No stay at Casa de Campo is complete without some time on horseback. The resort boasts an extensive equestrian center, known to be one of the best in the Islands. We offer something for every level of rider, from those that have never saddled up a horse to the amateur polo player. There are instructors on hand to teach both English and western riding styles, as well as more advanced jumping, rodeo stunts, and even the care and grooming of the horses.

The Forest Excursion

This trip lasts 90 minutes and takes you through the exotic rainforest of the Dominican Republic. It winds through the grounds of the Casa de Campo Resort, along well-manicured trails. These can be booked as an add-on to your stay here, and are open for groups or solo travelers. The minimum age to ride is 12 years. For the safety of the horses, there is a maximum weight is 250 lbs. The resort provides riding helmets – and these are mandatory for the duration of your ride. Closed-toe shoes are required. All riders must be able to mount/dismount horse without assistance. These trips are organized in small groups.

The Cattle Ranch Tour

If you'd prefer to have a privately guided trail ride or one that lasts longer than an hour and a half, you may opt for a tour of one of Casa de Campo cattle ranches. Your private guide will take either an individual rider or a small group along deep still lakes filled with ducks and local wildlife, through herds of native water buffalo, and wind between rows of sugarcane in the fields. You'll end up visiting the on-site horse breeding operation, and may even be able to witness the miracle of newborn foals.

Playing Polo

The polo lessons, games, and equestrian facilities are all directed by Fernando Arata, originally from Argentina. He is a renowned professional polo player with brilliant experience in the game and the equestrian field as a whole. The Casa de Campo hosts many different polo tournaments and exhibitions throughout the season, so even if you're just a casual fan of the sport, you're sure to find something exciting. The resort has around 300 horses for breeding and competitive play, and during the Spring is often busy.

Enjoy lessons privately from the Casa de Campo staff, learning to play polo yourself – or at least get the basics down so that you can follow the games more closely. You'll need to have rudimentary horseback riding skill for the polo lessons, as well as proper helmet and footwear. While the lessons are held at the resort, they will cost a bit extra.