At the Longines FEI World Endurance Championships held on 18th September 2016 at the outstanding facilities in Samorin in Slovakia, Spain's Jaume Punti Dachs and 'Twyst Maison Blanche' won the individual Gold Medal for the 160 km race. Jaume, Alex Luque Moral with 'Calandra' (10 yr old Spanish bred mare) and Angel Soy Coll with 'Qualif du Poncelet' took team Gold for Spain as well. The 2009 and 2010 indivual European and World Gold medalist Maria Ponton, was unfortunately vetted out on the "2nd loop". Alex Luque's horse Calandra won the "best conditioned horse" award. Just earlier in the month Spain's all female endurance Young Riders and Juniors won their European Championships held in Portugal.
Coin bi-annually hosts one of the largest horse breeder shows in Spain for the P.R.E. (Purebred Spanish Horse) Horse in the early Spring. Hundreds of horses and the best breeders from all over Spain converge on the town where national showing classes and competitions take place. A spectacular evening horse show is presented each night in addition to trade stands and breeders information desks.
HorseRidingSpain was proud to have a beautiful stand at SACAB Coín hosted by Giles & Miranda and Francisco & Jhoanna. We also add this YouTube link which was filmed by Martha Littlewood (on one of her many many return visits to our ranch), giving a selection of film showing riding classes, movement classes, and working with horses at liberty: Coin annually hosts one of the largest horse breeder shows in Spain for the P.R.E. (Purebred Spanish Horse) Horse in the early Spring. Hundreds of horses and the best breeders from all over Spain converge on the town where national showing classes and competitions take place. A spectacular evening horse show is presented each night in addition to trade stands and breeders information desks. The event is now on a par with the famous SICAB event in Seville !
Spain qualified itsself for both jumping and dressage for the Olympics of Rio 2016. One of the big eye catchers was Severo Jurado López with his stunning chestnut
- 10 year old Lorenzo, a German bred warmblood. This talented rider from Sevilla rode his partner Lorenzo to a fantastic 83,625 score in the Kür which resulted in a 5th place
for this well suited combination.
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We are currently in the process of completing a substantial renovation project converting our 300 year old former marble mill of 600 m2 into a fully functional and state of the art modern stable complex for 12 horses. It will provide large, spacious and comfortable boxes for our horses and a cool environment in the hot summer months....5* accommodation for the horses ! (Incidentally at the same time on the first floor, we have constructed a very large family apartment that can sleep up to 6 people). A beautiful cobbled stone mosaic square has also been produced in front of the mill. We are happy to say this work has not impinged, in any way, on the area's that our guests have occupied. This has been a major financial project made possible by the very large number of guests who return to us each year.... !
Miranda and Giles have recently been interviewed by Spanish TV to promote the local Guadalhorce Valley and to show how a foreign couple have established themselves in Coin and have become well integrated in the local community.
Miranda was also interviewed by Dutch National TV for a lifestyle program on how to succesfully relocate to a foreign county.
It was great fun and the horses enjoyed the special attention !
The Open College of Equine Studies offers a comprehensive range of equine distance learning from basic Horse Care and Stable Management through to BSc Honours Degrees in Equine Science, Equine Behaviour and a BA in Equine Studies, or preparation for the British Horse Society Exams. Have a look at www.equinestudies.co.uk
Giles obtained his Higher National Certificate (awarded with Distinction) in Equine Management by studying with this College; he also has a similar qualification awarded with Distinction in Equine Anatomy and Nutrition by studying with Warwickshire College of Moreton Morrell (UK)
British Horse is the official magazine for the British Horse Society in Great Britain. This is a charitable institution that promotes the welfare of horses in general, particularly through education and training. HorseridingSpain is proud to have worked in partnership with British Horse once again and a lucky rider stayed with us for a week in 2012 ! The Jul/Aug 2011 issue of the magazine featured this offer and our ranch.
"The Unex Masters" is one of only five international showjumping events held in the UK each year, and "The Unex Masters" is held at the Unex Towerlands Equestrian Centre in Essex. This is the premier UK equestrian centre with international outdoor and indoor arenas and was the venue where the BBC filmed the now infamous "Only fools on horses". During the course of "The Unex Masters" competition it has become traditional that substantial amounts of money are raised for the BBC Children in Need Appeal. HorseridingSpain is happy and proud to have worked in partnership with the Unex Towerlands Equestrian Centre in playing a significant role in assisting in the raising of charity money for the Children in Need 2008 Appeal. Two lucky winners won a riding prize here at our ranch (the first prize), presented by Frankie Dettori MBE.
From 27th - 28th of October 2007 the first National Championship for Spain was held in Coin. The first posters announcing the competition were presented on 1st February 2007 at FITUR (annual International Tourism Fair in Madrid). Gabriel Jesus Clavijo, mayor of Coin, presided over the event, supported by José Luis de la Escalera, representing ANCCE (National Breeder's organisation for the Purebred Spanish Horse), Joaquin Fernandez, vice-president of the Spanish High School Association and Jose Fuentes representing the Royal Equestrian Federation of Spain, and Francisco Acedo, President of the Andalucian Equestrian Federation.
"We had the great pleasure of entertaining members of the Dutch International/National Dressage Team on our premises for a fotoshoot with their sponsor PK International. Kirsten Beckers, Lotje Schoots en Wendy Fokker were shown around local Spanish Horse Breeders as well as riding our horses in the local area :-).