In this course, you will learn about the theory and practice of training horses gymnastically to create soundness for life. The Course will all be ground-work and will cover, close in- hand work, lungeing and long-reining.
Angelica specialises in teaching this Classical approach using positive reinforcement. She has studied both for many year and is a Qualified Connection Training Coach.She is qualylfied to teach the Academic Art of Riding.
The Academic Art of Riding was created by Bent Branderup with the aim to bring back the knowledge of the old dressage masters and to explain their work.
The ideals of the Academic Art of Riding are:
After breakfast at La Casa you will go straight to work with the horses. Lessons will be one-to-one with Angelica. She will discuss with you what kind of training you would like to cover and help you to select the best horse to work with for the Course.
Lessons will be a mixture of practical hands-on work and discussions on the theory behind the practice. You will always feel supported and confident as you learn.
We stop for a coffee-break mid-morning, which gives the group an opportunity to discuss the events of the day so far. Then back to horse-training until lunch in the early afternoon. This is followed by a siesta, where you can sleep, go for a walk or lounge by the pool.
We gather together again round 5 o’clock to discuss progress and make plans for the next day. This is followed by dinner on the terrace in the warm Spanish evening. You are guaranteed lots of horsey chat as the wine flows. Bliss!
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Arrival: from 2pm 25th April
Tuition Days: 26, 27, 28 April
Departure: 12pm 29th April
Arrrival: from 2pm 18th November
Tuition Days: 19, 20, 21st November
Departure: 12pm 22nd November
Not Included: Flights, travel costs etc to the Centre (except transfers from Granada Airport and Loja bus station), Compulsory Travel Insurance covering horse-based activities (required).
From Malaga Airport:
ALSA bus company runs buses from Malaga Airport and Malaga Bus Station:
You can buy tickets on line: it’s best to book in advance to be certain of a seat.
- then search for buses from Malaga to Loja.
There is also an ALSA ticket office directly outside Malaga airport arrivals. (Be aware that not all buses leave from and terminate at the airport – there are more frequent buses from the bus station).
We will meet you at Loja by arrangement. Please confirm your arrival time with us.
Our preferred pick up time is 16:00 at Loja and we would ask you to organise your travel accordingly. We can arrange alternative pick up times but - as you may appreciate – courses are busy and staff and transport availability limited.
Similarly, for drop off for your return flight from Malaga, the first bus leaves Loja at 8:40 (arriving Malaga Airport at 10:30) so you will need to arrange your flights to suit. Check ALSA website for all journeys – times subject to change.
Should you wish to travel from Malaga Airport to Malaga Bus Station, there is a regular shuttle bus that leaves from directly outside arrivals (3 euro). Frequency – approx. 15-20mins - leaves from a blue stand (autobus aeropuerto).
Similarly, at Malaga Bus station the airport bus leaves from blue stand at right angles to main bus stands. There is a left luggage facility at Malaga Bus Station.
Transfers from Granada Airport.
Granada is the nearest airport to Cacin and is 40 minutes by car. We can meet your flight.
You should book flights to ensure arrival in Granada between 15:00 and 18:00 on the start date for the course.
We will accommodate alternative pickups by arrangement if this proves difficult.
Both airports have car rental. We can put you in touch with other course participants - with their permission – so you can co-ordinate car hire share if you wish.