Horse Podcast Ep 209: Portugal – Adventuresses in Destination

Portugal,  another bucket list trip to mark off the list. Heather is recently back from an amazing riding holiday in Portugal. Join Heather as she chats with Kari who both have just returned from a great gallop around Portugal. Hear stories of Lusitano stallions, riding in the dark, and even wardrobe malfunction. On today’s podcast, they share stories of new friendships,  picking meals, and hard beds. stay tuned.

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Portugal – Adventures with the Adventuress

Because any good horsey adventure always starts with seeing other horses right? That’s just what Heather and Kari did while get acclimatized to the time change from Canada to Portugal. They tried all the Portuguese food especially those little tarts they visited the museum of carriage. Which was amazing seeing carriage throughout the years, there were also saddles, stirrups and even spurs from across the centuries.

A top spot to visit while in Lisbon for any horsey fan is the The Escola Portuguesa de Arte Equestre (Portuguese School of Equestrian Art) . This is a Portuguese institution dedicated to the preservation of the equestrian arts, in the Portuguese tradition. It is one of the “Big Four”, the most prestigious classical riding academies in the world. We got up close to these beautiful horses, toured the barns and even got to watch some warm up and practice sessions.

Portugal – Riding

Once we had left the big city we met up with our group for a 7 days of galloping beaches, trotting through the cork forest, climbing tall hills and enjoying the companionship of our crew. We were all fortunate to be mounted with exceptional lusitano horses from grey, bays and even a few chestnuts. They were our trusty steeds for the next 6 days. The saddles were older military ones with an English fit and style but with a comfy padding covered in sheepskins.

Guest today:

Kari (Canada)

Don’t forget to check out the resources section in this article!


  • Portuguese School of Equestrian Art
  • Being a Vegetarian
  • Being prepared
  • Wardrobe Malfunctions

Thank you for tuning in and happy trails!

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Published by Krys Kolumbus Travel

Krystal Kelly is a California girl on a Quest to see every country. She is a professional equestrian adventuress and has worked internationally with horses since 2010. Since then she has worked at professional competition and riding stables in Egypt, Italy, Romania, India and Bhutan! "I love travelling and I love horses and I am very blessed to be able to do both of my passions for a living!" She now has her own company, Krys Kolumbus Travel where she strives to empower women to travel and provides resources, tips and online courses to encourage women to travel SOLO to unique destinations. www.kryskolumbustravel.com www.krystal-kelly.com

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