What's your job at Hipica Formentor?
I help to look after the horses and I lead shorter rides out into the countryside on a daily basis. I also guide regular tapas rides, an all-day ride into the Tramuntana Mountains and our three-day mountain trail.
Do you enjoy your work?
I love it! I love being outdoors in the beautiful Mallorcan countryside. It looks different every day – even when I’m following the same route, the trees, the plants and the colours change all the time. I really like meeting people from different places and enabling them to have fun and sometimes to challenge themselves. I have to be adaptable to different people’s needs and instill confidence in everyone. We have all sorts of clients, from experienced riders right through to beginners and children. Some people are a bit nervous and need to be put at ease. I’ve got to know myself better through having this responsibility and it’s made me a stronger person.
Are there things you don’t like about it?
Well, I do get a bit tired sometimes, especially guiding the mountain ride. That can be a long day and, when we reach the top, the clients are collected in a minibus and driven back to the stables. I have to wait with the horses for the lorry to come and collect us, so I guess I’m always the last one home! It’s the kind of tiredness that gives you a great night’s sleep, though.
Do you have a favourite ride?
Yes, I do. The third day of the three-day trail is quite magical. We follow all sorts of terrain, from the high mountains with views of the sea, into enchanted forests and then into the green lowland areas on the banks of a torrent. We end up in the ancient town of Pollença, by the Roman bridge. It’s a very atmospheric and beautiful ride.
What do you do when you're not working?
I play my cello. I like to keep practicing and I still have a great love of music.