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Fox Hunts, Harvest Classics and Fall Colors

This fall, trot off to Ireland, Utah, North Carolina, Vermont or Alberta to view the changing leaves from on horseback, attend a world-class equestrian event or the longtime tradition of participating in an Irish Hunt. The follow are upcoming fall and winter equestrian vacations that incorporate the spirit of the seasons.

Irish Hunts

Fox Hunt in Ireland at Mount Juliet- 3 night package starts $1,419.50 Oct- Feb

There are Hunts available every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday throughout the Hunting season with the local Hunts, which run from the end of October until the end of February. The 3-day hunting course which is held regularly in the hunting season and allows the rider to take part in two days pre-hunting training with riding on Mount Juliet estate with instruction on jumping and cross-country followed by 1 day of hunting. 

Fox Hunt in Ireland at Clonshire- 7 night package starts $2,606.18 Oct-Feb

Experience the thrill and tradition of an Irish Hunt in Ireland. The Limerick County Foxhounds are based at Clonshire and they hunt from the last week in October/first week in November on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday until around the middle of February. The Hunt Card is not normally available until around the end of September and this gives us an idea of the locations and type of country as well as level of difficulty on each of the hunting days. There are a number of lesser known local hunts which people can ride with should they want more than three days hunting.

Fall Leaf Peeping

Asheville, NC Mountains Biltmore Estate Luxury Escape- 4 days- starting $1306

This four day, three night Biltmore Equestrian Escape is offered exclusively by Equitrekking Travel on Located in Asheville, NC, historic Biltmore Estate has over 80 miles of equestrian trails located on 4,000 acres in the beautiful Western North Carolina Mountains. Explore the wooded estate trails on horseback, much like guests of George Vanderbilt would have during the Gilded Age. Along with daily trail riders, lessons and the popular lunch on the trail included in this equestrian focused package, riders may tour the historic home and estate grounds, perhaps sampling some of the wines produced by Biltmore’s winery, and spending nights in the luxurious Biltmore Inn.

View the changing leaves this fall on a Vermont Icelandic Horse Inn Ride- starting $625

Autumn is when the air is crisp and the leaves burst with color in Vermont. Enjoy a comfortable Vermont country inn at night, all with a generous helping of Vermont hospitality as you trek through the picturesque Mad River Valley of Vermont on strong Icelandic horses.

Fall Foliage & Wildlife/Wild Horses in Utah- Oct 12 & 21 departures-  $1490

The San Rafael Swell is 2,800 square miles of uninhabited wilderness--nearly two times the size of Rhode Island without a single human resident. The Swell is a gigantic bubble in the earth's crust which has eroded into a maze of deep, multi-hued canyons punctured by the mesas, buttes and pinnacles typical of the world famous canyonlands geography. Riders will explore intricate trails established by Native Americans, herdsmen and outlaws during the day, then hear stories about these trailblazers while relaxing around the camp fire at night.

Harvest Classic at Spruce Meadows

Attend Spruce Meadows Harvest Classic at Historic Alberta Ranch: October 9 - 15 starting $1,417.28

Spruce Meadows is one of the world’s best equestrian competition facilities. Top Olympic, World, European, and National Show Jumping Champions compete at this Calgary complex. See the worlds top jumping horses and ride Homeplace Ranch’s finest stock and Polo horses. Includes accommodation at the Ranch, all meals, riding, 2 days tickets to Spruce Meadows and transportation to Spruce Meadows. Spruce Meadows is only about 20-25 minutes away from the ranch, so you can even enjoy riding at the ranch in the morning and the afternoon at the competitions.

* Rates subject to change based on currency conversions. Valid from September 14, 2010- October 14, 2010.