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Dressage and Trail in Tuscany


Dressage and Trail in Tuscany
Tuscany Italy

Strategically positioned midway between Siena and Florence sits a handsome, stone farmhouse villa dating from the 1700's and owned by Gianni and Cristina, a couple who have dedicated their lives to the equestrian arts. The farm estate appeals particularly to visitors with a passion for horseback riding and dressage, for the De Marchis offer everything from basic beginner riding lessons to advanced dressage training, complemented with day long trail rides through the gorgeous surrounding countryside. In fact, the center is recognized as one of the top “ranches” in the Tuscany area.  Instruction is available for both the rider just starting out in dressage as well as for experienced dressage enthusiasts around the world. With the emphasis on correct basic schoolwork, riders are also encouraged to work on carefully prepared exercises in the lateral movements, transitions, canter and counter-canter as well as work from the ground. For the most advanced level of riders visiting the farm, riders also have the possibility to work on the piaffé, passage and flying changes. But of course there is a lot more. Miles and miles of trail riding in the surrounding typical Tuscan countryside and even a wine tasting stop can be built into your daily program.

The riding program offer a wide variety of choices and easily be modified to your riding level and the type of riding you want to improve on.
Meals are all taking together at a long rustic table in front of the fireplace - a wonderful place to swap stories of the day with your fellow riders. The chef is an undiscovered gem - you will taste some of the best typical cuisine of Tuscany with wines of the area.


Riding Clinic
Center-based ride

Meeting: San Filippo
Airport: Florence
Transfer: Florence airport or Florence train station
Riders: Min 2 riders
Max 4 riders
(per riding group)

Max Capacity 24

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    Dressage and Trail in Tuscany
    Tour Code: IT-SR04
    8 days / 7 nights ~$1,170.00
    Dates : Available all Year

    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
    E 2016 02/27 - 10/31 8d / 7n 8 days, MAP - Beginner & Int... 2 /4 Reserve
    F 2016 02/27 - 10/31 8d / 7n 8 days, MAP - Dressage Lesso... 2 /4 Reserve
    G 2016 02/27 - 10/31 8d / 7n 8 days, MAP - Trail Rides (p... 2 /4 Reserve
    H 2016 02/27 - 10/31 8d / 7n 8 days, MAP - Dressage for I... 2 /4 Reserve
    A 2016 11/01 - 12/25 8d / 7n 8 days, MAP - Beginner & Int... 2 /4 Reserve
    B 2016 11/01 - 12/25 8d / 7n 8 days, MAP - Dressage Lesso... 2 /4 Reserve
    C 2016 11/01 - 12/25 8d / 7n 8 days, MAP - Trail Rides 2 /4 Reserve
    D 2016 11/01 - 12/25 8d / 7n 8 days, MAP - Dressage for I... 2 /4 Reserve
    F 2016 12/26 - 12/30 8d / 7n 8 days, MAP - Dressage Lesso... 2 /4 Reserve
    G 2016 12/26 - 12/30 8d / 7n 8 days, MAP - Trail Rides (p... 2 /4 Reserve
    H 2016 12/26 - 12/30 8d / 7n 8 days, MAP - Dressage for I... 2 /4 Reserve
    E 2016 12/26 - 12/30 8d / 7n 8 days, MAP - Beginner & Int... 2 /4 Reserve
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    Centered Riding
    Tack: English saddle; general purpose and dr...
    Horses: Lusitanos, Arabs, Anglo Arabs
    Pace: 2-3 riding hours / day, the trail ride...

    Airport: Florence
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