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8 Exceptional Equestrian Estates Around the World

Ahead of the 2022 Kentucky Derby on May 7, Luxury Defined spotlights a collection of homes with world-class amenities for the sport of kings and equestrian pursuits of all stripes

The 148th running of the Kentucky Derby will take place at Churchill Downs in its time-honored slot, the first Saturday in May. The Run for the Roses, so-named for the garland of 554 red roses awarded to the winner, will have 150,000 suited, booted spectators on hand, with a television audience of millions more. Expect the traditional hat parade, mint juleps, a bandstand performance of My Old Kentucky Home, followed by “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” In honor of Derby Day, Luxury Defined spotlights eight estates for horses and riders of all stripes. In the lineup are an equestrian resort complex in Mallorca, Spain, dedicated to dressage and show-jumping at the international level; a Palm Beach horse farm within hacking distance of Wellington International equestrian center; and a 101-acre contemporary ranch in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. Back at Churchill Downs, a red-coated groom steps to the rostrum, his bugle rises to his lips and the strains of First Call resound across the track . . . And they’re off!

MorDo Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona

MorDo Ranch, a spectacular 101-plus-acre horse ranch in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, offers a modern take on the Western lifestyle. The world-class equestrian facilities include a 10-stall barn, two corrals, and four 5-acre pastures. Lifestyle amenities include a pool, tennis court, shooting range—even an art museum.  The heart of the property is the grand estancia-inspired main house, built in the Argentinian tradition with an open floor plan, cool interior spaces, and exterior courtyards for alfresco entertaining. The magnificent stone and stucco residence echoes the colors of the desert, changing with the light of day. It provides 8,700 square feet or elegant, light-filled living spaces, including a great room with living area, dining area, and library; two offices; two main suites with dual dressing rooms, a spa, and sauna; and two separate guest suites. Additional amenities include two managers’ homes, a greenhouse, and landscaped gardens. MorDo Ranch also comes with a 100-year assured water supply, an exceptionally valuable asset in the arid Southwest.

Georgian-Inspired Estate in Davidson, North Carolina

This gated manor house on 58 acres north of Charlotte, North Carolina, has everything for horse and rider. The equestrian complex includes a 10-stall barn (with tack room, office, feed room, and wash bay), several fenced pastures, riding trails, a heated and lighted indoor riding arena, and an outdoor Olympic-size dressage arena. The Georgian-style main residence is grandly scaled for entertaining. The two-story entrance hall opens to a light-filled great room with a fireplace and double-height French doors opening to a spectacular outdoor pool and pool house. Beyond the great room are the formal dining room and vast gourmet kitchen with a breakfast bar overlooking the paddocks. The owner’s suite, also on the main level, includes a huge spa-like bathroom, exercise room, office, and private terrace. Three additional bedrooms are on the upper floor, along with a luxurious recreation lounge with bar, billiards area, and media center. The parklike grounds offer plenty of opportunities for sports, recreation, and outdoor entertaining. The property is 20 minutes from Concord Regional Airport and 40 minutes from Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The world-class Tryon International Equestrian Center is 90 minutes’ drive.

Palm Beach Point Horse Farm in Wellington, Florida

This 10-acre horse farm has an enviable setting in Palm Beach Point, a private equestrian community in Wellington, Florida. Grand Prix show-jumping and dressage enthusiasts will especially appreciate the proximity to the internationally renowned Wellington International equestrian center, home of the Winter Festival and the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. The newly renovated, turnkey estate includes a 12-stall barn with staff quarters, a Grand Prix-level show-jumping field, a riding track, and a brand new Wordley Martin riding ring. The indoor and outdoor living spaces are styled for elegant entertaining. The family room opens to a patio facing the resort-worthy lap pool. At the touch of a button, it turns into a screened-in loggia. Fireplaces in both the living room and family room warm the house on the occasional cool evening. The kitchen is a chef’s dream with top-of-the-line appliances and an oversized island with butcher-block countertop and a breakfast bar. There are four oversized bedrooms, including a light-infused owner’s suite, four full bathrooms, and three half bathrooms. An office, game room, and media lounge, all with a view of the paddocks, are further highlights.

This elegant Swiss manor house surrounded by a lake and verdant pastures is a haven for horse and rider.

Situated on 7.5 acres of paddocks and pastureland in Switzerland’s beautiful Broye Valley, this bucolic estate will appeal to equestrians and nature lovers. The main residence is a stately 18th-century manor house with 10,764 square feet of elegantly appointed interiors across four levels, including a lower-level spa with resistance pool, hammam, and lounge. The main level features a living room with an open fireplace, a professional-grade kitchen, billiards room, and guest bedroom with shower room. At the rear of the house, a classically inspired arcade opens to a terrace with an infinity pool overlooking a lake and parklike gardens. The wider grounds include a stable yard with five loose boxes, a tack room, and fenced paddocks surrounded by woodland. The primary suite, with dressing room, bathroom, and terrace, is housed on the second floor along with a second suite and two guest bedrooms. The third-level has three more bedrooms, each with a shower room. A separate guest house and a staff apartment round out the accommodations. Located just outside the charming village of Marnand, the property is 30 minutes from Lausanne and an hour from Geneva Airport.

Equestrian Resort in Palma de Mallorca, Spain

The work and play of the equestrian lifestyle are the heart of this rambling resort hotel outside the vibrant port city of Palma on the island of Mallorca. The licensed hotel offers 22 luxurious garden suites in contemporary style and finish, housed in traditional ranch buildings. They adjoin the elegant glass-walled restaurant, which seats 117, and the big outdoor swimming pool terrace and its Jacuzzi. Creature comforts aside, the estate takes its training seriously: There are two dressage arenas, a show-jumping arena, and a fully insulated indoor riding arena. The facility accommodates 50 horses in five U-shaped stables, each with 10 loose boxes and two tack rooms, and grooming and washing areas. Dressage training facilities include a horse walker with an integrated lunging circle. Nearly 100 acres of surrounding agricultural lands include storage buildings for equipment and supplies. Palma de Mallorca’s airport and harbor are close by.

18th-Century Château in Bergerac, Dordogne, France

This charming rural retreat resides on 74 acres in the heart of the Dordogne. A tree-lined drive sweeps past fenced pastures to a graveled courtyard bounded by formal gardens. Built in the 18th century, the château and its outbuildings, including stables and grooms’ quarters, underwent major restoration by the current owners. The result is a luxurious 21st-century family home with first-class amenities for the equestrian and resort lifestyles. The château’s rooms are spacious and bright, with high ceilings and tiled and wood floors. The main level features a formal lounge, dining hall with domed ceiling, and farmhouse-style kitchen. A spiral staircase leads down to a summer kitchen and out to the luxurious pool terrace. Upstairs are seven bedrooms, six of which are en suite. The second residence is ideal for staff, or a gîte guest house, with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, living room, and a private swimming pool. The equestrian complex provides several electric-fenced paddocks, a stable block with 12 boxes, including four foaling boxes with CCTV cameras and automatic waterers and feeders. There are three yearling pens; an equine treatment space with stalls for examining and scanning; a wash stall with hot and cold water; a tack room; and a feed room. Adjacent barns store hay and straw. Outside there is a covered, six-horse walker with rubber matting and a big lunging arena with a sand surface. The estate is a 10-minute drive from the bustling town of Bergerac and its regional airport.

Val Du Lac in Franschhoek, South Africa

Nestled on nearly 60 private acres within 40 minutes’ drive of Cape Town, Val Du Lac is one of the finest equestrian properties in South Africa’s vineyard-lined Franschhoek Valley. The equestrian amenities are the jewel of the estate, featuring a stable complex, mare and foaling barn, yearling barn, two-bedroom groom’s quarters, and manager’s house. There are several fully irrigated, fenced paddocks. The heart of the property is the stately owner’s residence: Extending to more than 10,500 square feet, the floor plan includes five en suite bedrooms, formal dining and living rooms, a wood-paneled library, wine cellar, a modern kitchen, and three-car garage. The interiors flow out to outdoor living spaces and landscaped gardens ideal for alfresco entertaining. A second residence offers 5 035 square feet with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, living and dining areas, a study, eat-in kitchen, covered veranda, and two-car garage. The property includes two dams fed by mountain streams.

Country Estate in Lorgues, Var, France

Situated amid 100 private acres in the Provençal countryside, this beautiful manor house offers stables, paddocks and rolling pastures, forests of pine and truffle oaks, and French formal gardens. The main house and guest house provide 14,531 square feet of living space, exquisitely finished and detailed, with 15 bedrooms and 15 bathrooms. The grounds include a private chapel, olive groves and olive oil production facilities, a pool and spa, and a tennis court, and helipad. The property is close to the medieval town of Lorgues, within 50 miles of both Cannes and Saint-Tropez.