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Classical Dressage or Show Jumping in Portugal

Enjoy this Gold Program for riders which can be booked in classical dressage or show jumping. The show jumping clinic will alternate flatwork and jumping tuition. If you prefer, Portugal Equestrian can offer a combination of both dressage and jumping. You will visit the centre facilities on the first day and after you will have time to settle into your hotel and relax. The second day in the morning you will begin your five-day training programme. The centre is only three minutes by car from the hotel and they provide transport for this at any time.

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 210 pounds / 95 kilograms
  • Tack Type: English Tack
  • Horse height range: 1.65 m to 1.73 m
  • Horse Breed: Lusitano, Dutch, French, and German warmbloods

Meet the instructors

João, Antonio, Silvio, & 4 More…
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  • 2 lessons per day
  • 5 days of horse riding
  • Show Jumping up to 1.35m
  • Intermediate and advanced levels
  • Dressage Horses up to Prix St. Georges Level
  • Classical Dressage, Show Jumping or combined training
  • The service of high-performance English-speaking instructors
  • Pick up from / drop off at the airport and transfers to / from hotel
  • Morning snacks and soft drinks and dinner
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


5 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.


The Gold Programme 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 Portugal Equestrian 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 the intensity of the lesson at any time. You can also exchange lessons for trail rides if you wish. An insurance against personal accidents is also included in the price of the program. You can, of course, start your program on any day of the week, according to availability. Portugal Equestrian is also happy to organise any extra sport or cultural activities you may wish to do. Check the extra activities. Transfers on the first-day leave from Oporto airport’s “meeting point”. All meals include a dish of selected regional cuisine and a specially selected Douro wine.


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 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 the guests during an 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, its easy to find something to do in the evenings.


The hotel is only three minutes from the equestrian centre 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 centre of Esposende - 3 minutes

Things to do (optional)

  • Boat trip
  • Canyoning
  • Cellars visit
  • Kitesurfing
  • Port wine tasting
  • Riverside walking
  • Wine tasting

What's included

  • 5 days of riding (2 lessons per day)
  • Classical Dressage, Show Jumping, or combined training
  • The service of a high-performance English speaking guide
  • Programme from intermediate to advanced riders
  • The use of horse equipment
  • Programme supervisor
  • Individual locker
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Half-board
  • Morning snacks and soft drinks
  • 6 nights' accommodation

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
7 days / 6 nights
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Special discounts
  • There is an overall discount of 500 EUR for a group of six riders
  • Riders who book for more than one program in the same year will get 100 EUR off
  • Riders who book consecutive years (from the second year on) will get 100 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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