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7 Days Horse Riding Lessons 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

Magnificent Riding Horse in Portugal

Come and enjoy the genuine and enchanting academic classic horse riding. Antonio Borba Monteiro, the master of the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art, and his team offer a classical training program to suit the capabilities of the student and the docile nature of the horses! The idea is to create the possibility for any rider to experience the world of the Lusitano including the methods, techniques, traditions, and lifestyle. Enjoy a lifetime experience! The program includes local accommodation, lessons for all levels, and other cultural activities. It will be tailored regarding the preferences of the client.

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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Highlights

  • 5 horse riding lessons
  • Visit to the training of the horses
  • Riding the sport, academic, and elementary levels
  • Transfer from the airport / farm
  • Breakfast and lunch or dinner and drinks
  • 6 nights' lodging

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Portuguese, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 2 participants
Airport transfer included: Lisbon Portela Airport
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Accommodation

The accommodation is in the cozy cottages on-site. It's a house with kitchenette, a room and a living room.

Program

Equestrian approach

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 rise 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.

Horse

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

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 fells at ease with them and lets it continue its path, preferably here with Santo André Lusitanos.

School masters

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.

Itinerary

Day 1

You will arrive at Santo Andre Lusitanos and then enjoy a transfer from Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Also, you'll enjoy the welcome drink and explanation of the program followed by a visit to Santo Andre.

Day 2

You will enjoy breakfast in the cottage. Afterwards, you will receive one lesson in the morning and one in the afternoon, as requested or two lessons in the same period. Next, you will receive lunch or dinner (considering the option that the client chooses for the half board).

Day 3

You will enjoy breakfast followed by a free time to visit the sightscreen.

Day 4 - 6

You will enjoy breakfast in the cottage. Afterwards, you will receive one Lesson in the morning and one in the afternoon, as requested or two lessons in the same period. Next, you will receive lunch or dinner (considering the option that the client chooses for the half board).

Day 7

You will enjoy breakfast and followed by a lesson in the morning. After that, you will enjoy the transfer to Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) and departure.

Instructors

António Borba Monteiro

Location

With its magnificent riding schools, the retreat place has an Olympic size outside arena surrounded by beautiful flowers and inside the arena with a cosy 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

Food

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
  • 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

  • 5 lessons of horse riding for 6 days
  • 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
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast and drinks
  • Lunch or dinner

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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