Equine Village by Quinta do Riacho

Equine Village by Quinta do Riacho

Equine Village by Quinta do Riacho
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Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Michele S
    Tucson, Arizona3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such an amazing experience!
    What an amazing experience. I was dropped off by my ride an hour early and the girls working at the stable let me spend the time petting the horses. I am a beginner horseback rider and a friend gifted me the ride. Paula was so great at explaining all I needed to know and could tell I was a little nervous at the beginning and checked in with me. By the time we did a little trot I was feeling very comfortable and was able to observe the amazing scenery atop this amazing horse. I rode Junior. He was 9 and he made me laugh.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 July 2023
  • joroma80
    Croydon, United Kingdom73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was our favourite thing to have done on our holiday
    I visited Equine Village with my two daughters (8 & 7) and we are all at beginner level. Paula had organised a taxi to collect and drop us off at our hotel which made life a lot easier. Upon arrival we were greeted by her team as they readied the horses. It gave us time to get a sense of the surrounding area which was beautiful. Paula is so easy going that my girls could follow her instructions and advice easily. The horses are a herd and you can really feel a sense of their connectedness from start to finish. The trip itself took ~2.5hrs - 3hrs and there was never a moment where the experience lulled. Paula's knowledge of the area, flora and fauna, made for a really interesting ride. It was so relaxing and there was time to enjoy the magnificent views, whilst taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the place. At the end, we got the chance to mingle with all the horses which was in itself a special experience - particularly as my youngest had been (up until our arrival) hesitant of large animals. There was no issue here though, I have footage of the horses greeting her patiently and standing around her - even now, just over a month later, I can not describe the feeling I got from watching my two stand amongst these beautiful creatures. All thanks and admiration goes to Paula and her team. We still talk about this experience regularly. It has imprinted a strong memory in us all.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 September 2023
  • Simon B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A ride you won’t forget through beautiful UNESCO World Heritage forests
    This was our third visit to Equine Village, over a number of years. Whilst we would not describe ourselves in anyway as experienced, we have ridden in a number of different countries with varying treks. Equine Village have by far the best treks we have been on. You don’t feel like you are following some well worn path they do every day. The treks are variable through the forest, along the lavadas and forests tracks. Paula sets a very relaxed atmosphere. There is no sense of rushing or that you are on the clock. You just get the time to take in the beautiful scenery and sounds of the forest. And some of the views are amazing! As you go round, Paula also tells you about the island, its history, flora and fauna, birds, wildlife, etc. Paula is very knowledgeable about the horses, making sure your horse is suited to you and your experience. You always feel safe and that you are in control. We were staying in Funchal and Paula arranged a taxi for us. Our driver was excellent and it made it so easy as we didn’t have a car. He waited while we rode and then took us back. He even provided his own commentary about the island! Madeira is an amazing island in so many ways; it’s geography, plant life, people (who are so friendly and proud of their home), activities you can do, food, culture, etc. We trekked on a Monday morning. Now when I’m sat in meetings on a dreary Monday I look back to that Monday trekking through the forest and dream of going back. I’m sure we will!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 September 2023
  • Rich
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best trail ride experience
    Had an amazing experience doing the Levada trail ride through the forest. I'm a complete novice and had no issues. I rode Venus who was so well behaved and well trained. Paula was a great leader and made sure everyone was comfortable. The horses at this ranch are mostly rescues or adopted and are clearly very loved by their caretakers. They're well trained and responsive to even a complete beginner like myself. Paula even took photos and email them to us after the trail ride - didn't even have to ask her. If I'm back in Madeira, I'm definitely doing this again.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 September 2023
  • Julian M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A highlight of our Madeira holiday!
    This was our third visit to Equine Village as part of family holidays on the lovely island of Madeira. The stable is in a lovely setting and there are charming levada walks nearby if any of your party don't want to ride. The staff are very friendly and engaging and the horses are suitable for all levels of ability. The location, up in the hills, is refreshingly cooler after the heat of Funchal and makes for a nice change. As previously, this was one of the highlights of our holiday.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 October 2023
  • arwen575
    Badminton, United Kingdom25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful ride on amazing horses
    We loved our ride through the forest. The horses were amazing - there was a helicopter flying nearby when we were on the trail & they didn’t react at all - totally bombproof. The peace & quiet of the forest (after the helicopter!) was beautiful. Ever changing scenery with incredible view points. Our guide, Theresa, was lovely & ensured we all had a good experience. The horses are clearly well loved & cared for & impeccably behaved for the beginners on the group. Whether you are experienced or a total novice rider this is a perfect trip. Beautiful scenery, well behaved horses & a great guide made for a wonderful trip.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 October 2023
  • Clara H
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views and sweet horses
    Had an incredible time on the Laurel Forest trail ride with Therese. She ensured our safety and the safety of the horses as we rode through a beautiful forest, along a levada, and were led to a stunning overlook. There were also a couple opportunities to trot, and we cantered as well.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 November 2023
  • Wincy C
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best ride in a long time
    I went for the 11km trail today with darling Apolo. He is such a well mannered, calm, head strong sweetheart. I felt so safe on him, as I'm a novice rider. Even when he spooked a tiny little bit, I still felt safe that I won't fall off. He was a real gentleman. I was the only one riding with the guide Liza (sorry if I got your name wrong). She was fabulous and so full of knowledge. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Thank you soo much for the perfect ride. 🥰
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 November 2023
  • Wincy C
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best ride in a long time
    I went for the 11km trail on Tuesday with darling Apolo. He is such a well mannered, calm, head strong sweetheart. I felt so safe on him, as I'm a novice rider. Even when he spooked a tiny little bit, I still felt safe that I won't fall off. He was a real gentleman. I was the only one riding with the guide Theresa. She was fabulous and so full of knowledge. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Thank you soo much for the perfect ride. 🥰
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 November 2023
  • shaynaherbsleb101
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience, highly recommend!
    My mom purchased this excursion for my 5 year old for Christmas while we visited the island. My daughter LOVED it!! Miss Paula was so kind and reassuring for my daughter while on the ride when she got spooked. The ride lasted an hour or so and we learned a lot of things along the way! Paula’s English was immaculate which made the experience so easy to enjoy. Thank you, we will be back before leaving Europe!!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 December 2023
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Gary S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This truly unique experience is one not to be missed. It was amazing from start to finish. Our experienced guide led us on a magical tour through mountain forests and levada trails and places only horses can traverse. They have horses to suit every level of experience. Our knowledgeable guide Theresa made every minute unforgettable. We have so many treasured moments and pictures to record our wonderful day. Thank you to Theresa and her staff for making this such a wonderful, amazing time.
Written 31 May 2024
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Joke Z
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
What a wonderful ride, really enjoyed it. Two and a half hours pure enjoyment of the beautiful nature of Madera. Theresa also told a lot about the area, so nice. Highly recommended whether you are an experienced or novice rider.
Written 23 May 2024
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JojoSoloTravel
Bath, UK216 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Horse riding in Madeira is something I’ve wanted to do for years and Paula at Equine Village made this possible for me
I booked via WatsApp and it was made easy .
I booked a taxi at €60 return ( I can give details for Ruben the driver) which was about 35 mins from Lido area

The stables cater for all abilities ( please be completely honest of your riding abilities so you can be paired with your perfect match )
I was lucky to go out on my Lavada Trail with Paula on a one on one .
The weather , the scenery, the pace of ride was just perfect . We had some lovely canter

The welfare of the horses are on top of the list of priorities
The horses are ridden bit less and shoeless
Paula took photos and was kind enough to make a video of the experience.
Thank you 😊
Written 18 April 2024
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Cheryl P
Medford, NJ5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We had a fantastic time with Paula and her staff, her horses and Maxi, her lead dog! The ride was just right for us beginners, the pace, the path and the terrain. Her horses are gentle and have individual personalities that were well suited for each of us. This was a great way to experience some of Madeira's beautiful forest and learn more about the ancient levadas. Highly recommend!
Written 31 March 2024
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Roberto Russo
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Beautiful horse ride in Madeira’s lush forest. Highlight of our stay on the island. Whether you are here to take it easy, trot or gallop, Paula is the answer. Not to be missed!
Written 29 March 2024
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Dayna W
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Paula was great and her horses are too. I was with an experienced group and the ride was lovely. Riding along the Madeira Levadas and taking in some fabulous views.
Written 21 March 2024
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Journey67973207978
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Lovely horses, wonderful nature landscape and a glamorous sun that feels like we are in paradise. Thank you Paula and your lovely horses (Verdis and Venus) for such a wonderful ride through the beautiful Madeira island. We will come back. ☺️🫶
Written 20 March 2024
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Jemaki9
Pinehurst, NC29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
What an amazing place! Whether you're an equestrian or not, Paula will tailor the ride to your ability. The horses are safe, happy, and able and Paula is a wealth of knowledge about the island. It was an incredible way to see the countryside and experience true Madeira. Would 100% recommend Quinta do Riacho! I can’t thank her enough for such a fabulous memory!
Written 14 March 2024
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Jackie W
Atherstone, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Myself and my partner rode here on the 07th of March. We found Paula to be very friendly and knowledgeable.My partner had never been on a horse before and Paula made sure that before we left the yard he was fully versed on how to mount ride and dismount. We had a lovely one and a half hour hack through the trails and forest. We would recommend this experience.Great
Written 8 March 2024
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Karin R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Wonderful 2.5 hour ride! The scenery is stunning and a fantastic way to experience yet another part of this gorgeous island. Paula has such a great love for the horses and makes you feel very at ease. Highly recommend!
Written 26 February 2024
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