Horse riding at Equus Ourique
Equus Ourique can help you, or you and your horse reach your goals.
Lessons are available all year round either outside in the large arena or in the 20m x 40m covered school, so no matter what the weather you can still enjoy your riding here.
Types of lessons include:
Beginner (on the lunge and off)
Classical Dressage working to improve the seat and understanding between horse and rider
Dressage levels Prelim to Prix St George with Piaffe, Passage and Spanish Walk on our horses
Poles and gridwork
The chief instructor at Equus Ourique is Lucy Stoker, who has been with us now for 2 years. She is a super instructor and progressing in the teaching levels of Enlightened Equitation along with other training courses including Mastersons that she is studying in 2018.
All our instruction is built on Classical lines with the bio-mechanics of how things work.
Vicky Robain EE level 3 and BHSAI will be at Equus Ourique 2 days per week as she builds up her freelance work in the Algarve, both teaching and with the excellent sports therapy work that she does.
Pru Clayton-Mead EE level 4 and BHSII is retiring and will only be available by prior arrangement and special request. However she remains in overall charge of the yard and in maintaining the high standards that have been set and is available for advice and help when needed.
Other instructors are here for shorter term periods as students, trainees and assistant instructors. Lessons with these instructors are at the lower rates listed in our price guide below
What horses will you ride here?
The horses at Equus Ourique are mostly Portuguese Lusitano cruzado and are trained classically to different levels in dressage and a few do some jumping work as part of their dressage training, so that there should always be at least one horse to suit everyone. We pride ourselves on the standard of care of our horses and we are always pleased to show people around the yard and fields. All our horses can be ridden out, although some are definitely quieter than others. We always take time to match riders with suitable mounts. Our horses
Equus Ourique are pleased to offer half day, or day courses individually designed to suit the participants. They can include anything from riding to in hand, hacking to watching a demo or theory lessons. Ideally suited to visitors staying elsewhere in Portugal who just want to spend part of there holiday up here riding! These courses are run on demand and can be arranged at short notice to fit in with visitors and locals alike.
Our availability calendar will tell you when we are running special events and if we are fully booked or unavailable for lessons
Horses at livery
Please visit our Livery page for details on Retirement and Schooling liveries.