East Anglian based rider Alexandra Downing has ridden and trained Lusitano horses for over twelve years. Alexandra first became associated with the breed whilst riding & training at Pine Lodge School of Classical Equitation.

On completion of her BSc degree in Equine Science Alex travelled to Portugal to study under Sr Francisco Bessa de Cavalho, rider with the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art, at his yard near Lisbon. The objective of classical dressage is to develop an understanding of how the horse naturally moves and apply systematic tailored training to cultivate this under saddle.

Having ridden and trained horses in both the UK and aboard, Alex has adopted the methods of some of the most influential classical trainers of our time. Alex continues to teach and train within Norfolk and Suffolk where she has an established freelance client base. In 2005 Alex joined the Register of Instructors as a BHS AI.


BHS Instructors, Dressage Instructors


Norfolk, Suffolk

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