Project Details

South Africa offers an incredible variety of riding terrains and stunning landscapes; from long canters across open hills, to exhilarating and bucket-list ticking beach riding. This newly established endurance riding work-away holiday offers all that, and more.

The Spirit of Endurance horse-riding holiday encompasses three main aspects – endurance riding and training; natural horsemanship and the joy of riding through the diverse landscapes of South Africa.

Amra Arabians is a small Arab horse stud situated close to Kokstad in the Eastern Cape where they breed horses for endurance. Come and experience the power of the Arabian, the subtlety of soft backing and the challenge of endurance racing.

Daily outline

  • 7:30 Breakfast
  • 8:00 The top endurance horses are brought in to be fed, groomed and checked over
  • 8:30 Participants will head out on their first training ride of the day
  • 10:00 Coffee break
  • 10:30 Second training ride
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Afternoons will be spent schooling and doing groundwork to tackle specific problems.
  • 16:00 Feed and check horses before finishing
  • 17:00 onwards Free time and dinner


  • The horses are a definite highlight – top-class, competitive endurance Arabs
  • Learning from, and spending time with horse and endurance gurus Nicky and Lauren
  • Riding across stunning landscapes with experienced endurance trainers
  • The opportunity to participate in an endurance race
  • The chance to include additional activities, such as a 2-3-day trail along South Africa’s Wild Coast, with its golden beaches, or an overnight ride into the mountains of Lesotho.

What’s included

  • Transfers and buses from East London airport to Amra Arabians at Combles Farm, Kokstad. (Plus overnight at Peas on Earth)
  • All riding (up to three times a day)
  • Accommodation
  • Transport within the programme
  • Food: 3 meals a day including tea and coffee
  • Either one 40km competitive endurance race or one overnight trail along the Wild Coast
  • Transfers to and from endurance race or Wild Coast.
  • Laundry service