Our goal is to provide you with a personalized holiday away from the busy tourist areas in Costa Rica.
Relax in the garden swing or hammock, take a hike to the nearby waterfall, or cool off in the pool. We have horsemanship activities for beginners and advanced riders alike, as well as classes 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 for 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.
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 in 1974 at the age of 14 and competed in western and english pleasure. Later I went on to classical dressage, show jumping, and eventing, I have owned and shown horses throughout my life, and have been employed at various show barns throught 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 here at Establo San Raael. Since then I have studied natural horsemanship, have hosted many Parelli seminars, and incorporated natural horsemanship techniques into all of my trainings and teachings.