No – it isn’t an April Fool‘s Day Joke– we really are doing it again!

Equus Alpujarra announces the fourth annual ‘Alpujarra Raid’ horseback event to raise funds for Acompalia! The horse-and-rider endurance event will begin at the Cortijo la Magña, Cadiar in La Alpujarra at 10:00 on the morning of 1st April, 2017.

Last year we were lucky to have really wonderful weather for the event. Many attendees were impressed not only with the organisation but also by the refreshments available at the Cortijo la Magña before the first horses hit the route!  A combination of the excellent weather and the enthusiasm of our volunteers ensured a great day, with stunningviews of the magnificent mountains of the Sierra Nevada. The 2016 event raised over €1,000 for our charity.

The Alpujarra Raid team is already finalising arrangements for this year‘s event, with the very welcome support of the Cadiar Ayuntamiento and local shops, such as Carrefour Expres and Carniceria López Morón.

This year’s Raid will once again test the teamwork of horses and riders as they complete a round trip from the Cortijo la Magña in Cadiar, along the beautiful Alpujarra mountain trails. Susan O’Shaughnessy of Equus Alpujarra (known by everybody as Taffy) explains: “A ‘Raid’ is a competitive horse and rider endurance event and includes time limits. Riders will incur penalties for going too slowly or too fast, or if their horse fails the veterinary checks.”

Taffy said: “The 4th Alpujarra Raid is a fun endurance horse ride. The objectives of our Raid are to foster friendship and good horsemanship while enjoying spectacular countryside and raising money for Acompalia, young and novice riders are also welcome to join us. Riders ride alone or in groups and at their own pace. All routes are well marked, and much of them can be spotted from different vantage areas.” The route is split into two circuits of approx, 20 kms each. The horses come back to the Cortijo for rest and checks by officials. Riders are welcome to complete one or two routes depending on the fitness of their horses. Spectators will be able to see horses being prepared, cared for afterwards and encourage our riders and chat to them about their beautiful animals.

Lindsay Ostervig, Acompalia President, will present the Winners Cup to the 2017 winner.

When presenting the cup last year, she explained that Acompalia‘s intention is to build a centre on a plot close to the golf course at the Playa Granada. She went on to say that the charity was working hard to obtain Utilidad Publica status, as this is key to its future development. After three years of hard work, we were very pleased when we were finally granted our Utilidad Publica status at the beginning of October 2016. Our registration number (7965) enables all our donors to claim back tax on any donations they make to Acompalia. These  donations will enable us to move forward with our project. (click here to learn more)

Lindsay also explained: “The first phase of our planned building will provide a place for clients to meet and share experiences, as well as a second shop and a training facility for Acompalia volunteers. Clearly completion of this initial project depends on funding and permissions, but we’re aiming to make significant progress soon. Then we’ll need more volunteers to run the new centre!”

She also said: “During the year we were delighted to find, in Lanjaron, some premises which were suitable as a base for an Acompalia shop. We seized the opportunity, and on the 20th February 2016 we were ready to welcome first visitors.” (learn more about our Acompalia Centre here)

For spectators of the Raid there are many good vantage points along the different endurance routes. A good tip- it’s worth bringing a pair of binoculars. Last year one of the most popular gathering pints was the Wine Museum at Bodegas Cuatro Vientos in Murta’ which offers magnificent views of the Alpujarras. It also serves as the ‘halfway’ rest stop for all contestants in the raid.

We look forward to seeing you!


Getting in touch with out Team (teleph.Nr.):

Taffy  *659 581 999 (Eng.speaking)

Amanda  *662 300 293 (Eng. & Sp. speaking)

Nicky  *699 048 104 (Eng. & Sp. speaking)

A limited number of stables are available.

(There is an entrance fee for Riders and Horses, please ask for group rates)


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