Portugal, Algarve - Dressage - NEW
The location of this dressage center is optimal and gives a cozy summer holiday feeling all year round. Thirty acres of horse farm with beautiful views of rolling meadows and walking / biking distance to the beautiful coastal city Lagos with its rich selection of restaurants and shops. In addition, with the same short distance to a golden yellow sandy beach. In summer it is intended for swimming but from October to April magical beach gallops are on the schedule.
Tana moved from Berlin with her children to fulfill her dream of running a dressage center in a warmer place. The startup included visiting breeders to find good horses. At one of the stud farms she also found love, so now Tana and Paulo are building the business together. The horses are lusitanos, mainly geldings but also a couple of stallions. The horses are ridden on a snaffle, are between five and fifteen years old and several of them can do movements such as piaff and passage. For Tana it is very important that all horses can spend time in a pasutre on a daily basis. She has managed to attract very skilled trainers who are extremely good at extrication work and also being able to explain all the movements in detail.
You stay at the horse farm in one of four nice guest rooms and between the riding pass it can be nice with a swim in the pool. Adjacent to the farm is a cozy family restaurant where you can choose between full or half board.
If you want to ride nice horses in a homely environment while still being close to the vacation town and beach, this is the place for you!
Accommodation & food
The farm consists of 30 hectares of meadows. The family has a house and next to it is a newly renovated guest house with four nice double rooms with nice bathrooms. There is also a small living room and kitchen.
You eat breakfast in the guest house either inside or outside depending on the weather. Adjacent to the farm is a small family restaurant where you can choose between full and half board (if you choose half board lunch is included). In the guesthouse you can also cook your own food if you wish. Within walking distance there is a large number of restaurant to choose from.
At the farm there is also a swimming pool.
In total Tana and Paulo owns about 60 horses and about 10 foals are born every year. So if you are looking for a horse, this can be a suitable place. The breeding is conducted on a farm some distance away.
The horses are lusitanos, mainly geldings but also a couple of stallions. There are about 10 horses used for guests and they are mostly between 160 - 165 cm in height. The level of education is from shoulder in to piaff and passage.
All of the horses are allowed to go out into the pastures daily.
There are two riding arenas with fiber sand, one is 20x60 meters and the other 18x30 meters.
Dressage and beachride / hack
Thursday-Friday: 2 dressage lessons / day
Saturday: 1 dressage lesson and a beach ride (October-April) or hack (May-September)
Sunday: Departure after breakfast
You will be able to ride beautiful lusitanos, mainly geldings but also a couple of stallions. The horses are ridden on snaffles, are between five and fifteen years old and several of them can do movements up to piaff and passage. For Tana it is very important that all horses can go out in a pasture daily.
Tana has managed to attract very skilled trainers. Head coach Petra, is extremely skilled at extrication work and can explain all the movements in detail in a way that makes you understand and develop quickly. She can also explain how your body should interact with the horse's to make riding as harmonious and efficient as possible.
She is so popular that several of our guests have invited her to Sweden to hold trainings and clinics.
The focus is on dressage but the closeness to the beach means that from October to April you are invited to a magical beach gallop. There is a hack included during the summer as well but during that time you will have to settle for beautiful sea views.
Ability description: Dressage level 2-4 >>
Included in the price: 4 nights, 3 days riding (5 lessons, 1 hack), half board (breakfast and lunch) incl. wine with lunch. It is possible to upgrade to full board. For price click on "Book on request" under "Dates & prices".
Not included: Flights, transfers, insurance, dinners.
Travel: Book flight/rental car >>
Flight: To Faro airport
Transfer: Book in advance with HorseXplore and pay on spot.
Taxitransfer can be booked from the airport, it costs around 80 EURO /way / person
Single rooms: There are 4 double rooms and they can take maximum 4 riders so everyone can have their own room if you like. If you book one rider and one non-rider the price is in shared double room.
Arrival-/departure day: Arrival Wednesday around 19.00, departure Sunday after breakfast
Season: All year
Number of rider: Minimum 1 rider maximum 4
Rental car: We recommend rental car if you want visit Lagos or other restaurants in the area.
Other activities: There are a few bikes available to borrow. It is close to beautiful beaches and golf courses.
Credit card: Not accepted by the riding center. Cash only.
Tipping: Not necessary but appreciated.
Electricity jack: EU standard
Closest village: Lagos
Pool: Yes (not heated)
Beach: 1.2 km to the nearest beach
Misc: Riding equipment to borrow: Helmet but we recommend you bring your own.
Special diet: Inform when booking.