Active Riding Trips
By Stacey Adams, Active Riding Trips
Travel to exotic places is a dream for so many people. France, Italy, Mexico, Kenya, New Zealand, Ireland and so many more are destinations filled with tantalizing historic, cultural, geographical and scenic wonders that would enthrall any traveller.
But, as an equestrian, what if your trip was a horse riding vacation where you could ride wonderful locally-bred and trained horses, stay in beautiful accommodations in fabulous locations and enjoy mouthwatering food prepared in culturally rich cuisines?
At Active Riding Trips in the hunt country of Millbrook, New York, we offer the very best of the world’s exotic horseback riding trips. We organize everything with the guides and outfitters from the accommodations and cuisine you will enjoy, to the fit and dependable horses you will ride. And we back up our recommendations with the fact that we have not only visited every location we represent, we have checked each location against the competition to confirm its superiority. We not only check out the horses, we assess how the horses interact with each other and how they behave on the trails. We also check out food preparation and the flexibility of cuisine for dietary restrictions or special needs, options for varied activities, and background information on the hosting accommodation. There is no exception to that rule and we truly are sticklers for detail.
Active Riding Trips provides premier equestrian vacations featuring great horses, wonderful locations, and welcoming accommodations.
Here is just a sample of some of the trips we are offering in the coming months and in 2017…
For centuries Peru has been a nation of unique and resourceful cultures whose people have thrived on the diversity of the country’s geography. The Andes influence climate, flora, and fauna, and its tropical region known as the Tropical Andes is a biodiversity hotspot containing about a sixth of all plant life in less than one percent of the world’s land area. In high, remote villages, indigenous peoples practice farming and handmade textile manufacturing that has endured for centuries.
Imagine riding Peruvian Quarter Horses along original Inca trails to the city of Machu Picchu, meeting the gracious Quechua people and experiencing firsthand their Incan traditions, cantering across valleys, and following the trail into high alpine country that peaks at 15,000 feet. And imagine riding the mountains and beaches of Peru with an opportunity to see the mysterious Nazca lines that preserve the secrets of an ancient culture.
Peru’s Machu Picchu Inn-to-Inn Trail Ride.
In Province, France, you can ride Spanish Barb or Selle Francais horses by fields of lavender and savour the rich aroma of rosemary, thyme, and olive trees. Or trot by the endless vineyards of Bordeaux.
In Iceland, home of stunning glaciers, lakes, hot springs and waterfalls, visit the Valley of the Horses, enjoy a beach ride and the National Park Thingvellir, one of two places in Iceland on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Or take a trip riding the dependable Icelandic horse through Iceland’s valleys, canyons and raging rivers of Thorsmork where you follow a glacial river onto black volcanic sand beaches of the country’s southernmost coast.
In Kenya, ride under the spell the Serengeti plains where you can jog side by side with giraffe, zebra or wildebeest, or hack to a viewpoint to watch elephants, buffalo, hyena or ostrich. Take a night game drive when the plains come alive with activity after the hot sun has set. Or enjoy a few hikes in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Explore the South Pacific along New Zealand’s east coast where you can ride through the surf on spectacular beaches. This is the land of the Maori, the first arrivals who called it “Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud.”
If a riding holiday that combines some equestrian training is your dream, consider travelling to Scotland to stay at the gorgeous Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire where they offer every experience of horsemanship on 50 acres. Gleneagles is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. When you need a break from the saddle, try a round of golf on their immaculate greens and fairways.
Or you could consider a fabulous training experience with Olympic silver medalist Ignacio Rambla, technical director at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
Ireland’s Kinnitty Castle Trail Ride.
California’s Sierra Nevada Gold Rush Ride.
All of us at Active Riding Trips have been offering our exclusive services for six years and one of our staff members has worked with a number of the selected guides and outfitters for close to 20 years. We offer riding vacations not only in the countries profiled, but also Australia, Argentina, England, Italy, Mexico, Portugal and the United States.
Prices will vary country to country, and the average length of your riding vacation is about a week. The rides in each country are profiled on our website and we provide a choice of dates, the cost of each ride, and additional information.
Our commitment is simple: To make vacations affordable and of excellent value, while providing a travel experience that is exclusively unique, giving you an unforgettable experience.
Please check our website for more information at www.activeridingtrips.com. There is a contact form on the website that you can complete for more information.
Our toll-free phone number is 1-800-973-3221.
This information was provided by Riding Trips.
Photos courtesy of Active Riding Trips.
Main photo: Peru’s Machu Picchu Inn-to-Inn Trail Ride.