In Hand Courses With Nuno Cavaco

If you are your friends are thinking about a trip to Portugal to develop your equine skills we provide different courses in classical equitation. You can consider a long weekend or week with a combination which we are happy to structure for you. For instance how about In Hand Clinics in Portugal for 4 persons covering ‘In Hand’ Work and how to translate this work In Hand to riding through classical dressage lessons. When you are not training you can visit historic sites, go to the beach, try out Portuguese wines the opportunities are huge.

All the training is with Nuno Cavaco

Here is an example of a long weekend clinic for up to 4 people.


These exclusive clinics are designed to be with small groups never more than 4 actual participants. We prefer to keep it small in order to ensure you can maximise your learning experience and opportunities to discuss the work. Each participant will have individual time during 5 one hour lessons 3 working in hand and 2 ridden.  You will also see your fellow clinic participants train which naturally adds to your learning experience.

The programme covers – equipment, getting started, different techniques, different horses at different levels. Learning to teach and progress exercises on the ground which then you relate to your ridden work.

You will be working with trained Lusitanos and other Iberian breeds.


The accommodation is selected to suit your budget and requirements everything from 5 star hotel to cool little surf style cabin by the beach. 

All you need to do is tell us what you prefer. (this of course affects the overall clinic price)

Plan –


  • Friday in morning picked up from airport, arrive at accommodation.
  • Lunch together with introduction to weekend.
  • Afternoon – First In Hand Lessons
  • Evening – Demonstration working with Long Reins Classical Style.
  • Dinner


  • Morning In Hand Lessons
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Ridden Lessons
  • Dinner


  • Morning In Hand Lessons
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Ridden Lessons
  • Dinner

Monday Morning Depart to Airport.

Price per person is from 800 euros inclusive all lessons, accommodation, breakfast, lunch and airport transfers.

Payment is required in full before the event.  Payments can be made via bank transfer or paypal.


In Hand Courses in Portugal

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Ed Hannaford

We Have known of Nuno for many years and had been trying to be able to train with him but circumstances got in the way. Finally we managed to join a clinic organised for him in Somerset. Meeting this quiet man and seeing him work with all the horses was impressive. When he worked with our own horses he was amazing and has transformed totally our way of training. His gentle way, approach and lightness was so obvious to us and the horses, he is a true horseman with a classical approach, he is so polite and soft with the horses they become like putty in his hands. We were over joyed with the experience and look to learn with him regularly. We have already been to Portugal to train with him in both ridden and in hand work it was brilliant.



Ed HannafordUK
Therese Alhaug

What made my lesson with Nuno so special was how he made me develop during the lesson. I finished feeling  a lot more confidence as a rider. His way of teaching was very soft and calm, but still demanding enough regarding what was important to focus on. He made me think about small things that other instructors have not pointed out before. His mix of classical and modern way of thinking gave me a soft approach to dressage – exactly the way I like it.

I will recommend everyone who likes a classical approach to dressage, yet sportive result, to give it a try.

Therese AlhaugEqulife World Magazine Norway

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