Plan Your Equestrian Goode Rider Getaway

Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway in North America, considering the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean, or galloping through rich grasses in Northern Europe, we’ve outlined a few exciting equestrian getaways for the avid equestrian. The ultimate way to become a ‘Goode Rider’ is not only to enjoy riding in the horse show ring, but enjoy riding in nature and in all parts of the world.

North America

Photo by: The Ranch at Rock Creek

For an all inclusive prestigious western retreat, the Luxury Dude Ranch is located in one of Montana’s pristine valleys offering year round vacations on an authentic 19th century homestead. The Luxury Dude Ranch offers 29 one-of-a-kind accommodations ranging from one-bedroom suites to five-bedroom homes. A twice daily guided trail ride is included in your stay with over 75 horses on site. Guests can also enjoy skiing, ice skating, mountain biking, shooting sports, and more while on site.

Salamander Resort
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For a Southern equestrian retreat, check out the Salamander Resort & Spa just 40 miles from Washington DC. The 340 acre resort is located in the heart of Middleburg, VA situated amongst prime equestrian lifestyle and activities like the Upperville Colt and Classic Horse Show, National Sporting Museum and Library, and Great Meadows Polo Club.

The Caribbean

From crystal clear beaches and wellness retreats, to experienced equestrian programs, the Caribbean offers a unique blend of equestrian activities, water sports, and general relaxation.

Photo: Island Routes Caribbean Adventures

All equestrians dream of that incredible moment of riding a pony (or horse) through crystal clear seawater. However not all horses enjoy the ocean waves, and most prefer to stay on the sand rather than the ocean. It takes some research to find a program where the horses enjoy swimming and riding through the water. Provo Ponies is legit! If you’re more experienced, you’ll be given the opportunity to canter on the beach if it’s low tide, so check the tides before you book your time! We love that it clearly states on the site that “This is NOT a nose to tail ride where riders are required to follow one another.” Hurray! Enjoy the freedom to ride on the shores and in the ocean at your own pace!

Love the Dominican? Noted as the ‘most exclusive resort in the Carribbean’, Casa De Campo, offers a variety of equestrian activities, water sports, golf, and historic sites for all ages. Private guides are available for individual or group trail rides on the cattle ranch. The equestrian and polo activities are directed by Fernando Arata, originally from Argentina, a professional polo player with ample experience in the field.

Heading to Costa Rica for surf, rainforest adventures, zip lining? Don’t forget to check out horseback riding on the beach! The riding adventure program by Diego Solis is customized for the group and level of experience. The horseback riding beach is between the resort towns Jaco and Manuel Antonio. Visit for more information.


See the ‘City of Horses’ by horseback in France through ‘Riding Holidays and tour the Maisons-Laffitte. Choose from multi-day trail itineraries, full day rides, and more with equestrian activities for all levels. Located just 30 minutes from Paris, you can experience the fashion, history, and architecture of the city of Love after your horseback riding session.

Ride through rivers and river valleys, through orange and lemon tree plantations, through forest, over hills and mountains into the rugged countryside of Andalusia… Horse Riding in Spain offers unique equestrian programs from trail riding to classical Dressage taught by an International Grand Prix rider, ‘Alta Escuela’, pilates, and more. Between March and October enjoy a presentation of Spanish Equestrian Art and Andalucian Horsemanship “Cartujano del Arte Ecuestre” on Thursday evenings.

Packing Tips 

Bring your riding pants – no matter what! SPF sun shirts are essential, especially if you’re traveling to the islands or riding in the ocean for the day. Remember to bring your riding boots in case you have a lesson, or closed toed shoes for trail riding. If you’re going across time zones, remind your self to plan an extra day or two to get adjusted to the time change. Jet lag can really cut your vacation short if you don’t plan for it!

Equestrian Hot Spots in Wellington, FL

From Elegant Decor to Exceptional Dining, Equestrians Gather at Wellington Hot Spots

Whether you’re a resident full-time, or just visit for the Winter, Wellington, Florida is known as the winter equestrian capital of the world. Home of the Winter Equestrian Festival from January through March, the town is hustlin’ and bustlin’ with equestrians, horses, trainers, grooms, friends and family connected to the business. From shopping, food, and things to do, the village of Wellington is a South Florida gem located just minutes from downtown Palm Beach. Here’s an inside look at some of our favorite hot spots:

Suri West – Formerly known as “the Players Club,” this is new ‘tapas style’ lounge-like venue is known for an ‘after the horse show’ rendezvous. Some nights feature live music and happy hour specials, but definitely be sure to check out the scene on Sundays.

The Grille – Another Sunday “after the horse show” hot spot, The Grille is located on South Shore boulevard just minutes from the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. This restaurant pays attention to detail with elegantly designed dishes. Our insider tips:  order the tower of seafood for the party, don’t skimp on the truffle fries, and do fill up on a steak dinner or local fish dish.

Oli’s Fashion Cuisine – If you love fashion, you might as well love fashion cuisine … Right?! Oli’s is known for using the finest local ingredients and flavors. Oli’s fashionable cuisine appeals to all the senses in a modern, sophisticated, equestrian styled atmosphere. Inside you will dine amongst beautiful artwork of horses and equestrian lifestyle, all available for sale. We suggest sharing many dishes to get a taste of everything. Some of our favorite dishes include: The Necane Salad, Lobster Tacos, Cheese Ravioli, Bouillabaisse, and Filet.

The Patio at Polo Club – Located inside the well known Polo Club, The Patio is open November through April. Started by an avid equestrian, Sheila Motley combined her event management talents with Chef Mat Allen’s excellent catering techniques. As the menu changes regularly, The Patio at Polo offers a variety of seasonal ingredients sourced locally. If you’re celebrating a special event, don’t forget to ask for the ultimate ‘sparkler desert’!

The Wellington Green Mall – Everyone deserves some retail therapy after a long week of riding, so be sure visit the Wellington Green Mall off of Forest Hill Blvd. With Nordstrom as one of the anchor department stores, it’s highly enticing to spend a few hours browsing the ladies or shoe department. Unlike some other South Florida malls, the Wellington Green Mall is pleasantly quiet and not overly crowded, especially if you go on a Monday on your ‘off day’ from riding.