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.
What will you achieve with us?
We provide lesson for all abilities
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.
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”
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!
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.
António Borba Monteiro
António Borba Monteiro was born in Portugal on a family of riders, breeders of horses and bulls. In these surroundings, and by the hand of his grandfather and his uncle Master Guilherme Borba he discovers and learns the Portuguese traditions related to the Lusitano horse.
At the age of 9, António starts to learn and help his uncle at Santo André where has started a true passion for horses. Antonio has learned at first on the young mares to begin his equestrian journey. " More I was practicing, more I wanted to discover about horses."
The passion for horses does not prevent him from taking a degree in engineering, like his father. This knowledge helps him to interpret the dynamics and efforts of horses.
In 1981 he joins the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art (EPAE), once again under the guidance of his uncle that takes him to the approval of his Master, the great Nuno de Oliveira. Master Nuno hired António Borba Monteiro to work with his horses while he leaves to Australia. Great honor and responsibility! The Master states: - “If you improve them, I’ll give them to you…”
For almost 40 years António Borba Monteiro was part of the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art team, at first as a rider, afterward as Master. António practiced and taught all the “Airs above the ground” – both to horses and to riders – with a deep knowledge of the classical riding techniques interconnected with his formation about horse skills and a profound understanding of its nature.
At his home "Santo André Lusitanos" António is still applying the principles and advice of the classical masters with also a serious approach to the dressage as a sport. His passion for the horses has grown with his maturity and helped him to enhance and refine his own academic method.
Camille Di Benedetto
Camille began riding at an early age with her great-uncle who was passionate about horses.
Very soon she began to participate in small equestrian shows. In 2013, she graduated as an equestrian teacher specialized in intra-interspecies communication and equestrian art.
It is in 2014, at the age of 20, that she has the great opportunity to joined the Portuguese school of equestrian art for an internship of one year.
Antonio Borba Monteiro then became his headmaster. Enchanted by the beauty of Portugal, the culture, and the Lusitano horse, she settled in Lisbon and continued her apprenticeship at the Casal de Santo André.
In 2017 September, Camille moved to Germany to perform in the show of Apassionata at the showpalast München. Back to Lisbon since early 2019 she is currently teaching and supervising all activities at Santo André Lusitanos.
These years of experience allow her to deepen her knowledge and progress in the field of Equestrian Art.
Born in the middle of the Atlantic in the Azores archipelago, he was always linked to rural life and, consequently, to animals, but it was at the age of 8, when he began to take riding lessons, that he discovered his true passion: horses.
Very quickly, what was a hobby became a vice. Two years after his started, João was introduced to the discipline of Dressage, where he has won three National Champion titles, and participates to the international level in young rider.
Very early he began teaching the youngest at the Terceira Island riding center, a non-profit organization in 2019. Teaching others is a passion, but he constantly seeks to learn and improve his technique as a rider.
Graduated in management, it is nevertheless in horseback riding that he sees his future, teaching horses and taking them to the highest level of Dressage is his main objective.
Assunção da Cunha
Antonio's wife, she is an excellent public relations person. She focuses on the smooth running of everyone’s stay, making sure to regulate every detail. Everyone feels comfortable, thanks to her enthusiasm!
Her warm welcome delights both newcomers and those returning for another stay, happy to see her again!