Passion for animals
The Madre de Água’s Stud Farm – Serra da Estrela was founded in 2012, product of the love that the owners Luís Gonçalves and Lurdes Perfeito have for animals. It all began a few years ago with the acquisition of three pure-bred Lusitano mares to be used as the farms saddle horses. However, the interest for the Lusitano breed increased so the owners enthusiastically decided to take this matter seriously and invest in the construction of a stud farm in order to breed and also enter in competitions.
Then they got two stallions from a recognized Portuguese stud farm- Ortigão Costa – they hired a professional equestrian rider, Nuno Carvalho, and began preparing the horses for dressage. At the same time, a spacious covered arena was built to train the horses.
The purebred Lusitano has Portuguese origin and is the oldest saddle horse in the world. It features a natural aptitude for the high airs exercise since it puts its hindlimbs under the mass with great ease.
Thus, the Lusitano is not only displayed in bullfighting and classical riding but also in federal equestrian disciplines such as dressage, obstacles, carriage driving and in work riding.
Training for competition passes through the horse’s gymnastics where the walk, trot and canter are rated through a number of exercises until a perfect harmony is achieved. Its three natural gaits should gradually become better, stronger, smoother and expressive.
Although, the horse has to like this development and be a “happy athlete”.
Each horse has its own personality and its own limit. So every Lusitano is selected for its natural abilities and is motivated to train its body to achieve an excellent performance, something that can take years to accomplish. In our stud farm there are also programs that teaches horse management, as well as the introduction to mounting a horse.
Other horses were also purchased by Madre de Água, already thinking about tourism, so that in the future guests could go horseback riding through the farm or go on a carriage ride.
COMMUNICATION WITH THE HORSE // INITIATION
1 SESSION – 11,00€ | 4 SESSIONS/MONTH – 42,00€
RIDING LESSON // MIDDLE LEVEL
1 SESSION – 18,50€ | 4 SESSIONS/MONTH – 67,65€
RIDING LESSON // ADVANCED LEVEL
1 SESSION – 30,75€ | 4 SESSIONS/MONTH – 110,00€
Hello my name is Nuno Carvalho, I was born in 1994 in Viseu, I attended the Professional School Vagos – Equine Management Technician, and I’ve also done various curricular internships.
Currenly working in Madre de Água’s Stud Farm – Serra da Estrela training the Lusitanian horses for dressage tests.
With or without experience, come and visit us!
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