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Exciting Horse Riding Holiday Portugal

Just a few minutes from the center of Lisbon, the facilities are located in the tradition-ridden Casal de Santo André (stables) in Portugal! where one finds an atmosphere of enthusiasm and dedication to learn and teach the Art of Horsemanship. In a family and cozy environment, students are able to enjoy the Lusitano Horse taught by highly experienced and dedicated instructors, under the guidance of António Borba Monteiro, a disciple of Guilherme Borba, both of whom are Masters at the Portuguese Equestrian Art School.

Key Information

  • Rider weight limit: 90 kg
  • Horse Height Range: 1.60 metres / 15.7 hands to 1.71 metres / 16.8 hands
  • Tack type: English and Portuguese
  • Horse breed: Lusitano's

Meet the instructors

António Borba
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  • 3 exciting horse riding lessons
  • Professional and dedicated instructor
  • Delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Portuguese, Spanish
Airport transfer included: Lisbon Portela Airport
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The accommodation is in the cozy cottages on-site. It's a house with a kitchenette, a room, and a living room.



Elementary level

First contact and safety while riding the main concern is to allow riders to keep the passion. Little by little, Santo André Lusitanos allows them to feel all the greatness and respect for horses. The evolution of teaching, overcoming fear and insecurity, through knowledge, will, and training, as recommended by D. Duarte, king of Portugal, the founder of the Portuguese Equestrian Art in his riding manual “Livro da Ensinança de Bem Cavalgar Toda a Sela” dated 1435, a true masterpiece of psychology and equestrian pedagogy.

Academic level

Academic level refers to the riding lessons, in classic style, accordingly to the training program of the Portuguese Equestrian School, based on the work of Manoel Carlos de Andrade. The objective is to allow the rider to feel the true nature and enthusiasm of his horse when he performs the “Ares - “ genetic expression that arises spontaneously and in harmony with the rider”.

Sports level

Sports level refers to the introduction to Dressage. It is the definition of the basic movements and posture correction for better scoring.


The horses are Lusitanos registered in the stud book. These are the horses which Santo André Lusitanos chooses for all activities and clients. The sale of horses at STAL is not an end in itself but is instead one more stage in the selection process. Finding the appropriate client or rider is not only guarantees longevity but also the horses’ brand.


Studs are the horses which have been the longest with Santo André Lusitanos, in other words, their respective selection period extended to the point of reaching the top of the scale selection based on the training. It is a never-ending process, which enables you to get to know the horses in great depth and hence provide the clients with guarantees in terms of breeding and acquisition of their respective offspring.

Young horses / under training

The horses under training are those which, regardless of their age and training program, are still looking for their vocation, Dressage horses, riding school horses, horseback riding horses, Equestrian Art Horses for children and adults. The most important thing for these animals is that they find an owner or rider who feels at ease with them and lets it continue its path, preferably here with Santo André Lusitanos.


The horses whom Santo André Lusitanos entrusts the students to learn. Horses are healthy and full of energy and health. The rider must learn to be able to ride them. They are not automatons. For starters and children, they have the seniors, some with 27 years and a lot of experience and patience.


António Borba Monteiro


With its magnificent riding schools, the retreat place has an Olympic size outside arena surrounded by beautiful flowers and inside the arena with a cozy viewing stand. The retreat is near the heart of Lisbon (a small farm with a strategic location) and is about 10 minutes driving from Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Also, in 20 minutes, it is possible to visit the beautiful views and beaches of Cascais and Sintra, the closest UNESCO World Heritage Site. Santo André Lusitanos can easily promote visits to the countryside where they breed and produce the Lusitanos, wine, bulls, olive oil, and cork.

Nearby places

  • Cascais and Sintra - 20 minutes
  • Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) - 10 minutes by car


Meals are freshly prepared in the traditional Portuguese way, with fish, seafood, and meat stews in abundance, in a nearby traditional restaurant.

Breakfast includes food such as bread, butter, jam, ham, cheese, milk, coffee, chocolate, eggs, and fruit. Santo Andre Lusitanos normally inquire their costumers about their preferences.

Lunch or dinner is in a nearby traditional restaurant. The restaurant has fresh meat, fish, vegetables and typical Portuguese dishes and grilled. The restaurant can also supply vegetarian food. Around stables, there are different chops and supermarkets.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

What's included

  • 3 horse riding lessons
  • Saturday: 2 private lessons: one in the morning and one in the afternoon (50 min each)
  • Sunday: 1 private lesson (50 min) , free program in the afternoon
  • Breakfast and lunch or dinner
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

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Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport Airport transfer included: Lisbon Portela Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 45% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 3 days before arrival.
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This holiday is available from January to December 2020, with arrival on Friday.

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