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French Riding Holidays in the south of France

A Horse Rider's Paradise...

Jnce you have arrived at Laumière for your French riding holiday, we know you’ll be keen to see the horses. So as soon as you’re settled, you can make your way to the stables to meet the team of equines who’ll be your companions for the duration of your holiday.

 

French riding holidaysAfter this, please join us for an aperitif before a delicious home-cooked dinner, where we can properly welcome you to Château de Laumière and you’ll know your French riding holiday in the south of France has truly begun!

Riding holidays in the south of France

About our horses

 

Hope

Hope (14.3hh)
Arab x Merens

"Hope was our very first foal to be born at Laumière and we are all soooo proud of her. She is a beautiful little horse with a wonderful character"

Seamus

Seamus (15.3hh)
Irish Sports Horse

I’ve been with Tanya since she bought me as a 4 year old in Ireland to compete in England. I am very special and if you get to ride me you are very lucky.

Ayva

Ayva (16.2hh)
Selle Français

"I have been with the family since April 2005. I really love my work and have nearly left for England about half a dozen times with guests who wanted to take me home but I was too big for their suitcases!"

Nao

Nao (15hh)
Merens

I am a Merens and became part of the Laumière team in 2005.  I think I am an excellent example of my breed - safe, sensible and comfortable.  I am really looking forward to meeting you!

Mollie

Mollie (15.2hh)
Merens

I followed Nao - my half sister, we have the same mum- to Laumière in 2006.  Although at first I spoke only French my English is now pretty good and I am looking forward to sharing our beautiful countryside with you.

Ursula

Ursala (14.3hh)
Beautiful Heinz

I joined the team in 2016.  I’m a Safe, kind and comfortable ride whatever your level of riding.

Chico

Chico (16hh)
Andalucian 

I have been on the team since 2014 and am thoroughly enjoying being one of the most popular horses.


Rocco

Rocco (15hh)
Portuguese

When I made the move from Portugal to France I really struck gold and found the Laumière family.  I have bags of character and am a safe, fun ride.

Lena

Lena – (16hh)
Spanish

I have been part of the tam since early 2015 and I promise you a safe, comfortable ride.

Tonnerre

Tonnerre – (16.3hh) Normandy Cob
I joined the team in 2016 and am affectionately known as ‘The Big Boy’.  I’m big, steady and safe but still a forward going ride.  What more is there to say?

Atila

Atila – (16.3hh) Lusitanian

I joined the team in September 2015 when I took an enormous career change from jousting in medieval tournaments to showing my skills in the dressage arena.

Especial

Especial – (15.3hh) Lusitanian

I joined Laumière in 2016 and my main role is to continue progressing the Château de Laumière dressage team.

Peaches

Peaches (13hh)
Irish Sports Pony
    

The original ‘My Little Pony’ kind and pretty.

Charlie

Charlie (13hh)
Connemara x New Forest   
I've retired from the hectic Pony Club life I had in England and I much prefer to chill out here. Throw in a bit of hacking and paddling in the pond and I'll do my best to please.

Lese

Lese

Thoroughbred

I came in early 2013 to help expand the Laumière equestrian family.  I have a gentle nature which I will hopefully pass on to my foals, the first of which is here in this photo with me – Echo

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Dream

Dream
Born May 2013. I'm living up to my name and Tanya is hoping that I will carry on this way.

Echo

Echo

26 April 2014

I was born on 24 April and my mum is Lese.  I’m not at all shy and love meeting people.

Ebene

Ebene
12 May 2014

I arrived on 12 May and my mum is Lucy.  I am called Ebene because although I am black now I will go grey like my big sister Hope  so then they will just call me Benny.

Elfe

Elfe

13 May 2014

I was foal number three born on 13 May and my mum is Peaches.  I am called Elfe because everyone thought that as I had little pointy ears it would suit me – I’m not so sure about that but hey ho I’m beautiful anyway!

Willow, Eiderdown, Dovetail and Galaxie

Willow, Eiderdown, Dovetail and Galaxie

We are a family of Exmoors and we arrived in July this year - 3 sisters and our mum Willow – and have decided that we really like it here.  Tanya has spent quite a lot of time with us already and is planning on more through the winter introducing us to something new and very exciting.  Sounds good!

   

Horse Riding

Our French horse riding holidays are organised around a relaxed schedule which offers a completely different ride every day. You can ride in the mornings for around 3 hours and explore the vast expanse of some of the most beautiful and accessible countryside in the south of France. Most of the horse riding is on the charming Chemin Rurale (by-ways) of which the Lot region has a staggering 2000 kilometres which means virtually no cars, although the odd encounter with a French farmer and his herd of cows/sheep is not unheard of.

 

French horse riding holidays with a differenceThe farms here are very much homesteads – rather than huge agricultural concerns - with gorgeous rambling barns and quaint French features straight out of the pages of a magazine - and this makes the countryside we ride through immensely characterful and interesting. The nature of the terrain lends itself to riding at a relaxed pace so you can experience the beautiful scenery and wild life. However, there are plenty of opportunities for trotting and cantering on your riding holiday, and the horses are familiar with the routes, so they’re happy and interested to ride out.


The ability to ride along for hours in a world of your own with no traffic, noise or people is something many riders in England can only dream about (as we did before coming to this magical place). You can follow a curve in the chemin and find yourself riding by a farmyard, or through a small hamlet, where anyone who happens to be around will take the time to smile and call out a greeting. You’ll find the local people friendly, gregarious and welcoming.


The south of France is perfect for horse ridingOn a french riding holiday such as this in the south of France, time seems to almost stand still and you’ll feel the stresses and strains of everyday life just ebb away as you and your horse absorb the environment around you. You’ll discover splendid Châteaux, grand Manor Houses, a 12th century Priory and picturesque farmland with small fields separated by pretty dry stone walls and mature woodland sloping gently upwards to open out onto scenic countryside that stretches forever to meet with clear blue skies. The only sounds being perhaps the call of a buzzard or a kite as they glide effortlessly, high above you.


The many sights, sounds and scenes are all here for you to discover and we hope we’ve given you a flavour of what you’ll experience on your horse riding holiday at Château de Laumière.


On arriving back at Laumière, there will be a cool refreshing drink waiting for you, followed by a thoroughly decent lunch which is usually taken alfresco in a shady area of the garden. After this, the rest of the day is yours to relax in the grounds, set off to explore this outstanding area of France or more riding.


Tack, Riding & Horsemanship

All riding is with English tack. All our horses are well-schooled and adaptable. Groups can consist of between 2 and 8 riders and all riders need to feel confident on a horse outdoors at all 3 paces. During your stay, please feel free to spend as much or as little time with your horse as you like - bringing in, grooming, tacking up, turning out - in general building up a relationship with him or her. If you’d like to learn more about natural horsemanship, or would like a riding lesson to brush up your skills, Tanya is always happy to arrange things to suit your needs.


Riding in FranceIf you come as a non rider – whether you have never ridden before or just don’t feel confident enough to ride out in a group – and decide that you would perhaps like to have a go or build a bit of confidence whilst you are here, this can be arranged in the afternoons, and organised at any time during your stay with us (paid for separately at the time).


If you’re interested, Tanya can always be persuaded to show you the young stock and explain the breeding programme. And don’t miss the opportunity on your riding holiday to learn more about the stunning Merens ponies, native to the south of France, and learn more about their ancient history and heritage!