Pinetrees Riding Centre is Approved by the Association of British Riding Schools

+351 289 394 369

Algarve – Portugal

Children enjoy coming to Pinetrees.

They soon make friends not only with the ponies but with other children and look forward to returning.  Our teaching methods are safe progressive and fun. Participating in a competition and winning a rosette can be a big boost to confidence.

 

Riding out with direct access into the forest gives children contact with nature – aromatic herbs, cork trees, the flowers and azure-wing magpies are just some of the local delights...

 

All the riding gear is supplied: jods, boots, hat and chaps so riders will look the part, be more comfortable and ride more safely

 

Pinetrees clients buying the 10 hour holiday cards have special conditions at the local tack shop Ekiloulé for when they do decide to buy their own equipment.

Rider Definitions

What is your riding level?

Beginner

From first time riders until rising trot has been established and riding off the lead in the school.

Able to run up stirrup irons

Novice

Developing the trot, learning diagonals, learning to canter. Trotting poles. Ready to ride out, when approved, on one hour treks.

Able to un-tack under supervision and put on a headcoller

Advanced Novice

Riding with more polish and style, developing canter, the use of half halt and rein effects. Developing a Classical seat for lateral work. Preparation for jumping, learning half seat and to jump small jumps (optional). Able to ride out on hacks.

Able to alter stirrups and tighten girth unaided.

Capable of mounting without supervision

Able to groom and tack up correctly.

Career students

PONY CLUB

Pony Clubs are extremely popular. Pony club is from 8.30 - 12.00. (3,5 hours off for parents!)

Minimum age 8 and able to trot without a lead rein

Fun, 1 hour of riding, learning about ponies and supervised pony care.

55€/3,5 hrs
Novice Rider
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ONE TO ONE LESSONS

Some children respond better in an individual 30 minute session with one of our Pinetrees Assistants.

This may include final part with a ride in the forest!

40€/30 mins
Any Level
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INTRODUCTORY RIDE FOR SMALL CHILDREN

A short ride on a lead rein for children from 4 years old is ideal to gain their initial balance and confidence. Recognizing the letters and pictures around the arena and knowing left and right are all important things to establish at this stage. Then, once settled, maybe a ride in the pine forest.

20€/15 mins
Beginner
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GROUP LESSONS – 1 Hour

Group lessons of one hour are held in the three different levels (see Rider Levels).

50€/1 hr
Any Level
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TREKS & HACKS

As safety is of prime importance children must be seen in a lesson to be assessed capable to ride out on Treks and Hacks (2nd and 3rd level ride outs). See Rider Levels.

50€/1 hr
Novice Rider
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NATURE WALKS

Enjoy a 30 minute ride in the forest, on the lead rein if required. Ideal for children, from 4 years old, who have already ridden before and established their basic position and balance on the flat ground of the arena. (parents may ride too!).

30€/30 mins
Any Level
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GROUP LESSONS – 30 MINUTES

For younger children, when 30 minutes is quite long enough for their concentration and physical abilities. On the lead rein if required, the session often finishes with a little walk in the forest.

30€/30 mins
Beginner
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LUNGE LESSONS

Private lessons of 30 minutes on the lunge are the most valuable of lessons for riders of all levels, whether with a saddle or with blanket and roller technique.

40€/30 mins
Any Level
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ABRS TESTS

Taking the ABRS proficiency tests is a great way to monitor progress and gain diplomas.

10€/price per test
Any Level
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Contact us

Write us here for general enquiries.
For Riding please use the Booking Form

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You also can phone us: +351 289 394 369

You are welcome at Pinetrees Riding Centre
any day of the week

Casa dos Pinheiros, Corgo da Zorra
8135-160, Almancil, Portugal