Horse riding holidays

Horse riding programs based on Velani Country House, in Crete

Velani Country Hotel has 2 Arabic horses, 1 Berber, 2 Thoroughbreds, 4 Dutch warm bloods, 4 Greek warm bloods, and for the guide 1 Hanoveran. For the children we have 1 Welsh pony (section B).

All horses’ are friendly, well cared for and good fed, well trained and all have an excellent condition for the long distance riding


Sunny Rides
Sun, sea and moonlight riding.

This partner or family program is an ideal combination for those who travel together with non-riders or whose partner joins 1 of the other sport activities in the hotel like golf, mountain climbing or paragliding.

We daily ride a 2 hour active trip through the valley of Langada, we cross the traditional Greek village of Avdou with its Byzantine church. We climb up the mountain giving an excellent view over the stables and the Langada valley. We ride through Kerm Oak forest to visit the mysterious Church of the Saint Fotini which is hidden deep into a Cave. (2 hours in the saddle and a visit to the cave) and we make a quick canter over the plateau of Mochos.

This active holiday, combines all the good of the Cretan live, relaxing on the beach or swimming in the pool, visiting an ancient site, meeting the friendly locals, enjoying the Greek food and taking our 4 footed friend for a ride during the cool evening hours.

The program includes 6 days horse riding with a total of 12 hours.


Beginner Course
Intensive lessons and a first hack

This intensive program teaches the new rider the English riding style in a very direct approach.

In the end of the course the rider is able to walk and trot independently, feeling secure on and around the horse, able to make an easy outside trip, tack the horse independent and we made a start with the canter. From experience we know that sportive riders even learn to canter independently.



Day 1, idem as trail

Day 2, private lesson on the lunge without saddle but with blanket, the rider holds a vaulting band. Lesson concentrates on finding balance, rider position and sitting trot. If rider has a good balance also a few strides canter are practised. (30 min)

Day 3, private lesson on the lunge with saddle. Learning the body position with stir ups, sitting trot without holding hands on the saddle and learning the rising trot. (30 min)

All together a lesson in tacking and brushing the horse. (30 min)

Day 4, group lesson with the other starters, for the first time independent riding. Learning how to hold the rains, steer and stop the horse. Practise the use of the lacks as learned before on the lunge. Learning to brush and tack the horse, each rider prepares its own horse with the help of the instructor. (1 hours)

Day 5, group lesson confirming the learned skills of the last day and more trot. In this lesson we do some games, like slalom race, mounting race etc, to practise the learned skills and to make the pushing lacks more effective. Everybody take its own horse out of the stable, brush it and tack it, teacher corrects mistakes. (1 hours)

Day 6, the first careful outside hack with walk and some short trots, sometimes even already a small canter. (1.5 hour) Children continue inside with 1 hour group lesson or private lesson 30 min.

Day 7, another outside trip, this time with some longer trots. (1.5 hour) Children continue inside with 1 hour group lesson or private lesson 30 min.

Day 8, idem as trail.

This program has 6 riding days.


Fun & Games

The Children Fun Week

This program is only for children from 8 – 12 years old. Children can join this riding program without accompany of the parents. (Children not alone in the hotel, we are not a pony camp)

The program includes 6 days riding.

Each day has a half hour private lesson on the lunge or an hour in a group. If we do a group lesson or a longing lessons depends on the experience and ability of the children.

Children can help with brushing and feeding of the horses.

Program runs in the cool early morning hours.

No minimum of children per week.

Children older than 12 years can book the normal riding programs.



The programs are inclusive

8 days, 7 nights in Equestrian Country Hotel Veláni ****.


The stay is on a basis of half board, breakfast and diner in Restaurant Veláni. Starting with diner on the first day until breakfast on the last day. Diner includes a free choices from menu and includes a starter, main dish and salad.

Drinks, lunch, desserts and other foods are not-included.


Around the day cleaning of the room and towel change. once a week sheets change.

Free use of sun beds. Reception, café and restaurant have opening hours.

Arrivals and departures 24 hour service, the hotel needs to be informed about arrival time and flight number.


On the arrival day guests are welcome the whole day but guests’ rooms are ready at 14:00. On departure day guests should leave the room before 10.30. Guests are welcome to spend their last day in the hotel. A shower/changing room and toilets are available for them.


Travel dates 2014

All programs can start at any day of the week and last for the amount of days required by the guests, with the exception of the guided trail.

During the guided treks no other riding program can be booked.

Non-rider is possible to book the whole year.

Guided Trail 17.03 – 24.03 15.09 – 22.09

07.04 – 14.04 06.10 – 13.10

28.04 – 05.05 03.11 – 10.11

19.05 – 26.05 29.12 – 05.01.14

02.06 – 09.06


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