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7 Days Intensive Horse Riding Holiday in Santo Andre Lusitanos, Portugal

Santo André Lusitanos, Quadra de Ensino Santo André Lusitanos A.E., Rua Almirante Gago Coutinho No. 129, Póvoa de Santo Adrião, Odivelas, Lisbon District, Portugal

Portugal Horse Riding Holidays

This riing vacation is open to children and adults from 5 years old and above. Just a few minutes from the center of Lisbon, the facilities are located in the traditional Casal de Santo André, where one may find an atmosphere of enthusiasm and dedication to learn and teach the art of horsemanship. Here, students are able to enjoy the Lusitano horse with the help of highly experienced and dedicated instructors, under the guidance of António Borba Monteiro, Master of the Portuguese Equestrian Art School.

Key Information

  • Rider weight limit: 90 kilograms / 198 pounds
  • Horse Height Range: 1.60 metres / 15.7 hands to 1.71 metres / 16.8 hands
  • Tack type: English and Portuguese
  • Horse breed: Lusitano horses

Meet the instructors

António Borba
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  • 10 private or semi-private lessons
  • Highly experienced and dedicated instructors, under the guidance of Master António Borba Monteiro
  • Included visit to the training of the horses from the famous Portuguese School of Equestrian Art
  • Daily half-board meals with drinks
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


6 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 2 participants
Airport transfer included: Lisbon Portela Airport
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The accommodation is in the cozy cottages on-site. It's a house with kitchenette, a room and a living room.


Day 1

  • Arrival at Santo Andre Lusitanos, a transfer from the airport.
  • Explanation of the program, visit Santo Andre (STAL).

Day 2 to 6

  • Breakfast in the cottage
  • One lesson in the morning and one in the afternoon, as requested. Or 2 lessons in the same period
  • Lunch or dinner (considering the option the client chose for the halfboard).
  • Enjoy the facilities and visit Lisbon.

Day 7

  • Breakfast.
  • Transfer to the airport and departure.

The horses


Studs are the horses which have been the longest with the instructors, 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 Santo André Lusitanos school to get to know their 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 them continue their path.

Riding school horses

These are the horses entrusted to the students to learn. Horses are healthy and full of energy. The rider must learn to be able to ride them; they are not automatons horses. For beginners and children they have the seniors, some with 27 years and more of experience and patience.

The riding school horses are: Conhaque, Belo, Alqueva, Urco, and Espalhafato.

The school

Individual lessons

All students are accepted from beginning level until advanced level. They are split in several categories, depending on the level of experience.

Group lessons

  • First contact of children / beginner with the horse and its surroundings
  • Riding lesson
  • Horse feeding
  • Horse stables and maintenance
  • Horse saddling and cleaning
  • And farming activities like tractor rides around the Quinta or a visit to the vegetable garden, etc..

Being aware of the fact that the horse was not born to be ridden, all equestrian activities represent an increased effort for the animal’s physical and psychological condition. Hence horses require daily care to prevent the animal from suffering a wide range of problems. As the Lusitano horse is very generous, it is easy for one to forget this daily routine and suddenly one may find the horse injured and worn out.


António Borba Monteiro


With its magnificent riding school, the retreat place has an Olympic-size outside arena surrounded by beautiful flowers and an 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



  • Horse riding
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Dining area
  • Garden


  • Tour assistance


You have included in the prices half board meals and drinks. You will be served daily breakfast and lunch or dinner as per your choice. Meals are freshly prepared in the traditional Portuguese way, with fish, seafood, and meat stews in abundance, in a nearby traditional restaurant.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

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

  • 10 horse riding private or semi-private lessons
  • A lesson is about 50 minutes
  • 6 nights half-board accommodation
  • Daily breakfast with drinks
  • Daily lunch or dinner
  • Included visit to the training of the horses from the famous Portuguese School of Equestrian Art (optional)
  • Transfer from and to Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) / farm

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Transfers from and to this airport are included in the package.

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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