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7 Days Normal Dressage Programme (5 Lessons) Horse Riding Holiday in Portugal

Memorable Horse Riding Holiday Portugal

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.

Key information

  • Horse Breed: Lusitano horse

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  • 1 daily dressage lesson
  • Approximate daily riding time: 1 hour
  • Highly experienced horse riding instructor
  • Water, cookies, and seasonal fruits
  • 1 bottle of local wine for 2 persons
  • Traditional Portuguese meals
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Use of swimming pool

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Portuguese, English
Airport transfer available:
Lisbon Portela Airport (US$62 per person)
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  • Horse riding
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Patio


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.

Working equitation

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.

The horses

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




  • Horse riding
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Wine tasting


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Patio


  • Free Wi-Fi


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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • A visit to the beautiful Santa Cruz beach
  • Portuguese wine tasting
  • Visits to some tourist areas

What's included

  • 5 dressage / working equitation lessons
  • Highly experienced instructor
  • Traditional Portuguese breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Wine (1 bottle per 2 persons, per meal)
  • Water, cookies, and seasonal fruits
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Access to swimming pool

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Touristic tours
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.

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Extra beds can be added to rooms on request at an additional cost of 10 EUR per night.

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