D. Francisco de Bragança

Francisco de Bragança has been breeding and training Lusitano horses for over 40 years.

As a young man he trained with Mestres Nuno Oliveira and David Ribeiro Telles and he is passionate about conserving classical principles for the benefit of all horses and riders. Francisco is a natural teacher with a keen sense of exactly what each rider needs in order to progress. Some riders say that they learn more here in 1 week than they have done in many years of riding previously at home.

Here the learning does not stop outside the school gates. 

So much more is confirmed and enhanced through relaxed conversation and discussion, around the dining table or by the poolside, or on the way to see the mares and foals on the farm.

Fluent in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, Francisco has a wonderful feast of stories to tell which he delivers with a perfect blend of passion and humor.


Francisco began riding bareback on the family farm of Quinta do Archino at the age of 5, under the guidance of the man he calls his first master... his father, Don Carlos de Bragança. 

From 1974, living and working with Mestre David Ribeiro Telles, whose famous family continue to this day to demonstrate classical principles in the bullfight ring. In 1980 Francisco began 3 unforgettable years of training with Mestre Nuno Oliveira at Avessada. 

1984 saw the start of 10 years working with the breeder Cunha e Carmo, developing a keen eye for selection of the best horses for breeding, whilst also taking horses for training.

From 1999 he spent 2 1/2 years as Head Instructor and trainer at Quinta de Sanguinera.

In 2003 he returned to Quinta do Archino, to build a classical dressage school. Sylvia Loch, a like-minded friend, immediately supported Francisco through personal recommendation and by co-hosting regular clinics there.
She continues to give all the support she can.

  • Lusitano horse breeder
  • Horse trainer
  • Classical dressage teacher
  • Host of clinics and demonstrations