My Horse-Riding Holidays
blows the grasses
And whips the horse’s mane.
They travel, horse and rider,
Through the sea of amber grain
Hills roll by, and clouds pass
But steady are the horse’s hooves
Upon the wind blown grass
As they travel, horse and rider
There is no trail that they follow
No path that can be seen
There they travel, horse and rider
Upon the endless blowing green
1997 I spent a week at the Rancho Rayo de Sol, near Almería, Spain.
This area used to be the film site for many European wild west movies.
We did daily three to four hour rides. For a few days I was the only guest,
the maximum number of guests is four. More in my travel report
1994 I spent some time visiting my friend Sophie who had her own horse
at the Centre Equestre de Niamey in Niger, West Africa. I got riding and
jumping lessons but we also rode out into the country a few times. As in
Morocco all the horses were stallions. The riding instructor, a French-speaking
African guy, was very nice and the horses were well-kept.
1992 I booked a weekend at Trewysgoed Riding Centre in the south of Wales,
UK. I would have liked to ride all day but as we were unlucky weatherwise
we only got three 2-hour rides. There were also some girls from New Zealand
visiting at the same time.
1990 my friend Corinna and I did a trail ride from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
to Roussillon in the south of France. We passed through the Camarque, followed
the mountain range Chaîne des Alpilles and crossed the Lubéron.
We also came through the Roman city of Arles as well as the villages Fontvieille,
Les Baux, St.-Remy-de-Provence, Eygalières, Mallemort et Bonnieux.
The trip was organized by the Ferme Equestre de Bressieux of St. Romain
de Lerps. The group consisted of seven Frenchmen and -women and seven Americans.
We rode for seven days between 3 and 5 1/2 hours per day through most fascinating
landscapes. For more details and pictures click
In April 1988 my sister and I booked a week at the
End Ranch in Nörvenich, Germany. We got daily riding lessons in
western style but also went out into the countryside a few times.
1985 I spent two weeks at the Camping Val de Cantobre in the Cevennes region
in the south of France. The camp site also offered horse-riding and my
sister and I took the opportunity to ride nearly every day between one
and 4 1/2 hours. The guide was a crazy Frenchman and we always rode at
a fast pace, climbed the mountains, and we even went swimming with the horses. We also did a moonlight trip and we camped under the stars with
our saddles for pillows. As there were only five horses, we were always
in a small group and advanced people never were put together with beginners.
It was great fun. Unfortunately the camp site doesn't offer horseback trips
anymore. For more pictures go to
I spent a week at the Reitschule Seyfried near Gießen, Germany, where
I had daily riding lessons. They have all kinds of horses and also breed
1982 and 1986 I spent several weeks at the Islandpferdehof Steinbachtalsperre
in the Eifel region in Germany, not far from Euskirchen and Bad Münstereifel.
They offer horseback rides for children into the surrounding countryside.
There are two or three hour rides in the morning and several one hour rides
in the afternoon. The horses have a day off on Mondays.
a fantastic book about horses (now also released as a film):
- Three Men and a Racehorse" by Laura Hillenbrand.
on the paperback reads "In 1938, a small crooked-legged racehorse
more press coverage than Hitler, Mussolini, Roosevelt or any other news
was Seabiscuit. He had become a most unlikely darling of the public thanks
improbable meeting of three men who together created an international sporting
is an inspiring narrative of betting and winning against the odds, a
tale of three embattled individuals who overcame the Depression and
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