All Day Riding in the Country (Option A)

 

Hourly, daily or 3 to 7 night fully inclusive holidays riding in the country. Trail rides in the fabulous and varied countryside. 

 

Riding for the intermediate or experienced rider.

 

Each day the ride follows a completely different route, with different scenery and terrain, stopping for lunch at a remote village bar, or for a picnic out in the country or maybe back at the centre, depending on the length of ride. Expect at least 4 to 6 hours in the saddle, varied according to rider's preferences. We can take keen and competent riders on longer trails, with more hours in the saddle. Pace is set to suit our riders - there are miles of canters, or we can walk, or explore off track over the mountains, through pine woods etc.

 

You will ride on ancient tracks through spectacular scenery, often teeming with butterflies and birdlife (look out for eagles, hoopoes, bee-eaters) and rich in wildflowers during the spring, on mountain trails, through pine woods, time-worn arroyos, through vineyards, olive, almond and apricot groves and from the tops of our small mountains enjoy huge views to the wide horizon . . . No roads, no barriers, no fences.

                                                                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Riders need to be able to control their horses outside at all paces and for the enjoyment of other riders this option is not suitable for beginners or most children of less than 12 years. However if there is a complete group of less experienced riders then we can provide quieter horses and make up a ride accordingly. Wednesday mornings, on 7 day inclusive holidays only, we leave you free to relax or explore the market town of Hellin (morning market). Wednesday afternoon we take you out again riding in the country.

 

 

 

 

The Horses

You will ride Purebred Spanish horses, Portuguese Lusitanos and we have a Tres Sangres and an Anglo Arabe. Our horses have great 'spirit', yet are gentle and intelligent. You may learn as much from the horses as from the instructors! Our more experienced horses are capable of elevated movements and High School work as well as good extension and they move with lightness, collection and with excellent balance and cadence. We are perhaps unique in being able to offer experienced sensitive riders the opportunity to ride some of these horses out in the country.

 

                                                                  

 

We offer 'day' rates for riders with their own transport etc or fully inclusive short breaks or 7 night holidays.

 

Typical itinerary for a 7 night fully inclusive holiday:

Day one (Saturday)

We pick you up from Alicante or St Javier (Murcia) airport, or Albacete or Hellin train station and take you to your hotel.

Depending on flight arrival times, you may have time to unpack your bags, freshen up and enjoy a drink in the hotel’s bar before we collect you and take you to a local restaurant or to the riding centre for a 'welcome' meal, where you can meet other riders, relax, or discuss the riding or tours to come..

If your flight arrives after 18.00 then you may miss this first meal, but snacks are available at the hotels.

 

Day two (Sunday)

After your hotel breakfast we collect you and take you to the riding centre (approx 12/15 minutes drive) and initially have a ride in our school to get acquainted with the horses and to ensure we find you a good match. After lunch you can enjoy your first ride out in the country, or tour of the region if you have booked Option C.

 

Evening

If there is time after your ride (or tour) you can relax at our centre and bar. In the evening you have a choice; either we take you out for your evening meal at a local restaurant, or maybe at the Centre, or if you prefer we can take you back to your hotel where we will have organised a choice of meals for you and of course afterwards you can explore the town of Hellin, visit the bars and clubs or just enjoy a walk in the park. The choice is yours.

Days three to seven (Monday to Friday)

Mornings After your hotel breakfast we will collect you and take you to the riding centre to enjoy the riding activities you have booked,
Mornings and Afternoons

Riding in the Country: Pace is set to suit our riders and there are miles of canters, or walking, or exploring off track etc. Each day the ride follows a different route, with different scenery and terrain, stopping for lunch at a remote village bar, or for a picnic out in the country or maybe back at the centre, depending on the length of ride. Expect at least 4 to 6 hours in the saddle on full day rides or around half this on half day rides, varied according to rider's preferences. We can take keen and competent riders on longer trails, with more hours in the saddle. You will ride on ancient tracks and mountain trails through spectacular scenery, teeming with butterflies and birdlife and rich in wildflowers during the spring, through pine woods, time-worn arroyos, through vineyards and olive, almond and apricot groves and from the tops of our small mountains enjoy breathtaking views to the wide horizon.

Evenings

If there is time after your ride (or tour) you can relax at our centre and bar. In the evening you have a choice; either we take you out for your evening meal at a local restaurant, or maybe at the Centre, or if you prefer we can take you back to your hotel where we will have organised a choice of meals for you and of course afterwards you can explore the town of Hellin, visit the bars and clubs or just enjoy a walk in the park. The choice is yours.

Day eight (Saturday)

We will collect you at a pre-arranged time (see booking form) to return you to your airport. Note that on your departure day your 'inclusive' holiday includes breakfast at your hotel but if your flight is very early you may miss this.

 

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED . . . on Fully Inclusive 3 to 7 night holidays:

  • Transfer from Alicante or San Javier (Murcia) airports, or Albacete or Hellin rail station, to your hotel & return.

  • Excellent hotel accommodation (just 15 minutes from the Centre) plus breakfast.

  • Transport to and from your hotel and the riding centre.

  • All evening and mid-day meals (except Wednesday lunch if you are on a '7 night inclusive' holiday), including drinks with meals (beer/wine/soft drinks).

  • Your choice of riding activity (Options A, B, C, D, E or Classical Riding), or combined riding/tours.

  • Enjoy the facilities at the Centre (bar, sun and shade terraces etc), watch any riders in the school, enjoy walks, or explore the town of Hellin, swim at the pool in our local village of Tobarra (July and August), or simply relax at the centre.

Prices do not include flights as this allows you to get the best prices from the many airlines servicing your choice of the two airports. Or from Madrid take the 2½ hour express

train to Albacete, where we can collect you.

 

 

ACCOMMODATION

last updated 19 Jul 2013

 

We have chosen for you an excellent hotel in the market town of Hellin, approximately 15 minutes drive from the riding centre. We ensure you have an enjoyable holiday, good food, drink and surroundings and with well trained horses, but we put your accommodation in the expert hands of one of Hellin's most caring and hospitable hoteliers, who have been looking after our guests for the last 9 years.

 

 

Hotel Emilio

Excellent modern 3 star (the '1st Class' rooms are actually 4 star) hotel in Hellin approximately 8 minutes walk from the town centre.

 

We offer you a choice of two room types to suit your budget:

 

'1st Class' rooms are in the new part of the hotel and are spacious and modern, en-suite & air conditioned. TV/satellite. Internet connection (card available at reception). Mini-Bar and room safe.

 

'Traditional' rooms are a little smaller with more traditional furnishings. They are en-suite and have the same facilities as the '1st Class' rooms except they do not have a mini-bar or a room safe.

 

This is an excellent hotel with breakfast room, bar/café, restaurant. A modern/traditional Spanish bar and restaurant. Without exception our guests have enthused about this hotel, service and the friendly nature of its staff.

 

See hotel's own website for more details - www.hremilio.com

 

HOLIDAY OPTIONS           Printable versions of form and info sheet are at the end

 

Typical riding options:

 

Option A . . . Riding in the country

Option B . . . Riding in the riding school + country

Option C . . . Riding in the country + tours of the region

Option D . . . Riding in the riding school + tours of the region

Option E . . . Riding in the riding school morning + afternoon

Special  . . .  Classical riding, intensive one-to-one schooling

Option F . . . For Non riders - free mornings + afternoon tours of the region

Option G . . . For non riders - just relaxing

Daily  . . . . . Hourly / daily rides

Riding in the school can include; Doma Classica, Doma Vaquera, La Garrocha, Carriage driving, work in hand, long reining or maybe working a Cobra of mares.

3 to 7 night Inclusive Holidays OPTIONS & PRICES   February 2013

 

Hourly Rides & Day Visitors PRICES   February 2013

 

Holiday BOOKING FORM & Conditions   February 2013

 

To book, please download use the printable forms, complete them and e-mail them to us.