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The Reins in Spain

Travel to Andalusia, in southern Spain to learn about “Spanish equestrian art”.

The purebred Spanish Horse, an animal with over 3,000 years of history, was praised by Aristotle himself back in the 4th century B.C. Thousands of years have gone by, yet the devotion to this beautiful and noble creature continues to be as fervent as ever in Andalusia.

Visit the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz) for a close up look at this enduring tradition- see the daily training sessions for riders in the Riding School; the stables where the horses are rested and pampered; the galloping and warm-up tracks; the Harness Shop, a veritable laboratory for the maintenance and restoration of equestrian equipment; and much more.

Stop by the Carriage Museum, which houses a collection of carriages and saddles that are real treasures, and the Equestrian Art Museum, a multimedia, interactive experience that will introduce you to this fascinating world in an original and entertaining way.

And be sure to see “How Andalusian Horses Dance”, an impressive show in which the horses move and perform dance steps and choreography to the beat of well-known Spanish melodies, while the riders wear costumes in the style typical of the 18th century. Enjoy exhibitions, dressage competitions and carriage-pulling by these purebred horses.

If you are a rider yourself, consider a short equestrian course at the school. For details of courses and applications, see the school’s website: www.realescuela.org/en

Drive to the school in less than an an hour and a half from Seville’s airport.

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