2 New Additions…. Apache and Tyrone.

horses in Sicily

Two new horses, Apache and Tyrone, come to Pippa’s Paddock.

Not long ago, I realised that we actually needed another horse or two. This was because, with some booked groups in spring and autumn, our horses would have to go out and work hard almost every day. Although we actually have enough horses to do this, I felt I did not really want to push them this hard and with the bookings it seemed that they would have very few rest days. So, the decision was made to bring in one or more new horses. Continue reading

So exactly what’s so special about our Horse Riding Holidays in Italy (Sicily)?

Horse Riding Holidays in Italy (Sicily) with so much more !

I have always loved this mad island – from the first time I set foot here. I also love horse riding to bits and am rarely happier than when I am on a good horse. However, it seems such a shame to come on a horse riding holiday in Italy or Sicily, and only do horse riding and a few other things (meals and bars??) and not witness, first hand, all the many things that this country is all about.

That’s why our holidays include Continue reading

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)