Horseback Riding in Portugal

Portugal was one of the leading countries during the age of discovery and had a vast empire in South America, Africa and Asia. Today a rich culture remains and its art and architecture draw many visitors from around the world. Horseback riding in Portugal is deeply woven into the rich fabric of the country and it has produced some fine international riders, particularly in dressage. The magnificent local bred Lusitano reflects the strong equestrian tradition dating back to pre-Roman times.

Bullfighting was also developed, but unlike the Spanish, the Portuguese do not kill the bull in the ring. Instead it is a superior exhibition of equestrian skill and teamwork between horse and rider where the bull’s horns sometimes come within inches of the horse. In many ways it is similar to the performance of a champion cutting horse and rider. The practical need for teamwork between horse and rider in warfare was the origin of dressage.

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Alentejo Coast

Alentejo Coast

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The Alentejo Coast of Portugal is an ideal destination in which to ride Lusitano horses while staying in outstanding accommodations. This point-to-point ride includes one day of riding on Costa Azul’s beaches, and the... Read more

Dolphin Trail

Dolphin Trail

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The Dolphin Trail takes place south of Lisbon near the coast as you stay wonderful modern country hotels. On experienced Lusitano horses you will follow the winding trail through cork and eucalyptus forests and... Read more

Secrets of Ribatejo

Secrets of Ribatejo

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The riding itinerary here in central Portugal has been carefully designed to give you the best equestrian, cultural and natural experiences the region has to offer. Beautiful, well-schooled pure Lusitano horses are your partners... Read more

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"We went to Alcainca for dressage lessons on Lusitano horses. The horses were beautiful and so well trained. They were happy, well fed, and their coats glistened. The instruction was great and challenging and I learned a lot. Everyone at Alcainca was kind and... Read More"

Patti Brewer & Nick Giustina

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