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Hungary - El Bronco
El Bronco is a Western riding ranch renowned for its breeding stock of Quarter-horse, Appaloosa, and Paint. The ranch has two outdoor arenas, an indoor arena, seven corrals and a round-pen.
In the arena you will be shown the basics of Western riding such as how to turn, stop and back-up. After getting to know your horse in the arena you will spend time out on the trails through the adjacent Kiskunsagi National Park
The park consists mainly of saline plains and sandy lowlands which make it ideal riding country. A unusual feature of this area are the sand dunes which stretch for miles and offer views of the national park when you reach the top. The riding is varied and interesting; during a ride out you may start out along sandy tracks through the forest then wind your way past the lake and end up negotiating the sand dunes which is great fun!
If you are a non-rider or would like a break from riding there are a range of activities available at additional cost, subject to availability and need to be requested in advance. These include local cheese factory, wine tasting sessions, carriage rides, jeep safaris, fishing and visits to the nearby town of Kecskemet can be requested.
There are 50 horses with around 25 available for guests. The horses are Quarter-horses, Appaloosa, and Paint horses.
The riding and tack is Western style.
Your holiday starts with a brief riding assessment/lesson followed by trail rides or lessons throughout your stay depending on the wishes of the group.
The ranch offers four hours of riding for each day you are on holiday plus two hours riding either on your arrival or departure day if your flight times permit.
There are typically one or two lessons over the week.
The pace is mixed and there are plenty of opportunities for jogging and loping but generally you won't gallop. The riding groups are split according to ability but even novice riders will usually have the chance to try cantering before the end of their stay.
Children 8 years and above are welcome to join the rides and lessons. They need to be confident riding horses as there are no ponies available.
The ranch has a total of twelve en-suite rooms spread over the main buildings. Close to the main bar there are two guest chalets each with three or four rooms. Another five rooms are situated next to the Wellness Suite. Each guest room has an en-suite shower room or bathroom with television, air conditioning and central heating.
This building has two double rooms on each floor.
There are two double rooms on the first floor which can be used as a family suite.
There is one bedroom on the ground floor with facilities for disabled people and four rooms on the first floor. This includes two double rooms, one single room and one triple room.
The Wellness Suite is the perfect place to relax after a day in the saddle. Ease aching muscles with a soak in the jacuzzi have a massage in the treatment room or re-energise in one of the saunas.
It's possible to arrive and depart any day, with a minimum stay of 3 nights.
Sample Itinerary for El Bronco
Select your preferred arrival date:
|7 nights||4 nights||3 nights|
|2019||(26 hours riding)||(14 hours riding)||(10 hours riding)|
|1 January - 30 April||£879.33||£502.47||£376.85|
|1 May - 30 Sept||£1,074.73||£614.13||£460.60|
|1 October - 31 Dec||£879.33||£502.47||£376.85|
|7 nights||4 nights||3 nights|
|2020||(26 hours riding)||(14 hours riding)||(10 hours riding)|
|1 January - 30 April||£846.76||£483.86||£362.90|
|1 May - 30 Sept||£1,009.60||£576.91||£432.69|
|1 October - 31 Dec||£846.76||£483.86||£362.90|
Return guests pay low season rates all year.
Children under 15 years old who are riding have a discount of 20% (must be sharing a room with their parent(s) or two children sharing together).
Non-riders discount is 25%. Non riding children from 4 - 11 years old have a discount of 40% (must be sharing a room with their parent(s) or two children sharing together). No charge for children under 3 years.
INCLUDES Riding; full board accommodation.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT No single supplement if willing to share otherwise €13 per night for a rider to guarantee a single room (payable locally).
PAYABLE LOCALLY Drinks; optional activities; airport transfers; massages (€40).
NEAREST AIRPORT Budapest.
TRANSFERS from Budapest to El Bronco are €110 per person return (1-3 people) or €90 per person return (4 or more people).
El Bronco is situated about 120 km south of Budapest, close to the town of Izsak.
Warm to hot summers, lovely Spring and Autumn months, with colder winters. The sandy soil quickly absorbs any rainfall and so riding is possible all-year round.
The riding at El Bronco 100% met my standards, the horses are happy, incredibly physically fit, well behaved and sensitive. I was matched with a palomino quarter horse called Jackpot and as cheesy as it sounds I really felt like I had won the jackpot! When I had to describe the kind of horse I would like for this holiday, I had written that I know I am a competent rider but that I’m not always confident. By the time the week was over I felt so confident, content and joyful. Even though I ride regularly at home I felt like I was falling in love with riding all over again!
Sophie, LeicesterOverall rating: 4/5
El Bronco has something for everyone whether you are new to riding or just new to riding Western. Wonderfully responsive horses and insightful instruction will see you make great progress even if you are only able to stay for a short time.
Western riders tend to ride in jeans but do wear whatever you are most comfortable in. The ground is sandy so take a 'buff' to cover your nose and mouth or enter into the Western spirit and wear a brightly coloured bandana instead! Sunglasses are a good idea and will help to keep your vision clear on those fun canters out on the trail.