Clare Dingle rode on The Grape Horse Adventure (sadly no longer available) in the beautiful Barossa Valley, South Australia. Known for its world class wines, the Barossa is a haven for foodies and wine lovers with spectacular riding trails to boot. Read on to hear Clare’s thoughts.
Were there any stand-out experiences with the accommodation and meals that you would like to mention?
All the meals were great – Jeremy’s cooking was delightful (along with the impromptu, but secret, cooking lesson!), our pizza night was wonderful and our fine dining experience was excellent. Lovely warming lunches were gratefully consumed as was our breakfast at the local farmers’ market. Overall, brilliant!
Were you happy with the horse/s that you rode?
Moonshine (Moo) was so lovely. She was so nice to ride and I enjoyed her quiet meandering just as much as our fast canters (gallops). Moo could also have a side hustle as a ‘breathalyser’ – she seemed to know when I had enjoyed a warming drink at lunchtime and her lips would start twitching!
Did you have a favourite day or experience while on your globetrotting holiday?
It was all brilliant – despite the weather. Certainly, at home, I would never have chosen to ride in cold and windy conditions, but I must say I really enjoyed riding in the wild wind on the hilltops on the first full day – it was great!
Regarding your guides, were you happy with their level of service, knowledge of the environment and hospitality?
Jen and Jeremy are wonderful hosts who made me feel so comfortable with every aspect of my horse riding holiday. Their calm and caring way with horses is something to which I aspire and I greatly appreciated all the horse talks we had (and learning how to tie a lead rope into a rein – took a while, but I finally got it!)
In terms of value-for-money, how would you rate this particular ride?
This was my first Globetrotting holiday, but sixth ‘horse holiday’, and whilst it was the most expensive, I certainly got more ‘value’ when taking into account all the ‘extras’.
Do you have any further comments or suggestions?
I’ll be watching for next years’ dates – hopefully I will be able to go back and do it all again!
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The Barossa Grape Horse Adventure was magnificent! Jen and Jeremy were wonderful hosts, the horses were lovely, the food [and wine] was magnificent and I made some great new friends – overall, a perfect horsey indulgence.