Some of our clients have been kind enough to offer their words of praise. Please find a selection of our newest testimonials from clients past and present. We work hard to make sure our service is the best it can be so we are always very happy to receive such kind words:
Rikki of The Best Spanish Horses was very professional during my recent trip to Spain. She had many horses for me to view and provided service and information that made the entire experience really great. I would definitely work with the The Best Spanish Horses again and recommend her to anyone looking for horses in Spain.
I found Rikki by looking on a search for Spanish horses for sale. I’m so glad I found this wonderful lady. I told Rikki what I was looking for was very specific and I told Rikki the budget. Rikki didn’t disappoint . Rikki hand picks what she knows will be a good match for you. I had the hard dission between 3 but the one horse stood out by a mile . I told her that’s the one for me and she talked to the seller and we made the sale. Rikki sorts everything out for you takes the headache away. During the wait for the sale to go through Rikki made sure I was kept up-to-date with how my horse was photo or video of him . The day I got my horse I was like a kid at Xmas. I can not thank Rikki enough for finding my dream horse . I highly recommend her to everyone I talk to . Me and my lovely horse Mac can’t thank Rikki enough.
Kate rose and Macanuo aka Mac
I must say that I am very pleased with your service and I would gladly recommend you to any other person looking to buy a Spanish horse. If you have any Scandinavian buyers please feel free to use me as a reference. It is also very likely that I withing a year or two will be going to Spain to look at a new youngster and hopefully you will be able to help me find my dream horse, Thank you RikkI!
Renee Georgsson and Imaginado IV
I have imported many horses over the years and have often used Rikki as my first port of call. She has always proved to be reliable and honest. I trust her implicitly both as a business woman and her knowledge and judgement of horses. She always goes the extra mile to make sure that both horse and buyer’s needs are met. Her genuine interest and passion for what she does is obvious and her after service car is a rare quality. I would have no hesitation in recommending Rikki and The Best Spanish Horses to anyone!
Jonathan Marshall and Hojaldre
To Rikki – I cannot thank you enough for all the help and support buying King. The whole deal with the purchase of King went very fast and very efficiently, the whole time it felt safe and secure throughout the whole affair thanks to you, and also with the man who previously owned King looks like he really does love his horses and takes very good care of them. King looks to be a unique and a very special horse! We will certainly contact you in the future for our next purchase of a horse from Spain! I will also warmly recommend you to ANYONE who has concerns regarding buying horses from Spain, I will tell them personally and in fully confidence to turn to you
Yvonne Backstrom & King VIII
Hi Rikki, just to let you know I had a wonderful day yesterday with Cagancho, what a sweet, kind gentleman he is I couldn’t believe how loving and friendly he is in the stable. I groomed him and cuddled him for ages, tried 3 different rugs on him he never batted an eye lid, he was resting his head on me snoozing while I was cuddling him he’s amazing & considering it was day 1 in a strange country his temperament is fantastic he’s going to be a complete pleasure to love, I absolutely adore the wise old man! Thank you so very much xx
Jane O’Gara & Cagancho in UK
We have bought 8 years old mare through kind assistance of Thebestspanishhorses.com – Rikki assisted us in all possible ways. She was efficient, knowledgeable and professional – Rikki, thanks!
Gregory Vashadze & Paquera (Georgia)
Hi Rikki well final update Perlita is 100% now and we are enjoying hacking. Took your advice about the bit also bought a dressage saddle and yes she rides beautifully, we have joined a club and went out with them the other day they were impressed with how well behaved Perlita was! I have been increasing her grazing time slowly when weather permits and she loves it…Thank you again for all your advice and kind words – looking to the future with Perlita! Regards,
Sharon Bastock & Perlita
Hi Rikki, I would really like to thank you for our great three day journey! You helped me so well with finding the best horse for me, although you already knew Bonito LVII would fit me the best you showed me a lot of great horses. I am really happy with Eclipse Bonito LVII (his new sport’s name) and we are training and competing a lot, he is absolutely perfect! For my next horses I will definitely contact you and come back to Spain.
Danique Osinga & Eclipse Bonito LVII from the Netherlands
“Hi Rikki, just to say a massive thank you for finding Perlita for me and making everything so easy, she is absolutely perfect. She arrived today and is now cosy in her stable. John Parker was brilliant with her. She travelled really well. If you would like to use any correspondence that we have had for your testimonials feel free. Rikki, in the future if ever we were to add to the horses I would not hesitate in contacting you. A very happy customer!! Regards, Sharon”
Sharon Bastock & Perlita
“Rikki-Lee, you have been most gracious in this entire search. I will have rave reviews for you on social media no matter which way I proceed. I will also flag other reps that were absolutely awful during this process.”
Bobbie Pollard U.S.A.
“This is to thank you for finding my daughter and me the most beautiful, honest and talented little horse anyone could hope for. I didn’t want to write too soon as I thought he couldn’t carry on being so good all the time – but he really is a delight and an absolute confidence giver as you described. We’ve just come back from a lovely long hack. He is an absolute pleasure and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend your services to anyone who asks.”
“I would like to thank Rikki for her excellent service in finding and shipping my stunning black stallion Deseado, Anyone wanting to purchase a Spanish horse should feel totally confident in contacting Rikki and using her expertise as I didn’t even leave the UK and got the horse I wanted”
Matthew Cawley & Deseado
“I would like to say my visit to Spain to look for a new horse was great we had two very good days visiting a few yards around the Malaga area and Rikki does a good job seeking the most beautiful horses and can even find you something to tick all the boxes and takes the time to really understand what you want from your new equine – I’d award her services with 5 stars! With many thanks.”
Sarah Handscomb & Diamonte
“I recently embarked on the search of some very special horses. I am a stunt woman and action actress and had a hard task of trying to find some suitable horses for my needs. I can honestly say that Rikki was fabulous through the entire process, her communication and translation was second to none, and she made the whole process from beginning to end as smooth as possible. I would recommend Rikki if you are looking for a good quality service, I shall not hesitate to get in touch in the future if and when I need further special Spanish horses! Warmest regards
Tiger Rudge & Piropo & Iluso
“Had a fabulous trip out to Malaga to look for my second beautiful Spanish horse. Rikki (and Dawn) made a fabulous tag team, and took us to see some lovely horses and very knowledgeable and caring owners. I am so pleased with my Rubio; he is a fabulous boy and is settling very well into his new home in the UK and getting to know all of our customs. Rikki made the whole process very easy and kept us up to date all the way through, including throughout their journey back to the UK, I couldn’t have done it without them!!”
Julie Main & Rubio
“Hi Ladies! Habanero arrived on Lyo Island late this afternoon!! He is happy and well. I am told by the people who received him that the transport people were really very good!! So compliments to them. Habanero is so calm and takes everything in his stride with dignity, he is a fine horse and I am so pleased to have him. Thank you Rikki and Dawn for all that you have done for Ross and I over the past couple of months. And a special thanks to Rikki for the fantastic leather halter! You will definitely hear about this little stallion in the not too distant future! I look forward to sending you some updates on him. For now, once again, a big thanks!! With our best regards
Jo, Ross & Habanero
“I cannot thank you enough for everything, from start to finish all the pictures and videos of possible horses for me, giving me an honest opinion on all of them; answering every one of my many e-mails without ever complaining. She also never said anything about my very limited budget, just set out to find me the best horse possible with the money I had. I couldn’t wait for the arrival of my lovely Damasco. Damasco was everything you said he would be and has settled in to his new home very well. He is coming on in leaps and bounds now and I can’t wait to be out and about with him”
Victoria & Damasco
“Well what can I say? If you are thinking of the daunting task of importing a horse from Spain look no further? With Dawn and Rikki as a professional team they have supported me through bringing my beautiful mare and very young foal home. Whenever I was worried about traveling them so far, they soothed my troubled brow, and reassured me all would be well. How right they were, I have got my mare and foal, they arrived in very good condition, and quite happy. A sure sign of good handling, over five days travelling. You can’t beat their experience of importing Andalusian horses!”
Paddy & Altina
“If anyone had told me six months ago that I would be going to Spain to buy a Spanish horse, I would certainly not have believed them. Yet there is Mulato’s lovely head, looking at me over his stable door to prove to me that this has not all been a dream. That this has happened is all down to Rikki-Lee. I spent several fascinating hours studying horses on her excellent website and her prompt and encouraging responses to my initial, tentative enquiries were so positive that going to Spain to look for a PRE horse suddenly seemed so much more possible. Rikki dealt with all my many queries with thoroughness and patience, organised viewings, suggested accommodation, collected us from the airport and took us round all the horses, so that our trip was really easy and enjoyable. On our return home, she organised vetting, castration, livery, export papers and transport with great efficiency and everything was carried out as and when she promised. She was very good about keeping me updated with information and progress. She has continued to respond to yet more questions after Mulato’s arrival in the UK, and has been very patient with all my worries, so that the whole purchase and import process has been made much easier for me. I am extremely grateful to Rikki for everything that she has done and would recommend her to anyone wishing to search for a PRE horse. Thanks again and best wishes. We could really do with some of your Spanish sunshine here at the moment!”
Briony Bunch & Mulato XIV
“I had the great fortune to find the PRE horse of my dreams, Herrador, through Dawn and Rikki. They both responded promptly and were exceptionally professional throughout the entire process. Many fantastic horses were available and well represented by accurate descriptions, photos and videos which made the initial screening process very easy. Dawn and Rikki also recommended some excellent horses for me in addition to the horses I had selected for preview. They helped arrange great accommodation in Malaga. Rikki met me at the airport and we spent two days trying the horses I had selected for my “short list”. We really put the horses to the test and they all passed with flying colours. They were very accurately represented. All of the horses I tried, Apache, Herrador, Odioseo and Benzu were of the highest quality and absolutely amazing, despite each having their own unique qualities and strengths. I even cancelled looks at two additional horses on the second day because I had so many great choices on the first day. Rikki was very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions and concerns. I can honestly say that any of these great horses would have been a suitable purchase, and I had an extremely hard time making my final decision. I wish I could have bought them all! Dawn and Rikki offered sound professional advice throughout and arranged a prompt vetting, post-purchase castration and temporary livery for my beautiful new boy, Herrador. They are also assisting with transport to my new stable in Barcelona and will assist with the export of Herrador and my other horse when I move back to the United States in the near future. I give my highest recommendation to Dawn and Rikki and will absolutely go back to them again in the future if I purchase another PRE. Sincerely, Mary Padilla.”
Mary Padilla & Herrador XXX
“I first contacted Rikki after searching many Spanish horse websites and speaking to many PRE specialists. It wasn’t until I came across Rikki though that I feel the word “specialist” was truly deserved. There wasn’t a moment throughout the entire process that Rikki wasn’t helpful – always willing to give her advice and assistance (even with the smallest of my worries!) Most of all, Rikki was very patient and understanding of what I needed personally and about the fact that my situation made it quite hard to go to Spain at the drop of a hat at this time of year. Nonetheless, Rikki gave me some fantastic, honest advice (even if the advice meant not making a sale out of me in that instance) and was there at every step I needed her. Compared to some of the popular dealers I’d found on-line and spoke to (and sadly I felt pressured by or more commonly, they wouldn’t give me 5 minutes of their time due to a low budget), Rikki really knew her stuff and focused on working within my budget instead of fighting against it. Being a Sales Manager myself I’d like to think I can tell a good sales person apart from someone out to make a “quick buck” without doing any real work for it. Having come across a few dealers like this in my search quite a bit, I’d advise using Rikki and not wasting your time/energy elsewhere with people who are in it for the money… not the clients/the horses/owners they represent. I would not hesitate in recommending Rikki and once my bank balance is back to full health (after finding a 7 year old PRE stallion of my dreams last weekend… all in budget!) I’ll no doubt come back to Rikki regarding tuition and Spanish tack”
“Well it all started in January 2012, thirteen horses and 8 months later I have a beautiful 5 year old PRE stallion called Jerezano. I can’t thank Rikki enough for the help and support along my journey to find Jerezano. He spent a month at a leading dressage trainer’s yard too before he came to me, I visited a few times and under Antonio’s professional eye I got to know my boy better under saddle with Antonio giving us advice all the way which was brilliant. It doesn’t matter what budget you have Rikki will find you something special that will suit you, she has loads of great contacts to source your horse from. Rikki’s after sales service is fabulous too, I am on my own with my new boy not on a big yard, so her encouragement and advice has been very much appreciated. Thank you Rikki!!! Look forward to working with you in the future too ”
Claire Waldron & Jerezano
“What a team! You helped me find the perfect one! Their service was brilliant from my endless inane questions, through vetting, transport, details of what to expect, right up to texts and phone calls when Relente was on his way, they took care of all my worries. I got photos and videos, and all the advice I could ask for. I have had little experience with going abroad myself, let alone buying a horse from overseas, but they handled everything, leaving me free to spend hours buying goodies for my new baby! When Relente finally arrived and I met him for the first time I fell instantly in love. He was and is perfect in every way, and I can’t thank you enough for finding him for me. I would highly recommend anyone looking for a Spanish horse to go to you.”
Teejay & Relente
“It was complete love at first sight the day Rikki-Lee introduced me to Cometa Vives, and oh boy had I fallen for him hard. If you are looking to buy a horse, I would highly recommend Rikki-Lee. Not only has she helped me with all the preparation and details very efficiently, I feel Rikki has also given me another chance at living my life with horses, a tall, dark and handsome one that is! Thank you so much for bringing Cometa into my life!”
Sarah Anthony & Cometa Vives
“You found my dream horse for me so quickly, made it effortless, answered all my emails and I’m sure there was 1000′s! I was very worried about importing from Spain, you here so much about scams etc but you put all my fears to rest at each step. The tack you ordered for me to fit Mistico is as good as you said – stunning! Mistico is better than expected. He is beautiful. Would highly recommend you to anyone wanting to import…From videos, pictures you did everything in your power to insure I had the best possible horse to suit me and my family. Mistico isn’t even stressed and seeing he has just travels near 5000 miles that’s fantastic to see! You care not only about the Horses but your clients and I am thrilled with your help and Mistico. I have even written a little poem for him! I will gladly update you later once we have started to ond and enjoy the countryside together. Thank you for making my dreams come true, every time I look at him I smile. Thank you! ”
Trish & Mistico
“Can’t believe it’s been a year since I met my beloved Picasso; you really did find me the best horse in the world Anyway, I would love to catch up with you soon xx”
Mia & Picasso
“Rikki was my saviour. She managed to find me a fantastic, lovely horse after I had had a very bad experience elsewhere. I was at times quite demanding but she stayed focused and professional throughout the whole process. Salvadore is now here in the UK and was taking part in jousting and stunt shows within 10 days of being here. He currently loves his new life. I can’t thank Rikki enough. I would recommend you to anyone x”
Jonathan & Salvadore
“I feel like I’m dreaming – This beautiful girl, Galeota, has melted my heart. I never thought I would own a horse again that could mend the broken heart I experienced when I lost my beautiful grey Anglo-Arab mare Rosie unexpectedly in 2005, but I was wrong. I fell in love with gentle Galeota the second I saw her peep at me from the transport wagon. She has been here only 2 days and has behaved impeccably, despite the turmoil of moving to a new country. I’ve never had a Spanish horse before and I only started to research Andalusian fairly recently after watching a 1980′s film, ‘Bolero!’ I explained that as a fifty year old lady I wanted something safe to learn high school movements on. I knew I wanted a grey horse and assumed it would be a stallion – apparently mares are rarely trained to this standard in Spain – but Galeota was found especially for me! I’m so proud to be Galeota’s new mum! She’s gorgeous and clever and I’m gaining her trust by the hour. Thank you so much for all the reassurance you gave me. You truly care about matching horse with owner. I am a very happy Andalusian horse convert. Now I have my beautiful PRE mare -the patter of tiny Andalusian hooves is ringing in my ears! I know who I will contact when I need to find Galeota a suitor! Many thanks from a truly happy ‘mature’ horsey lady!!!”
Lorraine Hine & Galeota III
“I knew I was looking for a very special horse before I found Rikki and had spent many months looking before I found her. I have found her to be incredibly helpful at every stage of the way. Purchasing a horse through Rikki proved both smooth and effortless, and I knew that in the run-up to transportation, my horse was in good hands. He arrived calm, and in great health. The horses that Rikki has available are among the best I have seen, and she is able to cater for all abilities and all budgets. Even her level of after-care service has been flawless. Rikki has put an incredible amount of time, effort and enthusiasm into facilitating this process; As a result, I have the most wonderful and special stallion with me now and this is thanks to Rikki. He has settled in brilliantly and is much loved, and we are already enjoying frosty winter walks here together! He is everything I could have hoped for and far more besides. I cannot thank her enough and if I buy another horse in the future, she would be my first port of call. She has been a delight to deal with. A big, big thank you.”
Nicky & Bailarin
“I just wanted to send you an email to let you know how well Dezzy has settled in, I am so happy with him. Thank you so much for all your help and for taking us to see such lovely horses, I will recommend you to anyone who may be looking for a Spanish horse. Once again thank you and keep up the good work”.
Sophie Gooding & Deseado
“I never knew what kind of horse I was looking for but I always knew I wanted one that came from a caring and loving home… I was spoilt for choice! They were all such lovely, well behaved horses. Rikki found me the exact horse that suited me down to the ground and now I couldn’t love him more! My papers were all in order on purchase and he arrived in immaculate condition… After getting me the best deal of course! Rikki still checks up on us and is always offering good advice or valuable help; it’s always lovely to know there’s someone to talk to that has alot of experience if you ever have any problems or enquiries. I would highly recommend her! Thank you Rikki! x”
Steevi Jacks & Caribeno II
“Just want to express my gratitude to you for providing me with Ventura (Vinny). He is (I never thought I would say this) amongst the best horses I have ever had and I have had quite a number over the years. To purchase a horse unseen and untried is a daunting task but I have to say that I don’t regret this move at all. Vinny is the most willing horse imaginable and considering he is still entire, that is a big plus. I hope to do quite a variety of things with him and he certainly wants to please. He is languishing in a huge stable (which I previously used for mares due to foal) and he loves it. If the occasion arises, whereby I look for another Andalusian or Lusitano, I will definitely be checking you out and would recommend you to anyone. Thanks again for finding “my boy”. P.S. I put the occasional pics on my facebook if anyone wants to check him”