Puça follows Lorenzo literally everywhere, sometimes running 20 or 30 kilometeres a day beside his horse. She’s super fit, as happy as they come and utterly devoted. On the rare occasions that he leaves the stables without her, she cries and complains until he comes back. She doesn’t have a lead but runs a few steps behind him and waits outside shops when she’s not allowed to go in. She knows how to cross the road and if the going gets tough or there are sheep around, she takes a ride on his horse.
Puça turned up at the stables as a young stray. He says it wasn’t immediately obvious whether she was lost or abandoned or had just wandered from where she lived. She hung around for all day and he had to go on an errand so decided decided that if she was still there when he got back, he would take her home and keep her. He went to his car and there she was already waiting for him. Puça chose Lorenzo, so she’s not his dog – he’s her human.
We took our riding holiday partners from Equestrian Escapes in Cheshire, up to the high Tramuntana Mountains last week. They like to experience every aspect of the holidays they sell to their clients and were very impressed with the horses, the guide and the incredible scenery. We enjoyed their company and the weather was perfect.
Come and join us too, for trail riding in the mountains of Mallorca this winter. It’s the perfect time for sports activities across the island and nowhere is more magnificent that the Tramuntana World Heritage site.
RosemaryGreat time with the team from Equestrian Escapes
The dates are set for the coming season for 2 or 3 days trails in the Tramuntana Mountains.
They all begin on Sundays and can be tailored in length between 2 and 3 days to suit our client’s preference.
Sunday, October 15th
Sunday, November 19th
Sunday, December 17th
Sunday, January 14th
Sunday, February 25th
Sunday, March 18th
If these dates don’t fit and you want to arrange your own programme, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trails have a minimum of 4 riders and a maximum of 7. We often have clients who tell as that are flexible on dates and will join other riders tomake up numbers, so do contact us to flag up your interest.
“Gloria – crazy for horses” is a mini-series shot on Mallorca, which is currently being shown on Vox channel in Germany. Gloria and the camera crew visited us here in May to ride with Lorenzo and so that Gloria could work her charms on Princesa – the stable’s only anti-social horse. Enquiries are already coming in from German clients who viewed some of the lovely horses here and the trail riding routes.
RosemaryFamous German animal psychologist Gloria Rückert visits Lorenzo at Hipica Formentor
In the UK there is a tradition on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday of making pancakes, based on the idea of using up eggs and fats in the kitchen before the fasting days of Lent. Other European countries have Carnival instead. Amongst them are Germany, Italy, Holland and Denmark. Historically the most lavish was in Venice but this was abolished by Napoleon at the end of the eighteenth century. The first more modern interpretation took place in Cologne in 1823.
There is also a long tradition of Carnaval (spelt differently) in Spain. Rome was a big influence on the country and the wild winter solstice ritual of Saturnalia may be at the root of this festival. These Roman festivities had parade floats, using boats mounted onto a cart and were often permissive and blasphemous, bending the rules of the established order. The name is thought to come from a “farewell to the flesh”, the carne part, meaning meat and valle meaning farewell, symbolizing the lack of meat in the diet during Lent. The festival has changed a lot in modern times but still has an atmosphere of rebelliousness, before the arrival of Lent with its abstinence and penitence.
Carnival was forbidden in Spain for 40 years by the dictator Franco, and couldn’t reclaim its inheritance until the reestablishment of democracy in 1981. Today in Mallorca, and all over Spain, it is a lively and popular event. The Carnival Parade, where groups dress up in costumes and walk the streets, often dancing to music or throwing sweets or confetti is called Sa Rua de Carnaval in Mallorca. It takes place at the weekend after the British Shrove Tuesday. Don’t be surprised by anything you see in Carnaval. Lorry drivers performing the chorus from Sister Act in full nun’s habit, a swarm of giant dancing bees, schoolchildren demonstrating the activities of an Olympic team followed by Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
Earlier this year in Sa Pobla, riders from Hipica Formentor dressed as D’Artagnan, the three musketeers and the ladies from the court to make their appearance in the annual parade. Every year it’s a new challenge to find a theme that works with horses. In the past, we have tried being medieval knights and last year we were Smurfs on horseback – although a few of us didn’t think this was our best look. Alexandre Dumas’ story gave us every excuse to dress up, wigs, hats with feathers, masks, big dresses and as most of are women, rather amusingly moustaches and beards. What will next year bring? We are thinking of James I the first Christian King of Mallorca, his knights and courtiers. Join us for riding lessons or hacking out and join in with our activities.
RosemaryCarnaval – more work than pancakes, but more fun too