Horse Riding in the Algarve
Horse Riding in the Algarve
When you ride in your lesson you want to get the best out of your precious time on horseback. Sadly, many riders have huge gaps in their equestrian knowledge and so time is often lost on the horse dealing with theory.
Learning from the ground is, I find, so valuable. Here is a snippet from the other day....
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Girls started stable work early in the cool weather and rode at 09.00 . Students from Germany - Carina and Sarah, Holland - Dominique and holiday rider Isabella Derry. Fran riding her Alter Real mare Mya
Great pupils today riding to Bert Kaempfert´s " Swinging Safari"
Photos from Pinetrees Riding's post
Time to say thank you and Adieu to our lovely student from Germany Lara Nauss (on the right of pic).
Lara has taken a working break for three months from University, where she is studying social work, and has had the opportunity to get to know a little about Portugal and how we work in Pinetrees. She has met many wonderful people from around the world and had a positive experience here.
On dropping her off at Faro airport today I asked what impressed her most about Portugal. Her reply? “That the Portuguese people are very friendly”. Well, we all know that!
A sunny and happy day for Mauro, Vinny, and Clinton from APPC Faro, out in nature and learning about Cork trees. Bev, Judy Williams, Liz Holloway, and Laura Nauss in the picture as well. Many thanks to the Sponsors who made this possible: Quinta Properties, Grasshopper Greens, Helping Hands of São Brás, Anna and Marius, and Management Works.
Pinetrees has friends and riders from throughout the world! Far and Ride rider Helen Curtis riding on Pushkin in rear file. All riders making good progress in the Algarve spring sunshine.
Next Sunday afternoon we must go to Vilamoura to see the international show jumping as it is Grand Prix on Sundays. See online for Vilamoura Atlantic Tour at Vilamoura Equestrian Centre.
Happy Valentines Day !!!
Sadly, our darling Goya had to be put to sleep last night after a painful colic.
We reached the goal of 30 years old and there are not many horses that get to this age and are still in working order! This wonderful horse will be remembered by many for his kind and honest nature, whether it was from a delightful ride out in the woods, or from galloping around a jumping course. Goya always met his fences right and never stopped or ran out unless there was a very valid reason.
In jumping he was enthusiastic and powerful, but when working with those with learning difficulties or physical impairment he looked after them so well. He was a real pro.
He will be missed by many friends, both two legged and four. May he enjoy the green fields and jumps to be found in horsey heaven. Photo with Carol taken last week.
Friday is the best day of the week for Clinton, a client of APPC Faro. Seen here at Riding Therapy session riding Pushkin and with sponsor Quinta Properties.
Back to work !!!
Wednesday, 26th December, 09.00. Beach Ride. Are you joining?
Vale de Lobo beach with Tartan and Benji, and house guest Phillipa who has come to us from Far and Ride, the Equestrian Holiday agency.
A fun and sunny day at the end of term Christmas ride for APPC Special Riders Programme, supported by friends from Helping Hands, São Brás.
The riders presented their sponsors with a present of a paperweight painted by themselves as a big thank you.
Riding therapy brings many benefits and it is fun, as demonstrated by Mauro, a Special Rider from APPC Faro. Mauro enjoys a Christmas game with Judy williams , Lubi and sponsor Nicole Remus of Management Works
Our horses say a special thank you to Paulo Afonso from Casa das Rações, Messines, who supply us with INTERCOL feed.
A happy Christmas, and we hope you and your family enjoy the Vinho de Porto from Wine and Co.
Golegã Horse Fair with sister Amanda Champion and Far & Ride house guest Jo from Indonesia.
Recente trip to Golegã Horse Fair with a small group including Far and Ride guest Jo from Indonesia. Saw some very nice horses and riding. It is so hard to describe the experience. Certainly Health and Safety has bypassed this event!
Met and saw many friends from around the world: Lynette Crossley, Heather Moffat, Jenny Almeida, Kathryn Watson, João Moura, Mário Pimentel, Luis Cabral, Amanda Champion, Dominique Barbier, Marian and Christopher Hackman ....
Possibility of beach rides on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November
Many thanks to Infralobo
Lovely surprise riding by the bird lake at Dunas Douradas. The area has been cleaned and cleared making a lovely riding track, better view of Herons, Spoonbills, gallinules....
Spent 3 days at Golegã horse fair and saw, in some cases, some wonderful horses and quality riding.
The guy in this video was a prime candidate for the prize of worst rider to abuse his horse: constant sawing hands bruising his horse's mouth.
Some people travel far for riding at Pinetrees!
Heather came all the way from the island of Skye in Scotland for her lessons in October half term.
Here seen with an ABRS special rosette for being a demonstrator during the recent visit by ABRS members.
Why so far? Could it be the image created by the Pinetrees Web site designers Great Crew, or your lovely comments on TripAdvisor or Facebook? Or was it the wonderful Lusitano Suan ?
What do you think? Your opinions please!
A good evening out with 17 members of the ABRS. All are riding school proprietors or trainers and are spending Monday - Friday at Loulé Jardim hotel and they are out to have a good time.
Today lunch and a swim at Four Seasons Quinta do Lago - they were all impressed the the excellence of the F.S. Country Club.
Dinner at Restaurant Bocage in Loulé, where they thought it value for money.
Tuesday at Pinetrees for a demo on lunging the rider and a talk from Nuno Onofre.
Dinner at Jolibela
Bev was at the International Congress of Equestrian Tourism today, wonderfully hosted by Quinta dos Alamos, near Golegã and with organisation by ANTE and Turismo de Portugal.
Bev pictured with President of ANTE Dr. José Veiga Maltez.
Sue Woodbine of Far and Ride travel agency for equestrian holidays was there. Here in picture with representatives of the riding centres she works with in Portugal :
Left to right - Kristin of LusitanoTrails, Diogo of Monte Velho Equo Resort, Pedro and partner from Geres Wolf and Wild horse Trails, Sue of Far &Ride, António of Constância Retreat, and Bev from Pinetrees. A meeting up of the Professionals!
One of the last speakers was João Pedro Rodrigues of the Portuguese School of Equestrian Arte, Belém, who gave a fascinating talk of the history of the Lusitano and equestrianism in Portugal.
A Grand Prix day at Vilamoura on Sunday afternoon.
International show. Wonderful quality of horses. The show is on for about 6 weeks so still time for you to pop over and see it for yourself.
A sad day for us today. Mara has died after a bad colic. She was well looked after by our vet Dr. Nuno but, as we know, colic can be fatal, and she did not survive. we think she was about 23 years old.
She has helped so many people with their riding and been of great service at Pinetrees. RIP
The birthday show in July raised €180 from entry fees plus lots of donated items of food stuff, toys and clothing to help underprivileged children in Almancil. These ladies represent a group of ladies from São Lourenço Church who support 50 Almancil families.
The Professionals. Tiffany Nazar and her company Algarve Tree Services have been helping us get free of dead branches with their shredder. The wood chip then goes on to the arenas. Many thanks to Tiffany and her lovely team.
Two lovely students who are experiencing a one month work experience in the
Algarve sunshine. Daphne from Germany and Ciara from Ireland.
Pinetrees has students throughout the year.
Delicious dinner at Gamboa restaurant for Louise Edmonds from Equestrian EScapes and Pinetrees manager and instructor Pedro Ferro
Wishing our ride leader Débora a very happy birthday for this Sunday
And now for some more important news!
Today we introduce a new member of staff in the Pinetrees Team. Pedro Ferro (45) is joining as Yard Manager, Ride Leader and Instructor in a full time capacity.
I have known Pedro since he was a lad and used to ride here! Since, he has developed in his equestrian career, gaining the full Instructor /Trainer FEP qualification in Portugal (International Passport Level 3). His favourite discipline is Eventing (although he does not have a horse for this at present) and he enjoys bringing on horses and riders to compete in dressage and jumping competitions in the Algarve.
Pedro is not just a horsey person and good rider. He has skills in marketing and tourism and has much experience working in an International environment. You will find his English is impeccable, and, he has a sense of humour!
On Monday he will be bringing two new horses with him which will be available for you to ride. Pics and details to follow once they have settled in.
I hope you will give Pedro a warm welcome and that you will have the opportunity to meet soon!
For many of you, riding out into the countryside is a special thing. What you may not realise is that here the land is NOT Common Land but has owners. It is only through the Goodwill of these people that we can enjoy this access to nature. In this video we cross our neighbour's land - Jeanette and Ken Dulieu.
Please show your thanks to them, as without this kindness we could be unable to ride out.
In comparison, the owners of the land outside the main entrance gate have decimated the beautiful nature trail, which was loved by many, with land clearance. They say they are going to fence it. This will prevent access to all areas to the west. Your comments are needed!
Now is the time to Speak Up!
June 28th and the sunset ride with return by moonlight. Bev is with our lovely new ride leader Débora, Alex and Sigrid. Weather absolutely perfect for riding. Great back up support from Terri and Gail who set up the picnic spot and Lubi for making a lovely supper.
Taking bookings now for next months on Friday 27th.
To our friends of Pinetrees, some News!
Christian, our Yard Manager and Ride Leader for many years, has decided to move on.
We wish him all the best in his new venture and thank him for all his many years of collaboration.
Had a lovely ride out in the forest with Sigrid Sabourdy-Bimbenet, who has recently opened a Chiropractic clinic in Almancil.
Pushkin and Carina were on fine form.
Sigrid is joining our Sunset and Full Moon ride on Thursday, 28th June. Are you joining?
PINETREES is not just about riding. Networking and socialising at Verónica Pisco 's Summer Party.
Verónica 's Law firm is just along the road towards Vale de Lobo. This event brought together members of the British Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Veronica's guests. A great evening. Many thanks to the organising team.
Isabella (4) wins a Villas & Vacations rosette for winning the Grandmother's Footsteps game.
Her dad, Leonardo Di Plácido, was back on a horse for the first time in many years, having spent his childhood living in the Algarve and competing in Algarve Riding Club competitions.
Let's see if Isabella will follow in her daddy's footsteps!
Birthday dinner for Jerry at Nuno's Place, Vale Formoso.
Joan Dunn and her sister, Beverley Gibbons, Rachel Hillaker and Lawrence
Our retreat packages here in the sunny Algarve includes coaching, team building, fitness and wellness sessions and outdoor activities.
Das Pinetrees Reitzentrum bietet einen klassischen Reitunterricht für Reiter von 4 bis 70 Jahren, vom Reitunterricht für Anfänger auf ruhigen Pferden und Ponys bis hin zum fortgeschrittenen Reitertraining auf wunderschönen, gut geschulten Lusitanos.
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