Lusitano Riding Centre riding holiday in Portugal - Far and Ride
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Lusitano Riding Centre, Portugal




Programme


•†Dressage Tuition


Reviews



It was an amazing time with such friendly hosts, a trainer with great knowledge and amazing horses. Because of everything "around" was well organized and perfect it was possible to be totally focused on this great horses and your training. The trainer, Jo„o, was looking perfectly on the horses and the equipment. Everything was in a good condition - like these were your own things.

Raffaela K.
Joao and Susana were terrific hosts and we cannot fault any aspect of the holiday. As a rider, I was looking for a holiday where I could improve my riding skills in classical dressage and not a glorified trekking holiday or basic instruction in walk trot and canter. Joao is a great instructor showing a great depth of knowledge of his subject and is English is excellent. He and Susana are also very good riders although Susana was confined to the kitchen most of the time cooking fantastic meals for us! The horses were great too, well schooled and turned out to a high standard. Although I feel this holiday is well suited to the experienced rider I did watch Joao do a beginner lunge lesson on an old schoolmaster, so I think a non-riding partner could be persuaded to have a go (although on this occasion the lure of the sunshine and swimming pool were just too much for Rich although I wouldn't rule out him having a go next time). I did worry that maybe a non-horsey partner may feel a bit left out but this was certainly not the case, Rich was made to feel more than welcome so no complaints there! The food was amazing... I thought we would be eating two-course meals twice a day, but these turned out to be 3-course meals at both lunch and dinner and Adrianna's breakfasts were awesome. The Portuguese wines are highly recommended. The rooms were to a high standard and well maintained. The site was in a great rural location with amazing views.

Helen D.





Horses



Type†of†horses:

Lusitano

Nature†of†horses:

Well-schooled and responsive

Height†of†horses:

c. 16hh

Weight†limit:

100kg / 15 stone 7 lbs

Tack†type:

Traditional Portuguese or Dressage saddles with simple snaffle or double bridles.


Weather




Ride†Description

Our Lusitano Riding Centre is a brand new training environment which has been built around the Lusitano horse. The beautiful farm is just 30-40 mins drive from Lisbon and is situated in an area where you can "get lost in time" and feel the rhythm of a typical old Portuguese village surrounded by vineyards, gorgeous landscapes and Montejunto mountain views.

At our Lusitano Riding Centre you will ride Lusitano horses for both Dressage and Working Equitation as the horses have been well trained in both these disciplines. Classical Dressage needs no introduction, but Working Equitation is not a common activity here in the UK. The sport aims to show off and utilise the working capabilities of the Lusitano horse and competitors have to complete a gymkhana type event as well as a dressage test. In this event they have to negotiate obstacles such as bridges, gates and jumps. At high levels and in team events, they may also have to work with cattle to split a specific cow from the herd.

Working Equitation lessons are available during the spring/summer whereas classical dressage lessons are available all year round. During the lessons you will have the opportunity to try riding Grand Prix exercises such as piaffe and passage on the schoolmaster horses. All lessons are of one hour duration and there are a maximum of two riders in each lesson.

No previous experience of classical dressage is necessary but those who already understand some dressage will get plenty out of this holiday. You do need to be able to ride already (walk, trot and canter) but your dressage experience can range from beginner to experienced.

The instructor, Jo„o Batalha, has been teaching classical dressage for more than 6 years in Portugal and other countries in Europe. After several years teaching in one of the most renowned schools and riding holiday centres in Portugal, he now shares his time between teaching exclusively at our Lusitano Riding Centre and competing at national level in Portuguese Equitation and Working Equitation.

Cathy from Far and Ride was lucky enough to ride here in October 2017 and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

See Programmes.


Food†&†Accommodation

You stay on-site at the farm where there are 4 tastefully decorated rooms. All have private bathroom, TV, air conditioning and Wi-Fi. The rooms are all double/twin but extra beds can be added to rooms on request (at additional cost).

There is a swimming pool which overlooks the vineyard and is located in a quiet part of the farm, and beside the pool is a relaxing area with comfortable seating. There is also a comfortable terrace and a bar.

The dining room has a panoramic view across the Portuguese landscape.

All meals are included. Lunch and Dinner are usually two courses and include a starter followed by either fish or meat, together with accompanying salads and vegetables. The meals are typically Portuguese and include coffee or tea, water and juice. There is also local wine included with the evening meal (approximately one bottle between two people).

Additional alcoholic and soft beverages are paid separately and there is a bar so you can choose what you wish to drink.


Activities

The farm is situated within the Western Wine Route, and your hosts are developing partnerships with some wineries where you will be able to go and taste some typical Portuguese wines.

If you have your own car, then in your spare time, you can visit the beautiful Santa Cruz beach, which is only 30km away.

In addition to the area surrounding the farm, which has some typical villages to explire, you can also visit some of the following tourist areas:
Mafra - 33 km
Ericeira - 45 km
Lisbon - 45 km
Portuguese School of Equestrian Art - 45 km
”bidos - 50 km
Sintra - 53 km

Additional information on these areas is provided in the rooms. The farms driver is available to take you to these sites if you haven't hired a car, and this can be booked and paid for locally (although please book when you first arrive so you are not disappointed).


Further†Details

Languages: English and Portuguese

Health requirements: General good health

Age limit: Riders must be 7 years or older, although there are no ponies, so children must be happy on horses.

Tuition: Yes, according to programme

Included: Accommodation, meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), wine (1 bottle per 2 persons, per meal), water, cookies and seasonal fruits always available in the dinning room, Dressage lessons according to the programme, swimming pool.

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, airport transfers, off-site tours, optional photoshoot with Rita Fernandes - Lusitano World


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 are available at an additional cost of 55 euro per vehicle each way (max of 4 people) payable locally.

Check-in at the farm is between 2pm and 6pm each day - if your flight is delayed then please let the farm know so that they can make arrangements. Check-out on your departure day is midday.

Alternatively you may wish to hire a car at the airport and we can provide driving directions.

Airport: Lisbon


Programme


Dressage Tuition



Depending on your chosen programme, you will have either one or two lessons each day. If opting for two lessons, then this will be one in the morning and one in the afternoon. If having one lesson a day then this will usually be the morning so you have the afternoon free to relax or explore the area, but this is flexible.

Lessons are one hour duration and there are a maximum of two riders in each lesson.

During spring/summer it is possible to have Working Equitation lessons, which includes negotiating obstacles such as bridges, jumps and gates. Classical dressage lessons are available all year round and could include trying grand prix movements such as piaffe and passage. Your instructor will tailor the lessons depending on your ability and wishes.

It is compulsory to wear a helmet when riding.

There are a few special programmes which include visiting Lusitano events - if you wish to visit at these times then please contact us for more information:

24 April 2017: Horse Auction at Alter do Chao - there is a typical stallion grading before the famous Alter Real stallions and mares are auctioned.

19-21 May 2017: Expoegua at Golega - a number of competitions including Working Equitation and Dressage as well as showing for mares and foals and lots of displays.

June 2017: International Lusitano Horse Show - the most important Lusitano event in Portugal where stud's compete and show their best progeny as well as competing in dressage and working equitation.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 3
Ability description: All abilities can be catered for, but you should be comfortable in walk, trot and canter in an arena.
Type of ride: Instruction
Total riding time: 1 or 2 hours each day depending on programme
Departure dates: 2017/18:
Dates to suit. Open all year around except 24 December until 1 January.
Pricing: 2017:

Intensive Programme (six nights; two lessons each day; ten lessons in total)
£1086 per person in single room
£980 per person sharing double room

Normal Programme (six nights; one lesson each day; five lessons in total)
£822 per person in single room
£716 per person sharing double room

Non rider: £453 for six nights (sharing with rider)



Short Intensive Programme (three nights; five lessons in total)
£607 per person in single room
£554 per person sharing double room

Short Normal Programme (three nights; three lessons in total)
£501 per person in single room
£448 per person sharing double room

Non rider: £290 for three nights (sharing with rider)

2018:

Intensive Programme (six nights; two lessons each day; ten lessons in total)
£1174 per person in single room
£1068 per person sharing double room

Normal Programme (six nights; one lesson each day; five lessons in total)
£910 per person in single room
£804 per person sharing double room

Non rider: £541 for six nights (sharing with rider)



Short Intensive Programme (three nights; five lessons in total)
£651 per person in single room
£598 per person sharing double room

Short Normal Programme (three nights; three lessons in total)
£545 per person in single room
£492 per person sharing double room

Non rider: £334 for three nights (sharing with rider)