Country ride

Competitors from all over the Algarve as well as Évora, Beja and Milfontes took part in the closely contested final dressage event of the Equus Winter Series in Ourique recently.

A thrilling final saw Heather Dias just edge out Dorte Larsen to take the coveted Agrobs Pre Alpin Trophy by the narrowest of one per cent margin – the Equus Ourique riding centre has only been open for a year but has already put this event together as well as holding several clinics by top trainers.

The next big occasion will take place on June 21 with a more fun-orientated day-long show for all the family for which more information can be obtained from Pru (967 643 187) or Julian (965 392 655) or by visiting