Centre Based riding holidays are spent in one location, riding out in different directions each day and returning to the same accommodation each night.
This type of holiday is a great choice for someone who is concerned about their riding fitness or would prefer fewer hours riding. Another advantage of being centre based is that you can choose not to ride every day, so you can take a break to relax or explore the local area. This makes it ideal for non riders too. They can participate in more aspects of the holiday as often there are often more activities on offer than just riding.
Hours in the saddle vary and often you can often book more riding on site.
You've either never ridden or may have had a few lessons. You may be able to trot or ride out at a walk.
You've mastered the basic aids in walk, trot and canter. You're confident on a well-schooled horse in walk, rising trot (posting), and for short periods of canter in a school or even outside.
You're a secure and confident rider on a well-schooled horse at all paces including a fast canter in open country. You're happy to ride for several hours and may have some jumping experience.
You're an experienced rider, confident and relaxed on horseback. You ride regularly, have an independent seat and soft hands. You're capable of handling a spirited horse in open country and are happy to jump. You have experience of riding a variety of horses.
Does not wish to ride.
Like riding at home, service levels, language, standards and comforts similar to home.
A little different from home, there may be language barriers or different ways of doing things, still quite comfortable, may be unpredictable parts or some rugged terrain.
Different accommodations, attitudes or methods of riding are used to normal riding at home, may have challenging terrain, long days or itinerary changes, may involve camping or not so comfortable accommodation. An appetite for exploration and new experiences required.
Extreme adventure, very challenging terrain and possible extreme or fast changing weather requiring adaptation of the itinerary, must be very flexible, good humoured and fit.
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A flexible estancia stay learning to play polo or trail riding over the pampas. Ride with gauchos and experience Argentine hospitality, luxury boutique accommodation.
2017: All year round.
Trip Length: Estancia Stay and Polo Programme per night (7 nights recommended, minimum 3)
4 Day Polo Programme: 4 days / 3 nights / 4 days riding
Approximate riding time per day: Flexible, riding/polo tuition morning and afternoon
2-4hrs per day on average
Meeting point: Estancia, San Antonio de Areco
Riding Ability Required: All levels of rider are catered for from beginners to experienced riders.
Group Size: 2 - 15
Transfer: 2017: Private taxi transfers arranged, payable on site. For transfers from & to B.A US$ 120 per car. For transfers to & from Areco US$ 20. Please note that these are operated by third parties and not run by the resort.
A 15,000 acre self sufficient working ranch in northern Patagonia. Ride out each day where the mighty Andes rise up behind you, or ride into the neighbouring Indian reservation. Look out for wildlife of the area, especially condors.
2017: Season runs from 1 September to 30 April, any day arrival and departure
Trip Length: A stay of seven nights is recommended. There is a minimum stay of three nights
Approximate riding time per day: 4 to 6 hours per day
Meeting point: Chapelco Airport, San Martin de Los Andes (CPC)
Riding Ability Required: All levels catered, experienced riders separated. Minimum age 12.
Group Size: Max 12
Transfer: Included from meeting point. Transfer time is approximately 30 minutes.
Transfers can be also be arranged from Bariloche; please enquire for cost.
Working cattle estancia near Cordoba, Argentina. Ride with gauchos and experience Argentine hospitality, lovely accommodation and learn to play polo. All levels.
2017: Open all year, anytime arrival and departure.
Trip Length: Suggested 8 days/7 nights or as you wish. There is a minimum of 3 nights (5 nights over Christmas & New Year).
Approximate riding time per day: Flexible, on trails 4-6 hours. No riding on Sunday afternoons
Meeting point: Cordoba Airport, Argentina.
Riding Ability Required: All riding abilities catered for
Group Size: Max 12
Transfer: Included from Córdoba Pajas Blancas airport or Rio Ceballos (but not Córdoba central) between 08.00 and 20.00. All other transfer requests will be quoted on a case by case basis.. Approximate transfer time is 1 hour
Exploratory ride date 30 Apr - 7 May and 13-20 May discounted. To join the exploratory ride riders must be willing to expect the unexpected as this is an exploratory ride! 8d/7n £2,439
Combine with the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans to make a 13d/12 trip and save £320 off the overall price for rides starting 30 April and 17 September. This offer can also apply to rides starting 13 May and 1 July with an additional day between the two rides - we can assist guests to find accommodation in Maun if required.
Mobile camp adventure in Okavango Delta, suitable for intermediate and experienced riders onwards.
Discounted price for Cowpuncher (12 nights) from 20 August, was £1825 now £1759
Set at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Canada this small working cattle ranch is the real thing. On 2 week programmes guests will experience cattle work and learn the basic techniques of working cattle and ranch roping.
2017 Ranch stay and short break: 25 Jun, 16, 23 Jul; 6, 20, 27 Aug; 3, 10, 17 Sept.
2017 Cattle drives: 28 May (FULL); 13 Aug (1 space remaining); 27 Sept (FULL) (experienced riders only).
2017 Branding Week: 4 June
2017 Cowpuncher: 16 July; 20, 27 Aug
Trip Length: 14 days / 13 nights - cowpuncher
7 days / 6 nights - ranch stay, cattle drives & branding week
5 days / 4 nights - short break
Approximate riding time per day: 4 to 6 hours
Meeting point: Calgary International airport (YYC). Set transfer pickup time is between noon and 6pm on Sundays and the drop off time is between noon and 6pm on Saturdays.
Riding Ability Required: Beginner onwards. For cattle drives riders must be at intermediate level due to the rough terrain and long hours in the saddle. Minimum age 12.
Group Size: 1-10
Transfer: 2017: C$315 return for a single passenger and C$52.50 return for every additional passenger. Payable on site. Approx. transfer time 2 hours.
Alternatively take the Red Arrow bus from Calgary for a total cost of C$90pp.