Portugal - Dressage in Alentejo

Are you a picky dressage rider? Do you have a strong interest in the aesthetic, and seek beauty and harmony? Then you have found your match in Diogo, owner and creator of this beautiful stud farm and luxurious boutique hotel. He is an architect and has a hectic work schedule all over the world. His beautiful farm is just over an hour from Lisbon, so you can also make it here for a long weekend.

At his stunning country estate, Diogo has found his piece of paradise, where he enjoys and relaxes with his family and his beautiful Lusitanos. For twenty years he has bred Lusitanos with the goal to be able to compete with German and Dutch dressage horses. And now, one of his horses has been matched with a rider for the Olympics in Brazil in 2016.

The atmosphere is warm and welcoming and the horses dearly loved and individually matched to you. To ride a horse that is well ridden from the beginning is a dream. You can then focus on your seat and giving the correct assistance.

Your coaches speaks fluent English, are excellent instructors and calm. They will make you feel safe which, in turn, allows the development of your riding skills. You can also ride in the beautiful surroundings where you can ride for hours without seeing a single car. Diogo’s wish is that you also get to enjoy the best that he knows - beautiful horses, magnificent surroundings and tasteful design and furnishings. 

You will not want to go home ...

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EUR 525
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Accommodation and Food

Diogo has built an exclusive small hotel where he has spared nothing and every detail is carefully thought out. It consists of seven exclusive deluxe rooms of 25 m2 (269 sq. ft) and two standard rooms of 20 m2 (215 sq. ft) .


Stepping into the deluxe room is like stepping into the latest edition of a design magazine. The materials are concrete, wood and glass and straight lines with plenty of natural light. 
 


The Standard rooms offer a modern and minimalistic atmosphere, similar to that of delux rooms but in a smaller area though.

Single: It is possible to book one of the above room as a single room (price for single supplement is available under Dates & Prices). If there is no one to share a room with, a single supplement will be added.

Safe deposit box: No
A/C: Yes
Hair Dryer: Yes
Towels and sheets: Yes
Fridge: No

The food is also of high quality and cooked with finesse. The breakfast buffet has everything you need to get the energy required for your lessons. Lunch is often a substantial salad and for dinner you will be offered a tasty buffet. Of course, all meals are served with a good local wine.

Program

You can choose from the following programs:

Week Program

Dressage basic: Includes one dressage lesson a day. A total of 5 lessons over a week.
Dressage intensive: Includes two lessons per day. A total of 10 lessons over a week.
Dressage and Hacking: Comprising a total of 5 lessons and 5 outdoor rides of about 1½ hours each over a week.

Weekend Program

Dressage basic: Consists of a dressage lesson a day. A total of 3 lessons over a weekend.
Dressage intensive: Two lessons per day. A total of 5 lessons over a weekend.
Dressage and Hacking: Comprising a total of 3 lessons and 2 outdoor rides over a weekend.

Horses

You will ride on dressage horses of the highest quality. Every year, more foals are born, so there are horses of all ages and training levels. 

Climate

Travel Information

Ability description: Dressage level 2-5 >>

Included in the price:
Week programs: 6 nights, 5 days riding, full board incl. wine with meals.
Weekend program: 3 nights, 3 days riding, full board incl. wine with meals.

Not included: Flights, transfers, insurance, drinks and extras not mentioned.

Travel: Book flightt/rental car >>
Flight: To Lisbon airport.

Transfer: Book in advance with HorseXplore and pay on spot.
From Lisbon airport to riding center about 130 km.
Price: 220 EUR /return /car, 1-4 persons. 440 EUR  /return /car for 5-8 persons. 

Arrival-/departure day: The rooms are ready for check in at 4pm and must be left at 12am on departure day.
Week program: Arrival Sunday afternoon/evening, departure the follwing Saturday after breakfast. 
Weekend:
Arrival Thursday around 3pm for your first lesson, departure on Sunday after breakfast. If you arrive Thursday evening you will get your last lesson on Sunday morning instead.  

Optional arrival/departure: You can choose another arrival and departure day, just mail us on info@horsexplore.com

Season 2017: High season: 1/4 - 31/10, 15/12 - 3/1. Low season: 1/2 - 31/3, 1/11 - 14/12.
Season 2018: High season 1/4-8/7, 2/9-3/11, 23-31/12. Medium season 4-30/3, 9/7-1/9, 4-24/11 Low season 1/1- 3/3, 25/11-22/12

Currency: Euro
Credit card: Accepted at riding center.
Tipping: Not necessary but appreciated.

Wifi: Yes
Electricity jack: EU standard

Age limit: No

Closest village: 2 minutes with car there is a small village with restaurants and a supermarket. 15 km away is Arraiolos which is bigger.
Beach: 1 hour away with car is Praia da Comporta, which is known for being very nice.
Pool: Yes

Misc.:
Riding equipment to borrow: Helmet, short chaps. Other equipment can be bought in the shop.
Saddle bag available: No
Special diet: Inform when booking.

Dates and prices

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DateNightsName of tripPrice from
27/05/20186Portugal, Alentejo - Dressage basic, Week
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EUR 1,125Book on request
27/05/20186Portugal, Alentejo - Dressage and Hacking, Week
Fully booked
EUR 1,325Book on request
27/05/20186Portugal, Alentejo - Dressage Intensive, Week
Fully booked
EUR 1,550Book on request
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31/05/20183Portugal, Alentejo - Dressage basic, Weekend
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EUR 705Book on request
31/05/20183Portugal, Alentejo - Dressage and Hacking, Weekend
Fully booked
EUR 783Book on request
31/05/20183Portugal, Alentejo - Dressage Intensive, Weekend
Fully booked
EUR 875Book on request
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03/06/20186Portugal, Alentejo - Dressage basic, Week
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EUR 1,125Book on request
03/06/20186Portugal, Alentejo - Dressage and Hacking, Week
Fully booked
EUR 1,325Book on request
03/06/20186Portugal, Alentejo - Dressage Intensive, Week
Fully booked
EUR 1,550Book on request
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07/06/20183Portugal, Alentejo - Dressage basic, Weekend
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EUR 705Book on request
07/06/20183Portugal, Alentejo - Dressage and Hacking, Weekend
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EUR 783Book on request
07/06/20183Portugal, Alentejo - Dressage Intensive, Weekend
Fully booked
EUR 875Book on request
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10/06/20186Portugal, Alentejo - Dressage basic, Week
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EUR 1,125Book on request
10/06/20186Portugal, Alentejo - Dressage and Hacking, Week
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EUR 1,325Book on request
10/06/20186Portugal, Alentejo - Dressage Intensive, Week
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EUR 1,550Book on request
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