About Rodrigo For nineteen years, Rodrigo Matos was a Principle Rider with the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art and, during much of that time, he
For nineteen years, Rodrigo Matos was a Principle Rider with the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art and, during much of that time, he was a Senior Level Instructor at Morgado Lusitano. Rodrigo now travels throughout the year, giving clinics around the world, teaching horses of all breeds and riders of all levels, to work together in harmony.
Rodrigo is one of the most sought after clinicians throughout the world, travelling many months per year. Alongside his travels Rodrigo also works as a Senior Level Instructor at Morgado Lusitano in Portugal, to which international guests are welcomed to learn the art of classical dressage riding schoolmaster Lusitanos.
Rodrigo Matos’ philosophy is that all communication with horses is built upon passion, love and respect. He strives for lightness in riding and, through his thoughtful instruction, tries to build harmony between horse and rider.
“To see a horse and his rider in harmony is something very special.”
Rodrigo does not want to rush the education of a horse, feeling that it is important to give the horse time to evolve at a comfortable pace.
“Having respect and love for horses means you need to allow time for the horse to evolve at his own pace in order that he can work with harmony, balance, lightness and impulsion. It is important to give horses the time for their minds to mature with confidence and their bodies to develop the strength and muscles. Don’t be tempted to train too fast, always respect the horse.”
Rodrigo respects and has an open mind toward the ideas of others because he feels that there are many different levels of horsemanship. He encourages his students to question him about his teaching methods because each horse is different and there are many ways to achieve the desired results.
“When you are ready and considering a move to a more advanced movement, we can work on that with different approaches. As each horse is different and some techniques work better than others, let us discover together which approach is best.”
Rodrigo is genuinely interested in helping his students learn. He is a somewhat quiet man who is most comfortable around horses. In his lessons, he demonstrates his complete focus on the horse and rider and the words he speaks for their instruction are always clear and meaningful.
Rodrigo travels abroad many months per year to share his knowledge and to teach horses and riders to work in harmony. He has very broad experience teaching both horses and riders from the basic level up to Grand Prix. Riders of all levels are welcome to train with Rodrigo!
“I ask riders of the educational clinics that I host worldwide to bring whatever problem they may be having with their horse to the clinic and we can work together, the three of us, to bring the horse and rider into a more harmonious relationship.”
The 3 Day clinic will be held at Sunninghill Equestrian Center (Indoor Arena) in Stoneville (40 minutes from Perth) on Friday 1 to Sunday 3 June 2019.
There are 8 ridden places available. Each rider will receive a one-on-one lesson for 1 hour each day.
All levels of horses and disciplines welcome.
The clinic fee is $610. Yards and accommodation options available.
For more information and to book a ridden place please contact [email protected] or call 0413038232.
Auditors are welcome during the clinic however please beware that Rodrigo will focus his attention on the riders.
The auditor fee is $35 per day or $85 for all 3 days.
june 1 (Saturday) - 3 (Monday)
Sunninghill Equestian Centre
3010 Riley Road, Stoneville , Perth