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Meet the experienced professionals who bring expertise, passion, and dedication to every ride. Our team is composed of seasoned equestrians with years of hands-on experience in training both riders and horses. From teaching beginners the fundamentals of horsemanship to fine-tuning advanced riders' techniques, our trainers are committed to helping you achieve your equestrian goals. Each trainer brings a unique approach and specialisation to the table, ensuring personalised instruction tailored to your needs.

Naomi Oliver

Naomi started working at one of the best private stables in Hong Kong as a working pupil at the age of 16. Naomi quickly made history, by becoming the youngest person to obtain the British Horse Society (BHS) certification in Hong Kong, marking the commencement of her dedicated path toward becoming an instructor. During this time, she gained valuable experience in dealing with all types of horses and retraining of ex-racehorses to become riding school horses. She very quickly got her BHS Level 2 and 3 and continued to build a reputation of horsemanship and her ability to retrain and train horses of all types. Naomi represented Hong Kong in the IPE where she competed in Eventing both nationally and internationally. However, Naomi's passion for horses led her to find her true calling: teaching, and helping riders grow in their journeys with horses. 

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Daniel Casqueiro

Transitioning to a professional rider at 17, Daniel showcased his versatility by competing in four different modalities, including CCE, Hurdles, Dressage, and Working Equitation, with support from renowned equestrian figures. At 23, he was recruited by the Dom Cavalo Training Centre to instruct advanced riders and Lusitano horses, a role he continues to excel in. Daniel continues to refine his expertise through training with esteemed coaches like Petter Sttor and FEI judge Carlos Lucas Lopes. As a team leader at Dom Cavalo for four years, he has coached riders from around the globe and conducted clinics worldwide. Daniel's professional journey as an international rider has seen him clinch regional Dressage championships, compete at Grand Prix levels, and mentor aspiring riders in national and international competitions.

Afonso De Sousa

Afonso began riding at Dom Cavalo at the age of 6, where he was trained and mentored, dividing his time between studying and riding. As a teenage, he clinched a Bronze Medal at the Dressage Nacional Championship and represented Portugal at the European Championship, achieving noteworthy success in three-star dressage events such as the CDI 3-star competitions in Belgium, Spain, and other prestigious venues. He is currently the showjumping coach for the Modern Pentathlon team of Thailand for the 2024 Olympic Games, where he contributed significantly to their qualification for this prestigious event. Alongside his coaching roles, he also managers the Dom Cavalo Training Center.  His dedication to equestrian excellence is evident through his extensive coaching experience, international engagements, and ongoing commitment to professional development in the equestrian field.



Dom Cavalo was founded in 1998, an respected institution boasting over 25 years of excellence in promoting Portuguese equestrian culture. Renowned for their unwavering commitment to the well-being of horses, Dom Cavalo offers exceptional training and fantastic facilities nestled in the heart of Portugal.

Certified by organisations such as the Portuguese Equestrian Federation, the Portuguese Institute of Sports, and Tourism of Portugal, Dom Cavalo sets the gold standard for quality and professionalism in the industry. Through this collaboration, our goal is not only to showcase the magnificence of the Lusitano breed but also to celebrate the deep-rooted heritage and culture surrounding it.

We are particularly drawn to Dom Cavalo for its rich history, sterling reputation, and unparalleled facilities. However, it's the dedicated trainers and staff who truly set this establishment apart, ensuring every rider's experience is nothing short of exceptional. Together, we look forward to elevating equestrian experiences and fostering a deeper appreciation for Portugal's remarkable equestrian heritage.


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Our holiday combine training sessions with a wide range of other activities to create a truly unique experience. With expert trainers and instructors on hand, you'll receive personalised guidance and feedback to help you achieve your goals and improve your riding technique.

In addition to the training, you'll also have the chance to experience cultural, riding and other activities, like exploring local villages and markets and even Dolphin watching

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We offer a unique opportunity to learn from experienced trainers, whilst immersing yourself in the culture and traditions of Portugal. Our camps are tailored to your schedule, so whether you're looking for daily, weekly, or monthly training programs, we've got you covered. Our trainers are skilled in various styles of riding, whether it be classical Dressage, Working Equitation, or showjumping. They will work with you to improve your riding skills, provide personalised training plans, and help you achieve your goals.

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We provide top-quality services in the acquisition and selection of exquisite Lusitano horses for clients around the world. We pride ourselves in being 100% independent from breeders, dealers or producers, which ensures that our clients receive unbiased advice and access to the best horses available in the market.

Our team has extensive knowledge and experience in the equestrian industry, and we use our expertise to source only the best Lusitano horses that meet our clients' needs.

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