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Esprit De Corps Riding Academy
Ranked #35 of 49 Outdoor Activities in Kapaa
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Owner description: Esprit De Corps Riding Academy offers the complete horses experience. Beginners through advanced riders learn about Kauai, horses, and themselves while enjoying the beauty of Kauai. Small group Eco-tour trail rides, lessons in a covered arena, and weddings on horseback.
Reviewed 8 October 2013

I called to book a full day private ride, designed for advanced rider. Dale informed me that her trails are currently closed for repair. Currently, all EDCRA bookings are being done thru Silver Falls Ranch. They offer only 3 ride options, (those listed on Silver Falls ranch site). Dale explained the private rides are not head to tail, and would include varying gaits. I was also informed that the guide (trailboss) would be an employee from Silver Falls Ranch.
As a retired professional trainer/trailboss-Private rides fall into 2 categories. Beginners needing more attention and experienced riders seeking adventure on more difficult trails and at varied speeds .
I'll post once the ride is completed. Hopefully this isn't just the same Falls trail with varying speeds being charged out at a little cantering.

3  Thank Tamra D
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ainapono, Owner at Esprit De Corps Riding Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2013

I understand you concerns and I'm glad we spoke at length about them. Much of the trail covered on a private ride at Silver Falls is the same as the group rides. Some additional area may be covered. However, it is just you and the guide. We do not sell a private and then add others to the ride. You are allowed to trot and canter if you are capable. This is above all a beautiful way to see some of our island.

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Reviewed 10 September 2013

As a horseowner and experienced rider, most commercial riding stables do not offer a ride that appeals to me. Esprit De Corps is the exception. The owner is clear when you call to book that her rides are not for beginners. I booked a four hour ride with her and the horses and scenary were beyond my expectation. I am a long time Kauai vistor and Dale showed me places on the island I had never seen before. She takes the time prior to the ride to assess each rider's ability and matches the horse and rider appropriately. She has English tack which was also a welcome surprise. If you a looking for something more than just a nose to tail trail ride, I would suggest considering Esprit De Corps Riding Academy.

8  Thank Linda M
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

I did the fast half day riding.
There were only 2 of riding and the guide. The most lovable girl ever! Although the other girl I was riding with said she was a rider....it really didn't seem like it but thank god she wasn't scared and was willing to try new things although she was only 11. I have been riding for nearly 20 years (urghhh....feeel old saying that) and am definitely hard to please in touristy trail rides. It definitely was not touristy, very few hrses, custom service, great guide, great trail with mountains in the background. I even was able to take the lead and galloped like crazy. I had Moon, an awesome Arabian. Tested me at the beginning and had plenty of personality.
Had a blast! I would recommend it to advanced riders for sure!

4  Thank XXX2588
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

My husband and I (beginners with only about 5 rides each) went on the Taste of Kauai ride. Our guide Katy was amazing and knew so much about everything we saw along the way. No one else had scheduled for our particular time slot so it was basically a private ride. We started out by walking within an enclosed ring and getting comfortable with our horses then set out along the trail. After a period of time Katy said we looked like we were ready to advance if we wished to and let us try trotting and finally cantering...so much fun! It was great to have a ride tailored to our abilities and a guide who was willing to let us progress beyond the usual walk. We had a wonderful time on this excursion and would definitely recommend Esprit de Corps Riding Academy to anyone wishing to explore this beautiful island on horseback!

1  Thank mjdomanski
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

My daughter loves horses and wanted to experience Kauai by horseback. There were some reviews here that were not fabulous, but many that were great. So I called to book her on the Fast Half ride, and Dale was fantastic about making sure the ride was a good fit for her. She is younger than most riders, and she was going alone (without a parent), so Dale talked to both my daughter and me about her riding ability, expectations, etc. We followed the emailed directions and found the facility without a problem. We walked down the driveway (it is fairly steep -my other kids called it our hike of the day, but it was a pleasant hike) to the horse facility. It is rustic, but perfect for the horses. We checked in for the ride, and met the guide for the day, Katy, as well as my another rider taking part that day. Katy gave my daughter riding boots (yes, they were not brand spanking new, but if you ride at all, you know that a few hours around horses takes that boot newness away, and the available boots were quite nice). She got a saddle pack and water, a quick riding safety briefing, and a warmup in the arena area and they were off. Katy had asked about the extent of my daughter's ability and tailored the ride to her and the other rider. When my daughter came back, she was grinning from ear to ear. She has mostly ridden in arenas at home, so the trail riding was amazing for her. She even learned more about Kauai and the flora and fauna. When they returned we paid for the ride, and as Dale stated in her comments, the tip is shown on the credit card charge page as it is in many restaurants...showing the amount you would add if you want to tip a certain percentage. Contrary to feeling like they were begging for a (well deserved) tip, I appreciated having the math done for me. I had to write it in, and the tip is entirely discretionary. It is just math done for you as a convenience. The whole experience from phone call to book the ride to the moment we returned to our car after the ride with my beaming daughter was fantastic. Thanks, Dale and Katy, for a great experience. Being able to actually ride vs. just a common nose to tail ride was amazing for my daughter and we appreciate the opportunity.

4  Thank kehewkid
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