“It really is the most wonderful riding you can imagine”
Eventer Mary King MBE, Olympic silver medallist
If Carlsberg did riding holidays……..
BBC TV and Radio Two presenter Sara Cox
Dartmoor Derby Taster Event
Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th July 2017
Come and have a taste of riding in this exquisite region
on a stunning three-night, two-day trip on Dartmoor without committing to the full 50 miles of the DartmoorDerby itself.
What is it?
Some eight guests will be welcomed to a splendid Georgian house and farm on West Dartmoor. Their horses can be stabled or turned out (in groups or individually, as you prefer) on site. After a wonderful supper featuring local Devon ingredients, you embark on the first of two wonderful days of guided riding, with full ground crew support.
When does it take place?
From Monday 3rd to Thurs 6th July 2017, with two days riding on Tues 4th and Weds 5th.
What is the riding like?
You will ride between 12 and 18 miles a day over moors and tors and among wild ponies and moorland cattle with buzzards overhead. The footing is peaty, offering wonderful long canter stretches — and our guides know where to avoid bogs!
As these photos testify, the riding is glorious and varied. You should be comfortable across diverse gradients and riding at all paces, but there is no jumping.
On the first day you will set off North West towards Meldon Dam, and stop for a riverside lunch. The following day you will ride East towards White Tor, Merrivale and Cox Tor before heading back through Peter Tavy and to your host farm for tea.
Where will you stay and eat?
Guests may have a single, twin or double room at a superb Georgian farmstead on West Dartmoor that offers excellent accommodation with scope to have your horse right outside. After a full cooked breakfast at the farm each morning, a morning in the saddle will set you up perfectly for a stunning moorland picnic that appears as if by magic en route.
On two of your three evenings, our “food fairy” will deliver cake or scones for tea time, plus a three-course extravaganza to heat up for supper. On the third evening, guests are invited to eat at a charming, historic and highly regarded local pub, the Elephant’s Nest.
What does it cost?
The all inclusive price (including accommodation for yourself and your horse, two eat in suppers, and forage and bedding for your horse, and guiding) is £950 per person based on two people sharing a room. The same trip for single occupancy is £1250 per head
We can also arrange the hire of experienced local horses at a supplement, if you’d prefer not to bring your own.