Hello! I’m Brenda.

It’s my pleasure to share Establo San Rafael with you.

Since making Establo San Rafael our home, my husband Abel and I have been welcoming vacationers, interns, Parelli seminars, and students. 

In addition to my two (amazing) children – who I raised on this land – I also enjoy doting on my eleven horses, two goats, two geese, one dog, a few cats, some chickens, and pretty much any other animal that crosses my path.

Experience and Training:

Costa Rica has been home since 2004, but my love of horses goes back much farther than that.

I was first introduced to the philosophy of Monty Robert natural horsemanship at Ben Marten Stables in California at the age of 14 and competed for two years in western pleasure. I then went on to classical dressage, show jumping, and eventing. I have owned and shown horses throughout my life, and have been employed at several shown barns in the United States, training horses and coaching students.

I was reintroduced to natural horsemanship in 2008 when I hosted my first Parelli seminar with David Lichman at my farm. Since then I have studied natural horsemanship, have hosted many Parelli seminars, and incorporated natural horsemanship techniques into all of my trainings and teachings.

Our Mission:

Our goal is to provide you with a personalized holiday away from the busy tourist areas in Costa Rica.

Our home-cooked meals and farm life atmosphere are perfect for a quiet retreat or family getaway. Relax in the garden swing or hammock, take a hike to the nearby waterfall, or cool off in the pool. We have horse activities for beginners and advanced riders alike, as well as things to do for children and seniors. Ride amazing trails and take in mountain views, rivers, farms, sugar cane fields, and wildlife. Spend some time with the farm animals that make up our family at Establo San Rafael, especially our family of horses. We hope to make your stay unforgettable and that you will leave feeling like our farm is your farm.

As you will see when you arrive, we live humbly and work hard to maintain our little slice of paradise. Your patronage directly helps us care and safeguard our horses and other animal friends.

We hope you love our farm, horses, and other critters as much we do! In addition to being our Home Sweet Home, Establo San Rafael is truly a horse lover’s paradise. We can’t wait to share it with you.

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