Classical Riding

 

We offer Classical riding tuition on an hourly, daily or weekly basis, or as a supplement to our fully inclusive 3 to7 night holidays on Options B (riding in the school & country), Option D (riding in the school + tours) or Option E (riding in the school mornings and afternoon).

 

Instruction is given on a one-to-one basis. As this is a more intensive course where full attention is given to

the rider through individual instruction, riders on fully inclusive classical riding holidays are limited to a maximum of 4 persons.

 

We are a centre of Classical Dressage and offer the opportunity to ride well schooled Purebred Spanish (Andalusian) and Portuguese (Lusitano) horses. Our aim is to ensure riders achieve the clearest understanding of classical methods.

 

We tailor as best we can riding and courses according to your interests and needs, taking the objects of each rider into account and our goal is to show in an easily understood way the classical methods that have stood the test of time, with no gimmicks, 'techno-speak' or fancy terminology. Age or standard is unimportant, although these courses are not suitable for beginners. Naturally, riders who already have some experience and a reasonable riding ability can benefit the most.

 

Some of our more advanced horses are extremely sensitive and responsive, enabling the rider to refine the use of their position, seat and aids, feeling an instant response from the horse, combined with good cadence, collection, freedom of movement and lateral work as well. In fact our horses may teach you more than our instructors!

 

On inclusive riding holidays Option E we expect to give you a minimum of 2 individual lessons per day.

 

You can visit our webshop for a selection of equestrian books and videos.

 

 

The Horses

Our horses have great spirit, yet are gentle and intelligent. We have horses at various levels of training, from youngsters recently backed, through all stages. Our more experienced horses are capable of elevated movements and High School as well as good extension and they move with lightness, collection and with excellent balance and cadence. At Viva Iberica we work with the horses bred by our partners Yeguada Iberica and here are details of our Spanish and Lusitano horses. We also have an Anglo  Arabe and a Tres Sangres.

'Terminology':

Have you wondered what is meant by Natural Horsemanship, Horse Whisperer or Horse Communicator?

We don't call ourselves whisperers or communicators, but we do believe we have a natural approach to horses; consider our 15 or so main riding stallions quietly working together in the school, working willingly in hand, riding out with our mares or when Richard sometimes works a group of mares (lote de yeguas, or 'cobra') while riding

one of our stallions. You never hear raised voices or see horses pulled or pushed around at our centre, so we do

communicate - quietly.

We offer hourly or daily Classical riding, as well as weekend breaks and inclusive holidays.

 

Typical itinerary (7 Night 'inclusive' holidays)

Day one (Saturday)

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

Depending on flight arrival times, you may have time to unpack your bags, freshen up, or 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 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 15 minutes drive) to meet the horses, ride in our school and get acquainted and discuss your aims and programme for the week. After lunch you can enjoy your first one-to-one lessons.

 

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 collect you and take you to the riding centre where you will take your morning one-to-one lesson. Then you can watch the other horses working, maybe see some of Yeguada Iberica's horses (all levels from youngsters to schoolmasters) under training, relax at the bar or on the sun & shade patios, or even take a country walk if you wish. Lunch will be taken at the Centre or a local restaurant.

On 7 night fully inclusive holidays on Wednesday mornings only we leave you free to relax or explore the market town of Hellin (morning market) and you are free to take your own lunch (this is the only meal not included in your holiday) in the town or at the hotel before we collect you to take you back to the Centre.

 

Afternoons

Another lesson, then, time permitting you may be able to ride another of our horses in your own 'free session' in our school.

 

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.