Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   17 September 2021

Sarah who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Fantastic teaching, beautiful place and lovely people | I went to learn and work on my own competition capability along with some different work for younger horses. I was able to ride horses I learned a lot from including the Grand Prix work. Joao, Lorena and Nuno are excellent and I realy did learn a lot that I have been able to bring home and use in my own training. Will be back asap!

My one recommendation would be around the mix of lessons and people in the arena. It is not so easy to work and really concentrate with 4 in an arena when 2 or 3 are inexperienced riders. I totally understand they need their space and to enjoy their lessons but it does affect the quality of time in arena. Riding with the MV riders or another experience rider is completely fine and normal as we all understand how to do that. But I also know it was intimidating for some of those who were learning to ride to find themselves with 2 of us doing more advanced work and them feeling crowded.

The Riding

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The Accommodation

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Rooms are beautiful. Food was not as per the pictures or some of those who I know who have been previously. Great salads but limited catering for vegetarian. Never enough food for all and this was the frequent chat. I am not a big eater so was fine but there was a lot of conversation about that!

(Hi Sarah, thank you for bringing this to our attention. Unfortunately there were some issues with the kitchen staff during your stay. The main chef had to go home and whilst the second chef tried her best, she is relatively new to the role and there were a few teething problems. Please accept our apologies on behalf of Monte Velho - the problem has been rectified going forward, Abbie from In The Saddle.)

Before Your Holiday

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