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Portugal Equestrian, Portugal





Reviews



Very good holiday which was exactly as I would have expected. The training was excellent and the horses were well looked after. The place was well run and the people were all lovely. I was picked up every day and dropped back to my hotel so no worries about travel. It could not have been any better organized.

Sarah C. (June 2019)
 

Horses



Type of horses:

Lusitano for dressage and Portguese, Dutch, French and German Warmbloods for Show-Jumping.

Nature of horses:

Well schooled and responsive

Height of horses:

15.2 - 16.2hh

Weight limit:

95kg

Tack type:

English

 

Travel Advice



Please ensure you read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before you travel.
 

Ride Description

Portugal Equestrian is a professional equestrian set-up offering top quality training in show jumping, dressage and working equitation in addition to some relaxing trail rides. Started by two brothers, Bruno and Joao, Portugal Equestrian has grown to comprise two riding centres, housing over 90 horses, and an international team of instructors, but has maintained its friendly, personal and welcoming feel. The stables are located outside the picturesque town of Esposende in the north-west of Portugal, meaning that guests have access to both the incredible riding facilities but also the beautiful beaches of the Atlantic coastline. They are positioned just 25 minutes from Porto so the airport transfer time is minimal and you are close enough to make an afternoon visit to this vibrant city.

The primary yard is home to a range of jumping and dressage horses with something to suit different levels of rider - whilst they have mounts for accomplished, competitive riders they also have superb horses for amateurs or those who are perhaps lacking confidence in their abilities. There are magnificent Lusitanos available for dressage tuition and a range of breeds available for jumping, including warmblood types and even some Irish bred horses. The horses are fit and well-schooled but are also cared for to a high standard, including receiving daily turnout. In addition to tuition, Portugal Equestrian can offer three lovely trail options - one to the beach, one through the vineyards and organic farm surrounding their second yard and one into the stunning Gerês National Park. Whilst the lessons are the star of the show, the trails are the perfect way to relax in the saddle and to see a little more of this scenic country.

Guests are generally accommodated in a nearby 4* hotel, approximately five minutes away by car, and your hosts collect you after breakfast. Lessons are given during the morning, with drinks and snacks provided at the yard, and then you are taken out for a delicious lunch in one of the typical local restaurants. The afternoons are free for you to visit the beach, to go exploring or perhaps to book an extra lesson as many riders do. Evening meals are not included so you can dine out at your leisure or choose to eat in your hotel if you prefer not to head out. The team can also organise a range of excursions and activities for you, everything from guided tours of Porto to a boat ride on the Douro River, wine-tasting or even scuba diving or paintballing!

Team member Holly visited Portugal Equestrian in 2019 and would be happy to tell you more about it.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

You stay at the 4* Ofir Beach Resort Hotel which is only 3 minutes from the equestrian centre (transfers are provided each day). The hotel is situated between the ocean and the Cavado River and has direct access to a long sandy beach. There are 191 modern rooms with private bathrooms and balconie.

The restaurant has a panoramic view over the beach and Atlantic ocean and offers tasty regional Portuguese cuisine. There is also a Garden Bar with spacious outdoor seating facing the lawns and decorative gardens.

You will be on a half board basis, so breakfast and lunch are included but dinner is to your own account.

Breakfast will always be taken at the hotel where you can select from the continental buffet.

Mid-morning snacks are provided at the riding centre in case you get peckish between lessons.

Lunch is sometimes at the hotel but more often in local restaurants so that you can sample local dishes such as bacalhau, arroz de pato, piccanha etc.

Drinks are included with meals.

Your evening meal and drinks are to your own account, so you can choose to eat wherever you wish.

 

Activities

Non-riders are welcome and there are many activities on offer in the local area, besides just relaxing and using the hotel facilities/beach.

The city of Porto is an interesting visit, as is the local town of Esposende.

Just to the north of Esposende is the natural paro of the north coast which is famous for its wetland areas and coastal sand dunes - during the migration period in spring/autumn this is a prime spot for bird watchers.

You can also book kite surfing, canyoning, wine tours and boat trips.

 

Further Details

Languages: English, Portuguese, some Swedish and Norwegian.

Health requirements: General good health

Age limit: No specific age limit - there are some smaller horses for children.

Tuition: Yes

Included: Half board accommodation, riding as per programme, airport transfers

Not included: Flights, dinner, drinks, insurance

 

Travel Information

There are plenty of low-cost airlines flying into Oporto from regional airports across Europe. The airport is approximately 30 minutes from the equestrian centre and hotel so you may wish to hire a car in order to explore the area.

Alternatively, we can offer an airport transfers service at a small additional cost which is paid locally on arrival. Transfer costs are per car, dependent on the number of passengers, and include travel in both directions.

1 pax: 35€ (EUR)
2 pax: 40€ (EUR)
3 pax: 45€ (EUR)
4 pax: 50€ (EUR)
5 pax: 55€ (EUR)
6 pax: 60€ (EUR)

**Please note that there is a surcharge of 5€ (EUR) for transfers required before 8 am and after 8 pm each day.

Airport: Oporto Airport

 

Programmes


Short Break



This shorter version of our training and trail riding programmes is ideally suited for those who want to escape for just a weekend or midweek trip - if coming for a weekend then it should be Thursday to Sunday. The programme includes 3 nights of accommodation. 

You can choose from the following riding options;

Dressage training - including 5 lessons

Showjumping training - including 5 lessons

Trail riding - including 2 lessons and 2 trail rides.

The programme can be tailored to suit all levels of rider.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 6
Ability description: All abilities of rider can be accommodated. Those with prior knowledge of dressage or showjumping will benefit most from the training package.
Type of ride: Tuition and trails
Total riding time: 5 lessons; or 2 lessons and 2 trails
Departure dates: 2020: Flexible dates, available to suit, but stays over weekends should be Thursday to Sunday.
 
Pricing: 2020:

High season (June, July & August): 807 per person, sharing
Standard season: 766 per person, sharing

Non-rider:
High season (June, July & August): 311 per person, sharing
Standard season: 270 per person, sharing

Single room supplement: 68

Riding package includes 3 nights accommodation, half board meals (breakfast and lunch) and 5 lessons (choose your discipline) OR 2 lessons and 2 trails.

Extra lessons: 54 per lesson (when available)
Upgrade to Private lessons: 27 per lesson

Discounts available for groups of 6+ riders, children aged under 14 or for riders booking a return trip

Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.



Dressage Training Week



Classical Dressage lessons are on highly-trained Lusitano horses up to Prix St Georges level, with only two riders in each group. Lessons last c. 45 mins - 1 hour.

There is no riding on the first day but you are free to relax at your hotel. On the second morning you will be collected from the hotel and transferred to the riding centre. Lessons are usually scheduled for the morning so that you have the afternoon free to enjoy the hotel or beach or to add extra activities.

Each day there is time to discuss you progress and you can choose to change your instructor and intensity of the lessons if you wish. You can also swap lessons for a trail ride if you prefer.

* The package includes 10 lessons as standard (2 per day) but additional lessons may be arranged depending on availability.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 6
Ability description: Intermediate to Advanced riders - some knowledge of dressage would be useful.
Type of ride: Tuition
Total riding time: 7 days/ 6 nights / 5 riding days
Departure dates: 2020: Flexible dates, available to suit.
 
Pricing: 2020:

High season (June, July & August): 1388 per person, sharing
Standard season: 1307 per person, sharing

Non-rider:
High season (June, July & August): 712 per person, sharing
Standard season: 631 per person, sharing

Single room supplement: 135

Riding package includes 6 nights accommodation, half board meals (breakfast and lunch) and 10 lessons.

Extra lessons: 54 per lesson (when available)
Upgrade to Private lessons: 27 per lesson

Discounts available for groups of 6+ riders or for riders booking a return trip

Children under 14 years of age benefit from a discount of 135 per week.

Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.



Show Jumping Training Week



Show Jumping lessons are on Dutch, Portuguese, French or German Warmbloods who are jumping heights up to 1.35m. You will have a combination of flatwork and jumping tuition so can ask to ride one of the classically trained Lusitanos for a dressage lesson when you are scheduled for flatwork, if you wish. There are only ever two riders in each group and lessons last 45 mins - 1 hour.

There is no riding on the first day but you are free to relax at your hotel. On the second morning you will be collected from the hotel and transferred to the riding centre. Lessons are usually scheduled for the morning so that you have the afternoon free to enjoy the hotel or beach or to add extra activities.

Each day there is time to discuss you progress and you can choose to change your instructor and intensity of the lessons if you wish. You can also swap lessons for a trail ride if you prefer.

* The package includes 10 lessons as standard (2 per day) but additional lessons may be arranged depending on availability.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 6
Ability description: Intermediate to Advanced riders. Some jumping experience would be an advantage.
Type of ride: Tuition
Total riding time: 7 days / 6 nights / 5 riding days
Departure dates: 2020: Flexible dates, available to suit.
 
Pricing: 2020:

High season (June, July & August): 1388 per person, sharing
Standard season: 1307 per person, sharing

Non-rider:
High season (June, July & August): 712 per person, sharing
Standard season: 631 per person, sharing

Single room supplement: 135

Riding package includes 6 nights accommodation, half board meals (breakfast and lunch) and 10 lessons.

Extra lessons: 54 per lesson (when available)
Upgrade to Private lessons: 27 per lesson

Discounts available for groups of 6+ riders or for riders booking a return trip

Children under 14 years of age benefit from a discount of 135 per week.

Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.



Intensive Training Programme (12 nights)



This intensive training package is aimed at those who enjoy competing and want to spend a fortnight focusing on their riding. Over ten riding days you will have 20 lessons and can choose to concentrate on Classical Dressage or Show Jumping. The Show Jumping package will include some flatwork lessons as well.

As with the week long programmes, there is no riding on arrival day and you will have 2 lessons each following day. In the middle of your stay there is the option to participate in a competition but this is not obligatory - you can choose to watch and enjoy the atmosphere of the competition if you prefer. Competitions are at extra cost depending on which classes you choose to join.

Lessons are generally in the morning so that you have the afternoons free to relax or explore the area. Each lesson is limited to two riders and lasts c. 45 mins - 1 hour.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 6
Ability description: Intermediate to Advanced Riders with previous experience of dressage or show jumping.
Type of ride: Tuition
Total riding time: 13 days / 12 nights / 10 days of riding
Departure dates: 2020: Flexible - please contact us with your wishes and preferred month so we can advise you on the competition schedules.
 
Pricing: 2020:

High season (June, July & August): 2732 per person, sharing
Standard season: 2569 per person, sharing

Non-rider:
High season (June, July & August): 1424 per person, sharing
Standard season: 1262 per person, sharing

Single room supplement: 270

Riding package includes 12 nights accommodation, half board meals (breakfast and lunch) and 20 lessons over ten days (approx. 2 per day).

Extra lessons: 54 per lesson (when available)
Upgrade to Private lessons: 27 per lesson

Discounts available for groups of 6+ riders or for riders booking a return trip

Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.



Relaxed Programme



A combination of lessons and relaxed, scenic trail rides. During the week you will have 5 lessons of c. 45 mins - 1 hour duration, and 3 trail rides, each of approx 1.5 - 2 hours. 

Trail rides include a beach ride along the Atlantic Coast, a vineyard trail with a wine tasting and a breathtakingly scenic trail through Geres national park.

Trail groups will be divided so that advanced riders can enjoy a faster pace where possible, whilst more novice riders can take things steadier.

There are smaller, calm horses available for younger guests. These horses have lots of experience working with young children, so this can be a great option for family groups as well. 



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 12
Ability description: All abilities of rider can be accommodated
Type of ride: Tuition and Trails
Total riding time: 7 days / 6 nights / 5 riding days
Departure dates: 2020: Flexible dates, available to suit.
 
Pricing: 2020:

High season (June, July & August): 1388 per person, sharing
Standard season: 1307 per person, sharing

Non-rider:
High season (June, July & August): 712 per person, sharing
Standard season: 631 per person, sharing

Single room supplement: 135

Riding package includes 6 nights accommodation, half board meals (breakfast and lunch), 5 lessons and 3 trail rides.

Extra lessons: 54 per lesson (when available)
Upgrade to Private lessons: 27 per lesson

Discounts available for groups of 6+ riders or for riders booking a return trip

Children under 14 years of age benefit from a discount of 135 per week.

Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.