This past May I traveled to Portugal to attend a workshop headed by world renowned equine photographer and journalist, Paula da Silva with the aide of Luisa Lima, Rita Fernandez and Joao Salbany. There were amateur and professional photographers from 9 countries. We were there to photograph and study Portugal’s Lusitano breed.
It was a jam-packed schedule. Over 4 days we photographed the Lusitano in many situations and uses. I’ve always admired the breed, but have a deeper understanding of their tractable personalities and versatility. There were quadrilles at the military facility CMEFD, levades and caprioles performed by the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art in the Palace Gardens of Queluz, mares and foals on the beach, carriages and combined driving at Quinta da Lagoalva de Cima, a herd raised in a natural setting on the island, vaulting in the gardens of Sintra, falcons with horses at the castle in Obidos, a centuries old chapel dedicated to the blessing of the horses atop a mountain, bloodless bullfighting, flamenco dancers, a cobra de éguas presentation, campinos at Coudelaria Vinhas.
We were presented with unique opportunities at many facilities, treated to gracious meals, wine and entertainment as well. I will share my experiences through my lens with you through each days activities in the weeks to come. So stay tuned for more.