Queluz National Palace with fountain
Surrounded by formal gardens and water fountains, Queluz National Palace in Sintra, Portugal makes for a magical horse show backdrop. Who needs Dancing with the Stars when you can watch dancing with horses? And these are not your ordinary horses, these are Lusitano horses from the Alter Stud Farm, the former stud farm of the Portuguese royal family founded by King João in 1748.
While the setting for this weekly equestrian performance, accompanied with Baroque music, is lovely for Queluz Palace spectators, the footing was not designed for these magnificent show horses and is less than ideal for the horse and rider dressage maneuvers.
Portuguese School of Equestrian Art – valuable heritage
“My experience is totally outside of horses,” said António Lamas, president of the Parks of Sintra Board of Administration. “Now I am an extremely enthusiastic supporter of the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art! It is a very valuable heritage that we need to preserve.”