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Proastio Riding Centre

Things to do, Riding

Proastio Riding Centre
The Horses
The Lessons
Trekking
While the others are riding...
Directions to the Proastio Riding Centre
Contact

Proastio Riding Centre

Where better to learn the art of horse riding than in Greece.
Xenophon, the Athenian General wrote the first detailed book about horse riding over 2400 years ago.
His philosophy was based on intuition, insight into the horseís world and kind and sensitive treatment.

Students of all ages and experience can learn the foundations of classical riding.
You will learn how to build rapport with your horse and communicate with the lightest of physical movements
and even your breath!
Riders will also become aware of their own bodies learning to reduce muscle tension and a lack of balance.

George riding Pixie

 


We believe no age is too young to learn to ride classically,
as we have proved by many of our students back in Ireland
who started as young as five years old and have progressed
through the various equestrian fields successfully.
Children are well able to understand and enjoy the logical
concept of classical riding when teamed with a small pony
equally trained.

 



Glika at taverna in Proastio The Horses

With Pixie (above), our 11hh ( 117cm ) Icelandic x, small children
are able to learn to groom, tack-up, mount, and talk to a pony
under saddle with light but precise movements with they
become enthralled as do any spectators who happen to be
watching this unique relationship developing.

For the older child or adult beginner we have Glika (right), our 13.2 hh ( 137cm ) macadonian pony.
Glika has an exceptional character and will perceive each rider
and adapt to their abilities. Her paces and transitions are very
smooth enabling the rider to easily learn balance and to stay
with the movement of the horse.
 



Schooling Raffles




Raffles (left), our14.2hh (147cm) Irish cob x t.b is the perfect companion
for country rides.
Her approach to life is: "Where are we going? What shall we do?
Whatís around the next corner?"
She is equally as happy in the arena and is the most experienced
of our horses in classical work.



Cuddles with Leonithas




 
 
 
 
We also have Leonithas (right), our 15.2hh ( 157cm ) stallion.
Leonithas has a wonderful character and has fathered some beautiful foals in the area.  
 
 
Selini on the farm  
 

The first of our foals from our Adthravedan stallion Leonithas is now five years old.
Selini (left) is proving to be as generous in nature as her mother Glika.
She stands at 15 hh (152cm).

The Lessons

We believe through many years of experience that lessons on a one to one basis are most beneficial to both rider and horse.
Although not complicated, classical riding requires many constant slight adjustments of the body to obtain the perfect position. No rider needs to be told when this is achieved as the feeling is beautiful, both horse and rider relaxed and in harmony with each other. Lessons are given both in the arena and less formally out in tracks through the beautiful countryside.
 
Starting two hour ride with Raffles and Glika



Trekking

We also go trekking for those who wish to enjoy
the spectacular Mani countryside from horse back, each
horse is led by an experienced person on the ground when required.

The Taygetos mountain range forms a constant back drop, it is around 40 km long and reaches 2407m at itís highest point.
It holds 85 breeding species of birds, 19 species of mammals, 33 species of reptile, and 160 endemic greek plants with 28 of these found nowhere else in the world.

 
 
The village of Proastio  
 
 
 
While the others are riding...  
 
For those of you who don't want to go riding: Proastio is a lovely mountain village with lots of small streets and squares to explore and a few tavernas where you can relax while waiting for the return of the riders.

Proastio has much besides the unlimited walking and riding paths. It has more than thirty churches, nearly all of which have wall paintings and two monasteries, one being the thirteenth century Byzantine chapel and monastery of Agioi Theodori which Proastio Riding Centre is situated beside.

It also has one cafeneo and four Tavernas where you can enjoy a warm welcome and great traditional food.

 
Crossing the old bridge near Proastio  
Glika and Tessa sweet on each other

 
Directions from Villa To Kyma to the Proastio Riding Centre

Drive towards Kardamyli.
Just before Kalamitsi you take a sharp turn to the right to Proastio.
Drive up the mountain and through the village.
Turn right at the end of the village when you see the iron shop on your left.
Go up the steep road staying to the left. You will pass a cemetery and a quarry.
Continue straight on until you see a sidestreet to the right.
The first house on the right side of the road is Deborah's.
When you get to the bridge you've gone too far, turn around and it will be the first street on the left.
Call Deborah if you have trouble finding your way.
 
 
Contact

For more information contact Deborah:
Phone: 0030 697 4830 824 or 0030 693 7788 106
E-mail: ridinginproastio@yahoo.co.uk (she reads it about once a week)

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