* The Location
* The Horses
* Riding Facilities & Price List
* Contact Information
The Location & Surroundings
The first five years Castello
spent just in the outskirts of Pori, but in the spring 1994 the riding school
and its horses moved permanently to the countryside of Yyteri, where they
had already been arranging summer riding camps before.
So today you will find Castello Riding School nearby the town of Pori, in the western coast of Finland. It's located in the surroundings of Yyterin Kartano, an estate from the late 19th century. The yellow stable yard buildings were built back in the 1920's. From a few kilometres from the riding school lies the long and sandy Yyteri beach, which is quite an unique place in the whole Northern Europe. On horseback, you'll reach the dunes and the beach in about half an hour.
We have at the moment 12 riding
school horses. All of them are safe and properly schooled. Many of them have
been and are competed in dressage, showjumping and / or eventing. Four of
our horses are ponies (1 Shetland and 3 crossings), and three warmblooded
riding horses. The others are purebred Finnish horses, of which the smallest
are nearly pony-sized and the biggest ca. 160 cm high. (Here you can see more information of all our horses
- now in English!)
The Finnish horse is an unique all-rounder breed: they are used as well riding horses (the best ones can jump even 1.30 m classes and learn advanced dressage movements), racehorses (the Finnish horse is the fastest cold-blooded trotter in the world) as working horses in farms. They are usually chestnut in colour, around 15.0 - 15.5 hh (but there are also lots of smaller and higher ones) and fairly strongly-built, with thick mane and tail. They remind somewhat of the Austrian Haflinger ponies. As riding horses, they are extremely friendly and calm, yet willing and forward-going, with nice paces to sit and easy to handle and school. We have also some other Finnish horses that are not used in the riding lessons, for example our homebred young charmer Castellon Pietari, whose father, a black stud stallion Pellervo has won four gold medals in a row with Minna in Finnish horses' Showjumping Championships 1999-2002!
For riding lessons we have two
large outdoor arenas (the both are properly fenced and the larger one is also
lighted for the dark winter nights). In addition there is a small indoor manege
if the weather turns bad or the ground is icy. There is plenty of equipment
for jumping and also some small cross-country obstacles.
The surrounding forests are full of sandy trails and quiet logging driveways
suitable for riding so you can have a quick warming up / cooling down in
the woods before or after riding in the manege, or a longer hack.In addition
to the Yyteri beach there is also another one in Mäntyluoto that is
allowed to ride on. It is also possible for a beginner to have a hack on
the trails nearby the stables but to ride to the beach you should have somewhat
Riding lessons and hacks are arranged all the year round, and specially for foreigners a snowy winter hack to the frozen, quiet sea shore could be an outstanding experience (as long as You'll have enough clothes on...). We also have several riding camps mostly in the summer, also for Your own groups according to Your wishes. Also, the hotel, camping site and other facilities of Yyteri Recreation Center are a couple of kilometres away from the riding school. (Here can you find some more photos from the beach and forest...)
Here is the price list for visitors:
* Riding lesson 15 €
(or riding on your own in the school, but under supervision)
* Pony riding in a lead rein for children, ½ hour 9 €
* Guided hack in the forest, 1 hour 22 €
* Guided hack in the forest and beach, 1,5 hours 30 €
* Guided hack in the forest and beach, 2 hours 38 €
If You have any comments or
questions about this homepage or the Castello riding school, You can E-mail
me to firstname.lastname@example.org. I
will answer with pleasure!
Also, if You want to have any further information of Castello, You can contact me via E-mail. I will deal with any arrangements with the riding instructor and the stable!
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