Dressage Training Vacation with Spanish Olympian Juan Matute

Cross Country International is excited to announce a dressage training trip with instruction from some of Spain’s best dressage trainers, including three-time Olympic veteran Juan Matute.

This five-day, six-night vacation is an ideal getaway for dressage riders of all skill levels whether they are new to the discipline or want to sharpen their upper level movements. Guests ride and stay at The Molino, a lovely equestrian center owned by Salvador Fabregas, who held a key position in the Real Federación Hípica Española. Dressage Olympic veteran Juan Matute teaches riders two hours a day and works on each rider’s specific requirements to improve. After lessons, riders trail ride through the lovely Spanish countryside.

Matute is a member of the Spanish Dressage Team and competed for Spain at the Seoul, Barcelona, and Atlanta Olympic Games. He is a five-time Spanish National Dressage Champion and has trained such talented mounts as Gaucho III, Bizarro, and Mulato (Marqués de Velilla). He also coaches Spain’s Young Rider Team.

Matute’s style of teaching is very compatible with both German and Spanish classical dressage principles. He is widely sought after worldwide. Matute speaks English fluently and energizes his students with his good-natured personality.

“We are so excited to be able to offer this opportunity to train with one of Europe’s respected dressage trainers,” said Cross Country International President Karen Lancaster. “Juan Matute has established a wonderful reputation not only as an Olympic rider, but as a trainer with a special ability to teach others.”

Guests on the Dressage Training vacation ride The Molino’s purebred Andalusian horses, a breed considered by many to be the noblest and most beautiful in the world. The Molino, a centuries old house and equestrian center located near the medieval town of Pedraza, just outside Madrid, offers comfortable rooms, excellent cuisine, and tranquil surroundings.

In addition to each day’s riding lessons, guests have the opportunity to take advantage of the many attractions the area has to offer, including hiking, biking, shopping, fishing, canoeing, and trail riding in the dramatic Castilian countryside, a vast unspoiled land dominated by mountains, castles, villages, and rolling hills. At the end of each day, guests can enjoy excellent Spanish wines and gourmet dinners with a chance to discuss the day’s accomplishments.

The Dressage Training vacation package in Spain is available from March 13 through November 19, with guests arriving on a Sunday. The package costs $1,495 per person during weeks featuring training with Salvador Fabregas and $1,995 during weeks featuring Juan Matute. Cost includes six nights accommodation, all meals, five days of training and hacking, horses, tack, transfers to/from Madrid Airport, and tax.

For more information and complete itineraries for the Dressage Training in Spain package or any of Cross Country International’s numerous other vacation packages, please contact Cross Country International by calling (800) 828-8768, emailing info@xcintl.com or by visiting www.equestrianvacations.com.

Related Links
Juan Matute Biography
Matute at the 2004 Kentucky Horse Park Symposium
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