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Horse Riding Training in Portugal

For those of you who enjoy competing, Portugal Equestrian offers you this amazing horse riding competition program! During this program, you will be guided by professional instructors in improving your horse riding skills in a world-class facility. More than that, if you feel confident, you can test your horse riding skill in the competition that will be held in the middle of your stay. This is the ideal holiday for those who want to improve their horse riding skill!

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 210 pounds / 95 kilograms
  • Tack Type: English Tack
  • Horse Breed: Lusitano, Dutch, French, and German warmbloods

Meet the instructors

João, Antonio, Silvio, & 4 More…
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  • 2 to 3 horse riding lessons per day
  • Show Jumping Horses up to 1.35m
  • A chance to join a horse riding competition
  • Dressage Horses up to Prix St. Georges Level
  • Classical Dressage, Show Jumping or combined training
  • High-performance English speaking instructors
  • Morning snacks and soft drinks
  • 12 nights of accommodation
  • Airport pick up / drop off

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


10 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Portuguese
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  • Gym
  • Health Club
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis court
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • ATM / banking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Conference room
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access

During this holiday, you will be staying at the beautiful Axis Ofir Beach Resort Hotel which is located right on the beach.


This program includes 20 lessons over 10 days with the option to participate in a competition, held during the middle of your stay. Participation in the event is entirely optional and you may wish only to observe and enjoy the atmosphere of the competition, the decision will be yours to make. Upon your arrival, you will be given a small introduction to the center and you will have time to relax and enjoy the hotel and its surroundings.

You will enjoy lessons, generally taken in the mornings, giving you the afternoon free. There is a maximum of two riders per lesson.


Portugal Equestrian is home to more than 90 horses, combining their own and private livery. The welfare of the horses is paramount and the overall main priority. Portugal Equestrian has a wide selection of horses available for both dressage and shows jumping. For dressage, they mainly offer lessons on beautiful Lusitano horses up to Prix St. Georges Level, and in the jumping, they use a variety of Portuguese, Dutch, French, and German warmbloods jumping up to 1.35-meter level. All of the horses are ridden with English Tack.

To guarantee your satisfaction during your stay with Portugal Equestrian, it is key to match the right rider with the right horse. Horses and riders will be matched based on information obtained from you during the initial one-on-one session where you together discuss your previous experiences as well as your goals for your stay with Portugal Equestrian to find the perfect horse for you.


João Barros

Antonio Portela Carneiro

Silvio Teixeira

Miguel Santos

Anna Lindberg

Mia Skrede

David Ferreira



Esposende, like many small towns in Portugal, has a long and ancient history. There is much archaeological evidence of this time - from stone age through to the Roman occupation, although you might not see very much today. The town has been important as it is strategically situated between Oporto to the south and Vigo, in Spain, to the north. Esposende has a long maritime tradition and people from Esposende were amongst the first to cross the Atlantic to Brazil and return to Portugal as "Brazileiros de torna viagem" - literally meaning, Brazilians make the trip.

Nowadays, you are more likely to find and enjoy the various small town squares with their cafes and the stunning sandy beaches, which have long been appreciated by Portuguese holiday-makers and today are being increasingly appreciated by foreign tourists. To the north of the town is the nature reserve - The Natural Park of the North Coast - a large area covering some 1,200 hectares and famous for its wetland areas and beautiful coastal sand dunes.

It was the need to protect these magnificent sand dunes, that led to the creation of the protected area you see today. During the migration period of spring and autumn, this becomes a prime spot for bird watching. Further inland, lush pine forests surround the town. Esposende offers a wealth of activities and culture all year round for non-riding partners and families with many traditional restaurants famous for their seafood, bars, and cafe's offering good food and live music. It's easy to find something to do in the evenings.


The hotel is only three minutes from the equestrian center of Esposende, inserted in a pine forest with a relaxed and cozy atmosphere. On the other hand, the north of Portugal has a huge variety of leisure and cultural offerings that combined with the hospitable spirit and the excellent gastronomy guarantee an unforgettable vacation.


  • Equestrian center of Esposende - 3 minutes

Things to do (optional)

  • Boat Trip
  • Canyoning
  • Cellars Visit
  • Kitesurfing
  • Port Wine Tasting
  • Riverside Walking
  • Wine tasting

What's included

  • 10 days of horse riding (20 riding lessons)
  • Classical dressage, show jumping, or combined training sessions
  • High-performance instructors' service (English speaking)
  • Individual locker
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Horse equipment
  • Supervisor program's service
  • Half-board accommodation (12 night's hotel stay, breakfast, mid-morning snack and lunch)

What's not included

  • Airport transfer

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

Value for money
Accommodation & facilities
Quality of activity
12 days / 11 nights
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Special discounts
  • There is an overall discount of 1,000 EUR for a group of six riders
  • Riders who book for more than one program in the same year will get 200 EUR off (applicable for the second year)
  • Riders who book consecutive years (from the second year on) will get 200 EUR off
  • Riders who book consecutive years and additionally, more than one program in the same year (applicable for the second year), will get 200 EUR off

Please note that the special discounts above are not applicable to non-riders.

Pricing information

Upgrade to the private lesson will be charged 30 EUR  per riding lesson. While for the additional lesson will be charged 70 EUR  per riding lesson.

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