The Portuguese School of Equestrian Art (EPAE),will be regularly making performances and holding training sessions open to the general public at the Henrique Calado Riding Ring (on Calçada da Ajuda, in Belém).
Visiting the Henrique Calado Riding Ring opens up the opportunity to travel back through Portuguese history, experiencing the moments that perpetuated the beauty of the Lusitano horses from the Alter Real Stud Farm, engaged in this art since the 18th century, with the performance of classical riding exercises alongside those from the Baroque period and the exercises making up the Court Games (tournaments held between the 16th and 19th centuries to commemorate festive occasions) and furthermore reflected in the costumes, saddles and harnesses, whether the working (Daily Training) or the gala versions (Weekly Presentations and Gala Performances) and exactly alike those in use in the earliest days of Portuguese Equestrian Art.
Daily training sessions
Morning public presentations featuring the daily work undertaken by EPAE – the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art – riders as they proceed in the preparation of horses of different ages for the performances made by EPAE. In these training sessions, the riders wear working clothes. These sessions welcome both individuals and groups of visitors and including school parties.
Performances featuring presentations of the classical equestrian exercises and choreographies by EPAE riders and horses and accompanied by music in the style of a ballet. The riders wear gala costume and use traditional Portuguese saddles and harnesses. Each presentation lasts approximately 45 minutes.
These performances take place over around 90 minutes and include such feats as the “airs above the ground”, equestrian exercises characteristic of the Baroque period, along with Court Games, the tournaments held between the 16th and 19th century to commemorate festive occasions. There performances are accompanied by lighting and sound effects that serve to enrich the choreography and the prevailing ambience.
Prices: Gala performances – 25€ // Daily training sessions – 8€ // Weekly presentations – 15€ free for children until 5 years old)
How to get there:
Picadeiro Henrique Calado
Calçada da Ajuda
38º 42’ 00.98” N 9º 12’ 00.08” W
Lisboa > Belém
Bus: Nº 728, 714, 727, 729, 751
Train: Take the Cascais Line (Station of Belém)
For further information and reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org; +351 21 923 73 00
Parques de Sintra has now launched a video-call attendance service (with an interpreter) for the deaf community, Contact may be made via the phone number 12472 (at a rate of €0.01 per minute) or through registering with the Portuguese Deaf Citizens Portal (free of charge). The service is available on working days from 9am to 6:30pm.