People of all walks of life are priviliged to live in a place like Stanford; we’ve said/written it before. Under the ‘dull’ first look of Stanford there is vibrancy inline with the good village life. One of the activities is horse riding at Bagatelle Horse Riding School and as the name says Bagatelle also offers horse riding lessons for adults and children. Owner Jake Uys (related in some kind to a few famous South African celebrities) is the local horse-wisperer and he does a great job. His ‘outrides’ goes through the properties (vineyards and fynbos) of neighbouring farms and in slow pace for the magnificant views changing around every corner or bend along the different routes.
When we were there we did not even know that this opportunity existed (just had to photograph a few horses for a magazine illustration) and that is where we met Jake (Cell: 079-4689060) just busy with a few pupils.
Before the lesson starts the ‘students’ first have to brush the horses (also after the lesson) and saddle the animals. And than they go on the ride with Jake guiding and telling/advising about (riding) horses. Very entertaining. Kids of all ages (up into the eighties) love it. A must for horse-loving village visitors as well. And the rates? Well …. in comparison with the tourist hotspots in south Africa….. these are a ‘bagatelle’!
This kind of activities BTW also (as does amongst others also canoeing and hiking) attracts tourism that avoids masses but goes for pure quality.