Dressage Ride, Andalusia | Horse Riding Holidays in Spain | Globetrotting

Dressage Ride, Spain

4-6 NightsBeginner to AdvancedFrom €1,255 EUR?Tour costs €1,255 EUR which is approximately $2,060 AUD

Learn to dance to the majestic rhythm of the Andalusian horse on one of these dressage-based itineraries in Spain!

If you say ‘YES’ to this ride in Spain, you’ll be staying in Carmona, one of the famous white villages of Andalusia. Every night and stolen moments during the day {when you’re not in the saddle} you’ll explore this hilltop town that sparkles with noble palaces and majestic Mudéjar churches.

But I’m getting ahead of myself – let’s talk about the riding. Andalusia is the birthplace of Spanish horse culture, so it comes as no surprise that on this riding itinerary, you’ll not only be mounted on the revered Spanish horse (Pura Raza Española – P.R.E. – Andalusian), you’ll actually learn to dance to its majestic rhythm with the help of highly trained teachers who are adept at teaching to every ability. There are three different programs to choose from depending on your interests and the level to which you want to take your riding throughout the week. Whether you’re a happy hacker or a highly trained dressage enthusiast, you won’t feel out of your depth and regardless of ability, you’ll leave feeling more confident as a rider.

Out of the saddle, the Spanish cultural highlights are crazy good – one morning you’ll be front-row spectators to watch the famous Andalusian Stallions perform, and your last evening will involve a road trip to nearby Seville to experience a typical Flamenco dancing show. Your hosts and guides, the Garcia family, will open their 16th century Hacienda and allow you to live and breathe their way of life – not only on an equestrian level but also through the food, lively evening entertainment and colourful village life of Carmona.

Fast Facts

  • Horse Breed:The majority of the horses are Andalusians, or Andalusian crosses; there are also a few warmbloods.
  • Pace:The pace varies from a walk right through to a canter.
  • Weight Limit:A maximum of 90kg / 210lbs for the Train & Trail program, a maximum of 85kg / 190lbs for the Intensive Training program, and a maximum of 80kg / 176lbs for the Classical Dressage & High School Training, and Rafael Soto Clinics.
  • Type of tack:English dressage saddles. For guests booked on the Train & Trail program, you will be riding in all-purpose saddles while on the trails, and Spanish Vaquero saddles covered in sheepskin on the beach ride.
  • Seasons:The Hacienda is open to guests year-round, except for the Christmas/New Year holidays and the 3rd and 4th weeks of August.
  • Group size:A maximum of 8 riders.
  • Time in Saddle:On average, 3.5 to 4 hours daily.
  • Riding Ability:Suitable for all riding abilities.
    Please be advised, if booking a dressage-only program outlined below, we recommend you be of intermediate to advanced ability and have a keen interest in Classical Dressage.
     Not sure what your riding ability is? Watch THIS video to find out.
  • Accommodation:Superior hotel accommodation at Alcázar de la Reina in the heart of the old district of the town of Carmona, just a 10 minute drive from the Hacienda.
    Please note: Solo travellers will be required to pay the single supplement rate.
  • Ride Length:7 days, 6 nights, with 5 riding days. There are also 3-night (Sunday to Wednesday or Wednesday to Saturday) and 4-night (Sunday to Thursday or Tuesday to Saturday) stays available for the Train & Trail program.
  • Inclusions:

    The price includes accommodation, breakfast and lunch each day, dinner on the first evening only, guided visits to Doñana and Jerez (incl. tickets for the horse show in Jerez), all riding specified in the itinerary, transfers to/from Seville (set times & locations) on the first and last days of your ride, and transfers between your hotel and the riding centre each day.

  • Exclusions:

    The price does not include international or regional flights; travel insurance (compulsory); staff tips (please budget for around 10% of the ride price); or dinner from Monday to Friday – your hotel is within walking distance of many restaurants in Carmona, so you’ll have your pick of amazing places to eat.

 

DEPARTURE DATES & RATES

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Train & Trail Ride 2024
7 days, 6 nights with 5 riding days.
Arrive Sunday, depart Saturday.

*This ride is offered weekly, year-round.

Available
From: €1,830 EUR ?Tour costs €1,830 EUR which is approximately $3,004 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
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From: €2,150 EUR ?Tour costs €2,150 EUR which is approximately $3,529 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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From: €995 EUR ?Tour costs €995 EUR which is approximately $1,633 AUD - Non Rider?To twin-share with a riding guest
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Train & Trail Ride 2024
4 nights with 3 riding days.
Arrive Sunday, depart Thursday
Or arrive Tuesday, depart Saturday.

*Not available April-June or September-October.

Available
From: €1,255 EUR ?Tour costs €1,255 EUR which is approximately $2,060 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
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From: €1,575 EUR ?Tour costs €1,575 EUR which is approximately $2,585 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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From: €665 EUR ?Tour costs €665 EUR which is approximately $1,092 AUD - Non Rider?To twin-share with a riding guest
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Intensive Training 2024
7 days, 6 nights with 5 riding days.
Arrive Sunday, depart Saturday.

*This ride is offered weekly, year-round.

Available
From: €2,070 EUR ?Tour costs €2,070 EUR which is approximately $3,397 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
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From: €2,390 EUR ?Tour costs €2,390 EUR which is approximately $3,922 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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From: €995 EUR ?Tour costs €995 EUR which is approximately $1,633 AUD - Non Rider?To twin-share with a riding guest
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Classical Dressage & High School Training 2024
7 days, 6 nights with 5 riding days.
Arrive Sunday, depart Saturday.

*This ride is offered weekly, year-round.

Available
From: €2,665 EUR ?Tour costs €2,665 EUR which is approximately $4,374 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
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From: €2,985 EUR ?Tour costs €2,985 EUR which is approximately $4,899 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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From: €995 EUR ?Tour costs €995 EUR which is approximately $1,633 AUD - Non Rider?To twin-share with a riding guest
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Rafael Soto Clinic 2024
7 days, 6 nights with 5 riding days.
Please enquire for specific dates.

Limited
From: €2,820 EUR ?Tour costs €2,820 EUR which is approximately $4,628 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
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2.5% credit card surcharge

From: €3,170 EUR ?Tour costs €3,170 EUR which is approximately $5,202 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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From: €995 EUR ?Tour costs €995 EUR which is approximately $1,633 AUD - Non Rider?To twin-share with a riding guest
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Train & Trail Ride 2025
7 days, 6 nights with 5 riding days.
Arrive Sunday, depart Saturday.

*This ride is offered weekly, year-round.

Available
From: €1,830 EUR ?Tour costs €1,830 EUR which is approximately $3,004 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
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2.5% credit card surcharge

From: €2,175 EUR ?Tour costs €2,175 EUR which is approximately $3,570 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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2.5% credit card surcharge

From: €995 EUR ?Tour costs €995 EUR which is approximately $1,633 AUD - Non Rider?To twin-share with a riding guest
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2.5% credit card surcharge

Train & Trail Ride 2025
4 nights with 3 riding days.
Arrive Sunday, depart Thursday
Or arrive Tuesday, depart Saturday.

*Not available April-June or September-October.

Available
From: €1,255 EUR ?Tour costs €1,255 EUR which is approximately $2,060 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
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2.5% credit card surcharge

From: €1,600 EUR ?Tour costs €1,600 EUR which is approximately $2,626 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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2.5% credit card surcharge

From: €665 EUR ?Tour costs €665 EUR which is approximately $1,092 AUD - Non Rider?To twin-share with a riding guest
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2.5% credit card surcharge

Intensive Training 2025
7 days, 6 nights with 5 riding days.
Arrive Sunday, depart Saturday.

*This ride is offered weekly, year-round.

Available
From: €2,070 EUR ?Tour costs €2,070 EUR which is approximately $3,397 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
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2.5% credit card surcharge

From: €2,415 EUR ?Tour costs €2,415 EUR which is approximately $3,964 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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From: €995 EUR ?Tour costs €995 EUR which is approximately $1,633 AUD - Non Rider?To twin-share with a riding guest
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Classical Dressage & High School Training 2025
7 days, 6 nights with 5 riding days.
Arrive Sunday, depart Saturday.

*This ride is offered weekly, year-round.

Available
From: €2,665 EUR ?Tour costs €2,665 EUR which is approximately $4,374 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
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2.5% credit card surcharge

From: €3,010 EUR ?Tour costs €3,010 EUR which is approximately $4,940 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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2.5% credit card surcharge

From: €995 EUR ?Tour costs €995 EUR which is approximately $1,633 AUD - Non Rider?To twin-share with a riding guest
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2.5% credit card surcharge

Rafael Soto Clinic 2025
7 days, 6 nights with 5 riding days.
Please enquire for specific dates.

Limited
From: €2,820 EUR ?Tour costs €2,820 EUR which is approximately $4,628 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
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2.5% credit card surcharge

From: €3,165 EUR ?Tour costs €3,165 EUR which is approximately $5,194 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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2.5% credit card surcharge

From: €995 EUR ?Tour costs €995 EUR which is approximately $1,633 AUD - Non Rider?To twin-share with a riding guest
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The child rate is for children aged 10-12 years of age.

Please note: Solo travellers will be required to pay the single supplement rate.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price includes accommodation, breakfast and lunch each day, dinner on the first evening only, guided visits to Doñana and Jerez (incl. tickets for the horse show in Jerez), all riding specified in the itinerary, transfers to/from Seville (set times & locations) on the first and last days of your ride, and transfers between your hotel and the riding centre each day.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price does not include international or regional flights; travel insurance (compulsory); staff tips (please budget for around 10% of the ride price); or dinner from Monday to Friday – your hotel is within walking distance of many restaurants in Carmona, so you’ll have your pick of amazing places to eat.

Accepted payment is by credit or debit card only. Depending on the ride you choose to book and your country of residence, there will be a 1.2% to 2.9% surcharge.

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WHY IS THE PRICE QUOTED IN EUR?
With our riding destinations, the currency is dictated by our ride partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.

Itinerary

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*Please note, this is a suggested itinerary only and subject to change at the discretion of your guides due to weather and other influencing factors.

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  • Train & Trail Ride - Day 1

    When it comes to epic landscapes, culinary feasts and afternoon siestas, Spain certainly knows how it’s done, and this week is all about exploring the country from another angle, with some tuition thrown in for good measure.

    You’ll be picked up from Santa Justa train station in Seville at 4:30pm and escorted to your hotel in the nearby town of Carmona, one of the famous white villages of Andalucia. Carmona is the oldest continually inhabited village in Europe and as you stroll through the narrow streets of the old town, you will feel and breathe the spirits of ancient cultures (Iberians, Visigoths, Phoenicians, Romans, Moors), in the innumerable examples of their architectural influence in the churches, towers, palaces and mansions as well as in the inherited customs. After you’ve settled into your hotel, you might find you’re keen to discover the pleasures of the Spanish afternoon ‘siesta’ after a tiring journey. A refreshing dip in the on site pool might also be a popular choice to stave off any jetlag.

    At 8:15pm, one of your hosts from the Garcia family will meet you in the lobby and escort you to a welcome dinner at an adjoining restaurant. After some friendly conversation and a discussion of the week’s schedule, you’re free to spend the rest of the evening relaxing before your unforgettable week begins in earnest!

  • Train & Trail Ride - Day 2

    You’ll be collected from your hotel this morning and driven the short distance to the 16th century hacienda (equestrian centre) where you’ll be introduced to the trail horses. The Old Hacienda Ride is up first, and it’s a relaxed hack around the surrounding countryside, through olive groves and stands of eucalyptus trees. Depending on the season, you could see fields of sunflowers, wheat and cotton, as well as melons and water melons in late summer. The ride takes you past impressive 16th and 17th century Haciendas and Cortijos, which have stood here since the days when Cervantes rode these same trails, collecting olive oil taxes. You’ll return to the equestrian centre for lunch.

    This afternoon will be your first opportunity to experience a dressage lesson (1 hour). Every single instructor at the equestrian centre is qualified by the British Horse Society, Association of British Riding Schools and the Spanish Equestrian Federation. When it comes to dressage, the knowledge they have gathered (having trained under many masters of various nationalities) has allowed them to form their own training and teaching techniques, where learning and enjoyment are the main priorities.

    Your hosts can cater for riders of all levels from beginner to advanced, so you don’t have to be a Grand Prix dressage rider. Even if you’re a happy hacker, or new to dressage, you’ll enjoy brushing up on your riding foundations and will benefit from every lesson you receive here. Beginners will especially benefit because although the lessons will be kept simple, you’ll know that your basic skills are correct and solid, enabling you to pursue whichever discipline you choose down the track. For the more experienced riders, you’ll be given guidance towards riding your horse in a correct outline, straightness, balance, rhythm etc. As the week progresses, lateral movements such as shoulder in, travers, renvers, half pass and, depending on your riding ability, flying changes or pirouettes will be added to your lessons.

    Dinner tonight is NOT included in the price, but your hotel is within walking distance to many restaurants and tapas bars in Carmona, so you are free to choose where and when you eat.

  • Train & Trail Ride - Day 3

    An exciting day is planned today! You’ll enjoy an early breakfast before being collected from the hotel at 8:30am and driven to Jerez de la Frontera in the province of Cádiz, approximately 1.5 hours away. Jerez is internationally renowned for its production of sherry and brandy. However, the main attraction of the day will be the visit to the Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre (The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art) to watch an equestrian performance titled, “How the Andalusian Horses Dance”. Here you will have the privilege of seeing the magnificent Andalusian stallions at their best, at home in the breathtaking setting of their 18th Century palace and the riding hall. They will be performing piaffe, passage and the airs above the ground (courbette, capriole, etc) in a spectacle of light, music and colour, comparable only with the famous Spanish Riding School of Vienna. Fernando (ride leader and driver) is well known at the school and is good friends with many world famous riders. His daughter Vivi (head instructor at the equestrian centre) trained at this school for four years and frequently performed in the show.

    After a mesmerising performance, you’ll return to the equestrian centre for your afternoon lesson (1 hour) where you’ll brush up on the things you learnt yesterday and continue to improve your school work or dressage.

    Dinner is NOT included and is to be enjoyed at your free will in Carmona.

  • Train & Trail Ride - Day 4

    After breakfast and a quick transfer to the Hacienda, you’ll mount up and set off across the Spanish countryside for the Roman bridge. Today’s ride promises to be a scenic wonder: you’ll meander through a landscape patchworked with different crops, still rotated year by year as they have always been, with wide headlands of uncultivated land separating one field from another and providing a natural bridleway across country. The variety of wildflowers, butterflies and birds makes this ride truly memorable. Along the way, you may come across the river, full and flowing in spring, cool and shallow in summer, a natural haven for wildlife, with abundant vegetation year-round. Splashing through the shallows, terns and grebes, you’ll emerge at an old Roman bridge and shady eucalyptus grove.

    After a break where you’ll have the chance to take some beautiful photographs, you will ride back to the equestrian centre for lunch. The afternoon brings more lessons in the arena.

    Dinner is NOT included and is to be enjoyed at your free will in Carmona.

  • Train & Trail Ride - Day 5

    Today after breakfast you’ll set off early for the drive to a seaside village where sturdy Spanish horses, all in Spanish Andalusian cowboy tack (montura vaquera), will be waiting to take you on a beach ride. The ride takes you on an unforgettable route through the Donaña Natural Park, bordering the National Park of the same name, one of Europe’s last true wilderness regions and one of the largest wildlife reservations in Spain. You’ll be riding over golden dunes, brushing through fragrant wild lavender, rosemary and thyme. The area is home to many species (some protected), such as fallow deer, boar, fox, lynx, imperial eagles, kites, vultures, storks, flamingos and herons. You’ll ride down the steep dune to the beach and then it’s time for the horses to wet their legs and, for those who want to, a canter through the surf.

    After the ride, you’ll head back to the equestrian centre for lunch. Your final lesson for the week will be held this afternoon, so don’t hold back. If you have any questions or you want to try a particular movement, now’s your chance! You will notice the difference in your riding from the first lesson on Monday through to your last lesson today, and will take these newfound skills with you to put into practice on the horses you ride at home.

    Dinner is NOT included and is to be enjoyed at your free will in Carmona.

    **PLEASE NOTE** During the months of July and August, the beach ride cannot be offered. An alternative trail ride setting off from your hosts’ property will be offered as a replacement.

  • Train & Trail Ride - Day 6

    You set off across open country for the last hack of the week, through olive and orange groves, past farmers working the land. How strange: in a region where there are no bridle paths, the horse can wander anywhere as long as you respect the crops. In all the years your hosts have been riding through the area, they have never had a farmer object to them crossing his land. Quite the opposite, in fact: farmers are actually very pleased to see riders roam through on horseback, for in Andalucia, everyone understands and loves the horse. You’ll return to the equestrian centre for a final lunch (the famous paella & equally-famous sangria to accompany it) then bid a sad farewell to the terrific horses and instructors who you’ve had the pleasure of training with all week.

    In the afternoon, after a well-deserved siesta, you’ll get changed into your city finery ready to hit Seville. The afternoon is yours to enjoy as you please, whether exploring the city on foot, taking a carriage ride, or shopping (at the famous tack shop or elsewhere!). In the evening, a short walk brings you to an excellent marketplace providing both Spanish and international cuisine for the last dinner of the holiday and some superb Spanish wine (please note, dinner is at your own expense and is NOT included in the ride price). Finally, your hosts will collect you for the drive back to your hotel in Carmona.

  • Train & Trail Ride - Day 7

    It’s time to say goodbye, globetrotters (boo!), as you’ll be departing after breakfast. But wow, what an amazing week! From riding through the patchworked countryside, to learning new riding and dressage skills on schoolmaster horses, to watching the Andalusian horses ‘dance’ in concert, it’s certainly been a week to remember.

    There are two transfers to Seville (drop-off at either the airport or the Santa Justa train station): one departing from the hotel at 8am and the other at 11am. Please allow at least 3 hours between your pick-up time and your flight from Seville.

  • Intensive Training

    This is a six night, five day riding holiday designed for those who prefer to concentrate on improving their riding skills, particularly in the dressage arena, and who want to learn from the highly trained horses and top class instructors at the equestrian centre. The program includes group and semi-private lessons in the morning and afternoon, plus some lunging sessions which are excellent for improving seat, balance and posture. It may also be possible to change one or two of the lessons for a trail ride at some stage throughout the week, just for fun.

    Just like the Train & Trail itinerary, this program also includes a visit to Seville on the last evening, and a guided trip to Jerez de la Frontera to see the famous Andalusian Stallions perform (day 3).

    *Please note, the weight limit for this itinerary is 85kg/187lbs.

  • Classical Dressage & High School Training

    This is a six night, six day riding holiday designed for experienced riders who have a passion for Classical Dressage and are also interested in the procedures used for training horses to perform at such a high standard. A unique opportunity not easily found at other establishments, guests will have the chance to gain a feel for the sensitive Andalusians, trained to High School level, and to enjoy some of the more advanced movements performed at this level, such as Passage, Piaffe and Spanish Walk. If you are working on establishing these movements with your own horses at home, being able to experience how they should feel and the correct aids to produce such a movement on a horse already trained to perform at this level, is a wonderful opportunity and will further your riding and understanding of High School dressage.

    This program includes a combination of private lessons (one of which will be with Olympic medallist Rafael Soto!!!), semi-private lessons (2-3 guests per group), groundwork sessions (working on training piaffe, passage and Spanish walk), and lunge sessions where you’ll work on improving the classical seat. You will enjoy 2-3 lessons per day, including a final lesson on Saturday morning before you depart for the train station at 11am.

    This itinerary also includes a visit to Seville on the last evening, and a guided trip to Jerez de la Frontera to see the famous Andalusian Stallions perform (day 3).

    *Please note, the weight limit for this itinerary is 80kg/176lbs.

  • Rafael Soto Clinic

    No matter where you’re based, if you’re involved in the Dressage world, the name Rafael Soto will probably ring a bell. His charisma has earned him the respect and popularity of dressage enthusiasts and fellow riders the world over. Not to mention, he is a Spanish Olympic Team silver medallist
    (Athens 2004).

    This is a seven night, six day riding program (Sunday to Sunday). Throughout the week, the training and tuition consists of:

    2x lunging sessions to improve your classical seat
    6x group lessons with the equestrian centre’s resident instructors **these lessons will determine both your level and the most suitable mount for you to gain maximum benefit out of your lessons with Rafael Soto.
    4x 45-minute private sessions with Rafael Soto.

    Guests will also have the opportunity to sit in and observe the lessons of the other guests.

    This itinerary also includes a visit to Seville on the Friday evening, and a guided visit to Jerez (Rafael Soto’s home turf) to see the famous Andalusian Stallions perform.

    *Please note, the weight limit for this itinerary is 80kg/176lbs.

  • The Andalusian Horse

    The Spanish horse, the horse of Andalusia. the star of the spectacle you’ll see in Jerez, “Como bailan los caballos andaluces” (How the Andalusian Horses Dance), is one of the most noble and the most appreciated animals in the world. Easy to train and truly spectacular in the development of the airs required in Classical Dressage and in the Spanish High School of Riding, the Andalusian is also very beautiful. Furthermore, its good character, elevated movements and extraordinary capacity for collection make it useful for many different types of sports and leisure activities. Because of these qualities, the great masters of equitation have always regarded it as the horse of highest perfection.

  • Transfer Information

    Complimentary transfers are available from Santa Justa Train Station in Seville only (for 6-night stays only). Pick up on day 1 is at 4:30pm (just outside the AVIS rent-a-car office, which is INSIDE the station). If you fly into Seville airport, you will need to take the shuttle bus to the train station (which is 10-15 minutes away) in time for the pick up at 4:30pm. Alternatively, you can take a taxi straight to the hotel in Carmona.

    On the final day, the transfer can drop you off at either Santa Justa Train Station or Seville Airport. There are two transfers available: one departing from the hotel at 8am and the other at 11am. If flying out from Seville this day, please allow at least 3 hours between your transfer pick-up time and your flight.

What our valued Globetrotters say about Dressage in Spain

Dressage in Spain, Globetrotting Horse Riding Holidays

Lisa L

‘I was blown away by the quality of both the Dressage and Trail horses. Easily, the best horses I have ever seen or ridden in this type of establishment; they’re loved and cherished. During the week-long adventure, I rode three stand-out horses and each one I would have gladly taken home. The quality of the instruction is amazing. These ladies don’t miss anything! From nervous beginner to advanced level, they catered to every level. This family-run, and family-style operation made us feel at home from the second we arrived, and it is a horse lover’s paradise! The facilities were fantastic, the food, wholesome and more-ish, the horses to fall in love with and memories that will last me to the end. An experience I will never forget, my final day ride on a Grand Prix schoolmaster was the cherry on top.’

Dressage in Spain, Globetrotting Horse Riding Holidays

Carly R

‘The Train and Trail ride was an experience of a lifetime! Guason, my trail horse, was an impressive bay with amazing movement – the best trained trail ride horse I have ever ridden. He had so much personality, was powerful yet soft to ride, and had a cheeky side. Saludo, my dressage horse, was beautiful and straight, elegant, and well-trained. All the horses were so photogenic. The Jerez horse show and one of our trail rides among the olive trees were definite highlights. The guides were extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and shared a lot of information on Spanish customs and dressage. My coach, Michelle, knew how to push me but was also extremely encouraging, and I felt very welcomed by the entire team. This ride for my 50th birthday was an unforgettable experience. Thank you for such a wonderful time.’

Dressage in Spain, Globetrotting Horse Riding Holidays

Jocelyn B

‘I absolutely loved the Train & Trail experience. The instructors were amazing, and the quality of riding lessons and instruction was the best I’ve ever had. The horses were incredible teachers and so gentle and responsive. The lunches were delicious, the facilities were beautiful, and the hosts were gracious and kind; they went above and beyond to accommodate everyone. My non-riding husband wants to go back and actually ride next time! The whole experience was a real privilege. I loved it!’

Dressage in Spain, Globetrotting Horse Riding Holidays

Brooke Kahl

‘This was the best vacation I have ever had! Our hosts were awesome, the horses were great, and the accommodations were fantastic! It was the perfect amount of cultural experience, riding, and downtime/relaxation. I cried when we returned from our last ride, on our last night there, and the day we said goodbye to our hosts!’

Dressage in Spain, Globetrotting Horse Riding Holidays

Gai Wilson

‘I was completely blown away by my week in Spain for the train and trail. Fabulous horses, fabulous instructors, staff, and food. These horses are so happy and well-trained that they made an old thing like me, who has just returned to riding (thanks to a new pair of hips), feel like a dressage rider! I rode lots of movements I’ve never ridden before. I have so much to work on with my riding that I’ll just have to come back!’

Dressage in Spain, Globetrotting Horse Riding Holidays

Jane Heyburn

‘I had an absolutely fantastic riding experience. The horses were beautifully schooled and perfectly matched to the riders. The staff were engaging and knowledgeable. The meals were a highlight of Spanish cuisine. I hadn’t ridden dressage in 15 years, but the training gave me newfound passion and confidence. Riding out through the olive groves and beach rides was a highlight. I would definitely go back!’

Dressage in Spain, Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Kali Gillen

‘I booked the Train and Trail last minute and am so glad I did! With such knowledgeable and generous trainers and guides, incredible horses (I rode Bandalero and Salaito) and a lovely travel group of new friends, it completely exceeded any expectations. This ride caters to everyone and anyone who loves riding. I wholeheartedly recommend doing this trip!’

Dressage Ride in Spain - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Grazia Cordella

‘This experience was absolutely magical. The people I met, the instructors, the horses, the scenery, it couldn’t have gone any better. As someone who didn’t really grow up with horses, I enjoyed every second. The instructors know your strengths and limits better than yourself and provide the right challenges each and every day, somehow squeezing out all of your energy and converting it into personal growth and satisfaction. I enjoyed my lessons with Oscuro and my trail rides with Tambolir – I trusted and loved them both. The environment felt like home: the shared lunches, the chats on the cars and rides, wandering through the stables sneaking treats in… the atmosphere was so warm and welcoming that it was really hard to leave.’

Dressage in Andalusia, Spain - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Mary McKinney

‘If you love dressage or are even just wondering what it is all about, you HAVE to do this ride! The riding centre is a slice of heaven and the horses are a dream. The instruction is superb and geared toward your experience level. I loved every second in the saddle and my riding definitely improved over the week. All of the staff are so very gracious and knowledgeable, which makes the trip so enjoyable. Do not expect to lose weight! The large lunches with typical local dishes were delicious. I met lifelong friends from all over the world and our gatherings at the pool each evening to discuss the day and share wine and tapas were a treasure. Andalusia now has a special place in my heart. I cannot wait to go back again!’

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