HIPPO TRAIL – Our great new Belgian agency bring thier first lovely group of friends and guests !
The first group of Belgian riders and friends came to Pippa’s Paddock last month and we all had a wonderful time riding, eating and touring the neighbouring areas – laughing and joking together. It was a great fun holiday for all, including us. Thank you Wilfreid and Kim for organising it all.
(Note: Wilfreid Acke is the owner/manager of Hippo-trails and a great guy to deal with)
Pictures show the group at one of the Palermo restaurants and at an old Arab fort on the peak of a mountain not far from Pippa’s Paddock.
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 →
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.
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).
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)
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…