Equus Silvania History

With a lifelong passion for the natural environment, linked with a strong equine lifestyle, the owners Barbara and Christoph Promberger founded Equus Silvania in 2004.

Together, since 1993 they both have been actively involved in large carnivore and nature conservation in Romania, making great strides ahead. Today they lead two large nature and landscape conservation programs in the Carpathians and the Transylvanian Hills

Julia Dittrich

Manager at Equus Silvania

Born in Germany, Julia works at Equus Silvania as a Manager. She finished a university degree in Horse Management and is keen to put into practice all she has learned. Julia is very passionate about horse communication and sets a high value on mutual understanding and respect whenever she is working with animals. Besides German, she is fluent in Dutch and English and speaks some Spanish.

Ben Snell

Guide

Originally from England, Ben rode as a child, then stopped for several years and has come back to riding in the last 5 years. He has a background in show-jumping and has ridden trails in Africa several times. Ben originally visited Equus Silvania as a guest in 2016, visiting a total 4 times that year, and once more the following year before taking up the position of guide at the start of the 2018 season.

Helena Kauf

Horse au-pair

Helena originates from Frankfurt, Germany, and has recently finished her degree in Tourism Management. Before starting her working life, she joined the Equus Silvania team for a couple of months as a horse au-pair and volunteer. Riding since over 10 years, mainly dressage, she is also keen to extend her horse and riding skills during her stay. Helena speaks German, English, French, Spanish and some Russian.

Our local team

Our local team consists of Mimi and Laetitia our chefs, who create culinary delights for everyone. Cornelia and Veta, who keep everything clean. Stefan, Ionel, Dorin & Neluca care for our horses, animals for produce, gardens and grounds. Ionel, our yard manager is the perfect handyman for whatever incurs on the farm. Cosmin, our logistics extraordinaire, keeps everything well stocked, in good maintenance and ensures the trails run smoothly. Catalin is your first person of contact, full of a smile at the airport, he operates our transfers.

Elsa Marguerite Poier

Frequent Returner

Elsa first came to Equus Silvania in September 2016 as an ‘horse-au pair’. After 8 months she moved back to her hometown Graz to study ‘English and American Studies’. By now, it seems to have become a rule that she returns to Equus twice a year and helps where she is needed: Riding, giving lessons, training the endurance horses and having fun with the team, the family and the animals.

Bree Morgan

Frequent Returner

Coming all the way from Australia, Bree has worked on Equus Silvania as horse manager and guide for two years and has become a close friend everybody around the farm, people and horses alike. Though she has moved on to other jobs in Romania, Bree keeps coming by regularly to jump in when needed or simply to enjoy a great time riding.

Marius Ursaciuc

Culture and Nature Guide

Marius has a passion for culture and wildlife and is an incredible source of information on your trips to the villages in the Transylvanian Hills. Very knowledgeable especially about birds, he always loves to share his stories and will make your excursions anything but boring.

Conservation
Contribution

Equus Silvania is a proud partner and supporter of Foundation Conservation CARPATHIA, which has the goal to create a world-class wilderness reserve in the Southern Carpathians. Sinca Noua is not only on the Eastern most edge of this future National Park, but Barbara and Christoph Promberger, owners of Equus Silvania, are also directing the CARPATHIA project. In this context, we kindly ask all our guests to contribute with a donation to the conservation of these beautiful and important forests and grasslands.

Animal

Keeping

Not only is Equus Silvania home to numerous horses, but also to a variety of other animals such as cats, dogs, chicken, ducks, geese, turkeys, rabbits, pigs, and a donkey. Even though we do keep some of these animals for food production, it is our strong concern to allow all our animals a proper life. Conditions for that are:

  • sufficient space to roam
  • social contacts with members of the same species
  • cosy and clean shelters for the night
  • sufficient supply with natural food
  • medical treatment

Our horses live in two groups in open stables with sand paddocks, that allow them to move freely and complies with their need for social interactions with members of the same species. In addition, they are regularly turned out on large pastures

Animal

Keeping

Not only is Equus Silvania home to numerous horses, but also to a variety of other animals such as cats, dogs, chicken, ducks, geese, turkeys, rabbits, pigs, and a donkey. Even though we do keep some of these animals for food production, it is our strong concern to allow all our animals a proper life. Conditions for that are:

  • sufficient space to roam
  • social contacts with members of the same species
  • cosy and clean shelters for the night
  • sufficient supply with natural food
  • medical treatment

Our horses live in two groups in open stables with sand paddocks, that allow them to move freely and complies with their need for social interactions with members of the same species. In addition, they are regularly turned out on large pastures

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 are attempting to make your holiday not just a relaxing and enjoyable experience, but also an interesting one.

Energy and construction

During the construction of all our facilities, we endeavoured to use environmentally friendly materials. Wood, free of non-natural wood preservers, has been our main construction material as it is a renewable resource. We heat exclusively with renewable resources and have our guesthouse insulated with a thick layer of rock wool. Solar power provides warm water throughout most of the year. As a tourism enterprise, we are not able to fully avoid the consumption of fossil energy, however we still choose sustainable alternatives whenever this is feasible from an ecological and an economic point of view. Detergents used in our guesthouse for example are 100% biodegradable.

Food

Here at Equus we use mainly locally produced organic 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: outside on the pastures. Our own garden delivers fresh onions, salad, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, berries, peas, beans, and many more vegetables and fruits. Other food such as milk, eggs, honey, potatoes, lamb, and veal is bought from the farmers in the neighbourhood. Pork, chicken, ducks, geese, and all cold cuts are from our own production. We are particularly proud of our home-made hams, sausages, and bacon.

Route selection

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.

Guest
Feedback

We offer our guests keen and well-trained horses to experience unforgettable journeys with, while the fantastic surrounding landscape, abundant with unique flora and fauna, makes Equus Silvania the ideal base to explore from – not only on horseback

MinaSweden

“One of the best rides ever, from all points of view!! Definitely coming back…as soon as I can. Lots of very sincere thanks to everybody, horses included, of course.”

KateUK

“Thank you for an absolutely brilliant holiday. I never visit anywhere twice, but I am definitely coming back here and bringing some more friends along!”

LauraFrance

“Beautiful, beautiful countryside that we got to experience first-hand by riding directly through woods and fields, cantering up rolling hills… seriously, these canters are amazing!”

David & FrancesNorthern Ireland

“What an amazing week – thoroughly exceeded our expectations. It was everything that was described – and more. The scenery was breath-taking, meeting with “locals” along the way was such a privilege and so very interesting! Thank you for your amazing hospitality and sharing your knowledge and vision.”

Vera, Rosi & JuliaAustria

“We had a great time at Equus Silvania! The farm and the rooms were so nice and especially the meals were delicious!”

JakeUK

“Thank you for a wonderful week – it was so relaxing! Life at its own pace is possible and it feels amazing. Having a holiday on the back of a horse, into the wild Carpathians… that’s an experience I won’t ever forget!”

Sylvia & JosseSweden

“Heaven on earth! We had an absolutely amazing time here. So much fun and stunning countryside. And truly lovely people! We felt so welcome and part of the group. Thank you so much for teaching us so much about Romania and the wildlife here. ”

IrinaRomania

“Multumim mult pentru aceeasta saptamana plina de surprise agreabile (chiar daca sint roman nu stiam ca exista locuri atit de frumoase in Romania). Multumim la toata echipa pentru felul in care s-au ocupat de noi!”

Mark & SallyUK

“Hilarious is not the word, as we had a most exciting and exhilarating 8 days of riding in the most glorious spring weather on your fantastic horses. Thank you for an unforgettable journey through Transylvania”

GiselleUK

“Transylvania and Equus Silvania never fail to send the spirits soaring with sheer joy and delight”