The aristocratic Lusitano horses of Portugal are renowned world wide for their ability, good temperament and beauty and are the oldest breed of saddle horses in the world. At our historic manor house in central Portugal we offer you the opportunity to ride and learn more about these stunning horses in their traditional heartland.
The manor dates from the 15th and 16th century and is close to Golega which is known as the Portuguese Capital of the Horse and is famous for its Lusitano studs and the annual week-long Festival of the Horse. Lusitano horses are an integral part of the culture of this region and our equestrian centre honours this tradition with quality riding and dressage lessons, beautiful country rides and charming onsite accommodation with every comfort for humans and horses!
Countryside Trail Rides
The equestrian centre is very well placed for trail rides with a variety of beautiful and interesting landscapes for you to explore from the vast, unspoilt plains to the tranquil river estuary and traditional, little Portuguese villages. The passage down the River Tagus is the highlight of the tour- not only is it particularly picturesque but on horseback we can reach many parts that would otherwise be unaccessible so adventure and discovery are combined! Trail rides are suitable for experienced riders only and will be preceded by a short lesson for you to get to know your horse.
Riding Lessons and Courses
Riding lessons are available at all levels from beginners to more advanced riders and both children and adults are welcome. Lusitano horses are famous for their quiet, responsive temperaments so lessons on a Lusitano are a delight and experienced and qualified instructors will ensure you get the most out of your time here.
Lusitano Riding Holidays
We currently offer two standard riding holidays. During these holidays you can choose to go on trail rides, have riding lessons or a mixture of the two. Complete beginners are welcome as well as regular riders. In addition to these holidays we can tailor make a package for you so please ask if you’d like to stay for a different time period. Non-riders are also welcome.
Lusitano Horse Riding Weekend The perfect weekend getaway for horse lovers. Arriving Friday evening the package includes two nights full board accommodation and four riding lessons or trail rides. You will also have the opportunity to visit a Lusitano horse stud or the Equuspolis cultural centre in Golegã. Transfers from Lisbon or Oporto airports are not included but can be arranged if required.
Lusitano Horse Riding Week This package has been designed for those looking to immerse themselves in the world of the Lusitano horse and the culture and landscapes of the Ribatejo region. To fully appreciate the Lusitano horse you need to get to know the breed, learn his ways and let him show you the diversity and beauty of his homeland. Riders of all levels are welcome and there will be a choice of two riding activities a day- either trail rides or lessons which will be tailored to your requirements. Experienced riders may choose between general lessons and specialities such as dressage or show jumping. You’ll be assured of a friendly welcome and at the end of each day you can relax in the comfortable surroundings of this ancient manor house and indulge in the local gastronomy and wines!
These weeks may be enjoyed in a group, family or alone and groups of mixed abilities or of riders and non-riders are welcome. You may also bring your own horse. The Lusitano horse riding weekly package includes: full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch and dinner), two riding lessons or trail rides per day and a visit to a local Lusitano horse stud and the Equuspolis cultural centre. Transfers from Lisbon or Oporto airports are not included but can be arranged.
The manor house.
We also offer livery and training for your own horse and sometimes have Lusitano horses and equipment for sale.
Please use the form below to contact us for more information on our Golega horse riding holidays, lessons or day trips: