Portugal, Avis - Dressage & Working Equitation
Welcome to the 600 ha estate located in the county of Avis. This French-style manor has remained in the family since 1842, and was the country residence of the famous poet, Mário Saa, who wrote a large part of his work here. Today, the main house is carefully restored, keeping its original form without sparing any modern amenities.
You can choose from Classical Dressage and Working Equitation. Riders from all levels and ambitions are warmly welcome, the level of the lessons will be adapted to your level of experience. Even more, less experienced riders will have the chance to try advanced movements such as piaffe, passage and flying changes on the well-schooled lusitano horses.
Here you can tailor your lessons to fit your needs and wishes. It is possible to only have Classical Dressage lessons or Working Equitation lessons and, of course, it is also possible to choose a well-balanced combination of the two.
Do you want to ride beautiful schoolmasters in a traditional and peaceful surrounding this is the place for you.
Classical Dressage & Working Equitation
Here you can tailor your lessons to fit your needs and wishes. It is possible to only have Classical Dressage lessons or Working Equitation lessons and, of course, it is also possible to choose a well-balanced combination of the two. On arrival you just say what you want to do.
Riders from all levels and ambitions are warmly welcome—the level of the lessons will be adapted to your level of experience. Even more novice riders will have the chance to try advanced movements such as piaffe, passage and flying changes on the well-schooled horses.
The lessons are given in the spacious newly built indoor arena, or outdoors, in accordance with your wishes and, of course, the weather. To ensure that you have high-quality riding experiences, there will never be more than two riders in the same lesson.
Your instructor, Patricia Palmeiro, finished her degree at 18 years old at EPDRAC the most famous riding school in Portugal and in same year she became a professional rider. Now, at the age of 35 she has a curriculum full of competitions and professional challenges. Her last job was at the Monte do Barrão, a very famous stud farm. Her job was training the horses and participating in competitive dressage. Patricia still represents the breeder in dressage competitions, as well as competing in working equitation. The lessons are held by Patrica and her assistant riding instructor.
You will certainly enjoy riding in the newly built riding arena measuring 20 x 40 m, it´s both light and spacious with a high-quality surface. For spectators, it has a glassed-in lounge where you can relax with a drink while watching the riding. There is also a large sanded outdoor arena, where part of it has a Working Equitation obstacle course.
Accomodation & Food
The 600 ha estate is located in the county of Avis, and the French-style manor has remained in the family since 1842. It was the country residence of the famous poet, Mário Saa, who wrote a large part of his work here. Today, the main house is carefully restored, keeping its original form without sparing any modern amenities.
Traditional Portuguese homemade meals are enjoyed in the family’s spacious dining room, after which you can take your coffee or a glass of wine out onto the balcony— to enjoy the sun and the serenity while watching our handsome peacocks roam freely around the farm.
The entire ground floor of the main house is dedicated to accommodation. In the common area, you can watch cable TV, play billiard or read a book about horses from the library. Or, depending on your preference, you can enjoy a glass of wine and access the Internet (the Wi-Fi signal extends over the whole farm). The four rooms are newly renovated double rooms, with comfortable single or double beds. There are two small single rooms on 1st flor. All rooms are equipped with private bathrooms and shower facilities.
Safe deposit box: No
A/C: No (just a heater system)
Hair Dryer: Yes
Towels and sheets: Yes
Fridge: No (there is a common area with food and drinks available 24h /day)
The horses are from the Portuguese breed, PS Lusitano. The Lusitano is known for its braveness, its easiness for collection, and its focus on and willingness to work together with its rider. The horses are chosen from the best stud farms, based on their character, physique, level of education and their ability to give good lessons.
Together with the highly educated schoolmaster horses, you will have the opportunity to work on all the lateral movements, piaffe, passage, Spanish walk, flying changes and canter pirouettes—and try a full Working Equitation course. There are also a couple of horses suitable for a nice hack out.
The tack used is English.
To ensure that you have high-quality riding experiences, there will never be more than two riders in the same lesson.
Ability Description: Dressage level 2-5 >>
Included in the price:
Weekly program: 7 nights, 6 days riding (12 lessons), full board, wine for lunch and dinner, transfer return Lisbon
Weekendprogram: 4 nights, 3 days riding (6 lessons), full board, wine for lunch and dinner, transfer return Lisbon if you are 2 people. If you travel alone it´s 80 euro each way.
Not included: Travel to and from Portugal.
Travel: Book flight/rental car >> We help you book your flight if you wish.
Fly to Lisbon.
Transfers: Book in advance with HorseXplore and pay on spot.
From Lisbon Airport, about 2 hours.
Price: Free of charge for the weekly program and the weekendprogram if you are 2 persons. If you travel alone it´s 80 EUR/one way.
Arrival / departure:
Weekly program: Arrival on Sundays before 10 pm in order to get dinner, departure the following Sunday after breakfast.
Weekend: Arrival on Wednesdays before 10 pm in order to get dinner, departure Sundays after breakfast.
No riding on arrival and departure day.
You can choose another arrival and departure day, just mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Rental Car: If you want to explore the surroundings on your own, we recommend a rental car. It is approx. 130 km from Lisbon airport to the equestrian center.
Single rooms: If you travel alone you receive a single room without extra charge.
Credit card: Not accepted by riding center.
Electricity jack: EU standard
Group Size: Minimim 1 and maximum 8 riders (1-2 persons/lesson).
Age limit: For clinic > 13 years - Non rider - 0 years
Return Guest Discount: To all of you who have been to Portugal, Avis in 2018, we offer a return discount on trips in December-February, 2018-19. Bring a new friend and you will get 50% discount. In shared double room.