French Riding Holidays, Quality Riding Holidays France
....about us
Derek has lived in France for the last 17 years and has a passion for horses and the countryside


I was born in a little village called Musbury between Axminster and Seaton in Devon.  My Grandfather had a farm just down the road and I spent every possible moment there.  My Grandfather ploughed using a shire horse which is my first memory of horses.  An Uncle also farmed a few miles away and had 2 horses, a hunter Lorna and a pony named Pixie.  My cousins had riding lessons and rode but I was unable to and was insanely jealous of them. If ever I was missing my parents knew I would be in the stables with the horses.  I remember being taken to Dartmoor for days out and the highlight of my day would be seeing the wild ponies there.


< Derek enjoying a laugh with guests
Amanda Swimming


I came on holiday to French Riding Holidays in 2011, and fell in love with the place. Later on that year, I left my job in Information Technology for HSBC Bank, and decided to take some time off and ride the world! I have been lucky enough to do some amazing riding holidays from Mongolia to Chile, from South Africa, Botswana and Namibia to Lapland and many more…. However I always loved the riding, horses and people at FRH. I think it was my fourth holiday here, when I literally didn't get my plane home. I stayed out to help and work here for a few months, and this then became my way of life. In 2015, I was lucky enough to buy the Mas De Clamouze, and its surrounding land. So from IT to a farmer. I didn't see that happening! I am privileged to work with lovely horses, and a great team of people. That is what makes the Mas De Clamouze so special. Its a great job and I look forward to seeing you here for your next holiday. Amanda xx..  


< Amanda crossing a river – on the Wild Coast South Africa

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