Riding holidays

Riding holidays and weekends 2019

Venabustallen offers various riding holidays, included full board at Venabu Fjellhotell. We have options for both novice and experienced riders. Scroll down to the bottom of the site to view autumn holidays!

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Riding holidays and weekends for novice riders

These holidays are suitable for riders with little or no previous experience. We aim to make you confident in the saddle and create wonderful memories with our horses.

Riding weekends for novice riders (week 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 33 og 34, scroll down for autumn rides) Friday-Sunday, lower age limit 8 yrs.
Arrival for dinner 18.30 on Friday. Information meeting with guides at 20.30.
Saturday: The day begins with a theory class in the stables, where we teach you the basics of horse behaviour, communication between horse and rider, grooming and tacking up. This is followed by a riding lesson in the arena. We eat lunch at the hotel, followed by a second instruction in the arena and a 1 hr trail ride in gentle terrain in the afternoon.
Sunday: 2 hr ride in gentle terrain. The ride will include easy and fun challenges, and you will see the mountains in a whole new way between the horse’s ears. Departure after lunch.
Price 3600,- per person (2600,- for children age 8-15 yrs). The price includes all riding and full board at Venabu Fjellhotell.

Riding holidays for novice riders (week 27 through 35, except week 32) Monday-Friday, lower age limit 8 yrs.
Arrival for dinner 18.30 on Monday. Information meeting with guides at 20.30.
Tuesday: The day begins with a theory class in the stables, where we teach you the basics of horse behaviour, communication between horse and rider, grooming and tacking up. This is followed by a riding lesson in the arena. We eat lunch at the hotel, followed by a 1 hr trail ride in gentle terrain in the afternoon where you will put your new skills to the test. Wednesday: Instruction in the arena before lunch. We build on the foundations learned yesterday. After lunch we ride a 1 hr trail ride in easy terrain.
Thursday: 1t trail ride after breakfast. After lunch we ride out for 2 hrs into the mountains. You will se the landscape in a whole new way between the horse’s ears!
Friday: Departure after breakfast
Price 6200,- per person (4300,- for children age 8-15 yrs). The price includes all riding and full board at Venabu Fjellhotell.

Riding holidays and weekends for experienced riders

These holidays are suitable for riders who master fast canter and want a holiday with long rides each day. We aim to give you wonderful memories of horseback adventures the wild mountain landscape.

Riding weekends for experienced riders (week 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 33 og 34, scroll down for autumn rides) Friday-Sunday, lower age limit 12 yrs.
Friday: Arrival before dinner. Info meeting at 20.30.
Saturday: Whole day ride with campfire lunch. We will ride over mountain peaks to a cozy summer farm, with plenty of opportunities for trot and canter. There will be amazing views of Venabygdsfjellet, Rondane and Jotunheimen national parks and Guldbrandsdalen, as well as long stretches through birch forest. Once at the farm we light a campfire and prepare a delicious outdoor lunch. On the menu we have sausages from the local Annis Pølsemakeri and vegetablesm followed by coffee roasted over the fire and a surprise dessert. We will be back at Venabu in time for dinner.
Sunday: 3 hr ride to Dørjuvet canyon. The trail winds northeast into the habitat of wild reindeer, with open vistas and flatter terrain than yesterday’s ride. Heather and moss covers the landscape for as far as the eye can see. After 2 hr riding we arrive at Dørjuvet, a spectacular canyon plunging 100 meters into the deep gorge below. We ride along the canyon’s edge and look down at the river below. Departure after lunch at the hotel.

*Note: the routes can be modified/changed due to adverse weather or other concerns. Your guide will always pick the best route available. In September and October the whole day ride is normally exchanged for two slightly shorter rides due to weather conditions.
Price 3700,- per person (2800,- for children age 12-15 yrs). The price includes all riding and full board at Venabu Fjellhotell.
Note: The routes can be modified/changed due to adverse weather or other concerns. Your guide will always pick the best route available. In September and October the whole day ride is normally exchanged for two slightly shorter rides due to weather condotions. 

Riding holidays for experienced riders (uke 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34 og 35) Monday-Friday, lower age limit 12 yrs.
Arrival for dinner 18.30 on Monday. Information meeting with guides at 20.30.
Tuesday: We will go for a 2 hr ride in varied terrain, eat lunch at the hotel, followed by a second 2 hr ride in the afternoon. Our guides will pick the best routes available, all include several opportunities for trot and canter – and great views.
Wednesday: Half-day ride. We have plenty of rides to choose from depending on the wishes of the group. There will be plenty of opportunities to trot and canter on all routes.
Thursday: Whole day ride with farm lunch. We will ride over mountain peaks to a cozy summer farm, with plenty of opportunities for trot and canter. There will be amazing views of Venabygdsfjellet, Rondane and Jotunheimen national parks and Guldbrandsdalen, as well as long stretches through birch forest. Once at the farm we let the horses into the pasture and experience an authentic farm lunch of cured meats, sour cream porridge and sour cream waffles. A local will talk about farm life in Guldbrandsdalen and making of the local brown cheese. We will be back at Venabu in time for dinner.
Friday: Departure after breakfast
Price 6300,- per person (4750,- for children age 12-15 yrs). The price includes all riding and full board at Venabu Fjellhotell.
Note: The routes can be modified/changed due to adverse weather or other concerns. Your guide will always pick the best route available. In September and October the whole day ride is normally exchanged for two slightly shorter rides due to weather condotions. 

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Riding holidays and weekends autumn 2019

During autumn 2019 you can book riding holidays for both novice and experienced riders. All include lodgings and full board at Venabu Fjellhotell. The number of horses is reduced during autumn, so there are limited places available.

Autumn riding weekend for novice riders (week 35 and 37).
Friday-Sunday, lower age limit 8 yrs.
Arrival for dinner 18.30 on Friday. Information meeting with guides at 20.30.
Saturday: The day begins with a theory class in the stables, where we teach you the basics of horse behaviour, communication between horse and rider, grooming and tacking up. This is followed by a riding lesson in the arena. We eat lunch at the hotel, followed by a 1 hr trail ride in gentle terrain in the afternoon where you will put your new skills to the test.
Sunday: 2h ride in easy terrain. Departure after lunch.
Price 3600,- per person (2600,- for children age 8-15 yrs). The price includes all riding and full board at Venabu Fjellhotell.

Autumn riding weekend for experienced riders (week 36 and 38)
Friday-Sunday, lower age limit 12 yrs.
Arrival for dinner 18.30 on Friday. Information meeting with guides at 20.30.
Saturday: 2 hr ride in the morning. Wee at lunch at the hotel, followed by another 2 hr ride in the afternoon.
Sunday: 3 hr ride in beautiful mountain terrain. Departure after lunch.
Price 3700,- per person (2800,- for children age 12-15 yrs). The price includes all riding and full board at Venabu Fjellhotell.

 

Autumn riding holiday for novice riders (Week 40, Wednesday-Saturday)
Arrival on Wednesday for «Norwegian buffet”. Information meeting with guides at 21.00.
Thursday: Instruction in the arena. Lunch at the hotel, followed by a 1 hr ride in the afternoon.
Friday: «Free time» in the morning. We recommend hiking, paddling or another fun outdoor activity in the area. Instruction + 1 hr ride in the afternoon.
Saturday: 2 hr ride in gentle terrain, departure after lunch.
Price 5300,- per person (3650,- for children age 8-15 yrs). The price includes all riding and full board at Venabu Fjellhotell.

Autumn riding holiday for experienced riders (Week 40, Saturday-Tuesday)
Arrival on Saturday for dinner 18.30. Information meeting with the guides at 21.30.
Sunday: 2 hr ride in the morning. We eat lunch at the hotel, followed by a 1 hr ride in the afternoon.
Monday: «Free time» in the morning. We recommend hiking, paddling or another fun outdoor activity in the area. 2 hr ride in the afternoon.
Tuesday: 3 hr ride in beautiful mountain terrain, departure after lunch
Price 5150,- per person (3500,- for children age 12-15 yrs). The price includes all riding and full board at Venabu Fjellhotell.

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The Norwegian Dole Horse

Our Norwegian Dole horses are the pride of Venabustallen. These big, powerful, yet gentle horses are one of the three native Norwegian breeds. Doles are powerfully built to pull heavy loads. They are renowned for their surefootedness and gentle, easy temper – making them perfectly suited to long rides in mountainous terrain. Their versatile usage areas and calm personalities make them excellent family horses.

The Dole horse originated in Guldbrandsdalen in the 19th century, bred for farm and forestry work. Heavier stallions from the European continent were used to breed a heavier and stronger horse than the regular Norwegian pleasure breeds. Modern Dole horses typically fall into a lighter or heavier category, where the more slender-built horses are used for dressage, show jumping and eventing.

Today the Doles are used for a variety of equestrian sports, notably driving and pleasure riding. The Dole horses have their own National Association and championship series, where riders can compete in dressage, driving and “versatile riding and driving”. The interest in Dole horses is currently on the rise internationally, and we are very excited to see our magnificent Norwegian horse take its place in the spotlight.

CONTACT US

Venabustallen
Venabu Fjellhotell
Rondevegen 840
2632 VENABYGD
NORWAY
Phone no.:0047 9221 3456
E-mail:post@venabustallen.no