Browsing Center-Based Stationary Vacations

Riding Vacations can be either based at a center or they can move progressively from point to point. Obviously riders see more diverse country if they move from place to place, but staying in one place has several important advantages.

Packing every day takes quite a bit of time and it is easier to keep your things organized if you are just staying in one place. Usually also it is possible to get laundry done if you don’t have to move. Stationary centers can accommodate riding groups of mixed skills more easily because it isn’t necessary to cover a long distance moving at a good pace to get to the next night’s destination. This is the case on trips like the Saints & Warriors ride, where you stay in a renovated castle in Italy and ride out from there to new places each day. It is also possible to send out several rides with groups classed according to skills. The Bitterroot Ranch in Wyoming, located where the mountains and forests meet the open plains, offers many varied rides as well as instruction. 

Often stationary riding centers specialize in a particular discipline like dressage where the main focus is on improving riding skills rather than travel on horseback. The Alcainca riding center in Portugal with its wonderful Lusitano stallions is an excellent example. The Epona Riding Center in Spain offers both instruction and trail riding as well as some good glimpses of Spanish culture. Castle Leslie in Ireland specializes in jumping and also gives instruction. The thousand acre estate has 300 jumps of many kinds including natural barriers.

 

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Florida Dressage Getaway

This destination is the winter base for the team that runs our dressage program in Massachusetts. If you are searching for top quality dressage instruction, well trained school horses, and the added benefit of an escape from winter weather... Read more

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Ride gorgeous horses during the Epona dressage vacation in Spain

Epona Equestrian Center

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... Read more

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Enjoy good riding on this equestrian holiday in Mexico at Rancho Puesto del Sol

Rancho Puesta Del Sol

This all inclusive ranch is surrounded by three waterfalls, and at an elevation of 7,500 ft, offers spectacular views and weather year-round. You will discover unsurpassed scenery and riding in an area that has no fences, and experience the... Read more

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Horizon Ranch

An unrivaled range of riding activities in the hospitable and relaxed atmosphere is included in this horseback riding vacation in South Africa at one of the region’s oldest farms. The flexible daily itinerary can include outrides across the bushveld... Read more

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Tuscan Villages and Vintages

The Villages and Vintages horseback riding holiday in Italy is based out of a comfortable and elegant 18th century farmhouse in Chianti, Tuscany. Daily rides on well-trained horses allow you to venture through vineyards, olive groves and to medieval... Read more

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Deloraine House

Deloraine House is set in the middle of the 5,000 acre commercial farm at 6,000 ft. on the lower slopes of Londiani Mountain. It has a forest and bamboo shrouded volcano, on the western edge of the Great Rift... Read more

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The Ultimate Hekla – Riding and Exploring in Iceland

Enjoy this combination of riding the famous Icelandic horses and exploring some of Iceland’s most unusual natural landscapes by vehicle. These sites include the black volcanic beaches around Iceland’s southern-most village of Vik, thundering waterfalls and impressive glaciers near... Read more

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Clew Bay Ride

The Clew Bay Ride is based out of Westport, an award winning town in County Mayo in western Ireland. Clew Bay is overlooked by Croagh Patrick, a holy mountain where the saint spent forty days fasting in the year... Read more

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Sardinian Country and Sea Trail

The Country & Sea program offers flexible trail riding on the Island of Sardinia. Rather than the set route of the Monti and Mare trail, this ride offers a more flexible approach to coastal and country riding, with no minimum... Read more

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Monti and Mare at Liberty

The Liberty program in Sardinia is offered by the same hosts of the Monti and Mare trail and allows for a great amount of flexibility in creating your ideal riding vacation for any rider. Guests choose the amount and style of... Read more

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Regina Liberatore Centered Riding Clinic

Regina Liberatore is a Level IV Centered Riding® Instructor, returning for her second clinic at the Bitterroot. She specializes in creating or increasing harmony and understanding in equine partnerships. Regina is trained to watch how the rider’s body moves... Read more

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Discover Iceland

This itinerary combines riding the famous Icelandic horses in the southern agricultural area and western part of Iceland. On the transfer to West Iceland you visit Thingvellir National Park to see the fissure zone of the mid-Atlantic ridge. The rides... Read more

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Alcainca Dressage Program

This trip features dressage in Portugal and is one of the world's premier places for lessons in classical dressage. There are rings both indoors and outdoors and the fine instructors can give lessons at any level. The program runs... Read more

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Monte Velho

The Monte Velho Equo Resort is a boutique hotel located on a Lusitano breeding farm and is an ideal base from which to experience wonderful trail riding and world class dressage instruction. The owner is an architect and his wife an interior designer, so... Read more

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Homoki Lodge

The Homoki Lodge in Hungary offers fantastic riding opportunities in a setting celebrating the rich uniqueness of the area's culture, where equestrian traditions run deep. With options to stay in luxury yurts and ride Hungarian warmbloods through the southern... Read more

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Cattle Range Riding Weeks

Range riding activities will include fixing fence, searching for cattle killed by grizzly bears or wolves, putting out salt with pack horses and potentially herding cattle from pasture to pasture, depending on need, in additional to the standard trail... Read more

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Monti and Mare Trail

The route of the Monti and Mare trail offers the best of horseback riding in Sardinia, taking you through all of the varied landscape of the island on confident and fine Anglo-Arabians. The comfort and hospitality of the inn and... Read more

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Discover Cornwall

The ride is centered in the heart of Bodmin Moor, one of the largest unspoiled areas left in England. The Cobs, Shires and Moorland Ponies will help you discover mile upon mile of wild open moorland, rocky tors, atmospheric... Read more

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The Gorilla Extension

In conjunction with your horseback riding safari in Uganda, Tanzania or Kenya, continue the adventure with an extension to Uganda or Rwanda for a once-in-a-lifetime experience viewing gorilla families in their natural habitat. Start and end your trip in either... Read more

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Dhows on the water during a vacation in Zanzibar

Zanzibar, the Spice Island Extension

The perfect complement to a horseback riding adventure in Tanzania is spending time on Zanzibar. Explore the old town, then move to the beach and enjoy snorkeling and diving on the coral reef in the clear, warm waters of... Read more

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Riding vacation jumping

Improve Your Jumping Clinic in Texas

The lovely ranch provides a tranquil setting for jumping instruction as well scenic trail rides. Your host and instructor has a background in centered riding with an eye for solid foundations for any discipline. Jumping for beginning fences up... Read more

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Texas Cattle Working Clinic

Texas Cattle Working Clinic

This 3-day cattle working clinic is the perfect way to “get your feet wet”, or to improve your skill, as you learn more about the exciting sports of team sorting and team penning. Appropriate for all skill levels, and... Read more

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Domaine Des Garennes Ride

The Domaine des Garennes makes a fine central location to explore a charming region on horseback in France. A wonderful family or individual riding holiday option with comfortable rooms, warm hospitality and excellent food. Alternate full and half day... Read more

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On the King’s Trail in Périgord

Located in the Périgord and Dordogne regions in southwest France, the 18th century country house where you are based for the week is the perfect way to get away from it all. Its central location in the picturesque hills... Read more

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Enjoy unrivaled comfort on this horseback riding vacation in Kenya

Ol Donyo Lodge

If you are interested in a horseback riding vacation in Kenya, Ol Donyo Lodge offers a unique opportunity to experience the nature and culture that makes Kenya an outstanding travel destination while enjoying an equestrian vacation.  Set within the... Read more

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Monasterio Ride- see breathtaking country while riding in Peru

Monasterio Ride in the Sacred Valley

This is a wonderful three-day riding adventure in the Peruvian Andes. A glimpse into the mainstays of Peruvian culture, combined with spirited purebred Peruvian Paso horses and the good company of experienced  horsemen make this ride an experience hard... Read more

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Centered riding clinic

Sue Falkner-March Centered Riding Clinic

Sue is a Level IV Centered Riding Instructor who studied under Sally Swift.  She teaches riding full time with students including world class endurance riders.  She is also a Connected Riding associate instructor and for 20 years has been... Read more

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Reach Out to Horses with Anna Twinney

In Anna Twinney's "Reach Out To Horses" horse communication course you will learn the language of horses and how to speak with them. Through demonstrations, lectures and exercises you will experience how all contact with your horse, your intentions,... Read more

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Ride the Trails of Texas Hill Country

Enjoy trail riding in Texas in this beautiful part of the state. The riding center is located at the former headquarters of a century old cattle ranch in the heart of the Texas Hill Country which is justly famous... Read more

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Hill Country Instructional Program- enjoy instruction tailored to your needs

Hill Country Instructional Program

Tucked away among the oak and juniper of the lovely, rolling Hill Country of Texas is a riding center where riders can take instruction or go for trail rides in the adjacent state park. The pleasant atmosphere of the... Read more

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Sunshine Coast Inn to Inn

Australian Alex Watson, who competed at the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games, guides this fun shorter horseback riding trip in Australia. Transportation by vehicle, and riding out from various areas allows you to experience the best of the... Read more

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Boomerang Trail

Experience the beautiful and diverse landscape of Australia’s Mid North Coast, of New South Wales, astride fit and well trained horses. The Boomerang Trail is a stationary ride, returning each evening to the 60 acre farm where your hosts... Read more

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Bitterroot Ranch

The Bitterroot ranch in Wyoming offers excellent riding for a broad range of ability levels. Everyone can enjoy varied trail rides through stunning scenery, with options for lessons weekly and cow work at certain times of year. A family... Read more

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Cattle drive in Wyoming

Bitterroot Fall Cattle Drive

The last week of September is spent gathering the Bitterroot herd before the winter arrives. This is challenging work since the cows are scattered over a 50 square mile area of aspen & pine forests and small clearings.  Groups... Read more

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Enjoy the lush countryside on the Sugarbush Tolt Trek horseback riding vacation in Vermont

Sugarbush Tolt Trek

This relaxing trail ride on Icelandic Horses is a wonderful introduction to the breed. The farm and your host is dedicated to these lovely horses, and you will learn how to ride their special gaits. The trails take you... Read more

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Classical Dressage in New England

The dressage instruction in New England offers an opportunity to experience a high caliber of instruction on highly trained schoolmasters. Whether just starting out in dressage or looking to perfect your skills, you'll benefit greatly from riding these correctly... Read more

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The Valleys of Gredos

This horseback riding holiday in Spain passes through the Valleys of Gredos, one of the most distinctive regions of the Iberian Peninsula. River valleys, surrounded by rugged mountains, are dotted with small villages. Here and there a towering castle... Read more

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Classical Dressage and High School Training

This week-long intensive dressage riding holiday in Spain culminates in a private lesson 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... Read more

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Toscana Cucina Ride

A perfect combination of horseback riding in Siena, cooking classes with the Chef and sightseeing to destinations of cultural and historical interest define this ride. Return to the convivial atmosphere of the Castello's spacious dining room and Tuscan kitchen for... Read more

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Saints and Warriors

This riding tour in Italy is a fantastic opportunity to experience the Italian countryside by horseback and enjoy local cuisine. Your host has great knowledge of and enthusiasm for the area, and offers a date each season to correspond... Read more

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Donegal from the Saddle

Dunfanaghy is a picturesque coastal village in the remote northwest of Ireland. offering fabulous unpopulated beaches for glorious gallops on willing Irish hunters and Connemaras. The congenial hotel, with its Irish pub and excellent cuisine, provides an ideal base... Read more

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Castle Leslie Equestrian Center

The private Castle Leslie Estate covers 1,000 secluded acres of undulating Irish countryside, dotted with ancient woodlands and glittering lakes; the perfect location for a horse-riding holiday. The estate sits just behind the  lodge. There are 300 cross-country jumps... Read more

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Atlantic Coast Trail

This ride takes place in the part of Ireland immortalized by the poet, W.B. Yeats. It is a fine opportunity to fulfill your dreams by riding in mountains, valleys, pine forests and on the beaches of this romantic island.... Read more

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Aille Cross Country Trail

Ride cross-country from one farm to another with opportunities to jump a variety of natural and man made obstacles. The horses are all excellent hunters experienced following hounds with the Galway Blazers. During hunting season you may, if you... Read more

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Crete Star Trail

The Crete Star Ride radiates out from your friendly hosts' very comfortable hotel to visit different parts of the island each day. There are fascinating archaeological sites to visit which are some of the best Greece has to offer. Your... Read more

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Secluded Manor Ride

Located in the heart of the Dordogne, Perigord and Quercy regions, the secluded manor house where you will spend the week is the perfect place to get away from it all as you enjoy luxury riding in France. It’s... Read more

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Rainforest Adventure- enjoy nature riding in Costa Rica

Rainforest Adventure

This stationary itinerary lets you enjoy miles of riding on nature, rural and coastal trails. Learn about the local fauna and flora with your knowledgeable equestrian guide but also enjoy the non-riding activities built into this itinerary to show... Read more

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Odyssey- Costa Rica riding vacation along beaches

Costa Rica Odyssey

Ride on rural roads through the countryside and farmland, down a dramatic river canyon, towards the arid Pacific Coast with its volcanic sand beaches, then transfer to the Caribbean side where you will experience not only a different coastline... Read more

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Mayan Jungle Ride- enjoy tropical paradise while horseback riding in Belize

Mayan Jungle Ride

The diversity of scenery and activities on this ride in a tropical paradise makes it a wonderfully relaxing holiday. You will pass un-excavated and partially excavated archaeological sites and see ancient pottery shards in ceremonial caves. Lunch most days... Read more

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Mayan Jungle and Tikal- horseback riding in Belize

Mayan Jungle and Caracol Ride

For many people, the regular 6-day Mayan Jungle Ride is not enough. With this itinerary, you have the option to stay for additional two days to explore Caracol, the inspiring Mayan ruins in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve. During your... Read more

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Estancia Los Potreros

This family run estancia offers an array of wonderful riding that can be tailored for all riding levels. Ride through the vast open landscape, play in gaucho games or try polo at this authentically Argentinian ranch. Comfortable rooms and... Read more

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Mozambique Beach Safari

Ride along the Vilanculos coast and on Benguerra Island during this horseback riding holiday in Mozambique. Enjoy long stretches of untouched white sand beaches and magnificent views overlooking the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago. Experience the unique culture of... Read more

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Sosian Ranch

In addition to game drives and walks, Sosian is perfect for horseback riding. The ranch has numerous trails of varying levels of difficulty, and a ready supply of well-trained horses. It is home to 18 horses and going for... Read more

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Big Five Camp Safari

This safari is similar to the Big Five Safari, but two nights shorter and thus more stationary. The Makalali Game Reserve in South Africa encompasses 61,000 acres in the Lowveld region of the Limpopo Province. In the last ten... Read more

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Okavango Safari

Often referred to as the “Jewel of Africa,” the fact that the this area exists at all is a miracle. The opportunity for horse riding in the Okavango Delta is a bigger privilege still. This enormous river delta in... Read more

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African Explorer

Horseback riding in South Africa and Botswana includes good riding on two private game reserves, fine accommodations and evening meals around the campfire, making for a genuinely unforgettable African experience. Horizon Horseback’s permanent camp in South Africa is perched... Read more

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Horse Speak® All-Inclusive Retreat

Join Laura and Sharon Wilsie and Heidi Potter for an unforgettable and enriching experience at the Bitterroot Ranch. Through observation, interaction, workshops and self-awareness exercises participants will develop a skill set that leaves them with a deeper understanding of... Read more

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Bitterroot Spring Cattle Drive

The spring drive week at the Bitterroot Ranch includes one day of pushing the herd to their grazing allotment on the adjacent National Forest, with additional opportunities for cow work during your stay. The rest of your rides are... Read more

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Château en Auvergne

This beautiful 4 star château near the center of France has been exquisitely restored and serves as a delightful base for your stay in the region. Ride for about 2 hours each day in the ring or on trails at... Read more

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Relaxed Tuscan Instruction

This relaxed ride appropriate for all levels and ages of riders and offers instructional or trail riding programs. The riding center and country guest house is your base and home for the week. On offer is 12 hours of... Read more

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