Classical Dressage Clinic with Raphael Soto

  • Trip Duration
  • 8
  • 7
  • Riding Time
  • 6
    days riding
  • 2-4
    hrs per day riding
  • Group Size
  • 2 - 5
    Guests per group
Enjoy personalized instruction from Olympian Raphael Soto dressage riding in Spain

Classical Dressage Clinic with Raphael Soto

Ride Overview

We are offering the best of dressage riding in Spain with this unique opportunity to increase your knowledge of classical dressage with instruction from a grand master.

Week-long clinics culminate in four intensive, individual lessons from Raphael Soto, an Olympic silver medalist in dressage. Soto is not only one of the world’s best dressage riders, but also a gifted and charismatic teacher.

The horses are Andalusians and Andalusian crosses. They are trained from elementary to intermediare levels. This is a level just below grand prix, not to be confused with intermediate. The intermediare horses can do lateral movements at all paces, single flying changes, series flying changes, canter pirouettes, piaffe and passage. They do NOT do tempi changes and are not considered grand prix level. This clinic would not be suitable for advanced dressage riders.

The surroundings are very pleasant and you will have an opportunity to learn a great deal about the culture of the area when you are not riding or watching the lessons.

The center is located near Seville and a visit to the Royal Spanish Riding School in Jerez is included in the program for the week. You will find the whole atmosphere conducive to furthering your knowledge of dressage.


Guests at the center will stay in the charming four-star Hotel Alcazar de la Reina, in Carmona. The hotel is located in the heart of the old town, surrounded by churches, convents and points of interest.

Meals & Drink

Food is typical, healthy Spanish cuisine using fresh, local produce, breakfast and lunches are included.

Ride & Horse Details

  • Overview:
    The center currently owns 70 well schooled Andalusian (Raza Pura Espanola) and Andalusian crosses. The tack is English. Most horses are ridden in a snaffle and are used to direct rein. They are very amenable and your instructor will always indicate how each horse should be ridden.
  • Horse Breeds:
    Andalusian and Andalusian crosses
  • Trip Pace:
    To suit riders
  • Tack:
    Dressage saddles
  • Weight limit:
    170 lbs

Instruction & Training included

  • Instruction and Training:
    This week-long clinic culminates in four intensive, individual lessons with Raphael Soto, an Olympic silver medalist in dressage. Soto is not only one of the world’s finest dressage riders, but also a gifted and charismatic teacher. During the first four days you will receive six hour-long group lessons in the art of dressage from Viviana Garcia Dow, who is the head instructor at the Epona Riding Center. Ms. Vivi Dow began riding when she was three, and started competing at the age of ten which has granted her many successes in different levels and disciplines. She is a graduate from the prestigious Royal Andalucian School of Equestrian Art, having completed the four year course which honors her with the title “Jinete” (rider). Two of those years she was under the tutelage of Olympic Medalist Rafael Soto, whom she still trains with. She is a Spanish Equestrian Federation, Association of British Riding schools and British Horse Society certified instructor. There will also be three lunge sessions to improve your classical seat. On the last two days riders will have two 45 minute private lessons per day from Raphael Soto. The first four days of instruction will allow you to become accustomed to the horses and the techniques used by Raphael so that you can gain the most from private lessons from the master later in the week. Training Facilities: Floodlit covered arena, 22 X 42 meters Two outdoor arenas, one of which is floodlit International Dressage arena, 60 X 20 meters Lunging ring
  • Types of Instruction:
    Dressage Training, Horsemanship Skillbuilding,

Activities for Non - Riders

Non-riding partners can have a great time at Epona and at the hotel in Carmona, snoozing by the pool, going for walks and bicycle rides, taking Spanish lessons or sampling the local wines. While your partner is riding there is plenty of time to explore Carmona or nearby Seville. Carmona is the oldest continuously inhabited village in Europe and Seville has got to be one of Europe's most beautiful and enjoyable cities. You'll soon get the hang of cruising the tapas bars in the warm evening air, just like the locals.

Other Activities:
As well as sightseeing in Carmona and Seville, walks in the local countryside or a swim in the Epona pool (from March to October), and a host of other activities can be arranged to keep non-riding guests entertained.

Flamenco Dance Lessons:
If you are a fan of true Flamenco dance, your visit to Epona is also a great chance to book one-to-one coaching with Anna Comacho one of the finest solo Flamenco dancers and star of El Patio Sevillano. If you book in good time Anna is happy to come out to Epona to give private lessons for €90 an hour, or €60 an hour for groups of up to three.

Classical Flamenco Guitar Lessons:
If you are already a guitarist and interested in classical Spanish guitar then you will love the opportunity for a private lesson with virtuoso Juan Manuel Flores. If available, he is happy to bring two guitars to Epona to give you private instruction. Fee €90 an hour.

Land Rover Tours of the Doñana Natural Park:
Nonriders with a hired car have the chance to follow the riders to Matalascañas for the beach ride, and take a tour of the park themselves in a 4 x 4 Land Rover. The price of the 2 hour tour is 30 euro per person for a minimum of 2 people. If you do not have a rental car, a local driver can be hired to bring you to the coast for 90 euro (with up to 4 people in the car).

With two or three golf courses within easy reach by car, there's plenty to keep any non-riding golfing spouse amused. With advance notice, bookings and even a local driver can be hired to drop you off each day.

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