Volunteers

Gergana Mitova

Capturing the spirit of this place in words is like racing with the wind. It's gone in a wild, joyous canter over the closest Vitosha hill before you can even put your foot in the stirrup. What Adgor gives me with open arms, with its amazing people, horses, and nature, begins with the words happiness, freedom, friendship, skill, peace. And goes on – an open heart, full of jokes, curious horse ears, lots of hugs (and a lot of sweeping), banter (with horses and humans), sunny days, and small miracles, taking place in the palms of your hands.

When I am here, I do not want to be anywhere else or do anything else – this is an incredible gift. Thank you, and I am glad to be with you!

Gabriela Terzieva

For me, what is hiding behind the simplicity and the uniqueness of the word Adgor is the incredible feeling to be part of something that leaves an eternal impact on your understanding of humans and nature. Adgor provokes you to be the change that you want to see around you - it transforms your thinking about horses’ behavior, but it also represents a mirror to the soul of the rider, reflecting his weaknesses and strengths, testing his very own hopes and believes. I have learned a lot through my years of experience in horse riding, but it was the training program at Adgor that finally helped me understand what it is all about – why we do what we do and what is our final goal. Do we want to work with horses, or do we want to learn to speak their language? Do we want to control them, or do we want to gain their respect first? I have always observed the training of our masters in awe, never believing that I will be able to reach such level of perfection and patience someday. And everything seems so logical in the end. Everything that we practice with horses is a reflection of the relationships we build between us. The fantastic team members at Adgor does not only teach people about the world of horses, but they also teach people about the world of people. Thanks to their help, trust, and never-ceasing inspiration, I am managing to overcome fear, insecurity, and impatience every day and to look deeper into the curious sparkling eyes of those astonishing creatures.

Yoana Vamporova

The feeling to get into a horse's head, to connect with it, to work together without fear and to build trust is awesome. Adgor gives me the opportunity to feel all of those things and to build beautiful relationships not only with the horses but also with the people. We all learn from each other, have lots of fun and help each other.. This is the freedom I have always dreamed about, this is the place I love.

Kalina Leseva

Riding, horses, nature – all of this makes me overwhelmingly happy. The summer of 2013 left some amazing memories and I would not trade that experience for anything. The feeling you get, when a riding exercise has finally worked out successfully after myriads of attempts is incredible. At the same time it teaches you patience, control of your emotions and perseverance. Here, at Adgor, everything is like a fairytale – you watch the horses roaming freely, as the splendid landscapes unfold before you. Even just doing my volunteer work here makes me feel great! If I could, I’d repeat this summer again and again and again…and then during the rest of the year I’d have spent the days without getting bored, because I’d have been in my favorite place – Adgor.

Boriana Raykova

To gallop freely, bareback, feeling the wind in my hair, in the midst of stunning landscapes of meadows, forests and mountains, magically irresistible sunsets, and fresh smells. This has been my dream which came true through “Adgor”. The fascinating nature, the wonderful horses, and the incredible people, which I have discovered here, have completely captivated me. The personal attitude and care I have received are priceless. Not a day has passed by when I have not learned something new, either about working with horses, or about myself. The natural relationship with these animals teaches me patience and consistency. The days, spent in “Adgor”, are some of my mostly awaited and favorite ones!

Georgi Dinchev

Until I was introduced to the method of working with the horses in the “Adgor” horse base, I had no idea what I had missed. Observing the team, I was astonished by the unique way that they rode and associated with the horses.

My debut in horseback riding was at 7 years of age, and since then I have repeatedly watched people ride horses. Therefore, I imagined I was not losing anything much by continually turning down the invitations of my friend Sasho (Alexander Penev) to visit the base. Afterwards, I quickly realized how much I had missed. Beginning classes there, I expected to need to master 5-6 new skills in order for everything to be alright. These 5-6 new techniques turned out to be 50-60. Not long after that I felt disappointed with myself, because I understood I had a lot more to learn. In a given moment I had almost given up.

I thank fate for finding a way to motivate me to keep fighting, so that I would not make a very foolish thing by giving up. The people of “Adgor” are amazing professionals, the best in this sphere. I admire them profoundly! I found a place where I am happy, and people with whom I feel happy. Gradually, my progress in horseback riding also became more and more noticeable. I am glad that I stayed, and know that I am with the best and in the best place at that. What more can I wish for?

Natalie Krzeminski

Naturally, I was fascinated with horses from a very young age. When I was 8-years-old, I received my first riding lessons in Germany, mainly in the English style of horse riding. Though I was taught the exceedingly correct and centered posture, I always missed out one thing - the understanding of horses, their body language, and the pure and natural way of handling them. This ultimately led to insecurity and fear. Hence, I focused on my studies and life again... When I heard for the first time about "Natural Horsemanship", I knew that this was the way I needed to take and learn all about it. Having been away from horses for 10 years, I accidentally came across „Adgor“. Here I finally had the chance to learn what I had sought for: the balanced way of working with horses, which ultimately leads to mutual trust and sound respect. Ever since, I cannot thaw my thirst for knowledge. Adgor's team helps me develop; however, the horses, in their natural and sincere way, reveal to me my mistakes as well. It is wonderful to see success during training and yet realize that there are a lot more goals that can be achieved. I am thankful for every moment in which I expand my knowledge and am happy when I get to train horses and riders. Not only I have found trustworthy friends, but here in the open nature I am able to rediscover myself, become one with the horse, and enjoy peace and freedom with it... to just feel alive!

Dimitar Iliev

There are things which one can rarely find in the same place, like beautiful nature, excellently trained horses, and an amazing team of wonderful people, who are able to make every person feel free and independent. All of the above exists in “Adgor” horse base, and it inspires me to be a volunteer there. For me, this is pure joy!

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