This destination is the winter base for the team that runs our dressage program in Massachusetts. If you are searching for top quality dressage instruction, well trained school horses, and the added benefit of an escape from winter weather then this is the right choice. Regardless of your dressage experience the instructors can help improve your seat, the effectiveness and timing of your aids and your understanding of the discipline. An added benefit is the opportunity to watch the instructor training his master school horses and other students. It is an educational and edifying experience regardless of your ability level.
The winter location of Wellington, Florida is one of the world’s most prestigious destinations for the serious horse enthusiast. Wellington is a horse lover’s dream with numerous tack shops, educational opportunities, international dressage and jumper shows as well as weekly polo matches. The farm is located a short 10 minute drive from the Global Dressage Festival and Winter Equestrian Festival. It is 15 minutes from Palm Beach International airport.
Stay in the beautiful boutique resort featuring 5 guest rooms with en suite bathrooms, complimentary breakfast, a full kitchen and dining room, work spaces with WIFI, as well as several intimate sitting spaces throughout the 5,000 square foot home. Guests can cool off after a day of riding in the picturesque pool or relax on the veranda with a book or a drink.
The farm has Lusitano stallions and mares imported from Brazil and Portugal, as well as several Lusitano Warmblood Crosses. To help his students to develop the feeling and create the possibility of a harmonious dance with a horse, the instructor and his staff prepare their own equine schoolmasters.
The center uses custom dressage saddles which have a comfortable seat and knee rolls.
Typically two 45 min-1 hr semi-private lessons per day
Instruction and Training:
As head instructor, Vitor Silva presents to his students exemplary training in the art of classical riding. With a strong background in classical dressage, he shares the knowledge and skill acquired through years of study with recognized riding masters of Portugal.
Vitor teaches his students that while masters or trainers can share their knowledge and explain the technical aspects of riding, each rider must open him or herself to feel the horse's movements, responses and needs. Ultimately, he strives to develop this intuitive feeling in his students so that harmony between horse and rider can be achieved.
For those riders still developing a balanced effective seat, Vitor has developed a systematic method of developing the rider’s seat and effectiveness of aids on the lunge-line. Here the rider develops the balance, rhythm, and feel within the movement of the horse. Once the rider progresses through the process of developing balance, the instructors and their equine schoolmasters introduce and reinforce the riders understanding and feel of effective aids. This time and preparation on the lunge-line allows the student to develop the ability to follow the movement of the horse without inhibiting it …to ask of the horse with great finesse and to allow the desired movement.
Once the rider has developed an effective seat, the work continues in group lessons.
Meet at the farm, 10 minutes from downtown Wellington and 15 minutes from the Palm Beach International Airport.
An initial assessment of each student is made upon arrival. The student and instructor then define goals and set up an individual program for the week. Students will ride twice per day (mostly in group lessons), as well as having an opportunity to observe other lessons and watch Vitor and his staff train horses and fine tune the school masters. This is a progressive program that develops the rider's seat, balance, timing, and deeper understanding of the classical principles of dressage.
The length of the lessons varies, depending on the individual or the group. Lunge lessons are generally 20 minutes and group lessons are approximately 45 min to an hour.
THIS ITINERARY IS FLEXIBLE. CHANGES MAY OCCUR DUE TO WEATHER OR OTHER UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES.
Trip Dates & Pricing
Packages available from November 8 to March. No lessons on Sundays or Mondays.
$125Extra night at the guest house in double room during the three day package ($175 in single room)
$115Extra night at the guest house in double room during the five day package ($145 in single room)
$1,240Three day package including 2 nights and 6 training sessions
$125Per night in a double room plus $60 per day on the three day package. ($175 per night in a single room)
$115Per night in a double room plus $60 per day on the five day package. ($145 per night in a single room)
$2,110Five day package including 4 nights and 10 training sessions
$100Three day package including 2 nights and 6 training sessions
$120Five day package including 4 nights and 10 training sessions
Additional Pricing Information:
It is necessary to have a car available.
The above prices include either 2 or 4 nights accommodation in the onsite guesthouse. Meals are NOT included in this trip.
All reservations require full, non-refundable, payment for confirmation. Purchasing travel insurance is encouraged!After a reservation is confirmed, 1 change of date is allowed with a date change fee of $150 if notified at least four weeks before scheduled trip begins and rescheduled to within 1 month of original stay.
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I was very impressed by the beauty and size of the guesthouse and rooms, the stable and grounds. Very professional and first class all the way. Instruction was excellent. All stable personnel was helpful and professional as well. The barn was clean, tack excellent, riding arena beautiful, and the schoolhorses the best! Wow!!!