Portuguese School of Equestrian Art at Queluz National Palace

July 3rd, 2013|

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 […]

Horseback Riding Vacation in Monsanto, Portugal

June 26th, 2013|

As our car drove down the country road toward the village of Monsanto, in central Portugal, I caught a glimpse of my first cork tree.  Did you know that Portugal is one of the largest producers of cork and that once the cork tree is 25 years old, the cork is stripped from the trunks […]

Sao Miguel Horse Riding, Azores, Portugal

June 19th, 2013|

As we round the bend of the Lake of Seven Cities, the Porshe picks up speed. Only this Porshe is not a German manufactured sports car. I’m riding in a top-of-the-line, five person carriage made in Poland and pulled by a magnificent purebred Lusitano horse named Safira. The owner of the horse and carriage company, […]

Sao Miguel Horseback Riding Vacation, Azores, Portugal

June 12th, 2013|

As my taxi cab pulled into the parish of Ginetes on the island of São Miguel in the Azores, I immediately spotted my ride. Two horses, a paint and a Lusitano, turned their heads in my direction when I hopped out of the taxi, grabbing my riding helmet as I slammed the car door.

Horse riding […]

Horse Riding Vacation, Pico Island, Azores, Portugal

June 5th, 2013|

For miles around, all you see is rocks. Rocks on the ground and rock walls made of basalt. It takes a special breed of horse, and strong hooves to withstand the terrain on Pico Island in Portugal. Afterall, Pico Island, this Archipelago of the Azores, is one of nine volcanic islands situated in the North […]