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Develop your riding skills and build confidence, jumping is our speciality! Harris Horses offers you top class riding instruction on exceptional horses, training is in pairs or individual - we create a program just for you.
Interested in food and wine? Situated near Bordeaux, this lovely part of France has become one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe.
You will be accommodated in a studio apartment on-site attached to the family home. It has an en-suite bathroom and shower with a double bed and a sofa bed. There are also fridge and tea / coffee making facilities. There is a spacious terrace for relaxing and sunbathing. Hair dryer is provided.
Guests arrive on Sunday, the studio is available after 14.30 pm. Riding starts on Monday morning with an introduction session. Harris Horses will discuss your experience and ambitions, then create a special program for you. All levels of rider are welcome (from beginner to advanced). The 10 training sessions will be both fun and challenging, with the primary aim to build confidence to develop a calm, relaxed, and positive rider.
You will ride Harris Horses’ ex-competition horses through higher level flatwork, poles and basic grids, and onto jumping exercises and course riding. Harris Horses’ experienced horses are light in the mouth and fabulously schooled. They will introduce their riders to the importance of solid basics and higher level flatwork. Show Jumping is Harris Horses’ specialty and the horses have all competed at a high level in show jumping, but they will happily trot poles and "pop" small jumps when working with less experienced riders.
Harris Horses works at developing a strong and effective position, learning how to balance and control your horse on course, riding forward confidently with a clear plan - the key to successful competing!
Shorter programs are also available. We can offer a longer-term program, with or without your own horse, by arrangement.
You will get top class instruction from our dynamic trainers - Johnny Harris who is an ex-international show jumping rider and the elite UK show jumping coach and Jackie Harris, a motivational trainer and instructor with over 30 years experience. The last day of riding is on Friday, with guests departing on Saturday morning, after breakfast.
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.
Harris Horses is situated in a peaceful area of countryside 4 kms from Coutras, South West France. Coutras has a mainline train station, and is close to the A89 motorway, which travels across Aquitaine from Bordeaux. The centre of Coutras is 50 minutes from the Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (BOD) and the same from Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (EGC). Under 20 minutes’ drive from Coutras, lies the charming historic town of Saint-Émilion, surrounded by stunning Chateaux and thousands of hectares of some of the most famous vineyards in the World. There are many excellent eateries, ranging from bustling terrace cafés to a Michelin starred restaurant, and numerous wine shops for tasting and learning about the local wines from their (many English-speaking) staff. There, you will also find a modern spa with friendly English-speaking staff.
The fabulous city of Bordeaux was featured in the Sunday Times "Big Weekend Break" and is becoming one of Europe’s top city destinations. The city also has an excellent feature in The Wayfarer travel magazine. The spectacular Atlantic coast of SW France is World famous for it's surf and beaches. The resorts are located just one hour and 45 minutes' drive from Harris Horses. Lacanau and Biscarrosse are the big surfing hubs, with the annual Championships held every August. The stunning sand beaches stretch over 200 kilometers from Biarritz to Royan and beyond. In the calm waters of the horseshoe bay of Arcachon and Cap Ferret you will find the Dune de Pyla - the biggest sand dune in Europe.
In this holiday, breakfast is provided and dinner is served either in the main room of the house or at the terrace. All meals are cooked using fresh local ingredients and any dietary requirements can be catered for. There is a huge variety of local salad, fish, meat, fabulous fresh bread from the village Boulangerie, and delicious French patisserie - as only the French can do. Of course, you can have a glass of local wine and the choice is endless. Please note that lunch is not normally provided, except by arrangement. Please send an inquiry for more information.
Lunch is usually the main meal of the day in France, so an opportunity to visit local restaurants is one not to be missed. There are some restaurants that can be visited in the local town of Coutras. For a real treat, you can visit Saint-Émilion and have traditional lunch in the outside cafes, sitting in the warm sunshine with moules-frites and a glass of ice cold local rose - perfect. Harris Horses is very flexible and can adjust times to suit riders who wish to take trips out to visit local attractions. There are a number of excursions that Harris Horses can arrange for you including Chateau visit and wine tasting, a visit to Bordeaux, afternoon at the spa, horse racing at La Teste de Buche or La Bouscat, or a trip to a regional horse show to see International Show Jumping.
The fabulous city of Bordeaux is also a must see. It has beautiful historic buildings, busy roadside cafes, and very cheap tram system to get around. The new Wine Museum shows the whole wine-making process from start to finish with a very modern twist. The riverside walkway is a great place to stroll and then stop for a coffee or lunch at one of the many snack bars along the way. In addition, all along the coast Dune de Pyla, there are fabulous seafood restaurants and relaxing seaside cafes that you can visit. You can also visit the smaller and less well-known beaches of Hourtin and Carcans which are just delightful, relaxed, and generally quieter. Traveling a little further away is the historic walled Citadel of Blaye which guards the mouth of the huge Gironde estuary and the stunning Chateau de Vayres in Libourne is well-worth an afternoon out.
There is a spa and treatment center in nearby Saint-Émilion. Brochures are available and bookings can be arranged on request. Please send an inquiry for more information.
Transfer available for additional US$89 per person
Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport
Transfer available for additional US$89 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (BOD) or Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (EGC) where you can hire a car
Please note that guests are responsible for their own flights and transfers. However, Harris Horses can provide transfer at a charge of 80 GBP each way for guests not wishing to hire a car
The fast TGV from Paris travels direct to Bordeaux, where you can hire a car or take a local train to Coutras.There is another which continues to Perigord, via Libourne where you can hire a car or Harris Horses can arrange a pick up
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