A family-owned acclaimed riding facility welcoming riders from all over the world for top-level dressage tuition on pure-bred Lusitano horses in Portugal


Re-opening Portugal...

The Covid-19 pandemic is still with us in the world, but developing and regressing at different stages in various places. To date, Portugal has been lucky and spared the high casualty numbers of some of our neighbours. Now, having passed the peak and successfully containing the virus, the country is carefully re-opening society, businesses and travel while adhering to international health and saftety measures in order to protect both citizens and visitors. 

Re-opening Escola de Equitação de Alcainça

There is no point in denying that like for all businesses relying on travel and visiting clients, the last year has been difficult for us. The welfare of our horses and our clients is always our top priority, so thinking ahead we have used the lockdown time to give our school horses some well-earned rest and paddock-time, as well as focusing on fine-tuning their training.  

We – instructors, staff and horses - are now all ready to receive you once again as you come to enjoy the experience of high school dressage moves and learn the fundamental basics of classical equitation on advanced Lusitano schoolmasters.

Please be reassured that our priority is, and always will be, the experience, health and safety of our guests and to this effect we are fully compliant with the authorities’ protocols around food handling, sanitization, disinfection and cleaning, as well as following the specific measures detailed for equestrian facilities.

We thank you in advance for your support and for putting your trust in Escola de Equitação de Alcainça as you plan for future travel.


Our dressage riding school has been in operation for over 30 years and is steeped in the classical horsemanship tradition. We offer riders, both novice and experienced, the opportunity to experience the renowned Portuguese pure-bred Lusitano horse and classical equitation in the spirit of the grand masters, in their original environment. We host and train both riders and horses from all over the world in our equestrian facility.

Our riders and guests are hosted in the family-run Quinta, and can ride and train up to twice a day with our expert and multilingual dressage instructors in the indoor or outdoor schools on the estate.

Riding our well-trained schoolmasters, technique, balance, feel and knowledge is developed and enhanced, no matter what your level of previous classical dressage experience is. Above all, we teach the art of riding in harmony with, rather than against, the horse.

Our mission is to inspire riders and provide an experience like no other, whether you'd like to feel what it's like to ride a schoolmaster for the first time or need to perfect your piaffe and passage, this is the place to do it!

We hope to welcome you soon!