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At The Riding Company we’re often astounded by the ability of the horses on our holidays to adapt to their riders ability, cope with the terrain and for their exceptional temperaments.

Among them there are Uruguayan Quarter Horses tackling the Peruvian mountain trails to reach Machu Picchu to Lippizanners giving riders a real taste of classical dressage.

The strength and depth of the horse breeds used in our personally selected riding holidays include Lusitano stallions, Haflingers, thoroughbreds, the Paso del Mont, and many more.

What’s your experience?

Do you have a favourite equine breed and why?

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 Karen and Sue in Austria
 

Courtesy of The Riding Company, Susan Halliwell (above left) from Herefordshire won a five night trekking week at the Schlosswirt Hotel in the British Horse competition taking her friend, Karen Lloyd along for the ride.

 

 
Karen says, “I can vouch that the photos on The Riding Company website do give a very clear indication of all that any holiday at the Schlosswirt might entail.
 
Yes, you really do head off up high mountain paths through rivers and by water-falls and are surrounded by the most spectacular panoramas and scenery.
 
Each day Toni arranged a different ride for us and we never went the same way twice – he matched us well with our horses and once we both relaxed into the Western style of riding with the long rein and long stirrups we also allowed ourselves to be taken by those trusty sure-footed Haflingers where they were confident we could indeed go!   
 
When not riding, we choose to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside. We spent an afternoon in bright sunshine exploring the glacier at the base of The Grossglockner (Austria’s highest mountain) in the Hohe Tauern National Park and another afternooon exploring the pretty local village of Heilingenblut and another memorable afternoon was spent just sunbathing in the hotel’s garden sipping long iced drinks and really winding down from our busy UK lives.  
 
The hotel was really very comfy and everyone there very welcoming and helpful.   The food was divine.   Huge amounts of help-yourself breakfast and each night a delicious and varied 5-course supper.   I was very glad I had packed stretchy jodpurs!      
 
We  were inspired too by the idea of riding through the snowy season ahead which Toni assured us was very popular and possible…. skiing AND riding very very tempting.”
 

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                    Emma and Maureen Lowden

 
 
Emma Lowden (above right) won a trip to the Orthal Riding Centre in Italy, through Horse & Rider magazine.
 
Emma says, “I am sure you remember that phone call you made and I was convinced it was a scam!
 
It was a brilliant week as you well predicted -everything ran like clockwork!
 
The hotel was really lovely and the area nice and peaceful – the real Italy I believe. Predomaintely a skiing resort the scenery was outstanding, (skilifts in the background) and explored the streets of the nearby town.
 
We rode daily and Massimo, being a show jumper, knew instantly I was into dressage and shortened the stirrups by about four holes which felt like hundreds more..ouch!
 
A former Olympic ski jumper (Eddie the eagle eat your heart out!) he lives for adrenalin filled activities and spends the summer concentrating on horse riding.  And he was a real peoples person and very popular with both children and adults alike.
 
I took my mother, Maureen, with me and she did really well after not riding properly for nearly 20 years!  We rode several horses that were all well suited to their job though they were well bred including Thoroughbreds to Holstein – Mum’s favourite horse being Flo-Jo who turned out to be a former showjumper!
It was a wondefully relaxing and enjoyable week and maybe next time we’ll combine with a trip to Venice!”
 

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JohnSmithTo promote John Smith’s renewed sponsorship of the Grand National, punters will have the chance to register for a share in a racehorse with their next pint.

The scheme, called “Smithy, The People’s Racehorse” will mean the horse will be owned by the bitter company’s customers.

There won’t be any financial commitment apart from buying a pint, as customers will be able to register for one of 250,000 shares with the company.

“Smithy”, a four-year-old gelding will be trained by Donald McCain junior at Bankhouse Stables in Cheshire. His owners will get updates on his progress and be able to vote online about his training and the races he’ll be entered for.

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Witness the best of equestrian sport this Christmas at Olympia – The London International Horse Show this December.

The First Royal International Horse Show took place in the Grand Hall Olympia in 1907 and is now home to everything from world cup showjumping and dressage, to spectacular performances from Lorenzo the Fying Frenchman and the Ukrainian Cossacks.

Olympia attracts some of the top riders in the world and visitors can enjoy fantastic, edge-of-the-seat equestrian excitement and horsey Christmas shopping all wrapped up in a festive atmosphere in central London.

The 2009 show will take place from Tuesday 15th December until Monday 21st December. Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th will be the FEI World Cup Dressage Comeptitions and Thursday 17th to Monday 21st will be performances with jumping competitions.

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