Epona Equestrian Center

  • Trip Duration
  • 7
    days
  • 6
    nights
  • Riding Time
  • 5
    days riding
  • 4
    hrs per day riding
  • Group Size
  • 1 - 14
    Guests per group
Enjoy trail riding and instruction on this dressage holiday in Spain

Epona Equestrian Center

Ride Overview

This picturesque riding center provides trail riding in the morning, and afternoon dressage instruction, making for a memorable dressage holiday in Spain. The entire Garcia family is involved in the day to day activities at the center.  Jane and Fernando as well as their daughters Vivi and Caty are BHS and Spanish Federation certified instructors, who specialize in dressage and training students who plan to make teaching their profession. Vivi is the head instructor at Epona and is fluent in English and Spanish. She is a Graduate of the prestigious Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, having completed the four year course which honors her with the title of “Jinete” (rider). Two of those years she was a protégé of the famous olympic Medallist Rafael Soto, with whom she still rides.

Many of Epona’s Andalusians are trained to a high level for the more experienced rider but the center caters also to beginners and nervous riders. The program offers enjoyable morning trail rides in the surrounding rural area. It also provides opportunities to appreciate the fascinating culture of the area which includes a visit to the Royal Spanish Riding school in Jerez and a Flamenco show in Seville.  This is a great destination for non-riding companions; the medieval town of Carmona and the city of Seville were both founded in Roman times and occupied under Moorish rule.

Accommodations

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:
    English and Dressage
  • Weight limit:
    220 lbs

Instruction & Training included

  • Instruction and Training:
    Lessons will take place in the late afternoon when the heat of the day has passed. This is an ideal opportunity to improve your dressage skills. Jane, who runs a BHS certification program at Epona, is a regional dressage judge and has trained numerous Andalusian Championship medallists. She and her daughters Caty and Vivi, are BHS and Spanish Federation certified instructors, who specialize in dressage and training students who plan to make teaching their profession. The instructors are particularly good with beginners and nervous riders. Vivi, head instructor at Epona, and at times Jane’s students of the BHS certification program, give the afternoon instruction. Fernando Garcia, your trail guide and owner of Epona with his wife Jane, is certified by the British Equestrian Tourism (BET) and the Federation International de Turisme Equestre (FITE). Fernando is your main contact during the week and keeps everything well organized. You will soon discover that his stories enroute are as colorful as the landscape. 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,

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).

Golf:
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.

Meeting Point

Seville

With first-hand knowledge of the exciting tours we offer, the ride consultants at Equitours look forward to answering any questions you might have about this ride. We want to help make sure that you select the trip of your dreams. Please call or email and get ready to pack your bags for a wonderful adventure!

Call Us Toll Free

1.800.545.0019