Sitting proudly in the centre of the town of Jerez de la Frontera, the famous Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre draws millions of visitors each year. The equestrian centre is built around the Recreo de las Cadenas Palace. The shows are held in the 1600 seat arena. As the distinctive tones of flamenco guitar start up, ten riders dressed in 18th century style costume make their entrance and the impressive equestrian ballet begins. The performance “Como Bailan los Caballos Andaluces” is an authentic equestrian ballet staged on typical choreography taken from classical dressage and advanced equestrian exercises, always in time with pieces of classical music. You can also visit the stables and tack rooms and watch the riders train the horses with the various disciplines.
Shows - Tuesday and Thursday at 12h00 duration 1 ½ hrs. Training Sessions - Monday, Wednesday & Fridays 10h00 - 13h00
The Dehesa de la Fuente del Suero is a symbolic location that houses the world‟s most important stock of Cartujano
horses, namely the Yeguada de la Cartuja-Hierro del Bocado stud farm. The yeguada is located close to the Carthusian monastery of Jerez where the excellent pasture provided by the marshlands combined with an unbeatable climate makes it a perfect location for the breeding of Jerezano horses. This activity has continued uninterrupted to the present day and has resulted in the yeguada being home to the most important stock of Cartujano horses anywhere in the world. The yeguada has earned much international prestige and is an object of national pride here in Spain.
Shows – Every Saturday at 11h00, 1 hour visit of the installations followed by 1 hour show
Los Alburejos is situated just outside Medina Sidonia and is part of a group of properties belonging to the family of Álvaro Domecq. Here they breed the renowned bullfighting horses (rejoneo) as well as the brave bulls (toros bravos) used in bullrings all over Spain. The finca opens to the public three times a week. You will get a chance to see these majestic animals in their natural habitat and will be treated to a great performance of both classical dressage and Doma Vaquerra, the Spanish style of riding, which originated in the countryside specifically for working and moving cattle.
11.30h every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from March to October (in Spanish, English, French and German)
Situated just a half hour drive from the Hacienda and a half hour from Corral del Rey is Finca La Corbera, a riding centre owned by Alfonso Gonzalo de Bustos who is a passionate horseman. He has over 20 beautifully schooled horses suitable for all levels of riders including small children. You can enjoy individual or group hacks along sandy trails, through olive groves, fields of wheat, sunflowers and orange trees, or try a few jumps either in the open countryside or in the arena.
Duration of activity - minimum 2 hours
Luis Astolfi is a veteran showjumper who has competed at Olympic level including Los Angeles in 1984, Seoul in 1988, Barcelona in 1992 and Sydney. He is incredibly charming and down to earth and is highly respected in equestrian circles. When based in Seville he rides and competes at Pineda Club, a private country club on the outskirts of the city.
We can arrange individual classes with Luis for equestrian enthusiasts subject to his availability.
The polo club Mata del Herrador is situated just 4km from Seville airport. The club has hosted numerous polo championships including the Spanish Championship in 2006 and the Andalucian Championships every year since 2006. Polo classes are available for all levels of rider. Your instructor will teach you about the rules, tactics and every aspect of the game and how to play.
Duration of activity – 1 hour
This equestrian centre is approximately 50 minutes from the Hacienda, it is owned and run by Alfonso Lopez de Carrizosa. We can arrange for Alfonso to give private classes in both dressage and jumping. The centre is surrounded by several estates that belong to his family enabling guests to enjoy beautiful hacks through open countryside
Salto al Cielo is an estate that was once owned by the Cartuja Monastery. The monks would walk here from La Cartuja when they were approaching the end of their lives and is where they would spend their last days, hence its name. They also bred fighting bulls on the land and the cortijo has an ancient bull ring which was built in the 17th century. Today it belongs to the Conde de Peraleja, a member of Alfonso´s family. This excursion lasts approximately 4 hours and includes a visit to the bodega where you can taste some of the family sherry and enjoy a tapa.
Hare coursing on horseback is very popular in Andalucia. The greyhounds usually go in pairs and are tested for speed when they are released to chase the hare. The riders must go in a straight line and find the hares which are usually well camouflaged. The hare rarely runs a straight course and this hunt is all about the agility and speed of both hare and greyhound. From October to February we are able to organise for groups of four or more a morning spent coursing in the open countryside.