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Dressage and Trail in Tuscany


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There are 3 riding packages available:
Beginner Program: 10 riding lessons or 9 lessons and 1 riding out. 
- Lessons & Hacking: 6 dressage lessons and 3 trail rides.
- Dressage Program: 9 dressage lessons and 1 trail ride

These packages can be customized to your needs ...it is possible to book additional lessons or rides out.
 


Lessons
The lessons are divided into three groups:
- Beginners can learn riding from the very first steps.
- Intermediate riders can extend their knowledge and skill or partake in the riding out.
- Experienced riders can take dressage lessons and combine this with riding out.

Note: Please observe that the beginners program is only for real beginners (absolute beginners or riders that are able to do walk and trot but not canter). Riders that are confident with the three paces can reserve the dressage program for the lessons or be aware to pay the price difference if they are unsure and book the beginners program but then become assessed as experienced enough by us.

The riding lessons are taken in the training arena adjacent to the house. The lessons are in small groups (3 students max), which are arranged according to riding skills. The lessons are in English, Italian or French. The lessons for adults last 50 minutes in the morning and 40 minutes in the afternoon. In summer time (from June to September), all lessons last 40 minutes and the two lessons can be run consecutively in the morning if its better for horses and riders because of the hot conditions. 



Trail Rides
The riding out on trails is always accompanied by a local guide. In most cases they follow small country paths or go cross-country. Roads are only seldom crossed. The ride out lasts from 1 to 2 hours each – it is calm, with some trot and a little bit of canter if the riders are confident. Trail Rides give a nice opportunity to admire the beauty of the landscape, which is unique in Tuscany and particularly in the Chianti.
Children under 14 years of age cannot do the long ride out, but if they are confident, they may do a shorter itinerary of one hour (at the extra cost of Euro 40).



Classical Dressage Training
The training method is based on supplying and loosening up the horse to achieve elasticity and lightness in the use of the aids. We follow the very traditional principles of classical riding but which are also practiced by riders competing in modern dressage.
The professional foundation is based on the academic style and the qualification is derived from the benefit of several years of training with Portuguese master Pedro Batista De Almeida, a pupil of the great Nuno Olivera. Mr. De Almeida spent his career as the technical director responsible for the Portuguese National Stud which has more than 100 stallions.

Show Jumping Lessons
Lessons can be arranged for different levels and to children as well.
Jumping lessons will include:
- balance exercises for a correct jumping position
- flat work and dressage exercises aimed at the work that will subsequently be done in the jumping lesson
- exercises on ground poles to perfect balance
- exercises on how to ride a jumping course
The instructor will evaluate what exercises the rider can perform based on his experience. It is also possible to book jumping lessons while carrying out the entire dressage program.
This activity will be directed by Pietro De Marchi.



Non riders  
The swimming pool of the riding center gives splendid views over olive groves and vineyards. If you enjoy sporting activities, there are tennis courts about 10km away, and golf courses in Florence, Castelfalfi and Siena.

Sightseeing
The riding center is an excellent base for touring the heart of Tuscany (you should have a rental car). Florence and Siena are just 30 minutes by car.
Castel del Nero’s Spa, is located just 10 minutes drive away from the riding center and offers all the charm of a castle and a beautiful garden.

Hiking / Cycling
This is also an ideal place to explore the Tuscan countryside by foot or by bicycle. The beautiful trekking routes of the Chianti-valley can be reached by car very easily or you can hike or bike to the villages of Barberino Val d’Elsa and Tavarnelle directly from the riding center.

Cooking Lesson
We organize weekly cooking classes (extra cost). Thanks to granny’s tools and techniques, you will learn to prepare Tagliatelle, Ravioli, Tortelli, Desserts and even Casereccio bread, which you can then enjoy with the other guests.

Yoga
Yoga lessons (extra cost) for riders and non-riders are available throughout the year. The practicing of yoga is in fact very useful for riders because it will improve your balance and will teach you to breathe correctly, in addition it will increase your flexibility and capacity of concentration and body awareness. The lessons are suitable for absolute beginners or advanced yoga practitioners and will be held either early in the morning or in the late afternoon / early evening. It the weather allows an outdoor lesson, you will be doing yoga in the garden or by the swimming pool, otherwise inside. We provide matrasses and blankets if needed, all you need to bring is comfortable clothing.

Italian Classes
The center also organizes courses in the Italian language.
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Dressage and Trail in Tuscany
Tour Code: IT-SR04
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,430.00
Dates : March to Nov

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
F 2020 03/14 - 04/03 8d / 7n 8 days, HB - Dressage Lesson... 2 /4 Reserve
I 2020 03/14 - 04/03 8d / 7n 8 days, HB - Dressage Progra... 2 /4 Reserve
C 2020 03/14 - 04/03 8d / 7n 8 days, HB - Beginner Progra... 2 /4 Reserve
D 2020 04/04 - 04/17 8d / 7n 8 days, HB - Dressage Lesson... 2 /4 Reserve
G 2020 04/04 - 04/17 8d / 7n 8 days, HB - Dressage Progra... 2 /4 Reserve
A 2020 04/04 - 04/17 8d / 7n 8 days, MAP - Beginner Progr... 2 /4 Reserve
B 2020 04/18 - 05/21 8d / 7n 8 days, MAP - Beginner Progr... 2 /4 Reserve
E 2020 04/18 - 05/21 8d / 7n 8 days, HB - Dressage Lesson... 2 /4 Reserve
H 2020 04/18 - 05/21 8d / 7n 8 days, HB - Dressage Progra... 2 /4 Reserve
D 2020 05/22 - 10/30 8d / 7n 8 days, HB - Dressage Lesson... 2 /4 Reserve
G 2020 05/22 - 10/30 8d / 7n 8 days, HB - Dressage Progra... 2 /4 Reserve
A 2020 05/22 - 10/30 8d / 7n 8 days, MAP - Beginner Progr... 2 /4 Reserve
C 2020 10/31 - 11/13 8d / 7n 8 days, HB - Beginner Progra... 2 /4 Reserve
F 2020 10/31 - 11/13 8d / 7n 8 days, HB - Dressage Lesson... 2 /4 Reserve
I 2020 10/31 - 11/13 8d / 7n 8 days, HB - Dressage Progra... 2 /4 Reserve
D 2020 12/26 - 01/06 8d / 7n 8 days, HB - Dressage Lesson... 2 /4 Reserve
G 2020 12/26 - 01/06 8d / 7n 8 days, HB - Dressage Progra... 2 /4 Reserve
A 2020 12/26 - 01/06 8d / 7n 8 days, MAP - Beginner Progr... 2 /4 Reserve
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Tack: English saddle; general purpose and dr...
Horses: Lusitanos, Arabs, Anglo Arabs, Sella I...
Pace: 2-3 riding hours / day, the trail ride...
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Airport: Florence
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