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Quinta do Rol

Superb horses and private tuition make Quinta do Rol a perfect location to relax and work on your dressage goals. With comfortable accommodation and wonderful food riders are looked after both on horse and off.

Portugal - Quinta do Rol

Price from £721.63 for 3 nights ( GBP | EUR | USD )

A centre based holiday just north of Lisbon featuring excellent dressage instruction on well-schooled pure-bred Lusitano horses. This family estate is dedicated to rural tourism, wine making and the noble art of dressage.

Experience Level
  • Open All Year
  • Flexible arrivals
  • 3 nights | 1 to 2 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Lisbon
  • Weight limit: 14st 1lbs (90 kg) (197 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 8

Quinta do Rol – Portugal

In October 2016 I visited Quinta do Rol a lovely family estate in the ‘orchard of Lisbon’. Here I discovered excellent instruction and gorgeous Lusitano horses, so well-trained that they are a treat to ride.

In The Saddle – 2023 Highlights

As 2023 draws to a close we have been looking back at the last 12 months at In The Saddle. This time of year is a time to reflect on the last twelve months and once again we feel privileged to have been trusted to help so many riders find the right holiday for them. We continue to work as we always have done, to treat customers as we would like to be treated ourselves. Early this year a lovely woman booked a holiday to Portugal with us. She happened to mention how much she still appreciated the understanding In…

Stirrups – Designs from around the World

Part of the joy and wonder of riding in different countries is learning about local traditions and culture. Experiencing incredible gaited horses in Iceland, or adjusting to a new riding style in Chile all adds to the fun and excitement of international riding adventures. Do you know your Flex-Ons from your Freejumps? The variety of stirrups available today is mind-blowing, but have you ever given thought to the humble origins of this item of tack?  From workmanlike 'roper' stirrups, to ornate 'estribos', in this post, we take a look at some interesting stirrups from In The Saddle destinations around the world.…

The adventures of a Show Jumper in Dressage paradise – Part 1

In April 2018 I was given the opportunity to visit our three Portuguese dressage centres, Quinta do Rol, Monte Velho and Alcainca. The thought of riding finely tuned Lusitano horses that are easily capable of high level dressage exercises was exciting. Although, it was somewhat daunting for a girl who show-jumps and hacks her 14.2hh cob, Bob, at home. Despite this I leapt at the opportunity, I mean if you’re going to give dressage a go why not do it on a Lusitano in the Portuguese sunshine. As a total novice in the world of dressage, I stepped off the…

A Dressage Dream in the Orchard of Lisbon

Last month Abbie from In The Saddle visited Quinta do Rol, a family estate in the 'orchard of Lisbon'. Here, she discovered excellent dressage instruction and gorgeous Lusitano horses so well-trained that they are a treat to ride. ++++++ With my own horse injured and having spent much of 2016 in the sick bay, when I got the chance to visit Quinta do Rol in Portugal I literally leapt at the chance. Dusting off my riding boots, I packed and pondered whether I could make it through airport security with spurs in my hand luggage (yes I could). At Lisbon…

Holidays for Lusitano Lovers

In this blog post we take a look at the beautiful Lusitano and three of our Portuguese dressage centres where you can experience riding these wonderful horses for yourself. Closely related to the Andalucian, the heritage of Lusitano can be traced back to 900 B.C. and the primitive horses of the Iberian Peninsula. Lusitanos were originally used for farm work and as a cavalry mount. But the breed's bravery, intelligence and athleticism mean that the Lusitano is also a popular mount for dressage and the traditional discipline…

The Allure of the Azores

In The Saddle guest Janet tells us all about her ninth visit to the Azores and why she and her friends keep returning. We always look forward to our visits to the Quinta. This was our ninth visit so you can tell how much we enjoy going there.  We always receive such a warm welcome from Christina & Claude and their team. They look after us so well - nothing is too much trouble for them. The rain didn't stop us Visiting the Azores in October we had some mixed weather which was to be expected. There was only one…

Centre Based Rides

  CENTRE BASED RIDES For anyone who hasn’t been on a riding holiday before, a centre based riding holiday is a great start. Your accommodation for the duration of your holiday becomes your ‘home from home’. You will often have the same hosts throughout your stay and at many destinations everyone, guests, hosts and guides, will eat together. As well as becoming part of the family, when you’re not moving on each day your holiday can be much more flexible. If you are in need of a rest or would like to sunbathe next to a pool, riding can easily…

Yet another memorable visit to the Azores

Janet has sent us this lovely report from her seventh trip to Quinta da Terça in November 2018. My friends and I had another super holiday at the Quinta da Terça from 5 to 12 November.  This was our seventh visit to the Quinta where we always receive such a warm welcome from Christina & Claude and their team.  We are looked after so well, and all our needs catered for.  We had mixed weather which was to be expected at that time of year, so we were glad we had packed our waterproof clothing! But the showers passed over quickly…

Azores - Atlantis and Green Island Trail

Price from £1,718.15 for 7 nights ( GBP | EUR | USD )

The riding is on São Miguel the largest island in the Azores in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. You are based at Quinta da Terça and the various riding trails take you to dramatic areas of the island. For those wanting a greater degree of sight-seeing the Atlantis Ride has fewer hours of riding.

Experience Level
  • Open All Year
  • Flexible arrivals
  • Variable length stays | 3 to 6 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Ponta Delgada
  • Weight limit: 14st 13lbs (95 kg) (209 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 10

Five of the Best… Riding Holidays for Beginners

If you are a beginner rider, or have only ridden a handful of times then deciding to go on a riding holiday can be quite daunting! However it is also a fantastic way to improve your confidence and get more experience in the saddle away from the hustle and bustle of every day life! Seeing a country by horseback is a privilege and well worth pushing yourself out of your comfort zone for! We have picked out our favourite five destinations that are perfectly set up to cater for novice or beginner riders, so now is the time to saddle…