Fancy a holiday in Spain, but it’s not the beach you seek? Where can you find a holiday in the sun that combines your love of horses?
Located on the outskirts of the traditional white village of Casarabonela with its Mountain backdrop, Cortijo el Chenil Caballos is based at Cortijo el Chenil Rural Retreat. An absolutely stunning rural retreat set in over 30,000 square metres of breathtaking Andalucian countryside.
This picture-perfect location provides the ideal starting point for your riding adventure. With the Guadalhorce Valley littered with Olive groves on one side and the beautiful mountainous Sierra de las Nieves Natural park on the other, whichever direction you ride in, you can guarantee stunning scenery and unparalleled views, and all in the company of a professional jockey!
Your Hosts Darren and Sarah Biggs
Several years after retiring from a successful career in racing, ex-professional jockey Darren Biggs went riding in Andalucia with his daughter and after being blown away by the experience of riding through this magical landscape the idea for Cortijo el Chenil Caballos was born.
Life as a Jockey
Darren left home at the tender age of 15 to pursue a career in Racing. At 18, whilst working for trainer Robert Williams, he was encouraged to apply for his jockey license. Incredibly he didn’t have to wait long for his first winner as less than three months after his first public ride he won on Pilotjet at Ascot in October 1987.
In a career that spanned more than 20 years, riding more than 4000 different horses in racing and work riding, he rode in excess of 600 winners, worldwide including 231 at home with his best year seeing him bring home an incredible 61 winners. His career saw him race all over Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and America and he worked with many of the worlds’ best trainers and stables including working at Godolphin during a golden period.
Some of his career highlights include an association with the filly Magical Retreat who won the Pretty Polly Stakes in 1993 and as a 33-1 outsider rode a head second to Pure Grain in the Yorkshire Oaks in 1995. He won the Cypriat Derby, rode a treble at Yarmouth, rode in the English Derby, 1000 and 2000 guineas amongst others and managed to ride a winner at every racetrack in the UK. His last win was a Group 1 winner at the Emirates Championship in the UAE on Mangadore for Sheikh Khalifa Bin Mohd Al Thani in 2002 soon after which he took the decision to retire completely from the world of racing.
After retiring he took a step back from the world of horses, but after taking his daughter riding in Andalucia whilst on holiday in 2017 the desire to work with horses returned, and after being blown away by the experience of riding through this magical landscape the idea for Cortijo el Chenil Caballos was born.
Top Class Hospitality
Sarah’s background in business and hospitality coupled with Darren’s experience with horses means they have been able to create a truly unique business.
Riding through the stunning Andalucian countryside, lounging around the sun-soaked pool, enjoying a cheeky cocktail at the poolside bar, eating delicious traditional Spanish food, and soaking up authentic Spanish culture are just some of the highlights of these incredible holidays.
It really is a truly unforgettable experience.
“Our holidays are our star attraction. Our onsite luxury accommodation with unbelievable facilities means you can combine a luxury holiday with your unforgettable riding experience” says Sarah. “Holiday with us and you can enjoy luxury accommodation, breath-taking scenery, exceptional Andalucian safe and sure-footed horses, traditional white village location, and the ultimate riding guide”.
“If you are looking for a different riding holiday, then this is the holiday for you. It really is a truly unforgettable experience”, she added.
Visit our website at www.cortijoelchenilcaballos.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @chenilcaballos on both Facebook and Instagram