The Escola Portuguesa d Arte Equestre

The Royal Riding School of Lisbon
(Escola Portuguesa d Arte Equestre).
Palácio Nacional de Queluz . Cavalos de Alter-Real em Alta Escola

The Portuguese School of the Equestrian Art is the natural sequence of what the Portuguese Royal Academy, extin-guished in the last century. Even so, that horsemanship and tradition survived and they had a great influence on the way of riding in Portugal.
On the other hand, and due to the continued practice of bullfighting on horseback, the samekind of horse, the same horsemanship, harness and costumes used in the XVIII century have been kept up till nowadays.
All this represents a unique cultural equestrian patrimony in the world.
The purpose of this School is not only to keep and divulge this patrimony, but also to the practice and teaching of the Art of riding, which has such a brilliant tradition in Portugal.
The stallions used by the School (EPAE) are Lusitanian horses from the ancient Royal Stud at Alter, founded by King João V in 1748.


    I. Work on the Hand
It is used for the training of exercises perfomed above the ground.
The preparatory movement is the PIAFFER, trotting on the spot.
CAPRIOLE. The horse leaps high into the air, striking out horizontally with his hoofs, and gliding momentarly in the air.
LEVADE. The horse rears, its quarters deeply bent stand for a moment in the classic posture of many equestrian statues.
CORVETA. The horse jumps out the LEVADE position, on its hind quarters.
PIAFFER AT THE PILLARS. The old riding masters used it to reinforce the concentration of their horses.

    II. Long-Reins Work
Through training, the horse becomes docile and acquires a slow enough cadence to be guided on foot, performing all the movements of Haute-École as if it was riden.

    III. Solo
Exhibition of a horse riden in the three movements.

    IV. Exercises Perfomed above the Ground
The same movements we have seen on the hand are now perfomed with the horses riden by their riders.
These movements were the high point of barroque horsemanship.

    V. Pas-de-Trois
Demonstration by three riders of several movements and figures of the riding-hall.

    VI. Quadrille
A group of ten riders present the school's quadrille rather like an equestrian ballet.


    Dr. Guilherme Borba

    Dr. Filipe Figueiredo (Graciosa)
    Luis Valença Rodrigues
    João Pedro Rodrigues
    António Borba Monteiro

    Francisco Carvalho
    João Carvalho Quintas
    Miguel A. Soares
    José de A.Carneiro
    Rodrigo da C.Matos

    Júlio da Câmara Borba
    Nuno Duarte Cavaco

    Joaquim José Salvador
    Pedro Miguel Torres
    Frederico A.Cardoso






























Escola Portuguesa d Arte Equestre
Palácio Nacional de Queluz
2475 Queluz
Tel./Fax: (01) 435 89 15

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