Share your riding experiences at Lusitano Trail Rides with us and our guests. We are looking forward to have your feedback and comments. Please mention from which country you come and the riding program you did. Thank you for your Feedback.

Kommentare: 89
  • #89

    Roberta Domeck (Mittwoch, 10 April 2024 16:10)

    I’m from the United States (Florida) and have ridden with Lusitano Trail Rides twice (so far).
    “7 Day Lusitano Trail” (Aug 2023) was my introduction to Kristin and Pedro’s lovely horses. Each day was a new experience meeting breeders and staying at lovely Quinta's along our ride to Golega. Jolene made everyday so enjoyable; her energy, companionship & attention to detail was nothing less than amazing. I so enjoyed the interaction with the local horse men & women we met along the way & ending at the “Capital of the Horse” was so special.
    Apr 2024 - “The Magic of Alentejo” The opportunity to ride with Pedro and Kristen daily was a delight. I was the only American with riding companions, from various European countries, who were so welcoming; we shared many laughs and so enjoyed riding together. The atmosphere created by Pedro & Kristen and their wonderful (Emma, Jolene, Marta) is one of “family”, they go out of their way to make sure each and everyone is experiencing the best holiday. We had daily adventures riding trails around Monsaraz Castle, tried new food, wonderful regional wines and beer & the accommodations were perfect all ending too soon.
    Next - “6 Day Atlantic Coast Trail” I’m just deciding on dates & looking forward to another week on these lovely horses and time spent with Jolene with new adventures to share.

  • #88

    Audrey (Sonntag, 29 Oktober 2023 18:27)

    I come from France and was offered this week for my 30th birthday and it was an absolute moment of joy and happiness that we shared with our group, thanks to the hospitality and kindness of Pedro and Kristin. I will never forget and I m already dreaming of coming back.
    We learned working equitation / dressage with Perry and Pedro who are outstanding and friendly teachers. Then with our great guide Joline we went for a 3 days ride in the wonderful countryside of Portugal, galopping between the olive trees. Both activities were fantastic and I spent an amazing time with very good horses, the nicest and most trustworthy I have known so far. Had fun and always felt safe at the same time which feels good when riding outdoor.
    At the farm, the lunch and dinners were delicious: healthy and freshly cooked with typical dishes. What a nice surprise after riding! The swimming pool also is very relaxing!
    I feel so grateful for living this experience and I want to thank all the team from Quinta dos Pinheiros for their work, time, positive energy, always making sure we live our dream. Special thanks also of course to the wonderful horses that I rode. All was truly perfect.

  • #87

    Anne-Sofie, from Denmark (Freitag, 02 Juni 2023)

    I had the pleasure of staying at Kristin and Pedro’s beautiful place during Easter. Visiting the Lusitano horses in their home country was a childhood dream for me – and this vacation exceeded all my expectations. I had dressage lessons that were fun and challenging with the competent instructor Perry on well-educated horses and I had amazing 2 hours hacks with the sweetest guide, Jolene. The whole team and the family welcomed me with open arms, and everybody was so helpful, especially when I arrived without my luggage on the first day. I am confident that this was not my last trip to Quinta dos Pinheiros, and I cannot wait to go back.

  • #86

    Michele from the UK (Sonntag, 13 November 2022 17:37)

    Dear Ilana, Kristin, Pedro and Team,
    I had the pleasure of riding with you on the 2022 Golega Trail Ride.
    Thanks to my long standing friend, Ilana, I knew I was in safe hands but the entire experience was beyond my wildest expectations!
    The varying accommodation and food was outstanding. The logistics regarding the transportation of horses, food and the guests was exemplary. Our lunch and accommodation hosts were fascinating. The custom made trail riding saddles were the most comfortable I have ever sat on, and believe you me, I have sat on a few! Even the bridles were works of art!
    The icing on the cake though, were the horses �.
    Each and every one was fit for purpose, well trained, happy and comfortable in their work and well matched to their riders. Though I would have been very happy to have ridden any of your horses, Delfim was the perfect match for me. I loved every minute of his company �
    That you can effortlessly provide 12 plus horses to safely escort a random selection of riders through the hustle and bustle that is Golega is huge testimony to the training and care you provide for your horses. You should all be very proud of your achievements.
    The Golega Lusitano horse gathering is a definite 'must do at least once in your lifetime' experience for any horse rider and I shall forever remember the wonderful riding holiday I had with Lusitano Trail Rides.
    I can't wait to return and next time it will be to experience first hand the excellent lessons I was fortunate enough to watch prior to setting off on the multi day trail ride to Golega.
    Keep up the good work!

  • #85

    Josy Aydt (Dienstag, 13 September 2022 09:49)

    We fulfilled our dream this year and went together to the beautiful Quinta dos Pinheiros.
    The stay has definitely exceeded our expectations. The facility is beautifully landscaped. The horses are doing great. The horses are super well cared for and can relax all day in their large paddocks. We booked an individual program. In the morning we had a 1 h ride together in the surrounding area with dear Emma. Emma showed us the surrounding countryside and we could get great impressions of the regional agriculture and the beautiful landscape. The trail horses were super well behaved and rideable. We had a lot of fun on the trails. In the afternoon each of us had the opportunity to ride the great trained horses. Perry was our riding instructor and gave us the opportunity to learn about Portuguese horsemanship. The riding lessons with Perry were definitely an enrichment. We learned a lot and are looking forward to using what we learned at home. Perry explained exactly how and why we needed to give what help. He took a lot of time with each of us and responded individually to our needs and our performance. We were allowed to practice various tasks of Portuguese dressage on the top trained horses and did obstacles in working equitation for the first time under instruction.
    The accommodation at Quinta dos Pinheiros was also wonderful. The rooms are super clean and very nicely decorated. The food is excellent. Every morning we started the day together with the whole team. We also spent lunch and dinner together. It is a wonderful family togetherness. We were able to enjoy traditional Portuguese food together with delicious Portuguese wine.
    We are all around more than satisfied with our stay and thank the whole team Quinta dos Pinheiros.
    We will definitely come back again.

  • #84

    Lisa Schuldt (Dienstag, 06 September 2022 14:22)

    Best vaccation you can have!
    Nice people, great service, wonderful food, and lovely horses.
    We came home with a smile on our faces, and we miss the farm already

  • #83

    Lotta and Lisa from Sweden (Dienstag, 06 September 2022 11:36)

    We had a fantastic trip! Incredibly nice staff, service, food and environment. The horses were well trained and incredibly kind. The feeling on the farm was familiar and unstressed -they always had time for their guests! Everything was served for you! No work with the horses except for the riding you did yourself. The food was served in large quantities and always ended with dessert. -such good food!
    We rode day trail, dressage lessons and working Equitation lessons. I give an extra plus for the day ride to realy see the environment and for me personally the WE lessons was realy great as I compete in this branch.
    Santarém was a lovely small quiet town that offered both shopping and good food.
    I can really recommend a horse riding trip here! We will go back in the future! Thanks for everything!

  • #82

    Dirk and Anne Marie Veryser from Belgium (Montag, 07 Juni 2021 17:06)

    We had a wonderful week on the Atlantik trail ride. Horses are exceptioanally well behaved, saddles were specially designed, and really comfortable, the hospitality at the ranch was great - very clean and big rooms and the food on the ranch and on the trail was great. We have the best souvenir of this trip. Thank you Kristin, Pedro for your hospitality and the love you give to your horses and guests. Thank you Joline for being a highly professional and wonderful guide.

  • #81

    Bettina (Samstag, 03 April 2021 21:42)

    Liebe Lusitano und Portugalfreunde,
    ich war in einer Zeit bei Kristin und Pedro, als das Reisen und die Umstände nicht einfach waren, möchte aber trotzdem alles empfehlen weil ich so viele positive Erfahrungen gemacht habe. Durchweg alle im Team sind professionell, gut organisiert und vor allem sehr hilfsbereit. Man hat jederzeit versucht mit mir einen schönen Urlaub zu gestalten und das ist am Ende in jedem Fall gelungen. Es hat mir viel Spaß gemacht so schöne, gut ausgebildete Pferde zu reiten und wenn man will kann man sich nebenbei auch noch gut entspannen. Liebe Grüße

  • #80

    Pia Fink (Montag, 23 November 2020 15:08)

    Habe den Atlantik Tail trotz Corona bedingter Schwierigkeiten geritten, und habe es nicht bereut. Alle haben mich freundlich aufgenommen. Die Pferde sind lauffreudig,aber doch entspannt und sehr gut gehalten. Der Trail war sehr abwechslungsreich. Olivenhaine , Wein-und Apfelplantagen, kleine und größere Dörfer, portugisischer Djungel und das Meer. Dazu einen tollen Guide.Es war Phantastisch. Wer einmal da war kommt wieder. Ich werde es auch tun. Viele grüße an Alle Pia

  • #79

    Hilke Bielert (Sonntag, 15 November 2020 18:11)

    Portugal 2020
    Ein Land was wir schätzen und lieben gelernt haben.
    Dazu haben Kristin u Pedro mit ihrem Team beigetragen.
    Die Pferde... die Ritte... die Gastfreundschaft, lässt das Herz höher schlagen.
    Es war ein Zufall, das wir dort gelandet sind, dies dann gleich 4 mal!
    Nun, ich hatte das Glück, ein Lusitano dort zu erleben, Forte do Solar; Der nun in meinem Stall mit meinen PRE steht.
    Die Betreuung u Beratung war ... super toll!!!

    Wir denken , bei der Herbststimmung an euch.

    Forte und ich sagen DANKE

  • #78

    Thomas Bok (Sonntag, 01 November 2020 16:40)

    Auch diesmal hatten wir einen einmalige Tour vom 11-18.10.2020 erlebt. Für mich bereits zum 2-ten mal. Eine perfekte Organisation, Pferd, Tour, Team, Essen…, besser kann ich es mir nicht vorstellen. Wünsche Kerstin mit Familie und dem ganzen Team alles Gute und bis bald mal wieder.
    Also this time we had a great trail from 11-18.10.2020. For me already for the 2nd time. A perfect organization, horse, tour, team, food ... . I couldn't imagine better. I wish Kerstin with family and the whole team all the best and see you again soon.

  • #77

    Max Heinzgeorg Kühner (Donnerstag, 29 Oktober 2020 10:32)

    Die Lusitanos sind die schönsten, angenehmsten und besten Pferde für uns Amateurreiter !

  • #76

    Karin Leibrock (Freitag, 23 Oktober 2020 12:14)

    Gemischtes Programm :-). Die Woche auf der Quinta von Kristin und Pedro war wundervoll. Die Dressur-Trainings auf den wunderbaren Lusitanos mit Pedro und Perry waren anspruchsvoll, lehrreich und sehr inspirierend. Ich hatte das Vergnügen, viele verschiedene Pferde zu reiten und somit einen maximalen Lerneffekt. Alle Pferde waren top ausgebildet, fein an den Hilfen und sehr motiviert. Ein sehr schönes Erlebnis war der Ausritt zu einem Weingut mit Verkostung und leckerem, landestypischem Essen. Auch bei den Trail-Pferden merkte man sofort, dass sie gut gymnastiziert sind, ein gutes Beispiel, wie die Dressur der Gesunderhaltung der Pferde dient. Sie tragen die Reiter mit Leichtigkeit in allen Gangarten, sind ganz fein zu Reiten und echt ‚auf Zack‘, was die Umsetzung der Hilfen anbelangt, zudem trittsicher und erhaben. Und mit das schönste für mich: Die meisten Pferde standen draußen mit viel Bewegungsraum und Kontakt zu ihren Kumpels und machten somit einen sehr zufriedenen, ausgeglichen und hochmotivierten Eindruck. Uns Gästen mangelte es an NICHTS, unsere Gastgeber machten alles möglich, ich habe mich als Alleinreisende sofort sehr wohlgefühlt in der familiären Atmosphäre, mit tollen Gastgebern und einer sehr netten, aufmerksamen Crew. Ich komme wieder!
    Mixed program :-). The week at Kristin and Pedro's Quinta was wonderful. The dressage training sessions with Pedro and Perry were demanding and very inspiring. I had the pleasure of riding many different horses and thus a maximum learning effect. All horses were well trained, very good at the aids and very motivated. A wonderful experience was the ride to a winery with tasting and delicious, local food. With the trail horses, too, you immediately noticed that they were well gymnastic, a good example of how dressage helps keep horses healthy. They carry the rider with ease in all gaits, are very good to ride and really 'on the ball' when it comes to react to the aids, they are sure-footed and sublime. And one of the nicest things for me: Most of the horses stood outside with plenty of room to move around and had contact with their buddies and thus made a very satisfied, balanced and highly motivated impression. We guests lacked NOTHING, our hosts made everything possible, as a single traveler I immediately felt very comfortable in the family atmosphere, with great hosts and a very nice, attentive crew. I'll be back!

  • #75

    Christina Baur (Sonntag, 18 Oktober 2020 17:44)

    Das ganze Team ist einfach unglaublich liebevoll und nett. Es ist einfach wie eine große Familie. Man wird sofort voller Freude aufgenommen. Der Atlantic Trail ist einfach unglaublich. Es ist alles perfekt geplant und organisiert. Einfach Luxus von A -Z egal ob die Unterkünfte, das Essen die Planung und vorallem die wundervollen Pferde .Die Guids sind so fürsorglich und super nett. Es hat so Spaß gemacht ,leider verging die Zeit viel zu schnell. Von Anfang an ein perfekter und vorallem erholsamer Urlaub mit tollen Menschen. Ich werde diese Zeit nie vergessen ,einfach unvergesslich. Ich bin mir sicher ich komme wieder .Danke für alles.

  • #74

    Nayve R (Montag, 05 Oktober 2020 22:29)

    A friend and I did the Atlantic trail last year (should have posted this review a year ago, but better late than never! ) and it was absolutely memorable. Every single detail was well thought through by Kristin and everyone in her team. The horses were impeccable, extremely smart and well trained, the lodging arrangements beautiful and comfortable and the food everywhere we went was a delight. We weren’t expecting such a treat and came back full of fond memories.
    We also had the opportunity to take lessons with Pedro at the Quinta, and that was also top notch.
    Would love to come back as many times as possible (once I am able to jump back on a plane again!).
    Thanks again Kristin and Pedro for your hospitality!

  • #73

    Ruth Mayer (Mittwoch, 15 Juli 2020 13:27)

    Ich hatte zwei wundervolle 2h Ausritte quer durch Weinberge und Olivenhaine. Zagalo war toll ! Ich bin Pferdeosteopathin und bei der Wahl der Farm, die Ausritte anbietet war mir die Haltung und der Eindruck den die Pferde machen sehr wichtig. Hier sind die Pferde fit, gut trainiert, ausgeglichen und mit Freude dabei ! Vielen Dank an Kristin und das gesamte Team ! Bis bald !!

  • #72

    Rhian A (Sonntag, 07 Juni 2020 20:02)

    I did a 2-hour tail ride and came from about an hour away in Portugal. I loved it! Jolene was a wonderful trail guide and riding companion, and I had one of the best rides out ever, on Eco, one of the most lovely and generous horses I have ever ridden. Eco was a dream! And thank you also for allowing me to watch Pedro and Perry training - it was all a wonderful treat. Everyone in the team was so friendly and kind - thank you Kristin, Pedro, Iliana, Jolene and Perry for making it such a wonderful day. I'll be back for more as soon as I can!

  • #71

    Cathy T (Freitag, 29 November 2019 20:36)

    I also did the ride to Golega Fair in 2019. Right from our arrival at the airport from Canada, we were treated to a wonderful experience. I had a lovely horse called Izidro for our ride to Golega. Great food and comfortable accommodations were supplied. Thank you Kristine and Pedro and their team for a wonderful time.

  • #70

    Kati Budde (Freitag, 29 November 2019 05:30)

    WENN SIE DAS PARADIES FÜR HERZ, HINTERN und GAUMEN suchen, dann finden Sie es hier !!!!
    Eigentlich bin ich nicht der Typ Mensch, der beim Reisen dieselben Orte oder Locations zweimal bucht. Und hier bei Kristine und Pedro habe ich es getan, das erste Mal war ich mit meiner Freundin dort, das zweite Mal mit meiner Tochter und :) ich werde bestimmt noch einmal kommen....
    Warum ist das der beste Reiturlaub, den man sich vorstellen kann ?
    Die Pferde sind bestens gepfligt und ausgebildet, auch das liegt an der exklusiven Partnerschaft von Kristine und Pedro, er der klassische Ausbilder der oberen Liga in working equitation mit internationaler reputation, Kristine, diese vor Herzlichkeit sprühende kluge Fru versteht es den Pferden solche Lebensumstände zu bieten, die in Südeuropa keine Selbstverständlichkeit sind. Viel Weideauslauf, bestes Futter.
    Hier wird gelebt undgeliebt und das spürt der Gast.
    Ob man an der langen Tafel mit internationalen Gästen (die bei Pedro Unterricht nehmen) am prasselnden Kaminfeuer sich gleichzeitig den erlesenen Gaumenfreuden und dem Anblick von exklusivem Reitunterricht auf wunderschönen Lusitanos hinwendet, es ist ein Genuss !
    Der Trail selbst ist unvergesslich, Ünterkünfte, in die man nie einen Fuß hätte setzten können, weil exklusiv und privat, Picknicks im Freien, eine gebildete und perfekt englisch sprechende Guide (danke Sacha für die wunderbare Woche) und eine abwechslungsreiche Landschaft.
    Sowohl der Lusitanotrail als auch der Atlantiktrail sind highlights in meinem Leben.
    DANKE Kristin, Sacha, Pedro !!!!!
    Und ich komme zu gern wieder!

  • #69

    Karin Nikodem-Plenk (Mittwoch, 20 November 2019 08:22)

    Es ist wie Heimkommen bei Kristin und Pedro. Du wirst einfach in diese grossartige Familie aufgenommen und bist dabei. Das ganze Umfeld ist geprägt von liebevoller Aufmerksamkeit. Wir mussten uns um nichts kümmern. Es ist wie Urlaub�. Die Unterkünfte waren allesamt super, die Menschen einfach sehr freundlich und immer mit einem lächeln auf dem Gesicht. Die Lusitanos einfach unglaublich. Es ist eine wahre Freude sie zu reiten. Starke Rasse, Starke Pferde, klarer Kopf, klare Gangarten, leicht zu reiten, super Sättel. Die einzelnen Touren durch die wundervolle Natur Portugals einfach wundervoll. Und das beste zum Schluss! Unsere liebe Sacha, die beste Rittführerin, eine Pferde- und Menschenfreundin aus dem Bilderbuch. Es hat sehr sehr viel Spass und Freude gemacht mit ihr reiten zu dürfen. Danke für eure tolle Arbeit, liebe Kristin, Pedro, Sacha und all die anderen auf eurem Hof, damit ermöglicht ihr uns Reitern ein einzigartiges Erlebnis, Vergnügen, Entspannung und Freude. ❤️

  • #68

    Shannon (Dienstag, 19 November 2019 21:59)

    I came from Canada and rode to the Golega fair in 2019. Kristin has wonderfully trained and very experienced trail horses. I am a dressage rider at home, but spend too much time in the arena. This trip gave me the chance to ride a horse that felt like a proper dressage horse combined with an experienced and very safe trail horse. I would highly recommended Kristin, her team and her horses.

  • #67

    Linda W (Dienstag, 19 November 2019 13:33)

    2019 Golega ride, we came from Canada, our expectations were exceeded! Excellent horses, professionally run, we were well taken care of. Not to mention excellent food and accommodations. A wonderful experience topped off with a special ride at Portugal’s most special fair!

  • #66

    Manon (Mittwoch, 11 September 2019 21:07)

    Ein wunderbarer Ritt zum Atlantik! Super ausgebildete, motivierte und gesunde Pferde und eine herausragende Sacha, die sich mit Hingabe um das Wohl von Pferd und Reiter kümmert - Wir werden Portugal und die Lusitanos vermissen!! Danke an das gesamte Team :-)

  • #65

    Madeleine (Montag, 02 September 2019 13:39)

    Bevor ich das erste Mal bei Kristin und Pedro buchte, hatte ich das Leben auf der Quinta und die Ritte einige Monate lang auf Facebook verfolgt. Was mich sofort angesprochen hatte, war das Lachen auf den Gesichtern und die lockere Atmosphäre. Die Bilder waren echt und die gute Stimmung ansteckend und genau das, was ich suchte: Herzliche, lebenslustige Menschen, mit denen ich auf sicheren Pferden Portugal erkunde.

    Inzwischen war ich schon auf drei Ritten dabei und es wurde jedes Mal noch schöner. Jeder Reiter findet ein Pferd, das voll zu ihm passt. Die wunderbaren Trail-Pferde kommen auf die Koppel, werden im Offenstall gehalten, haben Energie, sind geschmeidig und trittsicher und in jeder Situation absolut zuverlässig. Keine Spinner, Durchgänger, aber auch keine abgestumpften Wesen. Stets frisch und aufmerksam nehmen sie ihre Umgebung wahr und sind die charmantesten Gefährten, die man sich wünschen kann.
    Die Ritte gleichen einem einzigen Natur-Erlebnis, die Streckenführung ist abwechslungsreich und durchaus auch spannend. Die Reitführer - alle durchweg sympathisch, freundlich, fröhlich - bemühen sich mit Herzblut um die Pferde und die Gäste. Die Mittagessen unter den Bäumen bleiben unvergesslich. Alles wird sehr familiär vom Team der Quinta unterstützt und begleitet. Die sorgfältig ausgewählten Übernachtungsmöglichkeiten sind ebenfalls ein Highlight, da auch hier die Gastgeber und ihre Gasthäuser einfach einzigartig sind.
    Die landestypischen, breiten Sättel erlauben auch Reitern mit sehr schmalem Becken stundenlange, bequeme Ritte ohne Probleme.
    Ich bin dem Land, seinen Leuten und diesen herrlichen Pferden komplett verfallen und komme sicher auch ein viertes Mal wieder. Danke, Kristin!

  • #64

    Josephine (Montag, 05 August 2019 20:03)

    Wir sind durch zufälliges googeln auf die Quinta gestoßen und hatten einen tollen Ausritt auf sehr gut ausgebildeten und rittigen Pferden. Selbst mein Sohn, der die Reithosen erst seit kurzem trägt, ist wunderbar klargekommen und hatte eine tolle Zeit. Sein Pferd hat brav alles mitgemacht und er konnte sich voll auf sich konzentrieren. Ich werde auf jeden Fall wiederkommen und einen der Wanderritte machen.
    Vielen Dank an Hanna, Kristin und das ganze Team.

  • #63

    Leandra (Montag, 13 Mai 2019 10:06)

    Wir waren letzte Woche auf den Trail Destino Atlantico und waren einfach nur begeistert. Die Pferde sind ausserordentlich gut ausgebildet und sehr schön zu reiten. Ausserdem fehlt es ihnen an nichts, sie werden super gehalten und behandelt.
    Weiter zu erwähnen ist das leckere Essen und die wunderschönen und charmanten Unterkünfte.
    Es ist rundum alles perfekt organisiert.

    Wir werden auf jeden Fall wiederkommen, auf einen weiteren Trailride oder auf Working Equitation Unterricht auf den toll ausgebildeten Pferden.

    Vielen Dank für das unvergessliche Erlebnis liebe Kristin, Sacha und das ganze Team.

  • #62

    Dina (Mittwoch, 24 April 2019 12:40)

    Ich habe die letzte Woche auf dem Destino Atlantico Trail sehr genossen. Eure Pferde sind wunderbar, leckeres Essen, super Organisation, mega tolle Reitführerin - einfach alles tiptop :-). Danke Euch vielmals - ich komme wieder!

  • #61

    Mandy Pacifici (Freitag, 05 April 2019 10:19)

    Der Lusitano Trail ist einfach nur super. Ich bin zwar nur die zwei letzten Tage mitgeritten, die waren aber super.
    Durch die Natur Portugals reiten ist schon fantastisch aber entlang der Lagune und dem Atlantik ist wundervoll. Die Lusitanos sind so gut ausgebildet und sehr sehr brav.
    Danach war ich noch einpaar Tage auf dem Hof, Zimmer sind groß genug, Bad auch und alles sauber. Das Essen ist auch sehr gut und die Reitstunden bei Pedro sowiso.
    Liebe Grüße an alle,

  • #60

    Helen Newlands (Dienstag, 11 September 2018 22:56)

    My second trip to experience the Lusitano Trails hosted by the Kristen and the team. The trail leader Sacha was exceptional - experienced, super friendly and the horses always came first. The trail to the Atlantic was brilliant - with a mixture of countryside, medevil towns and hill work. The horses - complete superstars. My horse was new to the team, you would have never have known as he was foot perfect and so well behaved. A testament to the hard work put in before you set of on the trails. The high note was of course the company of fantastic friends, the welcoming feel of the Quinta and all their staff and finally the finish at the Atlantic - where we rode our dreams again!

  • #59

    Lena (Montag, 23 Juli 2018 22:45)

    Liebes Lusitanotrail-Team,
    ich danke euch für die wundervolle Woche in Portugal mit euch allen und euren tollen Pferden. Es war einer der schönsten Urlaube, die ich bisher gemacht habe. Ich hatte eine tolle Zeit bei euch, durfte so viele tolle Menschen kennenlernen und hatte unglaublich viel Spaß. Mich hat das Land ebenso begeistert wie die tolle Begleitung durch euch. Ihr macht alle einen super tollen Job und ich habe unglaublich viel mitgenommen.
    Liebe Grüße, Lena

  • #58

    Frank Gemünden (Sonntag, 10 Juni 2018 12:15)

    Liebe Kristin, Sacha, lieber Pedro,

    besten Dank für diese wunderbare Woche. Die Pferde waren die besten, die ich je auf meinen schon sehr zahreichen Trails vorfand. Ihr habt eine sehr gute Organisation und die Wege sin abwechslungsreich und machen irre Spaß. Da hat nicht einmal der Regen gestört. Die Krönung war der Tag an der Lagune mit Atlantik Strand. Hier haben wir es locker geschafft, mit der ganzen Gruppe in Linie und recht lang zu galloppieren. Toll. Das geht nicht zuletzt nur, weil Eure Pferde so gut ausgebildet sind. Danke.������Dieser Trail-Stall ist ein MUSS für alle Trail-Reiter.

  • #57

    Petra (Sonntag, 13 Mai 2018 22:16)

    Dear Kristin and Pedro - I couldn't have imagined a better experience! This was a perfect week, starting with your amazing horses (as Pedro put it- once you put your bum on a lusitano you never want to get off, I can 100% confirm), our great, always calm and caring guide Sacha, Antonio who provided us with the most amazing Picknicks in beautiful sceneries and the nice group of women I shared the Atlantic trail ride with. You are all doing an extraordinary job, and your motto "ride your dreams" is definitely right. Thank you so much for everything (also for taking care of everyone's condition:))!!!
    I hope that this was not the last time that I could enjoy one of your trails Kristin! Sending you lusitano-love from Austria, Petra

  • #56

    Tanja (Freitag, 11 Mai 2018 16:24)

    Liebe Kristin, dear Sacha
    It is already too long since I spent time in your amazing saddles and with your amazing horses. The trail we did in April was one of the best riding experiences I have ever had. Beautiful nature, very well trained horses, the best guide and wonderful guesthoses we stayed in. On this trip everything was perfect. I met so many amazing people with interesting stories and I also learnt a lot. It really was relaxing. It‘s a shame it only lasted a week:( I will definitely be back:) Thank you for everything!

  • #55

    Petra, Stuttgart (Sonntag, 22 April 2018 11:37)

    Liebe Kristin und liebe Sacha,
    Wir sind zurück in Deutschland.... nach einer fantastischen Woche zusammen mit euch und euren gigantischen Lusitanos auf dem Weg zum Atlantik. Unsere „Mädelsgruppe“ hat schon so manchen Ritt gemacht.... aber was ihr bietet ist wirklich unfassbar..... Essen... Unterkünfte... Landschaften.... Pferde.... und nicht zuletzt der so herzliche Kontakt zu Euch. Die Leidenschaft zu Eurer Passion spürt man in jeder Sekunde.
    Es ist nicht leicht zurück zu sein aber die vielen Gefühle und Bilder des Erlebten bleiben für IMMER
    Herzlichen Dank für alles und hoffentlich bis bald

  • #54

    Sarah (Samstag, 14 April 2018 19:11)

    Lusitanotrail März 2018
    Hallo Kristin und Sacha
    Nach der wundervollen und abenteuerlichen ( Hochwasser :) ) Woche fiel mir der Einstieg in den beruflichen Alltag doch recht schwer.
    Nochmals Danke all den Helfern, den wundervollen Pferden , der hervorragenden Organisation und dem fabelhaften Essen.....
    Freue mich schon auf den nächsten Ritt bei Euch
    Liebe Grüsse aus der Schweiz

  • #53

    Flora (Mittwoch, 15 November 2017 14:50)

    We had a great time with Christine and her amazing Lusitano horses during the Golega Horse Fair! She took us the whole day in the countryside and along the Tejo river, but nothing compares to the feeling we got riding in and out of Golega, bustling with activity during the event. An experience I would definitely recommend to any horse lover!! Thank you so much for allowing us to enjoy the festivities from the saddle!

  • #52

    Stephanie (Sonntag, 08 Oktober 2017 20:13)

    Just returned from a fabulous week riding the Lusitano trail ride in glorious and very hot October sunshine!

    I have to say we were treated like guests from the very first minute as well as part of the family - nothing was too much trouble.

    The horses were beautiful willing and true pleasures to ride. Catharina was the most fabulous guide and was very chatty and relaxed and took time to point things out to us along the way. The food was delicious and accommodation very varied but all lovely! I feel we were part of the Lusitano story and loved meeting all the stallions. We were especially overwhelmed and delighted to have a go at the working equitation course on our last day and I even had my first experience of the passage on
    An exquisitely well schooled horse. We will be back for some dressage lessons !!!

    Thank you again

  • #51

    Jennifer (Samstag, 16 September 2017 03:12)

    I went on the Atlantic Trail ride at the end of August (2017) and it was amazing in so many ways! The trail through forests and villages was scenic and we snacked on berries, figs, and apples along the way when we could. We stayed in lovely inns and quintas along the way and had lunch at restaurants or picnics (thanks to Lucy and Andrea!) outside. Everything had a really personal touch. Kristin, Pedro, and the whole group do such an amazing job making you feel like you're part of the Quinta dos Pinheiros family. Our last dinner after the week-long ride was outside and the yard so nicely decorated and the food and company so wonderful, it was truly bittersweet to leave the next day.
    Catharina, our guide, was fantastic and really made the trip. She was so knowledgable about the horses and the area and had such a great personality, it felt more like riding with friends than with strangers from the beginning. The last 2 days were truly special- riding such an amazing horse on a beautiful beach was definitely a dream come true for me, and I'm so glad I could do it with my 3 new friends! I quickly fell in love with my horse Sagallo (sp?)- he was so fun to ride and I trusted him immediately. One of the things that really set this ride apart from others I've done was how well trained the horses were- it will be really difficult to go back to 'regular' horses after this!
    I'm so glad I was able to squeeze this ride in, and hope to make it back someday. Thanks so much for an amazing week, Quinta dos Pinheiros family!
    Jennifer from Texas

  • #50

    Elke & Gaby (Dienstag, 12 September 2017 12:55)

    Es ist schwer für diesen unglaublich schönen Urlaub die richtigen Worte zu finden! Leider sind wir seit 2 Tagen wieder zu Hause.
    Herzlichen Dank an Kristin, Pedro, Catharina und das ganze Team, dass zusammen so tolle Arbeit leistet.
    Es war unser erster Trail und Begegnung mit den wunderbaren Lusitanos und wir werden diesen nie vergessen. Wir haben Land, Leute und die Kultur auf eine einzigartige Weise kennen gelernt und jeden Tag viele neue Eindrücke erleben dürfen auf diesen sehr gut ausgebildeten und wundervollen Lusitanos. Zum Abschluss des Trails sind wir den Tejo entlang durch eine wunderschöne Lagune zum Atlantik geritten und den Strand entlang galoppiert mit Freudentränen in den Augen (danke Catharina). Wir haben uns total verliebt in diese Pferde. Wir haben noch spontan einen zusätzlichen Tag eingeplant und bei Pedro Unterricht genommen (unbedingt zu empfehlen!) und in kurzer Zeit so viel gelernt (danke Pedro).
    Es war ein rundum perfekt organisierter Trail und wir hatten so viel Spaß alle zusammen.
    Nochmals herzlichen Dank liebe Kristin, dass wir das so erleben durften und wir können nur sagen: Träume nicht Dein Leben - Lebe Deinen Traum! Wir werden auf jeden Fall wiederkommen und freuen uns auf Euch!!
    Ganz liebe Grüße
    Elke & Gaby

  • #49

    Karen Wild (Sonntag, 27 August 2017 20:06)

    My daughter and me are now for the second time at Kristins and Pedro's place. The time here is magical and really amazing.
    Kristin and Pedro give you the feeling of being part of a family. The guestrooms are always clean and really cozy. And the horses! The horses are all so kind, friendly and reliable. It is just pure joy and fun to go out for hacking and trailriding. And the dressage lessions with Pedro are always opening a door to a very special world of dressage riding.
    We will surely join again Lusitano Trailrides with Kristin and her wonderful team!
    Love from Cajsa and Karen!

  • #48

    Rachel Vora (Montag, 05 Juni 2017 02:34)

    I had a wonderful 2 hr trail ride here with Kristin a few days ago - it was the highlight of my trip to Portugal! Their Lusitano horses are highly trained dressage horses, very responsive but also calm, quiet and sure footed on the trail. The experience of riding these amazing horses would be a special treat for both novice and very experienced riders alike! The scenery on the trail was beautiful and varied, and Kristin was so kind and welcoming. I really enjoyed our ride together! You can tell that Kristin, Pedro and their assistants all really care that both horse and rider have a good experience. I had so much fun and can't wait to return - highly recommended!!

  • #47

    Mason Kate (Mittwoch, 03 Mai 2017 17:11)

    If you ever dreamt of riding a beautiful horse along a white beach with the rhythm of the Atlantic Ocean matching the pounding of your heart and the hooves on the sand please, please make your dream come true and book this trail �
    Kristin is meticulous in finding the perfect route with fantastic accommodation along the way. Everything is thought through and all our needs were effortlessly catered for. The stars are, of course, the horses. Kristin, Pedro and their team treat them as they deserve with dignity, and gentle consistency so that you ride a horse who is superbly schooled and willing with the same enthusiasm for the adventure as we had � It made my heart sing.
    The 'family' who work with Kristin and Pedro are fantastic and made us feel part of their little community, bound by the love of these beautiful Lusitanos. I would just like to say a huge Thank You to Kristin, Pedro, Perry (we will never forget you and Trevisco... A future champion!) Andrea, Lucy (the picnic fairy), Antonio, Nella and especially our lovely, thoughtful, endlessly entertaining guide Catharina who made our trail so very special�� �

  • #46

    Sabine Weiß (Donnerstag, 20 April 2017 20:02)

    Again, and being here now for the second time, I can only confirm that this is one of the most wonderful experiences you can have when you want to really ride your dreams... Kristin, her family and team are so fantastic people, you always feel comfortable and like home. The trail routes, the landscape and the people you meet are so beautiful, the food and organisation is great, the overnight stays in locations you can only dream about -- and the horses... no words. We will always come back... For all others: don't miss that wonderful experience and join in to ride your dreams!

  • #45

    Sabine Weiß (Sonntag, 27 November 2016 10:16)

    Vielen Dank für eine phantastische Zeit mit Kristin, Pedro und ihrem Team und den wundervollsten Pferden, die es gibt! Danke für die Gastfreundschaft, Freundlichkeit und die vielen schönen Reiterlebnisse die wir haben durften. Den Ritt nach Golega und die Nacht, in der wir selbst in der Arena mit den Pferden sein durften, auf den schönsten Lusitanos, die es gibt, werden wir nie vergessen. Den hervorragenden Unterricht mit Pedro und daß wir Eure grandiosen Hengste reiten durften - und wir so vieles von ihnen gelernt haben... Wir kommen ganz bestimmt wieder. Wer auch immer seinen Traum reiten will, wird bei Euch an seinen Träumen angelangt sein! Viele liebe Grüße, Sabine & Jan.

  • #44

    Claudia (Mittwoch, 21 September 2016 17:33)

    Es war der Hit!!! Ich bin im.7. Himmel!!!
    Vielen lieben Dank Kristin und Pedro für das tolle Pferd und den Super-Unterricht! Es war ein einmaliges Erlebnis, was nun immer wieder nach Wiederholung schreit!
    Wer Lust hat, Portugal und Lusitanos zusammen zu erleben, dem kann ich nur Lusitano Trail Rides ans Herz legen!!!
    Bis spätestens nächstes Jahr!

  • #43

    Helen (Sonntag, 11 September 2016 20:36)

    I don't know where to start....my friends and I have just returned from a week with Kristin, Pedro and their wonderful team. The 3 of us travelled together from Edinburgh. We were booked onto the lusitano trail where we experienced unseasonably hot weather (40 degrees) but the horses and riders were always paramount. We rode through amazing scenery, stayed at accommodation that was out of this world and had were spoilt with amazing food, wine and beer. A special mention to Hannah who led the trails and looked after us all. The attention to detail was second to none and Kristin was fully involved despite having a 10 week old baby. There was a real family feel to the whole holiday. The care of the horses was exceptional and every rider was matched perfectly. Thank you all and a big thank you to my lovely horse eBay - a complete joy to ride. I'll be back!

  • #42

    Sharon - Florida USA (Dienstag, 06 September 2016 23:34)

    I cannot capture my feelings adequately in words and express my gratitude and happiness that I experienced while staying with my new family at Quinta dos Pinheiros in Santarem. Without a doubt this is the best thing that I have done for myself. I have a genuine love for horses and enjoy being away from the hustle and bustle of life. This by far was a perfect fit for me. I traveled by myself and was welcomed from the beginning to end. I was greeted at the airport by lovely Lisa. The drive from the airport went by very quickly as we chatted all the way to Quinta dos Pinheiros. When I arrived, I was welcomed at the beautiful home by Kristin, baby Diogo, and sweet Hannah (Pedro was away on business and did meet him later). I was acclimated to the home and had a welcome drink. I was then shown to my spacious room, modernly appointed, and overlooking the pool. The bathroom also was very spacious with a lovely shower, fitted with a rainfall showerhead, which is great after a long day  My welcome lunch was fantastic! Everyone from the farm sat and ate and conversed over a lovely lunch. We also sat and ate together for dinner in the garden under the pagoda, which added to the charm of my stay. The produce that I ate consisted of local foods including the wonderful assortments of breads, wine, and beer. I do not eat meat and this was not a problem as I was accommodated for my diet at each meal. I ate cod fish prepared in Portuguese style, lovely omelets, Salmon, clams, and wonderful salads! And not to forget lovely desserts 
    Our first ride out was perfectly timed and gave time to become acquainted with my horse. I had the opportunity to ride 2 horses during my stay and both horses were exquisitely trained and behaved (someone else fittingly described the horses as the “cream of the crop”) These horses are confident and sure footed, they do not follow head to tale as trained on some trails, and are reactive and respond to gentle cues. There was not once that I felt anxious while riding up and down steep trails at different paces. Additionally, the Campino style saddle was the most comfortable saddle I have ever ridden in! The extended hours in the saddle were a non-issue for me.
    The trails were scenic and picture perfect and I had the opportunity to see and taste many fruits along the way such as grapes, apples, blackberries, peaches, and saw many other crops on our travels. The accommodations at each stop were well selected and it was evident that much effort has been put into the selection of lodgings. The Burds at Quinta do Vale Formoso were warm and welcoming, and the 2016 Michelin rated Quinta da Torre gave a wonderful feel of authentic Portugal.
    The final day of the ride did not disappoint and was the icing on the cake. There were incredible vistas of the lagoon and surrounding landscapes, we had some fast paced rides along sandy tracks, where we finally arrived and were met by the mighty waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
    Kristin, Hannah, Lisa, Pedro, Perry and all thank you so much for my wonderful stay and I look forward to my return trip very soon!

  • #41

    Suzanne (Dienstag, 16 August 2016 14:52)

    Thank you to Pedro and Kristin for making our stay at Quinta dos Pinheiros so enjoyable. The lessons from Pedro were amazing. He gives them with humour and patience, and the horses are so well-schooled and kind. I did things I'd never done before or not for a long time. I'm so pleased we found you and look forward to another visit.

  • #40

    Daniela (Dienstag, 26 Juli 2016 13:23)

    Halli Hallo,ich bin noch immer verzaubert von den Atem beraubenden Pferden,die nette Betreuung,das fantastische Essen und die Gastfreundschaft die ich für eine Woche beim Trail geniesen durfte.Es war mein 5 Trail,davon der erste in Portugal,und ich kann es nur jeden entfehlen,der einen absolut perfekten Trail mitreiten will.Die Pferde sind sensibel und reagieren sehr fein auf das was der Reiter möchte,sind dabei aber brav und freundlich.Ich habe mich in Ebay total verliebt( mein Pferd)Die Reitstunde am letzten Tag die ich genommen habe,war ebenso Bombastisch,der wundervolle Hengst und ein toller Reitlehrer( Pedro) haben mir einen tollen Abschluss in Portugal beschwert,das muss man probiert haben,so eine Stunde bekommt man in Deutschland bestimmt nicht .Ich komme definitiv wieder. Lg an alle Daniela

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