About Us - Ranch Chivas
Welcome to Ranch Chivas! If you want to try best riding experience in Croatia and improve your horse riding skills, you are on the right place. I can show you the best trails in mountain of north-west part of Croatia, where is served best homemade food,what to see or where to stay,all of that from saddle. Excellent experience for you and your horse. After this adventure your horse will be braver, smarter and stronger and you will be more relaxed rider.
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Location

This ranch is located in northern part of Croatia, near Slovenian border. It encompasses most of the historical region called Hrvatsko Zagorje. This region was a part of the Austrian Empire. Therefore Zagorje was known as green door of Croatia. It is an oasis of preserved nature, clean air, greenery and healing thermal waters. In the real archipelago of picturesque hills lies the whole range of thermal springs, castles and Roman roads, agritourism, museums, churches, hiking, riding and cycling paths. Green hills of Zagorje offer peace on every step, intimate contact with nature and open arms of hospitable and welcoming hosts. Ranch Chivas was founded in 2014 and is situated in the village Željeznica, in a narrow stream valley at the foot of the north-western slopes of the mountain Ivanščica. It is surrounded by fields and forest and is a perfect place to keep horses.

Guide / Host

As you know my name is Tom and I’m in love with nature. I adore horses and I enjoy spending the time on mountain Ivanscica. I’ve been working with horses in tourism for more than 10 years. In this area, I owned ranch for 4 years. I have a Croatian equestrian licence , certificate from Swiss tracking academy for equine guide (FITE) and AIEW riding licence. I love to spend time with people who love horses and I would, also, love to show you where I ride and how proud I am of my horses. My partners in guiding are my horses Calvados, a 10 years old Holstainer and StarDust 5 years old Anglo-arabian horse. They are peaceful, calm and obedient, accustomed to people and my excellent associates. There is also, not working just enjoying, my old horse King which is, 22 years old, and a 1 year old youngster Khan.

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Working Horses

Star Dust – Croatian warmblood 5 yrs, western saddle

Calvados – Holsteiner 11 yrs, western saddle

Spirit – English Thoroughbred 15 yrs, endurance saddle

Sokol – Croatian warmblood 17 yrs, western saddle

Tajna – English Thoroughbred 17 yrs, endurance saddle

Laura – Croatian draft horse 17 yrs, western saddle

Responsible tourism

  • minimizes negative economic, environmental, and social impacts
  • generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well-being of host communities, improves working conditions
  • involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life chances
  • makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage, to the maintenance of the world’s diversity
  • provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues
  • is culturally sensitive, engenders respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence
  • essentially about creating better places for people to live in, and better places for people to visit.

Say Hello

If you are a rider or just love horses, nature, animals, send us a message, get in touch. I like to hear criticism, praise and new ideas because it is the only way we can move forward. Send me a message. I will respond as fast as I can.