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Last Update: 12 Mar 2013
Riding Holidays | Spain
Horse riding is deeply ingrained into the Spanish culture, especially in the southern province of Andalucia, making Spain an ideal destination for an equestrian vacation. The country has an enduring love of horses. There are colourful ferias and romerías where the horse is celebrated and prized above all. The pinnacle is the Royal School of Equestrian Art in Jerez, where students train in the ancient art of classical riding.
The Andalucian horse has its roots way back in 200 BC at the time of the Roman Conquest of Spain. Spain’s Moorish conquerors then cross-bred native Spanish horses with their own Arab and Berber horses. In the Fifteenth Century the Moors were forced out of Spain and one of their legacies was the wonderful horses. Spanish horses then enjoyed huge popularity; they were taken to the New World by Spanish conquistadors and influenced the native breeds of Denmark, Austria and Britain.
Through horse riding holidays, you too can experience the wonderful Andalucian horse for yourself. Explore the rugged beauty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains or enjoy the fabulous coastal scenery at Los Alamos, where you can ride through forests of umbrella pine and fragrant eucalyptus, long sandy beaches and ancient Drovers’ tracks. Learn classical riding techniques with top Doma Vaquero and Doma Classical teachers in Vejer de la Frontera, see the spectacular show at the School of Equestrian Art in Jerez and even experience one of the largest ferias in Spain at Jerez or Seville. A world of equestrian delights await for you in Spain…let this wonderful country be the destination for your next riding holiday!