Being in love can take you to higher levels of pleasure and excitement in Normandy. My boyfriend and I had promised each other a special adventure on our trip to Calvados. And what better way to experience the Flowered Coast’s natural scenery than on horseback? We follow Ophélie and her horses on the golden sand beach of Cabourg to make this dream come true and create wonderful memories together.

MEET THE TEAM

Low tide. Fine weather. Appropriate clothing. Our checklist is ticked off for the ultimate equestrian adventure with Julien! We meet up with friendly Ophélie at the Poney Club of Cabourg , located very close to the seashore. Open all year round, the equestrian club is home to 48 horses and ponies and welcomes all levels of riders of all ages ! We are introduced to three stunning, tall and lean horses going by the names of Balou, Sagesse and Choco, carefully selected for being beautifully responsive to beginner riders like us in the great outdoors!  

Getting the horses ready

From the start, Ophélie gives us all the tips to establish a good relationship with our horses. It’s time for a bit of grooming, an unmissable ritual before we saddle up. We first use the curry comb to make sure all the dirt is loose from the coat of the horse. To clean the horses, we then use several hard and soft brushes. Grooming horses is actually an intimate interaction: it relieves the itches, stimulates circulation, and keeps their skin and coat healthy. As we start bonding, they express great enjoyment, softly closing their eyes and relaxing.  

Grooming our horse @Marie-Anais Thierry Marie-Anais Thierry
Grooming our horse @Marie-Anais Thierry

Time to saddle Up

After a last check-up on the horses, we follow Ophélie to the riding ring for some basic reminders on how to guide them, move forward, turn, stop… To mount our horses, we approach them on the left side, place our left foot in the left stirrup, and pull ourselves on our horse. Now we are ready to head to the beach!

Horse riding on the beach @Marie-Anais Thierry Marie-Anais Thierry
Horse riding on the beach @Marie-Anais Thierry

Riding on the beach

We reach the beach after a few minutes only, discovering a long picture-perfect stretch of golden sand, bathed in sunshine. Facing beautiful waterfront Belle Epoque villas, Cabourg offers an extensive sandy beach that make it ideal for horse riding, especially at the end of the day, when the beach is empty. We listen to the soothing sounds of crashing waves and feel the wind in our faces as we horse ride across this breathtaking beach, gaining a newfound sense of freedom ! What a fabulous feeling to share with your loved-one!

Horse riding on the beach @Marie-Anais Thierry @Marie-Anais Thierry
Horse riding on the beach @Marie-Anais Thierry

A champagne break at sunset

Contemplating the spectacular surroundings and peaceful setting, we happily canter in awe across the beach, right up to Merville-Franceville-Plage and its sand dunes. Ophélie has a surprise for us, timing it just right so that we arrive at the beach at a perfect time. A private terrace with a glass of bubbly awaits, leaving us mesmerized and our hearts pounding. Cheers! After the romance of the sunset, it’s time for more action to get back to Cabourg. We saddle up again, trot along at our pace, and even gallop through the water! An experience like no other.  

Champagne at sunset, the ultimate romance ! @Marie-Anais Thierry/Olympict @Marie-Anais Thierry/Olympict
Champagne at sunset, the ultimate romance ! @Marie-Anais Thierry/Olympict

CABOURG


With its beautiful sandy beach and traditional Belle Epoque architecture, Cabourg is a charming seaside resort known thanks to the writer Marcel Proust and his novel “In Search of Lost Time”. A pearl of the Flowered Coast !

The beach of Cabourg@Sabina Lorkin @Sabina Lorkin

USEFUL INFORMATION

Poney Club Cabourg
Le Home 44 avenue du président René Coty 14390 Le Home Varaville
+33(0)6 58 77 81 41
poneyclubcabourgle-home.com 
Email : poneyclub.cabourg@gmail.com

Prices

Romantic Horse ride on the beach for lovers ( bookings only)

Gold option: candelight, bubbles – 1h30mins

School holidays: 210€ / Outside of school holidays: 180 €.

Other options available

Dates

June / July / August / September: rides take place at the end of the day, to avoid crowds on the beach. Timing is subject to tides.

In other seasons than summer, please enquire for times as they are subject to tides and availability.

Practical information

Helmets are supplied. Please make sure you have long trousers and high boots.

OPHÉLIE GEORGES

Horse-riding instructor

Growing up with horses throughout her childhood, Ophélie took over the family riding club in 2016. She thrives in leading horseback tours in Normandy, for couples, families or groups of friends, from beginners to experienced riders.

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