Welcome to the Website of Equus Silvania!
Our horse riding facility and guesthouse is located in the village of Sinca Noua, which lies right in the foothills of the Transylvanian Carpathians, some 50 km west of Brasov. Equus Silvania combines western standards and animal treatment with Romanian traditions, cuisine, and lifestyle. We offer our clients not only great horses, but also a fantastic landscape and good opportunities to experience the unique flora and fauna. Furthermore, we have made it our premise to provide to our visitors a healthy and clean environment.
Equus Silvania also takes responsibility and tries to implement sustainable development within the business. This includes the employment of staff from the village, the use of locally produced, organic food, and the inclusion of local attractions into the programme.
Barbara Promberger-Fürpaß, born in 1974, wildlife biologist. She grew up with horses and is the technical leader of Equus Silvania. Still having a competitive mind, she became an enthusiastic endurance rider.
Christoph Promberger, born in 1965, wildlife biologist. Before he met Barbara, he had little connection to horses, but now is all for it. Responsible for the economic part and communication.
Álvaro Jaén, born in 1988, originates from Spain and works in our team as guide and stable manager. Since the age of 5 he has been riding horses, which remained to be his big passion. He has competed in show-jumping and in flat races, so he obviously really likes fast canters. Álvaro speaks Spanish and English.
Laura Aragón, born in 1987, originates from Spain and works in our team as guide, administrates our bookings, and is responsible for the marketing. She likes riding small horses, Arabians are her favourite breed. She likes going on long trails while enjoying the nature. Laura speaks Spanish, English and Italian.
Tabea Löblein, born in 1994, originates from Germany and works 2013/14 in our team as co-guide. Also she takes care of the riding guests at Equus Silvania.
Teresa Fritz, born in 1995, originates from Germany and works in our team throughout summer and winter 2013/14 as co-guide. In addition she keeps our horses in a good shape and gives riding lessons.
Our local team consists of Mimi and Mariana, who cook for us, Lorita, who keeps everything clean, and Mihai, Emanuel, Ion and Ionel, who take care of our horses and the other animals.
Our environmental policy
Equus Silvania has the premise to act in a responsible way in all its activities with regards to environmental impact. We are always open to new ideas of how we can maintain the integrity of the natural environment around us.
Education and Information
Our visitors get a first-hand experience and extensive information about flora, fauna, and sustainable land-use systems. We have now 20 years of experience in conservation in Romania.
Energy and construction
During the construction of all our facilities, we have put great emphasis to use environmentally friendly materials. Wood has been our main construction material as it is a renewable resource, and we have abstained from wood preservers as much as possible. We use energy saving bulbs in all our buildings, heat exclusively with wood and have our guesthouse insulated with a thick layer of rock wool. Solar power provides warm water throughout most of the year. Though, as a tourism enterprise we are not able to fully avoid the consumption of fossil energy, we still choose sustainable alternatives wherever this is feasible from an ecological and an economic point of view. Detergents used in our guesthouse for example are 100% biodegradable. In addition, the avoidance of waste is our highest priority.
We use mainly locally produced food in our kitchen. People in Sinca Noua generally do not use pesticides or artificial fertilisers, and the livestock is still kept the old way, that is, outside on the pastures. Our own vegetable garden delivers fresh onions, salad, zucchini etc. Other food such as milk, potatoes, lamb, and veal is bought from the farmers in the neighbourhood. Pork, chicken, turkey, all cold cuts, and eggs are from our own production. We are getting particularly famous for our home-made hams, sausages, and bacons.
When we select the routes for our excursions, we take great care about conservation concerns. We avoid sensitive areas such as wildlife day resting areas or seasonally important areas such as those created by red deer rut. We also take care to not cause soil erosion and stay outside of wetlands, where the hooves of the horses may cause damage. In summer, we of course respect the farmers' needs and stay on the cart tracks when we ride through hay meadows.