Lisbon Classical Equitation riding holiday in Portugal - Far and Ride
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Lisbon Classical Equitation, Portugal





Horses



Type of horses:

Lusitano

Nature of horses:

Calm and well-schooled

Height of horses:

15 - 16hh

Weight limit:

90kg

Tack type:

English

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

This riding centre near Lisbon offers dressage lessons on their Lusitano schoolmasters, under the tutelage of one of the Masters of the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art (EPAE)- Antonio Borba Monteiro. Although Antonio is not available for all the teaching he has two very able students to assist him: Francisco Correa Henriques has been a disciple of Antonio's since 1998 and has been competing since 2002 whilst Martim Ferreira da Cunha has been at the centre since 2014 - he was previously at a different centre in Alter do Chao (central Portugal) and at the Cadre Noir in France. Antonio also has an assistant - Miguel de Braganca - who has been a disciple since 1992 and also a rider with the EPAE since 1996. Miguel is in charge of promoting and organising international competitions and assists Antonio with training as well as supervising competition riders.

Instruction is available at all levels, from novices through to those who are competing in dressage already. Their aim is to instill passion for the sport of classical dressage. The training programme is based on the work of Manoel Carlos de Andrade, who was a rider from the 18th century and a pupil of Marquis de Marialva. The objective is to allow the rider to feel the true nature and enthusiasm of the horses and the training sessions include basic movements and posture as well as progressing through to advanced movements if you have some previous experience.

There is a both an Olympic sized outdoor area surrounded by beautiful flowers and a large indoor arena, with a covered viewing gallery so that you can watch your fellow riders too.

It is possible to choose either one or two lessons each day and lessons are of c. 50 minutes duration. Lessons are always private so you do not share with another rider. You can also choose from a week long stay or a long-weekend. On the week stays you will also be taken to the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art for one morning and given the chance to go behind the scenes to watch the masters at work on their horses - a magical experience.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

You stay in cozy cottages on-site which have double and single rooms. Each cottage has a living area and fully equipped kitchen so you can choose half or full board. One cottage can sleep two people and the other can sleep up to four.

There is a swimming pool on-site as well as a souvenir shop. There are a number of other shops outside the gates of the farm as well, including mini-markets and restaurants, so you will not go hungry if you opt for half board!

Alternatively, this centre is not far from Lisbon and so if you wish to hire a car and stay in a city-centre hotel instead, this can be arranged - please contact us.

Meals are freshly prepared in the traditional Portuguese way at a nearby restaurant, with grilled fish or meats, fresh seafood and typical meat stews in abundance. Local wine (enough for the table) is also included with dinners.

Most guests opt for half-board so you have the option of buying or preparing your own lunch. There is the option to take full board instead, on payment of a supplement. If choosing half board then breakfast is always included and then you can choose whether to have lunch or dinner included as your other meal. There are kitchens within the cottages if you want to prepare your own meals or you can find restaurants close to the farm.

 

Activities

For week-long stays, a visit to the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art is included, where you can watch the horses being expertly trained in the traditional way and perform alongside their handlers.

As the farm is located near the heart of Lisbon (just 15 minutes from the airport), so those with access to a car can easily visit many of the city sights in their spare time. Even those who do not have access to their own car can take a taxi or even a train to explore the city. You are also only 20 minutes by car from the beautiful views and beaches of Cascais and Sintra - the closest UNESCO world heritage site.

By arrangement, it is also be possible to organise trips into the countryside to explore the olive groves and cork forests the region is famed for, as well as seeing first hand the production of local Portuguese wine. You may also wish to visit the breeding farms of Lusitano horses and Portuguese bulls close by.

Non-riders are welcome to visit with their riding companions and there is a special non-rider price.

 

Further Details

Languages: Portugese, Spanish, English, French

Health requirements: None specifically

Age limit: 12 years and older.

Tuition: Yes

Included: Accommodation, Half board (breakfast plus lunch or dinner, including table wine), riding as per programme, visit to the Portuguese Riding School, airport transfers.

Not included: Drinks other than with meals, flights, insurance, optional off-site activities

 

Travel Information

There are many flight options to Lisbon from the UK with both TAP (Air Portugal) and British Airways flying regularly from London. Alternative options are EasyJet from Liverpool as well as other regional airports.

Transfers from Lisbon airport to the farm are included, but you may wish to hire a car, particularly if travelling with non-riding friends/family, in which case we can supply driving directions.

Airport: Lisbon

 

Programmes


Week Long Programme (7 nights)



Discover the art of classical dressage on Lusitano horses on this week long stay just outside of Lisbon. Under the watchful eye of Antonio Borba Monteiro or one of his students, learn the basics or experience more advanced movements on one of their schoolmasters. You can choose to have either one or two lessons each day and spend the rest of time exploring the area or resting at the farm.

Day One:

Arrival at Lisbon airport and transfer to the farm. You will be welcomed by your hosts who will explain how your week will progress and show you around the farm and stables.

Day Two:

Breakfast will be taken in your cottage and then you will have your first riding lesson. You can choose to have one or two lessons each day, and can choose whether these are in the morning or the afternoon (if choosing two lessons, we would recommend one in the morning and one in the afternoon so you have time to rest between).

You are likely to on half board so either lunch or dinner will be included. When not riding you can relax in your cottage or around the farm - the arena has a large viewing area so you can watch other lessons in progress.

Day Three:

After breakfast you will be taken to the Portuguese Riding School at Queluz (EPAE) and will be able to go behind the scenes to watch the riders schooling the horses. Your lesson/s will be in the afternoon after returning to the farm.

Days Four to Seven:

After breakfast you will have your lesson (or lessons) in the morning or afternoon. The lesson timings are flexible to suit you, so if you plan to hire a car and visit the area, your lessons can be planned around this. On one day your hosts will happily take you into Lisbon to show you the city if you don't have your own car.

Day Eight:

You will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight. If you haven't used your allotted lesson quota and have a late flight, then a lesson can be arranged for this morning.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 5
Ability description: All abilities can be catered for, from those starting out in dressage, to those already competing. There are schoolmasters for beginners and for those already riding advanced moves.
Type of ride: Tuition
Total riding time: 5 days of riding with either 1 or 2 lessons each day. Lessons are c. 50 minutes duration
Departure dates: 2017: Dates to suit. Open all year except closed 20 December-2 January.
 
Pricing: 2017:

Programme A (5 lessons): £1150 per person
Programme B (10 lessons): £1470 per person

Non-rider: £522 per person

Price includes half board accommodation (breakfast and lunch OR dinner). Supplement to full-board: £149 per person for the week



Weekend Break (3 nights)



Discover the art of classical dressage on this weekend break close to the city of Lisbon. A visit to the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art is included as well to watch the masters at work. Being close to Lisbon means this short break is ideal for non-riding partners as well who can explore the city whilst you are riding.

Day One - Friday:

You will be collected from the airport in the late afternoon/evening and transferred to the farm.

Day Two - Saturday:

This morning you have your first riding lesson on the stunning Lusitano schoolmasters. Lessons are c. 50 minutes duration and are private so you have the full attention of your instructor.

The afternoon is free so you can either relax at the farm or set out to explore Lisbon and do some shopping. You are on half board so either dinner or lunch is included and the decision is yours.

Day Three - Sunday:

You have two lessons today - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The timing of the lessons is flexible and there is time to relax between lessons, or watch other riders working in the arenas.

Day Four - Monday:

A visit to the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art (EPAE) is planned for this morning, where you can go behind the scenes and watch the riders schooling their horses. After lunch you are transferred to the airport for your late afternoon/evening flight home.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 5
Ability description: All abilities can be catered for, from those starting out in dressage, to those already competing. There are schoolmasters for beginners and for those already riding advanced moves.
Type of ride: Tuition
Total riding time: Two days of riding with three lessons, each lesson being c. 50 minutes.
Departure dates: 2017: Dates to suit. Open all year except closed 20 December-2 January.
 
Pricing: 2017:

£671 per person (3 lessons)

Non-rider: £224 per person

Price includes half board accommodation (breakfast and lunch OR dinner). Supplement to full-board: £64 per person for the weekend.