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Dressage and Trail in Tuscany

Itinerary for Dressage and Trail in Tuscany

These riding packages are available:

1. Beginner Program: 10 riding lessons or 9 lessons and 1 riding out. 
2. Lessons & Hacking: 6 dressage lessons and 3 trail rides.
3. Dressage Program: 9 dressage lessons and 1 trail ride

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

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

*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 walk, trot and canter 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, 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.

Hacking / 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 two to three hours each – it is calm, with some trot and a little bit of canter if the riders are confident, it is nice for 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 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.

Non riders:
The center also organizes courses in the Italian language and 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. The swimming pool gives splendid views over olive groves and vineyards. This is 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.

Non rider rates include: 7 nights lodging with breakfast and dinner.

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Dressage and Trail in Tuscany
Tour Code: IT-SR04
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,435.00
Dates : March to Nov

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
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.
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.
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
E 2019 03/16 - 04/05 8d / 7n 8 days, MAP - Beginner Progr... 2 /4 Reserve
F 2019 03/16 - 04/05 8d / 7n 8 days, MAP - Dressage Lesso... 2 /4 Reserve
G 2019 03/16 - 04/05 8d / 7n 8 days, MAP - Hacking 2 /4 Reserve
H 2019 03/16 - 04/05 8d / 7n 8 days, MAP - Dressage Progr... 2 /4 Reserve
A 2019 04/06 - 10/12 8d / 7n 8 days, MAP - Beginner Progr... 2 /4 Reserve
B 2019 04/06 - 10/12 8d / 7n 8 days, MAP - Dressage Lesso... 2 /4 Reserve
C 2019 04/06 - 10/12 8d / 7n 8 days, MAP - Hacking (high) 2 /4 Reserve
D 2019 04/06 - 10/12 8d / 7n 8 days, MAP - Dressage Progr... 2 /4 Reserve
E 2019 10/13 - 11/11 8d / 7n 8 days, MAP - Beginner Progr... 2 /4 Reserve
F 2019 10/13 - 11/11 8d / 7n 8 days, MAP - Dressage Lesso... 2 /4 Reserve
G 2019 10/13 - 11/11 8d / 7n 8 days, MAP - Hacking 2 /4 Reserve
H 2019 10/13 - 11/11 8d / 7n 8 days, MAP - Dressage 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...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Florence
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