Anton Vrbnjak Farm – Diversifying into therapeutic horse riding

Expanding the range of tourist offer in a LAG area by supporting a small farm to diversify into horseback riding and therapeutic riding.

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Project summary: 

Anton Vrbnjak’s Farm located in the area of the Prlekija Local Action Group (Prlekija LAG), decided to offer therapeutic and tourist horseback riding activities. This kind of tourism had not yet been developed in the area and thus several partners joined in to support in the preparation of this bottom-up project.
Support from the LEADER measure was used for purchasing a carriage; equestrian equipment for horseback riding; developing riding paths with signposts; the construction of a riding hall whose dimensions were 20 x 40 m as well as hiring an instructor/therapist.

Project results: 

The project expanded the range of tourist products and services in the Prlekija area, and this has both economic and social benefits. 
A 15 per cent growth in visits to the farm has been recorded.
A new job for a therapeutic riding instructor was created on the farm.