OUR SCHOOL 

Just a few minutes from the center of Lisbon, our facilities are located in the traditional equestrian horse farm named "Casal de Santo André". You may find an atmosphere of enthusiasm and dedication to learn and teach the equestrian Art and Horsemanship. 

In a family and cozy environment, students are able to enjoy the Lusitano Horse taught by highly experienced and dedicated instructors, under the guidance of António Borba Monteiro, Master of the Portuguese Equestrian Art School for over than 20 years.

OUR SERVICES

What will you achieve with us? 

  • We provide lesson for all abilities
    Elementary level
    To create a possibility for every rider to experience the world of Lusitano horses. We share our methods, techniques, traditions, and way of living.
    For us, the main purpose is to create and keep the student's passion for the horses. Step by step makes them feel the importance and greatness of living with these animals. Make them feel safe about their fears. 
    Academic level
    Riding lessons, in classic style, according to the training program of the Portuguese Equestrian School, based on the work of Manoel Carlos de Andrade. The objective is to allow the rider to feel the true nature and enthusiasm of his horse when he performs the “Ares – “a genetic expression that arises spontaneously and in harmony with the rider”
    Sport Level

    Introduction to Dressage. Definition of the Basic movements and posture correction for better scoring.

  • Breaking livery/horse training
    We invite you to break a horse in an atmosphere of harmony, communication and trust between the horse and rider. A relationship among equals.

  • Equestrian Teaching and Training Internships
    Internships are more like a retreat, a kind of meditation aimed at improving any of the areas in which we work.
    Develop improved communication and harmony with the horse is the only way of having a tranquil horse that is keen on learning. The technique will take care of the rest!

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OUR PHILOSOPHY

The horse’s well-being is the key point of all our work. It is an essential condition for classical dressage but also to build a good relationship with the horse. We have to preserve his nature if we really want to enjoy it. Balance, harmony and good flowing energy start right in the stables.

 

Feeding, cleaning and preparing horses are great opportunities to start knowing them and create complicity. There starts the teamwork involving grooms, students and teachers and each horse with its own character and joy. We need the best conditions to have a happy horse and to achieve better results at work. At Casal de Santo André we chose the most natural food and horses stay in individual paddocks until winter and the rainy days, when they can rest in a warmer place in the stables. We choose carefully their next-door companions, particularly with the stallions.  

Our work starts by building trust and confidence with every young or older horse. A fair leadership is very well accepted by them. Something that can only be achieved with time and love by a good instructor, being patient, firm and clear. 

While working with a horse we try to follow the principles and advice of the classical masters but we have also to be prepared to innovate. We need an open and sensible mind. We never know in advance what is best for each horse and we try to improve observing every detail. It's really important, also, to study biomechanics and observe the movements and natural balance of each horse. We must have a commitment to horse’s nature while pursuing the classical path. We know that being fair to his nature is the best approach for his acceptance of gymnastics efforts. 

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