About us

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 as well as children and seniors.  Ride amazing trails, and put your leadership skills to the test. There are endless trails surrounding us with 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.

From her early childhood, Brenda has studied and excelled in classical dressage, show jumping, cross country jumping and eventing. She has owned and shown horses throughout her life. She was employed at several show barns in the US, training horses and coaching students. She has over 40 years of direct experience with horses.

Brenda 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. She then went on to classical dressage, show jumping and eventing. She was reintroduced to Natural Horsemanship in 2008 when she hosted her first Parelli seminar with David Lichman at Establo San Rafael. Since then she has studied Natural Horsemanship and has hosted many Parelli seminars. Brenda incorporates Natural Horsemanship techniques into all of her training and teaching.

Since coming to Costa Rica in 2004, she has built the beautiful equestrian facilities of Establo San Rafael where she practices her horsemanship. You will be inspired to see her connection and communication with horses.

A note from Brenda.

I have endeavored to make this website as true to our farm and programs as possible. We have been hosting vacationers and working intern students since 2004 and have also been the host of many Parelli seminars throughout the years. It’s important to know this is not a business to make a profit it is a business to support the lives of our rescued horse family. Your money goes into the care and safeguard of the horses. By choosing your stay at Establo San Rafael you are supporting our 11 horses forever home

I hope you love our farm, horses, and other critters as much I do. Establo San Rafael is truly a horse lovers paradise.

Thank you,



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All bitless, dressage, Jumping, Trail rides, internships and natural horsemanship sessions