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If you want to learn dressage or working equitation technique with all of its details, this horse riding holiday is for you. At the Lusitanos Riding Centre, you can enjoy all the Portuguese equestrian art and technique and perform some of the toughest exercises on the magnificent Lusitano horseback, the ideal horse for every rider. This holiday will be one of your unforgettable moments as Lusitanos Riding Centre dedicates much of their efforts to ensure your satisfaction as their foremost aim.
The lessons given in the schoolmaster horses are one hour long and maximum two riders per lesson. Lusitanos Riding Centre offers riding lessons, giving you the opportunity to ride a fully trained Lusitano. No previous experience in dressage is necessary. The riding center offers lessons on very well-schooled horses suitable for novice up to experienced riders.
The normal program has one lesson per day. You can choose the disciplines for your program, including dressage lessons (all the year) or working equitation lessons (spring / summer). After that, you can choose what you want to do the rest of the day; simply rest and enjoy the quiet farm and swimming pool, visit the area around (Lisboa, Sintra, or Cascais - if you want an additional touristic tour, Lusitanos Riding Centre has their driver available (payable locally)), or visit the typical wineries and taste the Portuguese wine.
The dressage program consists of lessons where various types of exercises are performed from the simplest to the most complex, focusing on the evolution of the riders and building their ability up. All of the horses are purebred Lusitanos and are trained up to execute the most difficult exercises of the Grand Prix.
In order to make the most of the lessons, the riders should already be comfortable in a walk, trot, and canter. However, if you feel you have a lack of experience and practice, visit Lusitanos Riding Centre and learn with the magnificent horses.
The riding instructor is highly experienced. He taught for many years at a well-known horse riding center which is referred to in the Equestrian Tourism of Portugal. He is now collaborating exclusively with the Lusitano Riding Centre.
Lessons take place in the indoor arena with natural lighting and background music. There is a maximum of two riders per lesson, thus enabling you to fully focus on each detail and provides a high-quality teaching.
The working equitation program at Lusitanos Riding Centre was developed initially by João Batalha at Escola de Equitação de Alcainça. Currently, João Batalha coordinates this programme at Lusitanos Riding Centre, where you can enjoy the experience of riding a Lusitano horse and can do all obstacles of a working equitation track.
João Batalha has an experience in working equitation and Portuguese equitation. He competes at national level. During the program, you have the opportunity to ride with the Portuguese saddle and learn more about how to prepare the horses for competition.
The working equitation program starts on first days with dressage lessons after Lusitanos Riding Centre introduces the obstacles track depending on the evolution and level of the rider during the week. There is a maximum of two riders per lesson, thus enabling you to fully focus on each detail and provides a high-quality teaching.
At Lusitanos Riding Centre, as you ride Lusitano horses for dressage and working equitation, the horses are very well-trained in these two disciplines. You will have the opportunity to learn all the Grand Prix exercises on the Lusitano horses.
João Batalha has been teaching for more than 10 years in Portugal and other countries in Europe. After several years teaching in one of the most renowned school and riding holidays center in Portugal, he now shares his time between teaching exclusively at Lusitanos Riding Centre and competing at national level in Portuguese Equitation and Working Equitation.
Aperitif, meat dish or fish of typical Portuguese, coffee or tea, water, and juice are included in lunch and dinner, with one bottle of wine (wine of the area) for two persons per meal. Additional alcoholic and soft beverages are paid separately. Water, cookies, and seasonal fruits are always available in the dining room.
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