Santa Barbara Equestrian Center was founded in 1996. They offer a unique experience on horse riding holidays with their lovely Lusitanian horses.

Horse Riding Holidays (1)

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Instructors (2)

Antonio Camacho Soares

Joaquim Batuca

Reviews (1)

Paula Savory

from Great Britain, October 2018

"Great riding experience"

The views you get to experience out on the hacks are amazing on horses that are very well schooled and safe. The accommodation is clean and spacious and Ingrid very welcoming and helpful. Antonio was very friendly and would accomodate your riding needs, very pleased with our trip.

Testimonials (3)

Judy Pyke

Santa Barbara Equestrian Center Facebook page

Just home from a wonderful 4 days with Antonio and his lovely horses. Had a lesson every afternoon after a hack through the beautiful Portuguese countryside in the mornings. Antonio was so knowledgeable about all the local history as well as all things Lusitano. The restaurants that we were taken to were all traditional Portuguese places and the food was delicious. The horses were beautifully schooled, well behaved and most importantly well looked after and cared for. We all had a fabulous time and are already planning our next visit.

Gigi Robertshaw United Kingdom

Santa Barbara Equestrian Center Facebook page

Absolutely AMAZING. Just back and already planning return trip. Horses, hacks, and lessons are second to none. Learned so much from Antonio and the beautiful Balsa. A great way to experience the wonderful local culture as well. Highly recommend!

Susanne Rothstein Sweden

Santa Barbara Equestrian Center Facebook page

This was my best vacation in a long time! The horses are wonderful and Antonio is the best teacher one could wish for! With his help I managed to improve a lot over my stay. I chose to focus on dressage, but also got to enjoy two lovely hacks. One hack went through the rivers into the village. It was amazing!!

The food I ate was so delicious and Antonio and Marisa took me to different places so that I got an opportunity to try different specialties of the region. Ingrid at the hotel was very kind and took great care of me while I was there.

I will come back!