Ride Reviews

Amanda Roberts

UK / *October 2023

" Lusitanos Riding Centre is a little piece of tranquility nestled amongst the most stunning countryside of beautiful Portugal and boasting the most fabulous views! Susana is a wonderful host nothing is to much trouble and she is a fabulous cook and you definitely will not leave hungry! The horses are delight and beautifully schooled and a pleasure to be around, João takes care of his horses to a very high standard which is also replicated in his lessons where he endeavours to get the very best out of horse and rider which, at times I think maybe quite trying for him but he's very positive and always has a smile and joke!If your thinking of a riding holiday in this beautiful country on fabulous horses with just the best hospitality and accommodation then do not hesitate you'll have a fabulous time!"

Matthias Colpaert

Belgium / *May 2023

"A great overall experience.  The best mix of high level Portuguese horses and the lovely and tasteful Portuguese culture."

Cecilia The

Hong Kong / *September 2022

"Fantastic instruction with beautiful, well trained and wonderfully looked after horses. Jao, the instructor, will encourage you to keep trying until you really learn the skill he thinks you are capable of. Susana further explains where needed, and is the ultimate host and organiser, making you feel comfortable at once. Highly recommended!"


France / *October 2020

"ils sont formidables! La qualité de l'enseignement, la qualité des chevaux, l'hébergement au top, la gentillesse, leur accueil, leur disponibilité! Ils sont super"

Veronica Yao

Hong Kong / *January 2020

"Susana & João made my three weeks in Portugal so memorable. This place is filled with well-mannered, well-trained beautiful horses and laughters everyday with the doggies. Truly enjoyed my stay here and learned a lot. Both in dressage and working equitation. Will definitely come back!!"

Ulrike Janssen

Germany *October 2019

" By a warm wellcome you fell at home at once. Susanna is not only friendly, she is engaged every time to do all the best to her guest. The same does João Batalha. He is a perfect teacher, very good at explaining what to do and brings you foreward. Not to forget the wunderfull horses, very good trained to highest levels. I hope to get back as soon as possible! "

Helen Smith

UK  *July 2019

" From the moment I arrived the welcome and hospitality was second to none. Susana is the ultimate host, her cooking is fantastic and beautiful meals served every day. Nothing is too much trouble and by the end of the week I felt like part of the family. Jo^ao is a true horseman the horses are Grand Prix level but are gentle enough to allow children to ride them safely. The lessons were brilliant and I learnt a lot. The horses are so well looked after and have THE very best of care. The love Susana and Joao have for them is obvious from the start. I will definately be back . I should also mention the beautiful accomodation and the farm. The pool area is tranquil set in beautiful gardens with plum trees, figs, almonds etc etc. Lisbon is 40 minutes away with lots to see and do, if you can tear yourself away from the riding centre.

Eva Blokhuis

Netherlands *May 2019

"Can't wait to come back next year! Learned so much in just 4 days. Thanks so much, Susana and João!"

Glynda Webster

Australia *May 2019

"I had the most wonderful week, truly amazing,beautiful horses, I improved my riding so much on them,with Joao's brilliant teaching! Susana, you are a cook in a million! The delicious meals just kept coming, I can't even name a favourite, the hospitality, so warm and friendly, all in the stunning surrounds, of your farm and village, sweet dogs and cats to make friends with too, back to work I go, so I can come back again! Thank you so much for everything xxx"

Liz Pete

Canada *May 2019

"What an amazing experience! Beautiful, well trained horses. A wonderful coach. Fabulous meals and great company. A place to return to ❤️"


Finland *September 2018

"This center is really an experience. Everything is so well organised, horses trained the highest level and the surroundings are just amazing. Not to mention the owners, Joao and Susana, who are the most welcoming people. Warmly recommend for anyone who is looking for a real Lusitano experience and to improve their riding skills with a teacher who is truly committed to his work."


South Africa *September 2018

"Incredible experience, wonderful horses and facilities and the instructors were amazing. Would like to stay forever riding these beautiful creatures!"

Anouk Van Driessche

Belgian *May 2018

"Fantastic, lovely people! Want to stay forever.... Thank you so much! It was amazing!!!"

Jarkko Lietolahti

Finland *May 2018

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Filadelfia *November 2017

"Thank you Joao and Susana for a wonderful time at the Golega 2017 fair! Joao is such a good teacher and his horses are so well trained, you will learn so much riding with him. Susana and Joao are such warm, friendly and hospitable hosts, you will have a wonderful time with them. Thank you again!"

Markus Meier

Switzerland *December 2017

"The best place to ride!"