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Proastio Riding Centre

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Horse Riding

Another way to enjoy your surroundings is to go horse riding. There is an excellent horse riding center in Proastio, within 6 km's from Villa To Kyma. You can have classical riding lessons in the arena or go on a trail in the mountains. Deborah Watts runs the horse riding center and has been riding and teaching for over 30 years. She ran her own stable in Ireland for ten years before moving to Greece. She is a very sensitive and intuitive teacher, who reads both horse and rider with equal accuracy.

Horse Riding

Another way to enjoy your surroundings is to go horse riding. There is an excellent horse riding center in Proastio, within 6 km's from Villa To Kyma. You can have classical riding lessons in the arena or go on a trail in the mountains. Deborah Watts runs the horse riding center and has been riding and teaching for over 30 years. She ran her own stable in Ireland for ten years before moving to Greece. She is a very sensitive and intuitive teacher, who reads both horse and rider with equal accuracy.

Horse riding in the Peleponessos

Intuitive horse riding

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 horse’s 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. 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.

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 it’s 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.

Horse riding in the Peleponessos

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.

Horse riding in the Peleponessos

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: Deborah checks her email about once a week.