As a big fan of Lusitano horses and classical horsemanship I went to Portugal on a dressage bootcamp in collaboration with Trailfinders. During my stay I had the opportunity to visit the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art in Belèm, near Lisbon. The school is located in the centre of the city, nearby the popular tourist hotspots and famous bakery “Pastéis de Belém”. 

Lisbon street

The street is very colorful with the yellow painted stables and the pink entrance of the riding hall.

pink yellow house lisbon

The indoor riding arena where the public training takes place is recently renewed and named after a rider and commander of the Portuguese army. The “Henrique Calado Riding Ring” is very spacious and light with a grandstand for the public on both sides. A real pleasure to train for the riders.

Indoor riding hall

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During the public training (scheduled at 11h) the riders train 3 to 5 horses, under the saddle and in hand. It is interesting to see the development of the jumps above the air and the way they train young horses. The training at the Portuguese riding school is by far the most elegant to see, as the horses are very relaxed without any tension. Riders are high class and very much into classical dressage in their daily work. If you are interested in the Alter Real horses, check out our blogpost about the stud farm and auction here.

Arte Equestre Horse brown

The training normally takes up about 2 hours and afterwards – if you are lucky – you can have a chat with some of the riders in the giftshop. If you are into merchandising, the giftshop is the place to be. You can find lots of well made souvenirs and high quality leather goods.

Horse cookingalter real horse

Take a look at the bridle with the logo of the Portuguese riding school. Very soft leather and an absolute eye-catcher.

Brown horse bridle leather

The giftshop offers souvenirs for everyone, if you are a child or a professional rider, you’ll find your cup of tea.


We can highly recommend the olive oil with branded Alter Real logo. Perfect to give your kitchen the extra equestrian lifestyle touch.

olive oil horse

Are you intrigued?

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