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Meeting: Bucharest
Airport:   Bucharest      
Transfer: Bucharest    Distance: 175km / 108.7 miles

Pick-up/ drop-off for this trip is from Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP). Pick-up is scheduled for around 4:00pm on Day 1 of the trip. On the last day, drop off will be at around 12:00- 1:00pm. Please book flights departing after 2:00pm.

Tack: English
Horses: Shagya Arabs, Arabs, Kisberi, Gidran, other Hungarian cross breds, local breeds
Pace: Good mix of walking, trotting, and cantering. 6-7 hours per day (20-30km a day).
| Walk | Trot | Canter | Gallop |
Level: Riding Level (Click for legend) (3.5 to 4 out of 5)    Good Intermediate
Weight: Max 210 lbs
Riders: Min 3 riders Max 6 riders
Riding helmets are mandatory for this ride.

Riding Experience
This ride is tailored to strong intermediate riders and above. Participants have to be competent in all speeds and able to fully control a horse at a canter. Every day, we will have opportunities to canter and even gallop! At times, there are some steep slopes where you need to lead your horse.
We ride mainly on grass-covered trails and across pastures, and occasionally come through oak and hornbeam forests.

Over the course of the week, you will have 3 day-rides in the saddle, returning to the guesthouse each evening, as well as a 2 day trek with an overnight stay in tents.
The rides are a good mix of walking, trotting, and cantering.
We cover around 20-30km a day and spend approx. 6 to 7 hours in the saddle per day (incl. lunch break).

With an assortment of horses to choose from there is a suitable horse for everybody, from calm horses for the lesser experienced, to fast and fiery horses for the demanding rider. All horses have stamina, are fit and are used to the mountains.
Our stock of over 40 horses is a good mixture of pure and half-bred horses, mainly breeds of Hungarian origin such as Shagya-Arabian, Kisberi, and Gidran. All these breeds are characterized by an outstanding willingness, endurance, beauty and good nature and proof their qualities again and again on all our rides.
Our horses live in two groups in open stables with sand paddocks, that allow them to move freely and complies with their need for social interactions with members of the same species. In addition, they are regularly turned out on large pastures.
The upper stables cover approximately 300 m2 and hosts about half of the horses (as well as our donkey Maja), which have the possibility of moving around freely. The horses have an open stable with two large boxes (50 m2 and 35 m2) and approximately 1,000 m2 of paddock. Furthermore, we have a separate box (18 m2) for horses that we want to temporarily separate from the herd (e.g. for fowling), and a box for a stallion with 16 m2. The lower stables also consist of an open stable for the remaining horses and the other animals.

Hard Hat
A HARD HAT IS MANDATORY FOR ALL RIDERS, NO EXCEPTIONS! We have a few hats that other guests have left, and that can be used, but we do not know the history/size or fit of these hats and therefore cannot guarantee them.

You will be accompanied by 2 guides.

Your Hosts
The owners of the riding centre, Barbara and Christoph Promberger, have been leading the Carpathian Large Carnivore Project over the last ten years, the largest research and conservation project on large carnivores in Central and Eastern Europe. During this time, they have gained a great deal of experience about large carnivores and are happy to tell their stories about wolves, bears, and lynx. They are now again involved in a large conservation programme in and around Sinca Noua, which intends to develop the area into a large conservation area with certified organic agriculture around the village and unspoiled and protected forests in the hills and mountains around Sinca.

Conservation Contribution
We ask all our visitors for a donation of 40 Euro per week for our regional conservation and development fund, which supports sustainable projects in and around Sinca Noua. Furthermore, we are personally involved in a number of conservation projects.

Passport and Visa Requirements: Passport valid for at least three months beyond length of stay required by all nationals referred to in the chart except:(a) 1. EU nationals holding a valid national ID card. Not required by all natio. more
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Carpathian History & Nature Ride
Tour Code: IT-ROSR04
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,225.00
Dates : Jan-Feb, Apr-Oct

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
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.
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.
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: English
Horses: Shagya Arabs, Arabs, Kisberi, Gidran, ...
Pace: Good mix of walking, trotting, and can...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
Airport: Bucharest
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