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Archive for January, 2009

orthalJoin us on our brand new ‘riding and cookery’ week, where you will be collecting herbs and mushrooms and other produce on horseback, then using them later to try out some local recipes.
Daily rides out and lessons based at authentic family guest house. Riding with Fruits of the Forest Cookery course: an insight into Italian food and mountain traditions.
You’ll stay at the delightful Orthal riding centre, based at a small Albergo on the L’Altopiano di Asiago, a sunny plateau overlooking the Venetian plains and with views stretching to the Dolomites. Massimo Rigoni, a former horse jumper in international competitions, is the charming owner who will take you on half-day or full day hacks through pretty, unspoilt countryside and villages. Family skiing area during the winter months. The area has an extensive network of marked trails which are perfect for hiking or mountain biking. Riding can be combined with white-water rafting, paragliding and other adrenaline sports.

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brooke-logoThe Riding Company have teamed up with horse charity The Brooke, to organise a sponsored ride in Egypt this November to help badly treated horses. In fact, it was in Egypt that The Brooke’s founder, Dorothy Brooke, started the charity in 1930. She was horrified to see hundreds of emaciated horses on its streets, so she set up a committee and bought 5,000 ex-cavalry horses.
And in 1934, Dorothy Brooke founded the ‘Old War Horse Memorial Hospital’ in Cairo, with the promise of free veterinary care for all the city’s working horses and donkeys…the Brooke Hospital for Animals was born.
We will be visiting some Brooke projects around Cairo to see first hand how the charity is helping the sick and poorly-treated horses. Everyone involved can enjoy a fun, but worthwhile holiday, with a great bunch of people, while they take part in the sponsored ride.

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The public have been asked to help design a new 50 pence coin to represent equestrianism at the 2012 Olympic Games.

It’ll be one of 29 that Britain’s coin maker plans to print to celebrate the many sports involved in the London Olympics and Paralympics.

Winners will receive £1,000 and a special gold coin with their very own design on.

The Royal Mint Design Competition for London 2012 is open to all UK residents aged over 13. For more information and entry details, visit http://www.royalmintcompetition.co.uk

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Ever fancied yourself as a bit of a photographer?
Well here’s your chance with The Riding Company’s latest photo competition.
Send us in your 3 best photos from any riding holiday or trip, for your chance to win a whole host of lovely prizes!
All you need to do is write a few sentences on ‘the best 3 things about the trip’
(max 300 words):

1st Prize: 5 night riding holiday for two at the Schlosswirt, Austrian Alps.
2nd Prize: 5 free riding lessons or rides out at the Post Hotel, Italian Dolomites
3rd Prize: 5 free riding lessons or rides out at the Orthal Riding Centre, Italy.
You may enter up to 3 photos and the best 3 will be chosen at the end December 2009.

Send in your entries to
photocomp09@theridingcompany.com

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egypt-pyramids
Our latest holiday at The Riding Company allows you to experience the breathtaking Pyramids of Giza on horseback.
Head off on a desert adventure across the Sahara, sleeping in colourful Bedouin tents along the way.
Visit ancient monuments far from the crowds, resting and overnighting in the shade of an idyllic Oasis. Visit Bedoin villages and pass through an amazing changing landscape of shimmering open vistas, sand-dunes and stunning sculptural canyons.
We offer three different tours, all of them start in Cairo so that you can visit the Pyramids and the Sphinx on horseback and also visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities (where many of the treasures from ancient Egypt are on display) and experience some vibrant local colour at the night-time Bazaar for some interesting souvenirs.
Tour 1 – Desert Ride with Nile Cruise. This 7 night tour combines the trip to Cairo, the ride around the pyramids and the Sphinx with a NILE CRUISE from Luxor where you can visit the tombs of the Valley of the Kings then sail to Edfu and Aswan for further visits to archaelogical sites. 5 * accommodation, 18 hours of riding.
Tour 2 – Desert Riding with beach time (diving/ snorkelling/spa). 7 night tour which combines the trip to Cairo as above with the ride to the Sakkara tombs and statues deep in the desert (about 6 hours riding), then transfer to Marsa Alam and the stunning beaches of the RED SEA for a few days of desert riding and relaxing in your 5* hotel. Includes a ‘Jeep safari’ to a Bedouin village, 13 hours of riding, 4 dives or snorkelling trips by boat.
Tour 3 – Horse, camel and Jeep Safari. 11 nights. Experience stunning desert landscape on the Sinai Peninsula. The first couple of days are as above then take a jeep safari into the desert to meet the horses. Visit archaelogical sites with overnights in Bedouin camps along the way, then relax at the end of the tour at a famous Red Sea resort. 35 hours of riding. 5* hotels and Bedoiun or modern tents.

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A pony was rescued by firemen in Devon last week, after it fell into a frozen pond.

Firefighters used a winch and strop to get the pony out of the pond. Luckily the pony was not harmed.

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British Jockey Hayley Turner rode into the record books, becoming the first British woman to ride 100 winners in a year.

Hayley, who is 25-years-old, won as she came aboard 7-1 shot Mullitovermaurice in a claiming race at Wolverhampton on 30 December, 2008.

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