since 1995, Hacienda dos Olivos offers a very unique charm.
Situated on a thirteen hectare working organic olive estate
in the provence of sevilla, visitors are welcomed to experience
traditional Andalusian life.
Hacienda opens its gates to visitors world-wide to feel the magic
of Spanish culture. The Spanish, English, German and French speaking
household, is very much intergrated with the local community.
Steeped in history with olive cultivation, classical equitation
and the Spanish Purebred horses, an atmosphere is maintained so
that guests can discover Andalucia and all its fine qualities.
jewel of the estate reflects the special interest of its owner.
Johanna Beattie Batista, a renowned classical dressage trainer
and rider, shares her love of the Spanish Purebred with great
enthusiasim. Johanna has been dedicated to the equestrian
world from an early age. She has supervised numerous riding
establishments, mainly in Morocco and Spain, as well as competing
at National level in show-jumping. Her knowledge of Classical
riding stems from wide sources colaborated over the past two
decades. Including the Royal School of Equstrian Art in Jerez
(Spain), Nuno Oliveira in Portugal, The Cadre Noir (Saumur)
and Michel Henriquet in France. Johanna's understanding of
classical methods is renowned Internationally and guests have
the opportunity to learn an insight into these pure historical
methods of training.
Equestrian activities offered at the Hacienda include: Instructional
Holidays (with board and lodgings included), Working student
courses, training of Spanish horses and exportation of good
quality Spanish bloodstock
horses, staff, students and clients
stable yard lies amidst the olive grove. Built in Andalusian
style with Moorish arches and clay tiles, it encompasses a
trditional cobbled courtyard and a central fountain, overlooked
by thirteen stables. The yard specialises in Classical riding,
the oldest and purest form of equitation. The true routes
strictly followed which, are so often greatly misunderstood,
confused or deviated from in modern equitation. The goal at
the Hacienda is that each guest or student achieves the clearest
understanding of classical riding. Guests are taught along
these classical routes and the fundaments of this equitation
using the haciendas very special horses.
lesson - working on riders position
horses are all Spanish Purebreds. The characteristics of this
breed today remain much the same as the 17th Century, when
the great masters of equitation praised its unrivalled qualities
for high school work. The techniques of this classical art
are refined using the unique Spanish horse for its noble gentle
nature, strength and agility. Its elevated movements and compact
frame enable the rider to refine the use of their seat, and
to feel more acurately the individual movement and response
of the horse. Due to the breeds natural abilities, collected,
lateral and elevated work are easy to execute. Therefore,
the rider is able to feel lightness, balance, cadence and
rhythm. This is an invaluable learning experience to improve
the riders understanding of their own horse on return to their
horses resident at the Hacienda are allowed to mature with training.
Their potential is allowed to grow naturally without force as
often evident with conventional training methods. They can be
seen worked at various stages from youngsters being currently
backed, to advanced schoolmaster stallions. The correct foundation
work being the key aspect to the continuation of the training
to follow. Visitors can watch the daily training sessions. These
can vary from preliminary exercises for lateral movements to work
in hand. Helping to prepare and improve the horses athletic ability
for movements such as canter flying changes, piaffe and passage.
presence of the Spanish Purebred encompases the whole magic
of Hacienda dos Olivos and its great understanding of Spanish
history and culture. From the fruits of the trees which
are enjoyed at the table to the delights of Doma classica,
Hacienda dos Olivos is open to all. And, when you fall in
love with the Spanish Purebred, we can even help you to
find your very own, little piece of Spain.
Hacienda dos Olivos,
Apartado de Correos 25,
Tel/fax: 0034 955 750 562