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Portugal - Alcainça
Portugal - Alcainça
Portugal - Alcainça
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Portugal - Alcainça

For over 30 years the Escola de Equitação de Alcainça has been providing first class dressage instruction. The senior instructor Georges Malleroni studied classical dressage under Nuno Oliveira, the great Portuguese Master.

The centre has beautiful pure-bred and part-bred Lusitano horses, mainly geldings with some stallions. The school horses are trained to a high level of performance and are able to do shoulder in, half pass, flying changes, piaffe and passage. Some are very highly trained horses for experienced riders and there are also school masters for those starting out in dressage. Depending on your experience level, you would most likely ride different horses during your stay.

The centre specialises in dressage instruction. Lessons (each of 1.5hrs duration) are scheduled for the morning and again in the afternoon. Riders are split according to their ability and the lesson size is normally two or three to a group (maximum 4). There is a spacious indoor arena and also a large outdoor arena which is partly covered so two groups can be having lessons at the same time.

Most people pre-book to have two lessons a day, which will mean that most of your day will be taken up with horses and riding. However if you are staying a week, then you may wish to have one afternoon free for sightseeing. A driver is available to take you to places of interest in the area, including the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art at Queluz; Mafra or Lisbon (extra charge).

The village of Alcainça is 25km northwest of Lisbon and 5km from the palace of Mafra. Being close to the coast helps assure a nice even temperature throughout the year so that even in July and August it never gets too hot.

Whatever your level of riding, the combination of these wonderful horses and the high quality of instruction available is sure to develop your dressage skills.

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Portuguese Riding Specialist  Abigail Wood

Abigail says:

If you are serious about dressage then at Alcainça you will ride some excellent horses and get to feel the movements. The lessons are intensive but very enjoyable.

My top tip:

If you aren't already familiar with it, you might want to read up a bit about the life and teachings of Nuno Oliveira and other Classical Dressage books.

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