Come to us…

Would you like to come and train in Portugal on lusitano stallions of the highest level? Our schoolmasters will teach you how to piaffe, passage, flying change, canter pirouette and more. We have tailored packages, or you can create your own riding holiday.

 

Come to us…

Would you like to come and train in Portugal on lusitano stallions of the highest level? Our schoolmasters will teach you how to piaffe, passage, flying change, canter pirouette and more. We have tailored packages, or you can create your own riding holiday.

 

We are located in Vila Franca de Xira, a very popular horse area just 20 minutes from Lisbon airport. The purpose-built riding centre has 3 riding arenas: A covered full size sand and fibre arena, an indoor arena 20×40, and a “praca de toros” which has been converted to a small apprentice ring & is covered. Centro Equestre de Leziria Grande, or CELG, was constructed in the 1980s and has since been a fundamental riding centre of Portugal; the training grounds for many thousands of students and horses in the art of academic equitation using the Valença Method.

We invite you to come and visit us and immerse yourself in the Portuguese tradition of equitation in the heart of horse country in Portugal. No matter your riding level, we have horses and trainers to suit your needs.

The following 3 packages are our most popular options. We can also create a tailored package for you – fully customised for your individual goals and desires. Please see our “additional services” list below for an indication of individualized costs.

Once you have chosen your package, you can use the “book now” option at the bottom of the page. If you prefer to create a tailor-made program, once you have an idea of how you would like to organise your riding holiday, please contact us for availability using the form at the bottom of the page.

Prices, packages, accommodations, travel

Check  our programs and how to get here!

RIDING HOLIDAY

A package designed for those wanting to ride, relax and learn – Experience Portugal, meet new friends, stay in comfort & ride our beloved schoolmasters. You will have the experience of a lifetime riding our lusitano schoolmasters and taking home the feelings of all the high school movements.

1950€/person

Taxes included

7 night’s hotel & half board
Modern 4 star hotel with free Wi-Fi, free parking, restaurant, bar, outdoor terrace, fitness centre and games room.

Breakfast and dinner at the hotel included

Transfers to/from hotel, lunch and airport
Upon arrival at the Lisbon airport, a member of our team will be waiting to personally receive you at the airport. Daily return transfers from your hotel to the riding centre are also provided and included. Your return transfer to the airport is also included.
(The price of lunch either at hotel or nearby restaurant not included)
10 Classical Riding Lessons
Lessons on our Lusitano schoolmasters – All levels welcome
1 Visit to Village (Lisbon or Ericeira) and dinner in typical Portuguese Restaurant
We will take you to a nice Portuguese restaurant in the area to try the excellent food and wine of the region!
Guided visit to The Portuguese Equestrian Riding School
Guided half day trip to the Escola Portuguesa de Arte Equestre where you will see the morning exercise of the Alter Real stallions and when available, a tour of the stables as well.

Guided half-day visit to a Lusitano stud farm

Flights not included

*500€ non rider sharing room

VALENÇA METHOD

Learn our method from a trainer’s approach. Designed to teach you how to apply our method to train your horses at home.

1950€/person

Taxes included

7 night’s hotel & half board

Modern 4 star hotel with free wifi, free parking, restaurant, bar, outdoor terrace, fitness centre and games room

Breakfast and dinner at the hotel included

Transfers to/from hotel, lunch and airport
Upon arrival at the Lisbon airport, a member of our team will be waiting to personally receive you at the airport. Daily return transfers from your hotel to the riding centre are also provided and included. Your return transfer to the airport is also included.
(The price of lunch either at hotel or nearby restaurant not included)

Introduction to our system (brief presentation of the lusitano horse and the benefits of the Valença Method)

12 Classical Riding Lessons
Lessons on our Lusitano schoolmasters – All levels welcome
6 in hand work lessons – Introduction to the Valença Method
Learn the method that we use ourselves with all of our horses. In this portion of the program you will learn how to teach your horse the foundations of good movement, suppleness, lateral flexibility – without the encumbrance of a rider. Essential for those who want to do their own training at home

Support to acquire material to use our system back home

Flights not included

*500€ non rider sharing room

LOW COST PROGRAM

1650€/person

Taxes included

7 nights accommodation in a 2star hotel

Meals not included. Clean & comfortable room in a refurbished, original building.
Restaurants & shopping within walking distance. Free parking at night on the street

12 Classical Riding Lessons

Lessons on our Lusitano schoolmasters – All levels welcome

6 in hand work lessons — Introduction to the Valença Method

Learn the method that we use ourselves with all of our horses. In this portion of the program you will learn how to teach your horse the foundations of good movement, suppleness, lateral flexibility – without the encumbrance of a rider. Essential for those who want to do their own training at home

Support to acquire material to use our system back home

Transfers to/from hotel, lunch and airport

Upon arrival at the Lisbon airport, a member of our team will be waiting to personally receive you at the airport. Daily return transfers from your hotel to the riding centre are also provided and included. Your return transfer to the airport is also included.
(The price of breakfast, lunch, & dinner not included)

Flights not included

Or…

You can create your own experience

and design your riding week in Portugal

Private lesson

123 €

Taxes included

Group lesson

85 €

Taxes included

In hand lesson

75 €

Taxes included

Additional Services

(Price upon request)

You can design your own riding holiday, the only limit is your imagination. Below is an example of some extra services that we are able to provide:

Accommodation
Assistance with booking local hotels
Transfers to/from airport
Private shuttle one-way 50€ per shuttle
Typical Portuguese dinners including transfers
Dinner in a traditional Portuguese restaurant in Lisbon or a village by the ocean. Includes dinner, drinks and return transfer. 75€ ppPrivate shuttle one-way 50€ per shuttle
Guided tours to historic studs
Guided visits to the Ortigão Costa coudelaria where you will meet black beauties and learn about the history of Ortigão and of the Lusitano horse which dates back to at least 25,000 BC. Transfers included. 20€ pp.
*If you have a special stud you would like to visit, we can make arrangements under consultation.
Guided tours to the Portuguese riding school
Escola Portuguesa de Arte Equestre – A must see. You will see their morning work and when available a guided tour of the stables is included. Transfers included. 35€ pp
Car hire

Assistance with booking rental vehicle

Guided tours to historic Portuguese towns and buildings

Sintra / Óbidos / Lisbon – Price includes transfer, guide & welcome pastry.  130€/80€ Full day/half day visit

Golf and tennis days (for you and/or your non-riding partner!)

Prices vary.  Please contact us for current information

Surfing and other water sports

Prices vary.  Please contact us for current information

Book now

If you would like to design your own package, please email us and give us an idea of how you would like your riding holiday to look.



    AccommodationTransfers to/from airport & hotel to the riding centreTypical Portuguese dinners including transfersGuided tours to historic studsGuided tours to the Portuguese riding schoolGuided tours to historic Portuguese towns and buildingsTransfers to/from horse fairs, town fairs, markets & other eventsGolf and tennis days (for you and your non-riding partner!)Surfing and other water sportsCar hire








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    Riding Holiday

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    Valença Method

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    Low Cost Program

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    Custom Program

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