We would like to introduce another popular guide, Rodrigo Ferreira from Quinta da Terca in the Azores. You can meet Rodrigo and Christina (owner of Quinta da Terca) at the Riding Holiday Show on 12 December 2015.
1. How long have you been guiding at Quinta da Terca?
2. Where did you guide before this?
I was a guide at a Quinta Turistica called Brancelhe in Vigira do Minao, Portugal.
3. How did you get into guiding? Was there someone who inspired you?
When I did my studies at Escola National de Equitacao in Golega, my biggest interest already was trekking and I wrote my final project about Turismo Equestre. My passion has always been and is horses and nature, therefore being a guide suits me perfectly.
4. If you hadn’t become a riding guide, what was your Plan B?
To become a competition rider.
5. People coming on a riding holiday often think you have the ideal job – what do you love about it? And what are the downsides?
I really enjoy showing guests the beautiful and fascinating Azorean nature from horseback. I love to meet people from all corners of the world and learn and talk about other cultures. I try to be a riding “ambassador” for the Azores. For the downsides, to get caught in extremely heavy rainfall or a storm when you are far away from home is not the best!
6. If your favourite horse was a human, who would he/she be and why?
Olé. Olé is brave, curious, alert, smart and gentle – he would be a true gentlemen if he was a human.
7. What can you not live without (when guiding or just generally)?
When guiding I always want to have a mobile phone and my saddlebag.
8. What has been your most memorable riding holiday week?
I can not name any specific ride but what I can say is my absolute favorite ride is the full day route to Sete Cidades (the twin lakes) this area for me is the most perfect place in the world, it is like riding in the book “Lord of the Rings” and all my rides here have given me good memories.
9. How do you relax after a day in the saddle?
Quality time with my family and a nice dinner.
10. What advice would you give a 21-year-old who wants to train for your job?
You need to be very responsible, a leader, a problem solver, and a very good rider! I would recommend getting a trekking/trail guide education before applying for a job.
11. Where do you go on holiday?
Mainland Portugal to meet relatives and friends.
Thank you Rodrigo for some fantastic images and another interesting article. Olwen and the team look forward to seeing you in a few weeks’ time.
You can meet Rodrigo and Christina from the Azores at the Riding Holiday Show in London on 12 December 2015. Space at the venue is limited so you must obtain a ticket in advance. The event takes place at the Royal Overseas League in SW1 just off Piccadilly from 10 am to 6 pm.
38 different riding destinations will be represented at the Riding Holiday Show. All part of the In The Saddle portfolio of worldwide riding holidays.