How would you like to do some horse riding on the Costa Blanca and ride an Andalusian – the most famous horse in Spain? Better still, you can have classes with one of the masters of the Spanish school of riding, Victor Robles, who is well known throughout the northern Costa Blanca for his superb displays of horsemanship.
Victor Robles runs Los Robles and has around 100 horses and ponies in his riding school in Gandia. It is here that he trains his Spanish school horses and here where you can do the most challenging and exciting horse riding on the Costa Blanca on Andalusians. These horses are used in displays, are fully trained and quite exceptional. They will provide you with a ride like no other!
Of course, horse riding in Spain takes many forms but it is for the Spanish school that it is most famous. The Spanish school takes dressage (doma) to new heights of perfection with the Andalusian a ‘dancing’ horse able to undertake the most extraordinary movements. Powerful, responsive, alert and quick, the Andalusian is an extraordinary horse to ride and completely unlike any European counterpart.
In fact, to get the most out of an Andalusian takes considerable skill and finesse. This is something that Victor has to excess – together with an acute, intuitive understanding of his horses and what makes them work well. This he combines with years of teaching experience, which allows you to not only enjoy your lessons with him but also to learn quickly and efficiently.
Notable at Los Robles is the care and attention that Victor’s horses get. Look around and you will see an array of superbly muscled horses, all in the peak of their condition. Equally striking is that you will find that the horses at Los Robles (almost all are stallions) are both extremely well behaved and feisty. Here you will not find ‘plodders’, the traditional tired and bored horses of many riding schools. On the contrary, at Los Robles you will be able to marvel at horses that are responsive and full of life – what every rider wants and needs (irrespective of riding level)!
That said, Victor is extremely careful to match individual riders with the horse or pony that will suit them and their particular abilities. So, at the stables there are tiny ponies equipped with special children’s saddles for young riders, along with larger ponies for the more experienced. Equally, of course, some Andalusians are more appropriate for new riders than others.
Needless to say, horse riding at Los Robles is not restricted to just riding within the secure riding areas (picaderos) within the stables. Victor, like everyone else (including the horses!), likes going out on hacks and these are available most days.
The hacks are truly wonderful and go through the superb countryside that surrounds Los Robles. This passes through a stunning area of verdant semi-marshland and agricultural land that is criss-crossed with tracks and paths – ideal for treks.
Of course, out of the high season, it is possible to go for hacks onto the fabulous La Safor beaches that are within a kilometre of Los Robles. It is here that the horses can gallop at full speed and where you can revel to riding beside the Mediterranean on a magnificent Spanish horse, in a setting that is truly memorable. On occasions, Victor takes midnight hacks to the beaches – which are, as you can imagine, hugely popular!
So – if you want to go horse riding on the Costa Blanca then contact Los Robles – and experience a different type of horse riding and one that you will find completely seductive! E-mail us if you are interested or give us a call.
PS. We have bi-lingual translators available, should you not speak Spanish!