Portugal - Alcainca Dressage
Alcainca Dressage Training on Lusitanos


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Horse Riding Holidays Portugal – Alcainca Dressage

Alcainca Classical Dressage: Prices 2020

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  • Standard Classical Dressage 7 night package / 7 Lessons (1.5 hours p day)
    • GBP: 1,084
    • EUR: 1,184
    • GBP: 1,184
    • EUR: 1,293
    Single Room
  • Intensive Classical Dressage 7 night package / 14 Lessons (3 hours p day)
    • GBP: 1,328
    • EUR: 1,450
    • GBP: 1,506
    • EUR: 1,644
    Single Room
  • Standard Classical Dressage 3 night package / 3 Lessons (1.5 hours p day)
    • GBP: 464
    • EUR: 507
    • GBP: 542
    • EUR: 592
    Single Room
  • Intensive Classical Dressage 3 night package / 6 Lessons (3 hours p day)
    • GBP: 580
    • EUR: 634
    • GBP: 658
    • EUR: 719
    Single Room

Above are just some of our most popular examples, but we can also tailor make and do any length of stay so please ask us.

DISCOUNTS: November & December 10% discount, January and February 20% discount. We also offer a long stay discount for anyone staying more than 10 days.

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our ‘Terms & Conditions’ for full details.

Golega Festival November 2020
Each year in November in the small town of Golega, the most magical celebration of the Lusitano Horse takes place. Riders, breeders, buyers and locals from all over Portugal and beyond, gather in the town to showcase their animals, watch and socialise, it has a unique carnival atmosphere which is to be experienced if you have a special interest in the Lusitano breed.

We can easily add this into your package and include some days riding either side.

Non riders are also very welcome
£95/€105/$100 per person per night

Included – All your riding, full board accommodation, soft drinks with all meals and wine with lunch and dinner.

Excluded – Flights, transfers, alcohol outside mealtimes & tips.

Getting There
International flights to Lisbon airport.

You can hire a car or we can arrange to pick you up at Lisbon airport, €80 per car return. It’s a 45 minute transfer.

Alcainca Classical Dressage: Dates 2020

Open all year.

Remember our Horse Riding Holidays GUARANTEE. You won’t find these Horse Riding Holidays (or any of our Horse Riding Holidays) at a lower price through any other source… and if you do we will refund the difference.


Alcainça is a family run dressage yard with a selection of pure and part bred Lusitano schoolmasters suitable for leisure riders, amateurs and experienced riders too.

It all started with Antonio Assunção Duarte, when he discovered horses and in particular the pure-bred Lusitanos, relatively late in adulthood. He started riding and training Portuguese classical equitation in his forties, amongst others with Luis Valença, Mestre-Picador of the Portuguese School of Equestrian Arts.
It was Antonio who originally conceived of and built the Quinta in the 1970’s as a retreat for the family to spend weekends and holidays riding together. Meanwhile, Antonio’s growing passion for Lusitanos and classical dressage saw the Quinta develop into an equestrian center focused on training high-quality Lusitano horses in the classical iberian principles, as well as for trail rides in the untouched mountains and along the beaches of the Atlantic coast.

Salette, Antonio’s daughter, then took over the management of Escola the Equitação de Alcainça. She continued to enhance the facility and developed the business by welcoming international guests, keen to try the famous Lusitanos and ride in a traditional Portuguese environment.

Eventually, the unspoiled swathes of land, perfect for trail rides, disappeared, which led to a re-focus on riding holidays offering riders from all over the world, dressage training and the opportunity to learn from and experience classical equitation on a schoolmaster horse.

Now, the third generation, Salette’s son and Antonio’s grandson, Pedro Rodrigues and his wife Sandra, continue the Escola de Equitação de Alcainça tradition of enabling riders from all four corners of the world to discover the magic of the Lusitano horse and its gift for classical equitation in a family-run Quinta.

This is most definitely the place to visit if you are a Classical Dressage enthusiast, no prior knowledge of this way of teaching is needed as the teachers are sympathetic and aim to inspire and improve technique and feel.

It’s also a lovely place to take a non riding partner especially in the summer months, when they can relax by the pool, watch some of your training or disappear on day trips to fishing villages, the beach or nearby towns.


Alcainca Classical Dressage Horses – Mostly schoolmaster part and pure-bred Lusitanos. All are trained in the lateral movements, and the more advanced horses offer piaffe and passage.

Level of Riding & Pace -Novice to advanced.

Tack – Mostly double bridles & dressage saddles.

Weight Restriction – 95kg / 210lbs / 15 stone.

Group Size – Maximum 18 (2-4 in a group lesson)


You will stay either at the riding centre which has 3 twin and 2 double rooms or across the road which has 3 twins room. The indoor school is a short walk from the accommodation.

The rooms are clean, comfortable and simple.There is also a bar, games room and large unheated outdoor pool.

The food is delicious, well thought out and in the most part, Portuguese style.

      • Breakfast – A heary light breakfast, tea, coffee, orange juice, cereals, yoghurts, three types of bread, ham, cheese, fresh fruit & a selection of hot dishes, usually eggs and bacon.
      • Lunch – A proper lunch, but lighter than dinner. Some fish or meat with potatoes or pasta, lots of fresh vegetables from their own garden and fruit.
      • Dinner – Always 3 courses, home made soup followed by meat and potatoes or a pasta dish, again with lots of fresh vegetables. Desert is a cake or ice cream, always homemade.
      • Snacks – If you are hungry in the late afternoon, you are welcome to ask for something and usually you will be served some Portuguese bread and cheese.

Horse Riding Holidays like our Classical Dressage holiday are part of the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding Holidays Portugal.

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There are lots of sight seeing choices and here are a few suggestions within an hour of the farmhouse.

      • Obidos – A centuries old well-preserved medieval town with castle, cobbled streets and annual festivals.
      • Nazaré – A traditional fishing town with a spectacular view of the beach.
      • Lisbon – The capital city on the banks of the river Tejo, plenty to do and see here day or night.
      • Golegã – A small, picturesque town, probably most famous for the annual horse fair in early November.


Lessons have a maximum of 4 people but often only 2 so are very focussed. You are welcome to watch and film from the gallery to learn as much as possible during your stay.

You can choose from Classical Dressage, Work-in-Hand or Lunge lessons in any combination you wish, taken indoors or outdoors.

The usual 7 night riding holiday is available most weeks of the year and shorter and longer breaks are available on request.

6 days riding, 7 nights, full board and accommodation

      • Sunday
        Arrive early evening, about 6pm in time to settle in and be ready for dinner at 8pm.
      • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
        Ride twice a day, mornings and afternoons, lessons.
      • Sunday
        One last morning lesson before departing for an afternoon flight home.


Zara’s Planet Horse Riding Holidays Guarantee:

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

Laura on Classical Dressage, Portugal

The horses were amazing. Each one is stunningly beautiful and very well trained. Some were more sensitive and responsive, others were more forgiving of our attempts to recreate the movements. They were very well looked after, each morning they were vacuumed by the groom using a henry hoover with a brush attachment! I rode several

Laura Davidson from Scotland