Harris Horses provides the opportunity to riders of all levels to have an unforgettable riding experience in the heart of the Bordeaux wine region of France.
Jackie is a fun and motivating instructor with over 30 years experience of teaching riders of all levels. Before moving to France, Jackie managed the very successful Basingdene Equestrian Centre in the South of England. As well as a busy riding school, this dynamic center trained BHS students and young competition riders. The Petersfield Pony Club had regular rallies and coaching here and in 2000, their show jumping team were the national champions - with Jackie as their trainer.
Johnny is one of the original 12 coaches that were personally selected by Lars Sederholm to spearhead the new training teams. He has huge experience as a top-level competition rider. Together with his wife Jackie, he has bred, trained, and produced numerous horses for sport. Johnny has been coaching riders for over 30 years and continues to travel back to the UK on a regular basis to teach at various centers in the South of England.
Li Li Lin
from Canada, September 2018
"Great riding time!!"
We spent the morning riding and afternoon touring around nearby towns (i.e. St Emilion, Cognac, Bordeaux - very cute/quiet/romantic). It was great combination of riding and chateaux visits overall, and pretty much what we came for. However, the riding experience significantly exceeded our expectations. We really enjoyed the lessons and simply enjoyed riding so much. With our timing, we only took 1 additional lesson with Jackie but we wished we could do more; and we plan to go back next year, just for the riding!
There are lots of great stuff here, the riding stable is full of love!
Jackie and Johnny really took good care of their horses/cats/pet horse. All animals on the farm are happy, lovely and friendly!
While Jackie is very patient and simply very gentle in her approach, we were able to make significant progress in riding. In 6 lessons, I corrected my leg position in raising trot such that, I could now trot for as long as my horse wants and feel comfortable with faster pace in trotting; and I even tried canter. With the canter exercise, I started to feel comfortable with horse movements. After all these lessons with Jackie, I truly realized, riding is not what we could simply learn from YouTube, it varies for everyone.
Other riders that crossed over with us are experienced and there for jumping training. For those of you wondering around, however your experience lvl, you will have break-through here!! Riding is enjoyable before anything else :)