Portuguese Equitation (Equitação a Portuguesa) and Working Equitation (Equitação de Trabalho) are two equestrian disciplines that have been practiced in Portugal for centuries, proving the excellence, ease of handling and the manoeuvrability of the Lusitano horse as a partner and working horse.

Our Working Equitation Program provides riders the opportunity to learn more about this disciplines by practising on school horses.


Both the Portuguese Equitation and Working Equitation classes are taught by our instructor Mario in English.

A good basic riding level is required to participate. Riders should be competent in all three gaits (walk, trot and canter) and understand the basics of dressage.

This program can also be booked in combination with our regular Dressage Program.

Special week-end or week-long Working Equitation programs can be customized upon request.

Intensive riding program (A):

By choosing this option you have two riding lessons per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. In between the lessons you have time to relax by the pool or enjoy quiet time around the horses.

Moderate riding program (B):

You have one riding lesson per day in the morning or in the afternoon, allowing you the time to discover and enjoy the surrounding Portuguese nature and culture on offer. A trip to Lisbon or the beach from Escola de Equitaçao de Alcainça only takes 30 minutes…


Non-rider program

For the accompanying non-riders or if you want to take a day off riding.
Non-riders are also welcome and day trips can be organised to various places such as Lisbon, Sintra and the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art.

The three options can be mixed as desired, but they have to be pre-booked.

You can arrive and depart on any day and stay for as long as you like. However, for a more fulfilling experience, we do recommend a stay of at least three nights.

Safety is paramount

Although our school horses are all very well trained, gentle and safe, it is mandatory to wear a hard hat/helmet at all times when riding for your own security.

Riders are welcome to assist in grooming, tacking up and untacking the horses although there are grooms to prepare and assist if you are unfamiliar with the process.