Monday, December 31, 2012

A perfect ending of a good year!



Helen and I riding at Chalk Hill Winery


Today was my friend Helen´s last day in California. Since we haven´t moved any of our horses to Napa yet I decided to take her riding someone else´s horses. There are many trail riding businesses in the area and I started to ask around for the best one. Several people recommended Chalk Hill Winery´s trail rides http://vineyardrides.com/site/, so I called them.  A very friendly man named Rafael arranged our ride.




When we came to their winery everything was incredibly beautiful; from the gates, to the windows, to the houses and horses…not to mention the amazing riding arena! From a distance both Helen and I was sure that the riding arena was the mansion..




Everyone we met was really nice and made us feel very welcome there. They offered us some of their wine, a flavorful and surprising white wine that I really liked. I usually prefer red wines, but this was a good one.

After the winetasting we were showed the private polo arena which was like no arena I ever seen. (I need one!!) Rafael promised us that we could try it out ourselves after the ride. Which we did.


Time to meet our horses! All horses looked very healthy and were well mannered. Before the ride Liz, our guide, gave us safety instructions and made us do basic maneuvers with the horses outside the stable.


 
 
 
 
 
My horse´s name was Tiger. He was a Quarter/Mustang cross just like my Trigger. They certainly had a lot in common when it came to personality. (Trigger has a little bit more go though.)

The ride through Chalk Hill Winery was very beautiful. I am certainly going to take it again. Perfect when you have guests and want to do something special. I would say that the horses were extremely safe but not boring.



 





After the 1.5 hour ride we got to take our horses into the beautiful arena and try them out by ourselves.

The stable was designed by a Swedish designer! Of course it was something extraordinary!! (I need a stable like this too!!)





 
 
 

 
Helen and I really enjoyed our day and we can highly recommend a visit:
 

10300 Chalk Hill Rd
Healdsburg, CA 95448

(707) 494-0499

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