to Hacienda Horses as a very inexperienced horse since his owner had taught him how to bow but not how to canter in a straight line. After some training, he has improved considerably and is a joy to ride both out and in the school.

Picassa

Picassa was rescued in 2013 from a Spanish man who simply turned out his horses in a field and left them. He was about to sell her for meat. As a fairly recent addition to the team, she is proving to be forward going and energetic and loves her work.

Prima

Born just before Morgan, she grew up together with her at Cortijo Uribe. She is a very determined horse and her mission is to please her rider and enjoys all the fuss from a happy rider at the end of the lesson / hack.

Fenomeno

Fenomeno is one of the first rescue horses. He came in as a 2-year-old unbroken stallion which his owner could not maintain him anymore and was desperate to find him a home. After some work and lots of patience, Fenomeno has turned into a fabulous top dressage horse and has even competed in the coast with excellent results.

PW

PW is a striking Arab cross horse. His previous owner brought him to us as he simply could not stop him. Now, he is a reformed character horse with perfect manners. He likes hacking out and has just started giving lessons in the school.

Princesa

Princesa is showing great maturity and willingness with all her riders. She is a kind intelligent mare who always wants to please a wonderful ride for everyone.

Jasper

Jasper is definitely a ‘been there done that’ horse. He has competed in all aspects of equestrianism in the UK from eventing to dressage to music quadrilles. He is fabulous with beginners and can perform higher movements and jump for the more advanced. He is now 24 years young and has lots of personality. In 2010, he won the Liga de Malaga with his 12 years old rider Alice Marrio.

Meg

Meg is also an ex-competition horse from the UK, she can perform all the dressage movement up to flying changes. She is also excellent with beginners and is a very good horse for riding for the disabled where her calm nature shines through. Meg has had her first foal to the well-known colored jumping stallion Utah Van Erpekom who was the Spanish National Champion at Jerez in 2009 and is ridden by John Whittaker.

Reno

Reno is a beautiful chestnut French-bred horse. His previous Spanish owner could not control him, and he came to Hacienda Horses shying away from everything and everyone. Now, he is a completely different gelding with a reliable and calm nature. He is ideal for both hacking and in the school and suitable for both novice and experienced riders.

Rowena

Rowena had been used by a local Gentleman for Ferias and hacking out. She needs kind quiet hands and then she is a wonderful lady to be with.

Flamenca

Flamenca is a beautiful show pony type horse. She loves jumping and has a wonderful rock solid nature. Nothing upsets her and she is a fabulous safe ride for both children and adults.

Sparrow

With a sweet temperament and a real eagerness to please his rider, this 13 hands pony is a perfect child to ride at any level of experience. He loves being driven in a pony cart.

Espanola

Espanola was given by a family in the village that could no longer keep her. Espanola is one of the confidence givers out on the hacks in the Campo. This mare will do her best whoever rides her.

Star

Star is the lovely one-eyed horse who suffered an eye injury in a field of cactus and was then rescued by a local lady and came to here at Uribe. This mare tries hard to please and takes children and small adults.

Misty

Misty has been with Hacienda Horses for around 4 years, her previous owner an Englishman who returned to the UK. She has proved time and time again to be a lovely horse on which to compete and ride.

She has taken several of students to competitions and won the Malaga Dressage championships with one of the 10-year-old students. She is excellent out hacking as well. She is a great confidence giver for children and adults alike.

Eddy

Eddy is owned by an English lady and staying at Hacienda Horses until she returns to Spain. He is a lovely ride in the school or on a hack. Eddy always tries to please his rider and is a good-looking boy.

Bella

Bella was rescued just in time. Unrecognizable as the emaciated and frightened horse who arrived, she has now put on enough weight to be used in the school. She is proving to be a very kind and honest mare. She is a real confidence giver.

Macarena

Macarena has just recently joined Hacienda Horses. She is proving to be a very brave little mare that loves to go out and who is now learning her job in the school. She is quick and intelligent and will be an asset to the team.

Rubio

Rubio was arrived in autumn 2014 and is a magnificent addition to the stables. A very calm and good natured horse that is a pleasure to ride.

Magnus

With Carthusian lines of the pure historic Spanish breed, he is a very elegant and attractive horse. He can execute paso-Espanol, piaffe, and passage marvelously. He has an inquisitive and playful nature. Riding him is always a joy for the experienced rider.

Enigma

Recently joined the team, she is a large horse but gentle and tranquil, so don’t let her size impress you. She is ideal for both beginners and novices. She is also a kind natured mare.

Pandereta

Pandereta came to Hacienda Horses as a carriage horse and a “semen” collector mare. She is a very kind and sensitive mare. She is ideal for beginners and intermediate riders and is one of the best confidence giving and her sweetness.

Menka

Menka was rescued from a nearby village in the hills. When Hacienda Horses got her, she was like a 3-year-old horse in a 7-year-old body. She was unsure of her role and didn’t have much confidence in herself. After some TLC, she is now a much happier horse. She loves her job and enjoys the hacks and lessons.

Rosie

Rosie spent two years in a field as a brood mare before coming here. When she arrived, she had to be reminded what her job was now. However, she is great fun to ride and loves hacking out and school work.

Faberge

Faberge is the precious “egg” as her name can tell. She was a present from Paul to Chris for Christmas and was born from Meg. Faberge is Christine’s competition horse and a well know show jumper. She was born later than Morgan and Prima and grew up with them. She is still learning but already proving that she will be a top horse one day!

Noble

His previous owner used him as a carriage horse. He came to Hacienda Horses as his previous owner did not have the time to school him. He was obvious work needed to be done but he turned into a lovely horse ideal for hacks and a great teacher in the school.

Varon

Varon has recently started his work in the school. He is a calm obedient young horse with an exceptional temperament. He is one to watch!

Torcala

Torcala was born in 2013.

Note: Currently, Hacienda Horses have a maximum weight limit of 100 kilograms for the riders. Furthermore, in the hotter months, Hacienda Horses will change the riding schedule to avoid peak heat periods. Summer also gives you many more riding options as the crops are removed from the fields which will give you many more long canters to enjoy.

Location

This riding holiday will take place at Cortijo Uribe, Andalusia, Spain. Cortijo Uribe is situated next to the village of Mollina in the Malaga province of Andalusia. The place is in a truly wonderful setting with acres of olive groves, vineyards, and pine forests to relax and ride the lovely horses right in the heart of the Andalusian countryside.

Nearby places

  • Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport (AGP) - 40 minutes by car
  • Seville - 60 minutes
  • Cordoba - 60 minutes
  • Granada - 60 minutes
  • Antequera - 15 minutes by car

Features

Activities

  • Cycling
  • Gym
  • Horse riding
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Shopping
  • Skiing
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Wine tasting

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Patio

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Toiletries
  • Tour assistance

Food

During this riding holiday, you will get half board meals (evening meal with two glasses of wine included). Breakfast is typically served with a selection of fruits, cereals, and pastries with juice, coffee, and tea to set you up for the day ahead. Furthermore, there are many authentic bars and restaurants to enjoy your lunch which is nearby the village of Mollina. In addition, you can also experience local specialty wines and cocktail-tasting at an additional cost.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • A visit to the cultural tourist attractions
  • Carriage driving
  • Cycling
  • Extra private horse riding lesson
  • Gym exercise
  • Local events participation
  • Local specialty wines and cocktails tasting
  • Massage and beauty treatments
  • Mountain biking
  • Rafting
  • Reading
  • Skiing at the Sierra Nevada
  • Spanish courses
  • Swimming
  • Trips to Antequera, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, and the equestrian horse show

What's included

  • Picnic ride sessions
  • Daily 1 to 3-hour hack in the morning depending on rider ability
  • Daily 1-hour horse riding lesson in the afternoon (all classes are ability selected)
  • 3 nights’ accommodation
  • Breakfast and evening including two glasses of wine
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Use of hairdryer, linen towels and bedding, slippers, and toiletry starter pack

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer

How to get there

Driving direction from Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport (AGP)

  • Go straight over the roundabout as you leave the airport.
  • Keep in the left lane.
  • Go over the motorway.
  • Follow the road round a long right bend onto the motorway direction Malaga, Almeria MA21.
  • Follow the motorway to junction MA20 Antequera, Almeria, Cartama.
  • Follow to next motorway.
  • Drive for approximately 1-mile look for junction Cartama, University A357.
  • Take the exit.
  • Join A357 Cartama, Campillos.
  • Go under the underpass.
  • Fork right onto the AP.7 / A45 / AP.46 Granada, Almeria motorway.
  • Follow the motorway up the hill.
  • Fork right onto the AP46 Peaje. This toll road costs 3.20 Euros, which you can pay cash or credit card.
  • Take the AP7 until the turning for the A45 on the right, Cordoba, Granada if you do not want to take the toll road.
  • Take the A45 direction Sevilla when you leave the toll road.
  • Follow this road to Antequera.
  • Take direction Sevilla after Antequera the road becomes the A92.
  • Take exit 142 Mollina - Alameda.
  • Go straight over the roundabout.
  • Pass the Hotel Saydo for 350 meters signpost for Mollina on the right.
  • Bear right at roundabout direction Mollina – Alameda.
  • Take next left Hotel Bar la Nuit.
  • Continue on this road for 1.75 kilometers.
  • Over the brow of the hill.
  • Go downhill passed two sets of yellow markers on either side of the road.
  • Take next left into the Olives signpost Coto Deportivo de Caza - MA10433.
  • Keep on this track passed the ‘Straw Man’ on your left.
  • Go right on the crossroad and please beware that this road is extremely bumpy.
  • Continue along this track for about 2 kilometers.
  • Go around several bends.
  • Past an old workshop on your right.
  • Look up on to the hill and you will see a large white building with a tree bigger than the house on the right.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at álaga–Costa del Sol Airport (AGP). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Hacienda Horses can provide transfers from and to Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport (AGP) at 110 EUR per car from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and outside these times there is a 40 EUR supplement. If you share your transfer with other guests you will also share the cost of the transfer with them. The transfers will be a maximum of 6 people per car.

Hacienda Horses will not offer transfers after 10 p.m. and before 7 p.m. as this will cause disruption to other guests and dogs. If you wish to fly at these times, the staffs will drop you in Malaga the night before and you can transfer by yourself from the hotel to the airport.

Moreover, if you will arrive after 10 p.m., you should make arrangements to stay in a hotel and Hacienda Horses will collect you in the morning.

Please allow a 3-hour transfer window between departure from the house and your flight time. You can also hire a car at the airport and drive up to the Hacienda.

Arrival by train

You will need to get two trains which are first to Malaga station ‘Maria Zambrano‘ and then Antequera ‘Santa Ana’ station. From the airport, you go out of the main exit and carry on walking straight ahead. The underground is in front of you over the road. You can buy a ticket at the machine on your right and go through the turnstile.

You can go to platform Malaga direction on the left side. Trains from the airport to Malaga run every 10 minutes approximately. At Malaga María Zambrano Train Station, the main ticket office is on the left side of the main concourse, looking in the direction of the trains to Antequera-Santa Ana. Please check train times in advance.

The price is approximately 27 EUR for the fast train. Please do not buy the slow train is only 9 EUR approximately and is only 4 minutes slower. Once you bought the ticket, you can go to relevant platform. Once you have onboard train, please ring Hacienda Horses at +34681237053 to allow the staffs some time to get to the station. Once you have arrived at Antequera-Santa Ana, you can get off and walk to the main hall and the staffs will meet you there.

Airport: Málaga Airport Airport transfer available: Málaga Airport (US$134 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability
 
Low season
  • March 1 - March 24, 2018
  • June 1 - August 31, 2018
  • November 1 - November 30, 2018

 

High season
  • March 25 - May 31, 2018
  • September 1 - October 31, 2018

 

Special discount

There is a special family offer during August 2018 (free for one rider if there are four riders on one family).

 
Pricing information

Additional price for non-rider and child is available as follows:

  • Non-rider child (12 years old or less): 75 EUR per day
  • Infant (three years old or less): free of charge
  • Non-rider sharing accommodation with a rider: 110 EUR per day
  • Tower supplement: 20 EUR per night

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