WITH YOUR CHILD ON "HORSE HOLIDAY!"
A dream opportunity for horse-mad mums and/or dads! Will you join me and my 10-year-old daughter Lola in QUINTA DO FALCAO in Portugal? Five days and four nights away together to get to know the Lusitanos, opportunities to ride horses together with your child, ride a Pas de Deux as a team, discover the delicious food, experience Working Equitation, play by the pool with cool Pool Parties every evening, an afternoon of great swimming by the river with picnic.
In between your classes, chill out, swim, play with the animals, shop or watch the rest. It's a holiday, so nothing must and everything goes! Get to know the beautiful Portuguese culture, while you and your child can enjoy a mini holiday together with the horses. We will ride, enjoy, laugh and relax. This programme is fun for ALL parents. You don't necessarily have to ride yourself. Would you like to come with me?
About Quinta do Falcao
Experience a wonderful riding holiday at an authentic Quinta, a Portuguese farm with purebred Lusitano horses. The Lusitano's are fantastically trained, making them really good at the exercises. The horses have great characters, sweet and willing to work, not easily offended. You only get private lessons because the instructor firmly believes in that, in improving horse and improving rider/amazon and that can only be done with real focus, understanding, encouragement and attention. Working equitation is really recommended to try out, with the garrocha (a long stick originally used during cattle driving, to keep any intrusive bulls at bay) ring stabling, crossing the bridge (at a gallop) and more. Because the horses know it so well, this is the place to do it. Riding in a Portuguese saddle is possible, they are very comfortable, as are the horses themselves. Finally, the outside ride to the river is a gift in itself. The country is beautiful, but taking the horses into the river with a picnic afterwards at a round table with all sorts of delicacies, is something you will never forget.
Instructor Pedro Teixeira Farto
Pedro Teixeira Farto is a real horse man, he loves horses. Growing up in Ribatejo, the birthplace of the Lusitano, he learned about country life and horses from his grandfather. He developed his skills in multiple disciplines, from dressage to working equitation. To get even better, he went into training with several renowned professionals including Jorge Sousa, Daniel Pinto, Juan Muñoz Dias, Coby van Baalen, José Paulo Vidigal and Eddy de Wolff van Westerrode. Pedro currently works as manager and head trainer at Quinta do Falcao Riding Center where he trains about 20 horses, mainly for dressage and Working Equitation. He also gives clinics and lessons in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Finland, Sweden and Switzerland
There are 20 horses that have stables with walk-outs to paddocks, so they can choose where they want to be. They are trained both for lessons and for wonderful outdoor rides. There are Lusitano horses for beginners and advanced riders. They know dressage and the techniques of working equitation and classical Portuguese horsemanship. The horses are ridden very lightly with double reins (you get used to them very quickly) but with very light contact. Almost everything is indicated with the seat and leg aids. Lusitanos are very willing to work, sensitive, agile and above all they have big hearts.
An agricultural estate, a farm rustic with beautiful Portuguese architecture. The estate is the result of the dedication and work of three generations of a traditional Ribatejo family that has always dedicated itself to agricultural activities and linked with that all the attention to the Portuguese Lusitano horses. It has a large yard where there are also chickens, goats, a tame cow and a donkey. The estate dates back to the late 19th century and bears the name of the Falcao Family. Rustically located and with typical Portuguese architecture, it has everything for a great riding holiday experience. Across the road, there is also land with a museum with authentic garments, carriages and posters and here is also the swimming pool and a chapel where you can even get married. The atmosphere is warm and soon you are part of the family.
How nice it is to be able to go horseback riding together with your child and also enjoy yourself. At the accommodation, there are lots of animals and a lovely swimming pool. For the children, Floor will have a fun programme with a Pool Party every day. We will go ponging with the horses with all kinds of delicious grooming products and glitter sprays. One evening we will do a dance show where the kids can make up their own act if they want to join in. Good food, playing with the animals, swimming, going to the river. Actually, this week could have been longer
Guidance Floor SchoenmakersFloor Schoenmakers has run her company EHS communications since 2001. A marketing agency focused on the equestrian market. EHS communications creates websites, graphic designs, strategic marketing plans and specialises in social media and influencer marketing. You can also know her from the podcast HorseHeroes.
Floor gives workshops and training on social media with the and she has a business club full of equestrian entrepreneurs. With Go Social, she mentors dozens of equestrian influencers, organises the Go Social Party and various clinics. Entirely focused on youth and children. She herself has a 10-year-old daughter and a 7-year-old son and loves children. For years, she has provided the children's programmes at various events such as Jumping Amsterdam, Indoor Brabant, Outdoor Gelderland, And is the regular partner for the Youth weekend at Horse Event and also sits on the programme committee there.
What are we going to do?
Day 1 - Tuesday (travel day)Airport-Lisbon; pick-up & transfers in minibus to Quinta do Falcao 13.00 Lunch 14:00 Private lesson for posture and balance (30 minutes) 20:00 Dinner
Day 2 - Wednesday08:00 Breakfast 08:30 Private lesson dressage or Working Equitation (45 min) 13:00 Lunch 14:00 Parent + child lesson together, practice for Pas de Deux or Working Equitation (60 min) 20:00 Dinner + pool party
Day 3 - Thursday08:00 Breakfast 08:30 Private lesson dressage or Working Equitation (45 min) 13:00 Lunch 14:00 Parent + child lesson together, practice for Pas de Deux or Working Equitation (60 min) 20:00 Dinner + pool party
Day 4 - Friday08:00 Breakfast 08:30 Team Battle Pas de Deux and Working Equitation 13:30 Lunch and swimming in the Zézere River 20.00 Dinner Evening - Kids' dance show
Day 5 - Saturday ( travel day)Breakfast, farewell, transfer to Lisbon & flight back to the Netherlands
Other activitiesThere is more to see in the area, especially if you have a rental car.
Convent of Christ in Tomar (World Heritage), an incredibly beautiful castle on a mountain, built by the Templars who fought and won the Muslims from Tomar.Almourol Castle or the Sanctuary of Fátima. The big water dam of Castelo de Bode less than 5km from the Quinta. A wine and olive tasting with explanations and visit to cellar and mill, on horseback through the vineyard and dinner on location. Visit a cattle farm/quinta with lunch & dinner on the farm. Field trip to the Zézere River with wading through the river and a picnic beside the river. Medieval procession of the Templars, riding on horseback in costume and with medieval dinner. Cortejo do Mordomo at Festa dos Trabuleiros, participating on horseback. Golega Horse Fair, riding on horseback over the manga in Golega.
Parents with children who love horses. If you ride yourself as a parent, you may of course ride along and enjoy this unforgettable horse holiday with your child. Would you rather not ride yourself, but your child or children do? Then they will form a team together. Anything goes and everyone is welcome.
Everything included, food, drinks, rooms, riding lessonsThe price of this package in a double room Parent who wants to ride a horse € 850 Parent who does not want to ride €625 Child who wants to ride a horse € 740 Child who does not want to ride €495 Prices do not include flight, insurance and transfer costs. Choose your date and the number of people in the form to the right.
Again, only a few places per week available, so BOOK NOW.
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Dates in SUMMER 2023
Week 2: 22 -26 Aug
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