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 a well-schooled lusitano horse.
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 improve your riding skills in a traditional and peaceful surrounding this is the place for you.
Dressage & Working Equitation
Here you can tailor your lessons to fit your needs and wishes. It is possible to have Dressage lessons or Working Equitation lessons and depending on which program you have chosen, it might be possible to change some lessons from dressage to WE or vice versa.
Riders from all levels and ambitions are warmly welcome—the level of the lessons will be adapted to your level of experience. Depending on your level, you 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.
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. Regarding Working Equitation, you get the chance to practice obstacles such as Figure “8” between Drums, Bell Corridor, Remove and replace the pole, Sidepass Rail, Drums, Double Slalom, Single Slalom, Spear ring (no Bridge, Gate nor jumping is available).
Accommodation & 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. On some of the horses you can also practice more advanced movements such as piaffe, passage, Spanish walk, flying changes and canter pirouettes. There are also a couple of horses suitable for a nice and slow 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.
Holds the Clean & Safe certificate (the Portuguese health authority has issued a number of criteria that must be met in order to obtain this certification).
- All staff are trained on hygiene
- Procedures for cleaning and disinfecting the pool and public areas.
- Table service only- Distance between deck chairs, dining table
- Mouthguard when you are indoors
- Hand alcohol
In addition, there is plenty of space and easy to keep distance
A riding holiday means that you are mainly outdoors.
Only small groups are accepted.
It is possible to book single rooms.
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 to the riding centre, about 2 hours.
Meeting point: In front of Starbucks coffee at arrivals lobby. Pick up is from Lisbon airport only.
Time: 24 h before departure you will receive a text message (it is very important that the phone number is correct) with the pick up time.
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 10 riders (1-2 persons/lesson).
Age limit: For clinic > 13 years - Non rider - 0 years