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One of the largest equestrian fairs in the world, which attracts many breeders and horse lovers, the Golegã Horse Fair (Feira da Golegã).

What is Golegã Horse Fair?

Golegã Horse Fair (Feira da Golegã) takes place in Golegã village in the Ribatejo Region, 19.9 miles (32 km) from Santarém and 80.8 miles (130 km) from Lisbon. It’ s one of the largest equestrian fairs in the world, also known as the National Horse Fair, International Lusitanian Horse Fair and São Martinho Fair, since 1571.

Golegã Fair, white horse in Largo do Arneiro

As a result, the Golegã Horse Fair is a fair of great tradition in Portugal. During the fair you can watch horse competitions (dressage, jumping, handling, endurance, speed, galloping, trotting and others), rallies, raids, horseball and equestrian games. As well as exhibitions, music and other cultural initiatives. All this in the midst of a spectacular horse-themed environment, ideal for going, taking friends and having a great day, without having to know much about equestrian activities.

Indeed, this event attracts many horse lovers every year, as well as several breeders and stud farms who come here to show their horses (the best thoroughbreds horses) to potential customers from all over the world.

Golegã Fair, Largo do Arneiro, Teaching test for the Portuguese Riding Work Cup, rider in typical clothes riding a gray horse
Largo do Arneiro, Teaching Proof for the Portuguese Riding Cup

The Fair has its epicenter in the Largo do Arneiro Square (in the centre of Golegã), where there is a riding arena and where much of the events and competitions take place. However, other events also take place at the HIPPOS-Golegã / High Performance Equestrian Sports Center and at nearby locations or farms.

What will you find at Golegã Horse Fair?

At Golegã Horse Fair you can contact with various aspects of the rural world and the popular culture of Ribatejo, linked to agriculture and breeding (horses, bulls and cows).

During the fair, several Golegã streets are closed to traffic and embellished for the event. Thus, it allows visitors to walk on foot, to feel the relaxed atmosphere, to be able to see and buy regional handicrafts, Portuguese products and equestrian articles or clothing (harness, rattles, borel coats, hats, etc.), for sale in the local commerce and at the stands.

In the streets you will surely smell the roasted chestnuts, which are now for sale. Besides being able to taste the good regional gastronomy, with emphasis on the typical dishes and the snacks of the region sold in the restaurants and taverns.

Golegã fair golden horse with saddle rider with passersby on the street

Surprisingly you will find the men riders (cavaleiros) and the women riders (amazonas) circulating in the streets, riding their horses and dressed up in traditional riding costumes (Portuguese style). In addition, you may see some people strolling on buggies (charretes) or hitched (atrelados) by the streets, an activity that you can also do.

portuguese native horse breeds

Like other Portuguese native horse breeds such as Garrano and Sorraia, the Lusitanian breed is the most recognized internationally. The Golegã Horse Fair is a good place for the promotion of national breeds, namely the Lusitanian Horse. This way you will find several specimens of this breed, considered of great beauty and versatility, which allows you to participate in various equestrian sports.

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What happens in 2019 at the Golegã Fair? (Program)

The 2019 edition of the Golegã Fair has a good deal of activities, directly and indirectly, undeniably linked to the equestrian world. Activities take place at Largo do Arneiro Square (in the village centre), Hippos Golegã / High Performance Equestrian Sports Center and nearby. From the program we highlight:

Day 1 (FRIDAY – 1 NOVEMBER)

  • Concurso Nacional Especial de Saltos de Obstáculos – Show Jumping;
  • XXII Open Golegã FNC – Tennis Open;
  • Concurso de Atrelagem Nacional (CAN 2*) – Prova de Ensino – Horse Driving National Competition;
  • Taça de Portugal de Equitação de Trabalho – Prova de Ensino – Working Equitation National Cup.

DAY 2 (SATURDAY – 2 NOVEMBER)

  • Concurso Nacional Especial de Saltos de Obstáculos – Show Jumping;
  • XXII Open Golegã FNC – Tennis Open;
  • Taça de Portugal de TREC – POR – Prova de Orientação – TREC Guidance Portuguese Cup;
  • Concurso de Atrelagem Nacional (CAN 2*) – Prova de Maratona – Horse Driving Competition;
  • Taça de Portugal de Equitação de Trabalho – Prova de Maneabilidade – Portuguese Cup Working Equitation;
  • Concurso de Saltos de Obstáculos – Prova de Eliminatórias Sucessivas – Show Jumping.

DAY 3 (SUNDAY – 3 NOVEMBER)

  • XXII Open Golegã FNC – Tennis Open;
  • Concurso Nacional Especial de Saltos de Obstáculos – Show Jumping;
  • Taça de Portugal de TREC – MA (Medição de Andamentos) – TREC Measurement and Movements Portuguese Cup;
  • Taça de Portugal de TREC – PVT (Percurso em Terreno Variado) – TREC Portuguese Cup;
  • Concurso de Atrelagem Nacional (CAN 2*) – Prova de Cones e Entrega de Prémios – Horse Driving National Competition and Prize Giving;
  • Taça de Portugal de Equitação de Trabalho – Prova de Velocidade e Entrega de Prémios – Speed Test of Working Equitation Portuguese Cup and Prize Giving.

DAY 4 (Monday – 4 NOVEMBER)

  • XXII Open Golegã FNC (ténis) – Finais Femininas e Masculinas – Final Tennis Open;

DAY 5 (Tuesday – 5 NOVEMBER)

  • Concurso de Dressage Especial – Níveis Nacionais e Internacionais – National Dressage Competition;
  • Campeonato Nacional Inter-Escolar – Provas de Ensino e de Volteio Artístico – Inter Schools Championship – Dressage Test and Voltige Test.

DAY 6 (weDnesday- 6 NOVEMBER)

  • Concurso de Dressage Especial – Níveis Nacionais e Internacionais – National Dressage Competition – National and International Levels;
  • Campeonato Nacional Inter-Escolar – Provas de Saltos de Obstáculos, de Corta Mato por Equipas e Entrega de Prémios – Inter Schools Championship – Jumping Test, Cross Country Test by Teams and Prize Giving;
  • Prova de Equitação Portuguesa – Prova Nível B e A – Portuguese Equitation Competition;
  • Troféu Marquês de Marialva – Concurso de Dressage Nacional – Provas Livres com Música – Nível Internacional – National Dressage Competition.

DAY 7 (thursday – 7 NOVEMBER) – Breeders Day

  • LX Concurso Nacional de Apresentação do Cavalo de Sela;
  • XXI Concurso Nacional de Apresentação do Cavalo de Sela da Feira Internacional do Cavalo Lusitano;
  • Apresentação de Poldros de 3 anos e Cavalos de 4, 5 ou mais anos – 3 Years Old Colts, 4 Years Old Horses and Stallions;
  • Desfile de Cavaleiros Tauromáquicos – Homenagem a Joaquim Bastinhas – Tribute;
  • Espetáculo Equestre do Centro Equestre da Lezíria Grande, com a presença da Escola Portuguesa de Arte Equestre – Equestrian Show.

DAY 8 (friday – 8 NOVEMBER) – Euroequus DAY

  • Final do Campeonato Nacional de Equitação do Trabalho – Prova de Ensino – Working Equitation National Championship – Dressage Test;
  • Final do Campeonato Combinado de Maratona – 1ª Mão – Horse Driving Combinad Marathon Competition.

DAY 9 (saturday – 9 NOVEMBER)

  • Concurso de Endurance – Partida – Campeonato Nacional de Cavalos Novos; CEI* de 80 km, CEP de 80 km e CEP de 4 km – Departure Endurance Competition;
  • Torneio de Veteranos FNC – Tennis Open;
  • Final do Campeonato Nacional de Equitação do Trabalho – Prova de Manebilidade – Working Equitation National Championship – Maneabilty Test;
  • Final do Campeonato Combinado de Maratona – 2ª Mão – Horse Driving Combinad Marathon Competition;
  • Meias-Finais da Taça de Portugal de Horseball (Sub 16 e Sénior) – Horseball Cup U16 and Senior;
  • Final do Concurso da XLIV da Feira Nacional do Cavalo e da XXI Feira Internacional do Cavalo Lusitano – Campeão de Campeões da Raça Lusitana – Official Award Ceremony of the 2019 Fair – Champion of the Champions;
  • Entrega de Prémios dos Concursos de Endurance, dos Troféus Hippos 2019 e Prémios Golegã 2019 – Distinção à Excelência Equestre – Endurance Competition Prize Giving, Hippos 2019 Awards and Golegã Awards – Distinction of Equestrian Excellence;
  • Cavalhadas – Prova de Perícia e Destreza – Mounted Games – Skill and Expertise Test.

DAY 10 (sunday – 10 NOVEMBER)

  • Torneio de Veteranos FNC – Tennis Open;
  • Final do Campeonato Nacional de Equitação do Trabalho – Prova de Velocidade – Working Equitation National Championship – Speed Test;
  • Taça de Portugal de Horseball (Sub 16 e Sénior) – 3º e 4º Classificados e Final – Horseball Cup Finals U16 and Senior.

DAY 11 (monday – 11 NOVEMBER)

  • Entrega de Prémios do III Troféu de Tradição – Tradition Trophy Awards;
  • Cavalhadas – Mounted Games – Skill and Expertise Test.

The event will feature exhibitions of painting and sculpture (by artist Beatrice Bulteau), watercolors and ceramics, photography and a music album / CD release.

Note: As there may be changes in the program, we indicate the official website.

Date: 1 to 11 November 2019

Location: Golegã – Lisbon

More information: www.feiradagolega.com/en

What to do near Golegã Fair?

Golegã as known as the Capital of the Horse, is a village with many interesting points to know.

Golegã Casa-Estúdio Carlos Relvas
Casa-Estúdio Carlos Relvas, Golegã

So you can take the opportunity to visit its typical streets, Carlos Relvas House-Studio, Martins Correia Municipal Museum, Typewriter Municipal Museum, Pelourinho Palace, HIPPOS-Golegã, Equuspolis, among others. Learn more at the Self-guided walking tour in Golegã: Portugal’s horse capital.

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