Establish a connection both in the saddle and on the ground in our week-long courses. We are happy to teach total beginners but also welcome experienced riders, who are looking for a new way to be with horses.
The schedule for each week is adapted to the needs of our participants at the time, but the basic elements are always the same: natural horsemanship groundwork, lessons and rides into nature at a walk.
Guests stay in our typical Alentejo ranch house in the midst of our valley, where the river Mira flows through 25 hectares of pasture. Enjoy evenings out on our terrace in groups of max five guests.
Temperatures in Portugal are most comfortable in spring and fall. Therefore, we offer courses from April until June and again in September and October each year.
A small and dedicated team supports Sandra in her mission to help her guests enjoy their stay and maximize their learning with the horses.
Our herd of riding horses includes a few quarters, a few Portuguese and the odd warmblood, but all of them are excellent teachers.
I went to Portugal this summer and was so lucky to get the chance to spend hours learning how to listen to movement; A foundation of all communication is body language. It requires to be present in this very moment for us to pick up on the smallest signals that we so often overlook. Thank you Sandra for the most rewarding and eye opening experience and all the laughs and fun.
Sundance Ranch is a rare piece of paradise where horses are supported to be themselves and as humans, we have the opportunity to learn how to do that for our own horses. None of this would be possible without Sandra’s tremendous enthusiasm, integrity and generosity of spirit.
It was the most magical time ever. The holiday lasted only a week but was so wonderful. I spent time in a little piece of paradise. Accommodation was excellent, food was amazing, Sandra was a fantastic host. The horses and other people around were all truly wonderful. I learnt so much and feel so much more attuned to horses needs. I can’t wait to go to the ranch again. Thank you
We stayed at Sundance Ranch in April 2018 and loved every minute. Sandra, Nina, the horses, the food and accommodation were all perfect! Very relaxed and positive experience for myself and my 10 yo daughter ❤️
Sandra took me on a journey in which I got better with and at horses step-by-step, combining theory, proper ground work and rides out in the landscape.
Hectares of pasture