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Join a horse riding holiday in Spain and enjoy horseback riding through beautiful scenery at a pace that suits your abilities. 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. Have an amazing horse riding holiday in Spain!
Airport transfer available:
Málaga Airport (US$134 per person)
Cortijo Uribe is a 16th-century farmhouse which has been lovingly restored with lots of space and tranquil areas to unwind and enjoy peaceful moments on your horse riding trip in Spain. At Cortijo Uribe, the accommodation has been separated into many bedrooms and apartments with en-suite bathrooms, a lounge, and a kitchenette. Every room is unique, individually decorated with local artifacts and antiques. There are three apartments available with full kitchen facilities for larger groups or familyguests, with many other apartments available with kitchenettes. There are also two apartments for less-abled and disabled guests.
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. Please note that you are welcome to bring pets. However, please ask prior permission as additional cleaning charges may apply.
On arrival at Cortijo Uribe, you will be shown to your spacious rooms with air conditioning. The staffs will then start the guided tour around Cortijo Uribe. You will be shown the infinity pool, 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.
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. The trainer will gauge your riding level and a horse will be allocated for your next outing. Therefore, the lessons will be tailored to suit your needs.
The lessons will be started after the lunch break. The normal riding itinerary is from one to three hours’ hack in the morning depending on the rider's abilities and a one-hour lesson in the afternoon. All classes are ability selected. The trainer will provide this flexibility because some beginner riders cannot cope with the longer hacks.
Beginners will be schooling in the arena to perfect skills and build confidence. Novice riders will need a timeout 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 riders will take part in local competitions (dates permitting).
Picnic ride is a scenic four-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.
During May, June, September, and October, on the nights of the full moon, you will ride at night by the light of the moon. Approximately a two-hour ride, you will stop for refreshments and to admire the scenery illuminated by the full moon. It will be an amazing experience to ride through the campo surrounded by darkness and stillness of the shimmering night.
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 four-legged companions. They often help to educate the rescued 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 four-legged residents.
In the afternoon, the children will have lessons at a similar time to the parents. 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. The staffs will help achieve the things they would like to achieve and try their best to make their dreams come true.
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 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 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.
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 is one of the first rescue horses. He came in as a two-year-old unbroken stallion which his owner could not maintain anymore and in which the owner 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 is a striking Arab cross horse. His previous owner brought him 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 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 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 old and has lots of personalities. In 2010, he won the Liga de Malaga with his 12-year-old rider Alice Marrio.
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 in Jerez in 2009 and is ridden by John Whittaker.
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 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 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.
With a sweet temperament and real eagerness to please his rider, this 13-hand pony is a perfect child to ride at any level of experience. He loves being driven in a pony cart.
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 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 here at Uribe. This mare tries hard to please and takes children and small adults.
Misty has been with Hacienda Horses for around four years. Her previous owner was 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 at hacking out as well. She is a great confidence giver for children and adults alike.
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 was rescued just in time. Unrecognizable as the emaciated and frightened horse, 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 has just recently joined Hacienda Horses. She is proving to be a very brave little mare that loves to go out and which is now learning her job in the school. She is quick and intelligent and will be an asset to the team.
Rubio arrived in autumn 2014 and is a magnificent addition to the stables. He is a very calm and good natured horse that is a pleasure to ride.
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.
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 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 was rescued from a nearby village in the hills. When Hacienda Horses got her, she was like a three-year-old horse in a seven-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 spent two years in a field as a brood mare before coming here. When she arrived, she had to be reminded of what her job was now. However, she is great fun to ride and loves hacking out and school work.
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-known 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!
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 obviously a work needed to be done but he turned into a lovely horse ideal for hacks and a great teacher in the school.
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 was born in 2013.
Note: Currently, Hacienda Horses has a maximum weight limit of 100 kilograms for the riders. 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.
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.
Next to where Hacienda Horses is situated is a designated natural area for wildlife protection that you can ride through. You stay on the paths to prevent any intrusion into the ecosystem. The name of this area is La Camorra. Here, you can savor the scent of pine, sage, thyme, and rosemary.
Wild birds are in abundance. Hoopoes, cuckoos, buzzards, and kites can be spotted. If you are very lucky, you might even see one of the European eagle owls that nest near the Cortijo each year. Beekeepers make special honey here which has a hint of rosemary as this flower seems to be a favorite of the bees in this area.
During this riding holiday, you will get half board meals. Breakfast is typically served with a selection of fruits, cereals and pastries with juice, as well as coffee and tea to set you up for the day ahead. Your dinner will be relaxing under the starlight on the patio or by the warmth of the fire in the chapel. The evening meal will include two glasses of wine.
For lunch, you can visit Mollina. There are many authentic bars and restaurants to enjoy in the village. You can also experience local specialty wines and cocktail-tasting at an additional cost.
Please book your flight to arrive at Málaga Airport (AGP). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
Hacienda Horses can provide transfers from and to the airport at 110 EUR per car from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 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 six 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 three-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.
You will need to get two trains. Firstly, go to Malaga Maria Zambrano train station 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.
Go to the platform of Malaga direction on the left side. Trains from the airport to Malaga run approximately every 10 minutes. 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 it as the slow train is approximately only 9 EUR and is four minutes slower. Once you bought the ticket, you can go to the relevant platform. Once you are onboard the train, please call Hacienda Horses to allow them 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.