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

Renee Schräder

Guide and Manager

Originally from the Netherlands, Renee has hopped around the globe working with all kinds of horses before pursuing a degree in film and photography.

A passionate learner of pretty much everything, she's eager to exchange her knowledge with yours and explore the wonders of the hills and forests together. Mainly focused on social ecology and documentary filmmaking, the combination of nature and art is something that has always drawn her in, and she would love to share it with you!

Katha Kolb

Guide

Originates from Germany and joined the Equus Silvania team during her studies in agribusiness in the beginning of 2022.

Katha is passionated about ecology and horses, and is happy to share her knowledge with all guests interested in these things. She is a hoof orthopaedist and has worked with horses in Ireland, South Africa and Namibia before, and is keen to show you the amazing secrets and curiosities of the wild Transylvanian landscapes!

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.

Eva Afzelius

Guide

Eva is originally from Denmark and joined the Equus team in October 2021. She finished her A-levels three years ago and has worked as a horse guide in Iceland and Denmark since. She loves to explore nature on horseback and is always ready for an adventure; bringing fun and good times to your holidays is definitely one of her priorities!

Caroline Devonald

Guide

Originally from the UK, Caroline has previously worked as a stunt rider and -instructor. She has since left the movie sets behind to join us in the hills surrounding Equus Silvania, and now shares her horse-related expertise with guests and colleagues alike. Once the snow arrives she will be most happy combining winter sports with horse riding, and she challenges you to a snowball fight on horseback!

Equus Silvania - team photo

Our local team

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

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