Your host and guide
María Elena Dendaluce is the founder and owner of Equiberia – Equitravel, Ltd. María Elena decided to change her job in marketing with an American multinational for her passion for horses and travel. She is fluent in English and French and loves painting too. Before she decided to start this “life adventure”, she participated in riding tours in different parts of the world: France, Tunisia, Argentina, USA, Australia, Botswana... She is a terrific travel companion and knows the customs, natural history and the culture of the regions, what really brings you into the adventure, and helps you reach a unique level of participation.
Equiberia is based in Navarredonda de Gredos, in the Northern slopes of magnificent Sierra de Gredos, in Ávila, in the heart of Castile. Equiberia has its own stables, at the boundaries of the Gredos Nature Park. It is a wild area, very little populated, and the local economy is based on breeding free range cattle. It is a great territory for riding with easy free access to great vast areas of common land and ancient bridle paths. In Gredos, riding a horse is just the natural way to discover this immense land, its great landscapes and its remote medieval villages.
Stacey and Jaime work with Equiberia. They make a terrific team, enthusiastic and very motivated, and with the greatest smiles!
Stacey, from England, is a very professional, friendly, fun and outgoing person. She has a passion for horses and has spent most of her life training and working with them, including studying a Degree at University in Equine Science. She moved to Spain in 2009 and loves the Spanish lifestyle and the culture. When she moved to Gredos in March 2012, she fell in love with the horses, the region, and the people. This will be her third season with Equiberia. She is in charge of organizing the stables and training the horses, as well as accompanying Maria Elena either on horseback or in charge of the catering and the support vehicle on the week rides. She often leads the weekend rides.
Jaime, from Navarredonda de Gredos, has been helping with the horses for many years. He has his own horses, that he breeds and trains himself. In 2012 he became more involved in the work in the stables, the exercising of the horses and the support of the rides, and he loves it. His attention to the detail and his disposition are outstanding. He speaks very good Spanish, obviously, and he is taking English lessons and practices with Stacey, but he is so friendly that communication is never a problem with Jaime. Hopefully he will be with Equiberia for many more years, as he will never leave Gredos!
In 2014, Maria Elena organises three rides in other areas of Spain in collaboration with local partners. She accompanies these rides herself and guarantees the standards are up to any previous Equiberia rides.
The rides in Segovia, which started in 2011, will be led by Enrique, owner and trainer of the horses in Segovia. He is an excellent horseman, with a show-jumping and cross-country background, trainer of show-jumping horses and a riding instructor. He is passionate about Segovia, the nature and the history of the region.
The rides in Menorca, which started in 2011, will be led by Toni, owner and trainer of the horses in Menorca. He breeds his own horses and he is an expert horseman who has explored many trails in Menorca He comes from a traditional Menorquín family and he is deeply in love with his island.
The rides in Sevilla, which re-started in 2012 (Alfonso and María Elena were already partners in 1997), will be led by Alfonso, owner and trainer of the horses in Sevilla. He is a great horseman, passionate and knowledgeable about the horses, the diverse equestrian disciplines and about the Andalusian traditions and countryside. He is an expert in Andalusian dressage or Doma Vaquera and, at present, he is competing in TREC.
Napo leading the canter
Tarpan, the guardian of the stables
The magic White Van!
Enrique, Segovia ride
Toni, Menorca ride
Alfonso, Sevilla ride
“Thank you for all the effort you have put to organise this ride. It was amazing to see the valleys and the villages... It would be difficult to see these without the horses. I’ve been very lucky to benefit from your dedication and imagination.” A.L., USA