Palace of Pena: visit by time slots only; verify the entrance date and time on your ticket; there is no delay tolerance. Learn more

Portuguese School of Equestrian Art Gala

PSML 8241 (1)


Henrique Calado Riding Ring


25th of November of 2022


9.30 pm

Attend a demonstration of Portuguese Equestrian Art and take part in a historical re-enactment of a night with the 18th-century Portuguese court.


Show lasting around 1h30, in which riders wear formal costume, notably the black felt tricorn, long tailcoats in burgundy velvet, with black collars and gold and black galloons, and black leather gaiters.


The horses, of the Lusitano Alter Real breed, wear three-point Portuguese-style braids trimmed with silk ribbons and a Portuguese-style saddle covered in tapir hair or suede. They perform typical Baroque exercises, such as ‘airs above the ground’ and ‘courtly games´, tournaments practised between the 18th and 19th centuries, on festive occasions.


Regarded as National Heritage, and one of the best in the world, the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art is the continuation of the Equestrian Academy created by João V, in the 18th century, and its shows recreate one of the favourite pastimes of the court of the time: Riding.


The preparation activities for the Gala can be seen at the Nora Pateo, in front of the Henrique Calado Riding School, one hour before the start of the show.

Carrossel, Creditos Afonso Bordallo Rodrigues (Baixa Resolução)


Horse Running Free

  • Joquer with Mariana Boavida

Pas de Quatre

  • Grainho with Rui Almeida
  • Elvético with Carlos Tomás
  • Groque with Rodrigo Gonçalves
  • Dourado with Luís Raposo

Long Reins

  • Gasquete with Emanuel Lucas


  • Hojival with João Pedro Rodrigues
  • Jacaré with Rui Meira (by hand)
  • Lajeado with Nuno Vicente / Emanuel Lucas (by hand)
  • Jiripiti with Vasco Gaiolas Pinto (mounted)
  • Aómico with Luís Raposo (mounted)
  • Gahucho with João Quintas (by hand)
  • Hohásis with Carlos Tomás / Rodrigo Gonçalves (by hand)



  • Xajeco with Rui Meira (assistants: Carlos Tomás, João Quintas, Luís Raposo)
  • Ijaque with Emanuel Lucas
  • Universo with Mariana Boavida
  • Gniqui with João Maria Diniz


  • Hihufi with Nuno Vicente


  • Barão with João Pedro Rodrigues
  • Hóbelix with Francisco Bessa de Carvalho
  • Icanto with Rui Almeida
  • Cajabel with Rui Meira
  • Jiripiti with Vasco Gaiolas Pinto
  • Dihário with Mariana Boavida
  • Bambu with Rodrigo Gonçalves
  • Jerarquico with João Maria Diniz

Price List

North/south stalls | Adult ticket (18 to 64 years)
25 €
North/south stalls | Child ticket (6 to 17 years)
22 €
North/south stalls | Senior ticket (over 65)
22 €
North/south stalls | Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children)
83 €
Box | Adult ticket (18 to 64 years)
37.5 €
Box | Child ticket (6 to 17 years)
35 €
Box | Senior ticket (over 65)
35 €
Box | Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children)
128 €

Voice Over

Technical information

  • Director: Daniel Silva
  • Riders: João Pedro Rodrigues (Master-Chief Rider), Francisco Bessa de Carvalho (Rider), João Quintas (Rider), Vasco Gaiolas Pinto (Rider), Rui Almeida (Rider), Carlos Tomás (Rider), Luís Raposo (Rider), Nuno Vicente (Rider), Rodrigo Gonçalves (Assistant Rider), Emanuel Lucas (Assistant Rider), Rui Costa (Assistant Rider), Mariana Boavida (Rider Assistant), João Maria Diniz (Rider Assistant), Miriam Dourado (Rider Assistant)
  • Grooms: Nuno Deveza (Head Groom), Miguel Pires, Catarina Tomás, Rui Silva, Maurício Terceiro, Diogo Cruz, Cláudio Martins, Fábio Pereira, Hugo Cardoso, Catarina Cabaça, Joana Cerdeira, Pedro Campos
  • Administrative team: Rute Luís, Cristina Oliveira, Sónia Sousa
  • Veterinary team: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Lisbon
  • Shoeing team: Daniel Teles, Diogo Macedo
  • Voice over: Maria Faleiro