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Italy Ranch Horseback Riding Holiday

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Enjoy a glimpse of a cowboy's life in this "Working Ranch Week". Learn how to work with a horse as your partner and how to overcome seemingly difficult tasks together. At the end of the week, come together with Il Cornacchino to move a group of foals into a new pasture at the "Horse Drive".

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 220 pounds / 100 kilograms
  • Horse breed: Maremmano, appaloosas, many mixed breeds, Haflinger. Il Cornacchino can't tell in advance which horse they will use for a particular programme.
  • Tack Type: Western tack

Meet the instructors

Fabio
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Highlights

  • 5 half-day courses with practice and theory
  • Experience all-day horse riding with a picnic
  • Drive together one of the herds to their new grassland
  • You will be guided personally by Fabio Tascone
  • Daily full board meals are included
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Italian
Group size: 3-6 participants
Airport transfer available:
Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport (US$ 143 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (US$ 141 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Bar
  • Café
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Meeting room

Cornacchino is a wonderful place nestled in a natural kingdom, full of fascination and emotion that will reawaken your senses. Il Cornacchino invites you to share this amazing place and their love for horses. Cornacchino is a little farm situated in a romantic valley, surrounded by woods and meadows. The horses live in small herds on 100 hectares of pasture land, in complete accord with their natural needs.

Program

Ranch work

What does that actually mean? This week, Il Cornacchino would like to give you an understanding of the basic works at a horse ranch. At Cornacchino, they have been keeping, breeding, and training horses for more than 20 years. The land consists of more than 100 hectares and is home to about 50 horses in small droves in broad meadows with natural streams, small forests, and scattered rock formations.

The youngest ones were just born last year and the oldest horse counts already 34 years.

These surroundings are a perfect setting to show you the daily chores, as well as the special works at a horse ranch. During this week, you will, amongst other things, learn how to supply and saddle your workhorse, practice one-handed riding, open and close gates from the horseback, drive horse herds, and learn how to manage a "hand horse" in rough terrain.

At the end of the week, go together on the "Horse Drive" where you drive one of the herds to their new grassland with your "hand horse", whichever is carrying the supplies for the BBQ.

Estimated course of events

Please note that the program may be modified at any time due to prevailing weather conditions or for technical reasons.

Day 1: Saturday

  • Arrival and dinner

Day 2: Sunday

  • Informal meeting and theory lesson (et al. Horsemanship, herd behavior)

Day 3: Monday

  • One-handed Western riding
  • Neck reigning
  • Firm control of your horse with only one hand

Day 4: Tuesday

  • Trail riding
  • Opening gates, moving your horses sideways over obstacles, etc.

Day 5: Wednesday

  • Team penning with horses

Day 6: Thursday

  • Riding with other horses beside

Day 7: Friday

  • "Horse Drive"
  • Day trip with BBQ

Day 8: Saturday

  • Breakfast and departure

You will be guided personally by Fabio Tascone. Fabio is one of the owners of Cornacchino and has been breeding, training, and working with horses for more than 30 years. He made a name for himself with the training of colts and the correction of so-called horses with problems. He specializes in outdoor western riding.

Experience required

This week has a medium difficulty; you are required to manage trot, gallop, and canter outside.

Instructors

Fabio Tascone

Location

Features

Activities

  • Massage

General

  • Café
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Meeting room

Food

During this holiday, daily full board meals are included.

Typical Tuscan kitchen

The flavors of rural traditions of Tuscany, Umbria, and Latsio are melded with the personal tastes of the cooks. There is no fixed or daily menu. Every day, you eat based on seasonal availability or following the guests‘ tastes. This is where passion integrates with the chef's cuisine. The menu is composed of a series of appetizers, two first courses, a second course, and three side dishes, fruit, and dessert. Thus it's easy to fulfill the special wishes of all guests - vegetarians or not. The only ingredients are enthusiasm and the loving care of the cooks in every dish.

Wine is genuine, and always present in flasks. It is included in the price and it comes from Montepulciano’s vines.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

In the afternoon you may take part in our riding-outs (not included).

Spa treatments

There is no spa in the location, but several hot springs and spa in the surroundings.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation in a double room
  • Full board service
  • 5 half days course (2 hours of theory and 10 hours of practice)
  • One day ride with picnic

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Afternoon riding-outs

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions

  • Cassia road SS 2 at kilometer 146,5 exit for Castell'AzzaraFrom Castell'Azzara follow the road-signs "Cornacchino" (3 Km).
  • Set the satellite navigator on Castell'Azzara Via Petrarca and follow the directions.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) or Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport (CIA). Airport transfer is not included in the price. From the airport, continue by the train to Chiusi-Chianciano. Collective transfer is possible on Saturday from / to Rome Ciampino and Rome Fiumicino airports. The price per person one way is 130 EUR, round trip 250 EUR.

Arrival by train

Train station Chiusi-Chianciano (along the route Firenze-Roma) Transfers (round-trip) of groups will be organized on Saturdays at 40 EUR. Alternative transfer possible on request at 80 EUR. Taxi costs approximately 80 EUR.

Airport: Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport Airport transfer available: Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport (US$ 143 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport Airport transfer available: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (US$ 141 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Value for money
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8 days / 7 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 3 participants

Availability

Arrival: Saturday July 27, 2024
Departure: Saturday August 3, 2024

Availability

This vacation is available on set dates.

 

Normal season

 

  • 27 April – 4 May 2024
  • 12 – 19 October 2024

 

High season

 

  • 27 July - 3 August 2024

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