La Fiaba is a registered not for profit association that began as an idea to create a safe haven for ex-career horses of which there are many in Italy. The most popular horse sports in Italy, aside from western riding, are trot racing, ‘Palio’ (like the famous ‘Palio of Siena’) and show jumping. Unfortunately when many of these magnificent horses reach the end of their competitive career their future becomes uncertain. We wanted to be able to offer a home to as many of these horses as possible and we fund this by offering trail rides and horse riding holidays for tourists; the horses themselves are often these very ex-career horses that nobody wanted.
We also wanted to do something to help local, disadvantaged children. While parts of Italy are very rich, families living in rural areas can often be living below the poverty line. We wanted to provide an activity that these children would enjoy and get passionate about and hopefully keep them focused well into adolescence. We provide low cost summer camps and riding lessons for local children from low income and single parent families.
While doing all this we found that we also needed to promote good horsemanship and horse care as we discovered many people were just not aware of the appropriate way to keep horses.
This is all possible thanks to your continued support.
The story of how your human hosts came to be living this incredible dream really is a fairy tale, and one that is to be savoured over a mouthwatering meal and few glasses of wine! All we will tell you for now is that you are in good hands when you entrust your dream horse riding holiday to us….
Sharon is originally from England and has been working with horses and teaching people of all ages and abilities to ride for about 10 years. She has worked throughout europe and achieved her BHS and NVQ horse care qualifications on riding schools in England. She has a passion for horses, nature and the welfare of all creatures great and small and will expertly match you to your trusty steed for the rides out….
Your chef and knowledge source for the week is Lorenzo and with 20 years in hospitality there really is no one better to serve you than this wonderful gent from Rome. Lorenzo’s passion is for creating traditional, simple dishes, and flavouring each mouthful with a generous serving of good humour! He is also a fountain of knowledge and whatever you want to know about Italy; he’s your man….
Farm cats Nigel, Katy and Myrtle spend their days honing their mousing skills and being just generally adorable. Firm favourites with all our guests, we have now taken to examining all bags on the way off the yard to ensure nobody is being cat-napped!
Fiona and Elizabeth are our two adorable dogs, and they are an absolute joy to behold. If you have ever seen a tiny terrier get the better of a beefy boxer, you will know what we mean! These two couldn’t be more different in looks, but they are both absolute sweethearts who just want to give kisses and cuddles to all our guests!
Of course, the stars of the show are our horses; without whom there would be no La Fiaba! Our horses are easy going and enjoy their job. All of our horses have their own unique personality and because of this they deserve their own unique webpage. To read about the individuals in our herd, click on their photo below….