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Portugal - Quinta do Rol
Experience great instruction on top-quality pure-bred Lusitano horses at this riding centre near Lisbon. The head instructor Pedro Teixeira Farto is an experienced rider and trainer. With his creative passionate and straightforward approach your riding is sure to improve.
The equestrian centre at Quinta do Rol has been carefully planned from the light and airy stables to the beautifully-appointed tack room. Facilities include a 20 x 40 metre indoor arena with mirrors, 20 x 60 metre outdoor covered arena, working equitation paddock, lunge pen and wash-boxes. The horses are groomed to perfection before each session, long flowing manes and tails brushed, hoof dressing applied and brushing boots fitted. Regular turn-out in the paddocks keeps the horses healthy and happy. These are not your ordinary dressage schoolmasters; they are well-muscled horses so bursting with health that you just can’t wait to ride.
Between mid-September and mid-June it is sometimes possible for experienced riders to ride the dressage horses on Areia Beach. This activity cannot be guaranteed because it is subject to experience levels, availability, tide and weather conditions and so can only be arranged once you arrive (c. €170 per person – payable locally). Experienced riders may be able to switch a dressage lesson for tour of the estate on horseback or an insight into the traditional Portuguese discipline of Working Equitation. These riding sessions are subject to experience levels and availability so need to be arranged on-site.
Guests are also well-catered for with a wonderful Riders’ Lounge. The viewing gallery to the indoor arena has sliding windows so you can feel part of the action and continue to learn even when you are not riding. After your lesson you can relax on the terrace with a refreshing drink from the bar or perhaps in cooler months sit by the fire with a coffee.
The horses at Quinta do Rol are purebred Lusitanos. Lessons are always on a one to one basis enabling you to concentrate wholly on what you wish to achieve whether it be to strengthen your position, improve your lateral work or get the hang of one-time changes.
Dressage saddles with double bridles are used. You can also request to try the traditional Portuguese saddles.
Usually you will warm-up with one instructor and then switch to another instructor for the remainder of your lesson. There may be more than one lesson being conducted at the same time but headsets are often used to ensure that instructions to each rider are clearly received.
You can choose an intensive programme with two lessons per day or a more relaxed schedule with one lesson a day. When you are not riding there is a great deal to be gained from watching other guests have lessons or perhaps watching the Quinta do Rol staff training the horses.
Hard hats are mandatory.
Quinta do Rol has four spacious guest cottages. Each cottage is equipped with a fireplace, television and music player there are also air conditioning units fitted for the warmer months. There is a kitchen where guests can help themselves to tea coffee and cold drinks. Each cottage has a garden or terrace area. Guests may have to share a cottage, but they would not be expected to share bedroom or a bathroom.
There is a swimming pool (not heated) with BBQ and gym area as well as tennis and basketball courts for guests to enjoy. The riding centre is a few minutes' walk from the main quinta down a private drive and across a country road.
Open all year. You can arrive and depart on any day the minimum stay is 3 nights (3 lessons).
Sample Itinerary for Quinta do Rol
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It is possible to have 1 or 2 lessons per day. If you stay 6 nights or more and have 10 lessons or more there is a discount which is reflected in the rates below. Choose between the Intensive Programme (2 dressage lessons per day) or the Relaxed Programme (1 lesson per day).
|2019 & 2020||Per person sharing||Per Person (single occupancy)|
|Intensive Programme 6 nights 10 lessons||$1,907.96||$2,185.48|
|Intensive Programme 3 nights 5 lessons||$1,000.23||$1,156.34|
|Relaxed Programme 6 nights 5 lessons||$1,503.24||$1,780.77|
|Relaxed Programme 3 nights 3 lessons||$815.22||$971.33|
INCLUDES Accommodation; all meals from dinner on day of arrival through to lunch on day of departure; coffee/tea with meals and in guest cottages; riding as per programme.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Payable for those in a single room.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Additional alcoholic, soft and hot beverages; gratuities; off-site excursions; massages.
NEAREST AIRPORT Lisbon.
TRANSFERS from Lisbon airport are €120 per vehicle each way (maximum of four people) - payable locally.
Quinta do Rol is located 45 minutes' drive north of Lisbon.
The standard of teaching and horses was amazing and made the holiday. Exceeded my expectations. It was brilliant, and I loved the brochure.
Harriet ,LondonOverall rating: 5/5
A dressage lover's dream in the 'orchard of Lisbon'. Ride beautiful fit and supple horses who really enjoy their work. Instruction is delivered in a such a way that before you know it you'll be executing movements in ways you've only ever dreamt of!
Indulge in this dressage holiday - you are sure to learn a great deal and will finish each session pleased with your achievements.