Algarve riding schools working together to promote good horsemanship

On December 29, nine riders were able to take their “Sela 4” exam of the Portuguese Equestrian Federation (FEP). They had all been studying hard and practising for months to get this important exam which will allow them to enter the Affiliated FEP shows in their chosen discipline; either jumping or dressage.

Even if they do not intend to compete, the exam shows their progress in horse management, riding and knowledge.

The event was organised by trainers Lúcia Cabrita and António Reis at their Monte Santa Luzia FEP-approved training centre in Loulé. The riders were evaluated by Lúcia and trainers António Rosa from Vilamoura Equestrian School and Bruno Cavalinhos of Picadeiro Fernando Oliveira in Ferreiras.

Riders took part from the above riding schools and there were also candidates from the Albufeira and Pinetrees riding centres.

Bev Gibbons from Pinetrees said: “Since the Covid-19 outbreak, the riding schools are finding an upsurge of interest for equestrian activities; perhaps because it is practised in the fresh air and is easy to keep social distance, plus it gives a feeling of freedom from the lockdown restrictions.”