Sandra

LAST NIGHT AT CABALLOS Y VINO

Out of all the things we have done in Andalucia, we will probably remember our time at Caballos y Vino the most. This is the home ranch of Sandra and Luis where Lili took her riding lessons - eight in all, consisting of six lessons and two long trail rides.

At the end of our month in Spain, Lili was able to freely canter on her own, ride a barrel race course at trot and canter and do several horse care chores all by herself. Her posture, confidence and joy of riding were all increased by leaps and bounds. And it was lovely for Sandra to have a student for a longer stretch as she often gets clients who only visit once or maybe twice.

A happy girl cantering with Spirit. 

A happy girl cantering with Spirit. 

IMG_1098.JPG
The trail ride on the last evening, first setting out with clients Ben and Alex from New York, and then coming back in the low evening sun.

The trail ride on the last evening, first setting out with clients Ben and Alex from New York, and then coming back in the low evening sun.

We have also got to know Sandra's parents Alfred and Barbara who are visiting from Germany and for our last evening we had a dinner together. They are such lovely people. Alfred would normally putter around the ranch with handyman work such as fixing a car, regrouting the masonry, preparing the outdoor pool for the summer season or power washing the patio. Barbara and I would sit, chat and do handwork - I picked up crocheting and have made many little coasters and cotton flowers, some with beads.

FullSizeRender.jpg
Sandra's sister Manuela is coming to visit in a couple of weeks with her little son Max who is four. Alfred made a swing for his grandson, and Dante is testing it. All worked great!

Sandra's sister Manuela is coming to visit in a couple of weeks with her little son Max who is four. Alfred made a swing for his grandson, and Dante is testing it. All worked great!

FullSizeRender.jpg
Here Alfred is showing his carving skills. Sandra won this ham at a local Horsemanship competition at a Romeria gathering. Note the special ham holder apparatus! 

Here Alfred is showing his carving skills. Sandra won this ham at a local Horsemanship competition at a Romeria gathering. Note the special ham holder apparatus! 

Here is our outdoor dinner after Lili's ride.  Dante made pasta with Gorgonzola and we also had a lentil stew and broccoli with garlic and balsamico. Sandra whipped up sautéed sprouted lentils (in the frying pan) and they were so good. We will definitely add that to our lentil repertory. The food was gone in a whiff and then it was time for our goodbyes. 

Here is our outdoor dinner after Lili's ride.  Dante made pasta with Gorgonzola and we also had a lentil stew and broccoli with garlic and balsamico. Sandra whipped up sautéed sprouted lentils (in the frying pan) and they were so good. We will definitely add that to our lentil repertory. The food was gone in a whiff and then it was time for our goodbyes. 

And what a lovely gift Lili received from Sandra at the end of the evening - she gave Lili the small riding  boots that we were able to borrow on the day we forgot to bring her cowboy boots. When we got home Lili washed the new boots for about half an hour in the shower and wore them at home all morning. Thank you so much!

And what a lovely gift Lili received from Sandra at the end of the evening - she gave Lili the small riding  boots that we were able to borrow on the day we forgot to bring her cowboy boots. When we got home Lili washed the new boots for about half an hour in the shower and wore them at home all morning. Thank you so much!

We hold so many happy memories of Sandra and her horses. Our hearts are full.     Until we we meet again! 

We hold so many happy memories of Sandra and her horses. Our hearts are full.

 

Until we we meet again!