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Portugal - Solar Espirito Santo
Perfect place to visit if you dream of riding dressage on beautifully schooled Lusitano stallions in Portugal

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Horse Riding Holidays Portugal – Solar Espirito Santo Dressage

PRICES & DATES top

Solar Espirito Santo Dressage

Prices 2017

Suitable for novice through to advanced riders and non riders.

There is a minimum stay of 3 nights.

Low Season – 30th of October 2016 to 3rd of March 2017 and 29th October 2017 to the end of the year.
High Season – 4th of March 2017 to 28th of October 2017.

Weekly 6 nights

Low season rider – £895/€1050/$1,135
High season rider – £980/€1,150/$1,240

Low season non rider – £555/€650/$700
High season non rider – £640/€750/$810

Short Breaks per night

Low season rider – £215/€250/$270
High season rider – £235/€275/$300

Low season non rider – £190/€220/$240
High season non rider – £210/€245/$265

Single supplement per night – £43/€50/$54

Included – 2 lessons per day, full board accommodation including wine with meals.

Excluded – Flights, transfers & tips.

Getting There
International flight to Lisbon.

Transfer
We can pick you up at Lisbon airport, it’s €120 each way per car.
There is also a good train service from Lisbon and we will pick you up at the nearby train station.
Another great option is to hire a car, the drive is relatively easy, they are about an hour from Lisbon.

Dates 2017

They are open year round except for the following dates;

16th December 2016 to 22nd January 2017
7th August 2017 to 20th August 2017
11th December 2017 to 21st January 2018

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

Raquel and her husband Fernando own and manage of this very special Manor house and equestrian destination in Azinhaga. Raquels professional background is in fact biotechnology and after graduating she worked for the national institute of pharmacy (INFARMED). However it is her passion for horses in particular the Lusitano breed of Portugal that has brought her here with her family to live out her lifelong dream to live in the countryside, working with horses and providing a country upbringing for their 3 children.

Naturally when they bought the Manor house, Raquel set about making it in a centre of excellence for Classical Dressage training and further developing the business into an upmarket riding holiday destination.

In her own words “The most important thing for our team is to be sure that our guests have enjoyed themselves. As you know, people’s motivations vary, so we adapt in order to meet their expectations. Every week is different as are our riders”

It’s a riders dream, a fantastic covered arena sits at the centre of the grounds, where each days lessons are given by Hyke, their resident instructor. She is absolutely fantastic, extremely patient and inspiring, and draws on her own training at Mouriscas (EPDRA) school of equitation. She loves teaching and at any level, her aim is for every rider to improve while there, she is equally happy teaching beginners right through to Grand Prix riders.

We travelled here in September 2016, along with clients from a professional riding background and all of us learned something and were extremely impressed by the whole environment, especially their fabulous Lusitano stallions.

THE RIDING top

Horses – A good mix of beautiful Lusitano horses, mostly stallions, which we re all at varying stages of training up to Grand level. You will have the opportunity to ride most of them and gain different levels of training.

Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to Advanced mostly, but if you are just starting out riding and would like to benefit from some basic training, there are a couple of horses to suit.

Tack – Double bridles and dressage saddles.

Weight Restriction – 17 Stone / 110 kg / 240 lbs.

Group Size – Maximum 2 per lesson.

ACCOMMODATION top

The Manor House had its origin in the 15th and 16th centuries and was built in the centre of Azinhaga, a parish of the municipality of Golegã – the Portuguese Capital of the Horse, with a rich agricultural tradition and the birthplace of Nobel laureate José Saramago.
It has had a full restoration by the current owners, Raquel and Fernando Firmino. They have kept its charm intact and it has become a modern accommodation which retains the original features. The interior was designed by architect Inês Mendonça, creating the ideal atmosphere for clients to experience a unique equestrian dressage focused holiday.
The bedrooms have been completely refurbished and decorated in a sophisticated Portuguese country style. All of them are non-smoking and extremely spacious, offering the following amenities: Air conditioning, LCD TV, Central heating, Daily cleaning and all ensuite.


The accommodation is set round the central focus of the arena, and to the side of it is a fantastic pool area and terrace to chill out at between lessons. Set back from the arena are the well kept stables, yard and tack room.
In addition to the accommodation is a stand alone dining room a restored ancient olive press, which also houses a games room and sitting room with TV, yet another place to relax and chill out.

The traditional gastronomy of Ribatejo is available every day.
Breakfast – Continental buffet style, with fresh breads, local cheese & ham, fruit, tea & coffee and  a daily hot buffet which varies, eggs, bacon, omelettes.
Lunch – A local style Portuguese dish of meat or fish like a chicken with potatoes, fresh salad & bread, followed by fruit & cheese
Dinner – A local style Portuguese dish of meat or fish like whole baked Sea Bass with potatoes, fresh salad & bread followed by a sweet desert, fruit & cheese
Snacks – Available at the bar along with an honesty bar of soft drinks and beers.

Dinner is served at 8pm and each night when we visited, pre dinner, we rode out on the available bikes round the village and stopped off at the local bar for a couple of glasses of wine and socialised with the very friendly locals.

Please Ask About

The National Horse Fair is held in Golegã just 5 minutes from Solaris every year, for 10 days in early November. During this time, the usually quiet town transforms into a lively horsey hub. It is a spectacle like no other in the world! Golegã is home to some of Portugal’s most famous stud farms; it is often referred to as the “Capital of Horses”. In the middle of the town, a large riding arena is found and the arena itself is surrounded by the ‘manga’. Every Portuguese person, who has the opportunity, brings his or her horse. So both day and night, the manga tends to be filled with ridden and driven horses.

We can put together an itinerary that sees you have dressage lessons in the morning, with visits to the festival each day to watch the displays and partake in th celebrations, socialising with a drink and some dancing.

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

Your weekly visit, starts with arrival on Sunday.

Monday to Friday, there are 2 lessons per day.

Saturday, day of departure.

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All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

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Portugal Holidays Testimonials

Niki Tottman on Classical Dressage, Portugal

We had a great time and learned lots. Yes we will definitely return and train with Francisco! He was inspirational. As were his wonderful stallions!

Niki Tottman & Family from England