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Hacks

The Country Riding Centre provides for all levels of riding ability and all ages.

For younger children, we have a pony walk which passes through the orange and lemon groves, across the streams, passing all types of animals and interesting things to see along the way. We also teach them our Country Riding Centre theme song!

For older children and those of us who enjoy a leisurely stroll taking in the surroundings, we have an hour’s hack, which takes you to the top of the Silves hills where there are panoramic views.

For the more experienced riders and those who enjoy a bit of speed, we have 2 hour hacks with two different levels. The first is a medium hack with canter, the second an experienced hack with gallop.

For those that really want to kick back and get away from it all, there is also the option of a half day ride up to the lake, with a picnic included.


 

 

 


 

Lessons

The riding instructors at the Country Riding Centre are fully qualified and approved by the Portuguese Equestrian Federation, and speak English, Portuguese, Dutch and German.

Martina, who has been involved with horses all her life, is the chief instructor. She first qualified as a riding instructor in Holland several years ago and specialised in teaching children. Martina is also a doctor’s assistant so takes care of our first aid.

There are a variety of lessons to choose from, starting with a lesson on the lunge line for young children or the not so confident. Then there are the half hour private lessons, aimed at the confident beginner right through to accomplished rider. No matter how good a rider you think you are, there is a guarantee that you will have developed at least one bad habit along the way, so these lessons are ideal to straighten that out or to perfect your position.

We also have dressage lessons starting with basic moves and exercises, right through to high class manoeuvres.
There is also the opportunity to have a showjumping lesson, either over a single jump in the smaller riding arena or a course in the larger arena. Experienced riders can have a lesson on one of our Lusitano stallions.

For regular riders, the Country Riding Centre runs a membership scheme, whereby you join in either weekly or twice weekly group lessons and qualify for a free riding lesson each month. By being a member of the Country Riding Centre, you also get a 25% discount on hacks, as well as €5 discount on private lessons.




 
 
     
 
The Country Riding Centre can be contacted by e-mail at info@countryridingcentre.com
Or by telephone Martina +351 917 976 992
Opening hours : Monday to Saturday: 9am – 1pm and 3.30pm to 7pm
Sunday: By prior appointment