TEXAS’ STORIED HORSE HERITAGE ON DISPLAY AT THE INN AT DOS BRISAS
At the base of the Texas Hill Country foothills between Houston and Austin, a haven for horses and equine enthusiasts is drawing attention from all over the world. Visitors are discovering The Inn at Dos Brisas, a quaint Relais & Chateaux property which was originally conceived as a private family ranch.
“The equestrian lifestyle is such an important part of Texas’ culture and heritage,” states Proprietor Doug Bosch. “It gives me great pleasure to share our world-class equestrian center and programming with guests of all ages and abilities.”
Situated on 313 acres of rolling meadows, The Inn at Dos Brisas offers private riding lessons and trail rides as well as training, boarding, equine therapy, and newly announced Equi-SPA services. Corporate leadership skill training is also offered utilizing the horse as a model for behavior techniques. Home to more than a dozen prized horses overseen by an award-winning team of trainers led by 30-year veteran Val Darlington, the center features four barns and the second largest privately owned indoor arena in Texas. Climate controlled, the arena allows riders the opportunity to train year-round in comfort.
The facility also includes a large outdoor arena, therapeutic walker in a covered arena, six private grassy paddocks and four expansive turnout pastures with temperature controlled water fountains. State-of-the-art boarding for special needs horses and a full-care equine rehabilitation program are also available.
The goal of Dos Brisas Equestrian Program is to provide a nurturing environment for riders and their horses, enabling them to form close bonds while developing skills based on each rider’s goals and capabilities. Both English and Western private riding lessons are available. Current disciplines include Western Pleasure, Hunter Under Saddle and Hunter Over Fences, Reining, Equitation and Dressage.
At The Inn at Dos Brisas, achieving an optimal lifestyle is important for all guests. The Equestrian Center takes a holistic approach to healing and improving the quality of life for horses. General Manager Val Darlington is trained and certified as a licensed equine massage therapist. Newly introduced, the facility’s Equi-SPA offerings include acupuncture, massage, P3 (Electromagnetic Pulse Therapy) and chiropractic therapy. The center also employs laser therapy which provides horses with pain relief, a reduction in inflammation and an increase in micro-circulation. This technique prevents lameness and repeat injuries, ideal for very active horses.
Following an invigorating ride, equine enthusiasts can take advantage of the ranch resort’s bounty of outdoor adventures and amenities. A sampling includes clay target shooting, cycling, yoga, and fishing in one of the property’s many lakes. Evening stargazing, leisure walks amidst the inn’s Rose Garden and golf cart discovery tours of the grounds are also guest favorites. Old-fashioned carriage tours drawn by the inn’s two Clydesdales – Sampson and Monroe – and year-round special events, including professional barrel racing, celebrate the state’s horse culture.
Personalized tours of the inn’s 25-acre certified organic farm are also popular, culminating with complimentary gift baskets of fresh product to take home. There might even be an extra carrot or two for sharing with a favorite companion.
To showcase the property’s more than 400 different varieties of fruits and vegetables (most of which are derived from heirloom seeds), The Inn at Dos Brisas’ restaurant offers “pitchfork to plate” tasting menus as well as cooking demonstrations, mixology classes and wine tastings. Lauded as the only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Restaurant in Texas, restaurant menus are crafted with locally-raised beef and fresh seafood from the Gulf of Mexico, best enjoyed with handcrafted cocktails or choice from the restaurant’s 7,000-bottle wine cellar.
The Equestrian Center’s accommodations are spacious 13’ X 13’ stalls with premium mats, featuring high quality pine shavings and Nelson climate controlled automatic water systems. Large shuttered windows allow horses to view the paddock area and their comrades.
This same care and attention to detail is also seen in guest accommodations. The Inn at Dos Brisas features nine Spanish-style private accommodations: five Haciendas and four Casitas. Impeccably designed, the Haciendas measure 1,795 square feet and feature their own heated plunge pools. Charming Casitas measure 795 square feet and can be doubled to create a large two-bedroom space.
For centuries, horses have roamed Dos Brisas’ picturesque landscape while their trainers basked in the area’s hospitality. That tradition continues today as more and more equine enthusiasts are discovering Texas’ best kept secret – The Inn at Dos Brisas.