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Classical Dressage and the Golega Fair

8 days / 5 or 6 days riding from 1429€

Riding levels

Each of our trips is assigned a minimum level of riding ability required. This reflects whether there is technical riding required; the terrain to be covered; the liveliness of the horses; the length of the riding days and the riding fitness required.




For novice riders, these riding holidays will give beginners the chance to get used to being in the saddle. In general, a beginner/ novice hasn't learned how to canter and has not yet mastered rising trot. They are able to mount safely and to control a horse at a walk. 



For intermediate riders who are at ease at 2 paces (walk and rising trot and are starting to canter in a forward seat) out in open countryside. The intermediate rider is able to mount and dismount their horse unassisted, use basic riding aids, ride at a rising trot for at least 10 minutes, to change and control the pace from a walk to a trot and comfortably canter over short distances.



For experienced riders who have mastered all 3 paces (walk, rising trot, canter in a forward seat) over uneven terrain. The experienced rider rides regularly, has a good seat and is confident of their own ability. They are able to control the horse at speed and change direction of their horse at any pace and in any circumstance as needed.



For advanced riders who have mastered all 4paces (walk, rising trot, canter gallop in a forward seat) over uneven terrain on all types of horses including those that are very spirited. The advanced rider rides regularly has good physical fitness, has good soft hands and has the ability to gallop for long stretches without getting tired.



For all riders, whether they are novices, intermediate level, experienced or advanced. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance training, natural horsemanship, trail riding orcentre based safaris.



For beginners and intermediate level riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capability of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For beginners, intermediate level  and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level, experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtrainingendurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.

Comfort

Each of our rides has been assigned an expected level of comfort

Nights in hotels, guesthouses, B&B's or homestays. Double or twin rooms with bathrooms.

 

EQUUS JOURNEYS Fingerpost Cottage
Hopton Wafers
Shropshire, DY140NA. UK
Phone : +44 (0) 1905 388977
INFO@EQUUS-JOURNEYS.COM

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PORTUGAL-Classical Dressage and the Golega Fair

8 days / 5 or 6 days riding from 1429€


Activity :

Level :

Comfort :

This riding holiday offers a special treat for riders who love classical dressage! Once a year there is a Horse Fair in the town of Golega and hundreds of horses and riders converge upon the town. It is possible to combine a visit to the fair with dressage lessons on Lusitano horses at our local dressage centre.

Strengths

- Two days at Golega Fair, when the town of Golega transforms into a lively hosey hub with shows and parades - a unique experience for horse lovers.
- Watch a show at the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art
- Four days of dressage lessons in small groups of 2-4 riders (one or two lessons each day by prior arrangement)
- Three fantastic instructors - Paulo Tita, Joao Batalha and Georges Malleroni who was inspired by the great master Nuno Oliviera.
- Ride beautifully school Lusitano dressage horses
- Non riders are welcome

Itinerary

Day 1 : Europe - LISBON - 1 or no lesson

Accommodation : ALCAINCA

Your flight to Lisbon can arrive at any time (not included), although please note that there is no discount if you choose to arrive too late for dinner.

You will met on arrival at Lisbon airport and transferred to the equestrian centre which is located just 25km from Lisbon. Alternatively you may prefer to hire a car and drive yourself to the centre - we can provide driving directions.

For those who have booked two lessons a day, and after settling into your room (for arrivals before 2.00 pm), you will have your first dressage lesson this afternoon. If you arrive too late, this lesson will not be reimbursed to you.

Those who have booked one lesson a day will have time to settle and relax before dinner.

Day 2 : DRESSAGE - 1 or 2 lessons

Accommodation : ALCAINCA

You will have pre-booked either one or two lessons today.
Each lesson comprises 2 - 4 riders and lasts 1 hour 30 minutes.

The morning lessons start around 09:30 and the afternoon lessons start around 16:00, although this can vary depending on the time of year and weather.

Lessons usually start in walk with the chance to practice shoulder-in, leg yielding and travers before moving onto trot and canter. For those with prior dressage experience if may be possible to practice Spanish walk, piaffe, passage or pirouettes. Classical dressage is particularly focused on lightness, beauty and expression.

If you have chosen only one lesson today, then this could be either in the morning or the afternoon and the rest of the day can be spend relaxing at the centre, by the pool or perhaps off-site visiting Lisbon or Queluz.

Day 3 :DRESSAGE - 1 - 2 lessons

Accommodation : ALCAINCA

Again you will have booked either one or two dressage lessons for today. It is not always possible to request additional lessons once you have arrived so you should be certain to book enough in advance.

Day 4 : DRESSAGE - 1 or 2 lessons

Accommodation : ALCAINCA

Again you will have booked either one or two dressage lessons for today. It is not always possible to request additional lessons once you have arrived so you should be certain to book enough in advance.

Day 5: DRESSAGE - 1 OR 2 LESSONS

Accommodation : ALCAINCA

Again you will have booked either one or two dressage lessons for today. It is not always possible to request additional lessons once you have arrived so you should be certain to book enough in advance.

Day 6 : GOLEGA FAIR - No riding

Accommodation : ALCAINCA

Spend your morning at Golega Fair watching the locals perform the exercises you were practising earlier in the week. After lunch in Golega you will be transferred back to the dressage centre.

Day 7 : GOLEGA FAIR - No riding

You will depart early from the dressage centre for the 1.5 hour transfer by road to Golega. Today is the national dressage event at the fair - a national contest for Lusitano colts of 3-4 years old. Your guide will help you interpret each of the horses presented and talk through what the judges are looking for.

Dinner and accommodation in Golega.

Day 8 : ALCAINCA - EUROPE - 1 lesson

After one last morning lesson, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Europe.


Price details

No departure for this destination. Please contact our travel advisers for more information.
- Flights are not included.

- Rates listed include one lesson a day (1-1h30). If you would like your programme to include two lessons a day, the rate is £1395.

- The riding centre will confirm for one person, but the visit to Golega Fair requires a minimum of four people to confirm.

- Dates are flexible and you can arrive/depart on any day and stay for as long as you like, however, you need to arrive at least the day before the planned visit to Golega Fair. Please contact us for a personalised quote.

- There is a single supplement unless you are willing to share with another rider. If you sign up to the ride singularly and there are no other riders likely to share your room, you will be charged a single room supplement of approx. £77 for your hotel in Golega only. You will then be reimbursed if a sharer is found for you a a later date. Single supplement at the riding school only (6 nights) is £195

- Transfers can be arranged from the airport or Lisbon city centre to the dressage centre at extra cost. From the airport to the centre costs c. £88 return for the vehicle (1-3 passengers); from the city centre to the dressage school costs c. £95 return for the vehicle (1-3 passengers). These are bookable through us. Alternatively you may prefer to hire a car and drive yourself - we can provide driving directions.

- A driver is available during your stay if you wish to take a local excursion, such as to the Portugese School of Equestrian Art, Mafra or Lisbon - these excursions are at additional cost and payable locally.
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

PRICE INCLUDES

Support Team

2 English speaking teachers with the leadership of Georges Malleroni

Logistic

1 horse equipped with the classical dressage saddle and bridle (you're riding several horses during the stay)
4 training session during 1:30 (1 session/riding day)

Inland transports

Transfers riding school - Feira de Golega
Transfers hotel Golega/Feira de Golega

Accommodation

Double room in a local hotel in Golega + breakfast (1 night)
Double room in Guesthouses at the riding school (6 nights)

Meals

Full board at the riding school
Breakfast at Golega

OPTION

Accommodation

Single room supplement at the hotel in Golega
Single room supplement at the riding school

Transport

Airport transfers on destination (bookable through us)

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Meals

Free meals at Golega
Beverage and personal extra

Extra

Tips to local team

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurance are not included in the above listed price. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked to cover you in case of cancellation

TIPS

Tips are appreciated but not expected. You should give what you feel is appropriate and you feel comfortable with.

HORSES

There are approximately 20 horses available for guests and they are all pure-bred or part-bred Lusitano's. Some are stallions but mainly they are geldings. The horses are at varying levels of training, so there are schoolmasters for intermediate riders or those just starting out in dressage as well as horses capable of producing high school movements for experienced riders.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

You should be able to walk, trot and canter and be a confident rider.
Riders who have some prior experience of dressage will get the most from this holiday. An understanding of some basic terms, such as shoulder-in is required. The centre cannot cater for beginner riders. You will be expected to wear a hard hat when mounted and please note that we can not guarantee that your lessons will be with a particular instructor.

Rider weight limit - 89 kg / 13.5 stones. Heavier riders please contact us.

PACE

Depending on your experience you will work in all three paces and may include movements such as shoulder-in, travers, half pass, piaffe etc.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

You will be expected to assist with grooming, tacking up and untacking your horse each day but grooms are available to assist you if necessary.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

No special difficulties, but a prior knowledge of basic dressage is required. You will get more out of the tuition if you have some experience of basic dressage terms, such as shoulder-in.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

Spurs and sticks will be made available to you if the instructors feel you require them.

Helmets are mandatory. We recommend all our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.

COMFORT

The guesthouse at the dressage centre has four twin rooms on site, each with private bathroom and located close to the stables. There are also an additional three twin rooms just over the road. The dining room, communal living area with TV and bar, as well as the unheated swimming pool are all available year round.

In Golega you stay in a standard hotel with twin rooms with private bathrooms.

CLIMATE

Portugal has a pleasant climate with mild temperatures all year round:
Winter: 12 - 15c
Spring: 20 - 25c
Summer: 30 - 35c
Autumn: 15 - 20c
There is rarely rain during the summer months, but rain is common in winter and can occur in spring also.

Meals

You eat all your meals in the dining room at the riding centre, which overlooks the indoor arena.

Breakfast is continental and buffet style.
Lunch is light such as quiche and salad.
Dinner is usually fish or meat with salads and vegetables. The focus is on traditional Portugese cuisine and all is prepared locally by the chef.
All drinks and wine are included.

Support Team

Guide and local team

There are three main instructors and it is likely that you will have lessons with one of them throughout your stay for continuity and consistency in your training.
Georges speaks English, Portugese and French and originally trained under Nuno Oliveira. He has been passionate about dressage since childhood and is a joy to watch.
Paolo is a former student of Georges and he speaks Portugese, French, English and German. He is passionate about teaching dressage and gets very involved in his lessons.
Renato comes from Alentejo, where he studied at the Alter Real Professional School to become a professional rider and trainer. While mainly focused on dressage, Renato enjoys all the riding disciplines. Competing in the annual year-end school competition, which includes show-jumping, cross-country and dressage, he scooped the first prize.
Renato trained and sold his first horse when graduating, and is now continuing his passion for developing fine horses by breeding his own Lusitanos in Alentejo, while teaching classical equitation and training horses at Escola de Equitação de Alcainça.

HORSE GUIDE

  • Georges

    Georges MALLERONI

  • Paulo

    Paulo TITA

Packing list

Head
- Helmets are mandatory. Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you take your own helmet to ensure a correct fit.
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses

Upper body
- Long sleeved shirts to provide protection from the sun
- T-shirts
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- Warm polar fleece or equivalent, particularly in winter
- Waterproof jacket - rain can be difficult to predict and it's better to be prepared.

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Casual clothes for the evenings (jeans or walking trousers)

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long boots, particularly if you are used to riding in them.
- Lightweight shoes for the evenings
- Several pairs of socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun whilst riding

Nightwear
- Pyjamas etc (something warm in winter as the nights can be cold)

Our Recommendations
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

Other useful items
- Swimsuit - the pool is open during summer months
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Ear plugs (for light sleepers)

In your luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag.

In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Your riding hat

Medical kit
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Any medication you regularly take
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel

ENTRY FORMALITIES

A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by British, Australian, Canadian and all other EU nationals.
Visas:
Nationals not referred to above are advised to contact their embassy for visa requirements.

BREXIT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The rules for travel to most countries in Europe will change if the UK leaves the European Union (EU) with no deal.

After 29 March 2019:

You should have 6 months left on your passport from your date of arrival. This applies to adult and child passports.

If you renewed a 10 year adult passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport's expiry date. These extra months will not count.

The new rules will apply to passports issued by the UK, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-brexit

Addresses of consulates

  • Ambassade du Portugal
    3, rue de Noisiel
    75116 PARIS
    Tél. : 01.47.27.35.29
    Fax :
    mailto@embaixada-portugal-fr.org
  • Ambassade de France
    Rua Santos-o-Velho 5
    LISBONNE
    Tél. : +351 21 393 9100
    Fax :
    contact@ambafrance-pt.org

HEALTH

Make sure you take your EHIC card with you.
You will be treated on the same basis as a Portuguese resident, but you might have to make a patient contribution to the cost of your care. If you have to make such a payment, you may be able to seek reimbursement for this cost when you are back in the UK if you are not able to do so in Portugal. It is important that you ensure you are treated by a state healthcare provider, as you will not be covered for private healthcare. You should be particularly careful if the healthcare arrangements have been made by a hotel or travel representative. There are state health centres throughout the country (generally open from 0800 to 2000) where you can receive treatment for minor ailments and injuries, and major emergency hospitals in large towns which remain open throughout the night.
Even though pharmacies are well stocked, take a decent supply of medication with you, and be aware pharmacies are usually closed for two hours over lunchtime. Carry a legible prescription with you to show that you legally use the medication. If you wear glasses, take a spare pair and your prescription just in case you need to get new glasses made up quickly.

Vaccination against hepatitis B is sometimes recommended.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

TELEPHONE AND JET LAG

The dialling code for Portugal is +351

The time zone is GMT +1

BUDGET AND MONEY

Portugal has adopted the Euro (EUR, symbol: €) as its official currency. One Euro is divided into 100 cents, which is sometimes referred to as eurocents, especially when distinguishing them with the US cents.
Euro banknotes come in denominations of €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500. The highest three denominations are rarely used in everyday transactions. All Euro banknotes have a common design for each denomination on both sides throughout the Eurozone.
The Euro coins are 1 cent, 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, €1 and €2. Some countries in the Eurozone have law which requires cash transactions to be rounded to the nearest 5 cents. All Euro coins have a common design on the denomination (value) side, while the opposite side may have a different image from one country to another. Although the image side may be different, all Euro coins remain legal tender throughout the Eurozone.

VOLTAGE

230 volts AC, 50Hz. Continental two-pin plugs are in use.

ACTIVITY :Instruction Dressage

LEVEL :Help

COMFORT :Help

This riding holiday offers a special treat for riders who love classical dressage! Once a year there is a Horse Fair in the town of Golega and hundreds of horses and riders converge upon the town. It is possible to combine a visit to the fair with dressage lessons on Lusitano horses at our local dressage centre.

  • Dressage lessons on Lusitano horses
    Lusitano horses and dressage lessons
  • Discovering Golega Fair
    Golega Fair in Portugal
  • Dressage on beautiful Lusitanian horses
    Lusitanian horse and dressage in Portugal
  • Visit Golega Fair in Portugal
    Portugal and Golega Fair on horseback
  • Improve your dressage skills in our Quinta in Portugal
    Classical dressage in Portugal
  • Accommodation in Portugal
    Portugal and accommodation on a riding holiday
  • Classical dressage with Georges Malleroni
    Dressage riding in Portugal
  • Deautifully schooled Lusitano dressage horses
    Lusitano horses and dressage in Portugal

STRENGTHS

- Two days at Golega Fair, when the town of Golega transforms into a lively hosey hub with shows and parades - a unique experience for horse lovers.
- Watch a show at the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art
- Four days of dressage lessons in small groups of 2-4 riders (one or two lessons each day by prior arrangement)
- Three fantastic instructors - Paulo Tita, Joao Batalha and Georges Malleroni who was inspired by the great master Nuno Oliviera.
- Ride beautifully school Lusitano dressage horses
- Non riders are welcome

ITINERARY

Day 1 : Europe - LISBON - 1 or no lesson

Accommodation : ALCAINCA

Your flight to Lisbon can arrive at any time (not included), although please note that there is no discount if you choose to arrive too late for dinner.

You will met on arrival at Lisbon airport and transferred to the equestrian centre which is located just 25km from Lisbon. Alternatively you may prefer to hire a car and drive yourself to the centre - we can provide driving directions.

For those who have booked two lessons a day, and after settling into your room (for arrivals before 2.00 pm), you will have your first dressage lesson this afternoon. If you arrive too late, this lesson will not be reimbursed to you.

Those who have booked one lesson a day will have time to settle and relax before dinner.

Day 2 : DRESSAGE - 1 or 2 lessons

Accommodation : ALCAINCA

You will have pre-booked either one or two lessons today.
Each lesson comprises 2 - 4 riders and lasts 1 hour 30 minutes.

The morning lessons start around 09:30 and the afternoon lessons start around 16:00, although this can vary depending on the time of year and weather.

Lessons usually start in walk with the chance to practice shoulder-in, leg yielding and travers before moving onto trot and canter. For those with prior dressage experience if may be possible to practice Spanish walk, piaffe, passage or pirouettes. Classical dressage is particularly focused on lightness, beauty and expression.

If you have chosen only one lesson today, then this could be either in the morning or the afternoon and the rest of the day can be spend relaxing at the centre, by the pool or perhaps off-site visiting Lisbon or Queluz.

Day 3 :DRESSAGE - 1 - 2 lessons

Accommodation : ALCAINCA

Again you will have booked either one or two dressage lessons for today. It is not always possible to request additional lessons once you have arrived so you should be certain to book enough in advance.

Day 4 : DRESSAGE - 1 or 2 lessons

Accommodation : ALCAINCA

Again you will have booked either one or two dressage lessons for today. It is not always possible to request additional lessons once you have arrived so you should be certain to book enough in advance.

Day 5: DRESSAGE - 1 OR 2 LESSONS

Accommodation : ALCAINCA

Again you will have booked either one or two dressage lessons for today. It is not always possible to request additional lessons once you have arrived so you should be certain to book enough in advance.

Day 6 : GOLEGA FAIR - No riding

Accommodation : ALCAINCA

Spend your morning at Golega Fair watching the locals perform the exercises you were practising earlier in the week. After lunch in Golega you will be transferred back to the dressage centre.

Day 7 : GOLEGA FAIR - No riding

You will depart early from the dressage centre for the 1.5 hour transfer by road to Golega. Today is the national dressage event at the fair - a national contest for Lusitano colts of 3-4 years old. Your guide will help you interpret each of the horses presented and talk through what the judges are looking for.

Dinner and accommodation in Golega.

Day 8 : ALCAINCA - EUROPE - 1 lesson

After one last morning lesson, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Europe.

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YOUR ADVISOR

Golega Fair

Golega Fair has been running since the mid eighteenth century, but up until 1972 it was called the Saint Martin Fair.

The National Horse Fair is run in Golega town every November. Golega has become known as the capital of Lusitano breeding and during the fair, breeders and competitors bring their best animals to parade and be sold. What started as a simple fair has become one of the most beautiful and unique equestrian events in Portugal.

For more information you can visit the fair's own website here.

The dates for each event at the fair are often not released until a few months beforehand, and so the exact itinerary of our riding holiday combining Golega Fair with classical dressage tuition is not available until that point. Our partners aim to ensure that you visit some of the best shows on offer at the fair and so please do bear with us regarding dates and prices if they are not showing. Or contact us to express your interest and we will ensure you are the first to know!

Early bird discounts
Get 3% off all trips booked before 31/12/2019 for a departure in 2020.
Terms and conditions:
  • This 3% early bird discount applies to the cost of the trip, and excludes transfers & supplements, international or domestic flights, and any additional services.
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other current discount.