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How to Plan Your Dream 2016 Equestrian Vacation

01.4.16 | Bespoke Itinerary, Preferred Properties, World Events

It’s 2016, and one of your resolutions is to take a fabulous equestrian vacation. You know that if it’s going to be perfect, it will take some planning, so we have created a simple guide for how to design your dream 2016 equestrian vacation. The options are endless — you just have to decide what kind of life-changing experience tops your to-do list this year! As yourself these questions as you plan your perfect trip.

Trail riding beneath the Southern Alps in Glenorchy, South Island, New Zealand

What’s Your Ideal Equestrian Vacation Activity?

If you’re all about dressage, perhaps a private lesson at the French Academy of Equestrian Arts would be the perfect highlight of an amazing trip. If you live for long days out on the trail in the beautiful countryside, consider a horseback trek among crystal lakes in the shadow of the Southern Alps in New Zealand.

The Saut Hermes show jumping competition in Paris.

Or maybe you’re not an equestrian yourself, but rather just love the thrill of the races or the style and beauty of show jumping. If so, going to one of the premiere equestrian events of 2016 might be perfect. Don your most fashionable hat and watch some of the best racehorses in the world at the L’Ormarin’s Queens Plate (coming up soon!), or get a custom saddle made at the Hermès workshop behind the scenes at the Saut Hermès show jumping competition in Paris.

Half Moon Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica

What’s Your Dream Destination?

Are you fantasizing about taking off to a tropical beach to escape the dreary winter months? Maybe a spring break trip to Jamaica’s Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay is in order, where you can swim in crystal blue water between horseback rides along the shore. Or maybe you love the snowy weather, and your ideal vacation is a winter adventure combining skiing with equestrian experiences in the pristine Montana wilderness.

For many, nothing could match the old-world charm of a European equestrian vacation. From the ancient castles of Scotland to the vineyards of Tuscany, there is enough to see and do on the continent to last a lifetime — including some of the oldest classical riding schools in the world, where the equestrian tradition has been cultivated for centuries. You could take a private tour of the Spanish Riding School in Austria, where the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions are trained to perform their beautiful ballet, and then take in the romance and history of Vienna.

A gourmet picnic during a horseback safari at Tanzania’s Singita Grumeti Reserve.

What’s Your Icing on the Cake?

As you plan your 2016 equestrian vacation, also consider other experiences you’re interested in that will put your trip over the top. If gourmet meals and perfectly paired wines will round out your ideal vacation, make sure to do a little research on the culinary experiences you can expect where you’re going. If you live for the perfect round of golf, book a trip to a location with a world-class course. Make your 2016 equestrian vacation the trip of a lifetime by indulging all of your tastes and passions.

No matter where you want to go, you can experience it to the fullest with VIP experiences and behind-the-scenes access at some of the most beautiful and luxurious equestrian-oriented resorts and hotels in the world, because of Journeys’ partnerships and Virtuoso network affiliation. From a horseback safari adventure at Singita Grumeti Reserve in Tanzania to trail rides through Peru’s Sacred Valley to see Machu Picchu, if you can dream it, we can make it happen. Make this year one to remember by planning an equestrian journey tailored perfectly to your desires.

Contact us for equestrian vacation suggestions based on your answers to the important questions above.


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