Dressage rider doing dressage movements at Alcainça in Portugal
Dressage stays

Dressage and Instructional Riding Holidays

On an Instructional riding holiday a good instructor and well-schooled horse can help you to improve your riding skills. Whether your interest lies in classical dressage or western riding; endurance or natural horsemanship; learning to play polo or simply improving your basic riding skills, there's a riding holiday to suit you. Classical dressage holidays are usually arena based, but learning to ride Western or experiencing your first endurance ride are generally done out on the riding trail. Improve your natural horsemanship skills on a ranch holiday in USA, practice piaffe and passage on a dressage holiday in Spain or experience the thrill of jumping cross country fences on a riding holiday in Ireland.

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From the horse’s mouth

  • Classical Dressage in Portugal
    October 2022 Mary aged 71
    A lovely situation. Superb instruction on well trained horses. Accommodation and food the best. I learnt more in a week than I imagined. Instructors Sergio and Mario were so patient and understanding. Already trying to plan a return visit. All horses exceptional for their purpose.
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  • Epona - High School Classical Dressage
    January 2022 Lesley aged 66
    As usual, excellent horses and tuition from Vivi and Rafael. Think I did every high school movement in a lesson with Rafael this time. Three weeks well spent after 2 years of lockdown and not being able to visit. Thanks again for organising another excellent trip to Epona via a couple of days in beautiful Sevilla All... Read all
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  • Epona - Special Rafael Soto week
    November 2021 Anette Lemvigh aged 62
    Epona - always Epona. Magnificent: horses, education, all the people involved and their hospitality. Facilities are also perfect. So don't miss out on this opportunity. Mimoso : the wise teacher and gentleman and Obscura, the handsome young and eager guy.
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  • Epona - High School Classical Dressage
    September 2019 Julie aged 50
    Epona Equestrian Centre was just fabulous. Vivy, Fernando, Jane and Paz couldn't have made it more special. What a lovely friendly team, what fantastic horses and amazing tuition. I loved every minute of it and will definitely be returning. They were all beautiful. Superbly schooled and impeccably behaved.
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  • Epona - High School Classical Dressage
    July 2018 Lesley aged 62
    Once again Epona was a fantastic place to be. Fantastic stallions to ride, superb coaching from Vivi and Rafael Soto and a warm welcome from all the family and staff at Epona. It really is 'home from home' for me and have already booked my next trip Naranjero - gorgeous but slightly quirky stallion. Find the right... Read all
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  • Classical dressage training in Andalusia
    Riding holiday in Epona High School Classical Dressage
  • Epona Train and Trail
    Classical dressage training and trails in Andalucia
  • Improving dressage in Portugal
    Under the watchful eye of the Alcainca instructor
  • Riding in Tuscany, Italy
    Classical dressage training in Tuscany
  • Horseback safari and endurance in Namibia
    Okapuka endurance riding safari