We can create a perfect riding and training program for you…
If your interest is to have a riding holiday, we can combine your days with a with CLassical Lessons on our schoolmaster stallions and some guided visits to some historic studs and other cultural landmarks.
Riding Holidays Program
6 night’s hotel & half board
10 Classical Riding Lessons
1 Visit to Lisbon and diner in typical Portuguese Restaurant
Guided visit to The Portuguese Equestrian Riding School
Guided Visit to a Lusitano Stud Farm
transfers Included (except Flights)
1750€ per person
If you want to have an approach more as a trainer and really start to learn the Valenca system even if you are an amateur rider, then the following is the perfect program for you.
Valença´s Methods Program
6 night’s hotel & half board (6 days of riding)
Introduction to our system (Brief presentation of the Lusitano Horse and benefits of the Valença Method)
12 Classical Riding Lessons
6 In Hand Work Lessons – Introduction to the Valença method
Support to acquire material to use our system back home.
Transfers included (except flights)
1700€ per person
Alternatively, if you want to design your own riding week in Portugal, you can just have riding lessons. We are at your service
Private Lesson 100€
Group Lesson 65€ In
Hand Lessons 50€
If your desire is to organize a clinic in your own country, we do have different programs to offer you. Contact us to know more about it.
Widely regarded as the greatest living practitioner of Classical dressage currently alive in the world today, our father, Mestre Luis Valença, was hand-picked by the legendary Nuno Oliveira to be his principal apprentice and assistant in the 1960s.
Before that, he had been trained by Mestre D. José Manuel da Cunha Menezes, who had been ecuyer-en-chef (rider, trainer and instructor) to members of the royal family of Portugal. Hence, Luis Valença was the recipient of a crucial moment in dressage history – the point at which the pure Baroque way of riding became influenced by the French school of Baucher, and then Oliveira’s subsequent development of that system towards the Classical style we recognize today.
To this system, both Valença and Oliveira added the principals of both competitive sport dressage and equestrian art practiced to its highest form. But there is nothing intimidating about Master Valença – in fact when you arrive you might see him taking care of the gardens, taking out the trash, dragging the arena…or training a horse in piaffe or capriole. Anyone who loves the horse is welcome.
To understand more detail of Luis’ rich and profound life and the trainers he has worked with click here:
Filipa is an international clinician as well as dressage performer in Apassionata and other heart-stopping equestrian shows staged throughout Europe.
Filipa dedicates herself to helping riders get the best out of their horses – whether with her or on their own horses. Clear, direct and -above all – kind and compassionate, Filipa is that rare thing: a dressage teacher with heart and compassion whose first desire is to serve. One lesson with Filipa will begin to transform you. Two lessons will begin to confirm that transformation. After three lessons, you will find yourself becoming the rider – and lunger and in-hand expert – you always dreamed of being. Her secret…how the outside rein directs the horse….
Filipa is also very good at teaching sport dressage riders. She coaches Inês, current Portuguese Junior Champion and is qualified for European Young Riders championship as well as her own son Luis Valenca who was expecting to get qualification for the European Juniors Championship.
More about Filipa:
Like her sister Filipa, Sofia Valença is also an international clinician and dressage rider for Apassionata and other shows in Europe and the USA.
Sofia will help you establish your Classical seat, hands that have ‘feel’ a relaxed leg, a soft and elegant body posture, riding from the core…and if you’ve ever fancied trying it sidesaddle, then yet another wonderful world can be opened to you. Compassionate, funny, a great explainer, Sofia will help create the beautiful Classical rider that lives inside you and – like her sister – will work with you equally effectively whether you are a complete beginner or an established Grand Prix rider. Mother of Inez Valença, currently Young Rider Dressage Champion of Portugal, her approach is always calm, warm, kind yet effective.
We always have a team of riders and working students here at our center that are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals. Some of them you might recognize from Apassionata…