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Horse Riding Training Holiday in Portugal

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Portugal Equestrian welcomes you to this program offering classical dressage and/or show jumping training in Portugal. The standard program can be booked in either dressage or show jumping. The show jumping clinic will alternate flatwork and jumping tuition. If you prefer, Portugal Equestrian can also offer a combination of both dressage and jumping. Ready to upgrade your riding skills?

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 210 pounds / 95 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 16.2 to 17 hands
  • Tack Type: English tack
  • Horse Breed: Lusitano, Dutch, French, and German warmbloods

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Highlights

  • 5 days of horse riding, 2 riding lessons per day
  • Suitable program for intermediate and advanced riders
  • Classical dressage, show jumping, working equitation, or combined training
  • High-performance English-speaking instructors
  • 2 riders per lesson to ensure you receive the highest level of tuition
  • Dressage horses up to Prix St. Georges Level and show jumping horses up to 1.35m
  • 6 nights accommodation with daily lunches on riding days, snacks, and drinks
  • Transportation between the equestrian center and the accommodation provided

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
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Accommodation

This resort in Esposende faces the Cávado River and is 200 meters from the Atlantic Ocean. It offers an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, and a gym. Wi-Fi and free parking is available. The restaurant reveals a spectacular panoramic view over the beach and the Atlantic Ocean, where one can taste regional Portuguese cuisine.

Program

Daily itinerary

Transfers on the first day will leave from the meeting point of Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO). You will visit the center's facilities on the first day and after that, you will have time to settle into your hotel and relax. On the second day in the morning, you will begin your five-day program.

This program offers a five-day clinic that includes 10 lessons. This will be two lessons per day, generally given in the morning, allowing you to have your afternoons free. There will be a maximum of two riders per lesson so they can ensure you receive the highest level of tuition. Each day, there will be time to discuss your progress and you may choose to change your instructor and intensity of the lesson at any time. You can also exchange lessons for trail rides if you wish.

Horses

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 show jumping. For dressage, they mainly offer lessons on beautiful Lusitano horses educated up to St George 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 tacks.

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 the guests during an initial one-on-one session, where you discuss your previous experiences, as well as your goals for your stay with Portugal Equestrian to find the perfect horse for you.

Portugal Equestrian

Portugal Equestrian offers top-quality equestrian training holidays to riders at all levels. Boosting two riding centers located outside the picturesque town of Esposende in the northwest of Portugal, they house over 90 horses and have some of the best facilities in Portugal. Whether interested in improving your dressage or show jumping skills through their professional clinics or want to experience this breathtaking part of the country on horseback, Portugal Equestrian caters to your every need.

Portugal Equestrian ensures high-quality training through a highly professional international team. Thanks to their ideal geographical position, they also offer some of the most spectacular trail rides in the country, either along the beaches of the stunning Atlantic coastline or through the magnificent Gerês National Park. Portugal Equestrian truly offers the complete equestrian experience.

Instructors

João Barros

Antonio Portela Carneiro

Silvio Teixeira

Miguel Santos

Anna Lindberg

Mia Skrede

Location

The holiday will take place in Fão, Cávado, Portugal. The hotel is only three minutes from the equestrian center of Esposende located in a pine forest with a relaxed and cozy atmosphere. Portugal Equestrian provides transport for this at any time. On the other hand, the north of Portugal has a huge variety of leisure and cultural offerings that combined with the hospitable spirit and excellent gastronomy guarantee an unforgettable vacation.

Esposende

Esposende, like many small towns in Portugal, has a long and ancient history. There is much archaeological evidence of this time - from the 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 cafes offering good food and live music, it's easy to find something to do in the evenings.

Portugal Equestrian

Portugal Equestrian is happy to offer you some of the best facilities in Portugal. Their two riding centers are both owned and managed by the Barros family who, with their extensive experience at the top level of the sport, have created facilities to accommodate riders at all levels. Being a reference riding center for the north of Portugal, they are proud to have some of the best riders in the country choosing Portugal equestrian as their base, giving their equestrian holidays just that extra touch of professionalism.

  • Four indoor arenas
  • Offices
  • Three outdoor arenas
  • Bar and restaurants
  • Horse walker
  • Circuit for horse and carriage rides
  • Paddocks
  • Residencial area
  • Tack shop
  • Recreation areas

Distances

  • Equestrian center of Esposende - 3 minutes

Food

You will be served lunches on the riding days as well as morning snacks and soft drinks included in the price. All meals include a dish of selected regional cuisine and a specially selected Douro wine.

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

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)

Portugal Equestrian is also happy to organize any extra sports or cultural activities you may wish to do:

  • Additional lesson: 80 EUR per riding lesson
  • Boat trip
  • Canyoning
  • Cellars visit
  • Kitesurfing
  • Port wine tasting
  • Private lessons upgrade: 30 EUR per riding lesson
  • Riverside walking
  • Wine tasting

What's included

  • Daily 2 riding lessons
  • Classical dressage, show jumping, or combined training
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Lunches on riding days
  • Morning snacks and soft drinks
  • Transfers between the hotel and the center
  • A high-performance English-speaking guide
  • Use of horse equipment
  • Program supervisor
  • Individual locker
  • Wi-Fi

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Extra nights at the hotel
  • Translator
  • Babysitting
  • Extra activities

How to get there

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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.

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Pricing information

The price for riders under 11 years old is 150 EUR less than the price for adults.

     
    Availability

    This vacation is available all year round but it is preferable that the day of arrival be Sunday and begin instruction on Monday. Please select an arrival date below.

     

    Low season
    • November to March

     

    Mid season
    • April, May, September, October
     
    High season
    • June, July, August

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