Camel (Off-road) Rally Reunion 2015

Off-road Rally reunion in Sicily.

It started with a visit from my old friend (or should I say rival ! ) Mark Attard. Mark was not exactly on a driving holiday in Sicily. He was travelling south to Malta, having purchased an “Ipod” from Britain and decided to drop into Pippa’s Paddock for a visit, which I very much enjoyed and appreciated. For the uninitiated an Ipod is a super mini caravan, a real gem which even parks itself !! But, that’s another story.

Mark and I had raced each other way back in the 80s and 90s in off-road Camel Rallies in Malta. Truth is, Mark and his companions are much better off-roaders than I ever was but luck had it that the first ever Major Off-road rally in Malta was not at all rough but very fast, which favoured my skills, and I happened to win it purely because of that.

Still, Mark said “Why not organise a big Reunion of the “old guys” at Pippa’s Paddock in Sicily”.

“Sure” I said, “Why not?”

And he did it… Mark doesn’t just talk and in just a few weeks 33 guys and dolls and 14 cars were queeing at 5am for the ferry between the two islands. Here is a video clip of what we were up to for the next 4 days….

Enjoy –

Unexpected Horse Show on a lazy Sunday….

Caccamo (Sicily) Horse Trainer Nino Cancasci organises a small show.

One lazy Sunday, with nothing better to do, we decided to go for a pleasant drive to Caccamo heading north into the mountainous region. Caccamo is a pretty little medieval town with lots of history and a magnificent castle (pictured). Caccamo Castle
I intended to pass by a famous horse trainer to show my guests some beautiful horses. But, when we got there a show was just commencing. Unknown to me Antonio Cancasci (the horse trainer) had organised a small display of some of the horses he was training. It was a most interesting experience demonstrating what horses can be trained to do in the right hands and with enough time and patience…
Here is a short video of the event… (Mark)

Our holidays win the 2015 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence !!!!

Proud to have won such an Accololade !!!!

Adventure excellence Sicily

Tripadvisor has awarded our holidays the 2015 Certificate of Excellence   !!!

Pippa’s Paddock is proud to announce that Tripadvisor has awarded us the much coveted “Certificate of excellence” for 2015. This certificate is given to those establishments which “consistently receive excellent reviews from their guests”… (Tripadvisor’s words…)

Our efforts to create truly tailor-made holidays for horse riding, Yoga, cycling, family holidays and many other activity vacations have finally been rewarded.

I wish to heartily thank all those who were kind enough to spare their time and write all the wonderful things they did about us.  I have no illusions that Pippa’s Paddock is anywhere near perfect. I can only aspire to do our best and genuinely give our guests a lovely holiday as close to their personal liking and tastes as possible. This is why we put so much emphasis on our guests’ wishes.

May you all have a lovely time when visiting Sicily, whoever you travel with, and be assured we are always happy to offer help and advice regardless whether you stay at Pippa’s Paddock or elsewhere…