Gandalf’s X-owners pay him a visit.

 

Sicily Horses GandalfGandalf pictured with his X-owners family where he lived a large part of his racing career in Malta.

Four years ago I received a call from Malta. I didn’t know the person calling but he told me he knew a lot about me. He had heard about Pippa’s Paddock and how we took care of horses. He had a racehorse which was retiring and wanted to find him a good home and very much wished us to have him. Soon I was convinced, and Continue reading

University Equestrian Club Visit.

A short view of what University holidays can be like at Pippa’s Paddock

Thank you Caitlin and Ben for this fantastic video….

The Portsmouth University Equestrain Club have been coming to Pippa’s Paddock for the past 4 years. Here is a short videoclip put together by one of the last groups. It shows but a fraction of what they get up to in the week they are here !!!

SO MUCH FUN….

 

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

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)