Polo and Riding Instruction at the Dienstl Equestrian Estate

The lovely Dienstl Estate has a lovely riding school for riding tuition for novices and for training in dressage. Thiere is a sauna, fitness room and a swimming lake and golf nearby. Network of bridle trails in the surrounding farm land and summer pony camps for kids.

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The Riding

The Riding School: The centre offers riding tuition for novice riders and intermediates and has first class trainers for dressage. 8 school horses and ponies for young children.

Summer Camp for Young Riders: Available for 7-14 year olds. Novice and experienced riders can join in the fun with a full riding and activity programme. The International Young Riders Camp is a few hundred yards from the hotel, so accompanying adults can enjoy some well-deserved pampering, or a full adult riding programme. Culture and sightseeing programme also available.

The Riding Facilities

Indoor riding hall (20x60m), power-surface jumping arena (70x80m), 1 polo ground, 2 training areas, dressage square (20x60m). 3 polo ponies, 8 school horses and ponies.

The Hotel

Based at the beautiful 4 star Dienstl Estate Hotel with its 56 fully modernised en-suite bedrooms. Facilities include an eco-friendly swimming lake, beach volleyball area, and massage room. Start the day with a hearty breakfast on the sunny terrace, lunch in the casual 'Stube' pub, then finish off the day with a delicious dinner in the elegant restaurant. Alpe-Adria regional cooking is the speciality here using fresh seasonal produce from local farms. Coffee and cakes available from 2pm on the terrace or by the open fire as part of your half board. Your individual riding programme for the next day is planned each evening before dinner, please see reception. Extra riding or polo tuition can also be booked at reception.

Activities for non-riders and rest days

This part of Carinthia is steeped in medieval history. It is a grand open landscape dotted with the farming estates of wealthy landowners. The jewel of the Austrian lake district, Lake Worth, is nearby for swimming and relaxing. The cultural centre of Klagenfurt and the walled city of Friesach with its famous summer medieval pageant are both nearby. 6 golf courses in the area. Just let us know what you'd like to do, and we'll do the rest.

Press Articles

The Times Online.
Horse & Rider Magazine.
Local Rider Magazine.

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Getting there

The nearest airport is Klagenfurt. A minibus or car transfer to this airport is included in the cost of the holiday. Also fly via Vienna to Klagenfurt with Austrian Airlines or if you are spending a few days in Vienna, take the train to Klagenfurt (4 hours).

Ryanair (London Stansted to Klagenfurt: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday).
Thomsonfly (Manchester to Klagenfurt, Saturdays).
Austrian Airlines (London Heathrow and Dublin to Vienna - good connections to Klagenfurt).
Air Berlin (Manchester, London Stansted, Belfast and Glasgow to Vienna).

Lowcostseats - internet travel agent for charter flights offering good deals.
Jetnav - an independent website searching schedule services, budget airlines and some charters.
Dohop - searches charter and schedule services.
Travelocity - internet travel agents for schedule services.

We can advise on flying from other airports, train, car hire and self-drive options - please contact us.
Austrian train timetable.

Self-drive: Car rental can be booked easily and inexpensively online with Holiday Autos. Please tell us so that we can reduce the quote of your holiday.

Train travel: For everything you need to know about any train journey visit Seat Sixty-One.

If you would like to view the location of this holiday, please refer to the overview map and detailed map.

Riding ability

You need to be a competent rider to play polo.
Novice riders are those who have limited riding experience or who ride in a controlled environment. Cross country rides for all abilities except complete beginners who will have sessions on the lunge.
Intermediates are those who are comfortable at all paces, including a controlled gallop and are able to ride in open country but who may not ride on a regular basis. Polo is suitable for intermediate riders.

What to bring

Riding trousers, chaps or mini chaps, riding boots, sun cream, rain wear. Polo stick can be hired at the centre for £6. Although rarely insisted upon outside the UK, you should always wear your hat whilst mounted. Although hard hats are available in all our riding establishments, you are advised to bring your own.


Current weather and forecasts for the next few days can be found here and here.

General info

There is wireless and internet access at the hotel.
A hair dryer is available in all bathrooms.

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