During the center-based trails ("Balade en Etoile") we will stay in the Auberge des Sept Fontaines - a gorgeous old half-timbered mill that has been owned and run by the family for generations. The mill is run as a "Ferme Auberge", which means that it offers comfortable rooms as well as terrific food - and of course that includes typical Alsatian dishes. The products used are produced by the mill-owners themselves as far as possible.
During the "Randonée Alsacienne" we will stay in charming hotels and guest houses in Obersteinbach and Bundenthal.
CHANGES TO BOOKINGS
Of course I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we will ride in fabulous weather, but the Big Guy sometimes play his cards a little different than we may like .... so you should make sure that you bring a rain coat - in particular for the multi-day trails. Sturdy shoes are also worth their weight in gold, because we will lead our horses on some of the smaller trails.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome.
Guest horses are always welcome, however for the first hour or two they should stay at the back of the group to allow the group to "gel". As we will be riding in demanding countryside the horses should be physically fit and have suitable protection for their hooves.
Riders on my horses must wear a helmet.
Sure-footed, well trained trail horses for all riders - from a larger pony for children or small adults, through to a heavy horse.
All participants must have sufficient insurance for accidents and illness. I am not liable for any risks that result from normal equitation.
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF RIDERS
Riding in small groups has lots of advantages. Most importantly, it makes things much more relaxed for the horses and riders alike. That is why the maximum number of riders is limited to eight.
For the day-trail (Paysage d'Alsace) you should at least have ridden out at a walk and trot a couple of times before the ride. If the group comprises experienced riders, then we can also canter the horses.
The multi-day and center-based trails call for experienced riders who can walk, trot and canter, and they also demand physical fitness on the part of the rider.
Two of my horses are suitable for larger riders – one horse for riders over 80kg, and one horse for riders over 90kg.