International Young Riders Camp at Dienstl Estate

Fun and games for 7-16 year olds in their own camp, sleeping in modern wooden huts built around a camp fire. Mornings are spent learning how to care for your own horse and enjoying a full riding programme. Afternoons are spent learning about nature and wildlife on adventure trails into the woods, swimming in the eco-friendly natural pool, fun games of beach volleyball, meals around the camp fire and picnics. Also trips to St. Georgen and Hochhosterwitz castles and other places of interest.

The Riding

The school horses and ponies are very reliable and child-friendly. Complete beginners will be started off with some sessions on the lunge in the paddock. More experienced young riders will spend some time in the specialist jumping paddock or on riding treks in the surrounding countryside. The week's course ends with the Dienstl Estate Jump-and-Obstacle Race, followed by prize-giving and farewell barbeque.

7 days camp is available during August. Complete beginners and experienced riders welcome. The camp is a few hundred yards from the hotel, so accompanying adults can enjoy a restful break, a full riding programme on site or take off for some local sightseeing nearby. 15 children maximum, one qualilfied superviser for five children. All supervisors speak English.

The Riding Facilities

Separate summer camp. Indoor riding hall (20x60m), power-ground jumping arena (70x80m), 1 polo ground, 2 training areas, dressage square (20x60m). 14 school horses. 6 polo ponies.

The Riding Centre

The summer camp is based at the 4 star Dienstl Estate Hotel with its 56 fully modernised en-suite bedrooms. Facilities include an eco-friendly swimming lake, tennis court, beach volleyball area, bicycles, fitness room, steam bath, massage and sauna. Accompanying adults can start the day with a hearty breakfast on the sunny terrace, lunch in the casual 'Stube' pub, tea by the open fire, then finish off the day with a delicious gourmet dinner in the elegant restaurant. Alpe-Adria regional cooking is the speciality here using fresh seasonal produce from local farms.

Activities for non riders and rest days

See the main Dienstl Estate holiday for details.

Press Articles

Horse & Pony Magazine.

See our Polo page for more information about the Dienstl Estate.

Getting there

The nearest airport is Klagenfurt. A minibus or car transfer to this airport is included in the cost of the holiday.

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

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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

novice riders are those who have limited riding experience or who ride in a controlled environment.
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.

What to bring

Helmet, Riding trousers, gloves, riding boots or high sports shoes. Swimming things in the summer.


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