On an average day, down time for the sport’s top horses might include a couple hours spent in the paddock or a hack down a wooden path. At the Mediterranean Equestrian Tour in Olivia Nova, Spain, a break from competing translates to a morning stretch on the beach, followed by a full blown wading session in the shallow waters of the salted sea.

International talent such as Pedro Veniss, Ben Maher, Pilar Lucrecia Cordon, and Janne Friederike Meyer among others, grace the following photo collection and for the second time this year, we’re awarded a candid view of both horses and riders at leisure against the backdrop of one of the sport’s most stunning locations.

-Images by Hervé Bonnaud for NF Style.