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Lusitano Riding Centre Alcainca Program B

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The riding center offers 2 different programs:
- Intensive Riding Program (Program A) - 2 riding lessons per riding day (morning & afternoon)
- Moderate Riding Program (Program B) - 1 riding lesson per riding day (morning or afternoon)

Please, note that there are no lessons on Sundays. If you wish, we can arrange sightseeing activities on Sundays, upon request (let us know at the time of booking).

The magnificent horses are well trained, and the instructors are some of the finest dressage riders in the world available for lessons of any level (the instructors speak English as well as French, Portuguese and Spanish). The center has three instructors, with Head Instructor being the renowned Georges Malleroni. Within a short time, you will improve your riding level.

Prior to your first lesson, you will have the chance to talk with your instructor about what you are currently doing and what you hope to achieve from the holiday and your courses.
Following an individual rider assessment, riders are divided into groups of 1-4 according to their riding ability and experience, in order to ensure every student receives proper individual attention from the instructor.
An interest in dressage is important on this holiday; you will need to be willing to learn from the experienced instructors to get the most out of your stay.

Our lessons take as long as the rider needs to achieve the particular goal for the lesson. In general, the group lessons are about 90 minutes long and the individual lessons are a bit shorter.
Usually, morning lessons start at about 10 am and afternoon lessons start at about 3:30 pm.
In between the lessons you have some time to relax.

Sample Riding Program
It is possible to exchange one of your lessons during your stay for a lesson on the arrival and departure day.

Each lesson starts with a warm-up consisting of 30 minutes of lateral work at the walk: counter shoulder-in, leg yield, zigzag, half pass and shoulder-in on small circles. The movements are done slowly in the classical manner of four tracks. Riders remain almost constantly on circles and bends. Then, a brisk rising trot period follows and leads into more collected work. Group lessons teach riders to pay attention to rhythm and be efficient with their aids. The Center's style of dressage is rooted in lightness and follows the Portuguese tradition, focusing more on artistry and on expression. The Portuguese way of dressage evolved from the bullfighter's needs to control their horses at all times and being able to place them instantly anywhere the rider wishes. The Lusitano can sit back on his haunches and collect his gaits extremely well, freeing his forehand for quick turns.

During your stay, you may also have the opportunity to experience high-school movements such as the Spanish walk, levade, piaffe and passage. Believing that riders learn mostly by feeling, Malleroni aids the horse and tells the rider to just sit and feel the movement.

For non-riding companions there are several golf courses nearby. A visit to Sintra, Mafra, and the wide-open beaches (a 10-minute drive away, is always a great outing. Sightseeing options and prices are available upon request.
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Lusitano Riding Centre Alcainca Program B
Tour Code: PG-ACRB
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,500.00
Dates : Available all Year

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Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Nuno Oliveira
Tack: English
Horses: pure-bred and part-bred Lusitano horse...
Pace: As required. One lesson per day.

Airport: Humberto Delgado Airport
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