French Riding Holidays, Quality Riding Holidays France
Spring 2010

On the Way to the Grottes de Foisac


Hello from all at French Riding Holidays. As the new season begins we would just like to let you know what’s new…!
This season we have a qualified riding instructor called Celine working with us, so for any of you who would like to take advantage of some extra lessons now is your chance. She is looking forward to joining us and meeting all of our super guests.

Enjoying the Snow this Winter
French Riding Holidays is constantly evolving and for those guests that return time and time again we like to give them something new and different to try. So in February we introduced Pelangi to harness ( photo below). She took to it like a duck to water (or should we say a horse to cart!) On only the second outing she happily ventured along to Tartabelle. We are aiming to introduce some of the others to harness during the year and hope to offer some guests the chance to try their hand at driving.

Last year we offered Western Style riding to our guests for the first time. Some of our American guests requested western saddles and we found many other guests wanted to have a go too. Oracle, Nelson, Kajoline and Epice were the horses we used for this style of riding and they too were very comfortable with the different style saddles.
Derek is always looking for new rides and picnic sites and this year is no exception with some beautiful new rides to be experienced by our many returning guests.

Cirrus….Our Super New Portuguese Boy!

2010 is going to be the year that we build our own cross country course in the valley. One of our good friends was a professional course builder in a previous life and we are very excited by the course plans he has drawn up. We are lucky to have such expertise at hand. We had a super time at New Year with a great bunch of guests. Once again we enjoyed a murder mystery evening but after copious amounts of champagne, by the time the murderer was unveiled who cared! The mounted team treasure hunt on New Year’s Day (thank you Sara for the route and fantastic clues) was again a popular and fun ride. It Is hard to believe but our first born foal Tiffany is now 3 years old and this will be the year that she commences light work. She is a great favourite of Louise’s and as mentioned in our previous newsletter Louise has already sat on her back with a saddle. Those of you who enjoyed riding Kym last season will be very pleased to hear that he is returning to us again for 2010. We have two interesting new editions to the herd, Indiana, a beautiful skewbald with a lovely nature, and Cirrus, a Portuguese dappled grey with real presence and a very showy action.

Western Riding on Offer
For our younger guests we are having a pretty little pony on loan for the season called Red. She is the deepest chestnut we have ever seen, hence the name. She has a gentle personality and is very popular with visiting children. David has bought himself a quad bike and is looking for excuses to bring picnics to previously inaccessible sites, which means we can now enjoy more adventure rides with cold beer breaks. Enjoying the Snow this Winter.


S T O P P R E S S !  S T O P P R E S S !
We will soon be putting details of our long awaited French Riding Holidays Photographic Competition on our website so have a look through your photographs as you may have one worthy of one of our great prizes!

We are pleased to be able to offer the opportunity for riders to ride unguided through the Aveyron on our beautiful horses. (Subject to ability). Please do ask for details when you book.

Finally, we will shortly be circulating a short online survey and would be grateful if as many of you as possible can complete it for us. It will help us to provide an even better experience for you at French Riding Holidays. Don’t forget to visit our website regularly to keep up with our exciting news.

We do hope that you find the opportunity to visit us this year and please do keep in touch, we love to hear from you.
Best Wishes,


Derek & Anne


PS A reminder of our special Easter breaks, a time to enjoy mulled wine, chocolate and our mounted Easter egg treasure hunt…..always a favourite! While we are on the subject of breaks don’t forget we open at Christmas and flights do get booked up early so it is never too soon to be thinking about getting away at that special time of year.


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