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Your Equestrian Travel Guide to Canada

When it comes to equestrian travel, Canada offers a unique blend of natural beauty and rich equestrian culture. From the Rockie Mountains and stunning lakes of the West to the vast prairies of the central provinces, Canada provides a diverse backdrop for your equestrian adventures. Canada is not just about maple syrup and hockey; it has a deep connection with horses too. Exploring Canadian Equestrian Heritage Canada is home to the Canadian horse a horse [...]

5 Reasons Why YOU Should Travel With A Group

Snaffle Travel offers small boutique group travel to major equestrian events and tours with an equestrian focus. You won’t have to worry about planning. You don’t have to do any planning as we have done this for you!! This means that you just have to sit back and relax and enjoy your tour!  Just turn up each morning… You will experience new things. Travelling in a group can give you the chance to explore a [...]

Did you know you can visit the Royal Stables in Copenhagen, Denmark?

The Danish Royals are one of a few European Royal Courts that still have fully operational Royal Stables.  The Royal stables in Copenhagen, Denmark have been in existence since the 1740s and during the heyday, there were over 270 horses stabled here.  Today they only have 20 horses kept at the Royal Stables at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen. Where are the Royal stables located? The Royal Stables are located at Christiansborg Palace in central Copenhagen [...]

Interesting Equestrian places to visit in Paris

If you have a love of horses we have listed some interesting Equestrian places to visit in Paris (Information courtesy of the Paris Tourist office) The Museum of the Horse at Chantilly The Museum of the Horse is situated in Chantilly a short train ride from Paris. This is a unique place, and the Museum is housed in the Grand Stables of the Château de Chantilly. It seeks to show the public the world of [...]

Your Equestrian Travel Guide to Portugal

When it comes to equestrian travel in Portugal, the country's rich history and diverse landscapes make it an ideal destination. As a former maritime empire, Portugal's location on the Atlantic Ocean has influenced its culture and cuisine. The sea plays a significant role in Portuguese gastronomy, with dishes such as salt cod and grilled sardines becoming national favourites. Starting your equestrian adventure in Lisbon allows you to explore the city's equestrian heritage while immersing yourself [...]

Using Mobile Phones – Overseas

We often get asked what the best option for overseas mobile usage is. This depends on many factors including how long you are away for, and which provider you are with. If you decide to take your phone with you overseas you must be aware of a few things so you do not end up with a costly phone bill when you come home. Before you travel overseas contact your mobile phone company to check [...]

The Portuguese School of Equestrian Art

The Portuguese School of Equestrian Art stands as perhaps the least renowned among the four esteemed riding academies globally recognised. This relative obscurity can be attributed to the school's closure for an extended period during the 19th century due to invasions and political upheavals. Faced with unprecedented challenges, the Royal court, in a bid to safeguard the institution, made the decisive move of relocating everything, including the prized stud horses, to Brazil. However, it is [...]

Spruce Meadows – Canada

Spruce Meadows Spruce Meadows is an equestrian facility in Calgary, Alberta built by the Southern Family and opened in 1976. The show jumping complex is in the foothills of the Alberta Rocky Mountains just south of the city and comprises 360 acres. It hosts 500,000 visitors annually and has a stable capacity for 1,000 horses. Spruce Meadows is open for visitors 365 days of the year. It is an all-season facility that hosts conventions and [...]

Golegã National Horse Fair – Portugal

The description of the Golegã National Horse Fair and its significance in Portugal's equestrian culture is captivating. From an agricultural fair to a renowned event showcasing the Lusitano breed reflects the deep-rooted connection between the town of Golegã and its equestrian heritage. The diverse range of activities and competitions, from Lusitano showing classes to dressage, working equitation, endurance, and eventing, offers a comprehensive showcase of the versatility and excellence of the Lusitano breed. The inclusion [...]

The Royal Mews in London

The Royal Mews is a busy working Mews looking after the transport of the Royal household and is owned by the British Royal Family.  The Mews was first established in Charing Cross, London in the 1820s. Today the Royal Mews is located very close to Buckingham Palace.  It is still very important in providing road transport for The King and the members of the Royal family by both horse-drawn carriage and motor car. The Royal [...]

Get to Know Snaffle Travel Founder

Get to Know Snaffle Travel founder - "Tania Huppatz"..... I thought I would take the time to let you know a bit about myself.  My name is Tania Huppatz and I am the Snaffle Travel Founder, and I wanted to share a little about me as I host many of the Snaffle Travel tours. You can learn about what makes me tick as well as learn a little about my past travel experiences and escapades [...]

Have you lost your bags?

Lost Luggage and why your luggage could go amiss… Travelling and lost luggage has been on everyone’s minds recently.  Some airports have been worse than others and a few airports placed caps on flights to manage the crisis.  So, people started purchasing air tags and placing them in luggage and trying all sorts of things.  I travelled all through Europe in 2022 and 2023 to various countries on numerous flights from low-cost Ryan Air to [...]

Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede is held for 10 days and nights every July, Calgary puts on its white hat and welcomes the world. “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”, is the most authentic, memorable western experience you could ever pack into a single trip. You'll become a cowboy or cowgirl, witnessing the world’s top rodeo, thrilling chuckwagon races, First Nation culture, Agriculture showcase, live music, and much more. And because Calgary is located only one hour from Canada’s [...]

Fancy a visit to Scotland & Blair Castle International Horse Trials?

Blair Castle International Horse Trials Scotland's most prestigious equestrian event, the Land Rover Blair Castle International Horse Trials Has Scotland always been on your bucket list?  Start saving now....  Blair Castle International Horse Trials & the Highlights of Scotland tour includes some amazing highlights with first-rate sightseeing, showcasing the best of Scotland’s scenery, historical castles and not to forget wonderful Scottish hospitality. The Blair Castle Horse Trials are held annually in the grounds near the village of [...]

Snaffle Travel in the Media and Magazines

We have been in the media quite a bit lately with a few magazines printing our articles on some of our amazing riding holidays. Our client Stephanie Abbott wrote about her wonderful Dressage holiday riding holiday in Spain and this was published in Equestrian Life magazine. Read the article HERE Snaffle Travel

International Roundup May 2023

  Snaffle Travel attended the Badminton Horse Trials and the Longines Global Show Jumping Championships in Madrid in May 2023 To view the June edition of Equestrian Hub please follow the link HERE  

Your Equestrian Travel Guide to Spain

Spain is an incredible destination to visit with its diverse and vibrant culture and landscape. With over 45 UNESCO World Heritage sites, 8000 kilometres of coastline, and some of Europe's highest mountains, there are so many reasons to visit Spain.  The history of this amazing country is tightly interwoven with horses, with cave paintings dating back 30,000 years depicting them in the landscape. The Purebred Spanish Horse (or P.R.E - Pura Raza Española), also known [...]

Hoof Beats Magazine – France Riding Holiday

This is still one of my favourite riding holidays of all time and I have some very fond memories. My France riding holiday was published in the Hoofbeats magazine in the July/August edition. We rode through some of the most beautiful countryside, along bridleways, and through local villages and vineyards.  The food was fabulous food and we tasted some very nice red wine from the region of Bordeaux.  If you are a wine lover you [...]

The Big Four Riding Schools of Europe

For centuries, the Riding schools of Europe were established for the Kings and Queens and nobilities for the pleasure to watch the court equestrian games and the classical dressage.  Horses were required to be highly schooled, talented, and a strong mount capable of moving swiftly and obediently offering a unique advantage over an enemy. For many centuries, wars were fought and won from the back of the horse and the horse is an important part [...]

The Palio di Siena is a Unique Horse Race

The Italian horse race the 𝐏𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐨 𝐝𝐢 𝐒𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐚 is 𝐚n historical 𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐬𝐞 𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐞 that dates back many centuries in Tuscany. Jockeys ride bareback without a saddle or stirrups, dressed in medieval costume around the Piazza del Campo. The Piazza is prepared with a thick layer of tuff clay laid around the track before the race is held. The race is three laps of the piazza and can last up to 90 seconds with the first [...]

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