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Meeting: Saint Rémy-les-Chevreuses or Melun train station
Airport:   Paris       Train station:   Saint Rémy-les-Chevreuses train station or Melun train station
Transfer: Saint Rémy-les-Chevreuses train station or Melun train station    Distance: Approx.40 miles


Pick-up is from Saint Rémy-les-Chevreuses train station for 6:30pm on Day 1. Drop-off at Melun train station.

Tack: Trail saddles custom-made for each horse and "Myler" bridle
Horses: Arabian, Paint horses, and Arabian/Paint crossbreds.
Pace: Riders should be at ease at 4 paces (walk, rising trot, canter/gallop in a forward seat), on varied terrain. Can gallop several minutes. We ride moderate to fast paced around 5-6 hours riding each day
| Walk | Trot | Canter | Gallop |
Level: Riding Level (Click for legend) (3.5 to 4 out of 5)    Strong Intermediate
Age: Min 12
Weight: Max 220 lbs
Riders: Min 5 riders Max 10 riders

Riding Ability
This ride is open to riders who are comfortable at all three gaits (walk, rising trot, canter), with an occasional fast gallop, and practice a regular habit of riding. There are certain sections of the trail where we need to lead the horses. It is recommended that you be in good physical condition in order to participate. Previous experience of trail rides over a number of days would be beneficial but is not required.

Pace
The pace is varied depending on the terrain, with long periods of walk and plenty of opportunities to canter and gallop. We ride around 5-6 hours riding each day.

Horses
Most of our horses were born on the farm. They live in herds in the meadows and this is what makes them strong. This social lifestyle is very close to their ideal living conditions, which is a natural environment.
Every horse has its own character, but all are gentle, balanced, and multi-talented.
The horses are a mixture of Arabian, Paint horses, and Arabian/Paint crossbreds.
The relationship with the riders and our horses is crucial. Above all, we place attention on the welfare and education of our horses.

Tack
Our saddles are a French trail saddle (JMS brands), which blend the best of English and western styles to make the perfect trail saddle. Horses will work in bridles with Myler bits. Helmets are not mandatory but are strongly recommended.

Logistics
There is a support van for the transport of luggage and riders. It is possible for a rider or a non-riding companion to follow along the horse riders in the van.

Staff
David (GTE/ BPJEPS TE) is a certified Equestrian Tour Guide. He creates the routes and leads all the riding tours. He is also a trainer of apprentice instructors in Equestrian Tourism.
Britta is your riding companion and translator (English, Dutch, German, and Spanish). She is always available to facilitate any language concerns.


Passport and Visa Requirements: Passport valid for at least three months beyond length of stay required by all nationals referred to in the chart above except: (a) 1. EU nationals holding a valid national ID card. Passport NoteFranc. more
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Ile-de-France Ride to Versailles
Tour Code: IT-FRABR03
8 days / 7 nights ~$0.00
Dates : July

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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Tack: Trail saddles custom-made for each hor...
Horses: Arabian, Paint horses, and Arabian/Pai...
Pace: Riders should be at ease at 4 paces (w...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
Airport: Paris
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