Horseback riding holidays in southern Spain

Ride Andalucia’s horseback trail rides are an unbelievable experience. From your saddle you can look out over two seas and two continents, follow ancient trails across the unspoilt mountains and valleys of Andalucia, and experience the traditional Spanish way of life.

We have carefully designed each horseback trail ride to combine some of the best horse riding in Spain while capturing the very essence of Andalucia, from the historic sites and beautiful wild countryside through to the fantastic local delicacies and colourful fiestas.

Ride Andalucia has been organising horse riding holidays in Spain since 2007. We ensure our horses are extremely well schooled and well cared for so they are good natured, willing and yet sensible. They are mainly local Andalucian horses with some Criollo and Arab crosses and are bred to be sure footed in
mountainous terrain.

Our horse riding holidays vary from 1-7 days and as well as our regular itineraries we also plan annual riding trips that schedule in visits to special events such as the Goyesca Festival in Ronda. We can also tailor make a riding trail for private groups and organise itineraries for non-riders who accompany the tour. If you are a group of four to seven riders we can discuss rides tailor made for you that may not appear here.

Karen ConsidineIn 2007 I moved to the village of Gaucin, high in the mountains of the Serrania de Ronda and founded the trekking company “Ride Andalucia”. After 10 wonderful years of running the business, the time has come for me to pass the reins over to the next generation.

I am thrilled that the right couple came along at the right time, and delighted to welcome Dan and Shannon to a business and community that are so close to my heart.

Husband and wife Dan and Shannon, are an excellent team to take the helm at Ride Andalucia. I don’t doubt they have many an adventure ahead of them, but I know they are well-prepared for the challenge. Indeed Dan´s knowledge of horses and horsemanship combined with Shannon´s fluent Spanish and excellent administration skills will make a perfect combination to take Ride Andalucia forward to another level.

Dan and Shannon have exciting plans for diversifying into new areas such as Western and Natural Horsemanship, as well as continuing with Ride Andalucia’s core business of exploring the stunning local area on horseback. The handover will be gradual and I will remain a guide until May next year, to show them the varied and often hidden mountain trails we are so lucky to have on our doorstep.

We all look forward to welcoming old and new friends to Ride Andalucia as we gallop into the future!

Karen Considine, Founder of Ride Andalucia


Dan and Shannon VanWyk

We are both thrilled to be joining Karen at Ride Andalucia and taking on such an incredibly exciting new adventure. The surrounding mountains are spectacular and we feel privileged to be living in such a beautiful landscape. In many ways it is similar to our homeland of Oregon, where Dan has been riding, training and breeding horses his whole life, so there is already a feeling of familiarity.

We love being here in Spain, riding along the winding trails, gazing out over breath-taking vistas and appreciating this wild and beautiful land. The Spanish culture, food, people and the warmth of spirit have also been so welcoming. We are very much looking forward to becoming part of the Ride Andalucia family and eventually making it our own under Karen’s guidance.

We would love to hear from you if you are interested in booking on to an upcoming ride, or if you would like to find out more about opportunities for Natural Horsemanship clinics or lessons; all riding disciplines and styles are welcome, so do get in touch.

Shannon and Dan VanWyk, Owners of Ride Andalucia


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