The Alentejo Coast of Portugal is an ideal destination for riding Lusitano horses while staying in outstanding accommodations. This point-to-point itinerary includes one day of riding on Costa Azul's... Read more
Horseback Riding in Portugal
Quinta do Archino
QUINTA DO ARCHINO is situated on the 300-year-old family estate, nestled deep in stunning peaceful countryside, hectares of endless sandy tracks to explore, small undulating hills to climb for the best views, surrounded by the smell of Pine and eucalyptus, and yet so close to Lisbon (45 minutes).
In 2004 the head of the family, Francisco de Bragança, who had spent three inspirational years in training with Mestre Nuno Oliveira, built a Portuguese School of Classical Dressage and Equestrian Art. Since then he worked to pass on the knowledge and experience taught by his masters and had the privilege and joy of teaching fantastic clients from all corners of the world and some truly special Lusitano horses.
Individual classical dressage lessons, working equitation lessons and competition, and trail riding, on a property blended with the surrounding untouched nature. A range of relaxing pursuits such as cycling, walks and cultural tours are offered as well.
The entire family welcomes you into their home, to try their horses for yourself and get a taste of the unique atmosphere and hospitality here in the most beautiful of surroundings at Quinta do Archino.
This program has been designed with a great deal of flexibility. Each day experienced riders can have 1 or 2 private lessons, 45 min long. Novice riders may consider 1 lesson a day and work up to two lessons towards the end of their stay.
The Classical Dressage lessons will be individual, and they take place either in the shade of the indoor school (15m x 30m) or in the fenced outdoor school (20m x 60m).
Taking benefit from Francisco’s experience and the Stud Farm, the horses are regularly ridden by Sérgio to ensure that they remain unspoiled schoolmasters.
Proud and sensitive, the Lusitano horses are finely tuned to the lightest aids, allowing you not only to feel how to ride all the school movements, perhaps for the very first time, but also to help you to improve any horse you ride in the future. All are trained in the lateral movements, and the more advanced horses offer piaffe and passage. Horse riders of all ages and all abilities are welcome to learn from these beautiful .schoolmasters. Sérgio often presents a short demonstration on the horse you will ride before the lesson, clearly explaining the correct position and aids.
There are two main instructors at Quinta do Archino and it is likely that you will have lessons alternating between the two, however one of them will most likely be more present throughout your stay for continuity and consistency in your training.
- Sérgio Henriques - head instructor and trainer who speaks English and Portuguese - is a rider with extensive experience in the Working Equitation Discipline. He has competed in the National Working Equitation Championship for several years, accomplishing a Bronze Medal in the Portuguese Working Equitation Cup.
Currently, he is a judge in the Regional and National Championships and in the Portuguese Working Equitation Cup. He is also a Portuguese Equitation Judge. More recently, Sérgio started competing in National Dressage Competitions.
Sérgio has sought to evolve as a rider, participating in several classes and clinics with the riders, Eng.º Bento Castelhano, Pedro Torres, Jorge Sousa, Miguel Ralão Duarte, and Nuno Chaves de Almeida.
- Magdalena Otto - assistant instructor/ trainer - Growing up in her native Germany, Magdalena Otto began riding as a young girl and was lucky enough to have the opportunity to ride Lusitanos. Even as a child she recognized how special these horses are and over time she became increasingly fascinated by their temperament and sensitivity. The obvious next step for her was to come to Portugal to learn more about these stunning animals. Thus in April 2023 Magdalena arrived at Quinta do Archino stud along with her beautiful Lusitano stallion Mistral to become part of the team. Already possessing a huge talent and strong work ethic, under Francisco’s expert supervision and tuition she has quickly progressed to become an excellent rider and all round horsewoman. With her disciplined approach and meticulous attention to detail Magdalena also brings with her great team spirit, sensitivity and empathy with the horses. Now holding a full rider position, she is one of the riders in charge at the stud, overseeing students, the wellbeing of the horses and teaching clients while continuing to successfully develop her own dressage career. We are immensely proud of her success and will continue to contribute to the development of this talented rider.
Trip Dates & Pricing
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- $1,875High Season (March to October), per person cost in double occupancy. Cost in single occupancy $1,910
- $1,695Low season (November through February), per person in double occupancy, cost in single occupancy $1,795
taxi transfer from Lisbon airport to the Quinta, per taxi for 1-3 guests
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