WELCOME TO PONY CLUB VILLACANA!
THE PONY CLUB
Riding is an enriching and very attractive sport for children. It is pleasant because it is practiced in a natural environment, outdoors and in contact with another living being, as noble and beautiful as the horse.
A pony, by its character and unique dimensions, permits children to learn and practise this sport in a manner which is safe and promotes human values such as confidence, temperament and satisfaction for a job well done.
In the pony club we offer a choice of possibilities within the equestrian discipline, such as lessons full of fun and games that will help to develop team work and the desire to do better with every visit.
The ability to measure their actions together with their pony, to live the consequences caused by negligence or fear and the development of skills to cope with an animal, make this practice a unique sport, and like no other offers the possibility to experience a multitude of situations reflected in the School of Life
It is this need for adaptation which inputs to the equestrian practice different effects; shy children will gradually gain confidence in themselves; gentle children will have to prove their authority to be obeyed by their mount; The overconfident child who believes to know what is to be done will learn to moderate his manner; indolent children will learn to take action and improve their communication skills; the child with negative tendencies and feels contrary to most things will have to learn that pony doesn´t grant wishes like an adult…. in short, it is a blue print to life itself.
(Minimum age: 4 years)
For our riding school we have developed a program of theoretical/practical education which is divided into three levels; Beginners, intermediate and advanced level.
We will indicate the goals and the dates for achieving them. The handling and care of the pony will also be a part of their learning.
Setting goals is essential for the proper development of the student\’s training and for maintaining a high motivation. Therefore we prepare our students to take part in events, gymkhanas and competitions of different categories according to their age and level, never forgetting that the spirit of partnership must prevail at all times.
In our camps, in addition to riding lessons and walks along the beach, children are able to enjoy our ponies to the fullest and learn how to care for them which is an extremely important and rewarding aspect of our sport. We also dedicate time to caring for our chickens, rabbits and organic garden –all of this through active participation of the children.
Joining the camps helps children to make new friends, engage in new conversations and share not only a daily routine, but also a broad range of activities. Team work and mutual respect are important values that will accompany them throughout their lives. The Camps also come with educational content that is intended to bring children closer to nature and encourage them to establish bonds with the ponies and their environment. Our Camps take place Monday to Friday, from 10.00 to 14.00 during school holidays.
¡CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY!
Celebrations are another important aspect of our activities. We organise gymkhanas and riding games for the children with our ponies. Villa Mimosa is an old and charming house which is adjacent to the stables, with gardens, barbecue area, trampolines and small farm animals as well as a celebration room and mini disco. Children can enjoy time In Here either before or after the riding activities. Located only 100 metres from the beach, This property has natural surroundings and is just 5 minutes drive from Estepona and San Pedro.
Come and discover an unforgettable experience!
Pony Club Villacana is more than just an Equestrian Centre. It is also a yard full of real life that is well worth visiting. As you enter the main gate, nature unfolds, giving way to the amazing greenery and complete tranquility in spite of its proximity to the highway.
Once on the yard you find yourself surrounded by horses that occupy our beautifully quaint rustic stables and our ponies that stroll freely in the paddocks. Our schooling arenas, organic vegetable garden and henhouse are some of the highlights of our facilities.
To make the experience exciting and enjoyable, we divide the children into three different alternating groups according to our three independent activity sections that we offer. Each of these sections will be led and supervised by responsible and highly qualified professionals.
- Handling and Care of ponies and horses: Grooming and care related tasks, handling the animal, getting to know the equipment ,tacking up before riding, as well as some basic Equine science .
- Horse riding: Where the Basic riding skills are acquired . To be able to mount and dismount correctly, improve the riders position and apply basic technical knowledge for safe horse riding.
- Workshops: taking part in the daily maintenance of our organic vegetable garden and caring for our small farm animals. This interaction has great benefits for children at all stages. Pony Club Villacana aims to encourage children to participate in these activities that are now within their reach.
THE PONY CLUB TEAM
Our Center has an excellent team of teachers, highly qualified for the development of the different subjects and with a wide experience in teaching.
Kims’ passion for horses started from an early age as her family were show jumpers. She was trained by Sybil Smith, King Charles person coach, from the age of 4 years. She soon started competing in gymkhanas & eventually rode for her school in show jumping. Progressing to riding grade A show jumpers for her family. She then went on to play polo at Windsor Guards Club. Much later she was drawn into natural horsemanship with Monte Roberts. Being around horses is her happy place & she enjoys sharing her knowledge with the next generation.
After leaving college, Claire worked at a riding stables in Scotland schooling horses as well as teaching adults & children. She had 2 horses, an Arabian & a Thoroughbred. Both were mares. They enjoyed a bit of showjumping, a lot of cross country & trips to the beach. Once retired, both her horses enjoyed a pampered retirement with weekly massages, acupressure, reiki & individual special nutrition for elderly horses. After all, they looked after Claire for years so it was her turn to look after them! Now she is at Villacana Pony Club enjoying the Spanish weather & teaching their Tiny Tots to be brave & compassionate whilst having lots of fun.
Andrea Koegele is of German nationality . She studied Social Education at the University of Reutlingen-Ludwigsburg (Germany). Andrea is also a qualified riding teacher and has received several diplomas in Equestrian Therapies and Horse-assisted Coaching. Additionally, she has vast experience as an Equestrian Tourist Guide.
Languages: German, English, Spanish and French.