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Pirineo Ecuestre - English Inmersion
Pirineo Ecuestre International Camp with horse riding and languages for all levels; for children between 8 and 18; jumping, handling, cross, beginners Western horse riding and working with cattle. Treks and walks through the protected environment of the Aragonese Pyrenees.
The centre has 50 horses of different breeds (KWPN) - dutch horses for jumping, PRE, anglo-arabian, hispano-arabian, quarter horses, PSI and mix-breeds), specially trained for the school and for the mountain routes. Our horses live happily on the camp in semi-wilderness and work all year round, a sign of their good behaviour.
We offer a complete course in the world of horse riding, encouraging respect, responsibility and love for the animals and nature. The exceptional setting in which we are based provides us with the perfect conditions to do this. We also expect a level of respect between the students themselves and we aim to impart in them the values of teamwork, camaraderie, tolerance and empathy, qualities that are vital to their personal development.
All the activities are supervised by professionals and experts in their respective fields, who can monitor the activities and maintain a safe, secure environment. We also have all the necessary insurance. This is more than a pleasure, this is a privilege.
In 2014, the fashion magazine VOGUE selected the Pirineo Ecuestre riding camps amongst the five best international sport courses of the year. In its April edition, VOGUE listed the following five international camps: Horse riding at Pirineo Ecuestre (Aragonese pyrenees), football in Paris, basketball in New York, surfing in Cantabria and golf in Cádiz (Sotogrande)
In this environment, the youngsters will receive a minimum of 22 hours of horse riding a week and 12 hours of Spanish lessons for the foreign camper (or 12 hours of English lessons for the Spanish campers).
Dressage, jumping and cross-country will be the main riding disciplines that we teach. Campers will be initiated also to western riding with cattle work.
Our teaching method is based on the « Galopes » program from the Spanish Horse Riding Federation. Those who are interested in working towards their next level can do so during the camp.
The campers will also gain a solid base of knowledge of hippology and ethology. We will complete the equestrian training with various workshops on veterinary care, farriery and leatherwork as well as enjoy a full day trail in the mountains, where the campers will learn the basics of orientation and be able to admire our beautiful surroundings.
The teachers are highly qualified and experienced. Some language lessons will be held outdoors to reinforce the recreational aspect of our camp which will facilitate the learning process.
We will also go for a hike along the Saint James' Way which runs alongside our hotel and highlight its cultural and artistic aspect.
During activity time, state diploma instructors will organize games, craftwork activities, theatre…
And of course, during the hottest hours of the day, enjoy swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the beautiful Aragon River.
A TYPICAL DAY
- 8.15 Wake up and firstly, in groups, feed the horses. Afterwards, breakfast and wash
- The students are sorted according to their level for the language and horse riding classes
- 10.00 Those that are starting with horse riding lessons are on the track, those that are studying English are in the classroom (they switch over in the afternoon)
- 12.00-13.00 We carry on working, with different levels, different techniques and equestrian exercises.
- 13.30 Lunch. Home-cooked food, balanced, varied and prepared by our chef. Rest and cinema club for the older children, games for the younger ones.
- 17.00 The start of afternoon classes can change according to the climate. The groups are switched around again - one to horse riding and one to language class - to finish, they all come together again for horse riding games or to take part in horse shoeing, vet or saddling workshops
- A short break for a snack
- 21.30 Dinner in the Hotel dining room
- 22.30 Reflection and talks about the day. Suggestion box. Guided games. Reading.
- 23.15 The smaller students go to bed. The older ones can stay up a little longer, always accompanied by a supervisor.
This timetable is subject to several variants such as the number of students, the weather, the selected horse riding games, the English or Spanish homework etc.
A LUXURY SETTING
We are situated in the North of Spain, at the heart of the majestic Pyrenees, near the French border, a hundred kilometres away from Pau. We are just 2 km away from the beautiful medieval town of Jaca, a cradle of Romanesque art, once the capital of the former Aragon Kingdom. We are located right on Saint James' Way, next to the Aragon river, which flows through our complex, providing natural pools ideal for swimming in.
Our Hotel and Riding School lie in a divine setting which seems to have it all: Majestic mountains, fresh air, bright blue skies, a crystal-clear river with natural pools for swimming in and exceptional weather (Jaca is ranked fifth sunniest town in Spain).
Our campers will stay in the Hotel Charlé, a 19th-century coaching inn which has been converted into a comfortable and welcoming hotel with a real mountain feel. Together with the riding school, they form an exceptional leisure complex in the heart of the Pyrenean countryside.
- The bedrooms are well-equipped and accommodate two to four campers, with ensuite bathrooms.
- During the months of July and August, the hotel is exclusively used for the camps.
- The hotel's facilities include 19 bedrooms, a restaurant, cafeteria, various lounges, a library, a reading lounge, a games room and a toy library.
- The youngsters will eat in the hotel dining room, a pleasant room with high wooden walls, views of the garden through a window that extends across the wall from top to bottom. The restaurant serves traditional, healthy and well-balanced meals, prepared by our chef.
- Jaca is nowadays a popular tourist destination that specializes in adventure sports. In case of any emergencies, the Jaca Hospital is just 1 km away.
- We are only 20 minutes away from the French border and the popular ski resorts of Candanchú and Astún.
- Our Riding School runs all year round.
Campers will be accompanied and supervised at all times by qualified members of staff who are trained and experienced in their specialized areas with a ratio of 6 campers per supervisor. State certified riding instructors and language teachers.
The owners and managers of the riding school live on site with their children who also participate in the camps. They are very hands on, directly supervising 24 hours a day.
- The horse riding and language camp (full board).
- A visit to Jaca on Sunday with lunch (for a two or three weeks stay)
The price does not include:
- Arrival to the riding center
- Transfer from Pau or Saragosse: it costs 105 € (two ways)
Pick Up Policy
Transfer service from the airport orZaragoza, or Pau (France) station. 125€ there and back. Please contact usin advance.
400 € deposit and registration form must be completed. Full payment 1 month before the start if the camp. The booking fee will be returned only if cancellation is made one month in advance of the camp minus 60 € admin fee.
Use the Solocampamentos contact form to get full details and information about the programme. .